We received our 501 ( C)(3) in July of 2014, retroactive to January 2014. At this time we became independent from the Humanitarians. During 2013 and 2014 we ran a special promotion (It’s Hip to Snip). Some prices included a rabies shot and a microchip with the spay/neuter. One promotion offered services to all dogs for $25 regardless of size.
We recently conducted a Boots on the Ground promotion at Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa. We knocked on doors and signed pets up on the spot and gave free pet food.
In 2014, we led an effort which resulted in the Citrus County Commission passing a proclamation declaring February as Citrus County Spay and Neuter month.
We currently work with several veterinary clinics, have a phone system with four operators, a group of approximately 40 active volunteers and have altered over 5,600 cats and dogs. We also have added a Feral Busters, program to assist citizens who feed feral cats and would like to have them altered and returned to them. We have trappers who trap the cats, take them to the vet to be altered, ear tipped and receive a rabies shot before they are returned to their owners. This we do for a $10 per cat charge to the client. All of this has been funded by donations and fundraising. As you can see our group has grown and is providing a much needed service for the community. We are the only non-profit organization offering these low prices for spay and neuter in our county. We get referrals from veterinarians, Animal Control, Animal Services and rescue groups.
Our clients tell stories of wanting to alter their pet but not having the funds. One client story tells of a woman working and living on her own as a shampoo girl at a hair salon. She was providing for herself and her three cats. She had planned to get them neutered but had a stroke before she did. She could no longer work and had no insurance. She was able to get around but had seizures. Her whole life changed in one moment in time. She had no family near her. Her cats were her family and gave her a reason to live. After calling Snippet and getting the cats fixed she didn’t have to worry about her cats having kittens which was a big relief.
We need your donations to continue our mission. The donation can me be made out to Snippet Citrus, P.O. box 476, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447. For more information call 352-436-4205.
Mary Lee Johnson, President