Tyler, Texas (SPCA) — The SPCA of East Texas will host an open house for their new spay/neuter clinic and the formal launch of their SNIPPET program on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at 3405 NNE Loop 323 in Tyler. A lunch buffet catered by Fresh will be served and tours of the clinic will be conducted.
The SPCA of East Texas received an $85,000 equipment grant coupled with a $10,000 training grant from PetSmart Charities for the outfitting of the surgery suite with brand new state-of-the-art equipment. S.N.I.P.P.E.T., which stands for Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership Project of East Texas, is focusing on the reduction of unwanted litters in our community, which in turn brings down the homeless pet overpopulation and the extremely high rate of euthanasia by local animal control agencies.
The SPCA of East Texas also received a $48,000 targeted grant from PetSmart Charities for the spay and neuter of stray dogs from areas of Tyler with the highest percentage of strays, according to Tyler Animal Control. “Pets that are not spayed or neutered are having multiple litters of puppies or kittens each year,” said Deborah Tittle-Dobbs, SPCA of East Texas Board President. “This grant helps families unable to afford spay or neuter, who want to keep their pet, but prevent unwanted litters.”
During the preliminary launch of the program in 2013, the SPCA of East Texas spayed or neutered over 800 dogs and cats. “In order to reduce the staggering number of homeless animals in East Texas, pet owners must assume responsibility for not allowing their animals to breed. Responsible pet ownership, stepped up spay/neuter programs and enforcement of local ordinances has successfully turned many Texas cities into no kill communities, thus ending the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in our shelters or homeless on the streets,” said SPCA Board Member and Tyler veterinarian Dr. Sharon Phillips.
Additionally, Phillips said, spaying or neutering benefits the animal in a number of ways:
Female pets will typically live a longer, healthier life and will not go into heat
Neutered male pets experience major health benefits
Neutered males are much less likely to escape and roam and are much better behaved pets
- Altered pets are more cost effective when you consider the expense of having unwanted litters of puppies or kittens
The SPCA of East Texas has helped hundreds of homeless and abused dogs, cats and horses find a permanent, forever family since forming in 2010. In 2013, the SPCA opened a temporary adoption center at 5318 Old Bullard Road in Tyler, which is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All animals are fully vetted after being rescued from homeless situations. The SPCA of East Texas is seeking private donations to build a regional rescue and adoption center on Grande Boulevard in Tyler.
For more information on the program, contact the SPCA of East Texas at 903-596-SPCA or 596-7722, visit our website at www.spcaeasttx.com  or like us on Facebook.