SNIP Collier aims to open low-cost animal clinic in Immokalee

A litter of kittens and their mom were dumped in the streets of Immokalee.

“It’s hard, it’s hard,” said Tricia Titus, SNIP Collier Volunteer.

Volunteers with SNIP Collier, a spay and neuter initiative program, found them.

This is just the latest example of why the nonprofit spay and neuter program is desperate to open a low-cost clinic in Immokalee.

“The bottom line is overpopulation,” said Titus. “You wouldn’t have all these litters of animals born suffering stray on the streets.”

Right now, SNIP Collier doesn’t have a physical location. They partner with the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers. That’s where they’ve been spaying and neutering dogs since 2013.

“We’d love to now start with the cats. The stray cat population out here is crazy,” said Titus.

SNIP Collier wants to move into the old Immokalee animal shelter building. They could double their services—start spaying and neutering cats and offer low-cost, basic medical services.

“If we had a clinic, momma could’ve been spayed. If that didn’t happen, at least the owner of the cat, if there was an owner, could’ve brought them to the vet’s office and they wouldn’t look like this,” said Titus.

And with a presence in Immokalee, SNIP Collier could focus on education, from their services to the issue of animal overpopulation.

When SNIP Collier finds stray or abandoned animals, volunteers work with GCHS to help them find homes.

If you find a stray dog or cat, you can call Collier County’s Animal Control. They’ll help get the animal to one of their shelters.

For more information on SNIP Collier, click here.

Writer:Briana Harvath
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