Alabama Spay/Neuter has received a grant to alter 3,000 cats or dogs free of charge to pet owners in central Alabama. PetSmart Charities' SNIPsmart program awarded a nearly $100,000 grant to …
Alabama Spay/Neuter has received a grant to alter 3,000 cats or dogs free of charge to pet owners in central Alabama.
PetSmart Charities' SNIPsmart program awarded a nearly $100,000 grant to Alabama Spay/Neuter to perform the surgeries.
Alabama Spay/Neuter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free spay and neuter surgeries at their clinic in Irondale.
Mark Nelson, director of Alabama Spay/Neuter, said spots are filling fast to take advantage of the free surgeries. Pet owners are only responsible for paying a $16 rabies vaccine cost, unless proof is provided that their pet has been vaccinated in the past year.
Optional services can also be requested by the pet owner; however, additional charges will apply.
Qualifying families for the program include those active in the military or military veterans, as well as people on disability, government assisted financial aid, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, SSI or WIC. Those in a hardship determination program or on unemployment benefits also qualify.
Up to three pets per household can be altered through the program.
Nelson said many residents in Walker County have been able to benefit from Alabama Spay/Neuter services over the years, with transportation to the Alabama Spay/Neuter clinic in Irondale provided free of charge. The Hip-2-Snip Express typically picks up dogs and cats on a specified day once a month at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of Barry's Furniture. They are then taken for surgery in Jefferson County and return to Walker County the following day at noon.
Once a surgery is scheduled, pet owners also have the option of taking their pet directly to the Alabama Spay/Neuter clinic at 2721 Crestwood Blvd. in Irondale.
To inquire about qualifying for the program, call toll-free to 877-334-9738 or to 205-956-0012. Nelson said people are encouraged to leave a voicemail if no one directly answers, and calls are usually returned the same business day.
Alabama Spay/Neuter can also provide education on trapping community cats that can be altered through the program.
"PetSmart is very generous to us to make this available, and we've also got donations that help pay for part of the surgery as well," Nelson said. "It's a wonderful thing to be able to present to people."
Since 2008, Alabama Spay/Neuter has provided over 110,000 spay and neuter surgeries.
For more information, visit http://alspay.org/.