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Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) is Indiana's statewide leader in animal welfare. SNSI works directly with 275 rescue groups and shelters to help them serve as many animals as possible. SNSI also offers $20 surgeries to limited-income Hoosier pet owners and caretakers. Together, we are ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. Spay/neuter addresses the root cause of overpopulation, and our strategic programs yield permanent results. Spay/neuter programs are incredibly cost effective compared to sheltering animals. Join us on as we continue our journey on the proven path to success for Indiana’s dogs and cats.

Results: SNSI has facilitated more than 140,000 surgeries across Indiana. Our free and low-cost surgeries prevent unwanted litters, and lower both shelter intake and euthanasia numbers. Indiana is beginning to see signs of success, with shelters reporting zero kill (90% live release rate) in Brown, Dubois, Fulton, Hamilton and Tippecanoe Counties, along with the Muncie Animal Shelter. Other shelters are increasing their live release rates and are working toward zero kill. Shelters and rescue groups are clamoring for more of our free spay/neuter certificates, which are funded by the proceeds of the Pet Friendly specialty license plate, grants, bequests and donations from animal lovers.

Target demographics: Indiana's cats and dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 animals and 300 non-profit animal welfare organizations

Geographic areas served: Indiana

Programs: free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, strategic leadership and support.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a lobbyist for animal welfare in Indiana, I found Cheri Storms and SNSI to be the most effective animal welfare organization in the state. Not only have they successfully marketed statewide the need for spay/neuter and saved thousands of animals lives through their efforts, they are very effective at advocating for cultural change that is critical to the welfare of animals now and in the future in the state of Indiana. Together we were successful in getting mandatory spay/neuter passed - a real win for a Midwest state. Hats off to this wonderful organization and their dedicated staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a past board member and volunteer for several animal non-profits in Morgan County, I have seen the direct lifesaving impact SNSI has made to not only animals, but the people who care for them. The reach SNSI has in our state is extensive.
SNSI keeps the spay/neuter message in front of the public with the pet friendly license plates, which I proudly display. Their SNAP program allows low-income pet owners access to affordable spays and neuters. And the spay/neuter certificates available to non-profits helps reduce the financial burden of spaying and neutering animals in their care.
SNSI is also an outspoken advocate for animal welfare in our state always pushing for better laws from our lawmakers.
Other states would be lucky to have even one arm of what SNSI does for the State of Indiana. I highly recommend SNSI for any type of spay/neuter assistance. It’s only a call or a click away!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana has been such a wonderful resource for The Humane Society of Hobart. We receive vouchers for free spay/neuter surgeries which increases our capacity to provide more services to our stray population and community cats. We are so grateful for these services as spay/neuter surgeries are the second largest line item in our budget. As a non-profit animals shelter with limited resources the assistance we receive from SNSI is vital to operations and ensures our work is impactful in the community. Thanks to SNSI for their hardworking dedication to the welfare of pets and the people that care for them!

1 Stacy H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Years ago, a friend of mine found a momma cat and her nine kittens outside of her apartment complex. I took them in and fostered them. With the help of Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, we were able to get all of them spayed/neutered prior to finding them homes! I have been a supporter ever since. Over the years, I have donated and been to multiple fundraisers. This is a very worthy cause and organization!

Stacy Hill

Board Member

Rating: 5

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana......they have been a GODSEND for our small White County Indiana Shelter Happy Tails Animal Care Center, also known a Happy Tails Animal Shelter of White County on Facebook. Our shelter is small and located in the small town of Monticello. This being said, we are a no-kill, our shelter is not funded by the county, the only funds we receive are through donations, fundraisers and adoptions. If it was not for SNSI and their spay/neuter certificates it would be hard for us to keep our shelter open. Every stray we receive is always fixed before being adopted. Not only do we receive the certificates to get strays neutered/spayed, there is also another life saver. The
Community Cat certificates , to get so many strays fixed, and ear clipped, so they can continue living their lives without producing more unwanted kittens into the world. Thank you !! SNSI because of your certificates helping us, we are able to take in , care and feed the cats and dogs that come into our shelter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a very small special needs (physical and behavioral) dog rescue and as such we have higher than normal medical bills for our foster animals. The 10 spay-neuter certificates we receive through a grant from Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana is a Godsend to us and helps us to divert money that would have been needed for alteration surgeries to the much-needed medical care of our foster dogs. Through SNSI we are able to literally save more lives.

Alisa Graham M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our shelter TNRs over 350 cats/kittens per year. SNSI has been a big help to make this more feasible for our shelter and reduce over population in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't think of another group in the state that has done more for animal welfare than SNSI and we are so fortunate for all their work to promote healthcare to so many pets for so many years.
As the Vice President of a non-profit animal rescue from 2003 to 2016, I saw the impact of the support SNSI gave to us that resulted in over 8,000 dogs and cats rescued and fixed.
Now as the Executive Director of a spay/neuter clinic, we are able to assist low-income family pets to assure they are fixed and healthy all thanks to SNSI.
Without the fundraising and amazing work this group has done, our state would be facing a much more dire animal population explosion. SNSI is critical to Indiana and its residents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SNSI is vital to Indiana and our united goal of ending pet homelessness from the smallest towns to the largest cities in our state. When there is a pet in need, SNSI is there. From supplying all 501c3 rescues and shelters with free surgeries to help off-set the huge financial burden of caring for animals in need, to supporting transport operations getting Indiana dogs to other states whose shelters are empty, focused community cat programs by each community's residents, and of course those who could not pay for a spay/neuter for their pet on their own, SNSI assures no pet is left behind. Our state's animal welfare situation gets better every year because of the amazing, un-ending dedication SNSI gives.

HopeforAnimals

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization has been a partner with SNSI for many years. They support over 275 groups in Indiana--which is truly incredible! Their mission is right on track with the needs of animal welfare in Indiana--to become a no-kill state. And they work incredibly hard to make this happen by offering financial assistance for spay/neuter to Indiana pet owners and by offering the Pet Friendly Group Grant Program to Indiana animal welfare groups. All of these efforts, and more, are making a significant impact on pet overpopulation in our state. I applaud their efforts and our organization is constantly spreading the word about SNSI's programs and sharing how others can support cause. Thank you SNSI!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Spay Neuter Services of Indiana is a great organization & helps many animals & organizations!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana is a great organization that helps not only shelter animals, but many owned animals as well. This service is a great resource for families wanting to do the right thing and have their pets fixed, even when money is an issue. There are many participating Vets to choose from, which helps make it easier to get an appointment. Unfortunately, here is Johnson County, there isn't a low cost clinic available. However, with the SNSI program our residents can get their pets done at a fraction of the price!

Melissa O.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SNSI is such a valuable organization to our state! Every state should have something like this. I operate a program that provides assistance for pets living in poverty, and so many of my clients are beyond grateful to learn that a program exists to help them take care of their 4-legged family members. I have found, more often than not, that for some families it truly is about the cost of services. They WANT to have their pets spayed/neutered, but sometimes even the low cost at a high volume clinic is too much to afford. SNSI is a truly life-saving program! It keeps pets out of shelters when their owners can't afford the services they need!

Theresa F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When 2 of our founders (veterinarians) retired, we reached out to SNSI for feral cat spay/neuter assistance. They have helped us each year by providing vouchers so we can continue to reach our goal of keeping feral cats out of our local municipal shelter through Trap-Neuter-Return. SNSI staff is organized and efficient! They have played a large role in our community to reduce the euthanasia of feral cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SNSI has done so much to end pet overpopulation in Indiana and to decrease the number of homeless animals that have to be euthanized. Thank you to such an amazing non-profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about SNSI! They are an outstanding source of help for shelters and rescues alike as we all work together to increase our live outcomes around the state. We started a life saving cat transport to other states where cats are in shorter supply in 2016. SNSI was one of the first organizations to jump in and assist with extra spay neuter vouchers as they were able. Such a huge help! in 2018, 301 cats were transported to other shelters and in 2017 that number was 365.

This isn't even mentioning the outstanding conference put on for shelter and rescue organizations around the state this summer providing an incredible network resource to all the multiple agencies in the state of Indiana working towards the betterment of life for animals in Indiana. Awesome people to work with -- an incredible partner agency!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

InKy Animal Rescue is so thankful for SNSI. It’s the first year for our rescue and we were able to help some dogs and cats get spayed/neutered. Every spay/neuter helps the community. Thank you for all you do and the helping support of our rescue. Your support person/people are fantastic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spay neuter is life!!! Spay Neuter Services of Indiana leads the way for the whole state to get all pets spayed and neutered and all shelters to spay neuter before adoption!!!! They do very very important work and Indiana is very blessed to have them!!! Thank you!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SNSI has been and continues to be an amazing partner with the Indy Mega Adoption Event. Before each of the events many of the smaller nonprofit rescues and shelters often have difficulty spaying or neutering multiple animals at a time in order to have them ready to bring to the event to be adopted. Our volunteers are able to work with the groups and reach out to SNSI for certificates for the groups when they’re in a pinch. SNSI never fails to step up which means many small shelters and rescues are able to clear their shelters completely at the Mega events twice a year. Thank you SNSI!

Courtney E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the Martin County Humane Society in Loogootee, Indiana. SNSI is such a vital service to animal rescues and shelters. We could not control the pet overpopulation without them. They provide vouchers to us every year that we use for shelter animals, feral cats and for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for the Morgan County Humane Society Community Cat Program. SNSI has been integral part of keeping out TNR program going by supplying much needed Spay/neuter certificates. The conference that was arranged last year by SNSI was well organized and informative. So glad this great organization exists in our state!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. is so grateful to SNSI. Because of them, we are finally able to start a community cat program in our area. Their guidance and support, including their fabulous conference this year, helped us on our way to this new lifesaving program!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This non profit has been a HUGE blessing and help to our rescue in continuing the mission of spaying and neutering to cut down on the over pet population and end the needless euthanasia of healthy adoptable animals. We appreciate their hard work and can't say enough great things about how easy they are to work with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has been a life-saver--LITERALLY! They are ensuring that the residents in the state of Indiana have access to affordable spay or neuter. Many pet owners are reluctant to spay or neuter their pets due to cost. Research has shown that a majority of pet owners are willing to get their pet spayed or neutered if the cost was not prohibitive. Well, that's the wonderful service that SNSI provides. They help make it affordable for everyone. We are SO THANKFUL FOR THIS ORGANIZATION!

Kris F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If not for SNSI helping to fix so many shelter cats & dogs, I'm not sure where Newton County Animal shelter would be. We also received help with the Community Cats program. Last year in June alone we sent 58 stray cats & kittens to rescues. This year in June we only sent 17. This is made possible by spaying & neutering. Thank you for all the hard work you guys do.

Beth187

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a small rescue that focuses on felines. Without the help of Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana we would not be able to help as many as we do. So many shelters are much larger and have been offering adoptions free that we cannot compete. With our adoption/donation fee we use to spay/neuter the next in line. SNSI has been a godsend.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

SNSI is a great assistance to Indiana residents for helping curb the pet unwanted stats. Rescue Me R.C.H.S. has referred many people that want to be responsible pet owners, who just can't afford the cost of spay/neuter. As a small rescue, we struggle with the cost ourselves and SNSI program is a godsend to East Central Indiana. Great people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SNSI has been wonderful in helping us at The Animal Protection League, Inc in Anderson, IN
We are an open intake shelter for the city limits of Anderson and the help they provide is so appreciated.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As Treasurer of the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, Inc. (ARPO), I am particularly grateful for the assistance of SNSI. We serve homeless pets in the Indianapolis area. Spay/neuter certificates are crucial to the work we do and to helping keep our medical costs down. Thank you SNSI for the great work that you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the only TNR group in St. Joseph County, Meow Mission typically has a two-month waiting list for help. Since we're a relatively small group, the amount of financial assistance we can give a colony caretaker is limited. Often, those caretakers without the ability to help pay for any of their colony neutering cost go to the bottom of our waiting list.

This summer, a very nice elderly lady contacted us for help. She said she can't afford to fix her cats but also can't afford to keep feeding them. She was completely overwhelmed and didn't know what to do. Three years ago, she started with three cats. All were pregnant. Flash forward and she now had 23 cats plus a 6 week old litter, a 3 week old litter, and a 2 day old litter. As if that's not bad enough, 3/4 of the adults were female!

Her husband works but they don't have any extra $ for spay/neuter. A colony of this size would be over $1,000 just in spay/neuter/vaccines. She said she could try to send us a little each month, but that wouldn't even put a dent in the cost.

Thanks to the help from SNSI, we were able to trap/neuter/return ALL of this colony. All of us at Meow Mission are so grateful for the help we've received from SNSI in spaying and neutering our community cats.

Board Member

Rating: 4

We are very grateful for Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana. They work very hard to ensure that rescues can continue and expand their missions. We have been able to spay/neuter/vaccinate hundreds of free-roaming cats that we would not been able to without their help. Not only do they help with S/N, but also indirectly by allowing us to funnel other public donations to help with much needed medical care for the felines we encounter. This is little Ollie. When he was about 8 weeks old, he had such a bad eye infection, we were worried that it would burst before we could get him to a vet. Ollie's surgery went well and he is now thriving! Thanks to SNSI helping us with S/N funding, we are able to reach out and help free-roaming cats with other severe issues such as Ollie had. Thank you SNSI! Chris Bralick- President, Elkhart County Feral Cat Coalition, Inc.

Lee R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian that works at a non-profit spay/neuter clinic, and I am also an advisor for the local campus Trap-Neuter-Return program, DePauw Campus Cat Allies. SNSI has provided invaluable support through spay/neuter certificates that have allowed us to fix campus cats. In addition, the spay/neuter certificates have allowed me to reach out to other cat caretakers in the community and offer spay/neuter assistance to people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Pictures of a few of the many cats we have helped. Thank you SNSI!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a president of a cat rescue in Indianapolis, I cannot say enough great things about SNSI. Without their assistance, we would have far more debt in our veterinary budget. The annual spay/neuter certificates that we receive are like GOLD. Thanks to grants, they have also been able to send us more than our standard annual allotment, which helps us stop more cats from breeding. The town we service used to have many, many litters of feral kittens each year. Now we only get a couple calls a year. Thank you SNSI for helping us!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a young and tiny non-profit, we've reaped the benefits of SNSI's hard work. Because of their grant certificate program we were able to extend our funds to make sure that all medical care costs were covered for a senior dog with pyometra needing emergency surgery. SNSI is an exceptional organization and Indiana shelters, rescues, and cat/dog lovers are fortunate it exists.

Tina Marie Craft M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana. We can't say enough about them. We take in so many owner surrender or shelter hounds that have not been fixed yet. They have helped so much in their service to help non profits. Keep donating to them to make a HUGE difference in the lives of pets. Keep up the good work SNSI

Tammy94

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place. They are helping stop the over population of animals. We are a 501 c 3 non-profit they helped us with a guy that was a hoarder of cats and kittens. With out the help we won't have been able to get the cats and kittens fixed and in forever homes. Can't thank them enough for the help

Jennifer Brazzell G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SNSI offers a tremendous service to people who may not be able to afford spay and neuter services for their pets. More and more people are becoming aware of pet overpopulation, the number of pets killed in shelters every year, and the medical benefits of spay or neuter. SNSI plays a big role in actively seeking to educate people and end the needless killing of unwanted pets.