This week initiated the first SNIP clinic of the year, and as PNC previously reported, it will be located in the community center of the village of Yona until Friday 24th.
This is an effort to bring the clinic to southern villages to make it accessible for the community.
Lauren Cabrera, one of the SNIP clinic’s volunteers encourages the community to register and bring their pets to this year’s first quarterly spay and neuter event as they are trying to reach higher numbers to help contain the animal overpopulation.
“This clinic we’re trying to reach higher surgery numbers than our previous clinics, so we’re aiming for 60 to 100 surgeries per day. We brought in 3 vets from off-island to help us and it’s going really smooth so far,” said Volunteer Lauren Cabrera.
“The best and easiest way to make an appointment is to go online at www.snipclinicguam.com/yona or if you just go to the snip clinic Guam site and find the Yona link you can click that and it’s really easy to make an appointment online,” Cabrera added.
After pet owners make the appointment on their website and pay a $50 dollar fee, the animal’s first stop is the drop-off station, where all the in-waiting cats and dogs wait for their turn.
Owners can add additional treatments to their pets visit, as they are offering more than just the surgeries.
“Each surgery is $50 dollars and if you want you can add on additional stuff like flea and tick medicine or rabies vaccine or microchip for an extra cost,” said Cabrera.
When an animal is the next in turn, they get sedated and once asleep, they get shaved and ready to go.
Dr. Brenda Smith along with the three visiting veterinarians then safely and skillfully complete the spay or neuter procedure which can take around 5-15 minutes depending on the animal.
After they are done and the pet wakes up, they go back to the drop-off station where their owners are called to pick their furry babies up.
Cabrera highlighted how important it is for Guam’s pet owners to be responsible with their animals and how a simple procedure could really help the overpopulation of animals in the island.
“It’s so important to spay and neuter your pets. There’s thousands and thousands of dogs on Guam that have no home and we would like to reduce that number of dogs that have no home, so the best way to do that is by sterilizing your pets,” she said.