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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue
January 1, 2014
- 52,783 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Nov. 30,

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
It’s Not Too Late to Be a Hero
You Can Save Dogs and Cats from A Needless Death

Dogs like Wero need heroes like you!
Dogs like Wero need a hero like you. Wero was rescued from the streets by a loving family, but he was rescued from a life of fathering unwanted puppies by SNAP donors. Click the photo above to donate now!
Over the past month, we’ve been encouraging you to become a hero for animals. If you’ve taken us up on that, please know that we are immensely grateful. If not, don’t think for a moment that it is too late to help save animals from a needless death. The story of a pup named “Wero” will help you realize what a difference you can make in the life of an animal no matter when you donate.

Day after day the family drove under the same bridge, and day after day they saw the same puppy underneath it. The sad creature had been dumped on the street and taken refuge under the bridge to escape the elements. After a few days, the family realized he was homeless and decided to stop and pick him up. He was very young and underweight. They took him home, fed him, gave him lots of love and decided to call him Wero.

Today, Wero is a big part of the family. The dog—now quite large—lives with three cats who are his best buddies. The cats even sleep on top of him! Recently some stray dogs attacked the cats. Wero valiantly came to their rescue, but the dogs then set upon him, splitting his ear open in the process. The family did not have money for veterinary bills, but made sacrifices to take him to a clinic. With his ear healing nicely, they knew there was one more thing they had to do for Wero.  They knew they had to get Wero sterilized so he wouldn’t add to the number of strays running in the streets. Their budget is very limited, but they had heard about the SNAP mobile clinic, so they brought the adorable pup in a few weeks ago and had him neutered. The family was very grateful to all of the SNAP supporters who made it possible for them to do the right thing and be able to give Wero a loving home.

When you donate, you play a critical role in helping animals like Wero. Even more importantly, you also help prevent the suffering and death of countless offspring that might have been born unwanted. Such animals often end up homeless—either in shelters or roaming our neighborhoods. Their life expectancy is short in either case.

Your gifts helped SNAP provide services to 52,783 animals between January 1 and November 30, 2013. More than a third of the surgeries performed (more than 11,930 of them) were provided free to animals living in qualifying low-income households. While a total was not available at press time, we believe that the number of animals you have helped in 2013 will exceed 55,000. Thanks to your compassionate support, SNAP has sterilized more than 450,000 animals since it was founded twenty years ago. Please give today to enable us to continue providing assistance to animals in need. Remember, each animal spayed or neutered means fewer face an early death on the streets and in shelters.

Calling All Shop-a-holics!
Donate or Purchase Gently Used Goods to Help Animals at the SNAP WebThriftStore
Shop or donate or both... It's all for the animals!
Are you a shop-a-holic in training and need a place to get great deals while you develop your shopping savvy? Perhaps you’re a recovering shop-a-holic who needs to offload some of the (too) many things you’ve bought over the years? Either way, the SNAP WebThriftStore has you covered! We are excited to announce the launch of our online thrift store that lets you buy and sell while raising funds for spay-neuter!

It’s simple: List good stuff you don’t need (like maybe that Christmas present that didn’t quite hit the mark) and SNAP will receive the majority of sales proceeds to put towards our spay-neuter programs. You get a tax deduction when your item sells. If you’re in a buying mood, visit the SNAP WebThriftStore and take advantage of some of the sweet deals you will find waiting there. When you do you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchases support a great cause-saving animals!

Think of that $5o sweater sitting in your closet. Sold at the SNAP WebThriftStore, it will spay one cat or pay half the cost to spay one dog. You can donate electronics, art, jewelry, even furniture—whatever you like. We sincerely thank you for your support in this new opportunity. Donate—or shop—soon!

SNAP Events Mark World Spay Day
Annual Day Raises Awareness of the Power of Spay/Neuter to Save Animal Lives
World Spay Day is Tuesday, February 25, 2014
World Spay Day is an annual campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International that shines a spotlight on spay-neuter to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. This year, the event takes place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Each year SNAP observes the day with a series of special events to help members of the general public who do not qualify for our free programs—but nonetheless might be economically challenged—to get their animals sterilized.

Details of specific events are still being worked out, but see the February issue of SNAPtales or watch our Facebook or Twitter feeds for news about the spay-neuter events we have in store. This is the perfect opportunity to get your dog or cat the surgery that will prevent him or her from getting pregnant unexpectedly. Space will be limited however, so be ready to sign up as soon and event details become available.

Boot Up for AIDS Walk Houston
AIDS Foundation Houston Benefits SNAP Animal Aid Program Second Year Running

Sign up for the SNAP Houston AIDS Walk team today!
SNAP is excited to announce that AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) has selected SNAP as a beneficiary of AIDS Walk Houston for the second year in a row. This means SNAP will receive a portion of the funds raised by the event if we can field a team of walkers who raise $2,500 in sponsorships. AFH has adopted the theme “Strive for 25” this year and encourages individual donors to give $25 or more. All funds raised will go to support the Animal Aid Program, which provides free and reduced cost services for the animals of people affected by HIV/AIDS. The clients and animals served by the program are depending on you to help make this event a success. Links to the SNAP team page will appear on our Facebook page and in next month's issue of SNAPtales. Please sign up!

AIDS Walk Houston is a short five kilometer (3.1 mile) stroll 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 9, 2014. The walk starts at Sam Houston Park in front of Houston City Hall in downtown Houston. Registration 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 or simply prefer not to, please consider sponsoring another team member. Whether you choose to walk or sponsor, you will be helping SNAP reach its goal. Please plan to 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 2014 taxes.

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.

SNAP is honored to be chosen as an AIDS Walk beneficiary for a second year by AIDS Foundation Houston. We are sincerely grateful to the agency for its continuing support of SNAP and the Animal Aid Program!
Save The Date: Bayou City Art Festival
Your Kind Assistance Is Critical to Success of Volunteer Fundraiser
Your helpful hands are needed at the Bayou City Art Festival

The 2014 Spring Bayou City Art Festival is just a few months away! This volunteer event is a huge fundraiser for SNAP and has become a tradition among our wonderful volunteers. This year's fall festival takes place on the weekend of Friday, March 28, through Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Please note that this is a change from the dates announced when this newsletter was first published.) We need hundreds of helping hands to serve icy beverages to thirsty festival attendees. Ready to volunteer? Just email our volunteer coordinator.

In return for your hard work, the festival allows us to keep all of the tips you receive and hands over a substantial percentage of the sales receipts. Between the spring and fall festivals, SNAP typically nets somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 a year thanks to your assistance!

You are free to spend the rest of that day roaming the festival because admission to the festival is included on the day you volunteer. That's a $15 value! You will 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.  We still need people for the shifts:

(Hours are the same all three 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, send an email message to or call 713-862-3863 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. We ask that you commit to work one or more shifts of four to six hours. No mixing of drinks is required. Because alcoholic beverages are served, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

SNAP is deeply grateful to all of you who have participated in this longstanding tradition to help 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 familiar faces again and meeting new volunteers as well. Please volunteer today! 

Save (Lives) at LAVO Collections
 Post-Holiday Shopping Benefits the Animals through January at Ladies Wear Retailer
Shop LAVO for a cause! Kickoff, Sunday, Nov 17, 2013!
If you’re a post-holiday shopper on the hunt for ladies wear, shop at LAVO Collections and you can help animals with every purchase. The women’s apparel and accessory retailer launched #LAVOforACause during in November, and the fundraiser continues all the way through January 17, 2014!  This fundraiser benefits three nonprofit agencies: SNAP, the Pink Door, and Girls Inc. For each in-store purchase of $50.00 or more, LAVO will donate ten percent of the total to one of the three charities. You, the buyer, gets to choose which of the charities will receive the donation generated by your purchase.

Note that all five Houston-area LAVO Collections stores are participating in the fundraiser. Donations will be totaled and checks distributed to each of the charities at the end of the program. Shop LAVO Collections to help make 2014 a brighter year for the animals! SNAP is grateful to LAVO Collections for its support through this generous and creative fundraising effort.
Houston Rockets Score for SNAP
NBA Basketball Team Benefits Spay-Neuter Programs with Two Court Wins
The Houston Rockets Score for SNAP... Twice!
The Houston Rockets NBA basketball team held two SNAP Night events at games on Saturday, November 23, 2013, and Friday, December 6, 2013, with a percentage of ticket sales coming back to support the agency’s spay-neuter programs. Dozens of SNAP supporters enjoyed the games which saw the Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 112 to 101 and the Golden State Warriors by a score of 105 to 83. The funds raised through the events will support spay-neuter programs that help reduce the number of homeless animals in our communities. The games took place at the Toyota Center—the Rockets’ home arena—in Houston, Texas.

SNAP is deeply grateful to the Houston Rockets for their ongoing support and to the great fans and SNAP supporters who came out to make the evening both fun and successful!
Upcoming SNAP Events
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Everywhere
  World Spay Day
SNAP commemorates global day of awareness with spay-neuter events. Details to come.
March 24-30, 2014 – San Antonio, TX
  Birdies for Charities
Sign up online or via a pledge form to donate for each birdie during the Texas Valero Open.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Houston, TX
  AIDS Walk Houston
Join the SNAP team for a 5K walkathon that benefits the Animal Aid Program. Details to come.
Saturday, March 20 6, 2013 - San Antonio, TX
  San Antonio Pet Expo
Stop by our booth for information on spay-neuter and animal wellness or just to say hello!
Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23, 2014 – Houston, TX
  2014 Spring Bayou City Art Festival
We need hundreds of helpful hands to make our bi-annual volunteer fundraiser a success.

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner

Hello Darlings!

Do you ever wonder whether we are making a dent in the animal overpopulation problem? You’re not the only one. I get asked all the time! I am happy to be able to report good news, but before I get ahead of myself, you might want to have a look at this letter from Scott, a Great Dane from Greatwood.

Dear Hedda,

My human parent, Arthur, was recently reading an Internet news site and came across a statistic by the Humane Society of the United States. It said that three-to-four million animals are euthanized—killed that is—in U.S. shelters each year. I keep hoping we are going to make progress against animal overpopulation so that fewer innocent animals die needlessly. Are we actually getting anywhere though? Why do so many have to die?

Sign me,
Not Feeling So Great

Great Scott,

First, let me acknowledge that even one animal dying needlessly in a shelter is unacceptable. The annual toll that overpopulation inflicts is terrible. That said, I must also tell you that we are indeed making progress. In 1970, estimates of the number of animals dying in shelters ranged from 12-to-20 million. That’s three-to-six times as many animals as die in shelters today. The overall population has grown considerably, however, meaning that we are doing a far better job of making sure that more animals are born wanted and loved. These figures come from the same HSUS study your friend Arthur was reading about.

Spay-neuter is largely responsible for the reduction in the number of animals being euthanized.  Adoptions are important as well, but canine and feline rates of reproduction are vastly higher than human rates of reproduction. We would never be able to bring over population under control through adoptions alone. Spay-neuter addresses the problem at its source by preventing happenstance births before they happen. Adoption attempts to make the best of a bad situation by finding homes for excess animals after the fact. Be that as it may, if you want to add a canine (or feline) friend to your household, please adopt! The reality is that until we are preventing all unwanted births, there are going to be adorable loving animals that need homes. Maybe you can find room for one in your home? If you do, be sure to get him or her sterilized, and support the efforts of SNAP to help get animals living in low-income areas sterilized as well. It’s the humane thing to do. 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:
  Walmart Foundation (#1137 at I-10 East), $1500

Visit SNAP at the San Antonio Pet Expo
Drop by to Get Information on Spay-Neuter and Wellness or Just to Say Hello!
Visit the SNAP booth at the 2014 San Antonio Pet Expo!
The SNAP San Antonio Street Team will be at the 2014 San Antonio Pet Expo, and they invite you to stop by for a visit! They will have information on spay-neuter (and the important role it plays in preventing animal overpopulation), everything you need to know about SNAP wellness services, and some great freebies to give away! If you’re not sure you’re ready to have your dog or cat sterilized--or if just want to find out about vaccinations or heartworm prevention—you can get your questions answered at the SNAP booth. You say you’ve got all that covered? Great! Come with any four-footed friends you have along and say hello anyway!

The expo features entertainment, demonstrations, giveaways, an exhibitor hall (where you will find the SNAP booth), a costume contest, and an appearance by Animal Planet celebrity Shorty “Pit Boss” Rossi and his handsome dog Hercules! It all takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the San Antonio Event Center located at 8111 Meadow Leaf Dr., San Antonio, Texas. The SNAP booth number is not yet available, but we will post it in future issues of SNAPtales, on our Facebook page, and on our event calendar. We hope to see you there!
SNAP Clinics Celebrate Anniversaries
San Antonio Clinic Marks Six Years of Operations; Pasadena Clinic Completes Its First
SNAP San Antonio and Pasadena clinics mark anniversaries.
The SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinics in San Antonio and Pasadena, Texas, both mark their anniversaries in the month of January. The San Antonio clinic opened in January of 2008--six years ago. The clinic, located at 6758 Ingram Rd. in San Antonio, provided spay-neuter and wellness services for approximately 15,000 animals in 2013. The clinic was made possible by funding from PetSmart Charities and numerous other public and private donors.

The Pasadena clinic opened just last year. This clinic, which is located at 913 Shaw in Pasadena, provided spay-neuter and wellness services for approximately 9,500 animals in 2013. The clinic was made possible by favorable rental terms and build-out assistance from the City of Pasadena. It also received generous funding from PetSmart Charities and a number of public and private donors.

SNAP is thrilled to be marking these clinic milestones, and we look forward to serve many more animals in the years to come.
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Dear Readers,

A new year has begun and with it the chance to improve our lives through the adoption of some New Year’s resolutions! Have you ever considered your feline friends when setting resolutions? If you have, bravo for you! If you have not, take a moment to consider all the joy your cat(s) bring into your life. If you do, I think you will realize it is only fair to include a resolution or two to bring joy to your furry pals. If you need some help coming up with some kitty-relevant resolutions, look no further! Madame Astrocat has them in this month’s top ten list!

10. Play a Bit – Make a resolution to play with your cat every day. It’s not just fun, it also provide much needed exercise and mental stimulation for her. Remember, we are a predatory species, so it is natural for us to hunt. Thanks to you we no longer need to hunt our own food, but the instinct is still there, and it’s how we get our exercise. Chasing a ball or the light from a laser toy for a few minutes is just the thing to keep us healthy and sharp.

9. Look Around
– Have you looked around your house lately to make sure there are no plants or other substances that might be hazardous to your kitty? It’s easy to bring home a house plant or a bouquet of flowers for the table without thinking about whether they might be dangerous to your cat. Resolve to review the contents of your house on a monthly basis to help prevent avoidable accidents. The ASPCA website has a list of plants that are and are not toxic. (Who knew Aloe is poisonous to cats?)

8. Learn to Read
– Isn’t this silly? How could you be reading this if you didn’t already know how to read? Here’s the thing. I’m not suggesting you learn to read written language, I’m suggesting you make a resolution to learn how to read feline body language. If you want to know what’s on your mind, do a little research. Your cat’s stance and the position of his tail can tell you volumes.

7. Research It
  – It seems there is always something new to learn, and isn’t that great? How boring would life be if we already knew everything? One topic that is ever evolving is feline nutrition—or more specifically what brands of food are the best for your kitty. Resolve to review your cat’s diet at least once a year. There is a lot to consider, including your cat’s age and any medical conditions or allergies she may have. Many websites provide reviews and information about cat food, but those that aren’t trying to sell you food are more likely to be unbiased. If your cat has medical issues, be sure to ask your vet for recommendations.

6. Consider This
  – There are many things beyond diet to consider as your animal grows older. This year, resolve to learn more about feline aging issues and you will be better prepared to meet your cat’s needs as he reaches his senior years. You might be surprised at how many of the issues that older humans face can also affect your kitty!

5. Protect Them
– Think for a moment: Is your cat vaccinated against common diseases such as rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia? Do you protect her against heartworms, fleas, and ticks? If not, make a resolution to start doing so. It’s not that expensive, and it will help insure that your baby lives a long and happy life.

4. Bond... Cat Bond
  – Do have tons of free time? Who does? Maybe you should make a resolution to stop and smell the roses—and pet your kitty—more often! It’s good for you! Research shows that a few minutes of cuddle time with a favorite furry friend can reduce your blood pressure. It’s good for your cat too. Most of all, it helps build the bond between you.

3. Prevent "Accidents"
– Tell me your cat is sterilized. If he or she is not, what are you waiting for? Resolve to make an appointment for spay/neuter surgery as soon as possible! In fact, do it right now! I will still be here when you get back. It’s that important. Cats (and dogs) born unwanted are at high risk for ending up in shelters or abandoned. Either way, they face a short and unhappy future. It’s completely avoidable.

2. Help Others
– Once you’ve had your own animal(s) sterilized, help keep other kitties (and doggies) from being born homeless by supporting SNAP. You can do that by donating or volunteering. There are many ways to donate as well, and some of them cost you nothing at all! See our Easy Giving page for some ideas.

1. Educate Everyone – Every one of the preceding resolutions you keep will help your kitty (or kitties) lead a better life, but don’t keep it to yourself! Resolve to share the information with friends, family, and coworkers so their kitties have better lives as well! Everything you’ve learned is of value, but if you manage to share only one thing, make it how important it is to have their cat(s) spayed or neutered. Preventing the birth of unwanted kittens is the single best way there is to make life better for the feline population of the world!

Quote of the Month
"You should know by the kindness of uh dog the way uh human should be." ~ Don Van Vliet
No-Birth is the First Step to No-Kill
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