BRATTLEBORO -- The Windham County Humane Society has recently been awarded two grants to further their work in the community.

The Robin Colson Memorial Foundation granted $3,000 to the WCHS for their low-cost spay/neuter program. Residents of Windham County who are struggling to make ends meet can apply for low-cost spay neuter at monthly clinics held at the WCHS facility on West River Road, Route 30, in Brattleboro.

The grant funds are used to discount the already low fees even further to ensure that every pet owner can afford to get their animal spayed or neutered.

"We love to be able to help all our pet parents avoid unwanted litters" said Annie Guion, executive director of WCHS. "We often use the Robin Colson funds to help rural folks address the problem of barn or outdoor cats that just keep multiplying."

Research done by the ASPCA and other national organizations shows that spaying and neutering 75 percent or more of a colony of cats will stabilize the population.

The Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation granted $1,000 to the WCHS for the purchase of a centrifuge. This important piece of equipment will allow WCHS staff to run lab work in-house, which not only saves money, but also allows staff to diagnose and address issues more quickly.

For more information on the programs and services of the WCHS, visit www.wchs4pets.org.