This vaccine is recommended for any dog or cat over three months (12 weeks). Rabies is the only vaccine required by law for dogs. Even indoor cats should be vaccinated against the Rabies virus.
Feeding and Sheltering
After you TNR your neighborhood stray and feral cats, you can continue helping them by becoming their caretaker!
Your outdoor cats need fresh food and water daily. A very inexpensive and practical feeding station can be made by cutting holes in the opposite short ends of a plastic tote. The holes on both ends ensure an entry AND an escape route should two cats who aren’t friends come to eat at the same time. Provide dry food and water in tip proof bowls if possible. When temperatures outside start dipping into freezing, you can obtain a heated dog water dish at any pet store.
Your cat shelter can be as simple as a straw filled dog house. Straw makes the best bedding as it keeps moisture from the cat. Fluff the straw every week or so and change it when it becomes overly wet. Never use electric blankets or heating pads outdoors. An inexpensive and easy shelter can be made by obtaining a heavy-duty Styrofoam cooler, cutting a mouse hole at the end of the long side and stuffing it with straw (not hay)
This vaccine protects your dog against some strains of kennel cough, a highly contagious cough often prevalent in areas where dogs congregate. If your dog will be at a veterinary clinic, dog park, grooming or boarding facility, this vaccination is recommended and may be required in certain situations. It will need to be boostered once a year to make sure your dog is protected.
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Most dogs experience a heat cycle every 6 months. The cycle lasts about 3 weeks. Cats experience the heat cycle an average of 3 times a year, although it can occur more frequently, particularly in the spring and summer. The cycle lasts 3 weeks. If cats are bred, they are almost assured of becoming pregnant
It's possible to spay a dog in heat, but because there is increased risk of complications during surgery, we prefer to wait until she is out of heat. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. Please talk to us if your dog is in heat and at risk of pregnancy.
Yes. There is a high risk that she will become pregnant if we wait until she is not in heat.
Each cat must arrive for surgery in their own secure cat carrier. Reinforced cardboard cat carriers are available at our office for $5 and should be purchased before the surgery date.
Topical monthly flea and tick prevention for cats. You can purchase one dose at check-in. Additional doses may be purchased at our Kentwood location during our regular office (applies to clients after 2016).
Check out your spay/neuter certificate carefully. At the bottom, you will see a section marked SURGERY SUMMARY that notes any additional problems we may have noticed while your pet was with us. Please see your regular veterinarian for treatment.
- Community event volunteer: Pass out educational spay/neuter and pet care materials at community events and help staff C-SNIP’s table at these events.
- Help staff distribute C-SNIP flyers and educational materials within targeted areas and locations in the community
Also referred to as DHPP, the canine distemper vaccine protects your dog against four common viruses including Parvo, Distemper, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus. These are respiratory and intestinal viruses that can be life-threatening if your dog contracts them. This vaccine will need to be boosted initially in 3 – 4 weeks, then once a year.
The feline distemper vaccination protects your cat against three common viruses including Panleukopenia, Calici, and Rhinotracheitis. These are respiratory and intestinal viruses that can be life-threatening if your cat contracts them. This vaccine will need to be boostered initially in 3- 4 weeks, then once a year.
You and your friends/co-workers can help raise funds for C-SNIP! Do a Facebook fundraiser, consider donating cash from your garage or ebay sales, get your church, co-workers, or community group to plan an event to benefit C-SNIP. Planning a wedding? Consider donating to C-SNIP in lieu of guest favors.
C-SNIP does not declaw cats. If your cat must be declawed, we strongly recommend having the declaw procedure and the spay/neuter surgery performed at the same time at your private veterinarian.
If inclement weather forces C-SNIP to close, we will post notice of the closing here on our website, on Facebook and on WZZM TV13. Clients will receive individual telephone calls to reschedule surgery for their pets, once the clinic reopens.
Yes, but there is a slight, added risk with the procedure. Enlargement of the abdomen or mammary glands can interfere with the surgery and may cause some excessive bleeding. The pregnancy will be terminated at the time of surgery.
E-collars prevent your pet from licking the surgery site. If your dog or cat needs an e-collar, they can be purchased for $10.
Some employers will match all or part of an employee’s charitable donations. Contact your employer’s HR department to see if they will match your donation to C-SNIP.
Assist staff with translating written materials from English into Spanish.
Every time one more cat or dog is neutered, the problem of over-population is eased. The nearly 160,000 surgeries performed by C-SNIP have prevented the birth of puppies and kittens with little chance of survival, much less placement in a safe and caring home. It is difficult to measure C-SNIP's specific regional impact since our service is used by caretakers from all over Michigan.
Celebrations are a wonderful reason to honor that special someone with a tribute gift to C-SNIP. Or honor the memory of a loved one or a beloved pet with a memorial gift to C-SNIP. Let us know of your tribute gift and we will send a note to your honoree or designated person notifying them know of your tribute. The tax receipt will come to you with our thanks.
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You can schedule an appointment by calling or stopping by the office Monday - Friday between 9:00am - 3:30pm. Our phone number is (616) 455-8220 and we are located at 1675 Viewpond Drive SE in Kentwood. We also accept online appointment requests.
When all the cats in the colony are sterilized, they’re not apt to invite newcomers to the group. Why would they? They have no need to mate any longer so invitations won’t be presented to new cats and the fixed cats will guard their food source. Problem solved
C-SNIP's primary focus is to proactively prevent and alleviate overpopulation by spaying and neutering dogs and cats. We do not offer rescue, adoption, or sheltering service.
We ask that your pet be at least 2 months and 2 healthy pounds.
Unable to contact us via phone or online? Visit us at our clinics.
Our Grand Rapids office is located at 1675 Viewpond Drive SE, Kentwood, Michigan. The scheduling office will be open between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Our Lakeshore office is located at 6130 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415. The scheduling office will be open between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Tuesday through Thursday.
No, vaccinations are not required to perform spay/neuter surgery. However, if your pet is current on its vaccinations, it is the best protection against infectious disease. C-SNIP encourages regular veterinary care for every pet so they have the best chance for a long and healthful life
- Paper Towels
- Fleece (bath towel size or larger)
- High-Efficiency Liquid Laundry detergent
- Dryer Sheets
- Toilet paper
- Distilled water
- Hard Plastic Cat Carriers (new or gently used)
- Live Traps (large)
- Batteries (AA, C, & 9 volt)
- Cat food- canned, dry & kitten food
- Tall Kitchen Trash Bags (13 gallon)
- 33 Gallon Garbage Bags
- Copy Paper (white or pastels)
For every cat in this country to have a home, each American household would have to give residence to 49 cats. That’s not possible, OBVIOUSLY. So the feral cats who thrive outdoors and are happiest in their wild state, need to be left to being outside!
The ferals can take care of themselves. They are adapted to their environment and they like it like it is. Imagine someone taking YOU and forcing you to live in the WILD. Same difference.
Why not try to make them friendly?
Making an outdoor feral cat trusting of humans puts it in more danger than it would be if it stayed feral. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be kind to the cat that seems to want to be your new friend. Don’t spend your time trying to win the affections of a feral so that you can get it fixed. That my feral friends are what live-traps are for
- Laundry assistant: With up to 70 surgeries per day, C-SNIP generates a lot of laundry! We need volunteers willing to do load the washing machines & dryers and fold the clean laundry.
- Equipment prep: assist staff with sterilizing the medical equipment and preparing surgical packs
- Commercial grade washer & dryer
- 7500 watt, propane-fueled portable generator for emergency use during power
Consider C-SNIP as you make your estate plans. Your planned gift will help ensure that our services are sustained into the future for those pet owners in need. Check with your financial planner and/or attorney for the estate gift option that works best for you.
For more information about a legacy gift to C-SNIP, contact our Executive Director, Sharon, at 616-219-1074. If you’ve already included in C-SNIP in your estate plans, please complete this form and return it to C-SNIP via email or US mail so we can add you to our Legacy Circle Giving Club.
1675 Viewpond Dr
Kentwood, MI 49508
Do you sew or knit? Thanks to our handy volunteers, C-SNIP provides a home-made cat toy to each cat that comes for a spay/neuter surgery. We provide the instructions/pattern if you provide the talent.
C-SNIP uses 911 Microchips. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency – microchipping is your best option. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian or a trained member of an animal welfare organization. You will need to register the microchip online with your contact information and keep it updated.
- Reminder calls: Call clients to remind them of their pet’s appointment.
- Prepare medical packets: Assemble materials into packets for the next day’s medical appointments.
- English/Spanish translation: Assist staff with translation when contacting Spanish-speaking clients. Translation can also include translating written materials from English into Spanish.
- Check-in greeters: Help staff greet clients during the morning check-in period between 8am-9am.
- Office tasks: Assist with data entry, recording inventory, filing, and other office tasks.
Important Information for online scheduling
- Appointments are booked by size & gender. When you are requesting appointments for multiple pets, please understand that we may not be able to accommodate both pets on the same surgical day.
- Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate dogs 70# and over at our Lakeshore location. Dogs who weight 70# or more will be turned away for their health and safety.
- Please have an accurate weight of your dog prior to scheduling. This will ensure we have a proper-sized kennel to accommodate your pet.
- Friendly pet cats/stray cats require appointments. If you have an untouchable feral cat, please visit our FERAL CAT page to learn about C-SNIP’s TNR program. We are unable to accept TNR appointments requests online at this time.
The response time for online requests can be up to 5 business days. If your appointment is accepted, you will receive an email confirmation with pre-surgery instructions. To help us respond as quickly and efficiently as possible, please submit 1 online request for each dog or cat.
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Help us with yard-work and other outdoor clean-up projects.
Willing to go the extra step in assisting others with reduced cost spay/neuter? Donate an extra $20 or more to help C-SNIP offer reduced surgical rates. Your donation is tax-deductible.
Payment is expected at the time of check-in. To help keep our surgical fees affordable and ensure a quick check-in, we prefer cash payments. We also accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept checks.
If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call the office at (616) 455-8220 Option 2. For evenings and weekend recovery/incision advice ONLY call (616) 350-6966.
- Graphic Design
- Legal services
- Parking lot grading or resurfacing
- Organizational consulting (strategic planning, fundraising, etc.)
Rechecks are available at no charge Monday through Thursday, at our clinic in Kentwood, during our surgery hours and by appointment. If you have questions or concerns after our regular hours, please contact C-SNIP at the number on the back of your spay/neuter certificate.
We've had some amazing donations from our community supporters! Here is a sneak peek of some of the items we will have available in our auction.
Ticker vouchers to Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Grand Rapids Symphony, West Michigan Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Art Museum, & Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Restaurant Gift Certificates to Phil's Bar and Grill, Kilwin's Chocolate, Big Boy's Restaurant, & Terra.
- Gift Certificates to Bill and Paul's Sporthaus, Gazelle Sports, Spirit Dreams, Photo Evo, and so much more.
Make sure to keep your certificate of spaying or neutering with your pet’s record. You may need proof of spaying or neutering in the future and a fee will have to be paid if we need to reissue a certificate.
From time to time, C-SNIP needs help with indoor painting or interior clean-up or organizing efforts.
Since spay/neuter scars are difficult to detect once healed; a tattoo placed on the abdomen is a thin line that is a permanent indication that the surgery has been performed. This will prevent an unnecessary exploratory surgery in the future. The tattoo is not optional.
C-SNIP recommends online appointment requests as the easiest and most convenient way to schedule your dog or cat for surgery. However, we understand that some clients may have limited access to a computer, have a pet with health concerns, or need help scheduling more than two pets for surgery. When you call to schedule, please be prepared to provide basic medical information about your pet(s) (age, accurate weight for dogs, medications, other surgeries or health concerns, pregnancies and/or litters, whether both testicles are visible for male pets). If you are asked to leave a message, please speak clearly and leave a window of time when it is best to reach you. Due to the high volume of phone calls we receive, it may be up to 5 business days before your message is returned. We appreciate your patience.
Treatments for fleas are available from C-SNIP before you leave if those conditions are noted in the SURGERY SUMMARY section.
- A list of services performed today is also listed on your spay/neuter certificate.
- If your pet received a rabies vaccination while with us the certificate of vaccination is included in our paperwork
- If your pet had a microchip inserted today, the paperwork is included in your paperwork and you will need to register your microchip.
Topical monthly flea and tick prevention for dogs. Dose varies by animal weight. You can purchase one dose at check-in. Additional doses may be purchased at our Kentwood location during our regular office (applies to clients after 2016).
Don't miss your chance to take home a "spay-tacular" bottle of wine! Here's how it works:
Each bottle of wine is hidden in an unmarked bag. You'll only know if it's red or white. You pay to "pull" one bottle of wine that is yours to keep.
All bottles are valued at a minimum of $15 and some wines worth $50. Bottles will be limited to ensure the best selection. Be sure to visit the wine pull early before bottles run out.
Each pull is $20. Thank you to the many donors who contributed to Wags & Whiskers 1st Annual Wine Pull.
Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency – microchipping is your best option. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. You will need to register the microchip online with your contact information and keep it updated.
C-SNIP offers a reduced-cost rate of $85/Dogs and $45/Cats. Your surgical fee covers: the spay/neuter procedure, intake exam, high-quality pain medications, anesthesia, and a nail trim (feral cats excluded).
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. They are fearful of people and survive on their own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors. They may or may not have a caregiver.
An eartip is where the tip of the cat's left ear is removed in a straight line. Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered community cat. Eartipping is the preferred method to identify spayed or neutered and vaccinated community cats, because it is difficult to get close to them and therefore the identification must be visible from a distance.
The R for Return in Trap-Neuter-Return is a very essential part of the process. If the goal is to keep the population decreasing vs increasing, fixed cats need to be returned to the location where they were trapped. What will surely happen if cats are not returned and simply eradicated is known as the “Vacuum Effect”.
Quite simply: A food source is a food source. Eliminating the cats does not eliminate the food source. New cats will come into the area and take over what has been left to them.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a non-lethal, three-step method to reduce the number of feral and stray cats both immediately and in the long term.
Step 1 – Trap: Feral or stray cats are trapped using a safe, humane, live trap.
Step 2 – Neuter: Trapped cats are spayed or neutered by a veterinarian.
Step 3 – Return: Fixed cats are returned to their home.
All animals check-in between 8:00am - 8:30am on the scheduled day of surgery. Our check-in process can take up to 20 minutes, so please allow additional time in your schedule. Because we check in up to 70 animals each morning, there is a line outside for check-in, so please dress for the weather.
Dogs must be picked up the same day at 4:00 PM. Cats go home the following morning at 7:30 AM. Our pick up times allow for the animals to recover from anesthesia and for our vet staff to perform final physical checks before they go home, so we are unable to release animals early. We provide aftercare instructions for all pet owners at pick up, so it is necessary for owners to be on time for pick up.
Feral cats MUST come in full-sized live traps for the safety of the cat and our staff. Feral cats are fearful and dangerous to handle. They are anesthetized and recovered in the trap to limit handling and stress on the animal.
It is safest for your animal and less messy for you if your pet's stomach is empty prior to surgery. Food in the stomach during surgery may be vomited up while the animal is under anesthesia. An unconscious animal can breathe this material into its lungs, causing a potentially fatal pneumonia. Also, improperly fasted animals have a much higher likelihood of vomiting after you get them home.
We want to make sure your pet has a successful surgery. In the two week waiting period, you will have time to ensure your pet is healthy and that the new adoption works for you. Additionally, you will better know your pet’s typical behavior so you can monitor their recovery after surgery.
C-SNIP’s mission is to prevent the overpopulation of dog and cats by providing quality, reduced cost, spay and neuter surgeries.
Due to space constraints, we have a limited number of kennels for large dogs to recover in. It is important for you to provide an accurate weight so we can schedule your dog on a day when we have a space adequate in size for recovery.
TNR benefits both the community and the cats.
TNR helps the community by stabilizing the population of the feral colony and, over time, reduces it.
The practice of TNR allows feral and outdoor cats to live their lives without adding to the overpopulation of homeless cats.
The pressure on local shelters and rescues is reduced by lowering the number of cats and kittens who flow into their doors.
The euthanasia rate for cats at shelters drops.
Outdoor cats who have been sterilized and live in a colony that has a caretaker have longer life spans than unmanaged outdoor cats.
Pain medication is administered by the veterinarian at the clinic immediately following surgery and will last for the next 24 hours. Rarely do pets need additional pain medication. On occasion, C-SNIP will send additional pain medication home with your pet after spending the day with them. Additionally, you may request additional pain medication at any time throughout your pets recovery process.
The longer the spraying behavior goes on, the less likely that spay/neuter alone will completely stop it. Additional behavior training and medications are sometimes necessary. However, eliminating the sex hormones through spay/neuter is the first step to eliminating undesirable behavior.
Spaying and neutering eliminates the drive to find a mate, which helps make your pet more trainable and relaxed. However, training is always an essential part of addressing behavior issues.