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PetsMart Charities, Inc. Funds Houston Clinic Expansion

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Existing SNAP Houston wellness clinic

The SNAP Houston surgery clinic will be combined with the existing wellness clinic at 1801 Durham Dr. and expanded into an adjacent space.

SNAP is excited to announce that it will be combining its reduced-cost spay-neuter clinic with its wellness clinic in one larger space that will greatly increase its ability to meet the needs of the community.  This expansion is being made possible by a $225,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc., which will cover build-out of the clinic and major equipment costs.  "SNAP's spay/neuter program is an excellent example of collaboration," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Partnerships like these are the key to successful, low-cost spay/neuter in local communities."

SNAP currently operates the two individual clinics, less than a mile from each other off of Interstate 10 and Shepherd/Durham.  The new facility will be an expansion of the current wellness clinic, which will take advantage of the adjacent 3,450 sq. ft. property, making the new space a total of 4,575 sq. ft. This expansion will triple the current spay-neuter clinic space and double the holding capacity for surgery patients.   In addition, the new space will allow for more wellness clients and provide a larger waiting area for all clientele. Recently wait times for our reduced-cost wellness services have greatly increased, often filling the waiting area to capacity.  Current wait times for surgery are between three and eight weeks, depending on the size of the animal.  By combining and expanding its current facilities, SNAP will greatly reduce all wait times and be able to serve twice as many clients, eventually providing an estimated 20,000 surgeries annually.

“We are excited to enhance our efforts to reduce animal overpopulation in Houston,” said Dr. Jim Weedon, executive director of SNAP.  “This new facility will allow us to expand our reduced-cost services to the general public.  This would not be possible without the grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc., a valued partner and a constant champion for Houston’s animal community.”

Build out of the new facility will start in July 2009, with a projected completion of January 2010.  An additional $175,000 is still needed to cover the cost of equipment and remodeling for the new facility.  Many funding opportunities exist, and donations of any amount will go toward helping provide this vital service in Houston.

A celebration of the expansion initiative will be held in the space the clinic will occupy (1801 Durham Dr.) on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m.  All SNAP friends and supporters are invited to attend to see the space and help kick off the next step in ending animal overpopulation in Houston. Light fare will be provided courtesy of Carter & Cooley Deli and beverages will be served. The event is free with a suggested donation of $15 at the door.

To learn more about the celebration, please contact Paul Hidalgo at or by calling 713-862-3863 x206. To make a donation, please contact Laura Welch, SNAP director of development, at or by calling 713-862-3863 x204.


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