All around, 2016 has been a wild ride. For Bend Spay+Neuter Project, however, it's been a pretty darn good year. Overall, we were able to help 6,120 local pets stay happy, healthy and most importantly, together with the people who love them. Our Affordable Spay/Neuter Program provided 2,785 surgeries for cats and dogs in need. Our Community Cat Program trapped, vaccinated and sterilized 1,030 outdoor cats, finding homes for over 100 of them through local shelters. Our weekly Saturday Wellness Clinics provided basic veterinary care for 2,305 local pets, allowing people with limited financial resources to provide their pets with the basic care they need to stay healthy. In addition to the services provided in our clinic, the HOPE Pet Food Bank, our partnership with Bend Pet Express, provided free pet food for 943 clients and over 2,000 local pets in need in 2016.
In addition to the spaying and neutering, wellness services and outreach programs, Bend Spay+Neuter Project moved to a newer, larger and much more professional location in 2016! We have finally settled in and are absolutely loving our new space, which is conveniently right across the parking lot from our old space in the East Bend Plaza. Stop in and see us sometime!
In April, our Medical Director, Dr. Katie Bahr and Board Member and photographer Jessi Princiotto, trained with Bend Police Department to join them on animal cruelty cases. Dr. Bahr and Jessi will now be able to accompany Bend Police on cases to help confirm and document local animal cruelty situations.
In May we hosted the 3rd annual Barks and Recreation in Drake Park. Over 300 people and dogs attended and over $7K was raised for BSNP! Mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend 2017 when Barks and Recreation will return with even more contests for you and your pooch!
In August Bend Spay+Neuter Project was honored to be voted Best Non-Profit Organization by readers of The Source Weekly. In addition to Best Non-Profit, BSNP also won Best Fundraising Event for our Furball: Dogs On The Catwalk event held at the end of August each year. Mark your calendars for August 18th, 2017; you won't want to miss this year's Doggie Fashion Show!
Our proudest moment however, came with our very first Mobile Animal Surgery Hospital or 'MASH' Clinic on the Native American Reservation in Warm Springs in September of this year. Our monthly clinics have now provided spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations for 80 dogs in three months, as well as finding homes for an additional 23 dogs through partnerships with local shelters.
Throughout the year, BSNP also held two free rabies vaccination clinics and one free microchip clinic. In March, 150 dogs in Redmond received free vaccinations and in July 164 dogs in La Pine received free vaccines. In November, BSNP teamed up with Subaru of Bend and the ASPCA to provide 67 free microchips, in hopes of increasing the chances that lost pets will be reunited with their owners.
As you can see, it's been a busy year; I could go on for days! Our team is so grateful to have the opportunity to serve our community's pets and people, and we couldn't do it without your support. Please consider making an end of the year donation to help us help more pets and people in 2017. We are continuing to grow along with our community, and we can't wait to see how many people and pets we can help in 2017. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for caring enough to share our stories, donate what you can, and help us advocate for all pets to have loving homes.
Happy New Year To You And Your Furry Family from all of us at BSNP!
Megan, Clinic Director
Dr. Katie, Medical Director
Jessica, Certified Vet Tech
Rhonda, Office Manager
Teagan, Recovery Assistant
Marina, Veterinary Assistant
Brinna, Executive Assistant
And all of our amazing Volunteers!