Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana is a small, predominantly volunteer organization with a big mission. As Indiana’s only financial assistance organization, we are working to support the efforts of more than 250 rescue groups and shelters so that every Indiana shelter can become a zero-kill shelter.
Spay/neuter is the answer, and strategic programs are yielding results in Indiana:
1. As reported by The Indy Channel, the Humane Society of Johnson County decreased euthanasia rates by 83% in just four years, after implementing their “Community Cat” program, with SNSI providing support. This not only saved lives, the program saved $23,000 in euthanasia costs alone.
2. The Brown County Humane Society has achieved and maintained an amazing Save Rate of over 95%, compared to the national average of 60%.
3. In Indianapolis, euthanasia numbers have declined by more than 80% in the last 10 years due to low-cost spay/neuter options.
(Graph courtesy of the FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic)
4. Bloomington Animal Care & Control has decreased euthanasia rates from a staggering 55% in 2002 to 15% in 2015.
5. The Fort Wayne Coalition (Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and the Fort Wayne SPCA) has steadily increased live release rates due to spay/neuter programs.
SNSI’s Strategic Programs
Programs that Yield Results
1. The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) provides $20 spay/neuter surgeries to limited-income pet owners. This is strategic because this segment of the population can often afford to feed stray animals, but will frequently adopt them if they can just get them fixed. Fixed animals are less likely to be surrendered to local shelters.
2. The Community Cat program provides free surgery certificates to non-profit animal welfare groups and municipal shelters that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) feral and free roaming cats. This strategic program prevents these cats from ever entering shelters. Shelters are all too commonly overwhelmed with outdoor cats, many of which do not make good adoption candidates. Euthanasia rates for this group of cats is incredibly high. But, by using TRN programs, colony caretakers provide food and shelter for their colony of cats, and we help fix these cats to ensure the numbers decrease over time.
Because the shelter is not overrun with outdoor cats, staff can focus their limited time on adoptable cats and dogs, and both of these groups have higher adoption rates when community cat programs are in place. Yes, that’s right – dogs fare better when community cats are left where they belong (in the community.) This program also includes a rabies vaccination for each cat, thereby protecting public health.
3. The Pet Friendly Group Grant (PFGG) program provides 10 free surgery certificates to non-profit animal welfare groups and municipal shelters so they can spay/neuter animals in their care before making them available for adoption into permanent, loving homes. Most Indiana animal welfare groups and shelters operate on shoe-string budgets. They spend a lot of money on animals in their care, some of which are sick and injured, requiring specialty vet care. SNSI provides a bit of financial relief to these groups by providing free spay/neuter certificates.
Learn more about Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana
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Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) is a statewide financial assistance organization whose mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs.
The vision of SNSI is to help every Indiana animal shelter reach and maintain no-kill status, and serve as a successful model for other sates throughout the country.
How we’ve grown:
SNSI networks with veterinarians and low-cost clinics to provide affordable spay/neuter surgery options. These veterinarians graciously discount their services to help us further our mission. See our white paper to learn more. SNSI – Financial Assistance Program – White Paper.