The SNIP Clinic community program is making a comeback in mid-February in honor of its one-year reopening anniversary.
As part of the Leon Guerrero Tenorio administration’s commitment to providing quarterly village outreach spay and neuter clinics, the SNIP clinic comes back to continue to reduce the overpopulation of animals in Guam.
The clinic will take place from the 13th to the 24th of February in the Yona Community Center.
Dr. Mariana Turner said during an interview with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that they will continue to do quarterly events, especially in the southern areas of the island.
Territorial veterinarian Dr. Mariana Turner says, “Our goal is, when we do the community clinics, we’re really trying to hit the places that are farther from GAIN up in Yigo, so the more we can get down south the better. You know the people that can’t drive all the way up to GAIN first thing in the morning and then all the way back in the afternoon, so we’re really trying to hit those areas, but no the goal is quarterly, we should be out in the community providing spay and neuter services off-site”
Two high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter (HQHVSN) surgeons from Washington and Texas will be performing the procedures. The SNIP clinic aims to do 75 surgeries per day, for a total of 600 over the course of 8 days.
Surgeries will cost $50 dollars each and will be by appointment only.
“These kinds of outreach programs are really great to promote responsible pet ownership, which is really one of the main prompts in terms of, you know, really getting this stray population under control. We need responsible pet owners, we need low-cost spay and neuter and then we need to get out there and educate,” says Turner.
Individuals interested in signing their pets up can visit their website at www.snipclinicguam.com/yona
This weekend, there will also be a licensing and microchipping event at the Astumbo Community Center from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
At the event, microchips will be $10 dollars and pet licenses will be $5. In order to get the rabies vaccine, pets must be at least three months old.