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Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45,000 animals per yer

Geographic areas served: Houston, Pasadena and San Antonio, Texas

Programs: SNAP has been helping dogs and cats and the humans who love them for a quarter of a century! In 1994, 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 who live below poverty level. Founder, Sean Hawkins, relates the story of his motivation to embark on this enormous undertaking: One summer morning, a tiny puppy found in a parking lot was brought into the local shelter. She was too small to be put up for adoption, so it was my job to put her to sleep that afternoon. As I opened her cage, her big brown eyes just stared at me. Having watched the animals before her, she knew she was going to die. She was going to be killed for a crime she did not commit—being born. That puppy, Sideeke, lived with me for 22 years, and was the reason the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program began. That day I decided I was going to do something to stop the killing of homeless animals. We have Sean to thank for bringing SNAP to life, but the next twenty-five years were only possible through the steadfast support of our donors, investors, and partners. Together, we have much to be proud of. Thanks to our supporters, SNAP has been able to: • create mobile spay/neuter, providing a model which has been replicated around the world. • develop best practices for patient care in the field of high-efficiency spay/neuter • perform over half-a-million spay/neuter surgeries, preventing the suffering of millions of unwanted cats and dogs and improving the quality of life for both animals and human caregivers • establish programs and/or trained veterinarians in six U.S. states and seven foreign countries • play a significant role in helping San Antonio become the nation’s largest no-kill city, with hopes to replicate that success in the Greater Houston Area. We look forward to another twenty-five years helping pets and the people who love them! “SNAP provides extremely affordable spay/neuter and vaccinations to the community, which helps us keep our animals safe and happy. THANK YOU!” - Amelia L. Leading the Field in Competent, Compassionate Veterinary Care Since 1994

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been using SNAP for the past four years and I've never had a bad experience. Over the years, I've managed to TNR fifteen cats. Make that 14 -- one didn't get released. Based on the keen assessment of the vet tech, I introduced one the kittens to my indoor household. The vet tech was absolutely right -- he would turn out to be a sweet cat! The whole experience at SNAP is wonderful, from the very courteous greeting by the reception staff to the professional skills of the vets and vet techs. Also, I'm impressed by their community outreach. They serve a very important role in making the lives of the feral cats healthier and controlling the population.

Samantha M. G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Nori Star got spayed at SNAP and they took the best care of her, as well as made me comfortable with the procedure and with leaving her there. She did not have any complications. I am so grateful to SNAP for the low cost spay and I admire the work they do in the community. Way to go SNAP!

Alex V.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Always very helpful to Taylor and Olivia the visits always fast and they don't get nervois

Joy Moser J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for SNAP at the Bayou City Arts Festival Downtown and Memorial. They were there for me when I needed to have two different stray cats neutered in Houston. Thank you SNAP

Jimmy Colleen D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend SNAP. I do a lot of street rescue in San Antonio and snap has been amazing to me for years. They perform the best spay/neuter surgeries in the city. The staff is the most professional and caring staff I have ever known. Their hearts are truly in their jobs. Because of snap I am able to continue to save helpless fur babies off the streets.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor of limited means, it's very important to me to know that the donations I make are making a difference in my community. When you consider how many unwanted kittens and puppies can be prevented by spaying/neutering just one animal, then multiply that by the number of surgeries by SNAP vets every day, it's clear to see that I'm making a wise investment.
From my visits to the SNAP facility, I know that everyone on the staff is truly committed to the mission of bettering the lives of animals and the people who love them. How can I not support them in that endeavor, to the best of my ability?

Tiffany Tellez V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have brought every pet I ever owned to SNAP to get spayed and neutered. I have never been disappointed.

Adrienne Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used snap for all my pets...starting in 2008.
They were awesome then, I know for a fact they are now.....
The pets we're cared for and recovered fast and we'll..

TASchrader

Donor

Rating: 5

We are ardent supports of SNAP's mission to reduce the birth of unwanted animals through spay/neuter assistance to all in need! We have toured the Houston surgical area and witnessed first hand the kind care given all the animals they are treating. Your pet will get top-notch care!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have used SNAP to spay/neuter many strays around my office building to assist in keeping the cat population down in the area. The services they provide are invaluable to our Houston community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog needed emergency surgery. The staff was excellent in assisting me from the 1st phone call I made all the way til I picked her up. The surgery was successful and reasonably priced. They are caring & compassionate with your pet. I highly recommend SNAP on Ingram Rd. In San Antonio. My dog is doing great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program).
I know I can trust them with my fur baby, the staff is really nice and helpful.
The services they provide are invaluable to our Houston community.
Keep up the good work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our small, all-volunteer non-profit has spay/neuter of community cats and stray dogs as its primary mission. I have taken hundreds of cats and many dogs to the SNAP clinic in San Antonio during the seven years of our organization's work. Always helpful and concerned about the welfare of the animals, the veterinary staff at SNAP has several times gone above and beyond the basics to provide services to cats I've brought in. I've also taken animals there for wellness exams. Both professional and support staff have provided excellent, caring service to animals most in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had numerous cats and dogs fixed through SNAP. I always took them to Houston on Shepard and Durham until I learned about the Mobil Clinic. The staff has always been very courteous to me and take very good care of my animals. You could not ask for a better organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love SNAP! I love what they do and their mission to end homeless animals by spay/neuter! My baby is fixed with them. Their love and passion for animals are admirable!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the staff of this organization. They really care about the animals. They also do a great job of educating the public about spay-neuter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) is making a difference when I drive down the street and DON'T see dead animals on the side of the road or animals roaming the streets homeless! 'No Birth Is The First Step To No Kill'! And when the city tells me that the no-kill rate is at 82%, which is significant! Good job everyone!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SNAP has helped so many animals and their families in our community. From offering QUALITY free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies shots to those who qualify...to low cost S/N and wellness services for the public. My furkids were spayed/neutered at SNAP and receive their annual checkups there every year.

I'm thankful that Houston, Pasadena and San Antonio residents can benefit from such a great organization! And I'm honored to be a member on the SNAP Board of Directors and a SNAP volunteer. I strive every day to help homeless animals and to make a difference.

SPAY + NEUTER. ALWAYS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is an amazing organization! Their staffs are awesome and work with passion. They take good care of my pet and I'd definitely recommend SNAP to all my friends and family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP has been caring for my three furry babies for years (neutering and wellness). The staff and doctors there have been wonderful. Always so friendly and have always made my babies feel comfortable. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I always recommend SNAP to everyone.

Mary Lou R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The care my boys -- Spunky and Tony received was 1st rate! The staff was caring and thoughtful. Everything was explained beautifully. Would recommend them 100%.

1 Mattie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for SNAP for years. It is a wonderful organization that helps prevent dog and cat overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries. This also helps to lower the shelter euthanasia numbers. The services are free or low-cost. So many people are grateful this organization exists.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SNAP is cruicial in helping attack the pet overpopulation. So many animals enter the shelters in our community each year and lose their lives simply because there is no space for them. Every one euthanized is a soul lost. SNAP provides cost efficient vet care and promotes spay and neuter which is necessary in order to stop the cycle. I fully support this group by donating and volunteering as I think spay and neuter is the solution to end over population.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Houston has a serious pet overpopulation problem. Many animals are euthanized daily due to the number of animals in the shelters exceeding the number of adopters. SNAP makes an impact on those numbers by offering low cost, and in some cases free, spay and neuter services to the citizens of Houston. This organization is well respected in the community and is known throughout. Our hope is that we will eventually greatly lower the number births, meaning less animals turned in to our shelters and being euthanized simply due to space issues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is a wonderful resource for dog and cat owners. I have had several animals dumped on my street and have been able to get the fixed at SNAP. Now they are healthy and have loving homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be able to keep my cat without the help of SNAP. I was able to get her spayed and her shots for free. Since I got sick, my cat has been the best therapy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think SNAP is a wonderful program. Without it I wouldn't be able to care for my animals. Staff was caring and knowledgeable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to SNAP-Houston because of financial reasons, but I love my pets. I was more than pleased with the front desk help, the techs, and doctors. My daughter's cat was neutered. He did wonderful. The surgery site was clean and post-operative instructions were very precise. Yet they want you to have a vet that can take care of accidents or illnesses. I will promote their services and use them again.

1 David65

Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is one of the brightest stars in this city. I have used their services for 2 of my companions. The staff is utterly professional and a serves as a stellar example of making a real difference at the community level. Thank you SNAP.

Janet25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a rescuer in Houston for years before SNAP opened, I am so appreciative of their services as well as their service level. This was especially important during the years I worked with retired racing greyhounds who have anesthesia sensitivities. They were excellent with them.Their phone number and website are imprinted on my brain to share with anyone with whom I come in contact with intact animals. Janet Huey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for SNAP - they are the best at what they do! Spay-Neuter it is the first step to No kill and the best way to resolve the over population issues in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with a few animal welfare groups in Houston, I have to say SNAP is one of the better programs I've volunteered with! Their mission is a worthy one, and my experiences at their functions are always positive!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a person who has been rescuing animals in the community for about 30 years now, SNAP has been an invaluable resource to me, as I have sought reasonable pricing and available service to spay, neuter and vaccinate all of these stray animals. That fact that you can drop in without an appointment is very helpful, especially in a pinch, when strays need vaccinations before they can go into boarding. The people are friendly and helpful, the facility is very clean, I love the vets there. They provide a valuable service to the community, especially with the low cost spaying and neutering and are trying very hard to get the word out about the critical need for spaying and neutering - the first step to no-kill is no-birth!

Kendra2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a rescue dog that hadn't been vetted her entire life. SNAP was so helpful on everything and even offering advice to this new "mommy". They are very cost effective and are very affectionate towards animals. Previously I had my cat (another rescue) neutered there plus his shots and they were very informative on his after care and what to expect. I will highly recommend them for anyone with pets!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving on the board with other dedicated volunteers has been a great experience. The staff is dedicated and knowledgeable and the mission of the organization is important.

Kendall L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from a local rescue and took him to SNAP to be neutered and get all his shots. The people were fantastic and made my pup feel right at home. When you walk into the facility you can see how much they truly love all the animals. They do a tremendous service to the city of Houston.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SNAP does amazing work in Houston, providing low-cost spay/neuter services to a community who is suffering from a massive pet over-population crisis. SNAP uses funds effectively and efficiently and is so worthy of our support. Expansion of their services and expertise are key to stopping the cycle of over-population and high euthanasia rates in Houston. I am proud to support SNAP!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The State of Texas is extremely fortunate to have SNAP in Houston, TX. SNAP is a win-win for everyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a rescue puppy (Baily) to the SNAP Houston Wellness Clinic. Our wait was relatively short, the front desk staff was extremely nice and professional...they played with little Baily while we waited. Finally, the vet who checked out Baily was also very professional and helpful. The best part of my visit was that SNAP charges cost for all their services. SNAP is such a wonderful organization!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited SNAP as a customer, seeking at cost spay-neuter and wellness services. I also make spare time to volunteer on behalf of this great organization. SNAP is focused on diligent management, caring and motivated staff, and devoted volunteers. It is a critical organization here in Houston, TX, where their motto "no birth is the first step to no kill" aims to eliminate euthanasia as a tactic to deal with pet overpopulation. Instead SNAP encourages locals to spay-neuter their pets and help curb overpopulation in an extremely humane and responsible way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered At SNAP for a Neuter Scooter event. That day we neutered 189 cats at our clinic. I computed the 1,000's of lives we saved that day. I knew that SNAP was the answer to our horrific overpopulation crisis. Since then, I have brought literally several 100 animals to SNAP to be neutered or for wellness services. SNAP offers the highest quality - greatest value spay-neuters in our area. Our vets and staff are some of the finest you will experience anywhere. I wish every city had a similar program. Pam H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SNAP is a wonderful organization for the welfare of animals in Houston. I have seen, first hand, how their efforts to curb the overpopulation of stray dogs and cats in the city are truly to prevent them from becoming statistics in the animal shelters. The more animals spayed or neutered, means less animals killed needlessly. Their ability to provide spay and neuter assistance in low income areas is unprecedented, and completely needed, as well as their affordable veterinary care. Without them, I don't know where Houston would be.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a local dog rescuer I realize more than ever how important it is to prevent the animal population explosion by altering your companion animals. In Addition to the important mission of spay and neuter, providing affordable wellness for the animals of the community is a fabulous service! The SNAP mobile truck/clinic goes into the communities in need and meets the public where they live, providing free spay/neuter and Rabies shots to those that would not ever receive this important care! There is more desire than ever to take care of these animals the economy has had such a negative impact on numbers of shelter dogs and abandoned strays! SNAP makes a difference!

Jenn W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I moved to San Antonio two years ago, the SNAP organization has allowed me to save the lives of 2 dogs and 1 cat. With their affordable services, I was able to neuter/spay them, get their necessary shots and have them all microchipped. Without SNAP, I would not have been able to take in these animals off the street and provide them with a forever home. The individuals who work there obviously care about the animals as much as I do. I have recommended several people to them and will continue to do so in the future. Thank you SNAP for your continued efforts in healing the sick and helping to control the number of unwanted animals with your spay/neuter program.

Christina14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a "client" of SNAP's wellness and surgical services for 10 years. I have taken not only my personal animal companions, but my fosters, and I have sent many friends to use SNAP's services as well. I remember on one occasion, I went to the wellness clinic with a little dog I was fostering...after she got her vaccines, the vet told me I could have her spayed for free as part of a specially funded project for rescues. As a student with very limited resources, this helped me tremendously! SNAP provides an important service to the entire community of humans and animals alike; low-cost access to medical care and the prevention of unwanted animal births. SNAP's services are not confined to a clinic. They take their mobile hospital into low-income neighborhoods to perform free pet sterilizations & Rabies vaccinations to further provide access to veterinary care.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SNAP’s mission : “To prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas." - speaks to my heart.

SNAP has provided nearly 400,000 high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries since its founding. These surgeries greatly reduce the number of animals living in peril by lessening the pressure on shelters, rescue groups, and communities in general. And SNAP’s Wellness Clinic provides high-quality, low-cost wellness services to companion animals that might not otherwise receive care.

As a long time volunteer, donor, and client, I have been impressed by the professionalism of the management and employees, and the dedication of the volunteers and donors. Because of SNAP’s financial transparency, I know that my donations are used wisely. SNAP also consistently receives the highest ratings from the Houston BBB, Great Nonprofits, and other nonprofit rating agencies.

I continue to donate and volunteer, now as a board member, because I believe SNAP has the capability and staying power to help many more animals in the long term, and I want to be part of that.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program) is one of the finest organizations I've ever come across! Not only do they make a difference by offering quality spaying and neutering surgeries (which in turn helps our communities by preventing unwanted animals from being born and needless amounts of animals from being euthanized in shelters), but they also offer top-of-the-line afforable wellness services. I love this organization and what it has and will continue to accomplish for so many animals and the people who love them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SNAP is an amazing organization that is truly on the front lines of the animal overpopulation crisis. Because of SNAP hundreds and hundreds of thousands of animals have been saved from being euthanized in shelters. The only way to effectively get close to no-kill status is to have an effective spay and neuter strategy. As far as money goes, your money goes the farthest with SNAP than nearly any other organization. With each 60.00 donation, SNAP can spay or neuter an animal on the mobile clinic for free for someone who cannot otherwise provide this service for their animal. SNAP is just as appreciative for the donations of materials and small cash donations as larger sponsorships because every penny goes straight to the animals! A donation to SNAP either from an organization or private individual is one of the most effective ways to support the animal community. SNAP's wellness services are an excellent option for all individuals to keep the cost of pet ownership low while providing top level care for your pet with heartworm and flea preventative and regular vaccinations. I have always been incredibly thankful and happy with the services my animals have received either through the spay/neuter surgery center or the wellness clinic and cannot recommend SNAP enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say how incredible this organization is. I am single and cannot afford huge vet bills. This organization's extemely reasonable costs - a fraction of for profit vet costs - allowed me to get the two cats I have spayed. I found the staff there to be personable and professional. Also, the ability to schedule spays almost any day of the week is wonderful! Thank you, SNAP, for being there!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

To date, I have brought 10 feral, or homeless cats and kittens to the SNAP Clinic to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Before becoming aware of the affordable services SNAP provides, I was only able to afford taking 1 cat to my pet's veterinarian every few months. A few months is more than enough time for a kitten to become sexually mature, and that litter of kittens, as cute as they are, compounds the problem! All of the cats and kittens came through their surgeries very well, and recovered quickly! SNAP makes the process of making an appointment, either by phone or on-line, drop off and pick-up, very organized and easy. SNAP has made my desire to help these abandoned kitties, live a more healthy and longer life, a reality!!!! This organization is vital to both the community and the felines it serves!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the work they do with the mobile unit that provides free services to low income households. If it wasn't for SNAP, I wouldn't have been able to get my dog neutered. He's a large dog (which is more expensive to do) and was starting to get aggressive. Being able to use SNAP kept us from having to get rid of our dog, because the neutering totally took that aggressiveness away. My daughter loves that dog like crazy, and would have been heartbroken if we'd have had to give him up for his behavior. So now we have a happy dog!! And they took excellent care of him, and the surgery was top notch. I don't think anyone could have done better!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in the country, and a lot of cats keep showing up on my doorstep. My Mother and I have taken about 10 cats to the mobile clinic over the years to be spayed or nuetered. If it hadn't been for S.N.A.P. there would be many more hundreds of stray cats in my area. I could not have helped keep the number of births down on strays, if it wasn't for SNAP, as I live paycheck to paycheck. This is a GREAT organization! Wished they were able to have more clinics, as the stay cats still keep showing up on my doorstep.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother and I took our Animals to SNAP's Rabies/microchip event. The people there were very quick, efficient, organized and also extremely nice. Between the two of us we had 5 animals and we got in and out in less than 20 minutes paying only $25 per animal! It was a great price and I walked out relieved my animals hadn't been put through more stress than was necessary. I highly recommend them to all animals owners!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We brought our dog Rocket to get Neutered at Snap and it was a great experience for us and Rocket. SNAP has employees who love what they do and you can see it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I love most about SNAP in they will fix a feral kitty (in a live trap) with no appointment, complaints, or extra fees. I've taken many I've rescued this way to them and they are the only place I've found that will provide this very difficult service. And they are always willing to help. I took one non-feral kitty in a regular carrier, and the kitty busted out in the parking lot, which is right on the freeway! The staff came out and helped. We had to lay on the ground and surround the car he went under, and one of them had to reach into the engine and pull him out. It was a happy ending and I never used that carrier again! Yay SNAP!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A homeless mama cat had 4 kittens next door and the neighbors were not happy. We took a sick one in but feared future litters. Because of SNAP, we were able to get all 5 neutered/spayed at a reasonable cost. My neighbors pitched in with the cost and I took them in as we caught them. Where else can you get a cat 'fixed' for $20? SNAP was awesome to these little guys & they were ready when they said they would be. SNAP rocks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 cats and 2 dogs that have been spayed and/or nuetered at SNAP San Antonio. We used he mobile clinics for the first 3 but the last one was at the wellness clinic. The staff at both have always been great. Our animals have been served well by them and the price is terrific.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SNAP is one of the most wonderful animal organizations in Houston! We have a terrible unwanted animal problem here and a high kill rate at our shelters. Helping people who love animals but can't afford to get them spayed or neutered is a great way to lessen this problem. We do extensive due dilgence on the organizations they support and they have our complete faith and confidence.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My Little Girl followed me when I was on a walk and I realized she was without a home and living in my neighborhood. I enlisted the help of the lady across the street to capture this 6 month old cat and then I took her to the Houston SNAP clinic for spaying. Having this affordable service available to us is what encouraged me to spay Little Girl with the intent of her going back outside. But I fell in love and now she rules the house as the princess she truly deserves to be in our home. Since then I have become a monthly contributor to SNAP and a ardent supporter by spreading the word. The SNAP mobile clinic is a godsend for our less fortunate areas of Houston. I can not fathom how many lives have been spared the misery of fending for themselves because of the work that SNAP does in our city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SNAP as a consumer, volunteer, donor, and former member of the board of directors for over a decade. SNAP is an excellent organization. It was the first group to have a mobile spay/neuter clinic. SNAP is innovative and very conscientious of how patients are cared for, and how funds are spent. SNAP is a very worthwhile charity that can be trusted to do the right thing for animals.

Review from Guidestar