Staff photo by Michael Thomason
Monroe County Mayor Tim Yates proclaimed February 26 “Spay and Neuter Awareness Day”
in Monroe County. The proclamation urged all pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and
cats to eliminate unwanted litters and reduce the overpopulation of pets in the county. The
mayor issued the proclamation for February 26 because that is “World Spay Day” and to
celebrate Spay and Neuter Assistance for Pets, Inc.’s (SNAP) 10-year anniversary and
10,000th spay/neuter surgery. With Yates is Mike Cleverdon and Vicki Morgan, both of SNAP.
Also pictured are Chopper in purple, Brea and a Dachsund puppy available for adoption. SNAP
is a local, non-profit corporation that works to reduce animal overpopulation in Monroe County
by issuing free spay and neuter vouchers to low-income pet owners. In celebration of the
proclamation, SNAP will issue free spay and neuter vouchers on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the
Monroe County Animal Shelter (behind Wal-Mart in Madisonville) and Wednesday, Feb. 27 at
the MCFA Thrift Store (884 Englewood Road, Madisonville) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Voucher recipients must meet several criteria, to find out if you qualify, call SNAP at 423-884-
|Published: 8:49 AM, 02/25/2013
Author: Melissa Kinton
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Ten years ago, stray animals roamed
every corner of Monroe County. A failing animal shelter was located
at an abandoned county dump on a road nicknamed "Dead Dog Road." Prospects for unwanted pets were grim.
"There were so many animals on the
side of the road," said Mike Cleverdon, co-founder of Spay and
Neuter Assistance for Pets, Inc. (SNAP). With help from his wife,
Susan, Cleverdon did something about it.
The retired Vonore couple created a
voucher system that would allow low-income pet owners to spay or
neuter their pets for free. Since they started SNAP in March 2003,
the Cleverdons have handed out some 10,000 vouchers-- that means
10,000 dogs and cats that might have gone on creating unwanted
litters were instead spayed or neutered.
SNAP has worked with three area
veterinary services - the Monroe County Animal Hospital, the
Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital, and People Promoting Animal Welfare (PPAW) in Greenback - from the beginning, negotiating reduced rates
for surgeries that were then paid for with money donated by
foundations and local organizations. Cleverdon said 98 percent of all
donations directly pays for spay and neuter surgeries. SNAP has never
had a paid employee. There are five board members and 20 volunteers.
See full story in the Sunday, Feb. 24, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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