Clinic gets $102,500 grant to continue spay/neuter efforts
Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.
The Alachua County pet spay/neuter clinic No More Homeless Pets has received a $102,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to continue its Operation Petsnip effort to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs.
NMHP Executive Director Sandi Richmond said the money will be used to renovate the facility, which will double the surgical capacity.
“This is an amazing opportunity for the animals and for the people in our community to really help make a difference,” Richmond said. “We want to be affordable and accessible to everyone so that no animal dies because of pet overpopulation.”
NMHP formed as a non-profit in 2002 and has performed more than 13,400 sterilizations, many of which were free. It shares space with the Alachua County Humane Society at 4205 NW Sixth St.
The organization received a $34,000 grant from Petco in 2011 to perform sterilizations for low-income pet owners.
Richmond said NMHP was invited by Petco to apply for a grant after it performed 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries through July.
“They have been extremely benevolent to us and our mission and we are incredibly grateful,” Richmond said. “The exciting thing is they are funding the whole project, the whole amount we asked for.”
Richmond said the renovation should be completed in about a year. Currently about 400 surgeries are done a month, and a second surgical team will be added when the renovation is complete to handle the greater load, Richmond said.
Since Operation Petsnip began doing sterilizations about three years ago, the number of animals euthanized at Alachua County Animal Services has dropped 79 percent, Richmond said.
Basic fees are $45 to spay or neuter a cat and $75 a dog. Costs are lower or free based on income and other criteria. Free pet sterilizations are offered to low-income residents, veterans, students receiving Pell grants and people on food stamps or disability.
More information about NMHP and Operation Petsnip is available at their website at www.nmhp.net.