NO – We are separate and apart from the other animal welfare organizations on-island – but often times we work closely with them – performing their spay neuter surgeries when required and liaising with them when we encounter animals that are to be surrendered.
NO – SNiP offers these surgeries completely FREE of charge to any animal owner who contacts us, no questions asked. We do not have an income qualification process. Obviously any donation that someone wants to make is gratefully accepted and allows us to offer our services to other animals.
SNiP appointment slots at our veterinary partner are available weekly based upon their schedule. The SNiP volunteer will work with you and your specific situation to get an appointment that works for everyone.
SNiP also holds a monthly Spay Day – a full day, every month dedicated solely to FREE spay neuter.
Between the weekly appointments and our monthly Spay Day, most animals have a maximum wait time of 1 to 2 weeks (obviously situations vary based upon animals age & health).
Intact male dogs whom have not been neutered often get into fights with other males, over female dogs. Sterilizing your male dog means that he won’t be chasing the female dogs in heat and the likelihood of him fighting other males will go down significantly.
Intact males will do just about anything to find a female to mate with. That includes digging his way from under the fence or making like Houdini to escape the house. Once he is free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male dogs.
Neutered male dogs tend to stick around and protect their homes better. Intact males are out looking for mates and therefore do not fulfill their role as protectors of their homes.
Unsterilized animals breed and produce more animals many of which become stray / free-roaming. Stray & free-roaming animals pose a real problem in the country. They can prey on wildlife or even pet animals, cause car accidents, pack up and chase children or tourists on the beach.
By sterilizing your animal you are ensuring that your animal does not contribute to our animal overpopulation problem in TCI.
As our services are provided free of charge we do ask Owners to participate in the process. SNiP keeps our costs low by utilizing unpaid volunteers and their vehicles – we do not have a vehicle that we pick up animals in.
However, volunteers are willing to help do pickups based upon availability – but that likely means that your animal will have to wait longer to get in.
SNiP offers the surgeries completely free of charge for just this reason – you may feed and care for the animal, but it’s not really yours and you don’t want to pay $200 or more to sterilize it. You don’t mind it hanging around and will feed it, but don’t want it multiplying.
Contact SNiP to discuss the specific circumstances and we very likely can help you.
Your animal should not have breakfast the day of surgery. You will bring your animal to the clinic at the time advised by the SNiP volunteer.
You will sign a Surgical Consent form (available in English & Creole) and your animal will be admitted to the clinic. Your animal is given a brief physical evaluation by the Veterinary team to ensure it seems healthy enough for surgery – however NO pre surgical bloodwork is done.
Your animal is sedated and sterilization surgery performed – for females that means that her ovaries & uterus are removed, for males their testicles are removed. All animals are given a green tattoo on their abdomen to indicate that they have been sterilized.
Animals are monitored during recovery and when sufficiently recovered are sent home with Discharge Instructions and pain medicines.
If the animal is an outdoor animal with no safe place to recover, we will keep the animal overnight at the clinic so they can safely recover indoors without being bothered by weather or other animals.
Transmittable Venereal Tumor is a cancerous tumor spread mainly through sexual contact with an infected animal. The only way to cure it, is to do chemotherapy treatments every week for 8 – 10 weeks which can be expensive. The best way to try to prevent your animal getting TVT is by spaying or neutering them, reducing their desire to mate and potentially come into contact with the virus.
Thank you for thinking of us! If you wish to make a donation in memory of someone’s pet, in honor of someone’s birthday or some other special event or occasion, please send us an email to [email protected] with details of the special event or occasion along with the contact details of the person(s). Once your donation is made, we will contact the person and let them know that a donation has been made in their honor. We will send them a graphic card via email and will copy you on the correspondence.
SNiP TCI is a staffed by unpaid volunteers, so every penny donated goes towards our mission of offering FREE spay neuter surgeries and the associated costs and supplies to run the program.
In order to keep our costs as low as possible, SNiP is provided all the medicines at cost.
There are many supplies that go into running the program beyond the medicines required for the actual surgery. Some of these are:
– New collars for animals that require one to help identify them as being ‘owned’ and sterilized
– Tags attached to the collars that indicate the animal has been sterilized
– Flea / tick medicines – all animals not on flea / tick prevention are given either a Nexgard or Bravecto to ensure they come into the clinic flea / tick free
– Take home pain management medicines
– Ancillary medicines used to treat any visible injuries / illness / infection at time of surgery
– Purchase of dog & cat traps & wire cages for transport
– Photocopy costs of the take home paperwork / discharge instructions
– In clinic food for animals staying & recovering overnight at the clinic
– Kitty litter for cats staying & recovering overnight at the clinic
– SNiP telephone costs
SNiP has made the concerted effort to keep costs low – we do not have business cards nor a vehicle for animal pickups – we utilize our volunteers vehicles. Of course, if someone wants to donate a vehicle – we would be very happy to receive one!