What is SNIP?

SNIP stands for Spay/Neuter Initiative Program. Pet Haven is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Minnesota. We believe we cannot adopt our way out of pet overpopulation, so we’re working to address the problem at its root.

We offer the SNIP grant on an annual basis to animal welfare groups in Minnesota to support and strengthen their spay/neuter efforts. And since 2005, we’ve awarded more than $200,000 to organizations throughout Minnesota and Iowa.

*2016 SNIP Grant Recipients*

These 9 organizations do amazing work to reduce pet overpopulation throughout Minnesota and will now share more than $16,000 in grant awards to continue their focus on life-saving spay/neuter work.  We believe that we cannot “adopt our way out of pet overpopulation” and our partnerships are key to preventing unwanted litters. Please join us in congratulating 2016’s SNIP Grant Winners!

Pet Project Rescue: Funding will support Trap/Neuter/Release for cat colonies located in Minneapolis.

Watonwan County Humane Society: Funding will target feral farm cats and pitbulls for spay/neuter.

Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue:  Funding will focus on spaying/neutering cats on Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Leech Lake Legacy:  Funding will support spaying/neutering dogs and cats on Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

Precious Paws:  Funding will provide affordable spay/neuter options to low-income & senior pet owners in Chisolm County.

Headwaters Animal Shelter:  Funding will grow the Cat Colony Community Sterilization program in rural Hubbard County.

Carver Scott Humane Society:  Funding will provide support for TNR program for barn cats.

Pet Fixers:  Funding will provide additional mobile spay/neuter clinics in rural Clearwater and Norman Counties.

Freeborn County Humane Society:  Funding will provide support for TNR for stray cats in rural Freeborn County.

What does the SNIP Grant fund?

SNIP Grants are intended to increase the number of animals that are altered, and grants should have a measurable impact on existing programs.  Examples include:

  • Altering dogs and cats whose litters are regularly surrendered to a shelter
  • Increasing the percentage of animals altered prior to placement in new homes
  • Funding TNR programs for cat colonies
  • Enabling community outreach efforts to provide spays/neuters to specifically targeted neighborhoods
  • Funding a mobile outreach effort to alter pets in rural areas

Which organizations qualify for the SNIP Grants?

In order to be eligible for a SNIP Grant, an organization must be a 501(c)3 organization in Minnesota (will be asked to provide IRS Certification letter).

Preference is given to organizations located in Minnesota whose annual budget is $300,000 or less.

How much funding does the grant provide?

Grant amounts range from $1,000-$3,000.

Which veterinary services do SNIP grants cover?

  • Organizations must use the grant funds to pay for spay and neuter surgical procedures. In addition, they may also use the funds for pre-operative examinations, pre-operative and intra-operative pain management, and emergency veterinary care related to the surgery.
  • SNIP Grants do not cover vaccinations, microchipping, or surgeries unrelated to spay and neuter.

What are the reporting requirements?

Grant recipients must complete a Final Report which will provide an analysis of the project and details of the number of animals impacted by the grant.  In addition, we will ask grant recipients to provide narrative and photos/video to share with our funders, supporters, and the general public.

How do organizations apply for a SNIP Grant?

This year’s application date has passed. Please check back in early summer 2017 for the next round of grants to apply online.

How are SNIP Grants awarded?

We consider grant awards based on whether or not an organization meets the following criteria: 

  • With the grant, can prove a measurable impact in reducing the amount of unaltered dogs and cats in a specific location, beyond their existing efforts.
  • Demonstrates the ability to reach targeted low income populations.
  • Demonstrates the capability to use the funds in the manner intended.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Pet Haven’s Executive Director with additional questions about SNIP Grants.

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