About the SNIP Foundation
Most developing nations don’t have shelter facilities or governmental programs to humanely control population of companion animals. This work falls directly on animal welfare organizations and community leaders who strive to find cost effective solutions.
This is where SNIP jumps into action providing training and financial aid to offer mass, low-cost spay & neuter clinics and educational programs.
The need is urgent: there are thousands of communities without access to veterinary care or low cost spay & neuter programs.
Our Approach to Animal Rescue
SNIP offers a viable, sustainable, humane alternative to the traditional rescue approach favored by many advocacy groups. We propose a protocol that refutes the violent methods of pet population control so common in developing nations and that focuses, instead, on preventive methods. The truth is that the issue of pet overpopulation originates in the community and that, unless the community is involved in the solution, the tragedy of homeless pets will never be ended. We favor an approach that puts spay & neuter at the foundation of our animal advocacy programs, turning high kill communities into No Kill ones.
Spay & Neuter Field Surgery Protocol
Successful population control programs must reach at least 70% of the local animal population to be effective. Thus, we need to offer a surgical procedure that is safe, fast, minimally invasive and very low-cost. SNIP offers FREE training to veterinarians who are part of our Corridor of Compassion program, teaching them a surgery technique conducive to increasing volume of surgeries, while at the same time keeping costs to a minimum in order to make the program sustainable for the long term.
Financial Aid for Spay & Neuter
Although we suggest to community leaders and veterinarians to charge a minimal fee to animal owners, the harsh reality is that in many communities there are thousands of people who struggle to feed their children, therefore asking them to pay for spay & neuter services is unrealistic. These are the communities we offer a helping hand to, sponsoring spay & neuter so that no animal is left behind.
When it comes to responsible ownership, the whole family should be involved and learn how to properly care for their own pet in a way that also positively impacts the community. We provide community groups and veterinarians who are members of the Corridor of Compassion with free manuals of responsible ownership. In alliance with ANPA in Costa Rica, we are also able to offer educational programs in schools.
To educate about the importance of spay & neuter as the most critical step to improve animal welfare in the developing world.
Staff & Board of Directors
We’ve recruited some of the best experts when it comes to humane methods of pet population control. We are committed to improving animal welfare in developing nations.
Anna Gonce – President
Executive Director of Best Friends Animal Society – Utah. Anna is currently the Executive Director of Best Friends Animal Society – Utah. During her more than 5 years with Best Friends, she was a senior manager in their Community Programs and Services Division directing a number of programs, including Outreach Volunteers, Emergency Response and several campaigns and initiatives.
Prior to moving to Kanab to work with Best Friends, Anna was the Executive Director of The Gabriel Foundation, a parrot rescue and adoption center based in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, for five years, she worked for the American Humane Association first as their Public Relations Director followed by managing their Animal Emergency Services program.
A graduate with a BA in Public Relations from the University of Alabama, Anna began her career in animal welfare while in college, fostering and transporting animals for local rescue groups. Anna and her husband share their home with three dogs, three birds and a cat.
Aldo Wilson – Vice President
Dr. Aldo Wilson is a graduate of the Universidad San Marcos of Lima, Peru. A surgeon who specializes in exotic birds, Dr. Aldo has extensive experience in shelter medicine and emergency animal rescue. In 2011 he attended the Small Incision Advanced Spay & Neuter Field Surgery Training in Costa Rica. He practices veterinary medicine in Florida, where he resides with his wife, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 parrots.
Laura Hoffmann – Secretary
Laura runs a successful real estate firm in Tampa Bay, Florida, and she has a long animal rescue history. An avid cyclist and athlete, Laura is a member of the Cycle 4 Strays team and pedaled with Davide for a portion of the 2010 fundraising ride. Laura is also very active in her community supporting local shelters and rescue groups with fostering, participating in adoption events and organizing fundraising drives.
Teresa Bodem – Treasurer
Teresa Bodem is Senior Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, she oversees four distinct teams: corporate relations and event sponsorships, foundation relations, workplace campaigns, and in-kind relations.
Starting at the grassroots level 20 years ago; Teresa has expanded her nonprofit experience to include international and national work for organizations such as American Diabetes Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation International, and Family Health International. Teresa earned double master’s degrees in business from the University of Toronto, Canada and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Teresa lives in Kanab, Utah with her two rescue dogs Monkey and Flower.
Carla Ferraro – Founder & Executive Director
Carla worked as Program Director of the McKee Project for 7 years overseeing Costa Rica and Central/South America, focusing on the 3 main divisions of the foundation: Spay & Neuter Surgery Training, Community Outreach and Cat Cafe.
Carla empowered hundreds of community groups in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica & Peru: most of these groups are still active today offering low-cost, mass spay & neuter clinics in poor neighborhoods.
She lives in Costa Rica with her 5 rescued dogs and 5 chickens! She often fosters animals in need.
Davide Ulivieri – Co-Founder and Fundraising Volunteer
Davide worked closely with Carla at the McKee Project and helped jump start SNIP. He is a long time animal lover and an advocate for low-cost, mass spay and neuter campaigns. A former military officer and fitness coach, Davide is also the founder of Cycle 4 Strays, long distance cycling events to raise the funds necessary to organize spay & neuter clinics in developing nations.
He resides in Parker, Colorado, where he co-owns Prairie Home Pet Care.