The Humane Society of the United States in January provided the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a two-year, $900,000 grant to help low-income pet owners, especially those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Working with the HSUS Rural Area Veterinary Services Program, the veterinary college will establish its own program providing spay and neuter services as well as basic veterinary care in areas where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.
The MSU program is designed to also foster relationships with local humane organizations to reduce dog and cat overpopulation and provide veterinary students with hands-on experience.
"Through their support, the HSUS has provided us with an extraordinary opportunity to positively impact the people and pets of our region, particularly those affected by Hurricane Katrina," said MSU-CVM dean, Dr. Kent Hoblet. "This program will enhance our ability to meet the needs of the community while examining components of the pet population."
In December 2006, the HSUS granted $800,000 to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine to launch a similar program that�includes an active spay and neuter component.