We used this money to help subsidize spay and neuter surgeries for dogs rescued from euthanasia in area shelters prior to adoption.
Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing this money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.
Leah was a two year old blue pit bull type dog who came to us from a high kill shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But in true bully style she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone new who she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming’s shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull mix dogs. But unfortunately those shelters have not yet taken steps to address the needs of these dogs in their population. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year. Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York state over the summer with her foster family where she learned to run off leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don’t be deterred by her serious expression, she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer adopt-a-thon.