The HELP Spay Neuter Clinic has received a $40,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to provide subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for low-income pet owners.
The grant will support HELP’s Spay Neuter Assistance Program – SNAP – said Cindy Leopard, the clinic manager.
HELP – Helping End Local Pet overpopulation – is a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic located in Newnan. The clinic serves 12 counties and provides weekly transport services on The Snip Ship for pets in Fayette, Clayton, Spading, Pike, Lamar, Butts, Henry, Upson, and Meriwether counties. The clinic also accepts patients from Heard and Troup counties.
The SNAP program provides half-price spay/neuter surgeries for those on Medicaid, disability, WIC or food stamps, or for those with incomes below 150 percent of the poverty level.
The clinic has gotten a grant from PetSmart almost every year since it began operating in 2010.
“We have been very blessed,” Leopard said.
The clinic also receives other grants – as well as donations – that allow it to offer financial assistance programs.
Pet owners must apply for the financial assistance online at www.helpspayneuter.org .
Because HELP is a high-volume clinic, it doesn’t accept pets that are high risk for surgery, including pets that have a history of seizures, Leopard said.
“Any high-risk situations, we need them to go to a full-service vet,” she said.
The clinic offers vaccines and medications in conjunction with surgery and holds low-cost vaccine clinics. Clinics are typically held twice a month on Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.helpspayneuter.org or call 770-304-7911.