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Animal Attraction: Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Celebrates Expansion of Services

Animal Attraction:  Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Celebrates Expansion of Services

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 5:53 AM

The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) is celebrating the grand opening of their newly combined reduced-cost spay-neuter and wellness clinic, located at 1801 Durham in Houston.  The new, larger space, greatly increases SNAP’s ability to meet the needs of the community, providing free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries as well as low-cost wellness services.  This expansion was made possible by a foundational grant of $225,000 from PetSmart Charities, Inc., which covered initial lease, renovation, and equipment costs.  "SNAP's spay/neuter program is an excellent example of collaboration," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Partnerships like these are the key to successful, low-cost spay/neuter in local communities."

SNAP previously operated two individual clinics, less than one mile from each other off of Interstate 10 and Shepherd/Durham.  The new facility is an expansion of SNAP’s original wellness clinic that was combined with the adjacent 3,450 sq. ft. property, making the new space a total of 4,575 sq. ft.  This expansion triples the previous spay-neuter clinic space and doubles the holding capacity for surgery patients.   In addition, the new space allows for more wellness clients and provides a larger waiting area for all clientele.  Prior to the expansion, wait times for SNAP’s reduced-cost wellness services had greatly increased, often filling the waiting area to capacity.  At the time the expansion was announced, wait times for surgery were between 3-8 weeks, depending on the size of the animal.  By combining and expanding the facilities, SNAP is greatly reducing all wait times and is able to serve twice as many clients, striving for an estimated 20,000 surgeries annually. 

Build out on the new facility began in July 2009, and was completed in late December.  The new facility features a state-of-the-art surgery suite; five wellness exam rooms;  a spacious lobby, with separate dog and cat areas; separate cat and dog surgical recovery areas; a feral cat area and a pharmacy and lab, to name a few.

“We are excited to enhance our efforts to reduce animal overpopulation in Houston,” said Dr. Jim Weedon, executive director of SNAP.  “This new state-of-the-art facility allows us to expand our reduced-cost services to the general public, while lessening wait times and serving more clients.  This would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: PetSmart Charities, Inc.; Pam & Jim Harris; Robin & Charles Reimer; Friends of BARC; Judy & Jim Weedon; Jenni & Norm Ritchie; Houston PetSet; David Smith; Neil Sackheim; Terry & Gary Sidwell; Julie Strother; Phyllis Anzelone; Bill Folger/Memorial Cat Hospital; Linne’ Girouard; Madeline Woods; Louise Hull; Carrie Gillespie; Mark Gammon; and International Tile.”

Appointments are required for Spay-Neuter surgeries, which are performed Tuesday through Saturday.  Wellness services are available 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.  Hours vary by day and are as follows:

Monday - Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

To make an appointment or to learn more about reduced-cost services offered at SNAP, visit www.snapus.org or call 713-862-8001. Additionally, many funding opportunities still exist, and donations of any amount will go toward helping provide this vital service in Houston.  To learn more, or to make a donation, please contact Laura Welch, SNAP’s development director, at lwelch@snapus.org.

About SNAP:
SNAP, the recipient of the 2009 Pinnacle Award from the Better Business Bureau, is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, with a mission to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation, especially in low-income areas. SNAP envisions a world without homeless dogs and cats. Both Houston and San Antonio have expressed the desire to become “no kill” cities in the near future. SNAP recognizes that sterilization programs, which by definition reduce the number of animals that could possibly be born, are essential to these communities’ reaching that desired status. SNAP will focus on helping these cities reach their goal by designing, delivering, promoting, and advancing community-based animal sterilization services. For more information about SNAP and its programs, visit www.snapus.org.
 

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