HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- The Madison County Commission heard from an organization on Wednesday that needs their help to keep a leash on the county’s animal population.
“Animals need to be fixed in a timely manner because they multiply very quickly,” said Janice Gibbons of the Spay/Neuter Action Project (SNAP). She is asking the Madison County Commission for extra funding.
“There was some misunderstanding that this should be brought up in a budget meeting for next year, but the need is to finish this year out,” said District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones. With three months until next year’s funds become available, Commissioner Jones tried to get some extra money sooner for the program that they say saves county dollars.
“Everyone that’s fixed saves the county money in shelter costs, impounding fees, euthanasia fees,” explains Gibbons, President of SNAP.
“It is an expense,” said Commissioner Jones, “but it saves more than it costs.”
The commission did not vote to allocate more funds, but Commissioner Jones is promising to make his own contribution.
“We’re going to help her in District 1. We’re going to appropriate $2,500 for the rest of the year. I hope the other districts will do likewise.”
The Spay/Neuter Action Project says their efforts have cut shelter costs significantly. Last year, they were almost $75,000 less than they were five years ago.