OK-SNIP promotes and provides affordable, high-quality spay and neuter services for:
- The cats and dogs of low income families
- Feral cats (cats not socialized who can’t be handled)
- Okanogan County Animal Foster Care shelter cats
In an effort to stop the killing and deaths of these animals due to overpopulation.
OK-SNIP is an IRS 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with the tax ID number01-0555614
OK-SNIP Is Moving!
At the end of December 2014, OK-SNIP will be moving to 4 Spring Coulee Road in Okanogan next to Animal Foster Care Cat Shelter.
The reason for the move is that we no longer have a veterinarian qualified to perform high volume, high quality spay and neuter surgeries who can come to our clinic. Until we can raise the funds to attract a veterinarian with full time employment, we can’t afford to maintain the overhead costs in the building we are renting. We will be storing our $32,000 worth of spay/neuter equipment in the meantime.
We will begin scheduling cats immediately but dog surgeries will be contingent on receiving a grant from a private foundation. Our phone number will remain the same, 509-422-9960. All surgeries are by appointment only.
Accomplishments From 2009 through 2014
- We have fixed a total of 4,000 animals to date, preventing thousands of unwanted births.
- We were able to offer affordable vaccines to the cats and dogs of our low income clients.
- We funded exams, medications and procedures needed by feral cats and AFC cats at full service veterinary clinics.
- We have sterilized, maintained and monitored hundreds of feral cat colonies throughout Okanogan County through our free Trap/Neuter/Return Program with the help of volunteer caretakers. The shelters, feeding stations and food expenses are all donated by our volunteers.
- We have collaborated with AFC to re-home stray tame cats and socialize feral kittens removed from feral cat colonies.
We have collaborated with AFC to offer our Mom’s Last Litter Program in which we fix the moms and dads for free and AFC takes the kittens into their Kitten Adoption Program. OK-SNIP fixes the kittens or they are altered at partner rescues in the Puget Sound Area prior to adoption.
News in 2013
Tuesday, October 29, was a day to celebrate and reflect for our staff and volunteers. The distinction of being the 3,000th animal to be fixed at OK-SNIP since the clinic opened in February 2009 went to a very sweet Pit Bull mix puppy named Thunder. His litter mate, Daisy Do, was number 2,999. Their owner, Anika Kennedy, gets sloppy dog kisses from all of us for her determination to get these puppies fixed before they were sexually mature which is at 5 months. The mantra being chanted all across the US is “FIX BY
4”. Annika was out looking for a job while the puppies were getting fixed. Hard times for people are even harder times for animals which is why it is more important than ever to prevent the thousands of unwanted births of puppies and kittens that occur in Okanogan County every year. A
key factor in prevention is to provide affordable spay and neuter for the pets of low income families and individuals. Unfortunately most of the full service veterinary clinics in the County don’t embrace the “FIX BY 4” concept and most of the individuals and groups who sell or give away cats and dogs don’t have them sterilized before disposing of them.
Washingtons’ Specialty Plates
Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control worked long and hard so that cats and dogs can benefit from the sale of the specialty license plate, We Love Our Pets. All proceeds go to fund Spay and Neuter grants for non-profits. OK-SNIP can apply once a year for on of these grants.
DRIVE WITH A PURPOSE
Support spay/neuter! Order a pet friendly license plate. Click on the Washington plate above to see how to get one for yourself.
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