Animal related

MINNESOTA SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.mnsnap.org

Mission Statement

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program exists to end the suffering and death of Minnesota cats and dogs due to overpopulation by providing both high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to those in need and animal welfare education in the communities we serve.

Main Programs

  1. Spay Neuter Assistance
  2. TNR
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

MN SNAP's mobile surgical clinic travels to a scheduled destination in Minnesota seven days per week. We reach pets throughout the state where cost, transportation or the absence of veterinary services is an obstacle to spaying and neutering. The stationary surgical clinic in North Minneapolis is open four days per week.

ruling year

2009

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Anna Kucera

Keywords

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Minnesota, Sterilize, Spay, Neuter, HVHQSN, Animal Welfare, Spay Neuter, Pet Overpopulation

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Also Known As

MN SNAP

EIN

90-0397515

 Number

0090029967

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since MN SNAP's founding in 2010 by a local veterinarian, we have performed more than 90,000 spay and neuter surgeries, preventing more than 4.5 million unwanted pet births. Of equal importance, we have positively impacted the lives of countless pet owners who were at risk of losing their pets, and sometimes even their homes, especially elderly and low-income families in underserved communities. We have primarily accomplished this via a mobile surgery clinic that enables our teams of highly qualified veterinarians and veterinary technicians to perform on-site surgeries for dogs, cats and rabbits. The mobile surgery clinic -- a customized RV designed specifically for this purpose -- has traveled more than 210,000 miles across Minnesota to more than 150 different locations. Currently, surgeries not performed in the mobile surgery clinic are performed at MN SNAP headquarters in North Minneapolis.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Spay Neuter Assistance

MN SNAP is the first mobile spay-neuter clinic in the state that raises funds to provide high-quality low-cost spay-neuter services to animal shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income households.

We can reach neighborhoods where cost, transportation, or the lack of veterinary services is an obstacle to obtaining animal health care.

MN SNAP will target low-income neighborhoods and communities that relinquish a disproportionately high number of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies to animal shelters and impounds.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

TNR

Trap/Neuter/Return is a non-lethal method to better manage feral cat colonies.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    MN SNAP's mission is to end the suffering and death of Minnesota cats and dogs due to overpopulation by providing both high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to those in need and animal welfare education in the communities we serve.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    MN SNAP will grow its capacity in 2017 by adding veterinarians and veterinary technicians to our staff, allowing us to accomplish an additional 105 surgeries per week and an additional 5,250 surgeries per year.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The population MN SNAP serves mirrors the demography of Minnesota's low-income populations. We serve a slightly higher percentage of Native Americans due to our regular trips to reservations throughout the state.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    MN SNAP measures performance in several specific ways:

    • Total Surgeries Performed, both Year over Year and Historic
    • Average Cost of Surgery
    • Ratio of Surgeries Performed to Surgical Capacity
    • Ratio of Owned to Unowned Animals
    • Surgical Count in Special Populations
    -North Minneapolis (Wards 4 and 5 Families Served)
    -Feral Cats Sterilized

    MN SNAP also has a set of metrics around our education and outreach programs:

    • Total Participants in Education Programs
    • Total Hours of Education Sessions Conducted
    • Geographic Reach of Programs by Participant ZIP
    • Total Hours of Volunteer Training and Coordination

    Finally, starting in 2015, MN SNAP undertook a study to statistically establish the impact we are having in communities across the state. This work centered around shelter intake numbers from the areas that we service. The stability and centralization provided by this project will allow us to continue enhanced evaluation and tracking. This gives us strong outcome measurements as well as the ability to establish new and more precise metrics to continue honing and improving our effectiveness.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    MN SNAP's mission is simple and effective in reducing pet overpopulation. Our work reduces the influx of homeless pets into rescues and shelters, preventing suffering and death. Our vision is also simple: no cats or dogs are needlessly euthanized. We have not yet achieved our vision but are in an excellent position to grow and to expand our services throughout the state.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

MN SNAP's mobile surgical clinic travels to a scheduled destination in Minnesota seven days per week. We reach pets throughout the state where cost, transportation or the absence of veterinary services is an obstacle to spaying and neutering. The stationary surgical clinic in North Minneapolis is open four days per week.

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Minnesota Spay & Neuter Assistance Progr
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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MINNESOTA SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Leadership

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Executive Director

Anna Kucera

BIO

Anna Kucera graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in biology and English. Her past experience includes positions with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Special Olympics Minnesota, Utne Reader and the Northern Lighthouse Board of Scotland. Anna currently serves as board chair of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, where she has provided leadership since 2010.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Carlson Gage

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Term: 2010 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity