A local animal shelter has something to bark about.
Seal Beach Animal Care Center received a $5,000 award this week for helping Californians spay and neuter their dogs, cats and rabbits.
The Found Animals Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, awarded the money to the center after the shelter raised pre-orders for the Pet Lover’s License Plate Initiative.
Funds from the sales of the personalized Pet Lover’s License Plate will go to qualifying agencies, organizations and individuals to provide low-cost and no-cost spay and neuter for pets in California, according to Foundation staff.
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"We are so thrilled to know that our efforts to help increase Spay and Neuter Plate pre-orders resulted in the plate going into production," said Dee Carey, a member of the center's board of directors. "The additional income from the plates will help animals across the entire state."
Two other California organizations received money from the Foundation for generating pre-orders:
- The Animal Friends Rescue Project in Pacific Grove received $7,500
- Angel City Pitbulls in Los Angeles received $2,500
“In celebration of World Spay Day, we are proud to support these three great organizations, each of whom works tirelessly to reduce euthanasia in shelters by promoting spay and neuter,” Found Animals Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath said in a written statement.
The California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund, Inc. spearhead the Pet Lover’s License Plate Intiative.
Drivers can personalized the plates, which features original artwork created and donated by actor and artist Pierce Brosnan. The plate illustrates two of the animals adopted by Mr. Brosnan and his wife Keely: Shilo the dog and Angel Baby the cat.
The DMV began releasing the plates Jan. 8, and drivers can expect to see these plates on the road toward the end of 2013.
For more information on the license plate program, visit PetLoversPlate.com.
The Seal Beach Animal Center is located at 1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive. For more information on the center, call (562) 430-4993 or visit http://www.sbacc.org/