A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Mini-grant program funds animal spay and neutering

The amount of financial aid ranged anywhere from $60 to $110 per surgery.

The Peninsula Spay/Neuter Fund has fixed 11 animals with the help of the City of Soldotna Mini Grant Program, its founder said during last week’s city council meeting.

Judy Fandrei appeared before the council with an update on the outcome of her project, which gave various community members coupons to get their pets spayed or neutered.

The mini-grant project was effective Oct. 5, 2020 through March 5, 2021.

Fandrei said in her report for the council that she started the fund after volunteering at Kenai Animal Shelter, Soldotna Animal Control and working at a veterinary clinic.

“I saw firsthand the hidden problem of ‘too many animals, not enough homes,’” she wrote in the report. “I am honored to report it has been very well received, needed and supported by our community and has had a notable impact on the number of animals brought to the shelter, abandoned, homeless or needlessly euthanized.”

She presented a spreadsheet in which she documented the animals that received a surgery with one of the fund’s coupons. The amount of financial aid ranged anywhere from $60 to $110 per surgery.

“Our first coupon was issued in February 2012 and to date we have assisted with over 3,400 spays/neuters,” Fandrei wrote in her report.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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