2014 Spay-Neuter Assistance for Pets
Spay/Neuter Assistance for Pets, Inc (SNAP) plans to issue more than 120 free spay/neuter vouchers to low income Monroe County Residents in Sweetwater on Saturday, December 6 from 10 to 11am. Vouchers will be available at the Sweetwater City Hall located at 203 Monroe Street in Sweetwater. Any qualified low income resident of Monroe County can obtain free spay/neuter vouchers at the voucher issue sessions. If someone cannot attend a SNAP voucher issue session, a friend or relative can pick up a voucher - proof of residence and information about pet owner & pet must be provided.
A majority of future spay/neuter sessions will be scheduled in Sweetwater because SNAP has a 2-year grant from PetSmart Charities that will pay for 1000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2014 and 2015 for residents in Zip Code 37874. We are doing quite well in 2014. In Sweetwater, SNAP has “fixed” 429 of 500 planned s/n surgeries. For Monroe County, SNAP has “fixed” 959 of 1000 budgeted s/n surgeries.
The SNAP program attacks the root cause of the animal overpopulation problem in Monroe County by reducing the number of unwanted dog & cat litters. The Monroe County Animal Shelter intake was reduced about 23% for the first 6 months of 2014 compared to the prior year. In addition, the shelter euthanasia was reduced a whopping 55% for the same period. The goal of reducing the intake at the County Animal Shelter until there is no euthanasia of healthy pets is getting closer. See attached line graph showing overall progress at the shelter. (2014 results are estimated by doubling the first 6 months statistics.)
SNAP must obtain funds to pay for the s/n surgeries. About 80% of funding is provided from grants to SNAP from several foundations.
Funding to pay for the vouchers issued in the next few months will be provided by grants from PetSmart ® Charities, Aslan Foundation, East Tennessee Foundation (Harry W & Carolyn W Galbraith Fund), Bissell Pet Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation, Humane Society of United States’ Lowell Fund, Monroe County Friends of Animals, Radio Systems Corporation/PetSafe, American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, TN Dept of Health-animal friendly license plate program, and On Shore Foundation.
For complete information, please visit their website at www.orgsites.com/tn/spay-neuter-monroe-county/. For information about the next spay/neuter voucher issue session, contact Mike or Susan Cleverdon at 423-884-6801 or click here for information.
The next SNAP voucher issue sessions are scheduled on the following Saturdays: