Nearly two dozen Michigan animal shelters were awarded thousands of dollars after some people volunteered to donate some cash on their tax returns to animals in need.
56 animal shelters applied for the grants that were given out from the Michigan Animal Welfare Fund but only 22 shelters received the money this year.
The money helps out with things like spaying and neutering animals, registration fees, speakers for large anti-animal cruelty training conferences and caring for abused and neglected animals.
The Cheboygan County Humane Society was among those 22 who received nearly $10-thousand. Officials say it's a blessing that will help control the number of unwanted pets.
"What is really great is that will free up some of our fundraising money that we usually use for that, we can offer low cost spay and neuter coupons to the general public in our county and also Presque Isle County," said Cheboygan Co. Humane Society Executive Director, Mary Talaske.
The animal welfare fund was created under a 2007 law and began distributing money in 2010. Nearly $700-thousand has been disbursed to 82 shelters in Michigan.