Mikah, a 12-week-old German Shepherd puppy, sat nervously in the reception area of our Fort Worth clinic. His pet parent, Lisa Garcia, had just adopted him and brought him to Spay Neuter Network for low-cost vaccinations. Mikah was one of several dogs and cats getting vaccinated for the first time that day, thanks to a low-cost program funded by a grant that allowed us to offer distemper and parvo vaccines for only $10 – half the usual price. Many low-income families get their pets’ rabies vaccine because it’s the law, but opt out of other necessary vaccines because of cost. At just $10 per vaccine, Lisa was thrilled she could afford to get Mikah fully vaccinated that day. And for what it’s worth, Mikah left the clinic happier, and perhaps a bit eager, to head home.
Experiencing homelessness is one of life’s more difficult challenges, but having a pet can provide solace to an individual living on the street. Through our Pet Assistance Program for the Homeless, Spay Neuter Network partners with local social service organizations to bring free services, like spay/neuter surgeries, wellness vaccines, microchips, and flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives to pets belonging to this vulnerable population. When Choppa’s family arrived at a recent clinic in Dallas, he received free vaccines and preventatives and a voucher for free spay and neuter to ensure his health for the coming year. Thanks to our donors and supporters, we can help keep pets with the ones they love – no matter their family’s circumstances.
Your donation will help us help offer free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to those who need it the most. $100 will neuter a large dog. $55 will neuter a cat.
We are also proud to announce that Choppa’s parents are now on the path to a more permanent residence thanks to our partners at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center.
During a joint clinic with Inspired Vision, an organization dedicated to feeding as many people as they can in North Texas, we met Ms. Villa. She arrived with four orphaned kittens whom she had rescued and bottle-fed over the past few weeks. She knew they all needed to be fixed and vaccinated, but she only had enough money to cover the expenses for one kitten. She thought she would have to decide on which one to keep and get that one fixed and vaccinated, and then surrender the other three kittens to the city shelter. Instead, we covered the spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for all four kittens, thanks to donors and supporters of our Pet Support and Resource Center. That way, Miss Villa could use the money she saved to feed her family instead. Now, regardless of whether these kittens remained with her or found a new home with another family, they would have what they needed to get a healthy start in life.
These are the happily-ever-after stories we hope to create for pets every day.
Our Pet Support & Resource Center is an award-winning partnership with the City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services to provide alternatives to surrendering a pet to the city shelter. Through this program, Spay Neuter Network provides services and resources to keep pets in their homes; helps pet owners rehome their pets on their own if needed; or routes pets to our local rescue partners for quicker adoptions.
When six-month-old Stevie came to our Dallas clinic, Christi said they already had several pets, but they took Stevie in as a tiny kitten during the February winter storm that took out power and stranded people all over North Texas. They intended to find him a home, but, of course, fell in love with this sweet-natured kitty. Knowing that the family had several pets they needed to care for already and that finances were tight, our staff in the Dallas clinic chose Stevie to receive vaccinations and neuter at no cost to his family through our Act of Kindness” program. This program helps people in our community and gives our staff a chance to live our mission by helping a new family every month. Through generous donations, we were able to get Stevie fixed for free…. Will you donate to support the next pet in need?