Spay Neuter Network

Fixed. For Good.

aka Spay Neuter Network   |   Kaufman, TX   |  https://spayneuternet.org

Mission

Spay Neuter Networks mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation through spay/neuter services, while empowering communities to care responsibly for their pets. Our vision is to create compassionate communities free of homeless pets. We serve 13 North Texas counties with a combined population of more than 9 million.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Ms. Bonnie Hill

Main address

PO Box 515

Kaufman, TX 75142 USA

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Formerly known as

Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project

EIN

20-0276988

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, more than 57,000 pets in North Texas are euthanized while an estimated 350,000 roam streets without a home. Pet overpopulation is more than an animal welfare issue; it is also a public health and safety concern. Spay Neuter Network seeks to end euthanasia and to create healthier, safer communities through public education and by making spay/neuter surgeries and basic veterinary care available to strays, shelter animals, rescues, feral cats and to all pet owners, regardless of their income.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free & Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries

We are North Texas’ spay neuter specialists. Our veterinarians specialize in high-volume, high-quality, spay/neuter surgeries and perform more operations in a single day than most private veterinarians do in three months. Since our founding, we have fixed more than 300,000 pets in North Texas. Grants and donations enable us to offer 80% of our surgeries free of charge, allowing us to reach many pet owners who would not otherwise spay or neuter their pets.

Population(s) Served

Spay Neuter Network works with elementary school children in disadvantaged areas where loose animals often roam to educate them about pet safety and responsible pet ownership. The goal is to decrease their chances of being bitten and to enact cultural change surrounding pet ownership by reaching the next generation at an early age.

Population(s) Served

We offer pet owners in low-income and rural communities access to free and low-cost vaccinations, Heartworm testing, FeLV testing, and preventative flea/tick and Heartworm medications. Since our founding, we have vaccinated more than 450,000 animals.

Population(s) Served

Our Return-to-Field program helps save the lives of more than 2,000 cats a year at the Dallas shelter by spaying & neutering free-roaming cats captured by animal services and returning these cats to neighborhoods where they were found. We save more lives each year at the Dallas shelter alone than any other agency through this program. Additionally, we support local Trap, Neuter and Release programs with low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and trap rentals.

Population(s) Served

Many of the communities serviced by Spay Neuter Network lack understanding of the importance of spay/neuter, vaccinations, and other basic veterinary care. Spay Neuter Network's team goes door-to-door in high-risk neighborhoods to talk to pet owners about our free and low-cost resources, compliance with city ordinances, responsible pet ownership, and the benefits of spay/neuter.

Population(s) Served

Many low-income and impoverished residents are unable to afford to microchip their pets, despite local laws that require it. Spay Neuter Network offers free microchips to Dallas residents so they can comply with the law while increasing the chances that their pets can be returned if they are ever lost.

Population(s) Served

After the deadly mauling of a Southern Dallas woman in 2016, Spay Neuter Network joined forces with the City of Dallas and other local organizations to launch an ambitious spay/neuter effort. Through this program, we provide spay/neuter surgeries entirely FREE of charge to dogs in 23, high-risk Dallas zip codes with the goal of reducing the number of loose dogs in these areas and improving resident safety.

Population(s) Served

In 2019 we opened a new clinic in Fort Worth that is currently spaying and neutering dogs and cats for all Fort Worth residents entirely free of charge.

Population(s) Served

In order to combat pet overpopulation and decrease euthanasia in Texas, we need highly skilled veterinarians that specialize in high-volume spay/neuter and animal shelter medicine. We worked with Texas A&M to create the state's first externship program designed to prepare veterinary students for a successful career in community medicine upon graduation.

Population(s) Served

Spay Neuter Network partners with local animal shelters to help them increase their live release rate through innovative programs and policy development.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free & Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of spay/neuter surgeries performed in communities where a) there are many strays b) residents, rescue groups and shelters cannot afford or access basic veterinary care

Number of vaccines administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free & Low-Cost Vaccinations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of vaccines administered to dogs and cats in communities where a) there are many strays b) residents, rescue groups and shelters cannot afford or access basic veterinary care

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to end unnecessary euthanasia and empower residents in needy Texas communities to care for the animals that share their homes and streets by making spaying, neutering, vaccines and microchipping widely available to all, regardless of wealth or income. We see to create safer, more compassionate communities for both people and animals and to get the problem of pet overpopulation Fixed, For Good.

Spay Neuter Network works to achieve our goals by:
1 - offering free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to impoverished, low-income, and under-served pet owners;
2 - removing the barriers to veterinary care by bringing care directly into the communities with greatest need using our animal transports and our Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital;
3 - building relationships and educating the citizens of North Texas on responsible pet ownership through door-to-door community outreach;
4 - educating children on pet safety and responsible pet ownership through partnerships with their schools;
5 - developing innovative programs that keep pets in homes and out of shelters, including a new resource call center in 2020 that works with desperate pet owners who need to surrender a dog or cat. In the first six weeks of this program, we were able to keep 67% of the pets involved from entering the Dallas shelter by putting owners in touch with rescue groups, foster families, pet behavior experts and even providing emergency pet food;
6- providing veterinary students with the specialized training they need to be able to work in high-volume spay/neuter clinics and in animal shelters upon graduation;
7 - working with legislators on a local level to create humane laws and ordinances that protect our citizens and animals;
8 - increasing compliance with animal laws such as mandatory spay/neuter, microchipping, and rabies vaccination laws;
9 - increasing adoptions through shelters and other humane organizations by supporting their lifesaving efforts.

We provide transport and spay/neuter services for pet owners in 13 North Texas counties with a combined population of more than 9 million residents. We alter between 500-600 pets weekly thanks to 3 stationary clinics (Crandall, Dallas and Fort Worth), a 40-foot Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital (MASH), and transport vans. We continue to grow: in 2016, we altered more than 17,500 pets; in 2018 we altered more than 27,000 animals. Since our founding, we have spayed/neutered more than 300,000 pets and vaccinated more than 450,000 and educated more than 500,000 Texans on compassionate and responsible pet ownership.

We have three stationary clinics that are staffed with veterinarians, veterinary techs and support personnel trained to work with animals. We have an outreach team that has had extensive experience working in at-risk neighborhoods. We have multiple vans that serve counties outside of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Our education program for school children was developed by a licensed animal welfare education instructor and our externship program for young veterinarians was developed with one of Texas' leading veterinary colleges.

The need in our community is large and we are in a constant state of calculated growth in order to better address the need. In 2020 we kicked off our 'Fixed. For Good.' campaign. Our Board has made the commitment to expand our Mobile and transport van services throughout North Texas to ensure that all 16 counties that make up the North Central Texas Council of governments (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise) all have access to low-cost veterinary care on a regular monthly basis. This will include access to vaccination events and mobile / transport spay neuter. We will work with each county and all cities located in each county to learn where services are needed most, how best to get the word out in these communities and make sure we are there as often as needed. We will be closely tracking our success through shelter intakes and problem calls. Many of the areas that we are targeting are rural communities that have limited or nonexistent resources to care for and manage free roaming animals. We are committed to helping every location that needs help and getting them on our regular schedule for services by the end of 2020.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Spay Neuter Network

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jennifer Lavender

MetroPaws Animal Hospital

Term: 2018 -

Mark Rogers

Carol Shiels

Shiels Engineering

Ursula Evering

Annette Copeland

Trina Roffino

The Marketing Arm

Natalie Race

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2020

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