Animal related

SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE FOR PETS INC

Mission

1. Provide financial assistance to low income public for surgery costs to sterilize companion pets; 2. Prevent cruelty to animals by reducing the number of unwanted pets; 3. Benefit public safety by reducing the number of stray, unwanted or abandoned animals; 4. Educate public about responsible pet ownership.

Notes from the nonprofit

SNAP has completed more than 18,000 spay/neuter surgeries in the 16 years since we began operation. On February 22, 2018 the Monroe County Mayor recognized SNAP's 15-year contribution to Monroe County and proclaimed February 27 as Spay Neuter Awareness day in Monroe County and urged all pet owners to spay and neuter their pet dogs and cats to reduce the animal overpopulation problem in our community. The mayor also recognized the contributions of the Monroe County Friends of Animals, the Monroe County Animal Shelter, and the tremendous support of three veterinary hospitals who have participated in the SNAP program since the beginning in 2003.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mr John Michael Cleverdon

Main address

190 Blue Jay Ave c/o John Michael Cleverdon

Vonore, TN 37885 USA

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EIN

74-3083045

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our main problem is raising funds from grantors to pay veterinary hospitals for the spay/neuter surgeries provided to low income residents of Monroe County. In 2019, we had to cancel two of twelve scheduled voucher issue sessions due to fund limitations. We are careful not to issue free spay/neuter vouchers that might exceed funds on hand. Normally, 80% of funding is from foundations and 20% is from local sources (humane organization, government, pet owner donations and public donations). We will continue to solicit funds from grantors whose priorities include animal welfare or spay/neuter.

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?

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Low Income Pet Owners

We provide free spay/neuter vouchers to qualified low income pet owners.  Our spay/neuter program addresses the root cause of the pet overpopulation problem in our community.  Low income residents are targeted because they are the largest source of unwanted litters because they often cannot afford to sterilize their pets..

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Families
Budget
$63,090

We provide free responsible pet ownership literature to the public.  Pamphlets on the "advangtages of spaying & neutering your pet" and Maddie's Tail Wag coloring book are provided to about 1200 school children who attend classes at the Monroe County Beautiful recycling center on "recycling" and "do not litter".  About 10-15 different pieces of free literature are are made available to the public at SNAP public voucher issue sessions and various commuity fairs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Families
Budget
$100

Where we work

Awards

Proclamation recognizing SNAP 15 year contribution 2018

Monroe County Mayor

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 spay/neuter surgeries completed per year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Families

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Low Income Pet Owners

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SNAP's annual budget for s/n surgeries was increased from 1000 to 1100 per year starting in 2015. In 2019 we completed 25% more s/n surgeries than budget.

Animal Shelter Intake - Percentage reduction since 2009 peak year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Families

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Low Income Pet Owners

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2009 base = 5954 or 100%

Animal Shelter Euthanasia - Percentage reduction since 2009 peak year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Families

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Low Income Pet Owners

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

2009 Base = 3986 or 100%

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Families

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for Low Income Pet Owners

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average veterinary sterilization surgery cost for all dogs & cats. Individual s/n rates vary by sex, weight, species and veterinary hospital.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to reduce the County Animal Shelter intake until there is zero euthanasia of healthy animals. If we can obtain funding of about $65,000/year required to spay/neuter at least 1100 companion pets/year for the next 2 years, the shelter can achieve zero euthanasia of healthly animals.

We target low income residents of Monroe County who are the major source of unwanted animals, strays and abandoned cats and dogs. <br/><br/>Low income residents cannot afford the $50 to $250 retail vet cost to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. Our program will pay 100% of the spay/neuter surgery cost which will enable pet owners to avoid the extra costs of unwanted litters (food, vaccinations, shelter, vet care, etc) and stabilize the number of pets in their households. <br/><br/>Without our program, many pets would be abandoned, surrendered to the County animal shelter, killed on the community streets & roads, or continue to have unwanted litters and contribute to the animal overpopulation problem.

SNAP has 6 officers and board members who manage all aspects of the program and another 20 volunteers who issue free spay/neuter vouchers at well publicized monthly voucher issue sessions that are rotated between the four main towns in the county. All officers, board members and volunteers are unpaid.<br/><br/>We have negotiated low cost spay/neuter surgery rates with 3 veterinary hospitals who accept SNAP vouchers. All 3 vets have participated in the SNAP s/n program since the 2003 beginning.<br/><br/>About 80% of funding is from Foundations. About 20% is from the local humane organization, government, public donations, and pet owner donations.

SNAP uses the annual statistics of the Monroe County Animal Shelter to measure progress of our spay/neuter program. The key shelter milestones are to significantly reduce the shelter Intake and Euthanasia each year. Our key organization milestone is to complete at least 1100 spay/neuter surgeries each year and raise $65,000/yr to pay for the s/n surgeries. For example: a) In 2019, the shelter Intake was reduced 12% and Euthanasia was stable from prior year. b) Over the past 10 years since the 2009 peak year, shelter intake has been reduced 67% (5954 to 1947) and euthanasia has been reduced 92% (3986 to 255) in 2018. c) In 2019, 86% of Shelter Intake was saved by adoption, foster programs, rescue and return-to-owner. In 2009, only 33% of Shelter Intake was saved.

SNAP has completed more than 19,250 spay/neuter surgeries in the 16 years since incorporation in 2003. We have made major progress in reducing the shelter intake and euthanasia. Twelve years ago, one could not drive to town with seeing stray, abandoned, homeless dogs & cats and abundant road kill. Now, it is rare to see dogs & cats on our roads and the road kill is mainly wild animals. SNAP has not yet achieved Zero Euthanasia of healthy animals at the Shelter. If SNAP can raise funds to pay for at least 1100 spay/neuter surgeries per year, and if the Monroe County Friends of Animals (humane organization)/shelter can continue to save 2000 animals per year (rescue, foster, adoption, return to owner), it is possible to achieve zero euthanasia of healthy animals in about 2 years. John Cleverdon, founder and president, is retiring in 2020 and the SNAP organization is merging with Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) to assure that the outstanding SNAP spay/neuter program will continue to be available as long as it is necessary. SNAP will continue to operate as a free standing Committee reporting to the MCFA Board of Directors. The new identity is: Spay Neuter Assistance Program of MCFA or "SNAP".

Financials

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SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE FOR PETS INC

Board of directors
as of 5/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Cleverdon

Retired professional

Term: 2003 - 2020

John Cleverdon

No Affiliation

Susan Cleverdon

No Affiliation

David Gallelli

No Affiliation

Jack Wright

No Affiliation

Judy Duckman

No Affiliation

Sherri Murphy

No Affiliation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

spay neuter, low income pet owners, monroe county, tennessee