Spay Neuter Network (SNN) is a non-profit organization, which was incorporated on November 6, 2003, receiving our 501(c) 3 federal tax exemption on February 24, 2004.
SNN’s mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation through subsidized spay/neuter services, while empowering communities to care responsibly for dogs and cats. This mission is accomplished by offering free and affordable high-volume spay/neuter, wellness and vaccination services for dogs and cats in North Texas.
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We operate a high volume high quality spay/neuter clinic in Crandall, Texas, just three miles east of Dallas County. We provide transport services and Mobile Animal Surgery Hospitals in under-served areas where owners cannot drive to our facility. Our wellness and spay/neuter clinic provides help for pet owners in 13-counties, serving more than 1,300,000 residents.
SNN is nationally recognized and financially supported for its expertise in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services. Our surgeons perform more sterilization surgeries in one day then a normal veterinarian would in his/her office in three months. Since this is all we do; we do it very well and animals suffer less complications and pain. We do not have the responsibilities of providing a full range of services so our time is spent improving on procedures and protocols that provide for safe and sterile surgeries.
The Spay Neuter Network team also takes our mission beyond our clinic and surgical MASH to collaborate and engage in our community by serving on teams working to develop powerful animal welfare plans and policies for cities, counties and municipalities in the DFW metroplex. The SNN team members also volunteer to support rescue organizations and other groups helping pets and pet parents in our community. We have longtime expertise in community outreach and mobilization and share our knowledge through training and public relations support. SNN believes the solution to a happy, healthy pet community is multi-faceted and the only way to solve these problems is to collaborate and work together.
We currently operate five days a week, performing more than 350-400 surgeries a week. Since our inception, we have sterilized more than 120,000 dogs and cats and provided more than 300,000 vaccines. Half of the area we serve is rural and poor; the other half is urban and poor. As a result, most residents in these communities can’t afford spay/neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats – and these are often the pets that keep reproducing and contributing to our pet overpopulation problem.
We work on the principle that people will do the right thing if we work together to 1. make it affordable, 2. make it accessible and 3. educate owners of the tragic results of pet overpopulation, but also the life-saving health benefits of spaying and neutering their pets.
From the beginning we have built partnerships with surrounding city and county shelters and humane organizations, offering transportation services to and from the clinic for the general public. These organizations are the back bone of our program. Without them, we could not succeed. Our partnering agencies are responsible for all aspects of their territory from advertising, promotions, funding, and finding volunteers to perform check-in at their pick-up sites. The partnering agency must have at least three volunteers available at check-in and discharge. For providing these services, the partner agency receives a discounted price on the spay/neuter services for their rescue animals. A strong collaborative effort with these groups has helped us exceed our spay/neuter goals each year.
SNN partners and collaborates with over 35 city, county and private animal shelters as well as hundred’s of animal rescue groups through transport programs that help get dogs and cats to our clinic to get fixed. SNN provides more than 17,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually to North Texas pets.
- Since our inception, SNN has sterilized more than 120,000 dogs and cats and performed more than 30,000 free surgeries for needy Texas residents.
- Opened a new high-volume clinic in 2010, expanding our ability to perform 17,000 surgeries a year.
- The addition of a third Critter Cruiser, our transport van, has allowed us to expand our services to 13-counties.
- In 2011, we mobilized a MASH (Mobile Animal Spay Hospital) unit, taking our hospital to the poorest parts of North Texas to make our services even more accessible and community based.
- We have increased awareness of our local shelters and humane organizations in their communities, and stressed the importance of adopting locally.
- We have performed over 6,000 heartworm treatments at cost for rescue groups and shelters, saving them tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and allowing them to save animals that might otherwise have been killed.
- We provide vaccination and microchip clinics as fundraisers for our partnering agencies, raising thousands of dollars for their medical care funds. We have given more than 300,000 vaccinations to pets since June 2004.
- We offer discounted surgeries to residents that adopt from local shelters.
- Together with partnering animal shelters, SNN has helped educate more than 500,000 North Texas residents about responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, and local animal control ordinances.
- We work with animal control officers to help them educate their citizens on local animal laws and to identify citizens who need financial assistance with the cost of vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries.
- Our Spay it Forward program has seen great success in helping TNR (Trap Neuter Release) groups control feral cat populations. Paid for by donations, each cat receives surgery, rabies vaccine and ear tip for just $20.
- We make regional appearances, attending county and city council meetings, to educate local politicians on new programs, such as feral cat Trap/Neuter/Release programs and updates on Texas state cruelty laws.
- Education: To educate pet owners and the public on responsible pet care
- Diversity: To serve people of all races and ethnicity.
- Compassion: To build humane communities and improve the lives of animals.
- Integrity: To deliver high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income families.
- Accessibility: To bring spay/neuter services to neighborhoods in need.
- Responsibility: To reduce the intake and euthanasia of dogs and cats at local shelters.
- Community-based: To be a community resource on responsible pet care for communities in North Texas.