SNAP provides low-cost spay and neuter procedures to residents in El Cajon, one of the county’s underserved areas for pet health care.
According to the organization, the area regularly grapples with pet overpopulation, an overwhelmed El Cajon Animal Shelter and exclusion from the county’s Department of Animal Services due to jurisdiction issues.
The organization said it receives more than 300 calls each month from El Cajon pet owners in search of affordable pet care. SNAP provides spay and neuter services for discounted costs between $20 and $100 but won’t turn away pet owners who can’t pay for a procedure.
The $4,985 grant will fund SNAP’s “neuter scooter,” a state-licensed mobile veterinary clinic that allows the organization to provide pet care to residents who may not have the ability to travel with their pet to its main clinic. Animals that receive spay or neuter services from the mobile clinic also receive additional services like a standard health exam, vaccinations and pain medication for free.
“Clinics fill up so quickly in this location because of affordability and we usually have one or two pet owners on standby at 7:00 a.m. — just in case a spot opens up,” said SNAP Executive Director Dorell Sackett. “Because of the need, the grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation will help us offer more clinics in El Cajon and further reduce the number of unwanted litters born needlessly in this community dealing with just too many surplus animals.”
The mobile clinic has provided spay/neuter services for more than 65,000 pets around the county since entering service in 2003, according to SNAP. Residents can schedule a spay or neuter procedure for their pet at SNAP’s website, snap-sandiego.org. The organization can also be reached at 619-525-3047.
— City News Service
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