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Feline license plate available

COVINGTON - Feline Friend license plates are now available at tag offices throughout Georgia, according to a press release from the Humane Association of Georgia. The license plate depicts a black-and-white tuxedo cat, a design that was selected last fall in a statewide contest.

Georgians may purchase the Feline Friend or the program's two other license plates - Dog (Buddy) and Animal Friend - from county tag offices for a $25 one-time fee. The sum of $22 from each license plate sold benefits spay/neuter procedures and educational outreach programs in Georgia, according to the press release.

"This license plate will appeal to animal lovers or anyone interested in supporting this important program," said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin. "And, it will look good on any vehicle."

According to their Web site, www.agr.georgia.gov, not only will the fees benefit the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, it also reduces the city and county tax burden for animal control, as well as reduces health risks and bad animal behavior.

Since November 2003, the DCSP has helped fund 47,185 spay/neuter surgeries in all 159 Georgia counties. There are currently 1,003 participating veterinarians.

"In addition to improving a pet's health, spaying or neutering decreases the burden on overcrowded animal shelters and saves taxpayer dollars. By buying a cat tag, Georgians are helping stop pet overpopulation and the sadness associated with it," said Irwin.