SNIP is a 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 $25 or cat for $15 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.
WHY SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET?
- 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 a considerable amount of time, money, and hassle (not to mention property damage!) involved in raising litters of puppies or kittens.