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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue October 1, 2012

   Become a SNAP Insider at Club Spayed
   Diane Caplan Wins 4G for Charity!

   Pasadena Clinic to Open in November
   Bayou City Art Festival Tradition Continues
   Tails of Three Cities T-Shirts Coming
   The Tasting Room Wine Bar Helps SNAP
   Pooches Paint at Picassos by Paws
   San Antonio Mobile Visits Natalia, Laredo
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Smargiasso Bash Raises over $5,000
   Strut Your Mutt Pack Brings in $1,300
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat

   Quote of the Month

- 33,387 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2012.

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

Become a SNAP Insider at Club Spayed
Event Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at Spayed Club, Honors Current Members
Join us for Club Spayed on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012!
Make plans to join us for Club Spayed at House of Dereon Media Center. This special event is open to all SNAP supporters and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the SNAP Spayed Club. Long-time Spayed Club members will be honored at the event.

Tickets are just $35 per person and include music, two drinks per ticket (including the Sour Puss and the Snappy Dog—specialty drinks made with Tito’s Vodka), beer and wine from Favorite Brands LLC tasty taco truck nosh, a prize raffle, SNAP mobile clinic tours, a photo booth, a SNAP swag bag, and valet parking.

Current Spayed Club members get one free ticket and will receive VIP swag bags! If you want in on that action, just join the Spayed Club prior to the night of the event for $25/month or more! If you join Spayed Club on the night of the event, you will be upgraded to a VIP swag bag.

Club Spayed takes place on Friday, November 9, 2012. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. House of Dereon Media Center is located at 2202 Crawford St., Houston, Texas, 77002. The dress code for the event is SNAPpy chic.

This event is generously sponsored by Upper Hand Salon, Tito’s Vodka, Favorite Brands LLC, and renowned Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut. SNAP is grateful to all of them for their kind and generous support!!
Diane Caplan Wins "4G for Charity” Contest!

Your Votes Put Her over the Top, Bringing in $4,000 for Spay-Neuter
Diane Caplan holds $4,000 award check with Paul Pettie.
Diane Caplan and SNAP Board Member Paul Pettie hold a $4,000 award check from Verizon and Modern Luxury. Caplan won the funds for SNAP in the "4G for Charity" contest.
SNAP is thrilled to announce that Diane Caplan has won the Verizon/Modern Luxury "4G for Charity: The Power Is in Your Hands" contest! The competition featured a prize of $4,000 for the charity of the winner's choice, and Ms. Caplan chose SNAP as her charity. The funds are to be used to spay and neuter dogs and cats as part of our mission to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs  due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

Caplan is one of four local celebrities who competed in the contest. She is a longtime advocate for animals and is the ecommerce and marketing director for the Momentum Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche dealership and the Porsche/Audi West dealership in Houston. Diane was up against Madd Hatta, host of the Madd Hatta Morning Show on Houston radio station 97.9 The Box; Chef Phillippe Schmit; owner and executive chef of Phillippe Restaurant + Lounge; and tight end Owen Daniels of the Houston Texans football team. The 4G for Charity contest was sponsored by Verizon and Modern Luxury.

SNAP is sincerely grateful to Ms. Caplan for going above and beyond in her inspiring efforts to bring home the $4,000 prize for the animals. We also want to thank Momentum for supporting Diane's participation in the event as well as Verizon, and Modern Luxury. Finally we would like to thank all of you who voted for her day after day. It was truly a team effort!
Pasadena Clinic to Open in November
Construction Underway on Clinic to Serve Pasadena and Southeast Harris County
SNAP staffers hang a banner in the Pasadena clinic window.
SNAP staffers hang a temporary banner in the storefront window at 913 E. Shaw St. in Pasadena, TX. Construction is currently under way to turn the space into a new SNAP spay-neuter and animal wellness clinic.
The SNAP Pasadena  Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is scheduled to open in mid-November. Construction of the new clinic is well underway thanks to generous funding from the City of Pasadena, PetSmart Charities, South East Harris County Alliance for Animals (SEHCAA), and the many wonderful private and corporate donors who gave in support of the project. Full funding is now in place to complete construction of the clinic.  The new facility will be located at 913 E. Shaw St. in Pasadena, Texas 77506.

The need for the clinic is obvious. The 2010 census put the population of Pasadena and the surrounding area at 412,215 with 62,942 (or 15.27 percent) living below the poverty line. The community is home to approximately 125,000 domestic cats, 68,700 community (feral, stray, or free-roaming) cats, and 103,000 dogs. Shelters in the area took in 19,737 animals in 2010 and killed 12,264 (62 percent) of them. Some of the incorporated areas in the vicinity do not have their own animal control, so they use BARC or the Harris County shelter. This, of course, means the numbers that appear above do not represent the full scope of the problem.

Numerous shelters and rescue organizations in the community have pledged to use the clinic, including those in Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, LaPorte, South Houston, Jacinto City, Nassau Bay, and Seabrook. The clinic will also provide an affordable solution for residents who want to have their animals spayed or neutered but cannot afford to have the procedure done at a full-service veterinary clinic.

SNAP is grateful to the City of Pasadena, PetSmart Charities, SEHCAA, and all of the organizations and individuals who have worked so hard and donated so much to help make the new SNAP clinic possible. It will be open in a little less than two months.

Bayou City Art Festival Tradition Continues
Deaths Prevented by Your Efforts at Bi-Annual Fundraising Event
Uncle SNAP wants YOU for the Bayou City Art Festival! 
Your efforts over the years at the Bayou City Art Festival have resulted in many thousands of animals being spayed and neutered. The festival is the longest-running and most successful volunteer fundraiser in SNAP history, and we rely on your help to secure the important funding it provides for spay-neuter. These surgeries have saved countless animals from being born unwanted and thus ending up homeless or facing a premature death in a shelter. The life-saving tradition of the Bayou City Art Festival continues in a little less than two weeks. Please continue your tradition of support by volunteering for this important event. If you have not volunteered for the festival previously, won’t you consider doing so?

The fall 2012 Bayou City Art Festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday, October 13-Sunday, October 14, 2012, on the streets of downtown Houston around City Hall.  We need hundreds of your helping hands to serve icy beverages to the festival attendees. The festival, in return, allows us to keep all tips and hands over a substantial percentage of the sales receipts.

We ask that you commit to work one or more shifts of four to six hours. There are three shifts each day. You are free to spend the rest of that day roaming the festival because admission to the festival is included on the day you volunteer. You will receive a free t-shirt, which we ask that you wear during your shift(s). Please volunteer as early as possible to get the shift(s) of your choice and to have a better chance of getting your correct shirt size. Here are the shifts for the fall festival:

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To volunteer, please send an email message to or call 713-862-3863 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and ask to speak to Xavier Torres. 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.

SNAP is deeply grateful to all of you who have made volunteering at the festival a tradition of your very own. We look forward to seeing you again and meeting new volunteers as well. Please volunteer today!

Tails of Three Cities T-Shirts Coming
Apparel Featuring Adorable Artwork by Artist April Murphy Now in Production
Fabulous designs created by April Murphy from entrants' phot
T-shirts featuring artistic renderings of the winners of the Tails of Three Cities contest are currently in production and will be available later in October. Talented Houston artist April Murphy has created wonderful artwork (pictured at right) based on the photographs submitted by the guardians of the winning animals. The delightful designs are now being turned into beautiful high-quality t-shirts by Recharge Promotions of San Antonio, Texas.

The winners of the Tails of Three Cities contest are:

Houston Dog - Dougie
    Houston Cat - Meercat
    San Antonio Dog - Suzie
    San Antonio Cat - Cannoli
    Pasadena Dog - Tripod
    Pasadena Cat – Seither

The t-shirts depicting these animals will be a great way to tell the world that you support spay-neuter as the best way to address the problem of animal overpopulation. You will be proud to wear them! Watch for them to go on sale on the SNAP website and at SNAP events beginning late in the month.

We will post updates on the SNAP Facebook page, so if you do not yet follow us on Facebook, be sure to do so!

SNAP is deeply grateful to artist April Murphy for donating her talent and effort to produce the artwork for the shirts and to everyone who participated in the contest. Thanks to you, many dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered!
The Tasting Room Wine Bar Helps SNAP
Month-Long Benefit Includes Wine Tasting Event and Happy Hour Event
The Tasting Room donates 20 percent of your check in October
The Tasting Room, a popular Houston wine bar, is benefiting SNAP throughout the month of October by donating 20 percent of your check when you tell them you are there in support of SNAP. They are also holding two events during the month to up the ante! The first is Seven Wines to Taste, a wine tasting event, and the second is a SNAP Happy Hour.

Seven Wines to Taste will feature seven wines with food pairings for just $20 per person. The bar will donate $4 of each ticket sold to SNAP, so the more the merrier. Remember to tell the host that you are there for the SNAP event, which will be held in a private area. This event will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The SNAP Happy Hour is a chance to visit with other SNAP supporters as well as staff and board members while enjoying the great wines The Tasting Room has to offer. As during the rest of the month, 20 percent of your check will go to benefit SNAP spay-neuter programs. Be sure that you tell the host you are there for the SNAP event. This event, which will also be held in a private area, takes place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Tasting Room is located at 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056, in the Uptown Park shopping complex.  We hope to see you all at one or both of the scheduled events, but if you cannot make them, do drop by some other time during the month and let them know you are there for SNAP. The animals will love you for it! SNAP is sincerely grateful to The Tasting Room for its generous support and to board member Kathy Bartlett for helping organize this great fundraiser.
Pooches Paint at Picassos by Paws
Take Home a Masterpiece by Your Own Dog for the Cost of a Donation!
Your dog could become a great artiste at Picassos by Paws!
Dogs are natural artists, and when you bring yours to Picassos by Paws, you can go home with a masterpiece by your furry friend for just the cost of a donation! Bayou City Outdoors and Archway Gallery are once again teaming up to produce this fun creative fundraising event for SNAP. Your dog will be assisted in expressing her or his own artistic vision by SNAP staff and volunteers with safe water-based paints. Once the artwork has had a chance to dry, you can take it home for a small donation ($20 is suggested). Won’t you be proud to have your own dog’s art adorning your living room wall?

This event happens just before Halloween, and costumes are encouraged! Be sure to bring your camera along because the photo ops are priceless! You might even make your own work of art by capturing your canine in an act of self-expression!

When that last artful dab of paint has been applied, your dog will have access to a shampoo and wading pool station for clean-up. You are then welcome to join us for a Happy Tails Cocktail Hour inside Archway Gallery. Doggy treats and watering stations, provided by SNAP, will be available for the four-footed artistes. Please be sure to bring your dog on a leash.

Picassos by Paws takes place on Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00.- 5:00 p.m. at Archway Gallery at 2305-A Dunlavy St., Houston, Texas 77006. For more information or to RSVP, please call 713-524-3567 or visit the Bayou City Outdoors website.
San Antonio Mobile Visits Natalia, Laredo
Total of 99 Animals Sterilized at Events; San Antonio Clinic Expands Wellness Hours
SNAP staffer Jennifer Granado helps a client picking up her
SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic staff member Jennifer Granado assists a client who has come to pick up her cat after surgery in Laredo.
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic was in Natalia Texas, for a special spay-neuter event on September 12, 2012. A total of 36 cats and dogs were sterilized at the event. These included 15 female dogs, four male dogs, 13 female cats and four male cats. This event was one of a series of spay-neuter days being funded by Castroville Nip and Tuck. The next event in the series takes place on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, when the San Antonio mobile clinic will be stationed at the Alco Parking lot in Devine, Texas.

The San Antonio mobile clinic also made a trip to Laredo, Texas, last month. This was a two-day event at which 66 animals were sterilized. These included 19 female dogs, 12 male dogs, 26 female cats and nine male cats. This event was funded by the Laredo Animal Protective Society. The clinic was held at the Larga Vista Community Center on September, 17-18, 2012.

In a side note, the SNAP San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is extending its Thursday wellness hours begining on Thursday, October 4. 2012.  Wellness hours on Thursdays will now be 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Services are provided on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis.  Wellness hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays will remain 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Upcoming SNAP Events
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Houston, TX
  Seven Wines to Taste
This event at The Tasting Room offers seven wines with food for just $20, and it benefits SNAP!
Saturday, October 13-Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Houston, TX
  Bayou City Art Festival
Support a longstanding tradition by volunteering for SNAP at the bi-annual art festival.
Friday, October 12, 2012 – Cleveland, TX
  SNAP Mobile Clinic Visits Cleveland
The mobile clinic will be at the Cleveland Civic Center for a privately funded spay-neuter day.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – Houston, TX
  SNAP Happy Hour
Join us for Happy Hour at The Tasting Room. Twenty percent of your check goes to SNAP.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 – Houston, TX
  Picassos by Paws
Release your dog's inner artiste and take home his or her original art. Suggested $20 donation.
Friday, November 9, 2012 – Houston, TX
  Club Spayed
Celebrate in style at Club Dereon at this event honoring SNAP Spayed Club members.

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Hello Darlings!

Do you believe that dogs and other animals experience consciousness in the same way that humans do? Of course you do. Hard though it may be to believe, some people do not. Read this month’s letter from Pete, a pit bull mix from Pasadena, to learn more.

Dear Hedda,

My human friend Gerald and I were playing on the beach one day when this weird old guy came along. He looked at me for a minute and then started telling Gerald how he could make a lot of money if he would enter me in fights against other dogs. Gerald thought the guy was crazy and told him so. He said he would never put me through that kind of pointless misery. The guy laughed and said that I wouldn’t know the difference—that dogs don’t think like people do. He told Gerald that five seconds after a fight, I wouldn’t even remember it happened! Gerald told the guy he didn’t know what he was talking about and to get lost. The guy did leave, but Gerald watched what car he got into and wrote down his license number. I heard him talking to someone on the phone about the guy later that afternoon.

Hedda, how do we convince people that dogs have thoughts and feelings just like humans? I mean, we might not be quite as smart, but we aren’t exactly house plants either. Somehow we need to get the word out.

Sign me,
Pensive in Pasadena

Dear Pensive,

I don’t know if there is anything we can do as dogs to educate those who are ignorant about the mental capacity of dogs and other animals, but maybe there is someone who can. A little more than a month ago, a group of scientists from around the world signed a document called The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. Signing it signified their support for the scientific opinion that the great majority of complex animals are both conscious and aware in the same way that humans are.

Don’t jump to the conclusion that they are only talking about chimpanzees and dolphins either. Among the animals they listed in the document are all mammals, birds, and octopi! According to these scientists, consciousness is not dependent on a neocortex. That is the more advanced brain structure that all mammals have but which is largest in humans.  It is their opinion that consciousness can arise from less advanced brain structures shared by animals that do not have a neocortex. Part of the statement the scientists signed said, “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.” In other words, most animals are conscious and have the capacity for thought.

The document was signed by numerous prominent scientists from the fields of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology. They were gathered for the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and Non-Human Animals. If anyone would be qualified to render such an earthshaking conclusion, it would be this bunch. Stephen Hawking was present at the signing as well.

So next time some ninny tries to tell you that dogs and other animals do not experience consciousness or have thoughts and feelings, tell them that the world’s leading brain research scientists disagree. Oh, and I am glad to hear that Gerald took down the license plate of that guy’s car. He sounds like the kind of person who needs an education that only law enforcement can provide. Tell ‘em Hedda said so!

Read more about the signing of The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness at:

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:

    McS Charitable Foundation, $10,000
    Walmart Foundation, $1,000
    Best Friends Animal Society, $7,530
    Corridor Rescue, $5,200
    Castroville Nip & Tuck, $4,600
    James A. “Buddy” Charitable Foundaion, $5,000
    Petco Foundation, $679
Smargiasso Birthday Bash Raises over $5,000
Fun and Funds in Ample Supply at Board Member Kate Smargiasso’s Celebration
Kate and SNAP board members show off her SNAPpy cake!
Kate Smargiasso and other SNAP board members shows off her birthday cake at her recent birthday party fundraiser for SNAP. The event raised over $5,000 for spay-neuter.
SNAP board member Kate Smargiasso knows how to put on a party and how to raise money for animals in the process. Her recent birthday celebration was not only great fun for all who attended, but it also raised over $5,000 to help fund SNAP spay-neuter programs. The fete was held at Capone’s Bar and Oven in Houston and included a silent auction, great music, dollar-off drinks from Capone’s, and yummy birthday cake. The cake was actually auctioned off, but gracious winner Devin Bily donated it back to the event for the enjoyment of all! Equally generous was Randall Whitmore, the winner of the 50/50 raffle. Normally the winner of such a raffle gets 50 percent of the total raised through ticket sales. The other 50 percent goes to the organization. The total raised at Kate’s party was $416, so that’s $208 for SNAP and $208 for Mr. Whitmore, but he donated his winnings back to SNAP!

Adding to the night’s total was an incredibly generous $1,000 donation by Jason Paul, Kate’s husband, which was a matching gift for an equivalent amount donated by other SNAP board members. Jason, who is a loan officer at AmCap Mortgage, Ltd., also arranged a special home loan deal that offered a $500 donation to SNAP for each new Texas residential loan application that was submitted before September 28, 2012, if the applicant mentioned SNAP at the beginning of the process. How generous is that? AmCap Mortgage, Ltd., and Home Team of America—a real-estate brokerage firm—were both sponsors of the event.

SNAP is immensely grateful to Kate, to Jason Paul, to AmCap Mortgage, Ltd., to Home Team of America, and to Capone’s Bar and Oven for their outstanding support of SNAP spay-neuter programs!
Strut Your Mutt Pack Brings in $1,300
Virtual Dog Walk Participants Bring in the Bucks for Spay-Neuter
The SNAP Strut Your Mutt pack raised $1,300 without walking!
One of the many places member of the SNAP pack did not walk--and yet they still raised $1,300 for spay-neuter!
The SNAP pack raised $1,300 for spay-neuter in the Strut Your Mutt virtual dog walk-a-thon. The event, which took place on Saturday, September 22, 2010, required participants to enlist sponsors who would donate a fixed amount in recognition of their walk. What made this event different is that the walk itself was completely optional. Those who did walk were able to do so at the time and place of their own choosing! Strut Your Mutt was sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, and in some cities the agency held actual walk-a-thons, but it created virtual events in the cities where no physical event was planned.

The funds raised by the SNAP pack will help pay for spay-neuter programs that prevent animals from being born unwanted. Spay-neuter is the single most effective way to reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters or homeless on the streets, so every member of the pack can be proud of their efforts.

The SNAP pack was made up of Ria van Dright, Laura Welch, Trish Cormier, Andrea Gonzales, Gretchen Lindquist, Katie Blackmon, Genvieve (Bibi) Eichner, Linné Girouard, Stephanie Dominguez, Jacqueline Golden, Cathy Preston, Maria Torres, and Xavier Torres-Torres. SNAP is grateful to all of them for doing their part to help fight animal overpopulation through the Strut Your Mutt event!
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 Dear Readers,

We are cats, and we love you. Sometimes we are a little distant, but that has nothing to do with you. You would be amazed at how much we have on our minds. Occasionally we become peeved by something you do you and act out a bit. That doesn’t mean we don’t still love you. Why do we love you? It is because we know that you go out of your way so often to do things for us. You feed us. You give us water to drink. You play with us when we are happy, you pet us when we are quiet, and you nurse us when we are sick. You do so much for us. We love you because you love us. So what do you get out of it? Madame Astrocat was wondering that exact thing and did a little research. The results comprise this month’s list of the top ten benefits of bringing a cat into your life:

10. Better general health – A study of elderly persons living in nursing homes revealed that those who were allowed to have companion animals required less medication than those who were not. They also required less medical attention and had fewer minor health issues. The study was published in the March 1999 issue of the American Geriatric Society journal.

9. Help for autistic children – The use of cats in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for children with autism is in its early stages. While no studies can currently be found that prove a benefit, a number of articles document anecdotal evidence that the presence of a cat can help an autistic child overcome his or her communication difficulties. A study using dogs showed a measurable benefit for children suffering from the disability, so the odds are strong that cats will be shown to be helpful as well.

8. Emotional strength – Those who are battling disease are more prone to depression than those who are not. A 1999 study of 1,800 men with AIDS indicated that those without dogs or cats were three times as likely to experience depression as men without AIDS. Men with AIDS who had animals were only half again as likely as men without AIDS to experience depression. The study was conducted in 1999 by Psychologist Judith Siegel at UCLA.

7. Lower cholesterol – Statin medications can reduce your cholesterol, but they are also expensive and have potentially dangerous side effects. Why not get a cat instead? According to a 2010 article on the website, studies by the American Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control reveal that those who keep “pets” have significantly lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

6. Lower risk of cardiovascular disease – People who lived without cats were 30-40 percent more likely to die of heart attack or stroke than those who had cats during a 20-year study of over 4,500 people. The study was led by Adnan Qureshi, M.D., the director of the Minnesota Stroke Institute at the University of Minnesota, who presented the results at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2008. Those who live with dogs were not found to enjoy a similar benefit.

5. Lower blood pressure – Having a cat (or a dog) in your life can reduce your resting blood pressure and your peak blood pressure in stressful situations. The most significant effect was seen when the animal was present, but it was observed even when the animal was not. This is according to a study led by Karen Allen, Ph.D., at the School of Dental Medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo. The study was reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine in 2001.

4. Decreased risk of cancer – A recent study reported on in the journal Biology Letters concludes that those who live with cats have a lower risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The longer they had a cat, the lower the risk. The study was conducted by a team led by Marion Vittecoq at the Tour du Valat research center. The study also refuted recent tabloid assertions that living with a cat might increase your risk of developing a brain tumor.

3. Better health for kids – Children who are around cats (or dogs) during the first year of their lives are healthier—specifically having fewer respiratory tract illnesses—than those growing up in households without animals. This conclusion comes from a study by pediatrician Eija Bergroth and her colleagues at University Hospital in Finland that was published in the journal Pediatrics. Another study by Dr. June McNicholas of the University of Warwick showed that children living with cats were 13-18 percent less likely to stay home from school due to illness.

2. A calmer mind – Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that have been shown to improve mood. According to an article published in the September 2007 issue of the Johns Hopkins Medicine newsletter, a number of studies have shown that “pets” boost the production of these neurotransmitters. The result, the article says, is reduced anxiety and depression.

1. Understanding companionship – Over time, cats and humans can come to understand one another’s needs and preferences in ways that approach what is seen between human adults and their infant children. This is a conclusion based on a study led by Kurt Kotrschal of the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna that has been accepted for publication in the journal Behavioural Processes. So a cat can be a companion who truly understands you, but if you have a cat, you already knew that, didn’t you?

Quote of the Month
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~ Unknown

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