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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!

Previous Stories
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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%.