Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Another SNIP Clinic—We keep on rollin’!


Another SNIP (Spay, Neuter Impact Program) clinic has come and gone. Mom L and Dad P were on duty yet again in early April for their favorite way to spend a Sunday—working a SNIP clinic. This time they also volunteered to help with setting up the county animal services shelter space so’s it would be all ready for the cats and volunteers the next day. The set-up is done as soon as the shelter closed on Saturday at 5PM. And with all there is to do, the hand full of volunteers who helped were done by 6:30PM!! AMAZING!!

First they have to lay down paper everywhere they will be walking except in the surgery area. That paper has to be taped down and it takes like a bazillion yards of paper let me tell you!

And then they have to clean out all the area they need back in surgery. The shelter uses some of the space SNIP needs for storage like this space below.

Store room by week day and vaccination room SNIP Sundays

You should have seen this space before SNIP volunteers moved stuff out. It was packed!

On SNIP Sunday that room becomes critical to the cats’ final medication administration. Here they receive flea/tick treatment, all their vaccinations and any other final meds required.

The other space that really needs lots of set up is the other part of the surgery where the cats are shaved and readied for surgery.

You can see there is a lot of stuff behind Dad P walking along there in the first photo. By surgery morning, this area is ready to rock and roll gettin’ the kitties’ all prepped for their surgeries.

They also get a good thorough checking for any other medical needs like abscesses, mani/pedi needs, ears cleaned and whatnot.

Finally on SNIP Sunday the cats start comin’ in to be registered. As my regular readers know, all the cats must be brought inside a cat trap. No carriers. This clinic is specifically for community cats that have been trapped either by individual community members or by local community cat rescues.

Here are some of the sixty eight cats that were SNIP’d in April. (hover that mousie over photos for captions purlease)

So many cats, young and old, are our cherished patients today.

Other kitties were just as worried as the little marmie boy, but really this is gonna be a best day for all of them.

All but the most friendly will be released to live their lives outside with their feeders making sure they get at least one really good meal a day.

If you have a community cat rescue near you please be sure to donate any spare green papers or supplies. Almost all rescues have Amazon Wish Lists and that’s an easy way to help them out.


PeeEss—Let me apologize for being missing on my Friday Memes post last Friday. My typist and photo editor was kind’a out for the last few days. Mom L had a real meowie ouchie in her back and wasn’t movin’ around so great. But she is able to paw my key board for me today! YAY!

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16 thoughts on “Another SNIP Clinic—We keep on rollin’!

  1. meowmeowmans on said:

    Mom L and Dad P ROCK, Savvy! We are so grateful for them, and for the wonderful and important work they do. Purrs that Mom L’s meowy ouchie feels better soon.

  2. What EXCELLENT work your mum does, Savvy. PURRS

  3. WOW! I hope I am able to comment from my own WP bloggie. I love the work done here. I wonder if there are any rescue groups here that trap and release?

  4. Bruce on said:

    wow what a great job.

  5. Good job everyone, a snip is important! I hope Mom L is all better now.

  6. The Island Cats on said:

    It might be a lot of work, but SNIP day is so worth it! Paws up to all that helped. And we send lots of healing purrs to Mom L.

  7. catladymac on said:

    What a great job by everybody ! Glad your Mom was well enough to be there (I;m sure she would be). This is suck a wonderful program !

  8. 15andmeowing on said:

    That is wonderful that so many kitties were fixed. I hope there were a lot of friendlies that could get homes. Glad your mom’s back is feeling better.

  9. We’re really sorry to hear of your mom’s back pains, that is not good no matter the age. What a blessing it didn’t happen on the Snip day! We love to see and hear about your moms work there and most proud to know someone that does so much and that so many people come together and care too, from feeding to snipping……
    Toodle pips and purrs

  10. Your mom and dad are to be commended for all they do. They don’t just talk the talk.

  11. chrisscatmeow on said:

    Great work to NTR these cats. Hugs and Purrs.

  12. PS Get well soon Mom L Back stuff is no fun.

  13. We LOVE hearing about SNIP. Mum is so grateful that all these cats are so cared for and they will not suffer lots of unwanted kittens, or torn tom cat ears, but will be returned to their homes.

    SNIP is blooming brilliant Miss Savvy.

    Silver and Marjorie

  14. My human and I LOVE hearing about your humans’ work with TNR in your area! Tell them to PLEASE keep up the good work!

  15. Here is hoping your human has recovered, Savannah. We all have to bow to age, humans more than cats.

  16. hugs to your mama we hope that ouchie runs away from her soon ;O))) we always try to help out, there are not much organizations here who take care for our feral friends… but we support da brigitte bardot foundation that their fight against da windmills of ignorance becomes much more successful

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