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D-SNiP (DOGSTER'S SPAY & NEUTER PROGRAM) offers low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners, people caring for free-roaming cats, rescue groups, and animal shelters within the Four Corners. D-SNiP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and can offer low-cost spay and neuter services thanks to generous private donations, fundraising and grants. Summer of 2011 marked the start of D-SNiP's mobile spay and neuter unit, enabling D-SNiP to assist in the fight against pet overpopulation in the Four Corners area, traveling outside of a specific area to perform affordable spay and neuter surgeries to underserved communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D-SNiP relies entirely on donations, fundraising and grants to offer low-cost spay and neuter services for pets in need. You can help by making a donation or volunteering to help at D-SNiP events.

 

Please help us - help them, by donating today!

 

Thank you for caring!

 

Dogster's Spay & Neuter Program

10 Town Plaza, Suite 115, Durango, CO 81301

ABOUT US

We are very fortunate to have a staff of individuals who believe in and are truly supportive of D-SNiP's mission.

"DOGSTER"

OUR HISTORY

Dogster’s was founded in 1999 as Dogster’s Fund in memory of Dogster, the beloved pet of Karen and Mark Zempel. With the help of donations and grant funding, Dogster’s has been providing affordable spay/neuter surgeries for thirteen years to La Plata County residents. During that time Dogster’s altered 2,500 animals through the voucher program and an additional 2,100 in our mobile spay/neuter unit. In June 2011, D-SNiP launched the areas first mobile spay/neuter unit.  D-SNiP provides affordable spay/neuter services to pet owners and organizations that do not have access to these services.

OUR MISSION

D-SNiP seeks to end the tragedy of unwanted cats and dogs by providing spay/neuter education and low-cost spay and neuter services.  D-SNiP will also provide emergency veterinary and foster care for animals in need on a case-by-case basis.

OUR VISION

D-SNiP's vision is a world in which every cat and dog lives to find a loving home and every resident has access to affordable spay and neuter services.

OUR TEAM

Our dedicated team members.

D-SNiP relies entirely on donations, fundraising and grants to offer low-cost spay and neuter services for pets in need. You can help by making a donation or volunteering to help at D-SNiP events.

 

Please help us - help them, by donating today!

Thank you for caring!

Dogster's Spay & Neuter Program

10 Town Plaza, Suite 115

Durango, CO 81301

THE TIME IS NOW

Times are hard for companion animals. In the U.S. alone, millions of unwanted pets are euthanized each year simply because there are not enough homes for them. The economic crisis makes the situation worse. Dogs and cats are being surrendered at shelters in record numbers, and most organizations cannot handle the sheer volume of animals entering their doors.

BENEFITS OF SPAY & NEUTER

Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every "Spaying" is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet. "Neutering" is the surgical removal of the testicles of a male pet. "Fixing" your pet is another term for spaying or neutering your pet. Aside from stopping pet overpopulation, one of the most important reasons to spay/neuter your pet is to eliminate or substantially reduce the risks of various types of cancer.  Cancer is the leading cause of death in mature dogs.  Fifty percent of dogs older than 10 will die of cancer.

 

Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet...

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and certain types of cancer, including ovarian and mammary (breast) cancer. Spaying before her first heat cycle offers the best protection from these diseases.  The first heat cycle can occur as early as 5 months.

 

2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age and reduces the risk of prostate problems.

 

3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season and can attract unwanted suitors. In an effort to advertise for mates, they can cry incessantly, act nervous and urinate more frequently – sometimes all over the house!

 

4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and escaping at any opportunity.  Besides being lost , once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

 

5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, when unneutered they may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Early neutering can help avoid many behavior problems.

 

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds – not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide adequate exercise and food portions.

 

7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter, treating cancers and other medical conditions that spaying/neutering can eliminate or significantly reduce the risks of occurring, and treating injuries caused by fights.

 

8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Communities pay millions of dollars every year to collect, house and care for homeless animals. You pay the costs whether or not you own a pet. Stray animals also pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering substantially reduces the number of homeless cats and dogs on the streets. Each year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds enter shelters where over half of them are euthanized or they suffer as strays on the street without food or medical care. The high number of cats and dogs being euthanized each year is the direct result of unplanned litters that could have easily been prevented by people spaying or neutering their pets.

 

Are there any risks?

Spay and neuter surgeries are not high risk surgeries.  But, there can be risk with any procedure that involves anesthesia.  Our veterinarians require that all pets having surgery be in good health, be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds.  All pets are examined prior to surgery.  Our vets will determine, within their sole discretion, whether surgery is safe and appropriate based upon the specific circumstances of each animal. Any animal found to have a health issue will not be approved for surgery. It is therefore very important that you be very accurate when filling out your pet’s admission and evaluation forms.

OUR PROGRAMS

D-SNiP offers a variety of programs for affordable spay & neuter.

VOUCHERS

Dogster’s Spay and Neuter Voucher Program provides vouchers to those individuals wanting to have their pet(s) altered at participating local veterinary hospitals in Durango Colorado.

 

Since 1999, Dogster’s has been helping curb pet overpopulation by providing low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to individuals needing assistance.  We have provided over 3,100 vouchers!!

 

How do I get a voucher? Vouchers can be purchased by emailing info@d-snip.orgor calling 247-3647.  Once your voucher has been purchased, you can set up your appointment directly with the participating veterinary hospital.

 

How much does it cost? As a non-profit, we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to our services, no matter what their financial circumstances.  Our current voucher prices, excluding any grants, are:

Cat Spay or Neuter: $50

Dog Spay or Neuter:  $75

 

MOBILE UNIT

In June 2011, D-SNiP launched the first and only mobile spay/neuter clinic in the Four Corners region. The 27 foot, custom built clinic has everything needed to provide high-quality spay/neuter surgeries for your pet.  This program enables D-SNiP to travel to underserved communities providing low-cost and no-cost dog and cat spay/neuter support throughout La Plata County, Colorado and Northern New Mexico.

 

Dogster’s Mobile spay/neuter clinic provides support to Animal Shelters, TNR and Rescue groups. By providing groups with a high-quality, manned, mobile surgical suite Dogster’s provides backup and overflow support to animal welfare groups across the Four Corners.  During the year D-SNiP mobile will host clinics throughout surrounding areas. Please contact us to find out when we will be in your neighborhood. If you need more information, call us at 970-247-3647.

 

D-SNiP’s  Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is a reality thanks to the generous support of the Red Acre Foundation, PetSmart Charities, ASPCA, Clark Behner and many charitable donations from individuals.

 

D-SNiP adheres to the standards for Spay/Neuter Medical Care Guidelines developed in 2008 by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Veterinary Task Force to Advance Spay/Neuter.  Additionally, the staff has participated in extensive training through the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Mentorship Program.

 

TNR/FERAL CAT PROGRAM

Working in conjunction with Cat Care TNR of SW Colorado, D-SNiP provides assistance on trapping, neutering and releasing these animals back onto your property.  If you have a large colony of cats (5 or more) you would like to have fixed please contact Cat Care TNR of SW Colorado at 970-946-8112 or catcaretnr.org. D-SNiP’s mobile spay and neuter unit holds feral cat clinics throughout the year. These clinics, sponsored by Spay Colorado, provide spay and neuter services and vaccines to individuals with 5 or more feral cats.

 

What is a feral cat and what should we do about them? A feral cat is one that lives outside and is not socialized to humans. Feral cats can have the same lifespan, and the incidence of disease is just as low, as in companion cats. Feral cats can live long, healthy lives, content in their outdoor home. Feral cats typically live in colonies where they have access to food and shelter. An unmanaged colony can become a problem, with rampant breeding, and the onset of problem mating behaviors (fighting, yowling, etc.). However, feral cats should not be taken to the animal shelter, as they are not adoptable and can only be euthanized. Catching and killing the cats does not work - when cats are removed from an area, survivors breed to capacity or new cats move in (this is known as the “vacuum effect,” and is well-documented)

 

What is TNR, and why does it work? Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis. This method has been endorsed by national animal welfare groups, as well as many animal control departments, as the best option for feral cats and the communities they inhabit.

 

Here’s how  it works:

• A feral cat colony is identified

• The cats are trapped humanely

• The cats are transported to a clinic for spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination

• The cats have their left ear “tipped” for easy identification as “fixed”

• The cats are returned to their colony within 24 – 48 hours

• Volunteers feed and care for the cat colony on a daily basis

• TNR stabilizes the colony size by eliminating new litters. It also reduces the nuisance behaviors associated with unsterilized cats.

TNR’s most measurable effect is that fewer cats/kittens flow through animal shelters, resulting in lower euthanasia rates and increased adoptions of shelter cats.

(The above information is courtesy of Humane Alliance.)

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

You can afford to have your pet spayed or neutered!

NEWS & EVENTS

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MOBILE CLINICS

Dogster's, the only group in the Four Corners area with a mobile spay/neuter unit, provides low-cost and no-cost dog and cat spay/neuter support throughout La Plata County, Colorado and Northern New Mexico. If you would like Dogster's to come out to your area or if you need more information, call us at 970-247-3647.

LOW-COST CLINIC SUPPORT

Dogster's provides support to Animal Shelters, TNR and Rescue groups by utilizing the mobile, low-cost spay and neuter suite. By providing groups with a high-quality, manned, mobile surgical suite, Dogster's provides backup and overflow support to animal welfare groups across the Four Corners. For more information, call us at 970-247-3647.

FUNDRAISING

Thank you for caring!

D-SNiP relies entirely on donations, fundraising and grants to offer low-cost spay and neuter services for pets in need. You can help by making a donation or volunteering to help at D-SNiP events. Please help us - help them, by donating today!

Dogster's Spay & Neuter Program

10 Town Plaza, Suite 115, Durango, CO 81301

CONTACT US

We would love to hear from you!

D-SNiP relies entirely on donations, fundraising and grants to offer low-cost spay and neuter services for pets in need. You can help by making a donation or volunteering to help at D-SNiP events. Please help us - help them, by donating today!

Thank you for caring!

Dogster's Spay & Neuter Program

10 Town Plaza, Suite 115, Durango, CO 81301

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Aimee Henneman

 

 

 

D-SNiP

10 Town Plaza, Suite 115, Durango, CO 81301

970-247-DOGS

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