Operation Cat SNIP makes pitch to Argyle council

Eric Bourque ebourque@thevanguard.ca
Published on February 26, 2014
Freda Perry (and, to her right, Eileen Coady) spoke to Argyle council Feb. 25 about Operation Cat SNIP.

An organization that provides low or no-cost spay/neuter services in the Yarmouth area for pet, stray and feral cats says the need is great for the work it does and it is looking for help for local municipal units.

Representatives of Operation Cat SNIP appeared before Argyle municipal council Tuesday to talk about their organization and to request $1,500 in funding from the municipality.

Operation Cat SNIP was formed in 2012 and a little over 200 cats have been spayed and neutered through the organization over the past two years.

Group representatives Eileen Coady and Freda Perry made a presentation to Argyle council during its committee-of-the-whole meeting of Feb. 25.

Operation Cat SNIP respects the work of the SPCA and TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) group, council was told, but Operation Cat SNIP’s focus is different, working to provide a front-line defence against cat over-population.

It offers, by application, low or no-cost spay/neuter services for cats in the Yarmouth area to those who qualify for assistance.

The organization targets pet, feral and stray cats being cared for by people on fixed incomes, cats that normally would not have access to veterinary care due the circumstances of their owners.

In partnership with the Parade Street Animal Hospital, council was told, cats are tested for feline leukemia prior to surgery. In the event of a positive test, the surgery is cancelled and applicants are contacted to determine the best course of action and care.

The organization – whose name SNIP is an acronym for Spay Neuter Is Priority – is getting better known and so is its waiting list, the group says.

“We are fundraising throughout the year,” Coady said in her council presentation. “We have a lot of volunteer support.”

Businesses too have been supportive, she said, but the organization still needs help, given the work it does and hopes to continue to do.