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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
March 1, 2014
- 4,576 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2014
 
SNAP has sterilized over
465,000
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
 
Enter Tails of Three Cities Today!
Win Original Artwork of Your Dog or Cat; Winners in Houston, Pasadena, San Antonio

 
The SNAP Tails of Three Cities Contest begins TODAY!
Your dog or cat could be the next face of SNAP! Enter your dog or cat in the Tails of Three Cities contest and get your family and friends to vote! The animal photos that get the most votes will serve as the artistic inspiration for artwork by prominent Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut. The resulting artwork will appear on a new SNAP t-shirt and the winners will receive both a t-shirt and the original artwork to keep! There is even more in the grand prize package; see below for completely details

There will be six winners comprised of one dog and one cat each from Houston, Pasadena, and San Antonio. The contest is free to enter and votes cost only $1 each (with $5 minimum purchase). Win or lose, here is the most important detail: the money raised by your votes will support SNAP programs to spay and neuter other deserving animals.

The contest starts today, Saturday, March 1, 2014, so find or take that perfectly irresistible photo and head on over to the contest website to sign up.

SIX GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

   Houston Cat/Houston Dog
   Pasadena Cat/Pasadena Dog
   San Antonio Cat/San Antonio Dog

GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE:

   Artist Kermit Eisenhut will use your photo to create artwork for a new SNAP t-shirt!
   You will receive a t-shirt featuring the artwork of your animal!
   You will get the original artwork to keep!
   You will receive a SNAP gift bag!

Winners will be featured in SNAPtales, the monthly SNAP e-newsletter. The resulting artwork will also be displayed in SNAP clinics, on the SNAP web site, and on our social media pages.

Tails of Three Cities ends on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 10:00 PM CST. The sooner you enter the sooner you can start racking up those votes, so visit the contest website today!

SNAP is deeply grateful to Kermit Eisenhut, both for contributing his amazing artistic talents to make the contest possible and for being our contest sponsor.
  
 
Bayou City Art Festival News
SNAP and BCAF Conclude Successful Partnership Spanning Many Years
 
Your help is needed at the Bayou City Art Festival!
Dear SNAP Volunteers,

Thank you so much to those of you who have volunteered for SNAP at the spring Bayou City Art Festival and to those of you who have volunteered in years past. SNAP and the festival have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial partnership. The relationship between our organizations has evolved over the years, and as a result of recent changes in the structure of the festival, the two groups have decided it is not feasible to renew the contract for SNAP to run the beverage booths. Therefore, SNAP will not be working at the festival on March 28 – 30. We do apologize for this inconvenience and are so grateful for all the help you have given us in the past.

Thank you for stepping up to help the animals. Your willingness to donate your time and energy is greatly appreciated. Please watch our monthly newsletter, SNAPtails, for future volunteer opportunities.

We wish the Bayou City Art Festival much success. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@snapus.org
 
It's Go Time for AIDS Walk Houston
Not Too Late to Join Team SNAP to Help the Animals of Those Affected by HIV/AIDS
 
Sign up for the SNAP Houston AIDS Walk team today!
AIDS Walk Houston takes place next weekend (Sunday, March 9, 2014). Have you signed up to walk with or sponsor Team SNAP? If you are asking why you would, imagine learning you have contracted a life-threatening chronic disease that will cost you vast sums of money to treat. Now imagine that those expenses may force you to decide between maintaining your own health and keeping your beloved dog or cat. The choice is not as simple as it might seem. Studies show that having animals benefits both the emotional and physical health of those who are chronically ill.

The SNAP Animal Aid Program was started to help people of limited means who find themselves in precisely this situation. The program provides free spay-neuter surgery and reduced-cost wellness services for the animals of those affected by this serious disease.

Operating the Animal Aid Program is not inexpensive, but SNAP is fortunate to have the incredible support of AIDS Foundation Houston in this endeavor. AFH has made SNAP a benefiting agency of AIDS Walk Houston 2014. As a result, some of the funds raised by the walk will come back to SNAP, but how much is up to you. All of the money directly raised by Team SNAP comes back to fund AAP, but if the team raises at least $5,000, SNAP will share in a percentage of the overall earnings of the event as well. Your part is easy. Just booth up and sign up a few sponsors. If you can’t walk with the team, you can sponsor someone who is already walking. The animals will love you for it either way!

AIDS Walk Houston is a short five kilometer (3.1 mile) stroll through Houston’s scenic streets. It's easy on the feet and good for the heart in more ways than one. The walk takes place on Sunday, March 9, 2014, and starts in Hermann Park Square in front of Houston City Hall in downtown Houston. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., the opening ceremonies are at 9:00 a.m., and the step off is at 10:00 a.m.

To join the team or support another walk, visit the Team SNAP webpage. There you can click on the "Join This Team" button if you would like to walk, or you can click on the name of someone already on the team if you would like to sponsor his or her participation. Whether you choose to walk or sponsor, you will be helping SNAP reach our goal. If we succeed, the money raised will help SNAP provide free spay-neuter and free and reduced-cost wellness services for the animals of those living with HIV/AIDS through the Animal Aid Program.

The SNAP team needs your support, so please sign up or contribute today! Your gift may make you eligible for a tax-deduction on your 2014 taxes, but the best reason to walk is to help animals and the people who love them.

SNAP would like to thank AIDS Foundation Houston for once again making SNAP a benefiting agency and for its support of the Animal Aid Program.

 
Paint A Pug with Kermit
Art Class Fundraiser by Renowned Houston Artist Focuses on Pugs

  
Artist Kermit Eisenhut gives advice at recent SNAP art benef
Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut advises a budding artist at the recent SNAP dachshund painting class. Eisenhut will be teaching a class on pugs at the Houston clinic on Durham Dr. on Sunday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m.
SNAP is thrilled to announce that renowned Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut has generously begun teaching painting classes right in our own clinic and handing over the class fees as a donation to SNAP. Kermit kicked off the classes in February with a class on dachshunds. He is following it up this month with a class that will focus on pugs. If you have a pug or just want to learn how to paint one, sign up and Kermit will teach you! You will start with a simple sketch on canvas provided and proceed to paint the finished piece under the instructor’s tutelage.

The class will take place at the SNAP Houston Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at 1801 Durham Dr., Suite 1, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.  If you feel your muse would respond better to stronger drink, you are welcome to bring your own bottle. Paints, brushes, canvases, and all other art supplies will be provided. Your finished artwork is yours to keep.

The fee for the class is $50. Only 20 spaces are available, so reserve your spot soon by calling Magda Serrano at 713-862-3863 x207 or emailing mserrano@snapus.org right away! SNAP would like to express its appreciation to Kermit Eisenhut and Seriously Mabel Greetings for sponsoring this event. We would also like to thank Seriously Mabel Greetings for making SNAP its charity benefactor for 2014.
 
Birdies Are About to Fly
Valero Texas Open Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Spay-Neuter
 
Tee up to help the animals with Birdies for Charities®!
Love golf? Love animals? The Valero Texas Open Birdies for Charities® event let's you combine your passions to raise money for spay-neuter!
The Valero Texas Open Birdies for Charity® fundraiser is just around the corner, and SNAP has been selected as a beneficiary of the event! If you are an animal lover with an interest in golf (or just love animals and want to help), you can pledge to donate for every birdie made at the Valero Texas Open. If you prefer the certainty of a known amount, you can make a one-time donation instead. Either way, you will be helping animals that might not otherwise get the chance to have spay-neuter surgery. Birdies for Charities® is hugely generous as well, giving 100% of the monies raised back to the participating organization!

Birdies for the Uninitiated

Not a golfer? Wondering what a birdie is? In golf, “par” is the expected number of shots it will take a golfer to put the ball in a hole. A “birdie” is when the golfer requires one fewer shots than par to accomplish that goal. When you make a pledge, you are committing to donate a set amount for each birdie that will be made during the Valero Texas Open. The tournament, which is an official PGA TOUR event, takes place the week of March 24-30, 2014, on the AT&T Oaks Course at the PGA Tournament Players Club (TPC) in San Antonio. (Pledges will count for all birdies made Wednesday, March 26-Sunday, March 30).

How Much Should You Pledge?

The 2013 Valero Texas Open had 1,640 birdies made, so a pledge of $0.01 yielded a donation of $16.40. Birdies for Charities® recommends this amount ($0.01 per birdie) as a good level for individuals and ups the ante to $0.50 per birdie for corporations. A typical year sees 1900 to 2000 birdies, which would yield an individual contribution in the neighborhood of $19-$20 or a corporate contribution of $900-$1,000 based on these suggested giving levels.

You can donate using a downloadable pledge form or online on the Texas Valero Open website. You have the option to pay by cash, check, credit card, or the convenience to be billed after the tournament. (Cash and check donations must be accompanied by a donation form.) Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and may qualify you for a tax deduction. Please consult a qualified tax professional about your own individual tax situation.

The benefiting organizations with the 52 highest pledge/donation amounts as of February 26, 2014, will automatically receive an additional $200 from the tournament and be represented by an amateur team playing in a Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, March 26. The teams will compete for a $20,000 bonus pool, which will be divided up between the benefiting nonprofits based on their teams’ score.

The Sooner the Better

The 2014 Pledge Period runs from October 4, 2013 – March 25, 2014, but the sooner you pledge or donate, the more opportunities there are for SNAP to win. This is because Birdies for Charities is entering benefiting agencies that reach $1,000 in total donations in a series of $500 drawings. The agencies that reach $1,000 the soonest will end up in more drawings than those who reach that milestone later on. Valero Texas Open will also match 5 percent of total collected donations for every agency that reaches at least $1,000—up to a maximum of $10,000!

“Guess the Birdies” Contest

To add excitement and encourage you to participate, you can enter the “Guess the Birdies” contest. Simply guess how many birdies will be made Wednesday–Sunday of tournament week. The entrant with the correct guess wins the grand prize: a Stay-and-Play Gift Package, compliments of TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Ties will be resolved through a tiebreaker event. If no one guesses correctly, a computer will randomly select the grand prize winner.

Make your pledge—or a straight-up donation—today, and get ready to see the birdies fly! SNAP is deeply grateful to Birdies for Charities® for selecting SNAP to be a beneficiary of the tournament.
 
Raise Your Paws for Wine
Join Us at Sonoma Wine Bar in April for Wine-Tasting Fundraiser for SNAP
 
Join us at Sonoma for Wine for Paws!
Spring approaches, and what better way to celebrate than with a wine tasting? Sonoma Wine Bar is right on time with its second annual Paws for Wine fundraiser benefiting SNAP. The $50 admission fee gives you the opportunity to sip and swirl 30 wines and beers with tasty food pairings. It promises to be a great afternoon for both oenophiles and animals since a portion of the proceeds will be handed over to SNAP to help fund our mobile programs that provide free spay-neuter and a rabies vaccination for animals living in low-income households.

Pup Squad will be there with some of their adorable pups. If your home needs a new furry friend, stop and introduce yourself to a few of them. The SNAP mobile clinic will also be on hand giving tours.

The folks at Sonoma Wine Bar are handling ticket sales, so call them at 713-864-9463 to order your tickets today! The tasting takes place 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Houston Heights location of Sonoma, 801 Studewood St., Houston, Texas 77007.

SNAP is grateful to Sonoma for its ongoing generosity in holding this second annual fundraiser for SNAP. We hope you will join us as we Paws for Wine!!
 
Easter LGBT Fete Benefits SNAP
Volunteers Needed for Bunnies on the Bayou Celebration
 
SNAP Needs Volunteers for Bunnies on the Bayou!
SNAP is hopping with happiness to announce that it has once again been selected as a beneficiary of the annual Bunnies on the Bayou event. “Bunnies” is an LGBT community fundraiser that started way back in 1979. That means this is the event’s 35th Anniversary! The celebration takes place on Easter Sunday every year, and while it is a huge party, it raises a huge amount of money for charity as well. This year should be no exception. SNAP is grateful to the Bunnies on the Bayou organization for choosing to help the dogs and cats that benefit from the SNAP Animal Aid Program (AAP). The AAP provides free spay-neuter, free exams, and reduced-cost wellness for the animals of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.

In return for its largess, the organization that holds the event needs SNAP to provide approximately 20 volunteers. These volunteers will staff the beverage booths during the event. Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities webpage to learn more.

Bunnies on the Bayou is billed as the largest annual outdoor cocktail party in Texas, so it’s an adult event where the LGBT community gathers to enjoy a few drinks, listen to a few DJ-curated tunes, and get together with a few friends. Many of the attendees dress up with the Easter theme in mind, so it can be entertaining as well. It takes place at the Wortham Center Fish Plaza on Sunday, April 20, 2014, from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person when purchased in advance at the Bunnies on the Bayou website or at the door for $40 per person.
 
Clinics Sterilized 148 on Spay Day
Houston and San Antonio Staff Worked Long Hours to Provide Free Surgeries
 
Theodore and Fighter were sterilized on World Spay Day
Theodore and Fighter, two cute pups who were among the many sterilized on the San Antonio mobile clinic on World Spay Day. The clinic spayed and neutered 24 pit bulls--along with 13 feral cats!
SNAP clinics spayed and neutered a total of 148 animals for free this past Tuesday as part of World Spay Day. The animals were sterilized aboard the Houston and San Antonio mobile clinics and at the SNAP San Antonio clinic. SNAP first participated in the event, which is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, 20 years ago.

The Houston mobile clinic commemorated the occasion by neutering 80 male cats. This accomplishment was the work of a single hardworking veterinarian, William Folger, D.V.M., who volunteered his services this year as he has many years in the past. Another repeat volunteer was Colleen Hodges, Education/PR Coordinator at HCPHES Veterinary Public Health. She coordinated appointments and conducted client check-in for the event. The Houston operation was funded by a generous donation from the Harris family--who are longtime SNAP supporters. SNAP is grateful to our wonderful volunteers and the Harrises for making the event possible.

The San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic provided free spaying and neutering to pit bulls that reside within the city of San Antonio. The staff's accomplishment for the day was to prevent 12 males and 12 females--a total of 24 dogs--from becoming parents to any further unwanted offspring. In addition, 13 feral cats (8 female and 5 male) were sterilized, bringing the clinic’s total for the day to 37 animals.  Sherise of Heaven Sent Pit Bull rescue was on hand to inform the clients about the training services offered by the rescue group free of charge to pit bull guardians.  The clinic also offered a microchipping special, and 16 pit bull parents took advantage to get their animals microchipped for just $10. The pit bulls were sterilized under a grant from San Antonio Animal Care Services.

The San Antonio mobile clinic performed spay-neuter surgery on a total of 26 animals, including seven male dogs, four male cats, eight female dogs, and seven female cats. The clinic was stationed at the World Spay Day Pet Fair on the front lawn on the main campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The SNAP team was able to provide services to everyone who showed up for the event, and several clients were able to get more than one animal sterilized. Five clients took advantage of the microchipping special at this event. All the babies and their human companions were thankful for Spay Day and the important services that they received.

Not content with their accomplishments for the day, San Antonio staffers Rolando Gonzalez and Mary Kate Lawler, D.V.M., attended a World Spay Day recognition banquet and gave a presentation on SNAP and the importance of spay-neuter.  Dr. Lawler spoke about dog and cat overpopulation being a worldwide problem, drawing stories from some of the international trips she has taken to perform spay-neuter surgeries and commenting on the need to stay the course and remember that we must approach overpopulation one animal at a time. The banquet was organized by the San Antonio Vegetarian Society, the Joel Haley Foundation, and Voice for Animals. It was held at the Indian Palace restaurant.

Performing surgery on 148 dogs and cats in a single day is a lot of work, but it takes a lot of animals out of the breeding population. SNAP is grateful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and staff members who came together and worked so hard to make the day a success.

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, community cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or abandoned to fend for themselves.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Dogs & Divas Brunch
Join Houston's Fabulous Divas at Berryhill to raise funds for the SNAP AIDS Walk Team.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Houston, TX
  AIDS Walk Houston
Join the SNAP team for a 5K walkathon that benefits the Animal Aid Program.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  Wine Tasting at Deco's Pizzeria
Eight wines for $20 with proceeds to SNAP mobile spay-neuter programs. Details to come!
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Kermit Eisenhut Painting Class
Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut teaches your to paint a pug! $50 fee funds spay-neuter.
Saturday, March 20, 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  San Antonio Pet Expo
Stop by our booth for information on spay-neuter and animal wellness or just to say hello!
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.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Houston Rockets Dog Walk
Walk your dog with the Rockets from 8-11 a.m. to benefit the Hermann Park Conservancy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Paws for Wine
Join us for this SNAP benefit wine tasting at Sonoma Wine Bar in the Houston Heights.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Bunnies on the Bayou
Please volunteer for this Easter Sunday LGBT community fundraiser benefiting SNAP.

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Hello Darlings!

I would like my human readers to consider the following scenario: What would you do if you had a female dog that was not spayed and had a litter of puppies? Would you hand over the puppies to a shelter? Would you try to find homes for them? Would you abandon them on the streets, or perhaps put them in a box and drop them off in front of a veterinary clinic? I’m fairly certain this is a purely academic exercise for most of you because I feel certain that most of you would never have a female dog that wasn’t spayed—unless it was a puppy, of course. Perhaps you know people, however, who might benefit from this month’s column. If so, please feel free to forward it to them. What is this month’s column about? Read this letter from Dahlia, a dachshund mix from Deerfield, to find out.

Dear Hedda,

First things first, my human family had me spayed when I was about five months old. I just want to get that out there. What I don’t understand is why anyone would fail to spay a female dog (or neuter a male dog for that matter) if she (or he) weren’t prepared to have a house full of puppies. I bring it up because my family took me to the SNAP clinic in San Antonio a couple of weeks ago, and someone had dropped off a box of puppies in front of the clinic before it opened for the day. I know the clinic must have plenty of connections for dealing with things like that, but it still seems irresponsible to me to let unwanted puppies be born in the first place. What’s wrong with people, Hedda?

Sign me,
Disgusted Dahlia

Dear Disgusted,

I am disgusted too, and I am afraid I cannot fathom what goes through the head of someone who has an unsterilized dog (or cat) and isn’t prepared to deal with the consequences. You are correct, Dahlia, in assuming that someone would have to be very irresponsible to let this type of thing occur. You are mistaken, however, in thinking that a veterinary clinic would be well equipped to deal with a box of puppies left on its doorstep. SNAP—and many other veterinary clinics—are not set up as kennels. They do not have people on staff overnight to look after animals, and as a daytime-only clinic, they don’t even keep dog food (or cat food) on hand. The only responsible way the situation could be dealt with was for employees to take the puppies to their homes and to assume the responsibility of feeding and caring for them until other homes could be found.

The person who abandoned these animals created a huge inconvenience and both personal and financial burdens for these employees. This miscreant didn’t just do wrong by the puppies; he or she did wrong by clinic staff as well. That just isn’t cool.

So yes, it is irresponsible to bring animals into a world where they aren’t wanted. To then abandon them is nothing less than cruel and neglectful.

I want to end this column on a happier note, so I will mention that loving and responsible homes were eventually found for all of the puppies. So this is a story that ends well for them, but a positive outcome was by no means certain, and it required no small contribution from the San Antonio clinic staff. SNAP is lucky to have such caring and selfless employees. 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:
 
   Castroville Nip and Tuck, $9,200

   Bear Hugs Foundation, $1,500
   Alfred S. Gage Foundation, $1,000
   ASPCA, $5,000

 
Dogs & Divas Save the Day
Lady Shamu Plays Hostess for LGBT Fundraiser Benefiting SNAP AIDS Walk Team
  
Dogs & Divas: Sure to be fun--and to help the animals!
The SNAP AIDS Walk team gets a generous and gender nonconforming boost tomorrow as Lady Shamu plays hostess to some of the most glamorous divas in the LGBT community at Dogs & Divas. This kicky drag brunch takes place at Berryhill Baja Grill in Montrose. Both the performers’ tips and 10 percent of your check will directly support Team SNAP. (You will order from the regular brunch menu and pay the restaurant directly.) Guest performers include Miss Lana Blake, Miss Steffany Smith, Miss Nikita Elektra, and Miss Purrrfect 2013 Miss Ashleey Houston. Each and every one is a fierce diva in her own right, so this is sure to be the most raucous and entertaining brunch in town tomorrow. You are cordially invited to join in on the (decidedly adult) fun!

Dogs & Divas is upon us—to wit, it all happens tomorrow-- Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Berryhill Baja Grill at 3407 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006. Brunch starts at 2 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Don’t miss this one!

SNAP is deeply grateful to Berryhill Baja Grill, Lady Shamu, event producer Gia Christina Hidalgo, and all of the wonderful divas who are working so hard in support of Team SNAP and the dogs and cats served by the Animal Aid Program.
 
Join Us at San Antonio Pet Expo
SNAP Booth to Offer Education, Information, and Freebies at Annual Animal Event
  
Visit the SNAP booth at the 2013 San Antonio Pet Expo!
The 2014 San Antonio Pet Expo is coming up on Saturday, March 29, 2014, and SNAP will be there! All are invited to drop by and visit our booth to learn more about spay-neuter and the SNAP programs that can help you keep your furry friends healthy and happy. This year, Animal Planet’s Shorty Rossi, star of the popular ‘Pit Boss’ television program, will appear with his noble dog Hercules. Shorty is the official spokesperson for Amazing Pet Expos and runs Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue, a charity he formed that rescues, rehabilitates, and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes. Rossi will be educating expo attendees about the myths surrounding Breed Specific Legislation, but he will be available for autographs and photos as well! The expo also features an abundance of local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers, and organizations primarily geared towards animals and the people who love them. See the event website for full details.

The San Antonio Pet Expo runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the San Antonio Event Center located at 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive, San Antonio, Texas. Be sure to stop at the SNAP booth and say hello!

 
 
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Dear Readers,

Spring will shortly be upon us, and with it the kind of weather that leads one to lounge idly in the grass with a great book of poetry or philosophy. These are the times when we slow down a little bit to reflect on life and our world. It should not surprise you that my favorite thinkers are those who ponder the relationship between humans and their animal friends. This month I offer you my top ten quotes about animals from people who have obviously taken the time to give it some thought:

10. Fool for Love - “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” ~ Samuel Butler

9. Means of Refuge - “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

8. Claws Sheathed - “I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” ~ James Herriot

7. Restless Earnestness - "Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.” ~ Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)

6. Greatness of Nations - “It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” ~ Mark Twain

5. The Better for It - “I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

4. Love, Loyalty, and Gratitude - “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

3. The Business of Life - “All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.” ~ Samuel Butler

2. Thinkers vs. Cats - "I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." ~ Hippolyte Taine

1. Other Nations - “The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” ~ Henry Beston (The Outermost House)

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"Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering." ~ Dalai Lama
 
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