SNACK's mission is to humanely reduce the overpopulation of homeless cats and kittens by conducting, promoting, and supporting trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs and low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc. (SNACK) has worked to fulfill our mission and used our volunteers' time and talent and our financial resources to sterilize over 3,000 cats in the central Ohio area. We believe preventing the births of unwanted kittens is a key to saving cats' lives. This year alone, we expect to support the sterilization of over 600 cats.
Spay/neuter does more good than just prevent the birth of kittens.
Sterilization is essential to reduce the number of cats and kittens placed in shelters. Seventy percent of cats who enter the shelter system do not leave alive. For a feral cat or one not socialized to humans, the reality is closer to 100 percent of these cats are killed.
Sterilization helps to reduce the number of animals on the streets. Stray cats can be injured by cars or other animals or people. The cats can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, and be a nuisance. In rural areas of Ohio, it is not uncommon for unwanted litters of kittens or cats to be dumped in underpopulated areas or at farms. These abandoned animals often become prey or are injured on the roads or starve to death. Those individuals who find these cats and kittens are faced with caring for them or taking them to shelters.
For individual cats, generally, a female cat will live a longer, healthier life if she is spayed. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal for about 90 percent of cats. Neutering provides major health benefits for a male cat. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering prevents testicular cancer.
A spayed female cat won't go into heat and won't engage in the nuisance behavior often associated with breeding. A neutered male cat is not as likely to roam and much better behaved. A neutered male is less likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine.
SNACK is a supporter of the Million Cat Challenge, a national effort, launched in 2014 to save the lives of 1,000,000 cats, This life-saving campaign is a joint project of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. It is supported by the generosity of Maddie's Fund. Read more at www.millioncatchallenge.org.