BEND, Ore. -

The Bend Spay and Neuter Project announced Wednesday it has received a $34,320 grant from PetSmart Charities® with a goal of spaying and neutering over 50 percent of the dogs living in the La Pine area.

Per capita, La Pine is responsible for four times as many unaltered dogs received by the Humane Society of Central Oregon than any other surrounding areas.

"Our goal is to drastically reduce this number over the course of our two-year program entitled ?The La Pine Doggie Roundup,? the spay and neuter organization said in announcing the project Wednesday.

The La Pine Doggie Roundup will offer dog spay or neuter surgeries for any dog living in La Pine for just $20.

Participating veterinarians include the Bend Spay and Neuter Project, LaPaw Animal Hospital, Bend Veterinary Clinic and Mt. Bachelor Veterinary Hospital.

Vouchers can be obtained through the Bend Spay and Neuter Project at 910 SE Wilson, or by calling 541-617-1010. More information can be found on our website at www.bendsnip.org.

?I would love nothing more than to give residents of La Pine low-cost options for altering their animals and ultimately reduce the amount of unwanted animals in our community. I would like to express my complete support for the grant proposed by the Bend Spay and Neuter Project,? said Karen Burns, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Central Oregon

The Bend Spay and Neuter Project is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2005. One of the only local providers of low cost spay and neuter services in this area, Bend Spay and Neuter Project alters four to five thousand cats and dogs from Central Oregon each year.

"Our mission is to help proactively fight the area?s homeless pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters before they happen. Bend Spay and Neuter Project offers low or no cost spay and neuter services for feral cats, pet cats and dogs. Check our website at www.bendsnip.org to learn more about our mission and for more information on pricing and additional services offered. "

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animals welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and their pets.

The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefitting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.5 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working towards its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.