The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Industry Division has announced their annual Animal Welfare Fund grants for animal shelters in Michigan.

This year, $134,998 will go to 23 registered animal shelters in Michigan including Kent County Animal Shelter and Ionia County Animal Shelter.

Since 2010, the Animal Welfare Fund, provided for by tax check-off from Michigan taxpayers, has distributed more than $967,000 to 131 facilities. The funds go directly to registered shelters to increase the number of adoptions through spay and neuter programs, improve staff knowledge of proper animal care through educational programs and training, and assist shelters with unreimbursed costs of care for animals housed for legal investigations.

“These funds allowed one shelter to increase dog adoptions by 63 percent and cat adoptions by 23 percent, providing more opportunities for animals to be taken into their shelter,” said Dr. James Averill, MDARD’s State Veterinarian. “Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters across Michigan have more opportunities to make a positive impact in their community.”

This year, MDARD received 68 applications totaling over $580,000 in requests.

CORRECTION on 3/16/16: The grant amounts below have been updated to accurately reflect the amount awarded.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development