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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue April 1, 2013
- 9,018 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Feb. 28,

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
Don’t Miss the Steele Red Carpet!
"Deception" Actor Wes Brown and Other Celebrities Appear at SNAP Benefit
Some of the celebrities you will see at Steele Red Carpet!
Don’t miss the Steele Red Carpet Party--an exclusive benefit for SNAP--where more than 20 rising stars from the world of television, film, and music will walk the red carpet! Actor Wes Brown from the NBC series "Deception" will be the guest of honor. Brown has also appeared in a recurring role on the HBO series "True Blood," which won him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Tickets are on sale now on the SNAP website!

The Steele Red Carpet Party is presented as a benefit for SNAP by Star Motor Cars, a Houston dealer for Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Lotus, Aston Martin, and Maybach automobiles. Star has assembled a stellar list of special guests:
    Brian Angel - "Made" (MTV TV series), R&B Singer
    Charnele Brown - "A Different World" (NBC TV series)
    Anton Diether - Film and TV Screenwriter
    Alan Duhon - Country Music Singer
    Actress Brie Eley - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC TV series)
    Tara Brivic - "Totally T-Boz" (TLC TV series)
    Eryn L. Davis - "The Starving Games" (film)
    Jill Gambaro - Film Producer
    Landon Gimenez - "The Returned" (USA TV series)
    Grant Goodman - "GI Joe 2" (film) and "The Candidate" (film)
    Pam Green - "American Reunion" (latest installment of "American Pie" franchise)
    Alltrina Grayson - R&B Singer
    Joe Grisafi - "In a Madman’s World" (film)
    Carver Irish - Film Director and Screenwriter
    Dave Maldonado - "Tremé" (HBO TV series) (TNT TV series)
    Ernie Manouse - "Inner Views with Ernie Manouse" (PBS TV series)
    Kalon McMahon - "Bachelor Pad" and "The Bachelorette" (ABC TV series)
    Michelle Mower - Film and TV Writer, Director, and Producer
    Patrick Sane - "Breaking Bad" (AMC TV series)
    Brian Thornton - "Dallas" (TNT TV series) and "Sin City 2" (film)
    Matthew Wagner - "The Starving Games" (film)
    Miri Wilkins - Director of "Kilometre 0" (film)
The Masters of Ceremonies will be entertainment reporter Ruben Dominguez of Fox 26 News and Dave Morales of 104 KRBE-FM. The host and co-host for the party are Karen Steele and Dustin Price, respectively.
Tickets for this star-studded soiree are just $125 per person. The evening will conclude with a patron’s after party at a John Daughtery Realty luxury home, which is $200 per person. Tickets for both events can be bought for $300. Tickets for the afterparty are extremely limited. Purchase your tickets today! Beverages are being provided by Faust Distributing and Cru Wine Bar. The party takes place on Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. at Star Motor Cars, which is located at 7000 Old Katy Rd in Houston, Texas 77024.
The Host Committee for this event includes Dr. Penelope and Mr. Lester Marks, Erica Gillum, Kelly Amen, Sir Mark Haukohl, Tama Lundquist, Tena Faust, James Phelan, Catherine Anspon, Anna Kaplan, and Kristen Bredenhoft.
SNAP is immensely grateful to Star Motor Cars, John Daughtery Realty, Cru Wine Bar, Faust Distributing, Ruben Dominguez, Dave Morales, Karen Steele, Dustin Price, and all of the fabulous celebrities who are coming together to create this wonderful benefit for SNAP!
Jewelry Retailer Kendra Scott Gives Back

Help SNAP while Enjoying Wine, Cheese, and Shopping If You Please
Kendra Scott gives back with a special sale benefiting SNAP.
Kendra Scott, the nationwide jewelry retailer, is hosting a Kendra Gives Back Party to raise much needed funds for SNAP spay-neuter programs on April 4, 2013. You will enjoy wine and cheese while you shop, and when you are done, 20 percent of your total purchase will be donated to SNAP.

The party runs from 5 to 7 pm at the Kendra Scott Houston store located in Rice Village. The address is 2411 Times Blvd., Suite 120, Houston, TX 77005.

SNAP is sincerely grateful to Kendra Scott and the staff and management of the Rice Village location for supporting our efforts to bring spay-neuter to the animals of households that would otherwise be unable to afford it.
Volunteers Rock Bayou City Art Festival
Spring Festival an Awesome Fundraising Success Thanks to You!
Hardworking volunteers who helped make the festival a succes
Some of the hard working volunteers who helped make the 2013 spring Bayou City Art Festival a success. The money they raised will go to fund SNAP spay-neuter programs.
The weekend was by turns overcast, drippy, and gloriously beautiful, but through fair weather or foul, you turned out and turned it on to make the spring Bayou City Art Festival an unqualified success! We thank all of you who kindly gave of your time and energy to serve beverages to a festive festival crowd. It wasn’t just for fun; it was to raise funds needed to help SNAP continue preventing the birth of unwanted dogs and cats, and that it did. It is too early to know how much was raised, but it looks good! You really brought the enthusiasm too, and that was much appreciated. SNAP will receive a percentage of total sales and all of the tips that were collected. The money you worked so hard to raise will support our mobile clinic programs, which provide free spay-neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations to animals from qualifying low-income households.

Lest you believe your only accomplishment was raising money, realize that you also raised awareness of the problem of animal overpopulation among festival visitors. It is impossible for attendees to see all those SNAP t-shirts, hats, signs, and compassionate faces without realizing there is an important cause behind it. Many times we have received donations and served clients who have told us they first learned of us by seeing our volunteers hard at work at the Bayou City Art Festival.

The semi-annual festival is our single largest volunteer effort of the year. It would be an impossible task if not for you, our wonderful volunteers. SNAP is once again humbled by your powerful support and grateful to both you and the Bayou City Art Festival for standing behind our mission to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.
Team SNAP Raises $9,457 for AIDS Walk
AIDS Foundation Houston Event Returns Funds to SNAP Animal Aid Program
Members of Team SNAP Faced Fierce Rains at AIDS Walk Houston
Two members of Team SNAP brave the inclement weather at AIDS Walk Houston. Despite the rain, the team raised nearly $9,500.
Torrential rains soaked many members of Team SNAP at the 2013 Houston AIDS Walk, but the inclement weather could not dampen their spirits. The team blew by its initial fundraising goal of $5,000 early on and then blew by a secondary goal of $7,500. A total of $9,457 had been raised by the day of the walk, but with donations and matching gifts still coming in, the final total could go even higher.

SNAP was chosen by AIDS Foundation Houston as a beneficiary of the 2013 Houston AIDS Walk, which means funds raised by the team will come back to SNAP to help fund the Animal Aid Program (AAP). The AAP provides free spay-neuter and reduced-cost wellness services for dogs and cats living with those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The top ten fundraisers on Team SNAP were:

    Melissa Wedding
    Diane Caplan
    Linné Girouard
    Cassie Manley
    Melanie Root
    Kate Smargiasso
    Gil Lizalde
    Tom Robinson
    Trish Cormier
    Aubrey Swanson

SNAP is deeply grateful to every member of the team and to AIDS Foundation Houston for making SNAP a beneficiary of the event.
Animals Triumphant at Pucks and Paws
SNAP Spreads the Word about Spay-Neuter at Hockey Team’s Animal Welfare Event
Arlette talks to Moxie's guardians about spay-neuter surgery
SNAP staffer Arlette Huerta talks to Moxy's guardians about spay-neuter. Moxy is already spayed, but the family was seeking an appointment for their other dog.
The San Antonio Rampage hockey team was defeated, alas, in the Pucks and Paws night contest with the Oklahoma City Barons, but the evening was still a win for the animals. Dedicated team members of SNAP San Antonio staffed a booth at the Rampage’s Annual Pucks and Paws Hockey Game on Sunday, March 10, 2013, to educate attendees on the importance of spay-neuter and to provide information on other services SNAP provides. SNAP was one of 14 non-profit animal welfare organizations who adorned the hallways of the AT&T Center stadium for the event. SNAP staff present for the event included Naomi Turner, D.V.M., and Arelette Huerta. SNAP spay-neuter public service announcements were broadcast on the AT&T Center’s "Jumbotron" during halftime--further spreading the word about the single best way to fight animal overpopulation.

Pucks and Paws was sponsored by the San Antonio organization "Talk About It," which has adopted the goal of making San Antonio a no-kill city. The Rampage organization donated $5 to Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW) for each "dog ticket" purchased. AAPAW is a coalition of animal welfare organizations in the San Antonio area whose mission is "to help bring animal welfare organizations, veterinarians, and the community together in partnership to improve the lives of animals in the San Antonio area."
San Antonio Mobile Clinic Visits Eagle Pass
Two Day Trip Results in Sterilization of 55 Dogs and Cats
Snowball (right) and her brother aboard the mobile clinic.
Snowball (right) and her brother share a cage on the SNAP mobile clinic while the male dog waits to have surgery. Snowball was discovered to have already been spayed.
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic visited the town of Eagle Pass on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, to conduct a two-day spay-neuter clinic. A total of 55 animals were spayed and neutered during the event: 30 animals on Monday and 25 more on Tuesday. The total would have been 56 animals, except that one animal, a dog named Snowball, turned out to already be spayed. Eagle-eyed veterinary technician Jennifer Granado spotted the surgical scar from the previous surgery prior to administering anesthesia to the pup. Snowball was therefore just along for the ride and to provide company for her brother--who was neutered on the same day.

There is no stationary veterinary facility in Eagle Pass. The closest clinics are in Uvalde, which is over 60 miles away. There is a mobile veterinarian who provides wellness services, but she does not perform spay-neuter surgeries. This mobile clinic visit thus provided a vital service for the animals in the area. A nonprofit group called Project Companion hosted the event. This is the first clinic that the organization has sponsored.

SNAP is grateful to Project Companion for organizing the event and the citizens of Eagle Pass for turning out with their animals. Together, we have reduced the number of unwanted dogs and cats that will be born in the community in the future.
Texas Young Professionals Raise $1,000+
San Antonio Chapter Meeting Benefits SNAP through Charity Raffle and Donations
Texas Young Professionals Present a Check to Lawler and Turn
Members of Texas Young Professionals present a donation check to SNAP San Antonio's Mary K. Lawler, D.V.M. (5th from left) and Naomi Turner, D.V.M. (3rd from left) at their monthly meeting.
The San Antonio chapter of the Texas Young Professionals organization raised $1,001.28 during its March monthly meeting to benefit SNAP. The group benefits a different charity at each of its monthly meetings. The funds were raised through the combination of a charity raffle and individual donations. The meeting was held at Silo Elevated Cuisine in Alamo Heights on Wednesday, March 13, 2012.

San Antonio Chief of Staff Mary K. Lawler, D.V.M., spoke to the group, which numbered approximately 200 professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs. She was accompanied at the meeting by Dr. Naomi Turner, D.V.M.--a SNAP San Antonio staff veterinarian. Dr. Turner also staffed a SNAP booth during the event to provide attendees with information about SNAP and the services it provides in San Antonio.

SNAP is grateful to Texas Young Professionals for making the agency the beneficiary of its March meeting and for its outstanding support of our efforts.
SNAP Staff Supports Petco 5K9 Walk/Run
Veterinarian Naomi Turner and Several Vet Techs Provide Veterinary Aid to Animals
Naomi Turner, D.V.M., tends Tex the beagle who suffered a bite wound.
SNAP veterinarian Naomi Turner, D.V.M, tends Tex the beagle. Turner and veterinary technicians from Palo Alto Community College provided veterinary support the the dog walk/run event.
Naomi Turner, D.V.M., from SNAP San Antonio and several veterinary technicians from Palo Alto Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program provided veterinary support during the recent Petco 5K9 Walk/Run. The team operated a veterinary aid station for dogs participating in the walk/run event and provided water for thirsty pooches. The first injury of the day was a beagle named "Tex," who had his right ear bandaged by Dr. Turner and the technicians after suffering a bite wound. He recovered quickly and was able to complete the 1-mile walk with his guardian.

The Petco 5K9 Walk/Run included a 5k run, a 1-mile walk, and a health and fitness expo for people and pets.  The event benefited the Petco Foundation. The mission of the March 10 event was "to promote healthy, fit lifestyles across the country while raising funds for animal welfare." It all took place at Petco Headquarters on Richland Hills Dr. in San Antonio.

Upcoming SNAP Events
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Kendra Gives Back Party
National jewelry retailer Kendra Scott benefits SNAP with party and sale at Rice Village store.
Friday, April 19, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Steele Red Carpet Party
Meet "Deception" actor Wes Brown and other stars at this benefit for SNAP at Star Motor Cars.

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Hello Darlings!

We of the canine species certainly are lucky that humans take such a shine to us. Where would we be without the food, shelter, veterinary care, and (best of all) love that you provide? Unfortunately, we know what happens to dogs who are deprived of these things--which is the whole reason SNAP does what it does! I digress, however. I will let this month’s letter from Cora, a Collie-Chow mix from Cloverleaf, get us back on track by turning the tables on our original question.

Dear Hedda,

I sure love my human family. They do so much for me. They feed me when I’m hungry, they play with me when I’m frisky, they take care of me when I’m sick, and they shower me with affection pretty much all the time! That got me to wondering: what do I do for them? I quickly realized I couldn’t think of a single thing. This has me perplexed and a little forlorn, Hedda. I would hate to think that for all the wonderful things my humans do for me, I do nothing in return for them. Please tell me I’m wrong.

Sign me,

Dear Super Dog,

You are absolutely not superfluous. Dogs have been invaluable to humans historically, and they continue to be so today, though sometimes for different reasons. Thousands of years ago, humans realized that dogs were good companions. Not only could we provide company and a bit of levity now and then; we were also very useful in the hunt for food. Furthermore, our keen senses of smell and hearing made us great sentries. We were able to sound the alarm well before humans even realized danger was approaching. The passage of centuries saw us fall into other roles as work animals. Some dogs served as pack animals or pulled small carts. Others were valued for their ability to herd sheep, cattle, and other livestock.

You may be thinking, that’s all well and good, but I’m a city dog. I don’t work to earn my keep? What good am I? This is where those different reasons I mentioned above come into play. Did you know that humans who have dogs get more exercise on a statistical basis than those who don’t? More exercise means better health. They also get out of the house and socialize more. (Few places are better for getting to know fellow dog lovers than your local bark park.) Petting a dog has been shown to trigger the release of a hormone in both humans and dogs that reduces stress levels.

Finally, if you realized a stranger was trying to break into your family’s house, what would you do? You would bark like crazy, of course, both to discourage the potential intruder and to sound the alarm. So see, while the world has changed in a lot of ways, humans still value us for one of the very first things they realized we were good for: protecting hearth and home. 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:

    Selz Foundation, $12,000
    Corridor Rescue, $3,049
Valero Employee Holds "Wish List" Drive
Lisa Short of San Antonio Collects Boxes of Much Needed Supplies from Co-workers
Lisa Short's "Wish List" drive produced ample clinic supplies.
Lisa Short, an employee of the Valero Corporation in San Antonio, Texas, took it upon herself to start a "wish list" drive for the SNAP San Antonio Clinic and has delivered box after box of much needed supplies. She has brought multiple boxes--as many as five at a time--to the clinic during each weekend of the multi-week drive. Each box has been stuffed with items listed on the clinic’s wish list, which appears on the SNAP website. Donations of these items is especially valuable because it means the money that would have otherwise been spent to buy them can now be used for spaying and neutering.

SNAP is sincerely grateful to Ms. Short for her kind generosity and the thoughtful initiative she showed in organizing and conducting the drive to help the dogs and cats of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Dr. Turner Speaks to "House of Teens"
SNAP Veterinarian Provides Career Guidance and Education to Members
Dr. Naomi Turner recently spoke to the "House of Teens&
SNAP San Antonio veterinarian Naomi Turner visited the "House of Teens" afterschool program on Monday, February 18, 2013, to provide guidance to participating youth interested in pursuing veterinary careers. She also educated them--and all of the young people present--about the value of spay-neuter in preventing animal overpopulation. The group included students from 6th grade through 12th grade. The "House of Teens" is a program of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which is located at 2802 W. Salinas St. in San Antonio.

SNAP is grateful to the church for giving us the opportunity to talk to the group and wishes all of the students success in their future endeavors..
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Dear Readers,

The calendar says it is spring, even if the weather isn't entirely in agreement. Still, our attention turns to spring cleaning, home and garden improvements, and getting our four-footed friends ready to face the joys and hazards of summer. You may be thinking this month’s column will address the last of these, but... April Fools! It will address all of them and more. How can this be, you ask? It is because all of these things carry a risk to the feline and canine members of your household. Those clever people over at Rodale have put together a list of the top ten most common sources of poisoning to domestic animals, and this month we share it to help you keep your beloved animal friends safe:

10. Paint - A fresh coat of paint sure makes a room look great, but it can be a hazardous improvement for your furry pals and even for you. Many paints contain deadly ingredients--especially so if they are designed for special conditions such as preventing mildew. Buy no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints to help prevent inadvertent poisoning. Store paints and other chemicals in an outbuilding if possible or at least as far as possible from the living areas of your home.

9. Lawn chemicals - Fertilizers and weed killers can give you a lovely green lawn, but they can be dangerous for animals and nearly impossible to avoid when freshly applied. Worse, the effects of exposure can take years to become manifest and often do so in the form of cancer. Be sure to read label instructions and follow them carefully.  Keep your animals away from recently treated areas, or better yet, learn to love the variety of plants that grow when you let nature have its way. A weed, after all, is simply a plant that is unwanted.

8. Glow jewelry - Headed to any spring festivals this year? If you are, be sure to corral those glow necklaces, bracelets, pins, and other items away from the reach of your cats and dogs when you return home. The chemicals inside are not generally considered poisonous, but they taste hideous and can actually provoke panic in an animal that bites into an object containing them. As you may already know, a whole different set of dangers threaten an animal in the grip of panic.

7. Rodenticides - Rodenticide is just a fancy word for rat and mouse poison. What’s poisonous for them is usually poisonous for cats and dogs as well. Simple enough, is it not? If you must use these products, take steps to prevent your animals from getting anywhere near them and remove them as soon as the undesirable critters are gone. Consider kenneling your furry friends--or leaving them with a friend--until the products have done their jobs and can be removed.

6. Cleaning supplies - Many cleansers are poisonous to both animals and humans. Take the time to read labels when purchasing these products and opt for those that present less risk. Always use them according to directions and keep them put away where cats and dogs cannot get to them when not in use. Consider using natural cleansers where possible. White vinegar works great for cleaning glass, ceramic tile, and similar non-stone surfaces. Not sure where you can use vinegar? Reader’s Digest has a list of 150 jobs where it does a dandy job.

5. Flea and tick products - How could flea and tick products be the fifth leading cause of poisoning among animals they are intended to protect? It boils down to three things: using a preventative intended for another species, individual sensitivities, and failure to follow label directions. Formulations are different for cats versus dogs. Don’t use a product intended for one on the other. A given animal may be sensitive to the ingredients in a given product, so watch for reactions when using a new product. Dosage and placement (in the case of externally applied products) can be critical.

4. Lilies - Lilies are beautiful but highly poisonous, especially to cats. Do not bring them into your home if you have cats that live or come indoors. Avoid planting them in your yard if you care for any felines that live outdoors. Cats love to chew on plants, and they can’t always tell the difference between those that are safe and those that are deadly. Lilies may be pretty, but the risk of having them in proximity to your kitty (or kitties) is simply not worth it.

3. Xylitol - No, xylitol is not what xylophones are made of. It’s an artificial sweetener used in sugarless chewing gum, toothpaste, and other products. We’re throwing a lifeline to our canine friends on this one because the danger it presents is primarily to them. If you drop a piece of sugarless gum, make sure you find it before your doggie does, and store all xylitol containing products where poochie cannot reach them.

2. Human foods - Everyone should know this by now, but if everyone did it wouldn’t it be the second leading cause of animal poisoning. Many things that are perfectly safe for humans are anything but for dogs and cats. Chocolate is deadly for dogs and cats. Alcohol is as well. Many dogs suffer kidney failure from ingesting grapes and raisins. Tuna made for cats is fine, but tuna sold for humans can trigger a painful inflammatory disease called steatitis. The list goes on and on. The best way to be safe is to give your animals foods made specifically for them. If you choose to do otherwise, do your research so you don’t inadvertently injure or kill them.

1. Human pills - Is it any surprise that human medications pose the number one risk to animals? The human body can tolerate many drugs that cats and dogs cannot, and dosages of those we can tolerate are typically much smaller given the relative differences in body mass. Please be careful with your medications--prescription and otherwise. Keep close track of them, store them where your animals cannot get to them, and if you drop one, do everything possible to locate it and dispose of it before a furry friend can get to it. It could well be a matter of life and death!

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