Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the “Progress 2014” section of North Country This Week.
In 2014 Spay/Neuter/Now (SNN) is celebrating its 20th anniversary of spaying and neutering cats and dogs in Northern New York.
The organization’s programs have spayed and neutered 14,385 animals since 1994, 4,754 of which were performed since the organization’s last major expansion of mobile clinic services in 2009.
The Neuter Commuter II, a custom built mobile surgical suite that operates primarily in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties providing subsidized-cost, high quality, high volume spay/neuter services for low-income and military households, as well as for stray, feral, colony and barn cats. During the winter the Neuter Commuter II is off the road, but the mobile clinic program continues at host facilities at the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA in Ogdensburg and the Jefferson County SPCA in Watertown.
The organization’s goals for 2014 include a significant expansion of mobile clinic services for the region estimated to impact 2,880 cats and dogs annually. SNN is currently searching for licensed veterinary talent locally and statewide to meet this goal.
Spay/Neuter/Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and depends on its supporters, volunteers, donors, fundraisers and grants.
SNN’s founder Bea Schermerhorn noted, “It is impossible to adopt our way out of the overpopulation problem. Spaying and neutering is the humane answer and it is what Spay/Neuter/Now does.”
You can contact Spay/Neuter/Now at 47 Duck Cove Road, Hammond, NY 13646; 315-486-0094 or www.spayneuternow.org.