A local spay and neutering program for feral cats in Fallon County got a boost Saturday at the Fallon County Fairgrounds.
According to organizer Brittany Bertsch, the vendors show drew more than 30 people selling a variety of items.
“It is the first annual vendors show/fundraiser for SNIP – a Spay Neuter Impact Program,” she explained April 3.
There were a variety of vendors inside, along with some food vendors, she said.
The vendors were selling everything from saddles outside the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds, to clothing, home décor and specialty objects inside.
It was a good response to the first vendors show, Bertsch said Saturday, with the money raised helping to support the spaying of feral cats in the area to help cut the population down.
There has been an impact with COVID-19 in Fallon County on the program especially with fundraising. “It has been a hindrance because a lot of people have been affected negatively in our community. Whether it is losing jobs, cutting hours or losing revenue … obviously it negatively affects their ability to donate.”
“The mission of the Spay-Neuter Impact Program (SNIP for short) is to trap, spay/neuter and release (TNR) feral cats in an effort to decrease the excess populations of abandoned, unwanted and feral cats; vaccinate animals to help decrease the risk of spreading contagious diseases; help improve the lives of abandoned, unwanted and injured animals,” Bertsch explained in her mission statement.
“However, the long-term scope is a bit broader once we are a bit more established and registered as a 501c3. The idea down the road is to also be able to help individuals who can’t afford to spay/neuter their pets as well as help with other medical bills as we can. But we are not at the juncture just yet,” she explained previously.