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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
In This Issue January 1, 2013
- 45,430 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2012.
 

SNAP has sterilized over
420,000

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
 
Our World Did Not End
Unfortunately, Animals Born Unwanted Still Face Doomsday Every Day
  
The Mayan Apocalypse didn't happen, but animals still face d
The Mayan Apocalypse did not happen, but it might as well have for homeless dogs and cats. Please give today to porevent more unwanted animals from being born.
Despite dire warnings and predictions, it seems the Mayan calendar did not foretell the end of our world. Unfortunately, dogs and cats born unwanted still face a doomsday tragedy of their own. They are still dying, but it’s not too late for you to help reduce needless suffering.

It is easy to imagine that kittens and puppies can be adopted out, but dogs and cats reproduce several times a year and have litter sizes ranging from as few as two to a dozen or more. Humans reproduce at a fraction of this rate, meaning there will never be enough homes for all of the animals. This is why our neighborhoods and shelters are filled with homeless animals facing an early death. Dogs and cats thrown out on the streets die from exposure, thirst, hunger, illness, and predation. Those dropped off at shelters are killed to make space for more animals.

The only way to stop this tragedy is to keep unwanted animals from being born in the first place. Spay-neuter surgery is the single best way to accomplish this. SNAP mobile clinics bring free sterilization to dogs and cats in qualifying low-income households. It is not truly free, of course. It is your support that makes it possible. SNAP believes saving the world starts one animal at a time. Please give as generously as you can.

Thanks to your previous support, SNAP was able to sterilize or provide wellness services to 45,430 dogs and cats between Jan. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012. The number of animals sterilized included 8,334 that received this service for free because they live in qualifying low-income households. While year-end totals are not yet available, SNAP expects the number of animals helped in 2012 to exceed the 2011 total of 48,392, and our goal for the new Pasadena clinic is to increase the overall number of spay-neuter surgeries we perform by 10,000 per year. Since the inception of SNAP in 1993, the agency has sterilized over 420,000 animals. One is the most important number we can share because all of these larger numbers represent one donor at a time changing the life of one animal at a time.

Each animal spayed or neutered means fewer die on the streets and in our community shelters. And remember, sterilizing animals costs less than rounding them up, housing them, feeding them, killing them, and disposing of their bodies. Spay-neuter is the humane thing to do, but it is also the fiscally responsible thing to do! Please make a donation today!

Animals that won’t be born to die needlessly cannot express their gratitude, so we will say it for them: Thank you for making possible the work SNAP does to fight animal overpopulation!

SNAP is a §501(c)(3) organization.  You may therefore be entitled to a tax deduction for your gift.
 
Come Celebrate the Pasadena Clinic!

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for New Facility Set for January 10, 2013
 
Join us for the grand opening of the Pasadena Clinic on Jan.
Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at the new SNAP clinic at 913 Shaw Ave. in Pasadena, Texas, on January 10, 2013! Visit the clinic webpage to learn more about the new clinic.
Fifteen months ago, the new Pasadena clinic was but a glimmer in the eye of community leaders and the SNAP staff and board of directors. Today it is a fully operational reality, and it is time to celebrate that accomplishment! We cordially invite you to join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration to be held at the clinic on Thursday, January 10, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. The clinic is located at 913 Shaw (one block north of highway 225 and one block west of Pasadena Blvd.). All are welcome, and we especially hope that all of you who supported the project through donations and fundraising efforts will attend.

Honored guests at the event will include Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell, representatives of the South East Harris County Alliance for Animals (SEHCAA), representatives of the Pasadena Animal Control and Adoption Facility, and other members of Pasadena city government. SNAP Executive Director James R. Weedon, D.V.M., will also be recognized, for it is his experienced and guiding hand that has brought the new clinic to fruition so successfully.

Tours of the new facility will be available during the event. Drinks and light nibbles will be provided, and the event will be made all the more festive with music and the sparkling company of you--our wonderful supporters. Please come!
 
Join the SNAP Team for AIDS Walk Houston
AIDS Foundation Houston Selects SNAP as a Beneficiary of Annual Walkathon
 
Click here to join the SNAP team for AIDS Walk Houston 2013!
We are thrilled to announce that AIDS Foundation Houston has selected SNAP as a beneficiary of AIDS Walk Houston 2013. This means SNAP may receive a portion of the funds raised by the event. The SNAP AIDS Walk team has to raise $5,000 in sponsorships to qualify for the funds. If the team succeeds, the animals of people affected by the disease would benefit. These animals need you to join the team to help make it happen.

AIDS Walk Houston is a short five kilometer (3.1 mile) jaunt through Houston’s scenic streets, so it's easy on the feet and good for the heart in more ways than one. It takes place on Sunday, March 10, 2013. The walk starts in Hermann Park Square in front of Houston City Hall in downtown Houston. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., the opening ceremonies are at 9:00 a.m., and the step off is at 10:00 a.m.

If you are unable to walk, you can still help by sponsoring someone else who is walking. Just visit the SNAP team webpage and click on the name of the walker you would like to support. You can make a direct donation instead of sponsoring a specific walker if you prefer. Whether you choose to walk or sponsor, you will be helping SNAP reach its goal. If we succeed, the money raised will help fund the SNAP Animal Aid Program (AAP). The AAP provides free spay-neuter and reduced-cost wellness services for the animals of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Please sign up for the SNAP team or contribute as generously as you can. Your gift may make you eligible for a tax-deduction on your 2013 taxes. Visit the SNAP team page on the AIDS Walk Houston website to sign up to walk or to become a sponsor today.

SNAP wishes to thank AIDS Foundation Houston for its longtime support of SNAP and the Animal Aid Program!
 
Wine, Whiskers, & Woofs
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant Holds Tasting Event for SNAP
 
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 2, 2013 FROM 4-7 P.M. AND WILL TAKE PLACE ONLY AT THE HEIGHTS LOCATION (801 STUDEWOOD ST.). TICKET SALES WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH SONOMA. PLEASE WATCH THE SNAP EVENT CALENDAR FOR UPDATES.

Join us for Wine, Whiskers, & Woofs at Sonoma!
Join us at the Houston Heights location of Sonoma for Wine, Whiskers, & Woofs!
If you enjoy wine, you might want to block out the evening of Saturday, February, 2, 2013, on your calendar. The Houston Heights location of Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant will be holding a tasting event from 4-7 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will be handed over to SNAP. You will get to sample 30 wines with food pairings. Tickets are just $50 per person if bought in advance or $60 per person at the door.

Let them know you have come for the SNAP wine tasting event when you arrive. Sonoma Heights is located at 801 Studewood St., Houston, TX 77007. It's going to be great fun! To order tickets, please call Sonoma at 713-864-9463.

SNAP is grateful to Sonoma for its generosity in holding this wonderful fundraiser for SNAP. We hope to see all of you there!
 
Body3 Fitness Helps You, Animals Too
Fitness Center 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge Helps SNAP Spay-Neuter Programs
 
 
Body3 Fitness Center Your Best Body Challenge benefits SNAP!
If your holiday season included a few too many yummy treats (or you needed to lose a few pounds already), Body3 Fitness Center is ready to help both you and the animals. The 21-day Body3 Fitness 21 Day Fat Loss Challenge offers to help you lose weight, and a percentage of your registration fee comes back to SNAP. The program costs just $97, but you don’t pay until you are convinced that it will work for you.

Body3 Fitness Center (Body3Fit.com) is holding this promotion in order to raise much-needed funds for SNAP spay-neuter operations. The challenge begins on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. with a free kick-off assessment and consultation. The program will include a detailed nutrition guide, group exercise sessions, and a chance to win $250 in Body3 Bucks. There are only 20 spots available, so sign up today! The fitness center is located at 1987 W TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. For more information go to http://body3fit.com/21Day or call Body3 at 713-864-1231.

This is the second time Tom Jackobs, owner and certified fitness coach at Body3 Fitness Center, has benefited SNAP with a weight loss challenge. The first challenge was a great success both for the participants and for SNAP! We are deeply grateful to Mr. Jackobs and Body3 Fitness Center for its continued support of our spay-neuter programs!
 
SNAP Clinic Notes
An Update on Community Support and Program Accomplishments
 
 
Donors drop off towels at the Pasadena Cilnic Towel Drive.
Donors deliver towels to the Pasadena Clinic. The towel drive was a great success with Texas Textile Services donating 300 towels in addition to those given by the community.
The holidays are a time for giving, and Texas Textile Services and Animal Emergency Clinic North East have been doing more of their fair share lately. The City of Pasadena recently sponsored a towel drive to help gather towels for the new SNAP Pasadena clinic. Towels are a critical resource in the operation of a spay-neuter clinic, and we go through them like tissues. Once the towel drive was announced, the wonderful people at Texas Textile Services heard about it and came up with a donation of 300 towels. These, along with the towels donated by the community, will provide a much needed supply for the new clinic. SNAP is grateful to Texas Textile Services for its generosity and to the city of Pasadena and to all of you who participated in the drive.

The Houston mobile clinic has been similarly blessed with critical assistance in the form of veterinary support. It is rare that a situation arises that the mobile clinic is not equipped to handle, but occasionally it happens. When it does, the veterinarian onboard may need to call on assistance from a full service veterinary clinic. While some clinics might see this as an opportunity to cash in, Lisa Linton, D.V.M.; Laddie Van Dyke, D.V.M.; and Virginia Groemminger, D.V.M. at Animal Emergency Clinic North East have not. Recognizing that those who use the SNAP mobile clinic are financially disadvantaged,, they have kept their fees as low as possible when providing such assistance. SNAP is grateful to these veterinarians and commends them for making the health of the animals their primary concern. Animal Emergency Clinic North East is located at 10205 Birchridge Dr., in Humble, Texas.

The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic continued its trips to Laredo on Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4, 2012. A total of 34 animals were sterilized on Monday, and 31 more were sterilized on Tuesday. Monday’s total included nine female dogs, seven male dogs, 15 female cats, and three male cats. Tuesday’s total included 10 female dogs, six male dogs, eight female cats, and seven male cats. All told, the population of animals producing unwanted offspring was reduced by 65 animals. That’s a great accomplishment for two days work!

Finally, we reported last month on a visit the San Antonio mobile clinic made to Linton Elementary School for a career day event. Below are some photographs we would like to share from that event.
 
SNAP visits Linton Elementary School for a career day event.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Houston, TX
  SNAP Pasadena Clinic Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Join us from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the newest SNAP clinic!
Friday, January 11, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Body3 Fitness 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge
SNAP benefits if you sign up for this fat reduction program, and the first session is FREE!
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Wine, Whiskers, & Woofs
Both Houston locations of Sonoma host this wine tasting event benefiting SNAP.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Miss Purrrfect 2013
Ladies who are not exactly what they seem compete to become Miss Purrrfect at this fundraiser.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - Houston, TX
  AIDS Walk Houston 2013
Sign up to walk with the SNAP team or sponsor a walker to help the SNAP Animal Aid Program.

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Hello Darlings!

People have told me I do go on about rabies a bit, but shocking events that recently took place in the Texas town of Mount Vernon illustrate why I think it is so important that you be well informed. This month’s letter from Mowgli, a self-described mutt from Mount Vernon, provides a grim report:
 
Dear Hedda,
 
I am writing to let you know that my human family took me to be vaccinated against rabies yesterday. I am sad to say it wasn’t because you frequently urged people to do so in your column. It was because of a horrible incident that took place here in Mount Vernon. There was this family with several dogs, and one of the dogs became aggressive and started attacking the other dogs. The family called the county animal control office, which told them to take the dog into their regular vet. It was the weekend, so they took the animal to Robertson-Dunn Veterinary Services--a local veterinary clinic--on Monday. Dr. Dunn immediately determined that the dog had a "full blown" case of rabies. The dog had to be euthanized immediately because once the disease becomes active, there is no possibility of survival. According to Dr. Dunn, "You die a slow, painful death." Because this dog had attacked the other family dogs, they all had to be euthanized as well! Making matters worse, every member of the family must now have post-exposure vaccinations to ensure that they are not afflicted with the disease. Those vaccinations cost $12,000 per person. So for the lack of a relatively inexpensive vaccination, a family has now lost all of its beloved doggies and has been hit with crushing medical expenses for themselves.
 
Hedda, you go right on badgering your readers about getting rabies vaccinations for their dogs (and cats too). While the chance of an animal becoming infected may seem remote, should it happen, the emotional and financial costs are staggering.
 
Sign me
Melancholy Mowgli
 
Dear Melancholy,
 
I can’t explain the terrible details of an active case of rabies any better than you have, so I will let your story tell the tale. There is simply no good reason not to keep every animal in your household vaccinated against this heart (and bank) breaking disease. If you live near a SNAP clinic, it can do the job in short order, and the cost is minimal ,as Mowgli rightly points out. You don’t even need an appointment. Just look up the wellness schedule for the clinic near you. If you do not live near a SNAP clinic, for heaven’s sake don’t let that be an excuse. Find a veterinary clinic near you, and get those furry friends protected. The consequences should the worst come to pass are too devastating to consider. Tell ‘em Hedda said so!
 
Complete details about this unfortunate incident can be found in a story by Lou Antonelli on the website of The Daily Tribune in Mount Pleasant, TX.
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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:

    BP Fabric of America, $300
 
Here She Comes, Miss Purrrfect 2013!
LGBT Community Event Raises Funds for SNAP Animal Aid Program
  
Jenna Skyy will be a special guest at Miss Purrrfect 2013.
If you are a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or if you just enjoy being lavishly entertained by fierce ladies who aren’t exactly what they appear to be, you won’t want to miss Miss Purrrfect 2013!  This (adult-oriented) LGBT drag pageant pits contestants against one another in several categories of competition with the winner taking home the title of Miss Purrrfect 2013. It’s not an empty title though; the winner commits to producing another fundraiser for SNAP during the year of her reign.

The host of Miss Purrrfect 2013 will be Miss Gay Texas America Kara Dion, and the event will feature an appearance by special guest Jenna Skyy of Dallas, Texas.

There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door, but of course your favorite performers will all accept additional donations as a sign of your appreciation. Either way (or both) every penny raised will be donated to the SNAP Animal Aid Program. It all goes down at FBAR, located at 202 Tuam St. in Houston, TX, on Sunday, January 27, 2013, 7-10:30 p.m. Miss Purrrfect 2013 is presented by Spin Sisters Productions. Event sponsors include FBAR and Michael Andrews Photography.

SNAP is most grateful to Spin Sisters Productions, FBAR, Michael Andrews Photography, Kara Dion, Jenna Skye, Gia Elektra-Dion, and all of the contestants who are giving of their time and effort to make this event happen. May the most purrrfect woman prevail!
 
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Dear Readers,

Early last month, MSN posted a list of the most influential cats of 2012 on its MSN now website. Madame Astro did not make the list. Needless to say, I found that a bit of a shock, but what’s worse is they did not even consult moi with regard to who should have been on that list. Don’t think for a minute that I intend to let that little slight go unaddressed! Here, therefore, is my very own list of the top ten most influential cats of 2012. (Note that only four of them made MSN’s top ten while two appeared further down its list. Clearly their judgment in these matters is suspect!)

10. Venus - This exotic looking feline is number 10 on my top ten list, and she was number 10 on the MSN list as well. What makes her so special? She has a tortoise shell coat, but her face is almost perfectly divided down the middle with one side being yellow and the other side black. She presents an arresting visage to be certain!

9. Tom Catsidy - Tom is one cool cat. How many cats do you know who have their own page on Facebook? Tom Catsidy does, and he rose to this lofty station after being down and out on the street. Yes, Tom was abandoned, but he was taken in by a guy named Bill who gave him not only a home but also his very own claim to Internet fame. Tom uses his Facebook presence to provide a little wisdom, a little humor, a little education, and a little insight about what the life of a rescued kitty can be like.

8. Shishi-Maru - If you read my column last month, you might recall that I discussed the many ways that cats and humans are alike. If you’re the kind of person who comprehends things better visually, you might want to look up Shishi-Maru. This feline has become an Internet phenomenon precisely because of her human-like mannerisms. The folks at MSN would seem to agree that Shishi-Maru is something special. She’s number four on its list.

7. Hank - Before we go on, I want to tell you about a fellow named Hank who ran for the U.S. Senate in the state of Virginia this year. He came in third. That’s not bad for a relative unknown, and it’s pretty amazing when you consider that Hank is a cat. On the other hand, considering the state of the U.S. government, perhaps Hank should run again in 2016. Hank made number 13 on MSN’s list.

6. Oskar - Oskar is an ordinary kitten. He enjoys playing with plants, battling hair dryers, and generally scampering about being a happy kitty. There is just one thing special about Oskar. He’s blind. If you think this might slow him down a bit, you would be wrong. A video of Oskar was the grand prize winner in "The Friskies" cat video contest! You can see that video on Oskar’s website--and many more of him on his Youtube channel. Oskar made number eight on the MSN list.

5. Colonel Meow - If you have ever seen Colonel Meow, you will know that he is one imperious kitty. Just one look will tell you that he is clearly the lord of all he surveys. Some believe him evil, but I believe he is simply blessed with a splash of DNA from Genghis Kahn. It has made him a Facebook sensation in any case. While some feline fans may consider his stern demeanor detrimental to friendly relations between humans and cats, I think it's always good to have a slightly scary representative amongst the diplomatic corps. His popularity landed him in position number five on the MSN list.

4. Anakin - If you do not know the story of Anakin, prepare to be enchanted. Why? Because Anakin is also known as the Two-Legged Miracle Cat. Anakin was born with no hind legs. Like Oskar, the blind kitten, Anakin doesn’t seem to know that he is handicapped. He had some serious and life-threatening complications from his condition early in his life, but it has only made him seem to appreciate life all the more. We could all learn a lesson from Anakin. He placed number six on the MSN list.

3. Seither - Seither was the Pasadena feline winner of our very own Tails of Three Cities t-shirt contest. That means he brought in more votes than any other cat in Pasadena, and those votes meant dollars for our spay-neuter programs. We think preventing the birth of other cats (and dogs) who would face life unwanted and unloved is pretty influential, don’t you?

2. Cannoli of King William - Cannoli was the San Antonio winner of our t-shirt contest, but wait, there’s more. Cannoli is also a fixture on Facebook and, more importantly, the spokescat of The Cannoli Fund, a nonprofit "that helps animals in the King William and Lavaca neighborhoods in San Antonio." This kitty’s philanthropic efforts seem know no bounds. That makes Cannoli of King Wiliam one happening cat.

1. Meercat - Despite the name, this is no mere cat! Meercat was the Houston winner of the 2012 Tails of Three Cities t-shirt contest, and he placed 2nd in The Humane Society of the United States photo contest this year. Like Seither and Cannoli (and our canine friends Tripod, Dougie, and Suzie), Meercat has raised funds to help prevent other animals from being born unwanted. Therefore, all of them have been immortalized in fabulous artwork by Houston artist April Murphy. This artwork appears on the newest SNAP t-shirts. They are available for purchase on the SNAP website while supplies last.

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“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
 

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