Spay-Neuter is a SNAP!
There is no single solution to the problem of stray and homeless animals in Bell County, but any solution must include the spay or neuter of as many animals as possible. To help make that happen, Friends of the Shelter has programs to provide financial assistance to low-income pet owners.
The goal of SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program) is to accomplish as many spay-neuter procedures as possible, with the help of several local veterinary services. SNAP is also supported by local spay/neuter clinics. Here's how it works:
Each client completes a SNAP application, available at the shelter or by calling FOS. The SNAP program is for individual pet owners who need assistance in getting their pets spayed or neutered.
The client pays as much as they can afford of the cost of the spay/neuter surgery. Friends of the Shelter will pay any remaining expense for the operation, keeping in mind that the more each client pays, the more people we can help.
In addition, each animal will receive current vaccinations, paid for by the client.
FOS received special grant funding to help support this program, and has already begun SNAP using donations targeted at our spay-neuter program. We wish to thank everyone who has already given a donation to support spay-neuter, helping to provide one of the most effective and humane solutions to animal overpopulation
At least once each year the FOS co-hosts a free clinic with the Lincoln Memorial University Vet Tech School and the Claiborne County Animal Shelter for pet owners who need financial assistance in getting their pets spayed or neutered. These clinics are for cats or dogs that are in good health and old enough for the surgery, and for pet owners who qualify for the financial assistance.
Each clinic spays or neuter dozens of animals, providing basic health checkups on each along with some vaccinations. The clinics are partially funded through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and are limited to families earning no more than $25,000 a year, or to elderly or disabled individuals living on Social Security or receiving some other sort of government assistance. Proof of income is required. For more information, contact Jennifer Nagle at the e-mail address below.