Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day February 20 Actually, celebrate Love Your Pet Day every Friday, if you prefer! Professionally trained helper animals—such as guide dogs for the blind—offer obvious benefits to humans. However, the average domestic pet, such as a dog, cat—even a goldfish—can also provide many therapeutic and health benefits. Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection. Caring for a pet may even help you live longer. While most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity. Many studies have found Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax. Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without. Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets. While people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet does not necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish...Read More
Spay/Neuter Programs Work! Low-cost, high-quality, high-volume, spay and neuter and return (TNR) programs play a vital role in controlling the cat and dog overpopulation problem in Georgia and nationwide. This is true both for feral cat and dog populations, but also for domesticated cats and dogs too. Both feral cats and dogs and domesticated cats and dogs breed, frequently with each other, and together this uncontrolled breeding as led to an explosion in our cat and dog populations. Importance of Trap Neuter and Return Programs Research shows a TNR programs lead to a reduction in shelter intake and euthanasia, enhances the quality of life for animals and the humans who live with them, and in the process can save taxpayers in Georgia and nationwide millions of dollars in animal control costs. Do spay/neuter programs work? In one example, the euthanasia rate in Asheville, North Carolina, animal shelters was decreased by 79 percent since the Humane Alliance, a local veterinary group dedicated to spay/neuter programs, established their low-cost high-volume spay and neuter clinic. In Jacksonville, Florida, a spay and neuter program targeted to low-income households led to a 37 percent decrease in shelter euthanasia in just three years. Shelter intake numbers turned around as well, from an annual increase in intake of 15-20 percent per year prior to the program, to a decrease of 8.3 percent between the program’s first and second full years. During the first 12 years of a New Hampshire Animal Population Control Program, there was a similar significant decrease both in cat intake and cat euthanasia in local shelters. An EmanciPET Free Spay/Neuter Program in Austin, Texas produced similar significantly lower rates of increase for dog...Read More
Did you know? Snap assists folks across metro Atlanta to manage feral cat populations through our Trap Neuter Return programs. TNR helps establish managed cat colonies that are non-breading, fed daily and monitored for health and wellness. Our first choice is to return feral cats who have not been socialized around humans to where there were initially found. And for those cats humanely trapped who are socialized, and in the case of kittens, we socialize these and find them homes as domestic indoor cats through our adoption program. Occasionally, the location where a feral cat is trapped is not appropriate for return, as in the case of commercial property or near a highway. In these cases Snap attempts to relocate the feral cat to a new location – often in managed colonies of ‘working’ cats in locations such as barns and stables where they can help control the local population of mice and vermin. Snap has a barn cat program available to help these cases, and we have established many new colonies in appropriate locations. Click or tap here for details about our Snap Barn Cat program. Questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preview all our available cats, kittens and dogs. Learn more about how to volunteer with SNAP, apply online to volunteer, or drop by one of our area PetSmart or Petco adoption centers. SNAP is a non-profit 501c3 animal rescue organization dedicated to rescues, adoptions and spay and neuter programs for Atlanta-area pets. Learn more about SNAP on our website or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates about SNAP people, pets and adoption news....Read More
SNAP is a non-profit 501c3 animal rescue group dedicated to curbing the problem of dog and cat overpopulation in Georgia. Through advocacy and implementation of county-wide and local TNR programs, low-cost spay/neutering clinics, wellness services, rescue and adoption programs and education and outreach, we hope to sterilize, not euthanize, local home & neighborhood cat & dog populations, saving lives & money.
|Everyday in Georgia thousands of homeless pets are put to death, costing Georgia taxpayers an estimated $1 million each week.
|SNAP is dedicated to curbing the dog and cat overpopulation problem in Georgia through making spay/neutering services as widely available as possible.
Through the implementation of the county and local TNR programs and by helping to provide wellness services, rescue and adoption programs and education and outreach, we hope to reach our goal of saving lives and money.
We are a Georgia-based 501c3 non-profit organization sustained entirely from grants, donations and the generous and tireless work and support of our many volunteers.
|“Animal rescue work can be immensely satisfying, gratifying and devastating, all at the same time.
“You deal with the unknown, the hurt, the hungry, the lonely. And you simply cannot save them all.
“You give love and get love back from these very special animals many fold in return.
“But every once in a while, you come across an animal that really touches your heart and you form a special bond that makes the work transcendent.”
– Kyla Jones, SNAP Founder, 2011