Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Curbing Pet Euthanasia Could Become a SNAP.(Final)(Editorial)


Albuquerque and other cities could learn a thing or two from the Houston-based Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP's mobile veterinary van was in Albuquerque last week providing free sterilization for dogs from low-income households. It was booked solid even before it rolled into town, which speaks volumes about people's willingness to spay or neuter their pets when it's affordable.

The van's visit was coordinated by the nonprofit organization No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico, which used part of its $20,000 city grant to "fix" about 250 of man's best friends. It's a great investment.

By the time the SNAP van wheels out of town, it will have prevented an estimated 4,000 unwanted puppies, many of which would have been euthanized at a city animal shelter. …

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