Like several states, Tennessee offers an "Animal Friendly" license plate. Â Tenn. Code Ann. Â§55-4-290 Â The proceeds from the sale of these plates go into a fund "to be used exclusively for grants to non-profit organizations or governmental agencies to provide low-cost spaying and neutering of unsterilized animals to prevent and/or reduce animal overpopulation".
The fund receives about $15 per license plate.
Currently, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants for spay/neuter.
In 2007 46 non-profit organizations and state agencies received $190,000. The same amount is expected to be available this year.
Click here for grant applications for non-profit organizations and government agencies.Â Â Applications are due by June 2.
Support spay/neuter. Have a 501c3 organization you know apply for a grant to perform low cost spay/neuters in Tennessee.
New York implemented its provision allowing the public to buy animal friendly license plates in 1996. The proceeds support its animal population control program.Â NY CLS Veh & Tr Â§ 404-p. Other states with animal or pet friendly license plates are Georgia, O.C.G.A. Â§ 40-2-49.3; Illinois, 625 ILCS 5/3-653; Kentucky, KRS Â§258.119; Missouri, RSMo Â§301.3087; North Carolina, N.C. Gen. Stat. Â§19A-62; Ohio, ORC. 955.202; Oklahoma, 47 Okl. St. Â§1135.5Â (31); South Carolina, S.C. Code Â§56-3-9600, Utah, Utah Code Â§41-1a-418; Â and Washington, RCW Â§Â§46.04.705, 46.16.30914.