SNAP-2 IT is looking for happy people who want to volunteer their time to help animals. There are many ways you can help and no amount of time is too small to offer.
SNAP-2 IT (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) (http://snap-2it.org) is an Atlanta area not-for-profit dedicated to helping animals in the community. SNAP-2 IT was born from a group of friends who volunteered in no-kill shelters in metro Atlanta for many years and saw the urgent need for a preventative solution. Rather than focus primarily on the results of pet overpopulation (namely, homeless animals), we decided to attack the issue at its core: the need for assistance in feral cat management, spay/neuter education and low cost options, and community awareness. After witnessing heartbreaking abuse cases and navigating email in-boxes crowded with desperate pleas to save animals from euthanasia in local shelters, the group coalesced into what it is today.
Although many people know our "public face" through the volunteers who man PetSmart adoption days, where we introduce visitors to adoptable kittens and cats, the work behind the scenes is what actually drives that public presence.
SNAP works with individuals and groups in the community who need help managing feral colonies. For example, we have ongoing relationships with Emory Midtown Medical Center and multiple apartment/trailer complexes. We first help with the trapping, neutering, and subsequent releasing of the existing colony members back into their environment once they are healed; this process is known as TNR. SNAP actually conducts the trapping, finances the spay/neuter, fosters the rescued animals during their recovery, and then releases them. During this process, we may rescue adoptable kittens or "friendlies" - adult cats who are not completely feral, but seek out human companionship, and were probably someone's pet at one time. When this happens, we pull these animals into the adoption leg of our work. The relationship with the group continues beyond our initial TNR action. There is typically a colony caregiver, someone who is onsite every day and knows the animals, who feeds colony members, watches out for their health, and notifies us if new animals arrive, which is not uncommon. When this happens, we return to the location, trap the new animal, and hopefully are able to literally nip the cycle of reproduction in the bud through TNR. To see the colonies that we have helped, visit http://snap-2it.org/our-work/colonies-weve-helped/ .
SNAP helps out in times of crisis in the community. SNAP has worked hard to foster positive relationships with Animal Control in multiple counties. Now, when animal control receives a call about a hoarding or overcrowding situation, depending on the situation, they may direct the caller to us. It's a fact of life that when an animal is taken to Animal Control, its ultimate fate will likely be euthanasia. We work with local agencies to look for other alternatives and avoid the needless killing of Georgia's animals. We will also pull adoptable kittens and friendlies from Animal Control when possible, to try and divert animals away from the cycle of euthanasia.
SNAP connects financially-stretched pet owners with low cost/free services in the community. As our nation has struggled with the economic downturn in recent years, we have noticed a sharp (and heartbreaking) increase in the number of pets that are abandoned. We partner with and publicize venues for pet owners to receive low and no cost health services, including spay/neuter help, and are sometimes able to fill the void ourselves. For example, through SNAP's Angel Connection program, we place special needs adoptable animals with people who would not be able to normally afford the adoption fee or ongoing healthcare.
SNAP places kittens, cats, dogs..and the occasional duck and iguana...through our adoption program. SNAP partners with PetSmarts across Atlanta to showcase our adoptable animals. We have consistent weekend presences in the PetSmarts located in Buckhead on Peachtree, the one in Buckhead/Midtown off of I-75 & Howell Mill and also work with the PetSmarts in Smyrna and Austell. A big triumph for SNAP this year is that we now occupy the permanent adoption center at the Howell Mill and I-75 location. This means our adoptable felines are available for viewing every day that the PetSmart is open; volunteers man the Howell Mill location every Saturday and Sunday afternoon to meet the public, let them play with the animals, and take adoption applications. We also show every Saturday afternoon at the Buckhead PetSmart; our network of foster parents and volunteers bring in adoptable animals that live full time in homes for viewing and placement. We love it when pet lovers stop by to say hello! SNAP also has dogs in our program too. You can always find out the latest information about our adoptable animals by visiting our web site (http://snap-2it.org).
SNAP volunteers man the front lines. SNAP has about 30 volunteers across the metro Atlanta area, and many more friends and partners who help us with advertising, fund-raising opportunities, and donations. We have a wide range of skills and expertise in this diverse group, which is needed because of the broad range of our work. Ways that SNAP volunteers help include trapping animals; helping with shuttling them to and from the vet; working adoption events; fostering animals; speaking to the public at educational events; posting animal information on multiple adoption portals; applying for grants and soliciting donations; coordinating fundraising events; writing our newsletter; cleaning our adoption centers multiple times daily; maintaining our web site and social media presence, and more. SNAP is 100% volunteer and 100% funded by public donations and the occasional assistance from organizations like, most recently, Alley Cat Allies and Second Life.
How you can help. SNAP relies on public support to continue our mission, and there are many ways that you can help (link to http://snap-2it.org/you-can-help/ ). For example, we collect aluminum cans for recycling and welcome your donation. You can attend a SNAP fundraising event, or stop by our adoption centers and make a donation. Spreading the word with your friends and family that are looking for a new pet is another way you can easily assist us. SNAP has a number of funds to target specific needs (link to http://snap-2it.org/you-can-help/contribute/ ) , ranging from offsetting our operating costs to helping special needs animals, to which you can make a one-time or monthly donation. If you're considering adopting for the first time or broadening the number of four-legged animal family members you have, please call on us! We will help you find the perfect companion. Finally, we are always looking for energetic volunteers too!
- Address P.O. Box 941591Atlanta, GA 31141
- Kyla Jones