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Carmel Magazine, Winter-Spring 2019

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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 179 and neuter clinic," she adds. Shortly after Scherer saw that news report, a bus that had been set up for high-volume spay and neuter ser vices came up for sale in Coachella Valley. "Every rescue agency in the area passed on it because it wouldn't make a profit," she recalls. "I told my husband, 'That's what we need to be supporting. This is how we get this out of control animal population under control.'" After consulting with a veterinarian, the Scherer's put up the money for the first of what would be two SNIP buses. The first oper- ates in the Coachella Valley area and the other around Monterey Bay. That was in mid-2016. In the intervening two-and-a-half years, the SNIP bus veterinarians and technicians have per- formed spay and neuter services for more than 8,000 dogs and cats, numbers that Scherer is justifiably proud of. Presently, SNIP schedules between four and eight day-long clinics monthly, roughly half of which are in the Monterey County area, typically in the Salinas Valley. Each clinic spays or neuters around 30 dogs and cats. Scherer says that one female dog and her offspring can produce more than 60,000 dogs in six years, so that means each clinic potentially saves 1,800,000 dog and cat lives. Demand always outweighs availability and reservations are a must. Scherer and SNIP's Board of Director are not paid for their effor ts, and 100 percent of all donations and grant monies go directly to expenses. Each SNIP procedure costs the pet SNIP bus clinics are a dog, cat and people watcher's paradise. Responsible pet owners bring every conceivable breed to receive spay and neutering services. The organization depends on donations and grants to keep the clinics going.

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