Spaying and neutering: SNIP helps put an end to killing healthy animals

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Diane Ayres of SNIP holds two small dogs.
By: Diane Ayres
SNIP for Pets Best Insurance

Imagine the day when no healthy animals are killed in shelters. This goal can be accomplished in our life time. There are four very important elements to this solution.

High volume spaying and neutering, adoption , education and working together toward our common goal. Today we will introduce an organization that is aggressively tackling the spaying and neutering portion.

According to the Humane Society of the United States 4 million dogs and cats are killed each year in the United States. That’s an alarming 10,959 a day or 457 an hour. The reason is because there are just not enough homes for all these animals. The producing of puppies and kittens must halt to stop the killing. The only way to stop the production is by spaying and neutering both females and males.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP) is an all volunteer 501 c3 non-profit animal welfare group. Collaborating with the Idaho Humane Society Auxiliary and the Idaho Humane Society, SNIP was instrumental in creating the SPOT low cost spay and neuter programs at the Idaho Human Society in Boise, Idaho in early 2008.

The SPOT clinic opened in April of 2008 and after just a month it was obvious to a handful of volunteers that more low cost spay and neuter programs were needed in the valley to solve the pet overpopulation problem. At this time SNIP was formed with the determination to tackle the pet overpopulation problem head on. By providing low cost spay and neuter programs, education, strong community support and encouraging animal rescue groups and shelters to work together, the problem can be solved in our lifetime.

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In just over 2 years SNIP is planning to open the first high quality, high volume, low cost spay and neuter clinic in Idaho. This spay and neuter assistance program will perform a minimum of 35 spays and neuters a day by a paid professional staff. Along with the spaying and neutering services for dogs, domestic and feral cats, low cost vaccines will be available at the time of the surgery. Transportation will be provided for animals if the owners are unable to get to and from the clinic.

SNIP is working with the Humane Alliance team from North Carolina to open this lifesaving clinic the spring of 2011. The Humane Alliance’s team of facilitators has trained and mentored 86 organizations in opening and operating high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinics all over the country since NSNRT’s (National Spay Neuter Response Team) inception in 2005. These clinics are reducing the killing of healthy animals in shelters by at least 5% a year. Since 2005, more than 1,000,000 companion animals have been surgically sterilized at these new clinics.

Each animal rescue group, each animal shelter, each individual doing what they do to help the animals is an important part of the solution. This is why SNIP believes that together we will end the killing of healthy animals in our lifetime!

The animals thank you.

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