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In This Issue August 1, 2011

   Tails of Two Cities T-Shirts Arrive Mid-Month
   Celebrate Animals at LIFE+DOG Men’s Issue Premier
Houston Mobile Clinic Visits Liberty
   SNAP Reaches Out in July
   Kroger Neighbor-to-Neighbor Renewal Underway
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
   Quote of the Month

- 25,204 -
The number of dogs and cats
helped by your gifts between
Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011.

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

Tails of Two Cities T-Shirts Arrive Mid-Month
New SNAP Shirts Feature Animals of Grand Prize Winning Contest Entrants
New SNAP t-shirts go on sale in mid-August!

Soon you will be able to rock the hottest new look in animal-friendly apparel with a new SNAP Tails of Two Cities t-shirt! These shirts debut at the LIFE+DOG Men's Issue Premier Party (see separate story below) on August 17, 2011, and feature photos of the six winners of the Tails of Two Cities Contest held earlier this year. SNAP will also debut a new t-shirt featuring Isabella, the official SNAP mascot, at this event. These are heavyweight high quality cotton shirts from Anvil. Each design comes on a different color shirt. A variety of adult sizes are available. Click on the thumbnails in the accompanying graphic to see example artwork.

Each shirt will cost $15 plus $5 shipping. They will be available for purchase on the night of the event and on the SNAP website or by phone (713-862-3863 or 800-762-7762 toll free) starting the day after the event. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted as are cash and checks. You can avoid the shipping charge by picking up your order in person at the Pupcakes celebration or at our administration office on Old Katy Rd. All proceeds will go to help fund ongoing SNAP spay-neuter programs.

Slip into a stylish new SNAP t-shirt, and you will be letting the world know that you support spay-neuter as the single most effective way to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation!

Celebrate the Animals at LIFE+DOG Men’s Issue Premier
Party Honors Dr. Weedon, Launches Pupcakes Fundraiser and New SNAP T-Shirts
LIFE+DOG Men's Issue Party Honors Dr. James Weedon. 

All SNAP supporters are cordially invited to the LIFE+DOG Men's Issue premier party on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, honoring Dr. James Weedon, the man behind SNAP, and featuring the launch of Pupcakes with a Purpose and the debut of the new SNAP T-Shirt collection.

Pupcakes are canine-friendly cupcake treats, and Pupcakes with a Purpose is a two-week fundraising event that will benefit SNAP from August 15th until August 26th, which happens to be National Dog Day. Rover Oaks Pet Resorts in Houston and Katy, Urban Tails Pet Resort in Houston’s Midtown district, and ABC Pet Resort and Spa in North Houston will be selling the specially made SNAP Pupcakes from the wonderful people at Icing Cupcakes. They will also be on sale at Icing Cupcakes in Katy, Texas, and at the SNAP clinic on Durham near I-10. Pupcakes will be sold for $3 each, with all proceeds benefitting SNAP.

These much-needed funds will help SNAP continue to provide free and reduced-cost services to the community. All good dogs deserve a treat, and this event is a perfect way to celebrate the dog days of summer while also benefitting an extremely worthy cause.

The LIFE+DOG Men’s Issue premier party on August 17 will also see the debut of the new SNAP t-shirt collection featuring the adorable winners of the Tails of Two Cities contest that took place earlier this year. The shirts will go on sale at the event. See the separate story above for the complete scoop on these great new t-shirts.

Dr. James Weedon, the executive director of SNAP, will be the guest of honor at the LIFE+DOG celebration. He is a man who has given tremendously of himself to the organization, and this event will be your chance to meet him and find out why everyone involved with SNAP thinks so highly of him.

LIFE+DOG is the newest canine-focused national lifestyle magazine, and its star is ascending rapidly. Publisher Brett Chisholm and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Rice are both huge SNAP supporters, and we want to offer a special thanks to them both for all they do to help the animals.

The party is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP to It takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Advantage BMW Midtown at 1305 Gray St. in Houston. Valet parking is available at the Austin St. entrance. We hope to see you all there!

Houston Mobile Clinic Visits Liberty
Event Funded by City of Liberty Open to Liberty Residents Only
Clients line up at mobile clinic in Liberty County
The SNAP Mobile Clinic is coming to Liberty, Texas, on Wednesday, August 10, and on Wednesday, September 17, 2011. Spay-neuter surgery and a rabies vaccination are free to animals of qualifying low-income households.

The SNAP mobile clinic returns to Liberty, Texas, for two spay-neuter events in the coming weeks. These events are funded by the City of Liberty and are open only to residents of that city. The mobile clinic program provides free spay-neuter surgery and a free rabies vaccination for dogs and cats from qualifying low-income households.

The clinic will be stationed at the McGuire Building at 714 Main St. at Webster on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, and Wednesday, September 14, 2011. The number of available spaces is limited. If the clinic cannot accommodate all of the clients who show up on a given day, a lottery system is used to establish the order in which clients are processed. The clinic can accommodate between 22 and 24 clients per day. The lottery will be held between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. when the advance team arrives. (There is no point in arriving earlier than 6:30 a.m.)

To qualify, proof of residence is required, such as a recent electric or water bill, as well as proof of current enrollment in one of the following public assistance programs: Food Stamps, Free School Lunch Program, Medicaid, Major VA Disability, Section 8 Housing, Supplemental Social Security Income or Social Security Disability, TANF, CHIP, and WIC.

Please review the mobile clinic web page for complete information on how the program works. If you have questions, call 713-522-2337. If you do not qualify for the mobile clinic program, call 713-862-8001 for information on reduced-cost spaying and neutering at our Houston clinic.

SNAP Reaches Out in July
Outreach Teams Attend San Antonio Pet Expo and Houston Dog Show
Outreach Volunteer Ria Van Dright with Ace at Houston Dog Sh
SNAP Outreach Volunteer Ria Van Dright visits with Ace at the Houston Dog Show. Photograph courtesy of Houston Dog Blog.

SNAP outreach teams were busy in the month of July with a visit to the Houston Dog Show at the Houston Reliant Center on July 20 - 24, 2011, and the San Antonio Pet Expo at the Freeman Collesium on July 23, 2011.

SNAP was invited by LIFE+DOG Magazine to share their booth at the Houston Dog Show. Many attendees stopped by the booth to find out about both the magazine and SNAP. A number of activities undertaken by the magazine and its partners benefited SNAP. There was a raffle with prizes, including items from Honest Kitchen, Bissel, and Planet Dog. Cupcakes and a preview order of pupcakes were sold with the proceeds benefiting our spay-neuter programs. (See story on LIFE+DOG Men's Issue Celebration for more information on pupcakes.) Calenders from Kim Hartz Photography were also sold in the booth with proceeds benefiting the organization's spay-neuter programs.A final total was not available, but these activities raised something in the neighborhood of $700! Texas Cats & Dogs Magazine also raised money in support of SNAP at the event. SNAP is grateful to both LIFE+DOG and Texas Dogs & Cats for their belief in our mission!

The San Antonio Pet Expo was a true joy to attend. We were thrilled that over 300 of you visited us at the SNAP booth, and some of you even brought your lovable animal companions along! Dr. Bowman, one of our wonderful SNAP veterinarians, was on hand and provided microchipping and heartworm testing and prevention for a number of animals. She also answered many spay-neuter questions. Other SNAP staffers raffled off a huge gift basket and gave away clever paw-shaped chip clips with the SNAP logo. They also made sure that everyone who visited the booth was informed about the importance of spay-neuter in preventing animal overpopulation and the services SNAP makes available to residents of Bexar County. The information must have been well received because a number of sterilization appointments were made.

The expo featured many vendors and entertaining events including a costume contest. Many dogs came in costumes for the competition. The winner was a Willie Nelson look-a-like! Expo attendees were also treated to a great speech from Shorty Rossi, aka The Pit Boss, who reiterated the value of spaying and neutering. He brought along his side-kick Hercules. Hercules is Rossi’s service dog. Together they raise awareness about the misunderstood pit bull breed. A number of animal rescue groups and shelters were present, and many animals found their forever homes. It was a great day indeed, not only for SNAP, but for the animals of San Antonio!

Kroger Neighbor-to-Neighbor Renewal Underway
Your Purchases Can Help the Animals without Costing You a Penny
Kroger logo

If you shop at Kroger, you can help SNAP raise funds to continue our spay-neuter programs every time you shop. It costs you nothing, and it’s quick and easy to do! Just join the Kroger Neighbor-to-Neighbor program and designate SNAP as your nonprofit of choice. To join, print the SNAP Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program enrollment letter and take it into your local Kroger store with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will then scan both, or you can do it yourself at a self-service checkout. Once you are enrolled, Kroger will begin tracking how much you spend each time you shop. When the program year ends in May of 2012, the company will add up all of the dollars spent by every shopper who selected SNAP as his or her beneficiary and compare that total with the total dollars spent by those who selected other nonprofits. SNAP will then receive an equivalent percentage of a $1 million fund that Kroger has set aside for the program. A Kroger Plus Card takes only a minute to get if you don’t have one already, and it entitles you to discounts on all Kroger purchases. 

SNAP earned $1,715 through the program last year -- almost enough to fund the operation of the mobile clinic for one day. SNAP is grateful to everyone who helped make that happen by participating in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program last year, but remember, you do not get re-enrolled automatically. You have to take that letter in and sign up for the upcoming year. If we can get more people to support SNAP, we can make next year’s check bigger and help even more animals. If you have not participated in this program in the past, please enroll today!

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Upcoming SNAP Events
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 – Liberty, TX
  SNAP Mobile Clinic Visits Liberty, Texas
First of two mobile clinic visits funded by Liberty. See clinic web page for qualifications.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – Houston, TX
  LIFE+DOG Men's Issue Premier Party
Pupcakes return and new SNAP tshirts debut at this exciting celebration. Please join us!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Liberty, TX
  SNAP Mobile Clinic Visits Liberty, Texas
Second of two mobile clinic visits funded by Liberty. See clinic web page for qualifications.
Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Bayou City Art Festival
SNAP needs your help at this semi-annual volunteer fundraiser. Do it for the animals!

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner

Hello Darlings!

Rabies is in the news again, and the news is not good. The deadly disease is on the uptick in North Texas thanks, oddly enough, to the ongoing drought. Parts of South Texas were lucky enough to see some rain this past weekend due to the landfall of tropical storm Don, but large parts of the state are still parched. Are you wondering how the lack of rain could increase the number of rabies cases? This month’s letter from Dusty, a Dachshund from Diboll, explains it all.

Dear Hedda,

I’m getting kind of nervous about something I heard the other day. Cherie (one of my human family) was reading this news website when she ran across an article about how the drought was causing more animals in North Texas to become infected with rabies. It didn’t make sense to me, so I decided to ask her how a drought could affect something like that. Then I remembered that I can’t talk, at least not so a human would understand it. Luckily Cherie seemed to read my mind and offered up an explanation. It seems that animals get insatiably thirsty when they have rabies. Since water is increasingly scarce out in the wilds, rabid animals are being forced to move into more populated areas to find it. That is bringing them into closer contact with other domestic animals and even humans. Invariably this contact results in new infectious bites and similar means of transmission.

Hedda, the drought isn’t just affecting North Texas. It’s all over. Do you think this means there will be more cases of rabies in other areas as well?

Sign me,
Shivering in the Heat

Dear Shivering,

The recent rain notwithstanding, if we continue to experience dry conditions it could indeed drive rabid animals into our neighborhoods in search of water. That would almost certainly result in increased exposure to the disease. How much of an increase are we talking about? The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 387 cases of rabies in the first six months of 2010. It reported 591 cases in the first six months of 2011. That is a 152 percent increase. What does this mean? It means it is more important than ever for humans to make sure their canine  (and feline) friends are current on their rabies vaccinations.

A vaccination does not guarantee that an animal will survive rabies if exposed, but not being vaccinated makes the odds of survival slim indeed. Even in those rare instances in which an animal does survive, treatment is costly and inconvenient. It is far less expensive to simply keep that rabies vaccination up to date. Tell ‘em Hedda said so!

See related article in DFW Star-Telegram:

New SNAP Grants
A Monthly Review of New SNAP Grants


SNAP would like to express its appreciation to the following foundations, charitable trusts, and corporations for their recent grant awards to SNAP:

    ASPCA, $5,000
    Robert W. and Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation, $1,500
    Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, $2,500
    Corridor Rescue, $2,500
    Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, $2,000

Madame AstroCat[object Object]

Dear Readers,

Cats have nine lives, or so it is frequently said. I just said it myself, and I will say it again. Cats have nine lives. This might seem like a clever aphorism or an old wives’ tale depending on your point of view, but evidence often backs up the truth of it. Take, for example, the stories offered below in this month’s top ten list of feline survival stories. Each one of these cats displayed the pluck and will to live that characterize the aforementioned saying. See if you don’t agree after reading about these amazing kitties and the ordeals they endured.

10) Spanky - This homeless Oregon cat was in danger of starvation. When falling back on his hunting skills didn’t work, he threw himself on the mercy of a man fighting multiple myeloma (a form of cancer). It was a move that taught both the value of compassion.

9) Bootsie - Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things just don’t come out right -- even in the litter box. This kitten was almost thought to be a lost cause, but a loving guarding and Bootsie's winning personality brought a happy ending to this moving story.

8) Dixie - Gilly Delaney was told that her cat had been killed by a car, but he miraculously returned home -- nine years later! If you’ve been debating about whether that microchip was worth the money, you will want to read Dixie’s story. (Three of our survivor stories appear on the same web page. You might have to scroll around a bit to locate them.)

7) Piper - A cat can wriggle into or out of almost any opening, right? Well, that might be half right. Just ask the cat who came to be known as Piper.

6) Fudge - This appropriately named cat was just looking for a secluded spot for a nap when her world turned upside down and right side up and upside down and... Well, you get the idea. Fudge’s mom (who, luckily for Fudge, was a nurse) learned a lesson that all of us might find instructive and life-saving.

5) Bravo - Sometimes an animal survives cruelty with a will to live that is astounding. Bravo is one such cat. It is a miracle that he survived and has overcome the injuries he suffered at the hands of some unknown but clearly disturbed individual, and his story is an inspiration.

4) Louis - Toddlers are often mesmerized by cats, but children’s lack of understanding can also present a grave danger to the feline species. Read the chilling but miraculous tale of Louis and his brush with a grim death.

3) Ziggy - We wind up a sad trio of tales about the harm that is often visited upon cats by heartless individuals with the saga of Ziggy. After being severely abused and left for dead, he was lucky enough to be found by a caring person who got him to a cat hospital. The vet there seriously questioned whether he would survive, but Ziggy apparently had no doubts.

2) Princess - Sometimes even a loving guardian can make a mistake that threatens the life of her beloved feline companion. Susan Gordon can tell you that. Her kitten Princess was certainly agitated by Gordon’s misstep, but she wasn’t about to be washed down the drain inadvertently.

1) Misfit - Why does SNAP want you to spay and neuter your animals? You will find the answer in the story of Misfit. He was born with all the odds against him, and it was only by great luck that he survived the harsh realities that face homeless kittens.

Quote of the Month
"It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” ~ Cynthia E. Varnado

No-Birth is the First Step to No-Kill


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