Animal shelter awarded grant

Date: 8/18/2010

GREATER SPRINGFIELD The Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Animal Coalition. This grant was made possible through sales of Massachusetts "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates.

The center provides animal control services to the cities of Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee. Cats and dogs that are not claimed by their families are made available for adoption after health and temperament evaluations. More information is available online at www.tjoconnoradoptioncenter/com. The money will support the center's efforts to combat animal homelessness and overpopulation in the community by helping to ensure that all adopted animals are spayed or neutered before being adopted into new homes.

Funds received from the sale of these special license plates are awarded to non-profit humane organizations and municipal animal control agencies in the Commonwealth that provide spaying and neutering services for cats, dogs and rabbits. The program benefits the community, the Commonwealth, and thousands of animals.

For more information on "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates, visit