A mobile spay-neuter clinic will debut in the Modesto area Friday and roll on to Atwater and other parts of the San Joaquin Valley.
The nonprofit service is called SNIP, which stands for Spay Neuter Imperative Project. Modesto native Melanie Scherer started it in Riverside County in 2016 and later added a trailer for the Monterey-Santa Cruz area.
The new 20-foot trailer will open to dogs and cats at 9 a.m. Friday, April 26, at the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, 3647 Cornucopia Way, off Crows Landing Road west of Ceres. The clinics typically last until 3 or 4 p.m., SNIP spokeswoman Allison Blake said.
The procedures cost $25 to $75, depending on the size of the animal. Pet owners should make appointments at 925-895-8531.
SNIP will be at the Petco store at 1230 Commerce Ave. in Atwater from 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon Saturday and Sunday. Future locations will be announced at www.snipbus.org.
SNIP relies on sponsors to cover part of the cost. The pickup pulling the new trailer was provided by American Chevrolet and Tru-Tech Roofing and Waterproofing of Modesto. Local dentist Katherine Kucera-Menghetti is sponsoring Friday’s clinic.
The new trailer could become a monthly service in the Modesto area with enough donor support, said Annette Patton, executive director of the Stanislaus agency. She is arranging for a visit soon to the emergency homeless shelter under the Ninth Street Bridge, which includes numerous pets.
As part of the launch, SNIP on Thursday is providing the Stanislaus agency with spay-neuter services for about 25 pets awaiting adoption.
SNIP has topped 10,000 spay-neuter procedures in its first three years. Veterinarians do the work, assisted by technicians.
“Rescue is not the only solution,” Scherer said in a news release. “We are working tirelessly to stop the core issue, reproduction of unwanted animals, by making low-cost spay-neuter clinics widely accessible. I am so honored to bring SNIP to serve my hometown of Modesto and surrounding areas.”