The director of the Missouri agriculture department is promoting a state program that gives grants to groups that provide spay and neutering services for animals.
This is the fifth year of the program, which is funded by proceeds from Missouri's "I'm Pet Friendly" license plates.
Agriculture Director Jon Hagler said Tuesday the public is more concerned these days about animal welfare, particularly dog breeding and inadequate animal shelters.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the program has provided shelters and animal rescue groups with more than $100,000 since it began in 2009. Ten grants for $2,000 each are available this year.