Last month, five puppies, abandoned, cold, and frightened, huddled together in a cardboard box to stay warm. Indianapolis firefighters discover the pups, and take them to the local animal shelter, where they receive much needed medical attention. Rescue Farm, a local animal rescue group, locates a foster home where the pups can continue their recovery and also covers their medical costs. That’s when they turn to SNSI for help in ensuring that all the puppies can be spayed/neutered and adoption-ready. This is just one example of how SNSI is helping animals all across Indiana and breaking the cycle of unwanted litters.
As you drive around Indiana, have you ever spotted a smart-looking license plate sporting a dog and cat? You might be interested to know that the plate also helps save animal lives every single day.
When you purchase a Pet Friendly License Plate, $25 comes to Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI), to pay for spay-neuter surgeries all across the state. SNSI is a financial assistance organization whose mission is to eliminate shelter overpopulation and the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats. Spay/neuter addresses the root cause of shelter overpopulation, and our strategic programs are designed to make Indiana a no-kill state.
SNSI works with many partners across Indiana to make sure pets are fixed! We have a network of over 100 shared-mission vets to perform low-cost spay-neuter surgeries, and we provide certificates to over 200 rescue groups and municipal shelters. SNSI also assists limited income people so they can fix their own pets, as well as community cats, for just $20. Through these programs, SNSI has facilitated more than 92,000 surgeries to date!
Our efforts are working! Many cities and towns are seeing reductions in shelter intake and euthanasia. Martinsville, for example, experienced a 75% decrease in euthanasia after implementing a “Community Cat” program, with SNSI providing support. In Indianapolis, euthanasia numbers have declined by more than 80% in the last 10 years due to low-cost spay/neuter options.
So, the next time you renew your license plate, consider the Pet Friendly plate. It’s not just eye-catching – it’s making a world difference in improving the lives of Hoosier animals and their human companions!
SNSI is a proud community partner of Sun King Brewing, who has sponsored our annual Hair Ball fundraiser (set for Oct. 1 this year) for going on 7 years running! Join SNSI this year for an evening of fun!