Spay Neuter Action Project
Contact: Dorell Sackett (760) 815 0945
Animal Welfare Organization Strengthens Emergency Operating Plan Through County Funding
San Diego, July 2018 – The Spay-Neuter Action Project of San Diego, or SNAP, today announced that a new emergency backup generator and a trailer was personally delivered by Multiquip, Inc., out of Carson, California.
SNAP, a registered non-profit, is recognized as the first organization in San Diego County, to implement programs to reduce the number of companion animals euthanized in local shelters each year. In 1990, they published the very first referral guide of affordable spay/neuter providers in the region, to address pet overpopulation at its source. An improvement was realized in the number of shelter intakes from some zip codes, but lower-income communities trailed behind significantly. SNAP changed course in 2003 by becoming an affordable spay/neuter provider, to bring services directly into these areas struggling with chronic pet overpopulation. An average of 500 spay/neuter procedures are performed each month on location, by a fully trained and California State licensed veterinary team inside the Neuter Scooter surgical bus. Over 70,000 combined cats and dogs have been altered to date.
The surgical bus is powered by a 10KW onboard generator serviced every 200 hours by a qualified RV dealer. It supports all manner of equipment inside the bus from the autoclave used to sterilize surgical instruments to oxygen used during procedures. Like any other healthcare facility that must continue operating in the event of a power failure, SNAP relies on a backup generator to keep clinics running without interruption. Recent upgrades to the interior of the bus including a second air conditioning unit critical to staff and patient well-being during the summer months exceeded the capacity of the existing backup generator. Funding from County Districts 1, 3, and 4, made it possible to acquire a new back up generator to meet the increased electrical capacity and bonus trailer for faster response time.
“Having a new back up emergency generator, gives the entire organization peace of mind if needed due to loss of power in the early morning hours before a scheduled clinic,” said Dorell Sackett, SNAP Executive Director. “Unlike the old unit that had to be lifted into the back of a pickup truck by a two-person team at 6:30 am when a second person may not always be available, the trailer means a ‘quick hitch’ saving precious minutes plus wear and tear on the back,” said Ms. Sackett.
SNAP would like to publicly thank the Districts for this much-needed acquisition.
For more information about SNAP, please visit www.snap-sandiego.org or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or by using the hashtag #SNAPsandiego.