City of Lincoln Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Grant
By FieldHaven Feline Center
In early 2005, FieldHaven Feline Rescue introduced Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) upon being awarded a grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to assist Lincoln residents with spaying and neutering feral and stray cats and to provide education on the importance of addressing animal overpopulation issues.
FieldHaven provides the funds to spay and neuter cats by using local veterinarians and the Animal Spay & Neuter Clinic in Auburn, California. Adult cats are also vaccinated for rabies. Residents assist with the logistics of getting eligible animals into the program. FieldHaven loans traps and cages while volunteers provide education on trapping and safe handling of the cats. When necessary, volunteers may also provide transportation to the veterinarian or clinic.
FieldHaven’s shelter acts as a triage center, where cats can be dropped off for transportation and picked up for recovery. Assistance with recovery is provided on a space-available basis. While we encourage releasing the cats back into their familiar environment, we provide education and assistance on relocation to a safe area, such as a ranch or farm, when this is not possible.
When an adoption-suitable cat comes through SNAP (not feral), FieldHaven provides education, and assistance for rehoming the cat after spay or neuter surgery.
During 2005, the SNAP grant funded the spay/neuter surgeries of more than 150 cats.