Snip Tuck, Inc. marks 10 years of help

Cindy Smith

Cindy
Smith

SECRETARY – Cindy Smith and her colleagues at Snip Tuck, Inc. have reached a milestone in their service to feral and stray cats. “We are celebrating our 10th anniversary,” Ms. Smith said on April 17 during a presentation to the Dorchester County commissioners.

She spoke of the critical value of spaying and neutering wild and pet cats as a way to reduce their population and thereby the suffering of unwanted or neglected animals. “You can’t adopt your way out of this situation,” she said, as she displayed a chart showing the exponential growth of a cat colony.

And though someone might feed strays with good intentions, “A cat colony caretaker can lose control in a few years,” Ms. Smith said.
“Snip Tuck, Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to reduce the number of unwanted animals on the Delmarva Peninsula by providing a comprehensive spay and neuter program to its citizens at an affordable cost,” a statement from the group said.

Monthly clinics are held in Secretary, at which the group will treat 60-100 cats. A fee of $45 per male or $55 per female is requested from those who can pay. Otherwise, the service is free. Included in the process are an exam, nail trim, flea medications and other treatments.
“Our ultimate goal is to expand our services, opening a full-time, five-day-a-week clinic,” the group’s website says.

“We are going to continue saving lives by preventing births,” Ms. Smith said. At the conclusion of her presentation, Councilmen Don Satterfield told her the council had dedicated $5,000 to Snip Tuck.

For information on joining the group – open positions include veterinarian and licensed vet technician – donating, or making an appointment for a monthly clinic, call 410-943-4050, email sniptuckcats@gmail.com, visit www.sniptuckinc.org, or the group’s Facebook page. Snip Tuck is located at 140 Main St., Secretary.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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