NOTE: THE LIBERTY COUNTY MOBILE CLINIC PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN THIS NEWS STORY ENDED ON AUGUST 31, 2009 DUE TO THE DISCONTINUATION OF FUNDING BY THE STATE OF TEXAS.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2007
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc. receives grant to provide free spaying and neutering in Liberty County
Houston, TX - The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Inc. (SNAP) announced that it will be offering free spaying and neutering for companion animals of low-income families living in Liberty County. SNAP was awarded funding from the Animal Friendly License Plate Fund, administered by the Texas Department of Health, to help control animal overpopulation in Texas.
The SNAP mobile clinic will travel to different areas throughout Liberty County 31 times over the next 12 months. SNAP is working with Liberty, Dayton, and Cleveland Animal Control agencies to identify sites where the services are most needed. The vast majority of the population (71 percent) does not have access to animal control operations and there are only 8 private veterinary clinics in the county, none of which provides free or low cost spay/neuter services.
This initiative utilizes the expertise of SNAP in high-quality high-volume sterilization surgeries. Jim Weedon, DVM, executive director of SNAP, said, “This program is a natural extension of our existing programs and community outreach. We applaud the animal control agencies in Liberty County for working with us to provide this much needed service.” SNAP has been performing low-cost and free sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats in Harris and Bexar Counties for 13 years.
Due to animal overpopulation in Texas, over half a million animals are euthanized annually at a cost of over $20 million dollars. These figures do not include animals that are abandoned and die from starvation, disease, or trauma. Failure to sterilize animal companions is a major cause of animal overpopulation.
SNAP continues to explore opportunities with other counties in Texas to provide free spay-neuter services. People interested in learning if they qualify for the free spaying and neutering can check our website at www.snapus.org or call 713-862-3863.
The mission of SNAP is to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation, especially in low-income areas.