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In This Issue September 1, 2011

   Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Collars
   Fall into the Bayou City Art Festival
   Dr. Weedon Honored at LIFE+DOG Soiree
   Pupcakes with a Purpose? Smash Hit!
   Here Kitty Kitty
   Here Come the Chihuahuas!
   Goodness Gracious!
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Kate Smargiasso Hosts Birthday FUNdraiser
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
   Quote of the Month

- 29,309 -
The number of dogs and cats
helped by your gifts between
Jan. 1 and July 31, 2011.

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Collars!
Collars for a Cause 2012 Kicks Off with Party on October 5, 2011
Celebrities, artists and designers create Collars for a Cause!

Collars for a Cause is back, bigger and better, and you are invited to a kickoff party at Momentum Porsche in Houston on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you have been a SNAP supporter for more than a few months, you can’t possibly forget the fabulous Collars for a Cause auction and celebration that took place late in 2010. Now it is time to get the ball rolling on the upcoming benefit with a festive launch! If you would like to attend the kickoff party on October 5, 2011, please RSVP to

The 2010 auction featured custom collars and leads created by a dazzling array of artists, celebrities, and designers including comedian Margaret Cho, actor Mark Salling of GLEE, designer Nate Berkus, and television hosts Chelsea Handler and Joy Behar. Some of the same great personalities, including Margaret Cho, are creating collars for the 2012 auction, and they are being joined by new faces such as up and coming music sensation Jordin Sparks. The singer’s involvement with the benefit was recently featured in an article on the Just Jared website, bringing national attention to both the event and the importance of spay-neuter in creating a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats.

The Collars for a Cause auction takes place largely online and culminates in the Collars for a Cause Celebration -- an event of legendary proportions currently scheduled for April of 2012. If you are an artist or designer and would like to design a collar for the event, please contact Laura Welch at or at 713-862-3863.

Collars for a Cause is a joint effort between SNAP and the wonderful folks at LIFE+DOG Magazine. The goal is to raise awareness and much-needed funds to help SNAP combat animal overpopulation. SNAP does this by providing free and reduced-cost services to those in the community who could not otherwise afford to spay and neuter their beloved dogs and cats. Sterilizing more of these animals means fewer litters of kittens and puppies are born unwanted. Fewer therefore die unnecessarily because they land in shelters or are abandoned on the streets.

We hope you will all join us at Momentum Porsche on October 5 to kick off Collars for a Cause! RSVP today to

Fall into the Bayou City Art Festival
SNAP Needs Your Help at Semi-Annual Fundraising Event in Houston
SNAP needs YOU to volunteer for the Bayou City Art Festival!

The cooler weather of autumn finally approaches, and what better way to kick off the season than by volunteering for SNAP at the Bayou City Art Festival? It’s a tradition for SNAP volunteers to staff the beverage booths and serve frosty cold beverages to thirsty attendees at the event. SNAP receives all tips collected and a percentage of sales in return. Proceeds from the fall and spring festivals make this our biggest volunteer fundraiser. That makes it a great way for you to help the animals!

The fall festival takes place in downtown Houston near City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. Volunteers work in shifts of four to six hours, and there are three shifts each day. What will you do with the rest of your day? Feel free to roam the festival because you get free admission on the day of your volunteer service! Each volunteer receives a free t-shirt, which we ask that you wear during your shift(s). Volunteer as early as possible to make sure we have your size available.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please volunteer today by sending an email to or by calling 713-862-3863 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and asking to speak to Sean White. Be ready to tell us which day and shift(s) you would be willing to work and your t-shirt size. Because alcoholic beverages are served, all volunteers must be at least 18.

The Bayou City Art Festival started as a small art and street festival in Houston’s Montrose district in 1971, making this the 40th anniversary. The festival has grown over the years to become one of the top ten art festivals in the U.S., according to Sunshine Artist, a rating organization for the art festival industry.

SNAP is deeply grateful to all of you who have made it your own tradition to help us with the festival. We look forward to seeing you again and to meeting new volunteers as well.

Dr. Weedon Honored at LIFE+DOG Soiree
Pupcakes Fundraiser and New SNAP T-Shirts Launched at Event
Dr. and Mrs. James R. Weedon
SNAP Executive Directly James R. Weedon and his wife Judy with their dog Chloe. Weedon was honored for his contributions to SNAP at the LIFE+DOG Men's Issue Premier Party on Wednesday, August 16, 2011.

Dr. James R. Weedon, executive director of SNAP, was honored for his dedication and tireless service to SNAP and the animal community at the LIFE+DOG Men’s Issue Premiere Party. The magazine featured a lengthy article on Weedon’s role at SNAP in its most recent issue.

The event also kicked off the annual SNAP Pupcakes with a Purpose fundraiser (see related story) and saw the introduction of new SNAP t-shirts featuring the winners of this year’s Tails of Two Cities contest.

Pupcakes were on sale at the event and were a huge hit! The canine confections sold out before the evening was half over. A number of guests purchased the new SNAP t-shirts, and a few modeled them proudly for the crowd.

Guests were treated to refreshing beverages, gourmet fare from Catering by George, and the smooth jazz stylings of Other Brother deejay Peter Manry.

LIFE+DOG is a great new lifestyle magazine for everyone who loves dogs. The magazine is national in scope and is already drawing attention from major national media sources. The magazine adopted SNAP as its charity partner and continually goes above and beyond to support our battle against animal overpopulation. SNAP is grateful to LIFE+DOG for its ceaseless and amazing efforts on behalf of the animals!

The Men’s Issue Premiere Party took place at Advantage BMW Midtown on Wednesday, August 16, 2011.

Pupcakes with a Purpose? Smash Hit!
Top Houston Pet Resorts Raise $2,400 for Spay-Neuter Selling Exclusive Dog Treats
A tray of yummy pupcakes!
A tray of yummy pupcakes from Icing Houston. $2,400 was raised for SNAP by ABC Pet Resort & Spa, Rover Oaks Pet Resort, and Urban Tails Pet Resort who sold the canine confections.

Three Houston pet resorts raised approximately $2,400 for SNAP spay-neuter programs in the month of August in the second annual Pupcakes for a Purpose fundraiser. Pupcakes, which are delicious and healthy homemade dog treats, were available from Monday, August 15, through Friday, August 26, from our wonderful friends at ABC Pet Resort and Spa, Rover Oaks Pet Resort, and Urban Tails Pet Resort.

The canine confections were made by Icing Houston just for this sale, and SNAP made $2 on each one sold. Dogs must have thought they were crazy good because the response was amazing! Every single sale location had trouble keeping up with demand. Each time they received a fresh supply, they all sold almost immediately!

The treats were also available at the LIFE+DOG Men’s Issue Premiere Party. There too, despite an ample supply, they sold out before the event was half over! (See related story.) The treats were also on sale at the SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic on Durham Dr.
SNAP is grateful to everyone who bought pupcakes and to all who worked so hard to make this fundraiser an incredible success -- especially Icing Houston and the awesome people at ABC Pet Resort and Spa, Rover Oaks Pet Resort, and Urban Tails Pet Resort.

Here Kitty Kitty!
NULO Gives Away Cat Food to Encourage Everyone to Fix Their Feline Friends
NULO attracts another new fan!
NULO attracts another new fan. The company is offering a free bag of the premium cat food, while supplies last, to each client who has a cat sterilized at a SNAP clinic.

Austin-based pet food manufacturer, NULO, is joining forces with the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to help encourage Houston and San Antonio residents to spay and neuter their feline companions and is offering a free bag of cat food for every cat-client served.  Beginning August 20, each client that brings her or his cat into SNAP for a spay or neuter procedure will receive a free bag of NULO’s specially formulated chicken and brown rice cat food while supplies last.

Think your unaltered cat has nothing to do with pet overpopulation? Think again!  Despite the best intentions, accidents happen--an unneutered housecat will slip out the door, and unexpected litters of helpless kittens are born. By having your cat spayed or neutered, you are ensuring that s/he doesn’t contribute to the tragedy of pet overpopulation. In addition, you are reducing or eliminating your cat’s risk of contracting certain cancers.  Spaying and neutering your companion animal is a win-win for you, your animal, and your community!

"Spaying and neutering companion cats is especially important for Texans," said Dr. Jim Weedon, executive director of SNAP.  "Intact male cats are at a greater risk of injury and infectious disease.  Instinct causes the unaltered male cat to stray in search of females, fight with other male cats, and spray urine to mark territory," Dr. Weedon added.  "Additionally, the warm temperatures in Texas cause cats to have a longer mating season than other areas of the country. Ultimately, this results in the birth of countless homeless kittens and puts a great strain on the resources of animal shelters and communities."

By taking advantage of SNAP’s reduced-cost spay and neuter services, you are helping to ensure the health and longevity of your cat while also helping to combat the animal overpopulation crisis occurring in Texas.  Thanks to the donation of food from NULO, all cat caretakers will also have a free head start at providing a well-balanced, healthy diet.

NULO aims to produce the most nutrient-dense, transparently labeled cat and dog foods on the market. In place of the usual meat by-products, NULO uses all-natural, single-source proteins like turkey, chicken, lamb, and salmon.  It also chooses nutrient rich, low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice rather than corn and other cheap fillers that have become ubiquitous in commercial foods.

To take advantage of this great offer, visit the SNAP website or call or email the clinic closest to you to schedule an appointment or learn more about SNAP services.

Here Come the Chihuahuas!
SNAP San Antonio Observes Mexican Indepence Day with Chihuahua-Only Event
San Antonio holds their 3rd annual Chihuahua Day!

SNAP San Antonio will spay and neuter 60 chihuahaus on Friday, September 16, 2011, when it holds it's third annual Chihuahua Day. Each year the clinic holds this event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, which also takes place on September 16 this year. The Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at 6758 Ingram Dr. is taking appointments for 60 dogs with a limit of two dogs per household.

If your dog has a current rabies vaccination, please bring the vaccination certificate. Dogs without proof of a current vaccination will be vaccinated at a cost of $10 per animal. All animals will be given pain medication at the time of surgery, but if you want additional pain medication for your pup, that will be available for an additional $10. This event will fill up quickly; so call the clinic right away (210-673-7722) to reserve your spot!

Watch the event calendar on the SNAP website for additional information about this and other spay-neuter events as they are scheduled.  

Goodness Gracious!
Dog Treat Company Benefits SNAP with Each Sale
Goodness Gracious - Good Stuff for Dogs & Cats!

Goodness Gracious, a maker of healthy handmade dog and cat treats, has just notified SNAP that we have been chosen as a beneficiary of their Puppy Up program! This means that every item purchased by a SNAP supporter from the Goodness Gracious website results in a $2 donation to support our spay-neuter programs! To place an order benefitting SNAP, just fill out a Puppy Up opt in form and send it back to SNAP. We will enroll you in the program. Once you are enrolled, each purchase you make at the Goodness Gracious website will trigger a donation.

The company makes four cookie treats and five jerky treats in a variety of yummy flavors. The cookies come in bacon cheeseburger, chicken cheddar, peanut butter banana, and poached salmon flavors. The Hula Lula jerky product comes in chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, and wild salmon flavors. Goodness Gracious only uses high-quality healthy ingredients like USDA certified grade A chicken and beef. The recipes are free of garlic, salt, wheat, corn, and soy and contain no added sugars (except for a touch of raw honey in the poached salmon treats). They use no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or additives in their treats. It’s everything good for your animal and nothing you wouldn’t feel safe eating yourself!

Goodness Gracious donates 51 percent of its proceeds to selected animal welfare agencies which are selected based on the work they do in rescuing, sheltering, and spaying and neutering animals.

Fill out a Puppy Up form today, and you will be well on your way to procuring some delightful and delicious treats for your furry friend and helping the animals of those who are less fortunate. 

Upcoming SNAP Events
Thursday, September 8, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Kate Smargiasso’s Birthday Party FUNdraiser
Help Kate Smargiasso celebrate her birthday with a party benefiting SNAP!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Liberty, TX
  SNAP Mobile Clinic Visits Liberty, Texas
This is the second of two visits funded by Liberty. See clinic web page for qualifications.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Collars for a Cause Kickoff Party
Join us for this event marking the beginning of the 2012 Collars for a Cause fundraiser.
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!

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a valuable rescue technique that can save a human’s life, but did you know it can also save your dog’s or cat’s life? If you didn’t, this month’s letter from Howie, a mixed-breed hound from Houston, will illuminate you!

Dear Hedda,

I saw the strangest thing at the dog park last weekend, and it seemed even stranger when someone explained it to me. There was this man who was blowing into a dog’s nose and pushing on her chest! The dog didn’t seem to be conscious at first, but after a few minutes she began to stir. I was curious about what was going on, but they rushed off with her, so I didn’t get a chance to ask. Another dog then told me that they were taking her to an emergency clinic. He said that the dog had died, and that what the man had done brought her back to life! I’m not even sure whether to believe it, Hedda. Can humans really bring dead animals back to life by blowing into their noses?

Sign me,
Hopefully Incredulous

Dear Hopeful,

Your doubts are understandable, but depending on the circumstances of a dog’s (or cat’s) death, it’s true. It’s a procedure called CPR, and it has to be started within a few short minutes after the animal expires. As you witnessed, it consists of blowing into the animal’s nose to keep oxygen circulating through the lungs and compressing her/his chest to make the heart pump blood. Whether it works depends on what the animal died of, how long ago death occurred, and the general age and condition of the animal. Here are instructions on how to perform it. Note that it is assumed the animal in question is unconscious and that there is no risk of being bitten:

1) Open the dog’s (or cat’s) mouth and make sure that his or her air passage is clear. If it is not, remove any objects that may be obstructing the passage.

2) Extend the head and administer two breaths. If you are performing the procedure on a large dog, hold the jaw tightly shut while doing this. If you are performing the procedure on a small dog or a cat, you may be able to breathe into both the nose and the mouth simultaneously. In either case, the chest should rise when you do this.

3) Next, compress the animal’s chest 30 times with your hands. The rate at which you do this varies with the size of the animal. For a dog over 60 lbs, aim for 60 compressions per minute. Animals of 11 to 60 lbs need 80-100 compressions per minute. Animals of 10 lbs or less need 120 compressions per minute. Compressions are easier to perform if you can position the animal on his/her back. This will enable you to place a hand on either side of the rib cage. If the animal must be positioned on his/her side, press on the side of the rib cage.

4) Once you have completed 30 compressions, repeat the entire procedure and continue to do so until the animal stirs or begins breathing on his/her own.

Some humans may find the idea of putting their mouths over those of animals distasteful, but being able to overcome such squeamishness may be the difference between life and death for a beloved companion. Tell ‘em Hedda said so!

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:

    Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust, $1,000
    Mary M. Diggs Foundation, $18,023
    David and Betty Sacks Foundation, $2,000

Kate Smargiasso Hosts Birthday FUNdraiser
SNAP Board Member Holds Party and Silent Auction Benefiting Spay-Neuter
SNAP Board Member Kate Smargiasso and a four-footed friend.

SNAP Board Member Kate Smargiasso is putting the FUN in FUNDRAISING. She celebrates her birthday in September, and she is inviting SNAP supporters to a party to celebrate and raise funds for SNAP spay-neuter programs. The event takes place at Capone’s Bar & Oven, so there will be great food and drinks available for purchase. There will also be a silent auction with some great items that are sure to go at great prices. The party is on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and also benefits Rescue Bank, which provides food and resources to pet rescue organizations. It will be held in the Hideout Room at the restaurant, which is located at 4304 Westheimer at Mid Lane in Houston.

This celebration is a great chance to meet Kate and other SNAP supporters while helping raise funds to help combat animal overpopulation. The board and staff of SNAP are very grateful to Kate for benefiting the animals through this fun birthday event, and we hope to see you all at Capone's!

Madame AstroCat[object Object]

Dear Readers,

Can you believe that some veterinarians are against Low-Cost, High-Volume (LCHV) spay-neuter? They give various reasons for their opposition. Some express doubt that high standards can be maintained in a high-volume clinic. Others are more frank and admit it comes down to the bottom line. A full-service veterinarian may charge several hundred dollars to sterilize a cat or dog. A reduced-cost, high-volume spay-neuter clinic like SNAP can spay or neuter the same animal for literally hundreds less. Every animal that goes to SNAP or a similar clinic therefore may be seen as a major economic loss to an area’s full service vets. Does either of these objections hold water? Not according to Dr. Sara White. White, who runs an LCHV clinic in New England, published a response to a blog entry criticizing high-volume operations. In it she effectively argued that traditional vets should embrace such operations. What are her reasons? That brings us to this month’s top ten list. I give you the top ten reasons, according to Dr. White, why traditional veterinarians should drop their opposition to LCHV clinics.

10) Poverty - In a survey, more people cited cost as their reason for not having their animal spayed or neutered than any other. A full service vet is not losing money to LCHV clinics if the animals seen in those clinics would never show up for sterilization in her/his office in the first place.

9) Patience - Yes, I mean patience, not patients. It takes time for high-volume, low-cost spay-neuter to have an effect on the number of animals that end up in, and often die in, shelters. Areas where such programs have been in effect the longest have seen positive effects that gradually increase not over the course of just years but decades.

8) Shelters - Shelter intake has fallen in virtually every community where LCHV clinics have opened. This is strong evidence that the births that such operations are preventing are those involving animals that would never be seen in a full-service vet’s office anyway.

7) Euthanasia - Predictably, euthanasia rates have also fallen in virtually every community where LCHV clinics have opened. The only vet losing business because of this dynamic is the one administering euthanasia shots at the shelter.

6) Experience - Veterinarians who work in LCHV clinics get vastly more experience performing sterilization surgery than vets in full service veterinary offices. As a result, they become adept at performing such procedures more quickly, see a wider variety of naturally occurring deformities that require special skills or knowledge, and learn surgical techniques to minimize tissue trauma. These add up to a higher standard of care.

5) Economics - A study of five communities where LCHV organizations were started revealed that the total number of surgeries increased in both the program-related clinics and in the area’s private clinics. It would seem that the increased visibility of spay-neuter clinics and the education efforts of LCHV programs benefit both themselves and private vets.

4) Quality - Standards have been established for the practice of LCHV spay-neuter surgery. These standards are specifically oriented towards insuring the quality of high-volume operations, and they require a standard of care that meets or exceeds those required in full-service veterinary clinics.

3) Fecundity - Fecundity is a propensity towards rapid breeding, and it is an apt description of community cats. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has been found to be highly effective in reducing the number of community cats, but those who practice it are highly unlikely to be able to afford to spend hundreds of dollars on each animal. LCHV makes TNR economically feasible.

2) Love - Those who enter the veterinary profession presumably do so because they have at least a certain amount of love for animals. Why then would any veterinarian want to see animals born unwanted? One would hope that compassion would trump personal financial gain in the face of the suffering endured by homeless animals.

1) Efficacy - That which is efficacious has the power to produce an effect. LCHV is efficacious. It works. Should it not be every veterinarian’s role to promote practices that are efficacious in the battle against animal overpopulation?

See Dr. White’s article at:

Quote of the Month
"I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They're like you and me.” ~ Ziggy Marley

No-Birth is the First Step to No-Kill


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