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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
September 1, 2013
 
- 33,538 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Jul. 31,
2013.
 

SNAP has sterilized over
445,000

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
 
It's Time to Strut Your Mutt!
Join SNAP for Best Friends Dog-Walkathon on Saturday, September 21, 2013
 
Strut Your Mutt on Sept. 21, 2013,  to help the animals!
Mutts will Strut! Will you be there? Click to sign up!
Strut Your Mutt is just three weeks away! If you’ve already joined the SNAP Pack, there is still time for a final fundraising push to raise more for our deserving canine and feline friends. If you’re not on the SNAP Pack, sign up today! There is still time to join the team for the dog walk-a-thon event, which is sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society.

To sign up, just visit the SNAP Dog Pack page, click the button near the top right corner that says "Join this dog pack," and fill out the registration form. In the "role" section, be sure to select "Join a Dog Pack (existing team)" and then--under the heading "Network Partner Dog Packs"--select "Spay-Neuter Assistance Program" as the organization you wish to support.

The registration fee depends on several factors, but every cent you raise--including your entire registration fee--comes back to help fund SNAP efforts such as our mobile clinic programs. (Full details about registration fees can be found on the event registration page.)

Once you have registered, just sign up a few sponsors, and show up to walk! If you can’t make it that day, you can still participate by signing up for the virtual walk! Those who do walk will receive an event t-shirt. (Virtual participants do not receive a t-shirt.) T-shirts aside, you will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that your caring efforts have helped prevent precious animals from suffering needless deaths. Isn't that reason enough to take part? The choice to help is yours, of course, but we hope to see you there. Sign up today!

The event takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Houston's TC Jester Park. Check-in and on-site registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The walk itself begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be a festival after the walk. The park is located at 4201 West T.C. Jester Blvd., Houston, TX 77018.
 
Everybody Was Kung Fu…

Popular Houston Watering Hole Holds Happy Hour Benefit for SNAP
 
Kung Fu chillax at the Kung Fu Saloon happy hour for SNAP!
Everybody will be kung fu “chilling” on Thursday, September 19, 2013, when the Kung Fu Saloon holds a happy hour benefit for SNAP. The popular Houston drinkery offers a relaxing atmosphere, and 15 percent of all sales made between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. will go to SNAP. The proceeds will, of course, go to help fund our spay-neuter programs.

The management of Kung Fu Saloon, which is at 5317 Washington Avenue, describes the establishment as “featuring a theme that’s part vintage arcade, part sports bar, and part late night dance party.” The place is dog friendly too. Your canine friend(s) are welcome to come along and hang out with you on the pub’s porch!

The benefit takes place just two days before the Strut Your Mutt dog-walkathon (see separate story in this issue). With “expert timing” like that, it’s perfect for kicking off our participation in that event. Whether you are walking or not, we invite you to come out, meet your fellow SNAP supporters, and get your “chillax” on!
 
Art Festival or Heart Festival?
Volunteer for the Bayou City Art Festival and Let Your Love Flow… to the Animals!
 
Let love flow for the animals. Click HERE to volunteer!
Uncle SNAP wants YOU to let your love for the animals flow by volunteering at the fall Bayou City Art Festival on Oct. 12 and 13. Call or email our volunteer coordinator (713-862-3863 x210) today to sign up!
If your heart is full of love for our furry friends, let your love flow by volunteering for the Bayou City Art Festival! The animals are depending on YOU to help make the fall festival a fundraising success. It's our biggest volunteer fundraising event of the year, and we need hundreds of helping hands to serve icy beverages to thirsty festival guests.

In return for your hard work, the festival lets SNAP keep all of the tips you receive and donates a substantial percentage of sales as well. Between the spring and fall festivals, SNAP typically nets somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 a year thanks to your compassion and hard (but fun) work!

The festival takes place on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2013. We ask that you commit to work one or more shifts of four to six hours. Because alcoholic beverages are served, all volunteers must be at least 18. No mixing of drinks is required.

You are free to spend the rest of your day roaming the festival because admission to the festival is included on the day you volunteer. That's a $15 value! You will also receive a free t-shirt, which we ask that you wear during your shift(s). Please volunteer as early as possible so we can be sure to have your size available.

  BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL
AVAILABLE SHIFTS
(Hours are the same both days)
 
  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 

To volunteer, please email volunteer@snapus.org or call 713-862-3863 x210 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Be ready to tell us which day and shift(s) you would be willing to work and your t-shirt size.


Thanks to all of you who have participated in the festival in the past. Your efforts have helped prevent the needless suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas. We look forward to seeing you again and meeting new volunteers as well. Please volunteer today!
 
Join Us at San Antonio Run & Walk for AIDS
SNAP San Antonio Mobile Clinic and Staff Attending Event to Support SAAF and Educate
 
Drop by and see us at the SAAF Run & Walk for AIDS!
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic will at the San Antonio Run & Walk for AIDS to support the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and to provide information on spay-neuter and SNAP programs. The event takes place at the Mission Reach River Extension of the Blue Star Complex in San Antonio 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Come meet our staff and learn more about the importance of spay-neuter and how SNAP is working to prevent the needless deaths of animals born unwanted.

The event begins and ends at the Blue Star Complex in the King William District.  There is a five kilometer run beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a two-mile walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. There will be music, booths, and activities located at Blue Star's south end parking lot. If you would like to participate, you can sign up on the SAAF website.

The Run & Walk for AIDS was founded in 1991 in what was formally known as Walk for Life. Each year, hundreds of South Texans gather to celebrate life and to raise funds for SAAF. The Run & Walk for AIDS promotes awareness and generates funds that allow SAAF to continue its pursuit of providing compassionate medical care and social services to people with HIV/AIDS and to help prevent the spread of HIV through education and free HIV testing. It also provides a venue for the community to learn about related services, such as SNAP, that may be helpful to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

This is a day for family, friends, co-workers, and even pets to join in and support SAAF while promoting community awareness. Several hundred people participated last year, and SAAF is anticipating a significant increase in attendance for 2013. We hope to see you there!
 
SNAP Staffers Volunteer at Navajo Nation
San Antonio Team Members Assist with Soul Dog Spay-Neuter Clinic
 
 
SNAP vet tech Jennifer Granado (right) preps clinic for surg
SNAP Veterinary Techician Jennifer Granado (right) helps prep a surgical room for the Navajo Nation spay-neuter day organized by Soul Dog Rescue. Granado volunteered for the event with SNAP San Antonio Chief of Staff Mary Kate Lawler and Veterinary Technician Tonia Floresvega.
Three SNAP San Antonio staffers recently traveled to the Navajo Nation reservation near Chinle, Arizona, to participate in a spay-neuter clinic conducted by Soul Dog Rescue, a local nonprofit organization. Chief of Staff Mary Kate Lawler, D.V.M, and Veterinary Technicians Jennifer Granado and Tonia Floresvega volunteered their energy and professional expertise to help Soul Dog provide sterilization surgeries for 103 animals during the course of the two-day event. The clinic took place on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Soul Dog works with animal guardians on Native American reservations in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. It educates them about the value and importance of spay-neuter and encourages them to have their own dogs sterilized. It usually refers them to other local agencies for the surgery, but in this instance it teamed up with the volunteers from SNAP to conduct its own clinic. Soul Dog scheduled the event and made the surgery appointments. Technicians Granado and Floresvega prepared the animals for the operations, and Dr. Lawler performed the spay-neuter procedures. Soul Dog Rescue volunteers provided support with intake, preparation of surgical packs, cleaning, recovery, and discharge during the event.

SNAP is proud of its employees who give of their time and considerable abilities to help animals through organizations like Soul Dog Rescue. We are fortunate to have staff members who are so passionate about the welfare of animals!
 
Houston Astros Hold Dog Day Expo
Bring Your Dog to the Game and Visit the SNAP Booth on Sunday, September 15, 2013
 
 
Visit the SNAP table at the Astro Dog Day Expo!
The Houston Astros are holding a Dog Day Expo on Sunday, September 15, 2013, and SNAP will be there! The event will feature canine-oriented businesses and organizations in the Conoco Home Run Alley in Minute Maid Park. The Astros have even set up a special dog zone where you can watch the game with a canine pal at your side, so it promises to be a fun day out. (Please note that dogs will not be allowed to enter reserved seating areas not specifically designated for dogs.)

The expo begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run through the end of the game. Game time is 1:05 p.m. The Astros will be playing the Los Angeles Angels. Please visit the Houston Astros website to purchase tickets. Minute Maid Park is located at 501 Crawford St., Houston, TX 77002.

We hope that all of you dog-loving Astros fans will come by to see us and introduce us to one of your furry friends!
 
Introducing New SNAP Board Members
Luong, Soto, and Villarreal Bring a Wealth of Skills and Experience to the Boardroom
 
Get to know our three new board members!
The SNAP board of directors has added three new members this summer: Jason Luong, Sonia Soto, and Hector Villarreal. The trio possesses varied experience and expertise that will be invaluable to the board as it goes forward governing the organization. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce each of them to you.

Jason Luong

Jason Luong is an attorney who currently operates his own legal firm in Houston, Texas. He is a former assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, graduating with honors in 2000. Luong earned an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Rice University in 1997. Texas Monthly Magazine named him a “rising star” in business litigation in 2008 and in criminal prosecution in 2009.

Luong is a former board member and officer of the Asian American Bar Association and remains a current member. He is also a member of the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association and the Committee on Racial Diversity in the Profession of the State Bar of Texas. He has experience in planning and chairing large fundraisers and formal events including two years as the co-chair of the Asian American Bar Association’s annual gala and silent auction. Luong also implemented and chaired a citywide school supply drive for the Friends of Teach for America that collected much needed school and teacher supplies.

He believes educating people on how to be responsible guardians is the most important animal issue today. He notes that spaying and neutering is one of the most basic responsibilities of having animals. “As a long time dog lover and owner, it is heartbreaking to see so many stray dogs and cats needing adoption.  That problem can be curbed (in part) if owners are educated about how important and affordable spay and neutering their pets is. As a board member, I hope to help promote that message.”

Sonia Soto

Sonia Soto is the program director of Crime Stoppers of Houston and a former director of public affairs at Clear Channel Communications. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston and supports Easter Seals of Greater Houston and Child Advocates of Harris County. She is a past board member of Child Advocates and of the Downtown Houston Association (now called the Downtown Houston Alliance).

She started researching dog issues after adopting a rescue dog in January of 2013.  Soto says she was “horrified about the number of adoptable animals destroyed in the Houston and surrounding areas every year.  I discovered that first way to stop the destruction of these innocent animals is to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering.”

Soto would like to use her experience and talents in marketing and public relations to help SNAP advance its mission. She believes educating the public about spay-neuter and continuing to offer these services are among the most important issues the organization should address. She also believes SNAP should make citizens aware of the responsibilities of having animals and would like to see Houston become a no-kill city.

Hector Villarreal

Hector Villarreal is the owner of Lucho, a firm that designs and manufactures men’s and women’s clothing. He is also a partner in Venture Strategies private equity firm and a weather anchor at KXLN-TV Channel 45--a Univision Communications affiliate television station. Villarreal holds a degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. He is a current board member of The Women’s Fund for Health & Education and of Theater Under the Stars. He is a former board member of numerous organizations including The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Houston International Festival, the University of St. Thomas Development Board, Boys and Girls Harbor, the American Cancer Society Gulf Coast Development Board, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Ballet. He also supports Houston Grand Opera, the Society for the Performing Arts, the Hermann Park Conservancy, and K9s4Cops.

Villarreal would like to see the creation of an education program for children to make them aware of the issues surrounding animal overpopulation and the important role that spay-neuter and SNAP play in addressing them. He also wants to encourage awareness and promote community participation with regard to reporting animal abuse.

Villarreal plans to use his previous nonprofit and professional experience to support SNAP fundraising efforts and to assist in planning and hosting events.

Please join SNAP in welcoming these new board members to the fold. We are grateful to them for their belief in the SNAP mission and for their commitment of service to the organization as we move ahead in pursuit of our vision of a world with no homeless dogs and cats.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - San Antonio, TX
  Daisy’s Paws For A Cause 5K Fun Run
SNAP will be there for this 60s-inspired event benefiting the Daisy Cares organization.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Houston Astros Dog Day Expo
Bring your dog to the Astros game and visit the SNAP booth in Conoco Home Run Alley.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Kung Fu Saloon Happy Hour
You’ll have chillin' down to “an ancient Chinese art,” at this happy hour benefit for SNAP.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Strut Your Mutt
Strut Your Mutt at T.C. Jester Park to help prevent the needless death of innocent animals.
Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Houston, TX
  Bayou City Art Festival
You are the key to the success of our biggest volunteer fundraiser of the year. Sign up today!

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Hello Darlings!

Rabies is like lightning, right? It rarely hits anyone, and it never strikes twice in the same place—or does it? Read this month’s letter from Lollobrigida, a Lhasa Apso mix who lives in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville.

Dear Hedda,

What’s up with rabies lately? It seems like every time I turn around, I hear about another dog getting infected. Even a dog in my area was diagnosed with it recently and, I heard, had to be put to death after biting several humans. And what about that crazy story out of Wisconsin about a woman who was cured of rabies almost a decade ago, only to have one of her current dogs exposed to it from a rabid bat? I thought rabies was pretty rare. I guess not. Forget the zombie apocalypse; I think we’re on the verge of a rabies apocalypse!

Sign me,
Losing It in Lewisville

Dear Losing,

It’s not a rabies apocalypse, but the cases you mentioned do point out the importance of having a current rabies vaccination. The case in the Lewisville/Flower Mound area occurred in late July and involved a dog that indeed bit three people—at least one of them a child—after becoming infected with the disease. That dog indeed had to be put to death as there is no cure for canines. All of the humans started prompt treatments involving a round of shots that will help them ward off the disease, and they are all expected to live. It is a tragic case to be sure.

Contrast that case, however, with the case out of Wisconsin. The woman in question indeed survived a near-fatal case of rabies nine years ago—but only after being put in a medically induced coma. She developed the disease after being bitten by an infected bat. Imagine her shock when two of her dogs were recently exposed to rabies—once again by a bat. In this instance the bat did not bite the dogs; instead they bit the bat. Fortunately the dogs had current rabies vaccinations. They were given booster shots just in case, and both are expected to survive the experience.

These stories illustrate why it is so important to keep all dogs (and cats) current on their rabies vaccinations. The family in the first story did not, and they lost their beloved canine friend and are having to undergo unpleasant treatments themselves as a result. The woman in the second story protected her dogs by having them vaccinated and thus avoided a second tragic encounter with the disease. Her experience also shows that rabies isn’t as rare as we might like to think.

Some say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but in this case, it was literally worth a life or three. 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:
 
    Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation, $1,500
    Castroville Nip & Tuck, $4,600
    Houston PetSet, $4,000 

 
Reaching Out at Hoops & Hounds
SNAP San Antonio Team Participated in San Antonio Silver Spurs Dog Event
  
Dr. Mary Kate Lawler at 2013 Hoops and Hounds Event
SNAP San Antonio Chief of Staff Mary Kate Lawler, D.V.M. (left) educates some young Silver Spurs fans about the value and importance of spaying and neutering one's animals.
The SNAP San Antonio staff recently participated in Hoops & Hounds, a dog-focused event held by the San Antonio Silver Spurs WNBA basketball team. The event was comprised of a game against the Tulsa Shock and an exposition of animal organization booths in the concourse of the San Antonio AT&T Center where the game was held. Dogs were welcome to attend the event, and many did. The SNAP booth had many visitors who stopped by to learn more about spay-neuter, animal wellness, and the services and programs available through SNAP. The event took place on Sunday, August 4, 2013.

The ladies of the Silver Spurs were victorious in their contest with the Tulsa Shock winning 69 to 65. The team is unusually dog-friendly in that it allows guests to bring canines at all of its home games.
It was good to see those of you who stopped by the SNAP booth! We are grateful to the Silver Spurs for inviting us to participate in Hoops and Hounds, and we congratulate the team on its win over the Tulsa Shock!
 
San Antonio Clinic Wins Merial Challenge
Clinic Redeems Wellness Coupons to Win Merial Pharmaceuticals Promotion 
 
 
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The SNAP clinic in San Antonio has won a recent Merial Wellness Checkup Challenge that was conducted in the San Antonio area. The challenge was designed to encourage people to get wellness exams for their animals by offering them discount coupons for the exams when they bought Merial Frontline Plus and Heartgard products. The clinic won by being the first clinic in the region to issue and redeem 25 coupons.

Frontline Plus is a flea and tick preventative. Heartgard is a heartworm preventative.  Both products are available at all locations of SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinics. Those purchasing six doses of Frontline Plus and 12 doses of Heartgard received a coupon worth $25 off the cost of an examination. Those purchasing six doses of Frontline Plus received a coupon worth $15 off the cost of an examination. We congratulate our San Antonio Clinic staff on this accomplishment and all of the hard work they do to help insure the health of the Alamo City’s animals.
 
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Dear Readers,

You know all about cats, right? Maybe you’ve read this column for years and think you know every detail there is to know about the behavior, biology, and pop culture presence of your beloved kitties. You would be largely correct in that belief, but there is one topic we have never discussed. Where do cats come from? If you know the answer to that question, give yourself a gold star (or perhaps a degree in paleontology if you don’t have one already). If you do not know from whence we came, you might find Madame Astrocat’s top ten list on the origin of the feline species enlightening.

10. Thirty-Three Million Years B.C. - No, that’s not the title of some cheesy exploitation film from the 1960s about prehistoric cats. It is, roughly speaking, when Proailurus roamed the earth. Proailurus was the forerunner of all modern members of the biological family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, and housecats. Oh my! This creature was already recognizable as a cat, but not every line that evolved from it survives today. Take saber-toothed tigers, for example. Who could have guessed that having big sharp pointy teeth would not end up being a guarantee of evolutionary survival? (Okay, the fate of the Tyrannosaurus Rex might have been a clue.)

9. Fifteen-Million Years B.C. - Pseudaelurus was a descendant of Proailurus that lived between 20 and eight million years ago. It was, as a species, the biological great-great-great-ad-infinitum-grandparent of every Felidae alive today. It wandered widely, spreading across all of Earth’s landmasses, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica, and it evolved into all of the different cats big and small that we know today.1

8. Ponder Thee These Kitties Three - From Pseudaelurus, cats diverged into three subfamilies: Pantherines, Felinae, and Machairodontinae. Pantherines include lions, tigers, and (somewhat predictably) panthers. Felinaes include cheetahs, cougars, lynxes, and the domestic cat (aka Felis catus). What happened to that third subfamily of kitties? Here is a clue: Machairodontinae included most of the saber-toothed cats. One wonders if they went extinct purely based on how hard it was to pronounce their subfamily name.2

7. The Lion’s Share - Lions were, historically speaking, among the most prolific and wide-ranging of all mammals. The animals of Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America all shared their territory with the king of the beasts, which was probably pretty terrifying. Why are lions so comparatively rare today? You know the answer to that: humans. Yes, lions roamed North America until about 10,000 years ago. That is when homo sapiens hunted them to extinction on the continent.

6. Out of the Wild - There are more than 25 genera of Felinae, but domestic cats belong to only one: Felis. Not all members of this genus, however, are domesticated. Felis still includes a number of wild species including the wildcat, the sand cat, and the jungle cat.3 Felis catus—the domestic cat—is likely a subspecies of the wildcat from which it differentiated about 10,000 years ago, somewhere in the Mediterranean region.4

5. The Domestic Life - Felis catus—of which I am one—likely developed a cozy relationship with you humans soon after we evolved from the wildcat. It probably happened as soon as we noticed how much rats seemed to enjoy your company. It wasn’t that we considered the opinions of rodents that highly. It’s that they’re tasty! You should try them! They’re like chicken! No?

4. Crescent to Grave - It is well known that the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as much as 2,500 years ago, but their devotion to us probably wasn’t the first time Felis catus hooked up with humans on a regular basis. Note the previous item about our appreciation of the culinary delights of the genus Rattus (aka rats). Where do you find lots of rats? Around grain! Agriculture was first developed in the Fertile Crescent—an area including Egypt, Phoenicia, Assyria, and Mesopotamia—nearly 10,000 years ago. That might explain why a 9,500 year old gravesite found on the island of Cyprus contained two skeletons buried closely together—one of a human and one of a cat.5

3. Bast in the Glory - No, that isn't a typo. Bast was the name of a cat god worshipped by the ancient Egyptians as much as 4,500 years ago. Clearly, by this time you bipeds had come to appreciate our stately and regal natures—and our mousing skills. Are we divine? It probably depends on how you interpret the word. Watch one of us for a while and come to your own conclusion.

2. A Lapse of Reason - Humans learned early on that we were good for keeping rats under control, but by the Middle Ages we had done such a good job that you forgot how much you needed us. Some of your less bright members began to get superstitious around that time and decided we were associated with witchcraft. Humans thus began subjecting cats to all manner of unpleasant demises en mass. The number of cats thus dwindled. The number of rats thus exploded. The number of fleas thus loved it, and so did the bacteria they carried. These bacteria caused the bubonic plague—also known as the “black death”—in humans. Enough said?

1. A Return to Sanity (Mostly) - There are still morons about who hate cats or believe we are in league with the devil. Fortunately they are few and far between and—kept properly medicated—don’t pose much of a threat to us now. Science has marched on and made the rest of you aware of what a miracle a cat is—just like a human! This is doubtless the reason why humans open their homes to cats more than any other kind of animal. Yes, there are more cats in homes than there are dogs, but don’t worry. We kind of think dogs are a miracle too.


References:

1. Christiansen, Per (2008). "Phylogeny of the great cats (Felidae: Pantherinae), and the influence of fossil taxa and missing characters". Cladistics 24 (6): 977. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00226.x.

2. Lars W. van den Hoek Ostende, Michael Morlo, Doris Nagel: Fossils explained 52 Majestic killers: the sabre-toothed cats. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Geology Today, Vol. 22, No. 4, July–August 2006 online

3. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Species Felis catus". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 534–535. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.

4. Pecon-Slattery, J. and O'Brien, S.J. (1998). "Patterns of Y and X chromosome DNA sequence divergence during the Felidae radiation". Genetics 148 (3): 1245–1255. PMC 1460026. PMID 9539439.

5 "Oldest Known Pet Cat? 9500-year-old Burial Found on Cyprus". National Geographic News. National Geographic Society. 8 April 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2007.

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