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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
April 1, 2014
- 9,430 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2014
 
SNAP has sterilized over
465,000
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
 
Tails of Three Cities Winners Announced
Two Animals Inducted into Newly Established Hall of Fame for Grand Champions

 
Congratulations to the winners of Tails of Three Cities!
SNAP is excited to announce the winners of the Tails of Three Cities Photo Contest, and the establishment of a Hall of Fame to honor entrants who--through years of participation--have raised extraordinary sums for spay-neuter. The first two Hall of Fame Grand Champions are Dougie (canine division) and Meercat (feline division). Both are long-time supporters of SNAP and have raised many thousands of dollars for spay-neuter. We congratulate them and all of our wonderful geographical division winners:

  Houston Dog: Cosmo Politan
  Houston Cat: Bluebird
  San Antonio Dog: Lela
  San Antonio Cat: Junior
  Pasadena Dog
: Hero
  Pasadena Cat
: Leo

SNAP is sincerely grateful to our winners and all of the entrants who participated, thereby helping us accomplish our mission to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas. When it comes to spay-neuter, every animal is a winner!

Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut will create artwork immortalizing each of the winners. That artwork will then be used to create new SNAP t-shirts, which you will be able to purchase on the SNAP website. While not everyone who entered won, everyone who participated can be proud of having helped SNAP raise $14,150 to be used in funding our ongoing spay-neuter programs.

Each winner of the contest will receive a t-shirt featuring his or her animal, of course, as well as Mr. Eisenhut's original artwork and a SNAP gift bag. Copies of the artwork will be displayed at SNAP clinics, on the SNAP website, on SNAP social media pages, and in a future issue of SNAPtales.

SNAP spay-neuter programs reduce the number of dogs and cats that are born unwanted. Unwanted animals are often dumped in the streets or dropped off at shelters. The prospects for such animals are grim, and most meet an early demise. Your participation in Tails of Three Cities has helped prevent animals from being born unwanted. SNAP is grateful to Kermit Eisenhut for donating his incredible talents and to everyone who supported the contest by entering and voting!
  
 
SNAP AIDS Walk Team Raises $6,683
Amount Collected Exceeds Team Goal by More Than 33 Percent
 
Sign up for the SNAP Houston AIDS Walk team today!
Team SNAP brought home the gold for last month’s AIDS Walk Houston event, raising $6,683 in sponsorships and donations. This amount exceeds our 2014 team goal of $5,000 by more than 33 percent! The funds raised by Team SNAP will go to help fund the SNAP Animal Aid Program (AAP). The AAP was started to help the animals of people with HIV/AIDS who are financially challenged by the cost of fighting the disease. These people often find themselves forced to decide between providing for their own health or that of their animals. Studies show that having animals benefits both the emotional and physical health of those who are chronically ill. The AAP provides free spay-neuter surgery and reduced-cost wellness services for the dogs and cats of those affected by the disease.

AIDS Walk Houston was sponsored by AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH). 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.

We are grateful to all of you who joined, sponsored, or donated in support of Team SNAP for helping make AIDS Walk Houston a fundraising success and for your compassion towards the people and animals who struggle with HIV/AIDS. SNAP is also grateful to AIDS Foundation Houston for once again making SNAP a benefiting agency and for its support of the Animal Aid Program.
 
 
Join Us at Paws for Wine
Sonoma Wine Bar Holds Wine-Tasting Fundraiser for Spay-Neuter This Saturday
 
Join us at Sonoma for Wine for Paws!
Join us in celebrating the end of a long cold winter at the second annual Paws for Wine fundraiser benefiting SNAP at Sonoma in the Houston Heights. A $50 admission fee lets you sip and swirl 30 wines and beers with tasty food pairings. Pup Squad will be there with some of its adorable adoptable canine charges for you to get to know. Who knows, you might even hit it off with one and decide to give him or her a forever home. Either way, it will be a fun and relaxing afternoon for oenophiles and animals alike. A portion of the proceeds will go to SNAP to help fund our mobile clinic programs that provide free spay-neuter and a rabies vaccination for animals living in low-income households.

Tickets are available from Sonoma Wine Bar. Call 713-864-9463 to purchase your tickets today! The tasting takes place from 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!
 
Walk Your Dog with the Rockets
Houston NBA Basketball Team Supports Hermann Park Conservancy with Dog Walk

  
Walk with the Rockets to make Hermann Park more dog friendly
There will be no penalty for walking when you participate in The 2nd Annual Dog Walk benefiting Hermann Park Conservancy presented by the Houston Rockets. There will just be a fun morning out and a fun evening of basketball ahead—all while raising money for a good cause: the creation of a dog park within Hermann Park.

The Walk will follow a picturesque, one-mile path around McGovern Lake and the Jones Reflection Pool. Participants will receive one ticket to the Rockets' April 6 game vs. Denver, a handsome commemorative T-shirt for you, and a giveaway for your pup.

The Rockets will host an after party at Lake Plaza with various vendors, goodies, and prizes for owners and doggies alike.

Sign up today and then bring your furry friend to Lake Plaza at Hermann Park on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Registration and packet pick-up is from 6:30-7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $30 for a single registration or $100 for a group of four. Each ticket entitles the walker to bring one dog to the event. Hermann Park is located at 6001 Fannin St., Houston, Texas 77030. For additional information, please call 713-758-7231.
 
Love Pit Bulls? So Do We!
ASPCA Funds Free Spay-Neuter for 50 Pit Bulls in 77011 and 77012 Zip Codes
 
Live in 77011 or 77012? Get your pit bull sterilized for FRE
If you love pit bulls, you can help keep them out of shelters and off our streets by having yours spayed or neutered. If you live in the 77011 or 77012 zip codes (in the Pasadena area), you can even get that done for free if you hurry. The ASPCA has given SNAP funds to sterilize 50 pit bulls from households within those zip codes, but once all of the appointments are spoken for, the deal ends. You can, of course, always get your dog(s) fixed anyway, it just won’t be free.

An appointment is required to take advantage of the free offer, and you must present proof that you live in one of the two zip codes specified above. (A photo ID and/or a recent utility bill will suffice.) The offer includes the surgery as well as pain medication for the animal and a rabies vaccination.

To request an appointment, call 713-343-1700 or click on the online appointment request link you will find on the clinic webpage. Surgeries will be performed at the SNAP Pasadena Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at 913 Shaw, Pasadena, Texas 77506.

SNAP would like to thank the ASPCA for funding this great program to help reduce the number of pit bulls being born unwanted.
 
Bring on the Bunnies
LGBT Easter Day Event Benefits SNAP; Volunteers Needed
 
SNAP Needs Volunteers for Bunnies on the Bayou!
Bunnies on the Bayou, an LGBT community event benefiting the SNAP Houston Animal Aid Program, is right around the corner! This community fundraiser started way back in 1979, making this the event’s 35th anniversary! The celebration takes place on Easter Sunday every year, and while it is a huge party, it raises huge sums 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.

When one receives, it is only fair to give in return. Bunnies on the Bayou needs SNAP to provide some volunteers to staff beverage booths for the event. If you can help, please sign up on the event’s volunteer webpage.

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 great music, and enjoy the company of friends. Many guests dress up with the Easter theme in mind, so it can be visually entertaining as well. Bunnies 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.

Bunnies on the Bayou, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the raising and distributing of funds for various charitable, educational, and cultural programs that seek to improve the quality of life for individuals in the LGBT community and promotes education and awareness of individual human rights within the greater Houston area. SNAP congratulates the organization on its 35th anniversary celebration!
 
Deco Pizzeria Doubles Down for Animals
$200 Raised at Wine Tasting, Pizzeria Plans Drag Brunch Fundraiser in April
 
Deco Pizzeria doubles down for SNAP with April 6 drag brunch
A March 15 wine tasting at Deco Pizzeria brought in $200 for spay-neuter, and the San Antonio eatery is doubling down by making SNAP the beneficiary of its monthly drag brunch in April.

The wine tasting was a fun and festive event to kick off the fundraising double-header. There was plenty of mingling, and SNAP personnel visited each table to meet the guests and talk about the importance of spay-neuter in fighting animal overpopulation. Each guest’s ticket price was divided between the wine vendor and SNAP. The restaurant graciously took no cut for itself, effectively donating the event space and staff time. Owner Jacob Valenzuela also provided complimentary appetizers for each table. Ticket sales generated $150 of the $200 total while another $50 was donated by a generous guest.

The pizzeria comes to the aid of animals again on April 6, 2014, when it teams up with DJ Lando and Jacob’s Dolls and Dudes to present a Deco Drag Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The proceeds of this event will benefit the SNAP San Antonio Animal Aid Program (AAP)—which is still in development but is expected to launch in the coming weeks. The program is modeled on the Houston AAP, which provides free and reduced-cost services for animals of low-income persons affected by HIV/AIDS.

Parents should be aware that the entertainment at the brunch will be adult-oriented. Deco Pizzeria is located at 1815 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78201.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
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
  Houston Pet Expo
Visit the SNAP booth at this free annual exposition at the Reliant Arena. Parking is $10.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Paws for Wine at Sonoma
Join us for this SNAP benefit wine tasting at Sonoma Wine Bar in the Houston Heights.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  Deco Drag Brunch
Deco Pizzeria, DJ Lando, and Jacob’s Dolls and Dudes team up for this adult fundraiser.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Bunnies on the Bayou
Please volunteer for this Easter Sunday LGBT community fundraiser benefiting SNAP.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 -San Antonio, TX
  Fiesta San Antonio Pooch Parade
SNAP is marching in the Fiesta Pooch Parade. Look for us and be sure to buy a SNAP badge!
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Puppies for Breakfast at Summer Street Studios
Enjoy breakfast, shopping, a huge doggie play area, and visit the SNAP table!

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Hello Darlings!

Winter seems to be over at last. Who’s ready to get out and play? I know I am. There’s nothing better than a little outdoor exercise to shake off those winter blues. But what if you are a city dog and don’t have a yard to run in? Read this month’s letter from Millie, a self-proclaimed mutt who lives in the Midtown neighborhood of Houston.

Dear Hedda,

Did you know that there are parks all over town just for dogs? I live in a third-floor apartment in Midtown. We have no yard and even our “balcony” is just a set of doors that open onto a railing to keep you from stepping out into nothing. The blocks surrounding us are filled with buildings just like this one, so places to play are few and far between. That’s why, I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I became a bit overweight. I’m not anymore though. Colleen, my human friend, found out about a new “bark park” in Elizabeth Glover Park right here in Midtown. She has taken me down there a few times, and we have had a blast every time! There is space to run, and often I meet dogs I’ve never met before. Now I hear that there might be a bark park going in down at Hermann Park in the Museum District as well. I can’t wait!

Hedda, you’ve got to let people know about these parks. They are a perfect place for us city dogs to play! Um, I mean get a bit of exercise.

Sign me,
Millie the Mutt

Dear Millie,

Dog parks—often called bark parks—are a great place for us to get some exercise, and yes… even play! There are indeed quite a few in Houston. Information about them—including locations, hours, rules, and other important information can be found on this city of Houston webpage. San Antonio pups need not feel left out either. That city has numerous dog parks of its own and a similar webpage with all the details you need to enjoy them safely. Parks such as these offer excellent facilities oriented towards the needs of canines, but let us not forget that there are exercise opportunities everywhere. If you don’t have time for a trip to the local bark park, a simple walk on the sidewalk (on a leash, of course) is better than loafing on the sofa all day. Even chasing a few toys around the living room can get the heart pumping. Just remind your human friends not to lob them towards anything expensive!

As noted, dear humans, it is important to check out the rules for your local dog parks before you go. Since there may be other dogs there who have not been vaccinated against common diseases, be smart and make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations are mandated by state law—as well as those of most cities and counties. Most municipalities also require that you have your animals licensed. Last but not least, don’t forget to take some poop bags so you can pick up after your four-footed friend. This is also the law in most cities, including Houston and San Antonio. 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:
 
  
Lost Pawses, $2,500
    Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, $500
    San Antonio Area Foundation, $742
    Wharton County SPOT, $2,500
    Best Friends Animal Society, $2,840
    Tri-City Animal Sanctuary, $11,500

 
SNAP to March in Fiesta Pooch Parade
See Us in San Antonio’s Fiesta Pooch Parade and Be Sure to Buy a SNAP Fiesta Badge!
  
Join SNAP for the Fiesta Pooch Parade and buy a SNAP badge!
A SNAP contingent will be marching in the Fiesta Pooch Parade, which is part of the larger Fiesta celebration that grips the city for the larger part of April. The Fiesta Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., starting at The Pool in Alamo Heights, located at 250 Viesca St. San Antonio, Texas 78209.

SNAP has also commissioned the creation of a SNAP Fiesta badge, which our staff members will be selling at the parade. They will make a gorgeous addition to your collection and tell the world that you support spay-neuter as the most effective means to reducing animal overpopulation.

If you see us marching, be sure to give us a big shout-out!
 
Visit SNAP at the Houston Pet Expo
Learn More about SNAP, or Just Say "Hello" While You Enjoy the Expo
  
Visit the SNAP booth at the 2014 Houston Pet Expo!
The 2014 Houston Pet Expo is coming up on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Houston, and SNAP will be there! We hope you will all come by and visit our booth to learn more about spay-neuter and the programs SNAP offers to help keep your furry friends healthy and happy. The expo will feature an appearance by Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules, the stars of "The Pit Boss" on Animal Planet; a costume contest, activity courses, agility demonstrations; an adoption event; and plenty more speakers and entertainers. Your pets are welcome too, subject to event requirements and restrictions. See the event website for complete details.

The 2014 Houston Pet Expo takes place 10 a.m.-6p.m. at the Reliant Arena located at 1 Reliant Park, Houston, Texas 77054. We hope to see you there!

 
 
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Dear Readers,
*This month, before we get to our top ten list, I want to share a brief public service announcement: Kitten season is upon us! Spring, and summer for that matter, make an intact female cat’s fancy turn to intact male cats. You know what that means, right? Kittens, and lots of them! During the warmer months, females will cycle in and out of heat repeatedly until they become pregnant. Do your part to douse the flames of love by having your cat spayed or neutered—the sooner the better! SNAP will be more than happy to help, so call us sometime. (There’s no time like the present.)

Now, let’s move on to our top ten list. This month we explore how to enrich your kitty’s environment. An article by Dr. Tony Buffington in a recent issue of Merial’s Protector newsletter suggests the following wonderful ways to spark up your kitty’s life:

10. Safe Spaces - Put your cat’s food, water, and litter box in a quiet place. Everyone likes peace and quiet while performing those necessary biological functions, and kitties are no exception!

9. Peace-Generating Options - If more than one cat lives in your household, make sure that each cat has his or her own food, water, and litter box. Many sources recommend having one more litter box than there are cats in the house. This can help relieve tension between cats having territorial issues.

8. Playtime Fodder - Cats love to play, and each cat has favorite toys and types of toys. Even a favorite toy gets boring after a while though. Provide your cat with enough toys so that you can tuck some into a drawer while kitty plays with the others. As he or she grows tired of the current crop, rotate them out with the others. Toys don’t have to be expensive either. A wine cork can provide hours of cheap entertainment. (The wine may do the same for you.)

7. Clicks For Tricks - Cat’s can’t be trained like dogs, or can they? Actually cats respond well to clicker training. The basic method involves clicking the clicker when the cat does something right, then immediately rewarding kitty with a treat. The finer points can be learned via numerous websites and videos on the Internet.

6. Windows on the World - Who likes looking out a window all day? Your cat does! Well, many not all day, but there are plenty of fascinating things to see outside like birds and other critters. Find a well-situated window sill, or buy a window-mountable perch so your furry friend has a comfy place from which to watch the world go by.

5. Mighty Hunters - Cat’s are born predators, and it is natural for them to want to hunt. This impulse can be accommodated with toys, but even better are toys that allow you to tuck a treat inside. That way your cat gets the reward he or she instinctively expects.

4. Upholstery Alternatives - Cats love to climb and need to be able to scratch to mark their territory, shed old claws, and just stretch their backs. Mountains can be hard to come by in the living room, so provide scratching posts and climbing structures for them. Of course, your lovely sofa will do if you can’t be bothered.

3. Reduced-Risk Walkabout - Keeping a cat inside isn’t a bad option as it prevents them from encountering a number of potential disease sources including germs, other animals, and parasites. If your cat just can’t live without the al fresco experience, consider fencing made specifically for cats that provides at least some protection from outdoor threats. Some cats may even consent to being walked on collar and leash for the opportunity to indulge their wanderlust.

2. Menu Choices - Would you like eating the same thing for every meal? Some of us don’t care that much about food, but some of us do. The same is true for cats. Audition new foods for your feline by serving up a half portion next to the old reliable. If kitty goes for the new stuff first, you’ve got a hit!

1. Friendly Faces - While some cats prefer to be your sole companion, others enjoy the company of other felines. A second kitty in your household can provide much needed company for your existing cat—especially if he or she spends long periods of time alone. The new addition will be grateful to have a loving home too!

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"Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog." ~ Charles F. Duran
 
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