The Action Committee
takes responsibility for those activities connected with making the
spay/neuter solution available to those who need it. Their primary goal
is to set up and run the voucher system; the secondary goal is to make
spay/neuter operations easy, accessible, and affordable to all.
Our desired outcome is the
reduction of the domestic animal population in Monongalia County. This
is an on-going and complex project. As such, the benefits from our work
will start small and grow over time. But we believe that the greater
the community involvement, the more quickly our goals to reduce the
number of animals being euthanized at the Monongalia County Canine Adoption
Center every year, to reduce the tax dollars being spent on controlling
the over population, and to increase public awareness will be met.
The M-SNAP policy for solving
the pet overpopulation in Monongalia County, agreed to by all members,
affirms that we will send vouchers to residents in need until the money
is gone. During periods that we have no funds, we will maintain
a wait list, and will resume distribution of vouchers when new funds
become available. M-SNAP asserts that money in the bank serves no good
purpose while unwanted pets continue to be destroyed at the county pound.
The Voucher Program Policies
is only available to permanent residents of Monongalia County. Our decision
to limit assistance to permanent residents is based on the policy that
allows only county residents to relinquish pets at the Monongalia County
Canine Adoption Center (aka the pound).
is only available to pet owners who honestly cannot afford to fix their
pet(s). M-SNAP is an all volunteer organization with no permanent funding...ie,
we must earn every penny to pay for the vouchers we give away. This
is not a program intended to absolve pet owners of their responsibility
to fix their pets. We are trying to help those who have fallen on hard
times, who have adopted more than their share of strays, who have a
neighborhood stray problem that they are trying to control, or who have
intact females that have produced unwanted litters in the past.
assistance is not for those who have made the decision to purchase a
dog or cat. We believe responsible breeders should spay or neuter non-breeding
quality animals before they are sold to their customers. Spayed and
neutered animals at our local shelters need a home much more than breeders
and pet stores need your money - don't breed or buy while shelter animals
HOW TO REQUEST OUR ASSISTANCE
pet owner who is seeking assistance to have their pet spayed or neutered
must leave a message on our answering service (304-985-0123). We ask
that they include the best time to return their call. An M-SNAP member
will return calls as quickly as possible. We cannot guarantee a 24 hour
turnaround, please be patient. Our volunteers will make only three attempts
to reach the caller, so please return their calls.
2. The M-SNAP volunteer will
execute a brief intake questionnaire, collecting information for our
statistics, as well as information about the pet and pet owner. Note:
If the caller is not eligible for our assistance, we will attempt to
assist and educate the pet owner as much as possible.
3. The voucher, cover letter
and self-addressed envelope will be mailed to the pet owner. Each voucher
expires in 60 days from issue.
pet owner will choose from ten
participating veterinary clinics and will make their own arrangements
for surgery for their pet, including transportation to and from, and
are responsible for their pets pre and post-op care.
5. After the procedure is
completed, the veterinary clinic returns the completed voucher with
an invoice to M-SNAP. This is not a free service, but there is no cost
to the needy pet owner.