Cats and dogs need comfort too and that can come from towels and blankets.
SNiP-It Clinic, an affordable spay and neuter nonprofit in Kissimmee, is holding a towel drive. When feral cats and pets are brought in for a procedure, they need a towel or blanket in their crate.
“They are scared and if you put a towel or blanket in the cage they can have some comfort and burrow into it,” says Sharon Smith, director of Volunteers for Community Impact. “You can drape them on the cage too for comfort and security.”
SNiP-It Clinic performs 35 surgeries per day and each animal gets wrapped up in a towel or blanket. Susan Muncy, clinic director, says they always have a need for towels and blankets. “Our main mission is to end pet over population,” she explains.
Through the end of July, the clinic is offering $25 spay and neuter procedures on cats for Osceola residents. The regular prices are $50 for females and $45 for males. Dogs are $85 for females and $75 for males. The price also includes a rabies vaccination and pain medication.
Volunteers for Community Impact wanted to assist SNiP-It in its efforts to collect the towels and blankets. They partner with different non profits and offer to help them find volunteers. And they mostly focus on the 55 plus community.
“We have a grant to administer the government program RSVP – Retired Senior Volunteer Program,” says Smith. “We are always trying to recruit folks. Volunteering benefits seniors in so many ways. They feel less isolation, they feel involved, engaged and make friends.”
SNiP-It is always looking for volunteers to help at the clinic on Michigan Avenue. From washing towels to cleaning surgical instruments or volunteering at community events, there is plenty to do. The clinic has been open for three years and has performed more than 15,000 surgeries.
Volunteers for Community Impact offer different volunteer opportunities in Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties.
Volunteering can include working with schools, food pantries, vet clinics, the historical society and many more.