Wag-N-Train rescue awarded $5,000 grant
EPHRAIM—Wag-N-Train dog rescue of Ephraim recently received a $5,000 grant to help Sanpete County residents to fix and vaccinate their pets.
The grant was awarded to Wag-N-Train by Maddie’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps fund no-kill animal shelters.
According to Jamie Wheelwright, an officer in Wag-N-Train, one of the most effective way to decrease the number of animals killed in shelters is to spay or neuter pets. Dogs can start having puppies as early as six months old and can have two litters a year. Wheelwright says cats can often have litters even earlier than dogs and can have up to three litters a year.
“It doesn’t take long to see just how quickly the animal population can get out of control,” Wheelwright said.
Any Sanpete resident interested in having a pet or pets spayed or neutered can apply to see if they qualify for assistance from Wag-N-Train by downloading an application from the wagntrain.org website under the “Pets for Life” tab.
Pet owners also have the option of emailing the Wag-N-Train grant manager, Vicki Shaw, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application or calling 462-0380 and leaving a message. An application can be sent by return email or postal mail.
Wheelwright says the grant funds will go fast, so residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
She says a few years ago, cooperation between municipal shelters in Sanpete County and Wag-N-Train resulted in three shelters receiving $10,000 from Maddie’s Fund for improvements and achieving a 90 percent or higher save rate for shelter animals.
“This family foundation is dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well being of companion animals,” Wheelwright said.