Getting Out in Front

Left-right at the recent NASANA check presentation are volunteer Len Maguire, Lauranne James, Executive Director of the NW RC&D Council, Lynda Fenton and Kate Glenn, NASANA board members, State Representative Andrew Sorrell, and Pat Maguire, President of NASANA. (Courtesy photo)

SHOALS – Northwest Resource, Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council and state representative, Andrew Sorrell, recently presented a $5,000 sponsorship check to Northwest Alabama Spay and Neuter Assistance (NASANA) through their Community Development Grants.

Northwest RC&D is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports educational and community development projects in northwest Alabama through the Alabama Legislature. NASANA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help control the overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats in northwest Alabama that consistently cause the shelters to be overcrowded.

In Alabama three-fourths of the 160,000 pets entering shelters each year are euthanized. Larger shelters do not address the problem on the front end. Responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter are the keys to gaining control of the over-population problem.

The grant funds will be used to pay veterinarian bills for spay/neuter surgeries performed on pets belonging to approved applicants, usually those who receive Medicaid or Food Stamps. All expenses for a pet spay or neuter are covered over a $25 co-pay.

If you want to check your eligibility, or if you know someone who needs assistance with spay/neuter, please visit the NASANA website,, or call 256-415-5499.