Animal related

PET FIXERS-SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

aka Pet Fixers

Bemidji, MN

Mission

Pet Fixers- Spay Neuter Assistance Program is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded July, 2012 with the purpose of educating and assisting pet owners to become responsible pet owners by spaying and neutering their dogs and cats. Our belief is the only humane way to prevent pet over-population is through prevention by sterilization. We will promote responsible pet ownership through education provide opportunity and assistance for the spaying and neutering of companion animals for individuals financially unable to sterilize their pet and assist individuals and municipalities in trap-neuter-return (TNP) of feral cats running our own professional medical service providing services to low income pet owners, community cats, and approved shelters and rescues in need of our services.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We had a young couple bring in a dog to be neutered and they shared how they came to be his owners. The man received a call from his mother who had found a puppy in the woods sitting next to a bag of dog food. She called her son up and asked him if he would take the pup, which he and his wife did. They both came in with the dog to get him neutered and vaccinated. He said the dog “was the best dog he has ever owned."

This is a good example of the kind of low income pet owners who we help, and the dog is the reason we provide this service. So many compassionate people who take in animals who are in need cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering but love and care for these “throw aways." No unwanted litters means no abandoned puppies or kittens in the woods or on the streets.

Ruling Year

2014

Pet Fixer Board Chair

Paul Yule

Main Address

196 Anne St NW PO Box 104

Bemidji, MN 56619 USA

Keywords

Low income, pet owner, assistance, spay, neuter

EIN

46-0563118

 Number

7404841767

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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What we aim to solve

There is a huge demand in this area for low cost services for spay and neutering of pet animals for people of limited income. In 2017 we purchased medical equipment and supplies to outfit a 31' trailer and use an indoor facility for post and pre-op animals. We successfully completed this first year using our own equipment and paid medical staff. We found pet owners are unable or unwilling to vaccinate their pets so we purchase the supplies and provide the core vaccines in the surgery cost.

Our programs

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Spay Neuter Assistance Program

Feral / Barn / Free Roaming Cats

Veterans on VA Disability

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Our belief is the only humane way to prevent pet over-population and unwanted litters is through prevention by sterilization.

We will do this by promoting responsible pet ownership through education of the general public, providing financial assistance for the spaying and neutering of companion animals, and assisting individuals and municipalities in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats.

We will equip and run our own spay neuter program with our own veterinarians, technicians, and medical equipment. This will enable us to provide more clinics more frequently to a larger area.

We will provide services to approved shelters and rescues who lack low cost services.

We bring in low cost mobile spay/neuter clinics to provide professional and cost effective services that our clients are able to afford. We subsidize the low cost surgery as a way of making it even more affordable. We encourage the spay and neuter of companion animals as the most humane way to control overpopulation. We provide informational materials to help people make informed decisions. We will partner with individuals, organizations, and municipalities who share this common goal. We will provide assistance in the form of funds, equipment, and veterinary service to help with the T-N-R of feral cats.

We have a very strong, talented group of people on our board of directors. We find the community and this includes the veterinary professionals in the area, very supportive. The veterinarians refer their low income pet owners who cannot pay for their services to Pet Fixers. We are able to gain support from the public to help with fundraising and donations. We are increasing our partnerships with animal organizations, city and county administrations. We have no paid staff, and no overhead except for a voicemail box and a post office box. We own our own equipment which provides us with more flexibility.

We will know and we already are seeing, a definite decrease in the number of unwanted puppies and kittens. This has been shared by animal control and our local rescue resources. Our visibility as an established and respected program continues to increase as we expand our area. Our clients cover a 12 county area- Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.

We are very proud to have served 3,546 animals since our first clinic in December 2012. There is a definite increase in the awareness of pet owners of the need to get their animals sterilized before they become pregnant. We have already had requests for additional clinics in areas we are already in and city administrations asking for new clinics in new towns. Fundraising continues to be a challenge as it is for every non-profit. We are able to see our efforts recognized in an increase in grant funding and donations from individuals and businesses. Becoming our own medical service has been a huge, time taking, expensive step for us. We are proceeding cautiously this year while we figure out the additional expenses and time this will take.

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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