SNIP is a new low cost spay/neuter program created by the Sullivan County Humane Society in partnership with local veterinary clinics to help address the issue of pet overpopulation in our area.We recognize that one of the best ways to reduce the number of dogs and cats entering our local shelters is for responsible pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.To help those who want to spay or neuter their pet but may not be able to afford the cost, or to encourage those who may be undecided, SNIP offers a low cost solution.Recipients of a SNIP certificate can have their dog spayed or neutered for $30 or cat for $20 at participating veterinary clinics.The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Sullivan County, TN. Applications may be submitted electronically or via mail.
Cats can have their first litter at the age of 5 months.
There are 7 puppies and kittens born in the U.S. for every baby.
An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total 11,606,077 kittens in 9 years. Yes, that's over 11 MILLION!
An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years!
Animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. Somebody's puppies and kittens end up in shelters. Where will yours end up?
75% of dogs found dead on the side of the road are unneutered males.
Spay/neuter often reduces the tendency to fight with other animals.
Spayed/neutered animals wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to be lost or hit by cars.
The majority of dog bites (60–80 percent) are caused by intact male dogs.
Spay/neuter reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with a spray of urine), yowling/howling, escaping, and other troublesome behaviors. You won’t have to deal with the mess or the inconvenience of a pet in heat (or a male pet reacting to a female in heat). You’ll be saved the considerable amount of time, money, and hassle (not to mention property damage!) involved in raising litters of puppies or kittens.
Data provided by:
Best Friend's Animal Society
Humane Society of the United States
American Humane Association
North Shore Animal League America
SNIP Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the program?
Applicants must live or be employed by a business physically located in Sullivan County, TN. Applicants must be the owner of the animal(s) listed on the Spay/Neuter Certificate Application, and plan to keep the animal as a companion pet in the household for the life of the animal. The SCHS defines “owner” as an individual with a domesticated pet who intends to provide a home and lifelong care of said animal.
Is there an income limit?
There is no income limit; however applicants with financial needs will be given priority. For additional information regarding eligibility, please read our Terms and Conditions.
What is the cost?
The cost for the owner of the pet is $30 for dogs and $20 for cats. This will be paid to the veterinarian’s office the day of the surgery.
Are there any potential additional costs?
There may be additional costs at the veterinarian’s office the day of surgery depending upon recommendations from the veterinarian. The veterinarian may require a rabies vaccination if one has not been administered in the last year. They may also recommend post-surgery pain medications.
Where will the spay/neuter surgery be performed?
The following local veterinarian’s offices are contractual partners with the SCHS for the administration of the SNIP program:
Kingsport Vetrinary Hospital
524 West Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Indian Ridge Animal Hospital
1100 Indian Trail Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
Do the Spay/Neuter Certificates expire?
Yes, Spay/Neuter Certificates expire 2 months from issue date.
Are animals affiliated with rescue organizations eligible to receive certificates?
No. Our program is for existing domesticated pets in households or pets acquired with the intention of providing a lifelong home and care of said animal. The SCHS defines “rescue” animals as animals for which an individual plans to find another home for, and are therefore ineligible to receive a SNIP certificate. For addition information regarding eligibility, please read our Terms and Conditions
Are feral cats eligible to receive certificates?
Where does SCHS receive funding for the SNIP Program?
Funds for SCHS Spay/Neuter Impact program have been secured by donations, fundraisers, and grants. All applications will be reviewed under the guidelines set forth by SCHS and the grant providers whether it be financial, age, canine/feline, size or sex of pet, etc.
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