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|SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance for Pets, Inc.)|
|OBJECTIVE SNAP provides FREE spay/neuter vouchers to low income residents of Monroe County, TN. Low income pet owners are the major source of strays and abandoned pets because they cannot afford the expense of spay/neuter surgery or the additional cost of unwanted puppies or kittens. SNAP attacks the root cause of animal overpopulation in our community by preventing unwanted litters. The SNAP program will significantly reduce the animal intake and, overtime, eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals at our county animal shelter. SNAP uses the annual statistics of the county shelter to measure results of our program.|
|FREE SPAY/NEUTER VOUCHERS Get a voucher to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered FREE at the PPAW Spay and Neuter Clinic in Greenback, the Monroe County Animal Hospital in Sweetwater, or the Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Sweetwater. Vouchers are valid for 30 days. The voucher does not cover state mandated rabies vaccination or other veterinary services. After receiving a voucher, call the designated Vet to make an appointment.|
Vouchers are limited to Monroe County, TN resident pet owners who meet at least one of seven criteria: Disabled, Handicapped , Medicaid recipient, Food Stamp recipient, or individual with combined household income less than $30,000/year for a family (1-2 people), less than $40,000/year for a family (3+ people), less than $45,000/yr for families with 3 or more "unfixed" pet dogs/cats. Pet owners will be asked to sign a questionnaire stating that they meet one or more of these qualifications. A picture ID or other proof of residency is required. A donation is requested, but is not required to receive a voucher.
|VOUCHER ISSUE DATES|
Public voucher issue sessions are scheduled monthly when funds are available and rotated between the towns of Madisonville, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains and Vonore. Information is published in the Advocate Democrat Newspaper and provided to participating veterinarians. Handbills are posted in the 4 towns. NEXT DATES: (1)May 10 10am,Sweetwater Town Hall,203 Monroe Street (2)Jun 14 10am, Madisonville Cora Veal Senior Center, 144 College Street (3)Aug 9 10am, Sweetwater Town Hall, 203 Monroe Street (4)Sep 13 10am, Sweetwater Town Hall, 203 Monroe Street CALL 423-884-6801 for more information.
SNAP received IRS 501 ( c ) 3 tax exempt status in March 2003. In 11 years, SNAP has paid to sterilize about 11,000 pet dogs and cats. About 98% of all revenue is used to pay spay/neuter surgery costs at participating vets where we have negotiated low cost rates. SNAP uses the annual Shelter statistics to measure progress. The Monroe County Animal Shelter began operation in 2005. The intake & euthanasia increased dramatically and peaked in 2009 at 6000 intake & 4000 euthanasia. Our program has reduced the shelter intake 32% in 2013 (to ~4000) from the peak in 2009. Euthanasia was reduced 49% (to~2100) over the same 4-year period. SNAP targets low income pet owners because they are a major source of stray and abandoned pets. They often cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery or the cost to feed and care for unwanted litters.
(1) Provide financial assistance to low income public for surgery costs to sterilize companion pets. (2) Prevent cruelty to animals by reducing the number of unwanted pet litters. (3) Benefit public safety by reducing the number of stray, unwanted or abandoned animals that are rounded up and killed. (4) Educate public about responsible pet ownership and further the bond between people and animals.
| FINANCIAL & ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:|
DONATIONS can be mailed to: SNAP, 190 Blue Jay Avenue, Vonore, TN, 37885. If questions call 423-884-6801........ 98% of all SNAP revenue is used to pay for spay/neuter surgery at 3 participating veterinary hospitals........ SNAP has uploaded financial statements, IRS Form 990 reports, and organization information to the website: www.guidestar.org. (search on the words: spay neuter assistance pets vonore tn) All officers,Board of Directors and volunteers are unpaid. SNAP officers and board members manage all aspects of the SNAP program, fund raising, scheduling, publicity, financial, payment, records, administration and grantor reports.
|SNAP (SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE FOR PETS, INC.)|