Save A Buddy Fund

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The Save A Buddy Fund was established in August 2015 by Mike Fatke and Molly Cichy in memory of their beloved rescue dog Buddy. Mike and Molly have spent the last 26 years volunteering and advocating on behalf of homeless animals and know firsthand the most successful means of getting a handle on the pet overpopulation problem is by spaying and neutering as many pets as possible. There are many reasons pet owners do not follow through on getting their pets "fixed" and quite often the biggest roadblock is that the cost of the surgery is simply more than the pet owner can afford, thus the reason the "Save A Buddy Fund" was created. The mission of this fund is simple yet extremely effective. The sole purpose is to offer financial assistance to dog owners who need help spaying and neutering their pets. They currently offer two different programs: the Pit Stop Program and the Canine Spay Neuter Assistance Program (K9-SNAP). These programs are offered to residents in Manistee County and surrounding areas.

The Pit Stop Program offers spay and neuter assistance to any pit bull/pit mix owner that needs help. There are no income restrictions for this program and pet owners can receive help as long as there are funds available. Pit bulls are entering animal shelters at an alarming rate, and through no fault of their own, are the most difficult breed of dog to adopt out. The lucky ones often languish for months in shelters, the unlucky ones are euthanized immediately without ever having a chance at a new home. Sadly, pit bulls also face quality of life issues since they are prone to abuse and neglect. Love them or hate them, pit bulls are a huge part of the pet overpopulation problem and getting a handle on the pit bull situation can only ease the burden animal shelters are facing by the huge influx of this type of dog.

TheCanine Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (K9-SNAP) offers spay and neuter assistance for any breed/mixed breed dog.  The goal of the program is to help spay dogs that are continuously having litters of puppies, to help in situations where there are several unaltered dogs in the home, and to assist low income and financially struggling dog owners. 

The solution to pet overpopulation is simple: SPAY AND NEUTER!! Every dog or puppy that is fixed results in literally thousands of lives saved.  For more information on spay-neuter assistance please contact the Save A Buddy Fund by leaving a voice mail (231-463-7425), send an email to or message us on facebook:

Save A Buddy! Spay and Neuter!

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