The draft document had been expected to appear in the biweekly Maryland Register on March 7 but ended up being completed after the publishing deadline. It is now slated for the March 21 edition, Maryland Department of Agriculture spokesman Vanessa Orlando told Examiner.com.
The regulations will set the framework for the program. The draft will be published so the public can submit comments before the document is finalized.
The program, called for under a state law enacted last year, will make competitive grants available to animal shelters and rescue groups to promote and provide spay/neuter services and educational outreach. About 45,000 cats and dogs are put down in Maryland shelters each year, a figure the program aims to cut dramatically by curbing the birth of unwanted animals.