ELO?Elks looking to start free spay-neuter program

EAST LIVERPOOL – With a $1,000 Beacon grant, Elks Lodge 258 is implementing what it hopes will become an annual project to offer free pet spaying and neutering to low-income families.

Exalted Ruler Brad Goodballet said the grant is earmarked for an annual project, and it was decided to team up with the Community Animal Clinic to offer the spay-neuter program.

Two of the veterinarians from the clinic are members of the local Elks lodge, according to Goodballet.

The $1,000 grant will be enough to provide free spay-neuter for up to 12 pets, and Goodballet said preference is being given to residents of the southern Columbiana County area who have income of $35,000 or less.

“We’ll probably choose 10 candidates first, then if there is additional money, we’ll make additional contacts,” Goodballet said.

Those interested will be required to come to the Elks Lodge at 620 Broadway between 3-7 p.m. April 1-6 to fill out an application. In addition to the $35,000 or less income, some criteria for qualifying will include pets at least 6 months old and no older than 7 years; no female dogs more than 75 pounds; no health issues; no aggressive pets; properly licensed and vaccinated; and those applying must be at least 18.

Once the applications are completed, Elks members will choose candidates and submit them to the vet clinic for appointment scheduling.

Goodballet said the project is just getting off the ground this year and next year the Elks will try and coincide the program with the county Humane Society, which it supports.