We received our 501(c)(3) status in July of 2014, retroactive to January 2014, and then became independent from the Humanitarians. That same year, we led an effort which resulted in the Citrus County Commission passing a proclamation declaring February as Citrus County Spay and Neuter month.
Snippet runs several promotions every year, including our big Hip to Snip promotion in the spring. Sometimes we are able to partner with other organizations, or apply for and receive grant funding for specific projects, enabling us to offer very special prices and add-ons to Citrus County residents. We’ve had special promotions offering any size dog spay/neuter for $20, and have included extras such as rabies vaccinations or microchips. We’ve had “boots on the ground” promotions where we target a certain area within the county and go door to door to sign up pets for altering. There are several veterinary clinics who work with us, and we have approximately 40 active volunteers, four of whom handle the phone calls from potential clients. We are proud that we have altered over 8,000 cats and dogs in our four years of work.
Snippet started a program called Feral Busters to assist citizens who feed feral cats and would like to have them altered and returned to them. Volunteers with Feral Busters trap the cats, take them to the vet to be altered and to receive a rabies shot. The cats are also ear tipped so that we know which ones have been spayed or neutered. Then they are returned to their caretakers. We do this for $10 per cat.
All of what we do is funded by donations and our own fundraising events. Snippet has grown since we started in 2013 and is continuing to provide a much needed service for the community. We are the only non-profit organization consistently 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 was 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 and had planned to get them neutered but had a stroke before that happened. 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. With no family near her, her cats were her family and gave her a reason to live. Snippet helped this lady by arranging for her cats to be spayed and neutered, relieving her of the burden of having litters of kittens that she couldn’t afford and would have difficulty placing.
We need your donations to continue our mission. Your donation can be sent to Snippet Citrus, P.O. box 476, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447. For more information call 352-436-4205.
Mary Lee Johnson, President – Snippet Citrus