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

   Join Us for Club Spayed!
   Pasadena SNAP Clinic Opens Mid-Month

   Tails of Three Cities T-Shirts on Sale
   SNAP Volunteers Rock Bayou City Art Festival
   SNAP Mobile Clinic Comes to Laredo

   Talent Abounds at Picassos by Paws
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Toasting The Tasting Room
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat

   Quote of the Month

- 37,270 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Sep. 30, 2012.

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

Join Us for Club Spayed!
All Are Welcome at Festive Evening Event Honoring Spayed Club Members
Join us for Club Spayed on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012! Click here for tickets!
Have you bought your tickets to Club Spayed yet? Just click the playing card to do so today!
If you have not yet bought tickets for Club Spayed, what are you waiting for? All SNAP friends and supporters are cordially invited to this festive event, and that includes you! The event will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the SNAP Spayed Club—our recurring donor program. Longtime members of the group will be honored at the event.

Your evening will include great 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 bites from a visiting taco truck, dessert, a great prize raffle, tours of the SNAP mobile clinic, use of a fun photo booth, and free valet parking.

You get all that for just $35 per ticket, but current Spayed Club members get one ticket FREE!. They will also receive VIP swag bags! If you want in on that action, join the Spayed Club prior to the night of the event for $25 per month or more! If you join Spayed Club on the night of the event, you will be upgraded to a VIP swag bag. Purchase your tickets today!

Club Spayed takes place on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the House of Dereon Media Center, which is located at 2202 Crawford St., Houston, Texas 77002. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight.  The dress code is SNAPpy chic (aka dress casual). We look forward to seeing you all there!

PLEASE NOTE: Animals are not allowed at this event. We would all love to bring our furry four-footed friends to events such as this, but unfortunately they cannot always be accommodated. Please do not bring animals to this event.

SNAP is grateful to all of the wonderful sponsors and raffle donors who have given so much to make this event possible!

Club Spayed Event Sponsors 
Pasadena SNAP Clinic Opens Mid-Month

Construction Nearly Complete on Reduced-Cost Spay-Neuter and Wellness Clinic
A new SNAP clinic takes shape in Pasadena, Texas.
A new SNAP clinic is taking shape in Pasadena, Texas. The new clinic is slated to open on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
Crews have been hard at work building walls, laying floors, hanging doors, and installing cabinets at the new SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic in Pasadena over the past month. The construction work will soon be drawing to a close. This means the opening of the clinic isn’t far away! The clinic is currently scheduled to open on November 13, 2012.

The webpage for the new clinic went up on the SNAP website a few days ago, and the reduced-cost clinic is already booking appointments for spay-neuter surgery. (Please use the clinic’s online appointment request system if you would like to book an appointment.) Wellness services—including vaccinations, heartworm testing and preventative, flea and tick preventative, and microchipping—will be provided on a walk-in basis (i.e., no appointment needed).

The new facility is located at 913 Shaw Ave. in Pasadena, Texas 77506. That’s just a block north of highway 225 and a block west of Pasadena Blvd. The clinic will be open to the general public. No qualification is required to receive services.

Numerous shelters and rescue organizations in Pasadena and southeast Harris County have pledged to use the clinic to get their animals ready for adoption. These include groups in Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, La Porte, South Houston, Jacinto City, Nassau Bay, and Seabrook. The clinic will also provide an affordable solution for area residents who want to have their animals spayed or neutered but cannot afford to have the procedure done at a full-service veterinary clinic.

This clinic would not have been possible without generous funding and logistical assistance from the City of Pasadena and PetSmart Charities. The South East Harris County Alliance for Animals (SEHCAA) and many other wonderful corporate and private donors were also instrumental in the success of the project. The entire community got behind this project through numerous well-supported fundraising events. SNAP is grateful to all of you who have given so much to make the new SNAP clinic a reality. This clinic is your success!
Tails of Three Cities T-Shirts Now on Sale
Shirts Feature Adorable Artwork of Contest Winners by Amazing Artist April Murphy
Meercat t-shirts!
Fabulous designs created by April Murphy from entrants' phot
T-shirts featuring artistic renderings of the six winners of the Tails of Three Cities contest are now on sale on the SNAP website! These shirts feature artwork of the winners of this year’s Tails of Three Cities contest rendered by the amazing artist April Murphy. Ms. Murphy’s gorgeous artwork—pictured at right—was based on the photographs submitted by the guardians of the winning animals. The designs were then turned into beautiful high-quality t-shirts by Recharge Promotions of San Antonio, Texas.

The shirts are available in black or white and women’s and unisex styles. Most sizes are still available at this writing, but hurry if you want to be sure to get one in your size! Please note that the sizes run slightly small in the women's style. You may wish to consider ordering the next size up. The shirts are just $15 each plus $3 shipping and can be ordered from the SNAP eStore. The shipping charge can be avoided by purchasing your shirt(s) in person at the SNAP administration office at 7155 Old Katy Rd, Suite N290, in Houston, TX 77024. The office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The winners of the 2012 Tails of Three Cities contest were:

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

These shirts are so gorgeous, you will want one of each! They are a great way to tell the world that you support spay-neuter. You probably already know it is the single best way to prevent animal overpopulation, but we need your help to let the world know! These shirts are a fun and colorful way to do that. Collect the entire set!

Artist April Murphy and everyone who participated in the contest have earned grateful thanks for their generous support, not just from SNAP but also from the many dogs and cats who will be spayed and neutered as a result!
SNAP Volunteers Rock Bayou City Art Festival
Your Hard Work Made Downtown Houston Art Event a Fundraising Success
High-spirited volunteers working at the Bayou City Art Festi
Hardworking but high-spirited SNAP volunteeers sell drinks to thirsty guests at the Bayou City Art Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The festival donates all tips collected and a percentage of sales to help fund our spay-neuter programs.
Twice a year, SNAP asks our wonderful volunteers to spend a few hours working in a beverage booth at the Bayou City Art Festival, and each time your hard work produces a great benefit for the animals. The 2012 fall festival, which took place on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, was no exception. Hundreds of you turned out and devoted your time and energy at the appointed hour. While attendance on Sunday was off due to rainy weather, Saturday was a beautiful day, and the festival was well attended. Thanks to your efforts, the fall festival will go down as another fundraising success!

The amount of money raised was not yet available at press time, but it will be reported in an upcoming issue of SNAPtales and on the SNAP Facebook page. SNAP is grateful to all of you who worked so hard at this event. Your generosity, spirit, and dedication are the critical elements in making this crucial fundraising event a success time after time. SNAP truly could not do this without you, but it’s not about SNAP. It’s about the animals you are saving from a tragic and needless death. No one depends on you more than they do. We thank you most sincerely on their behalf.
SNAP Mobile Clinic Comes to Laredo
City and Area Nonprofit Team to Fund/Promote Monthly Two-Day Mobile Clinic Visit
The SNAP mobile clinic is coming to Laredo!
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic has recently conducted several two-day spay-neuter events in Laredo, Texas, and now the City of Laredo and Pet Haven of Laredo--a local nonprofit group--have arranged for the visits to continue every month for a year.

The visits are part of a strategic plan by the city to start taking action against overpopulation. The program will entail changes to the city animal care facilities, education in the community, and the sponsoring of spay-neuter services through SNAP.

The Laredo Public Health Department has issued a contract to SNAP to provide the services. Pet Haven of Laredo will promote the events and pre-register clients for appointments. These events will be open to the general public by appointment only.

The first visit under the new contract will take place on Monday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The next visit is scheduled for Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Call 956-307-8228 for an appointment or for additional information.

SNAP is excited about this opportunity to help the citizens of Laredo begin to take control of their animal overpopulation problem. SNAP is grateful to the City of Laredo and Pet Haven of Laredo for making this program possible.
Talent Abounds at Picassos by Paws
Dogs Release Inner Artistes at Bayou City Outdoors Fundraiser at Archway Gallery
Izzy pauses to express his thanks to Kelly Howard of Bayou City Outdoors.
Izzy pauses to express his thanks to Kelly Howard of Bayou City Outdoors for her help in creating his masterpiece. Picassos by Paws raised $900 for SNAP spay-neuter programs.
Dozens of talented canines released their inner artistes at the Picassos by Paws fundraiser on Sunday, October 28. The painterly pooches created exquisite works of art with the tireless and good-natured help of Kelly Howard with Bayou City Outdoors. A few of the dogs were nervous about the prospect of putting paw to paper. Ms. Howard cleverly worked around their reservations by giving them the option to use a rear paw or even a tail if preferred. The paints were non-toxic and water soluble, and a wash-up station was provided to help each animal get cleaned up. Doggie treats and water were available for the dogs’ refreshment after their painting session was over, and drinks and refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market were available for their bipedal friends as well.

Picassos by Paws was sponsored by the wonderful folks at Bayou City Outdoors and graciously hosted by Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy St. in Houston. When all was said and done, the windows of the gallery were filled with fabulous expressions of canine creativity, and the dogs (and their human guardians) had raised $900. These funds will be used to spay and neuter dogs and cats living in qualifying low-income households, thus helping prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Those offspring might otherwise have ended up in shelters or roaming Houston streets, so everyone who participated in this event should rightfully feel proud of what was accomplished.

SNAP is grateful to Bayou City Outdoors, Archway Gallery, and Whole Foods Market for making this event possible. It was a great success and a tremendous amount of fun!
Upcoming SNAP Events
Friday, November 9, 2012 – Houston, TX
  Club Spayed
You are invited to this event at House of Dereon. Get your tickets today!
Sunday, December 2, 2012 – Houston, TX
  Holiday Party & Art Market
SNAP is the beneficiary of this holiday art sale by at War’Hous Visual Studios.

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner

Hello Darlings!

Shouldn’t everyone have a dog? It’s easy to think so, but there are some people for whom a dog just isn’t in the cards. There are a number of reasons, and while some of these reasons can be overcome, others cannot. Read this month’s letter from Sebelius, a setter-mix from Seabrook, to learn more.

Dear Hedda,

Something happened recently that made me realize how lucky I am to have a good home. My human family, Chuck and Sarah, had a friend over for dinner a few nights ago. Their guest was a guy named David. While they were talking, David kept scratching my head. It was nice. Sarah noticed this and asked David why he didn’t get a dog since he so obviously enjoyed being around one. David said he would love to but that he just didn’t think he could afford it.

Hedda, I didn’t realize it cost so much to have a dog. Do you think a lot of people pass up the opportunity to bring a dog into their home because of the expense?

Sign me,
Sadly Curious

Dear Curious,

Many people do indeed point to cost as a reason for not getting a dog (or a cat, for that matter). According to a recently published study by the American Humane Association’s Animal Welfare Research Institute, 29 percent of people who have never had a dog cite general expenses as a barrier to getting one. Among those who have previously had dogs, 30 percent singled out veterinary costs as a specific issue. Caring for a dog can be an expensive proposition, but there are ways to minimize the financial impact.

One factor that affects cost is the animal’s size. Larger dogs eat more. They cost more to spay or neuter. Some larger breeds are also more prone to particular health problems that are less common among smaller dogs. Opting for a smaller pooch can therefore reduce the overall outlay one can expect over the life of the animal.

It is also quite possible to reduce the potential veterinary costs one might encounter. Spaying and neutering dramatically reduce the chances of a number of diseases of the male and female canine reproductive systems. Providing routine animal wellness is another way to limit cost. Keeping a dog vaccinated against diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and distemper prevents those diseases and the associated veterinary costs they can incur. Preventing fleas, ticks, and heartworms also goes a long way towards insuring an animal’s future health. SNAP, of course, can help by providing ready access to spay-neuter surgery and wellness services, and it does this at a reduced cost over what you might expect to pay at a full-service veterinary clinic. SNAP keeps its prices as low as it can precisely to help people keep dogs and cats so that fewer animals end up homeless.

There are other reasons why people might decide not to make a dog part of their lives, and many of these reasons are quite legitimate. Some people, for example, travel a great deal for their jobs. This makes it difficult to provide the ongoing care and companionship a pup needs. Other folks work long hours which can create similar issues. Veterinary costs are a manageable factor, however, and SNAP is working hard to help reduce the barrier these costs create to sharing one’s home with a four-footed friend. 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:

    Jack and Doris Smothers and Bud Smothers Memorial Foundation, $4,000
    Florence S. Ducet Charitable Trust, $1,800
    Best Friends Animal Society, $17,350
Toasting The Tasting Room
SNAP Thanks Houston Wine Café for Holding Month-Long Benefit in October
SNAP supporters enjoying a wine tasting at The Tasting Room.
SNAP supporters enjoyed seven wines with food at the Seven Wines to Taste event sponsored by The Tasting Room in the Uptown Park shopping district in Houston. The wine café held a month-long benefit for SNAP during the month of October.
The Tasting Room in Houston’s Uptown Park just completed a highly generous fundraiser for spay-neuter that ran through the entire month of October. The wine café donated to SNAP 20 percent of the check from each patron who indicated s/he wanted to benefit our efforts to fight animal overpopulation.

The café also held two separate special events to help promote the program. The first was a wine tasting called Seven Wines to Taste, which was held on October 6. Not surprisingly, it featured seven wines along with light bites. The Tasting Room also held a SNAP Happy Hour on the evening of Wednesday, October 24. The total amount raised during the month was not yet available at press time.

SNAP is grateful to The Tasting Room for its immense support throughout the month of October and for making us and our supporters feel welcome with these two wonderful special events.
Madame AstroCat[object Object]

Dear Readers,

You can never know enough about the feline species, can you? That was, of course, a rhetorical question. No one can ever know enough about cats because cats are infinitely fascinating! Don’t you agree? That was another rhetorical question. Madame Astrocat is rather fond of them in case you hadn’t noticed. Anyway, this is leading—as it does every month—to my latest top-ten list. Can you guess what it is? It is ten (more) incredibly interesting facts about cats, and it comes to us from the brain trust at Today I Found Out ( Read, and be amazed!

10) Speak into the Cat, Please - The CIA has developed many unusual listening devices over the years, but none more unusual (we hope) than the feline spy. The idea was to implant a microphone into a cat and then train it to go hang out with suspected enemy agents. Once the cat was in position, the good guys could listen in on the bad guys’ conversation. Training cats, of course, is a tricky business. While they eventually succeeded in getting one particular feline to approach and sit next to intended targets, they failed to teach her to avoid the cars she might encounter en route. Their star pupil met a correspondingly grim demise on her very first mission. Thankfully, the project ended there.

9) Heaven Scent
- Humans have long wondered what it is about catnip that drives (most) cats to distraction. Now some researchers believe they have the answer. Nepetalactone, a chemical in catnip, is believed to smell like pheromones that are released from the scent glands on a cat’s face. Rolling around with a bag of catnip is thus like rolling around with another cat’s face. Okay, that didn’t sound quite right. It’s only a theory. Besides, who cares why it’s wonderful? Wonderful doesn’t need an explanation.

8) A Glaring of Gibs - You may know that a group of domestic cats is called a clowder, but it can also be called a glaring or a clutter. A group of feral cats, on the other hand, is called a dowt or a destruction. (Hey, I don’t make them up; I just report them.) You also probably know that a male cat is called a tom, but only if he isn’t neutered. Then he’s called a gib. A female, fixed or not, is called a molly. Don’t call me Molly. I’m Madame Astrocat.

7) Don’t Try This at Home – A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that cats have a very high survival rate—somewhere around 90 percent—in falls, even when those falls are from great heights. This does not mean we will not be injured in such a fall. Indeed most of us who take such a plunge are injured badly and require medical attention. Still, it is notable that our relatively light body weight and low terminal velocity (the study says we max out at about 60 miles per hour) give us a much better chance of surviving a fall than the average human.

6) In Living Color – Many humans believe cats are color blind. This belief, whether the believer is aware of it or not, originated in a poorly designed experiment conducted at the University of Colorado in the early 20th century. Scientists have since discovered we have cone cells on our retinas. Cone cells provide the ability to perceive color. Scientists have also shown that cats respond differently to different shades of color. All of this research has finally dispelled the myth that cats do not see colors. (They could have just asked me.)

5) Itty Bitty Kitty – Cats come in all sizes. There are big cats and little cats, but have you ever heard of a full grown cat that was no bigger than the average kitten? Tinker Toy was just such a cat. This dainty creature was less than 3 inches tall and just 7.5 inches long from nose to tail. The itty bitty kitty weighed in at just one-and-a-half pounds.

4) More Sensitive by a Whisker – Do you know what a cat’s whiskers are for? Most people have heard that they help us judge the size of an opening, and that’s true; however, they are far more sensitive and integral to feline functioning than you may realize. Whiskers are so sensitive that they don’t even have to touch something for us to know it’s there. We can feel how the presence of an object alters the air currents that flow around it! This comes in handy because we don’t see very well at close range. It also helps us navigate in the dark. Whiskers are also critical to our sense of balance and spatial orientation. They play a truly critical role in our sensory systems.

3) Camels with Claws – The domestic cat is believed to have evolved in desert regions. This belief is borne out by the fact that our bodies are highly efficient in their use of water. What, you may ask, constitutes “highly efficient?” We can tolerate ambient temperatures as high as 133 degrees Fahrenheit without overheating. On a strict diet of raw meat—which is what we would survive on in the desert—we can also live without any other source of water. Commercial cat foods do not have nearly as much moisture as raw meat, so don’t think for a second that this means your cat does not need that water bowl.

2) “Good Luck, Bad Luck…” – Black cats are often associated with bad luck or evil. This was not always so. All cats—including black ones—were worshipped in ancient Egypt. Black cats developed their bad reputation in Europe during the Middle Ages. Cats were then (and still often are) taken in for companionship by reclusive older women. When the hysteria of witchcraft arose, who was most likely to be accused? You guessed it. Cats, and especially black cats, thus came to be regarded with suspicion.

1) If You Only Knew – Do you smell that litter box? We sure do. A cat’s sense of smell is twice as sensitive as a human’s. (Please clean that box daily!) What about those high pitched noises you hear? They’re nothing to us. You can hear frequencies up to 18 kilohertz. We can hear frequencies up to 79 kilohertz. (You would not believe all the squeaking that’s going on!) Not to brag, but you also need about six times as much light as we do to be able to see well. On the flip side, we are terribly nearsighted, so our advantage is mainly useful for long-range vision. Humans thus strike us as a bit insensitive; we still like you though.

Quote of the Month
“Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?” ~ Jean Paul Richter

No-Birth is the First Step to No-Kill


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