Spay Neuter program in need of assistance

Skye Kinkade
Store manager Dianna Starling and volunteer Joyce Strickland work on a display at the Snip’N Save thrift store in Mount Shasta. The store provides funding for the SNIP Program, which helps low income Siskiyou County residents afford to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered. They are looking for more volunteers and donations to keep the store vibrant.

Do you have extra clothing, housewares, functional electronics, books, toys or other unneeded items cluttering your home? Do you feel motivated to give back to your community?

You might consider donating those items, or your time, to the Siskiyou Spay Neuter Incentive Program’s thrift store, Snip’N Save.

SNIP provides financial help for low income residents to alter their dogs and cats, explained the organization's president, Cheryl Webber. The organization’s mission, she said, is to prevent pet overpopulation in Siskiyou County.

Since 2006, SNIP has granted an average of $5,000 to $6,000 per month in coupons to pet owners. So far, more than 11,000 dogs and cats have been altered at a cost of more than $600,000.

Many pit bulls are altered for free, Webber said.

Funding for the SNIP program comes primarily from the Snip’N Save thrift store on Chestnut Street in Mount Shasta. All revenue from the store, after expenses, goes to the program, said Webber.

Unfortunately, it has been difficult to find volunteers willing to man the store. SNIP is also in need of donated items to sell at the thrift shop, said Snip ‘N Save manager Dianna Starling.

Donations are desperately needed. Not only will you be helping stop pet overpopulation, you’ll be helping the community by providing affordable shopping, said Starling. Donations can be brought in Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SNIP is also searching for a grant writer, said Webber, as well as people to help pick up larger donations for the store.

“Spay and neuter seems to be the only answer to reducing overpopulation,” said Webber. “Without SNIP, unwanted, homeless, discarded and suffering dogs and cats will again overpopulate the county. Look at the numbers again... the program is working, but it needs your help. Help SNIP help the county.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call Starling at the store at 926-0400.

If you need financial assistance in spaying or neutering your pet, call 938-4246 for dogs or 926-1196 for cats. Leave a message and someone will call you back.