October 4, 2006 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

On October 2, the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) received a $15K grant to help start a new spay/neuter program, “The Big Fix”. This program offers further reduced spay/neuter fees for working class families.

ACT received the $15,000 award after applying for a grant from the Florida Animal Friends License Plates Fund—supported by the sales of Florida’s specialty Spay/Neuter auto tags. The grant ACT submitted outlined research that showed a need to assist working class families with spay/neuter services for their pets.

“Our research showed many in the working class did not qualify for the county funded program that offers help to those on social assistance. The working class families had little left over to spend to do the right thing for their pets.” said Linda Hamilton, executive director of ACT.

“The Big Fix” provides spay/neuter surgeries for cats for $20, and dogs for $55. This price is even lower than ACT’s already reduced spay/neuter procedures offered to the public.

WHY “THE BIG FIX”? Last year, over 33,000 unwanted dogs and cats were admitted into our county shelters. More than 80% of them were euthanized, according to Hillsborough County statistics.

“We as a community have to stop taking our animals to the shelters. We have to stop killing our unwanted pets. We can prevent euthanasia by stopping the unwanted births-with spay and neuter.” said Hamilton.

HOW TO QUALIFY: “It’s as easy as finding out if your housing costs are more than 30-percent of your total household income,” said Hamilton. “Applicants simply need provide a Florida drivers license or Florida ID card and proof of housing costs and income.” For more information about the program, call (813) 250-3900 or visit

ABOUT ACT: ACT is a non-profit organization. Their primary focus is high volume spay/neuter programs to reduce the number of companion animals entering local shelters, and in turn, limit euthanasia. *Spay/neuter costs at ACT are greatly reduced and range from $40 to $95. *For low income Hillsborough County residents who qualify, the cost is merely $10, through the County’s voucher program. *Certain restrictions apply

Get your “ACT” together and help ACT continue to help pets in our community by registering for their 6th Annual Stride for Strays community event and pet walk, taking place on Saturday, November 4 at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. Individuals and teams collect donations that help ACT work towards an end to pet overpopulation. There will be prizes, entertainment, demonstrations and fun-filled activities such as flyball, Frisbee, a pet wash and contests for best trick and pet/owner look-alike and more!


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