Grant of $12,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives throughout San Diego County.
San Diego, April 2019 – The Spay-Neuter Action Project of San Diego (SNAP), today announced it has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its affordable spay/neuter program. The grant will cover the cost of life
saving surgical supplies for 200 procedures in underserved communities, which lack the resources to prevent, or stop, the birth of unwanted litters.
The procedures are performed by our fully trained and California state licensed veterinary team inside the Neuter Scooter surgical bus, while parked at libraries, recreation centers, and other community settings. Many of the pets that visit the bus in targeted areas have never received basic pet care. In addition to a discounted spay or neuter, each animal receives a pre-anesthesia health exam to screen for surgical risks or other conditions, a nail trim, flea and worm treatments (as directed by the attending vet), post-surgical pain management injection, e-collars for male dogs, female dogs, and female cats, rabies vaccine for dogs, one-year license for dogs who qualify, and sturdy cardboard carriers for cats that need one.
Spaying and neutering is the only way to break the cycle of chronic pet overpopulation. SNAP fixes an average of 500 animals per month throughout San Diego County. Client fees range from $20 to $100 per procedure, but we accept “pay what you can” from hard financial cases or nothing at all, since no one is ever turned away for the inability to pay. “By sustaining our program in locations that generate the highest number of shelter intakes, the Petco Foundation helps us to reduce the number of surplus animals destroyed annually in our City and County-run shelters,” said Dorell Sackett, SNAPs executive director.
SNAP publicly thanks the Petco Foundation for making it possible to continue this important work for benefit of the animal community. For more information about SNAP or the Petco Foundation, visit www.snap-sandiego.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using #SNAPsandiego and #PetcoFoundation.
SNAP became a registered non-profit in 1996. It is recognized as the first organization in San Diego county to implement programs to reduce the number of companion animals killed annually in the shelter system. SNAP remains the only affordable spay/neuter provider since 2003, to bring the veterinary office directly into communities struggling with chronic pet overpopulation. Over 60,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits have been fixed on the Neuter Scooter, contributing to a decrease in local euthanasia rates as supported by the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services: “The decline in euthanasia is explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted, an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners (social media, microchipping) and the increase in SNAP’s spay-neuter programs (making spay and neuter available to the thousands of local pet owners who could not afford to do so otherwise).”
About Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get