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S’Nipped
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 

Vet tech Rich, veterinarian Dr. Allen, and vet assistant Brandon of S’Nipped.

S/Nipped was founded by four volunteers in 2010, as a way offering a better tomorrow for cats and dogs. They are a 501(3)c nonprofit organization, providing affordable spay and neuter services to South Coast dogs and cats.

I spoke with Judy Coleman, who is the office manager at S/Nipped, located at 132 N. Wasson Street in Coos Bay.  Judy told me that S/Nipped offers “Low-cost spay and neuter for cats and dogs. S/Nipped is open Monday through Thursday. We also have a low cost vaccine clinic offering vaccinations, nail trimming, microchipping, and flea treatments, and this is held usually the third Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm, except October's vaccine clinic is the 4th Sunday this year.”

S/Nipped also works with all the local animal shelters and rescue operations on the South Coast. “We work with Pacific Cove Humane Society, Kohl’s Cat House, Friends of Coos County Animals…all the local shelters. Northwest Rescue brings animals here at times, we have a humane society from Crescent City that we work with, and one from Port Orford, as well,” said Judy.

I asked Judy how many people work at S/Nipped, and she told me that they have one veterinarian and four employees, and anywhere from one to four volunteers at any one time. “Our clinic is essential in reducing the overpopulation of dogs and cats,” said Judy. “We help save lives by preventing unwanted litters, and having animals wind up in shelters or euthanized because they don’t have a home.”

So what service does S/Nipped provide that’s the most popular?  “That’s our spay and neuter clinic,” said Judy. “Everyone can use our clinic. We like to make it affordable so people can care for their pets. However, we are not a full service vet. We give dog and cat vaccines and flea treatments, both over-the-counter ones like Frontline and Advantage, and prescription-based ones like Revolution and NexGard.” S/Nipped provided rescue services for dogs and cats, helping them get adopted, but as of 2014 they only focus on spay and neuter and their monthly vaccine clinic.

I asked Judy how advertising in the South Coast Shopper has been going. “It’s great!  Being a nonprofit we have to use our money wisely, and we always try to get our upcoming clinics and major events in the paper so people can know when to bring in their animals,” she replied.

If you find yourself in need of getting a pet spayed, neutered, or just updated on vaccines, and you want to save some money, give S/Nipped a call at 541-808-2377, or visit their website, snippedinfo.com.  And consider giving some of your time to this valuable organization. “We’re always looking for people that are interested in volunteering and helping with surgeries during the week,” said Judy.  “We have both adult and youth volunteers, and opportunities for them include things like fundraising, helping in the clinic with surgical recovery, maintenance, humane education, special events and much more!”

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