The Spay-Neuter Action Project of San Diego announced Tuesday that it has received a $5,000 grant to hold spay/neuter clinics next month at the reservations of two local Luiseno Indian tribes.
SNAP received the grant from the Sanford Anderson Charitable Foundation to tackle pet overpopulation on tribal land. It’s a common problem, according to the organization, because reservations often lack the proper pet care and animal control services.
Through its Tribal-SNAP program, the organization will provide a surgical bus for the La Jolla and Rincon Bands of Luiseno Indians. In addition to the foundation’s grant, SNAP is receiving $1,500 from the Native America Humane Society and several other small funding allocations to cover the $3,500 cost of each clinic.
“The need for our services on sovereign lands is real,” said SNAP Executive Director Dorell Sackett. “We are so grateful that support from different sources really came together, to give up to 60 dogs and cats a better quality of life through a procedure performed by our fully trained, California state-licensed veterinary team, while reducing the birthrate of undomesticated litters on these vast reservations.”
Members of the SNAP medical team received hotel vouchers from Harrah’s Resort Southern California, located on the Rincon reservation, and will stay there to reduce their commute to one round trip. The clinics are scheduled to be held July 9 on the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians’ reservation and July 10 on the Rincon reservation.
—City News Service
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