Hundreds of SNAP supporters turned out on the evening of Friday, January 22, 2010 to help celebrate the opening of our new expanded Houston clinic. KPRC-TV television personality Amy Davis was the emcee for the event, and speakers included SNAP Board President David Smith. The event was covered in the Ask Amy blog on the KPRC website, as well as on Texas Cats and Dogs and Houston Pet Talk websites.
The new clinic combines the existing SNAP spay-neuter and wellness clinics under one roof at 1801 Durham Dr. The new clinic comprises approximately 4,500 square feet, a substantial increase over the total footage of the clinics it replaces. The additional space enables the clinic to have five wellness exam rooms and a surgery suite with four surgery tables. This will enable SNAP to double the number of surgeries performed in Houston and reduce the amount of wait time for wellness services.
The SNAP Houston mobile clinic was also on hand for the celebration, and many guests toured it as well. The mobile clinic brings our free spay-neuter program to low-income neighborhoods in the Houston area.
SNAP thanks Amy Davis from KPRC, Houston area disc jockey Peter Manry who provided the audio system and music for the event, and the great volunteers who helped make the event a success. SNAP is also grateful to Neil Sackheim and Carter and Cooley Deli for providing food for the event.
The clinic would not have been possible without a cornerstone grant of $225,000 from PetSmart Charities and the support of numerous other donors including the Big Mac Challenge sponsor and participants, Robin and Charles Reimer, Friends of BARC, Houston PetSet, Terry and Gary Sidwell, Norman and Jenni Ritchie, Judy and James Weedon, D.V.M., Mark Gammon and International Ceramic Tile, Neil Sackheim, Phyllis Anzalone, William Folger, D.V.M., Julie Strother, David L. Smith, Linné Girouard, Carrie Gillespie, Madeline Woods, Jon and Paul Hull. SNAP also thanks the Lemon Aid Girls who raised money to help stock the clinic supply closet by selling fresh organic lemonade and hot chocolate at the Highland Village shopping center.
Wellness services are available seven days a week at the new clinic. An appointment is required for spay-neuter surgery. To request an appointment or see clinic hours, visit the SNAP Houston Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic web page.