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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
May 1, 2014
- 14,817 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2014
 
SNAP has sterilized over
465,000
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
 
Make a Difference: The Big Give S.A.
The Big Give S.A. Connects You with Alamo City Animals in Need

 
Please support SNAP during The Big Give S.A., Tues., May 6,
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, San Antonio will come together for 24 hours of nonprofit giving during The Big Give S.A. It’s San Antonio’s first ever giving day, and it’s your chance to make a real impact, as part of family and community. All you have to do is commit to donating to the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) on May 6th through The Big Give S.A. website. When you do you will be helping us become eligible for prize money and matching dollar opportunities that will go to fund spay-neuter programs that help dogs and cats in the Alamo City.

Here's a quick and easy guide on how to participate in support of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program:

1) Sign up now to receive an email reminder and #SupportSpayNeuter. We need your pledge to join forces and help prevent animal overpopulation and suffering.

2) Donate anytime on May 6th.  Each donation received will give SNAP an additional opportunity to receive more funds.

3) Share on social media! Be sure to include SNAP and TheBigGive S.A. hashtags (below) when you do. After making your donation, post a photo or video of you and your animal.

  Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Hashtags
    #SpayNeuterAssistanceProgram
    #SupportSpayNeuter
    #HelpOneSaveMany

  The Big Give S.A. Hashtags
    #Givelocal
    #TheBigGiveSA
    #1city1goal1day

4) Tell your friends why you support spay-neuter and donated to SNAP. Encourage your friends and family to give!

5) Stay tuned to our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram profile all day for special stories and updates on reaching our goal!

Help us make history! Mark your calendars for May 6, 2014, and donate to SNAP in The Big Give S.A. 24-hour online giving event for charities!  Together we can help the animals in our community stay healthy and happy. They (and we) are grateful for your support!
 
Join Us for BBQ & Fixins in Pasadena
Enjoy BBQ, Play Games, and Save Animals at Waller County Line BBQ Fundraiser
 
Join us for BBQ & Fixins! Click here for tickets!
The generous folks at Waller County Line Pit BBQ in Pasadena, Texas, are holding a fundraiser to benefit SNAP spay-neuter programs, and you are invited! It’s called BBQ and Fixins. All you have to do is come along and enjoy BBQ, games, an auction, and live music provided by The Texas Proud Band. When it’s all done, SNAP will use the proceeds to take care of the fixin! There is a suggested donation of $10 per guest, and Waller County Line Pit BBQ will also donate 10 percent of your check. That adds up to a great night for both you and the animals!

It all happens this Friday evening (May 2, 2014) 6:30-10:30 p.m. Waller County Line Pit BBQ is located at 6915 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505. You can donate at the door or in advance on the SNAP website. Don’t miss it. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

SNAP is deeply grateful to Waller County Line Pit BBQ for holding this tasty fundraiser!
 
 
Help Win $10,000 for Spay-Neuter
Vote for SNAP in the Pet Paradise “Make a Splash” Facebook Contest!
 
Click here to visit the "Make a Splash" Facebook page!
SNAP staffer and supporter Gil Lizalde has entered SNAP in the Pet Paradise Resorts “Make a Splash” contest on Facebook, meaning your votes could help win $10,000 for spay-neuter! All you have to do is like the boarding and day care provider’s Make a Splash Facebook page and then vote in the contest just once each day starting Sunday, June 1, 2014. (The end date has not yet been announced.) You must be 18 years of age to vote. You must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident.

You will find the Pet Paradise Facebook page here! We will send out reminders on our own Facebook page when the beginning of the contest gets closer. If you are not yet a fan of the SNAP page, won’t you give us a “Like” too? SNAP is grateful to both Gil Lizalde and Pet Paradise for creating this wonderful opportunity for our community of supporters to work together to win the contest so we can help more animals!
 
77011 and 77012 Pit Bulls Fixed Free
ASCPA Funds Services for Up to 50 Dogs from Two Pasadena-Area Zip Codes

  
Live in 77011 or 77012? Get your pit bull sterilized for FRE
Do you have a pit bull and live in the 77011 or 77012 zip code? If so, here’s a deal you can’t pass up. Get your dog spayed or neutered at the SNAP Pasadena clinic for FREE! You have to hurry though. This deal is funding by a generous grant from the American Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (ASPCA), and it will only cover the first 50 dogs that sign up. 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.

The goal, of course, is to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies. Animals born unwanted have a much higher chance of being dropped off at a shelter or abandoned on the streets. Either way, they face a grim and often very brief life thereafter. Do the right thing and help reduce the number of animals that die unnecessarily. After all, it’s free!

To request an appointment, call 713-343-1700 or--better yet--use our online appointment request system. Surgeries will be performed at the SNAP Pasadena Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at 913 Shaw, Pasadena, Texas 77506.

SNAP is deeply grateful to the ASPCA for funding this important program to help reduce the number of pit bulls born unwanted.
 
Paint Shih Tzus with Kermit Eisenhut
Art Class Fundraiser Taught by Renowned Houston Artist Focuses on Shih Tzus
 
Come learn to paint with artist Kermit Eisenhut!
Renowned artist Kermit Eisenhut has recently begun teaching painting classes at our Houston facilities and handing over the class fees as a donation to SNAP. Kermit kicked off the project with a class on dachshunds. He follows it up in May with a class on shih tzus! If you have a shih tzu 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 administration office at 7155 Old Katy Rd, Suite N290, on Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 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 x205 or emailing mserrano@snapus.org right away! SNAP would like to express its appreciation to Kermit Eisenhut for sponsoring this event.
 
Alamo City Book Drive Coming in June
Your Gently Used Books Will Help SNAP Spay/Neuter More Dogs and Cats
 
Bring your old books to help the animals!

SNAP is excited to announce our next book drive in affiliation with our book drive partner, WookieBooks! This one is for San Antonio only and will take place from Saturday, June 14, 2014 through Saturday, June 21, 2014.

You may drop off your gently used books, CDs, and DVDs during regular business hours at the SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at 6758 Ingram Rd. (facing the 410 loop) in San Antonio. When the drive ends, WookieBooks will pick up the books, sell them online through its stores, and return a very generous portion of the profits to SNAP!

You can help out buy buying books too! WookieBooks sells the books they collect in their Abebooks, Alibris, and Amazon online stores!

What kind of books does WookieBooks accept? 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 note: WookieBooks does not accept:

    Damaged (warped, water-damaged, moldy, etc.) books
    Academic Journals
    Literary Criticism
    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 many 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!

 
Breeding Population Cut by 28 in Lytle
Harris Family Funded Free Spay-Neuter Day for Texas Town in April
 
The Harris family funds SNAP mobile clinic trip to Lytle, Te
There are 28 fewer animals producing unwanted offspring in the town of Lytle, Texas, today thanks to the generosity of the Harris family of Houston, Texas. The family funded a free SNAP spay-neuter day for animals in the town in cooperation with Lytle Animal Care & Control—the local municipal shelter. The total included 15 dogs (eight females and seven males) and 13 cats (seven females and six males). Four of the animals were from the shelter, and being sterilized will increase their chances of finding a forever home.

This event was conducted on an appointment-only basis, with Lytle Animal Care & Control promoting the event and setting the appointments. Everyone who scheduled an appointment showed up, so they obviously did a great job! The surgeries were performed by Naomi Turner, D.V.M., of the SNAP San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic.

The Harris family has been funding this annual spay-neuter event for Lytle animals for many years. SNAP is grateful to them for their long history of amazing support. It demonstrates their true love for animals and belief in the SNAP mission!
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
Friday, May 2, 2014 - Pasadena, TX
  BBQ & Fixins
Come for the fun! Your donation and a percentage of your check will support spay-neuter!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  The Big Give S.A.
Help create a better world for the dogs and cats of the Alamo City!
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!
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Shih Tzu Painting Class with Kermit Eisenhut
Learn to paint from Houston's most popular and beloved artist. Proceeds help the animals!

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Hello Darlings!

Since we first became domesticated, humans have done so much for us canines. Now some of us are beginning to return the favor in a big way. Whatever am I talking about? Read this month's letter from Agamemnon, an Akita from Alamo Heights, to find out!

Dear Hedda,

A few days ago, my human parent--Phyllis--had to visit a friend of hers who was in the hospital. When she came back home, she told me about a dog she met in her friend's hospital room. I thought it was odd that they would let a dog into a human hospital, even as a guest, but Phyllis said they actually have a program that brings good-natured dogs (and other friendly animals) to come visit with some of the patients. She said such animals are called therapy animals. She then suggested that I might make a good therapy animal.

Hedda, I absolutely love humans, and I am more than happy to go see sick and injured people. Can you tell me more about how these programs work? How does  one become a therapy animal?

Sign me,
Eager to Help!

Dear Eager,

First, let me commend you and Phyllis for your selfless impulse to help others. The world needs more people like you (and I use the word "people" in the royal sense here--thus meaning dogs as well). I will also note that Akitas are popular as therapy dogs.

Therapy animals can indeed help humans heal both physically and emotionally. They are not to be confused with service animals--which are animals that help the disabled. Seeing-eye dogs are one example of a service animal. No, therapy animals provide people who are ill or injured with non-judgmental company and heart-warming affection.

The first step in becoming a therapy animal is finding a therapy animal organization. It typically puts you through a behavioral screening to make sure that you have the kind of temperament that would make you successful in the role. If you pass, you are then enrolled into a class where you learn the skills required. The classes introduce you to simulated situations you might find yourself in and help you learn what to do. Once you have completed the class, you become certified as a therapy animal. You will then begin making visits--usually arranged through the organization you trained with--to visit patients who would benefit from seeing your friendly face.

Where can you find a therapy animal organization? Therapy Animals of San Antonio is one such organization in the Alamo City. If you live elsewhere, a web search for "therapy animal" and the name of your town or city will likely turn up a few options. Wherever you end up, you will be helping a lot of people who really need it when you become a therapy animal. 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:
 
    Vivian L. Smith Foundation, $15,000
    Selz Foundation, $12,000
    Best Friends Animal Society, $3,210
    Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, $3,000

 
Thousands Throng Fiesta Pooch Parade
Crowds of Canines (and Humans) Turn Out Despite Misty Weather
  
Junior, S.A. cat winner of Tails of Three Cities, dropped by
What's this? A cat at the Fiesta Pooch Parade? Indeed, San Antonio Tails of Three Cities winner Junior dropped by for a visit!
Thousands of guests and a countless parade of pooches--many in clever and adorable costumes--thronged the Fiesta Pooch Parade on Saturday, April 26, despite slightly inclement weather. Many visited the SNAP booth to pick up information and to get some of the sweet freebies that were available! A SNAP Fiesta badge was produced for the event and sold out even before the event.

One very special set of visitors was Junior--an enormous feline--and his guardian, Bev Oakes. Junior won the San Antonio cat division of our recent Tails of Three Cities photo contest. Junior is an unflappable kitty and was not the least bit ruffled by being around so many dogs. He works as a therapy cat through Therapy Animals of San Antonio, so he is an old hand at dealing with new faces and new environments. It was wonderful to meet Junior and Bev, and we congratulate them on their win in the contest.

The Pooch Parade is part of the larger annual San Antonio Fiesta celebration and benefited Therapy Animals of San Antonio. It took place at The Pool in Alamo Heights in San Antonio.

SNAP would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and the organizers of the Pooch Parade for allowing SNAP to participate.
 
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Dear Readers,

To paraphrase the bard of Stratford upon Avon, otherwise known as William Shakespeare, “A cat by any other name would purr as sweetly.” Needest thou proof? This month’s top ten list is at your service. This month we explore the names by which cats are called around the world. Most of you are probably aware that “gato” is the Spanish word for cat, so we will move on to some of the languages that are less common in this part of the world for my top-ten list of words for “cat” in foreign languages:

10) Chat - This is the word by which French-speakers refer to cats. Don’t make the mistake of pronouncing it as if it were the English synonym for “talk” that is spelled the same way. The “c” should be pronounced as an “s.” Looking for your kitty in Avignon? You would say, “Où est le chat?”

9) Katze - If you are ever in Germany—or any other German-speaking location, “katze” is the word you will hear. It is pronounced as two syllables with the second sounding like the second syllable of the word “pizza.” If you are in Oberammergau and can’t find the cat, just ask, “Wo ist die Katze?”

8) Katu - The ethnic peoples of the north-central part of Spain are called the Basque, and “katu” is the word they use for cat. If your feline is scarce in the Basque region, you would say, “Non dago katua?” (The word changes slightly depending upon usage.)

7) Paka - This is the Swahili word for cat. The Swahili people live in the coastal areas of Southeast Africa in the countries of Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania (including the Zanzibar archipelago). Looking for your cat in Zanzibar? You might ask, “Paka ni wapi?”

6) Köttur - The people of Iceland use this word to talk about kitties. Iceland is a chilly land of volcanoes and the Aurora Borealis. Searching for your feline in the land of lava and ice? You might want to ask, “Hvar er kötturinn?” (This word also changes depending on usage.)

5) Kotka - This is a phonetic spelling of the Bulgarian word for cat. (Bulgarian is natively written using the Cyrillic alphabet.) Bulgaria was once a satellite nation of the Soviet Union, but today it is part of the European Union. On the lookout for your cat in Sofia? You can ask where she has gone by saying, “Kŭde e kotkata?”

4) Kato - This is how you say cat in Esperanto. (It might also explain the cat-like moves of the Green Hornet's chauffeur.) Esperanto is an international auxiliary language. It did not develop organically, but was instead created by L. L. Zamenhof in 1887. He designed it to be politically neutral in the hope it would promote harmonious international relationships. Currently, Esperanto is not the official language of any country, but if it ever becomes so, you might find a missing kitty there by asking, “Kie estas la kato?”

3) Gáta - The Greeks use this word to talk about cats. The Greek language, not surprisingly, uses the Greek alphabet, so the phonetic spelling is shown here. If your feline has slipped away on the island of Santorini, you might find help by asking, “Poú eínai i gáta?”

2) o nran - Have you ever heard of the Yoruba people? This is how they say cat. If you haven’t heard of them, don’t feel bad. Neither had I until recently. The Yoruba are an ethnic group in West Africa. You will find them in southern Benin and southwestern Nigeria. How will you find your cat there? Just ask, “Nibo ni o nran?”

1) Kucing - This means cat in the Malay language, which is spoke in Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is also one of four official languages spoken in Singapore, so if you’re searching for your wayward kitty there, you can say, “Di mana adalah kucing?” It makes the number one spot in this month’s list because it sounds like the English word “kissing,” which is what you will be doing to your missing cat when you find her! (Now get your kitty microchipped!)

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"Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no judgments." ~ Unknown
 
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