The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is pleased to announce its new partnership in the areas of health and safety with the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) of San Diego. SNAP provides spay and neutering services for cats and dogs aboard their famous “Neuter Scooter” throughout San Diego County. The two fully equipped surgical suites on wheels just celebrated ten years of service in which 45,000 animals were “fixed” on one Neuter Scooter alone. Considering that one female cat plus her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in six years, SNAP has spared needless pain and suffering that comes from unwanted litters and reduced the amount of homeless animals entering overcrowded shelters with, at times, harsh conditions.
Now at the cusp of their eleventh year, SNAP continues their dedication to providing much needed services that benefit both pets and their community. For the spayed or neutered animal, life expectancy is on average three years longer than one who continues to reproduce unchecked. Spaying and neutering can also prevent cancer and other diseases, depending on the age of the animal. For the community, public safety improves by reducing the number of strays roaming the streets, incidence of dog bites, and fights with other animals in which people trying to intervene can get hurt. Either way, it’s a win-win!
In addition to SNAP’s success in reducing pet overpopulation, they have an educational component by way of free classroom workshops for K-12 students. Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the individual school or classroom and emphasizes responsibility and kindness, reinforcing the belief that children who are kind to animals are kind to each other. Based on class age, students will learn about proper pet care, dog bite prevention, pet overpopulation, and career options in animal welfare. At times well-trained animals may be part of the workshop and in some cases the Neuter Scooter may be on the premises for students to tour.
Here are some important details to keep in mind:
- An appointment is a must—no exceptions
- Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers
- Pet drop off between 7:00-8:00 am
- Pet pick up can vary but usually between 2:00-3:00 pm
The Neuter Scooters will be at the Market Creek Plaza 310 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114 (running along the trolley line just west of Starbucks) on:
- Thursday, December 5
- Friday, December 6
- Thursday, December 19
- Friday, December 20
If you’d like to book an appointment with SNAP, please call them at (866)-772-9287 or (619) 525-3047. A few dedicated staff and volunteers man the SNAP hotline; if your call is not answered please leave a message and SNAP will return your call. When you receive a call back, have your pet’s breed, age, and weight handy. You may be asked to provide additional details. While setting the appointment you will be provided with the cost of service, instructions on how to prep your animal for surgery, and other essential information.
Please rest assured that spaying (females) and neutering (males) procedures are performed by licensed and qualified veterinarians with assistance from licensed veterinarian technicians. Their mission is to provide pets in San Diego with a safe and healthy environment while helping to reduce pet overpopulation. By spaying or neutering your pet, you are doing a good thing. Please call today!