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Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.

Leading the field in competent, compassionate veterinary care since 1994

aka SNAP   |   Houston, TX   |  www.snapus.org

Mission

SNAP's mission is To prevent the suffering and death of companion animals and to enrich the human-animal bond by providing excellent, accessible and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care. Through subsidized and affordably-priced veterinary care—with a focus on high-efficiency spay/neuter—we work toward a vision of a world with no homeless pets.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Dr. Karel Olguin D.V.M.

Main address

P.O. Box 70286

Houston, TX 77270 USA

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EIN

76-0608925

NTEE code info

Veterinary Services (D40)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are an estimated 70 million homeless cats & dogs in the United States, outnumbering homeless people 5 to 1. Around 10% of these animals (6 to 8 million per year) will be “lucky” enough to make it into shelters. The rest languish and suffer on the streets and become a danger to public safety & health. Of those who do make it to a shelter, 2.7 million will be euthanized each year. SNAP’s service areas are home to almost 9 million people, of whom 1,422,281 live below poverty level. For these people, providing their families with even the necessities—food, shelter, and healthcare—is a struggle. Many of these families have pets whom they love, but veterinary care is unaffordable and largely unavailable to them. An estimated 355,570 dogs & 474,094 cats are companions to people living below poverty level in these areas; of these, an estimated 284,456 dogs & 379,275 cats are unaltered. These neighbors need access to affordable spay/neuter, vaccinations, and veterinary wellness care.

Our programs

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

The Solution Begins Here

Affordable spay/neuter for cat and dog companions of the general public

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Affordable vaccinations and veterinary wellness care

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Subsidized spay/neuter, vaccinations, and veterinary wellness care for the animal companions of income-qualified clients

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Pinnacle Award 2009

Better Business Bureau

Pinnacle Award 2011

Better Business Bureau

Winner of Distinction 2012

Better Business Bureau

Top-Rated NonProfit Award 2014

GreatNonProfits (also 2010, 2012)

Winner of Distinction 2014

Better Business Bureau (2008-2012)

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

SNAP's mission is to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs and to enrich the human-animal bond by providing excellent, accessible and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care. We accomplish this mission by maintaining a positive team culture—encouraging and equipping our employees to be competent, compassionate, and cooperative. Through proactive client engagement and accessible, affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care, we promote enrichment of the human-animal bond, which—in turn—creates stronger, more compassionate communities and moves us closer to our vision of a world with no homeless pets.

Expected outcomes are an increase in the number of animals sterilized who would not otherwise have been due to a lack of money, access, and knowledge; an increase in the number of community cats sterilized, who otherwise would not have been; an increase in the number of births prevented; and increase in preventative wellness care for animals who would not have been taken to a private veterinarian.

We are increasing organizational efficiency through regular training and improved policies and procedures, as well as utilizing scheduling tools to maximize clinic capacity. Our mobile clinics have been placed semi-permanently in high-need areas to expand our geographic footprint, and are planning to increase services at these outlets as our veterinary staffing is supplemented. New sources of funding are being sought to allow SNAP to invest in increased capacity as well as continue to expand subsidized services for our income-qualified clients.

SNAP has led the field as a nonprofit provider of competent, compassionate veterinary care since 1994, when in response to dog and cat overpopulation and unacceptably-high shelter kill rates in Houston/Harris County, SNAP was created to pioneer the nation’s first spay/neuter clinic on wheels to serve clients living below poverty level.

SNAP has operated in Houston, Dallas, Pasadena, and San Antonio, TX; Native American reservations in the Four Corners of NM, AZ, UT, and CO; and Los Angeles, CA. For 4 years, we ran a mobile clinic project in Monterrey, Mexico, expanding to stationary clinics in Morelia at the University of Michoacan and in Juarez, as well as special projects in Mexico City. SNAP’s international reach has also included projects in Am. Samoa, the Cayman Islands, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, India, and Panama. Animal overpopulation & suffering are being alleviated across the globe as a result of SNAP’s influence.

SNAP created mobile spay/neuter, providing a model which has been widely replicated. SNAP veterinarians have been instrumental in developing best practices for patient care in high-volume spay/neuter. We have performed over a half-million spay/neuter surgeries, preventing the suffering of millions of unwanted companion animals. SNAP personnel have trained veterinary professionals, empowering them to make their own communities more compassionate and humane. We played a significant role in helping San Antonio, Texas become the nation’s largest no-kill city.

We want to continue to lead the field by creating training opportunities for veterinarians to learn high-efficiency spay/neuter techniques, so that we can help alleviate the shortage of veterinarians in this field. And we want to work with other entities in the Greater Houston Area to address the heartbreaking animal homelessness issue and build a future in which no companion animal is killed for lack of a home or space in a shelter.

Financials

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Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Norman Ritchie

vPSI Group LLC

Term: 2021 - 2024

Carolyn Pratt

Manhattan Insurance Group

Norman W. Ritchie

vPSI Group LLC

Marcy Lynch

Retired

David King

Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2022

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