SNIP (Spay-Neuter Illinois Pets) Alliance has purchased a 2012 transport van to safely transport pets to its mobile clinics.
“If it was not for the generosity of Carol House Furniture, Nestle Purina and private donors our dream of purchasing a van would not have come true,” SNIP Alliance President Sandra Eaves said.
The need became more apparent as the organization received more calls from low-income pet-owners canceling their spay-neuter appointments because they lacked transportation. In many instances, volunteers for SNIP Alliance used their personal vehicles to help them with transportation. But this posed a safety issue for both the volunteers and the pets they were transporting. The new van will enable SNIP Alliance to transport more animals to the mobile clinics.
SNIP Alliance was formed in 2008 as a direct result of the appalling intake numbers and resultant euthanasia rates in Madison County Animal Control facilities. SNIP Alliance received its nonprofit status in February 2009 and has been dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation by providing education to the public on the benefits of spay-neuter, acting as a resource for those seeking low-cost spay-neuter services and providing low-cost spay-neuter clinics to the public.
After the initial spay-neuter clinics in East Alton in 2012 utilizing a mobile unit were a resounding success, the organization has continued bringing clinics to the communities most in need and has now performed approximately 3,300 surgeries. As a result, intake numbers at Madison County Animal Control have dropped by 29 percent and the euthanasia rate has dropped to 62 percent.
SNIP Alliance is a recognized organization in many communities, attending farmers’ markets and special events and providing community outreach programs. In addition, the organization has provided humane education programs to approximately 5,000 children in Madison County.
Funded by grants and donations from community leaders, SNIP Alliance says it will continue to reach out and provide low-cost spay-neuter surgeries to low-income pet owners and provide transportation to those in need. Clinic dates are posted at www.snipalliance.org or on their Facebook page. Information can also be obtained by calling (618) 488-2656.