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Getting pets ‘fixed’ will be easy when SNAP comes to the county

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

The SNAP van will be parked at Bandera’s 7100 Wharton’s Dock Road, beginning at 7 am, Thursday, June 16, to provide free spays and neuters to Bandera County companion animals. Local pet owners are asked to help reduce area pet populations by taking advantage of these free surgical procedures, courtesy of a grant from the Kronkosky Foundation.

Pet owners on limited budgets are urged to mark their calendars for Thursday, June 16. Beginning at 7 am, the SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program) mobile van will be at 7100 Wharton’s Dock Road to provide free spays and neuters for dogs and cats.
A grant from the Kronkosky Foundation makes it possible for trained veterinary personnel to provide free procedures for companion animals of city and county residents.
No appointments are necessary. Client selection is accomplished by a lottery system rather than the previous “first come, first served” basis.
SNAP personnel will distribute lottery tickets between 7 am and 7:30 am with lottery selections beginning at 7:30 am. Clients and their pets must be present at that time to be selected for surgery. Pet pick-up will be on the same day at the same location. A pick-up time will be give to clients during check-in.
To ensure a safe surgical procedure, pet owners are asked to follow these simple guidelines:
• Do not feed adult pets after 10 pm the night before surgery.
• For safety’s sake, pets should be restrained – dogs on leashes and cats in a carrier.
• Only one pet per family per day may be presented for surgery.
• Dogs and cats must be at least three months old for the surgical procedure.
• Owner must bring a current rabies certificate for their pet. If rabies vaccinations are not up to date, the pet will be vaccinated at the owner’s expense.
For more information on the free SNAP Spay-Neuter Clinic, call 210-673-7722 or visit www.snapus.org.
To be a responsible pet owner, take advantage of this generous offer and remember: “No birth is the first step to no-kill.”