Back in the Summer of 2010 I was a new mother and had also just become a widow. My husband died when our son was 3 months old. Lawrence and I both knew we had to make changes in how we did things. It was during that time we were at 154 dogs. We knew we could keep taking in until we were blue in the face but it wouldn't matter unless we had a spay/neuter program. So in the summer of 2010 I approached out county judge during the time and asked the county to go in half with us to bring SNAP out to Atascosa county.I was will to use the life insurance money I had gotten when Elton died. We would put in $12,500 and we wanted the county to put in $12,500. Well, the response was no that we didn't have a overpopulation problem and the county judge in 2010 told us that she didn't want the vets in the area to think we wanted to go into competition with them. Competition Really. yeah sure right. We just wanted to save lives. So in September 2010 we brought SNAP out to the county and payed for the visit ourselves. It costs us $2200 and guess what 85 people showed up. That is when I knew we needed to do something. We provided more clinics in December 2010 and April 2011. We started to write the grants for more clinics. Finally in 2013 we got the funding we needed. We were able to bring SNAP out in March 2013, July 2013 thru November 2013 and Also January 2014 thru June 2014. 12 clinics in all. More work is needed though we know this. We are trying our best for more grants.
Five years later we now have new leadership in our county. New County Judge with the same vision we have. Also we are now down in the 60's with dogs. Our numbers are down and adoptions are taking place out of state. We hope to have our numbers down even more this next year. We are pushing to be under 40.
Five years since Elton died and I love watching our son play with the dogs and learn as I learned as a child.