Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SNIP revolutionizes animal welfare in developing nations

Via PR Log - The SNIP Foundation, a US registered nonprofit foundation, is leading a revolution in the way animal welfare is perceived in the developing world.

SNIP’s No Breed, No Kill model is one that is easily replicated anywhere in the world, and one that leading animal advocates are describing as the blueprint to successfully end companion animal suffering at a fraction of the costs involved with more traditional rescue models.

Since beginning operations in 2012, SNIP has forged several strong alliances with local animal organizations with the objective of sponsoring a capillary network of low-cost spay/neuter clinics in every neighborhood of every municipality. Using Costa Rica as a the base for all Central American operations, SNIP raises funds internationally as part of a program called the Corridor of Compassion that was started in 2010.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of the many local animal organizations, more than 65,000 spay/neuter surgeries were performed in 2013 in Costa Rica alone. The benefits of spay/neuter clinics go well beyond the surgical procedure itself. In 2003, only 61% of Costa Rican pet owners visited a vet regularly vs. today's 80%!” says Carla Ferraro, a long time animal advocate and founder of SNIP.

“Offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics is the key to ending the tragedy of homeless companion animals and to humanely controlling population in nations that simply lack the resources to set up and manage municipal shelters.”

Historically, when the number of strays reached critical levels municipalities all over Mexico, Central and South America resorted to mass extermination of unwanted pets triggering an endless cycle of collection and death that never stops simply because the breeding issue was never addressed in the first place.

“Turning off the puppy and kitten spigot is our first concern and our goal is to spay/neuter at least 70% of the local pet population,” adds SNIP Board member Laura Hoffman.

A newly redesigned web page is now available online for all SNIP supporters and animal lovers alike to visit and learn about the great work that the SNIP Foundation carries out. For more information, please visit www.snipfoundation.org

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