The $50,000 investment covers the full cost of 15 affordable spay and neuter clinics in designated locations.
San Diego, October 13, 2020 – SNAP announced that it has received a $50,000 investment from the John R. Peterson Foundation, to hold 15 affordable spay and neuter clinics free of charge to pet owners in the communities of Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Mountain View, and Southcrest, beginning in November 2020.
We were contacted by the John R. Peterson Foundation in early September, after they learned about our programs that fit their criteria of supporting efforts that boost the level of community participation in spay and neuter programs. Our extensive outreach and pet education programs promote the importance of spaying and neutering and proper pet care, to communities which lack the resources to prevent, or stop, the devastating cycle of pet overpopulation. Many pet owners in these locations are unaware that they may be contributing to the problem of just too many surplus animals or do not understand the serious health consequences of pets remaining intact.
The John R. Peterson Foundation worked with SNAP leadership to identify the most urgent communities in the SNAP service area that could be helped by their investment. The historically “high animal intake” areas at animal services of Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Mountain View, and Southcrest, were selected as the recipients, represented by San Diego City Councilmembers Monica Montgomery Steppe D-4, Vivian Moreno D-8, and Georgette Gomez D-9, respectfully.
These fully sponsored clinics mean that pet owners can access high-quality veterinary services at no cost to them in their own neighborhoods, where no services exist, via our mobile clinics. “At the onset of our affordable spay and neuter program in 2003, we learned that convenience, low-cost, and an educational approach, motivated pet owners to do the right thing in communities teeming with strays that overwhelm the shelter system. Through the generosity of the John R. Peterson Foundation, we anticipate a full house for each of the 15 clinics,” said SNAP Executive Director Dorell Sackett.
SNAP resumed clinics at a reduced capacity on June 1 after a four-month closure as a non-essential business. We wish to announce to the public that we are in full compliance with the safety guidelines provided by state and local officials. Please visit www.snap-sandiego.org to learn more about our work or how you can help to support operations.