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SPAY-NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, INC.
P.O. Box 70286
Houston, TX 77270

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ryan Rice
Ryan Rice Public Relations
ryan@ryanricepr.com
713-447-0128

Laura Welch
Director of Development
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Inc.
713-862-3863

PUBLIC CONTACT:
SNAP Mobile Clinic
713-863-0010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2008

CENTERPOINT ENERGY LENDS A HAND TO HOUSTON’S ANIMAL COMMUNITY

CenterPoint Sponsors FREE Large Breed Dog Day!

Houston, TX - Through a generous donation by CenterPoint Energy, SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) will spay and neuter up to 30 large breed dogs for FREE on October 17, 2008, at the Harris County Veterinary Health office, located at 612 Canino Road in Houston. "Large breed" includes adult dogs that weigh 40 lbs. or more and puppies that will grow to be that large by adulthood.

For Houston, this event offers some financial relief for those who have large-breed dogs yet lack the funds to spay and neuter.  Add to that the recent devastation from Hurricane Ike, and many Houstonians are now facing the challenge of caring for their animals while also rebuilding their homes and lives.  SNAP is committed to helping provide free community resources as well as access to all people who want to best provide for their companions.  Through unique, corporate-sponsored events and education, SNAP is reaching deep into the community to assist those who need it the most. “We are proud to partner with SNAP to provide this free community resource,” said Lisa Foronda, Program Manager, Corporate Community Relations for CenterPoint Energy.  “CenterPoint is committed to making a positive difference in our community, and the services provided by SNAP make a huge impact on not only the animals but their human caretakers as well.” 

Houston is in the midst of a major animal overpopulation crisis.  While animal advocates and city leaders are working diligently to address and correct the problem, creating a community-wide awareness of the benefits of spay-neuter is vital. “We applaud the mayor, city officials, and the various advocates that are working to solve the animal overpopulation issue,” said Steve Brownlow, Executive Director, SNAP.  “One of the key issues to address overpopulation is preventing the birth of unwanted animals that fill the majority of area shelters.  SNAP continues to provide financial relief to animal caretakers so that they have access to the quality care their animals need, and through partnerships like this with CenterPoint, we are helping to break the cycle of overpopulation.”    

Large Breed Dog Day is free, open to the public, and proof of government assistance is not required. Procedures will be granted on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive by 7 a.m. to put your name on a list to secure your spot. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier.  Adult dogs should not be fed after 10:00 p.m. the night before surgery. Multiple dogs will be accepted only if there are fewer than 30 people in line and space is available. For more information visit www.snapus.org or call 713-862-3863.

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About SNAP:

The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, with a mission to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation, especially in low-income areas. SNAP envisions a world without homeless dogs and cats. Both Houston and San Antonio have expressed the desire to become “no kill” cities in the near future. SNAP recognizes that sterilization programs, which by definition reduce the number of animals that could possibly be born, are essential to these communities’ reaching that desired status. SNAP will focus on helping these cities reach their goal by designing, delivering, promoting, and advancing community-based animal sterilization services.

For more information about SNAP and its programs, visit www.snapus.org.

 

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