● Applicants must be a resident of Sullivan County, TN making less than $30,000 a year.
● Applicants are limited to those receiving government assistance such as food stamps, housing assistance, etc.
● Applicants must be the owner of the animal(s) listed on the Spay/Neuter Certificate Application, and plan to keep the animal as a companion pet in the household for the life of the animal. The SCHS defines “owner” as an individual with a domesticated pet who intends to provide a home and lifelong care of said animal.
WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost for the owner of the pet varies based on the veterinary hospital. The SNIP certificate covers $50 of the surgery with the remaining cost to the owner. By utilizing one of our partner clinics (listed below) your cost will be approximately $15-$25 depending on breed. ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL COSTS?
Please discuss this with your vet of choice. The veterinarian may require a rabies vaccination if one has not been administered in the last year. They may also recommend post-surgery pain medications. Please note that many clinics charge extra for females who are in heat or are pregnant and for males with undescended testicles.
WHERE WILL THE SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY BE PERFORMED?
The following local veterinarian’s offices are contractual partners with the SCHS for the administration of the SNIP program:
Indian Ridge Animal Hospital 1100 Indian Trail Drive Kingsport, TN 37660 (423) 378-4753
Family Pet Veterinary Hospital 4399 Highway 11 W # 2, Blountville, TN 37617 (423) 279-1738
Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic 16222 Lee Hwy, Bristol, VA 22079 (276) 591-5790
Kingsport Veterinary Hospital (Current clients only) 524 W Center St, Kingsport, TN 37660 (423) 246-8561
HOW DO I GET MY CERTIFICATE?
Fill out the online application. If you qualify we will issue a certificate to you as soon as possible. Currently we are issuing approximately 10 certificates per month and you may not get a certificate right away. Your application will continue to be reviewed each month.
DO THE SPAY/NEUTER CERTIFICATES EXPIRE?
Yes, Spay/neuter certificates expire 3 months from issue date. Please call to schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your certificate.
ARE ANIMALS AFFILIATED WITH RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES?
No. Our program is for existing domesticated pets in households or pets acquired with the intention of providing a lifelong home and care of said animal. The SCHS defines “rescue” animals as animals for which an individual plans to find another home for, and are therefore ineligible to receive a SNIP certificate. ARE FERAL CATS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES?
No, we do not cover feral cats at this time.
I DO NOT QUALIFY FOR YOUR PROGRAM. WHAT DO I DO?
For owned animals, please contact Margaret B. Mitchell or Holly Help.
For feral cats you can contact Margaret B Mitchell, Holly Help, FRANK, or TnT Stray Cat Strut.
WHERE DOES SCHS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THE SNIP PROGRAM?
Funds for SCHS Spay/Neuter Impact program have been secured by donations, fundraisers, and grants. All applications will be reviewed under the guidelines set forth by SCHS and the grant providers whether it be financial, age, canine/feline, size or sex of pet, etc.