Our Mission: “Provide for and continuously improve the health, happiness and fortunes
of the homeless and abandoned cats and dogs in Monroe County”
Spay/Neuter is the only permanent, 100% effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Reduce Pet Homelessness
In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are millions of homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted, the rest are euthanized. More than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually.
Improve Pet Health
Spayed or neutered animals live longer. Studies show pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.
Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers.
For example, male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer and it is thought that they also have lowered rates of prostate cancer, and female pets that are spayed, have lowered rates of mammary tumors.
Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
Our organization promotes spay and neuter in our communities through our SNAP program. This program gives vouchers for spay-neuter surgeries to people who otherwise would not alter their animal due to the cost of the surgery. The number of animals taken in at the shelter has declined every year since this program started.
MCFA’s SNAP program provides free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income residents of Monroe County, TN. Low-income pet owners are the major source of strays and abandoned pets because they cannot afford the expense of spay/neuter surgery or the additional cost of unwanted puppies or kittens.
SNAP attacks the root cause of animal overpopulation in our community by preventing unwanted litters. The SNAP program will significantly reduce the animal intake and over time, eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals at our county animal shelter.
Pet owners will be asked to sign a questionnaire stating that they meet one of more of these qualifications. A picture ID or other proof of residency is required. A donation is requested, but is not required to receive a voucher.
(1) In 10 years, the 2019 shelter intake was reduced 67% since the peak 2009 year (6,000 to 1,950), and euthanasia was reduced by a huge 93% (~4,000 to 275) during the same period.
So many animals have been saved! In 2019 about 86% of dogs & cats surrendered to the Shelter were saved.
(2) SNAP wishes to recognize and thank our grantors for their support of our spay/neuter program.