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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue
October 1, 2013
- 38,947 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Aug. 31,

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
Volunteer for the Art Festival
Your Helpful Hands and Compassionate Hearts Are Needed—Lives Depend on It!
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 it show by volunteering for the fall 2013 Bayou City Art Festival! The animals depend on your efforts to help make the festival a fundraising success. This is the biggest volunteer fundraising event SNAP holds, and we need hundreds of helpful hands and compassionate hearts to serve icy beverages to thirsty festival guests. If you’re ready to sign up, call (713-862-3863 x210) or email our volunteer coordinator today.

Need more information? Read on! The festival takes place on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, in downtown Houston (around City Hall, which is at 901 Bagby St.). It runs from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on both days.

Volunteers can sign up for one or more shifts and must be 18 or above because alcoholic beverages are served. No mixing of drinks is required.  Please be aware that drinking of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during your shift.

Shifts are filling up quickly, so hurry and volunteer to get the shift you prefer!
(Other Shifts Are Full)
  Saturday Oct 12th

Sunday Oct 13th

Each volunteer receives a festival t-shirt and is asked to wear it during his or her shift. You also receive FREE admission to the festival (a $15 value) on the day of your shift. To sign up, please call or email our volunteer coordinator today:

    713-862-3863 x210 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Be ready to tell us which shift(s) you would like to work and your t-shirt size.

Please sign up today. You will be to helping to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas! A lot of dogs and cats will love you for it!

A British Silver Tea for SNAP
“Pickles and the World Cup” and Joanne Herring Host Benefit Tea for Spay-Neuter
"Pickles and the World Cup" presents a silver tea
A British Silver Tea will be presented by “Pickles and the World Cup” on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Houston Socialite Joanne Herring will be the honorary host of the event. Pickles and the World Cup is a children’s e-book written by Texas author Posey Parker. The event will be held at the Federal American Grill at 510 Shepherd St., Houston, Texas, 77007. Tea and snacks will be served. Drinks will be available on an open bar basis.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a silver tea as a tea at which voluntary contributions of money are given, usually for special fund-raising or charitable purposes.

Copies of “Pickles and the World Cup” will be available for purchase at the event. The e-book tells the story of a dog named Pickles who recovered the soccer World Cup trophy after it was stolen in London in the 1960s. Pickles and Hans—both celebridogs from the story—will be on hand at the event to give pawtographs. Valet parking will be available. Regretfully, guests cannot bring their own animals to this event.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email message to If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, you may do so on the SNAP website.

This event is sponsored by Federal American Grill and Momentum Jaguar. SNAP is grateful to Posey Parker, Joanne Herring, Federal American Grill, and Momentum Jaguar for generously making this event a reality. We hope you will come!
Struttin’ in the Rain

SNAP Dog Pack Raises over $6,900 as Inclement Weather Fails to Stop Dog-Walkathon
Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the SNAP Pack!
A rainy day could not dampen the spirits of the SNAP Dog Pack at Strut Your Mutt 2013! The pack raised over $6,600 for SNAP spay-neuter programs.
The 2013 Strut Your Mutt dog walkathon was a rainy affair, but that did not stop the SNAP Dog Pack from raising over $6,900! The final total will be even higher, as we are waiting for a few donations and matching gifts to come in. Every penny--including each pack member’s registration fee—will help fund SNAP spay-neuter efforts such as our free mobile clinic programs.

Strut Your Mutt is held in 11 cities across the U.S. and is sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society. Every day, more than 9,000 animals are killed in U.S. shelters simply because they don’t have a home. Each one is an individual, and each one is a valued life worth saving. SNAP is a network partner in Best Friends No More Homeless Pets network, and works with the agency to bring the death toll to zero. Getting there is not a simple task, but with the help of you who joined or supported the SNAP Dog Pack, we are making progress. Best Friends states the final goal in succinct and unequivocal terms: Save Them All.

SNAP and Best Friends Animal Society are grateful to all of you who joined the SNAP Dog Pack and to everyone who donated in support of our team. We hope you will strut with us again next year!

SNAP Sterilizes 37 in Canyon Lake
San Antonio Mobile Clinic Helps Animals of Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society
The San Antonio mobile clinic at the Canyon Lake Animal Shel
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic at the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society facility. The clinic sterilized 37 animals there on Thursday, Sept. 19.
The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic provided spay-neuter surgery and vaccinations for 37 shelter animals in Canyon Lake, Texas, on Thursday, September 19, 2013, thanks to funding from Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS). Being sterilized will increase the animals’ odds of being adopted. The total included 15 female dogs, 12 male dogs, 9 female cats, and 1 male cat. The mobile clinic staff also identified one male cat and five dogs that had previously been spayed.

When a newly elected board took over CLASS in mid-August, it discovered animals living in poor conditions and the facility in need of many improvements. Adding to the list of problems, animals at Canyon Lake Animal Shelter had no medical records on file, making it difficult to determine if their vaccinations were up-to-date. More distressingly, male and female animals were sharing a common area, and many were not spayed or neutered. This placed animals at increased risk for illnesses and did nothing to reduce the possibility of unwanted litters. The shelter is home to 70-80 dogs and cats at any given time.

The spay-neuter project is part of a larger effort by the new CLASS board of directors to improve the lives and prospects of animals living in the shelter. It was spearheaded by Angie Gilstrap, one of the recently elected board members.

Dr. Mary Kate Lawler, chief-of-staff at SNAP San Antonio, had this to say: “I am so glad SNAP is going to be able to help out the animals at CLASS. In the past, SNAP has visited Canyon Lake to perform spay-neuter surgery for residents in the area. This time is different. This time we’re working directly with CLASS to make a real improvement from how things were run in the past.”
Free heartworm test with purchase of Heartgard through Oct.
Remember Me Thursday Observed
Candle Lightings Held to Memorialize Animals That Have Died Homeless
San Antonio clinic staff participating in Remember Me Thursd
Staff members at the San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic observed Remember Me Thursday with a candle lighting ceremony.
Millions of dogs and cats die in shelters or in our communities each year simply for lack of a home. SNAP clinics held candle lighting ceremonies as part of the Remember Me Thursday campaign to memorialize each of these nameless, faceless, but no-less lovable animals as something more than merely a statistic. The ceremony also shined a light on the countless animals languishing in shelters awaiting adoption. The public was invited to attend the ceremonies, which were held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at our clinics in Houston, Pasadena, and San Antonio, Texas. A virtual candle lighting was held online for those who wished to participate but could not attend.

Remember Me Thursday is a worldwide event to be held annually on the fourth Thursday of September. It was organized by Mr. Mike Arms at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California. The center provided materials for the ceremony and worked to publicize the events to help inspire all of us to renew our commitment to ending animal homelessness.
Bring Out Ye Olde Books
SNAP Teams with WookieBooks for another Book Drive Benefiting the Animals
Bring us ye olde tomes for the sake of the animals!
It’s time for another book drive! SNAP and WookieBooks are teaming up again to help you clear out those old books. As you do you will be helping prevent unwanted dogs and cats from being born. The SNAP clinics in Pasadena, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas, will be drop off points. You can bring your books November 2-9 during regular business hours. (Please see the Pasadena and San Antonio clinic webpages for hours.) When the drive ends, WookieBooks will pick up the books and sell them online through its stores and return a very generous portion of the profits to SNAP!

What kind of books does WookieBooks accept? Since you asked, please bring

    Hardbacks and paperbacks of all genres--the more the better
    Textbooks--preferably no more than five years old and with ISBN numbers
    Certification study guides
    Technical, medical, and law texts
    DVDs in original cases (no bootlegs or burned copies)--obscure titles welcome!
    CDs and Movies on VHS tape (again, no bootlegs or burned copies, please)

Please do not donate

    Damaged (warped, water-damaged, moldy, etc.) books
    Academic journals
    Literary Criticisms
    Encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
    Magazines or Periodicals (including National Geographic)
    Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
    Activity Books
    Harlequin Romance Novels

WookieBooks is a for-profit social enterprise that harnesses the power of e-commerce by collecting and selling used books and media items online to support literacy and animal rescue initiatives, all the while saving hundreds of thousands of these items from the landfill. According to its website, the people at WookieBooks "strongly feel that books and media items possess knowledge that should live on, long after they have lived with you."

SNAP has teamed with WookieBooks several times in the past, and each book drive has been more successful than the one before it—raising ever more money to help the animals! SNAP is grateful to WookieBooks for literally doing all of the heavy lifting required to make these fundraisers successful!$
Kung Fu Throwdown Over; Animals Won!
SNAP Supporters, Staff, and Board Members Spar at Kung Fu Saloon Happy Hour

It was a Kung Fu Throwdown Fundraiser at Kung Fu Saloon!
Enough funds to fill a ninja's weapons case were raised at a happy hour fundraiser at the Kung Fu Saloon on Thursday, September 19. The Houston bar donated 15 percent of sales to SNAP during the five-hour event. (A total was not available at press time.) The evening saw a number of SNAP supporters, staff, and board members square off against one another for a series of exciting matches. No, they weren’t Kung Fu fighting. They were taking advantage of the free games of skill that comprise the drinkery’s décor. Ping-pong, skeeball, table shuffleboard, and a variety of classic video game machines offered the option for head-to-head combat, and most of our revelers were game for a go. It was the animals that won in the end since the funds raised will go to support our free mobile spay-neuter programs.

SNAP is grateful to the ownership, management, and staff of Kung Fu Saloon for holding the event for the benefit of SNAP and for being so hospitable to all of the attendees. We are also grateful to all of the supporters who joined us for the night
Bombshell Bash Brings in the Cash
Special Sale Event at Bevello Helps the Animals
Bicky Tran, store staff, and shoppers at Bombshell Bash sale
Bicky Tran, Bevello staff, and shoppers at the Bombshell Bash sale benefit for SNAP.
A festive shopping party at the  West Gray location of Bevello in Houston raised funds for SNAP spay-neuter programs on Thursday, August 15. The store donated 10 percent of all sales made during the event to SNAP. (A total was not available at press time.) The sale was hosted by Bicky Tran. Bevello sells women’s wear including dresses, tops, bottoms outerwear, and accessories.

SNAP is grateful to Bevello, Bicky Tran, and all of the shoppers who showed up for the event. Your belief in the SNAP mission is sincerely appreciated!
Merial Challenge Update
Merial Ups the Ante with Donation of Refrigerator for SNAP Mobile Clinic
Last month we reported to you that SNAP had won the Merial Heartgard Challenge, earning a $250 prize in the process. This month we are thrilled to update that story with news that Merial has also donated a refrigerator unit for the SNAP mobile clinic! The mobile clinic requires a refrigerator to preserve medications that are sensitive to heat.

SNAP is grateful to Merial for its very generous continuing support of SNAP. Merial is a veterinary pharmaceutical company and a division of Sanofi. The company produces Heartgard heartworm preventative which is available at SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness clinics in Houston, Pasadena, and San Antonio.
Upcoming SNAP Events
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - San Antonio, TX
  San Antonio Community Conversation
SNAP will have a table at this community event to discuss the city's no-kill policy.
Thursday, October 9, 2013 - Houston, TX
  A British Silver Tea
Help raise money for spay-neuter at this proper British tea at Federal American Grill.
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!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - San Antonio, TX
  Lackland Air Force Base Pet Show
Lackland AFB personnel are welcome to stop by and see the SNAP mobile clinic!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - San Antonio, TX
  St Dominic Faithfest
SNAP will be at Faithfest from 3-6 p.m. Stop by and see us!
Saturday, November 2-Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Houston, TX
  WookieBooks Book Drive
Offload ye olde tomes whilst helping animals. Drop-off at the Pasadena and San Antonio clinics.

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner

Hello Darlings!

Autumn is on its way, but the heat is far from over, and while it persists, we still have to contend with the little critters who love to make a meal of us when they can. They are many and varied, but among the most hazardous are ticks. Read this month’s letter from Cheetoe, a Chihuahua from Channelview, to see what I am talking about.

Dear Hedda,

I am writing to ask you a question. Do ticks in Texas carry Lyme disease? I am asking because my human friend, Karen, always goes over me with a fine tooth comb every time I’ve been outside to make sure I haven’t picked up any ticks. Frankly I’m getting pretty tired of it. A friend of hers was trying to tell her that Lyme disease isn’t much of a problem anywhere but in the northeast. What do you think, Hedda? Do we need to be worried about catching this disease from ticks in Texas?

Sign me,
Sick and Tired

Dear Tired,

If you think you’re sick and tired of the strip searches, you would be astounded at how sick and tired you would feel if you contracted Lyme disease. New research is indicating that Lyme disease is indeed a serious emerging threat in Texas. You should be thanking Karen for going over you carefully each time you come in from the wild world—and when I say “wild world,” I am including your own yard.

A study conducted in 2012 by Dr. Maria Esteve-Gassent, a research professor at Texas A&M, found Lyme disease in about a quarter of the ticks tested. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control reported in August that the 300,000 cases of Lyme disease reported in the U.S. each year represents only about 10 percent of the actual total. While most cases do occur in the northeast, the disease is a rapidly growing problem throughout the country. It is a nasty disease as well and can negatively impact the lives of those afflicted for many years. It is wise for our human friends to examine both their animals and themselves upon returning from the outdoors. Tick preventative can go a long way towards protecting dogs (and cats) as well. These products are available at all SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinics—though not on the SNAP mobile clinics.

Lyme disease is no joke, and like so many other diseases, it is best dealt with through preventions. 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:
  Koehler Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee   $3,000
  Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Foundation, $1,000
  Petco Foundation, $814.53
  Mary M. Diggs Foundation, $20,500
  Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, $6,300
  Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team, $2,500
  Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society, $2,300

ARMA Houston Shops for SNAP
Records Management Group Holds Campaign to Gather Clinic Wish List Items
ARMA Houston is holding a Wish List donation drive for SNAP!
ARMA Houston has initiated a donation drive among its members focused on supplying SNAP with items from our clinic wish lists. These lists include products needed for the day-to-day operations of the clinics and include such things as like cleaning supplies, anti-bacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels. The collected supplies will be presented to the staff of the SNAP Houston mobile clinic by a member of the Community Outreach Committee on a future visit to the Fort Bend County Annex.

The mobile clinic visits Fort Bend County once or twice a month thanks to the financial support of Fort Bend County and the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation.

Shop for SNAP is a project of ARMA Houston’s Community Outreach Initiative, which is dedicated to providing assistance to deserving regional charitable aid organizations. ARMA Houston is a nonprofit professional association for the information and records management industry and is a member chapter of ARMA International. The local chapter has more than 400 members.

SNAP would like to thank ARMA Houston and all of its members for supporting SNAP through this generous donation drive.
SNAP Street Teams Reach Out
Bringing the Word to Houston Astros Dog Expo and San Antonio AIDS Walk & Run
Attendees throng the SNAP table at San Antonio AIDS Walk &am
Many walkers and runners who took part in the San Antonio Area Foundation's AIDS Walk and Run stopped by the SNAP table to learn about spay-neuter and tour the mobile clinic.
SNAP street teams were out spreading the word about spay-neuter in September. The Houston team staffed a booth at the Houston Astros Dog Expo while the San Antonio team brought the mobile clinic to the San Antonio AIDS Walk & Run.

The Houston event was a canine-oriented expo of businesses and organizations sponsored by the Houston Astros baseball team. It took place in Conoco Home Run Alley in Minute Maid Park as part of the Astros’ game day activities on Sunday, September 15. The Astros even set up a dog zone where ticket holders were able to watch the game with their furry pals. The Astros played the Los Angeles Angels—a contest they lost 2-1.

The San Antonio event was part of the San Antonio Area Foundation’s fundraising walk-a-thon and fun run for its program to provide medical care and social services to persons living with HIV/AIDS. It took place at the Blue Star Complex in San Antonio on Saturday, September 14. Those who visited the SNAP booth were invited to tour the SNAP mobile spay-neuter clinic.

Visitors to the SNAP booths at these events were able to get information about SNAP clinics and the importance of spay-neuter in addressing animal overpopulation. Giveaway items were also available. An encouraging number of visitors inquired about sterilization and wellness services.

It was a pleasure to visit with everyone who stopped by at these events. We are grateful to the Houston Astros and the San Antonio Area Foundation for inviting SNAP to participate.
Madame AstroCat[object Object]
Dear Readers,

Whither the crazy cat lady? There is much to be said about them, and not much of it is flattering. Many an elderly woman has succumbed to the temptation to become a collector of the feline breed without considering her physical or financial abilities to provide for all the creatures. This is tragic of course. Nonetheless, the crazy cat lady has become an iconic figure in popular culture. Capitalism never fails to notice such things; thus like all other icons, this one has become the focus of a certain amount of economic activity. To put it more directly, there are scads of products out there that trade on the crazy cat lady image. This month, I invite you to peruse my top ten list of the kitschiest of such products:

Simple Math T-Shirt - A “crazy cat lady” t-shirt is a little too easy, isn’t it? That’s why I prefer the Simple Math t-shirt. Said shirt offers a line graph with the x axis labeled “CRAZY” and the y axis labeled “CATS.” Not too surprisingly, each additional cat equates to one additional unit of crazy. Madame Astrocat must admit she does not know the units by which crazy is measured. Anyone care to ponder a guess?

9. ID Card - If you’re going to be a crazy cat lady, why not be a card-carrying crazy cat lady? Otherwise how are you going to prove you are certifiable… er, make that certified as the genuine article when you go out without your cats. (Do crazy cat ladies ever go out without their cats?)

8. Candy - This product made the list—and believe me there was a lot of competition—precisely because of the strangeness of the concept. What on earth would Crazy Cat Lady Candy taste like? Madame Astrocat isn’t sure she wants to know! If you want to know, be my guest.

7. Robot - Imagine, if you will, a tiny crazy cat lady robot that opens up to reveal no less than a dozen itsy-bitsy cats inside. If that sounds like the introduction to an episode of The Twilight Zone, that’s because looking at this product gave me the same uneasy feeling I get when I hear that television show’s theme song. To be clear, the robot isn’t functional. It—and all of its internal minions—are purely for display purposes.

6. License Plate Frame - A license plate frame that just says “crazy cat lady” doesn’t sound that kitschy, does it? What about one that says, “There goes that crazy cat lady?” Yep, that adds just the right amount of humor and self-deprecation needed to get this product on my list.

5. Board Game - We are back to strange again. How strange is the idea of a crazy cat lady board game? The ad shows kids playing it, but I can imagine quite a few adults who might enjoy the offbeat appeal of such a diversion as well.

4. Magnetic Sculpture Kit - If you have a fascination with crazy cat ladies that takes you to artistic heights, you might want to look into the Crazy Cat Lady Magnetic Sculpture Kit. I am hard pressed to describe it except to say that both the cat lady and the cats are magnetic and thus not easily kept apart. So once again, art imitates life!

3. Beer Stein - This odd bit of kitsch marries a traditional beer stein with the message, “I’m the crazy cat lady your mama warned you about.” It thus earns points not only for sentiment but also for the concept of a beer swilling crazy cat lady.

2. Cat Food Soap - Now this is a truly weird and wonderful product. While I could not fathom the flavor of Crazy Cat Lady Candy, I have no trouble conjuring up the scent of Crazy Cat Lady Cat Food Soap. Bathe with this stuff and your cats (and perhaps everyone else’s) will swarm around you like you were in some B-grade horror movie. That said, you’re welcome to give it a try if you ever plan to pay Madame Astrocat a visit!

1. Action Figure -
This has to be the most brilliant of crazy cat lady-themed products. It features a bathrobe-and-slipper-wearing crazy cat lady figure with a kitten perched on her shoulder and six separate cat figures to place ever so closely around her. If I were to offer any criticism at all, it would be that six cats and one kitten are not quite enough. Nevertheless, the Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure still takes the cake as the bad mamma-jamma of crazy cat lady kitsch.

Please note that while Madame Astrocat finds these products notable or amusing, their inclusion in this list does not constitute a recommendation of any kind. I don’t own a one of them and have no idea whether they are worth your hard earned money.

Quote of the Month
"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." ~ Joseph Wood Krutch
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