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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
June 1, 2014
- 19,427 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Apr. 30, 2014
 
SNAP has sterilized over
465,000
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
 
Help One, Save Many
Your Donation May Help Just One Animal, But It Saves Many from Being Born Unwanted

 
Violet, rescued from neglect, now has a forever home.
Thanks to Jeanett and SNAP donors like you, Violet has found her forever home and will not be bringing unwanted puppies into the world.
Jeanett noticed that a neighbor had two large dogs stuffed into a wire cage not big enough for one dog. A closer look revealed that there was a third tiny dog under the larger two. The chihuahua’s face was pressed so tightly against the wires that her left eye had popped out of its socket. It took threats of calls to the police for the neighbor to allow Jeanett rescue the animal. The eye was infected and could not be saved. The veterinarian said the infection threatened the dog's very life. Still, Jeanett was able to nurse the poor animal back to health. She named the pup Violet, and a strong bond developed between the two of them. Jeanett knew she could not part with the dog. She was on a limited income, but she knew she could not let her reproduce. Jeanett had heard of the SNAP mobile clinic, so she brought the animal in to be spayed. Today, thanks to Jeanett and donors like you, Violet is safe, loved, and will have no puppies. Happily, the other two dogs were also rescued. Please donate today so that we can help more animals like Violet find their forever homes without adding to the problem of animal overpopulation.

Each animal you help spay or neuter saves many more from being born un-wanted. Those that are often end up abandoned or dropped off at a shelter. Animals left to fend for themselves face hunger, thirst, exposure, disease, and predation. Shelters strive to adopt out the dogs and cats they receive, but the number is overwhelming. There are not nearly enough homes for them all. Countless animals face a sad and lonely death through no fault of their own. Each time we go out into the community, we meet people who care deeply for their animals but who cannot afford the surgery that would prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Your caring gift creates a path for them to do the right thing for their pets. Together we can create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats. We believe this vision can be made real, but your help is critical. Please give as generously as you can.

Thank you for being a hero for animals!
 
Thank You San Antonio!
Alamo City Donors Gave $2,280 during “The Big Give S.A.” Fundraising Campaign

 
Please support SNAP during The Big Give S.A., Tues., May 6,
More than 75 San Antonio residents stepped up to donate a total of $2,280 in support of spay-neuter as part of The Big Give S.A. in May. SNAP is grateful to all of you who gave! The funds raised will go to help provide free spay-neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for animals living in qualifying indigent households. The goal (and the SNAP mission) is to prevent the death of dogs and cats due to animal overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

The Big Give S.A. campaign was a 24-hour nonprofit giving marathon sponsored by Give Local America—a national nonprofit fundraising organization. The organization sponsored similar days in a number of cities across the United States. This was San Antonio’s first year to participate, and it did a stellar job, raising nearly $2.1 million for participating local charities. Give Local America is sponsored by Kimbia, an online fundraising technology provider.

The campaign included a strong social media component, and we encouraged supporters to use the hashtags #SpayNeuterAssistanceProgram, #SupportSpayNeuter, and #HelpOneSaveMany when posting about The Big Give S.A. That does not end just because the campaign is over. We hope you will continue to post about the importance of spay-neuter in preventing the birth of unwanted animals and use the aforementioned hashtags when you do so.

Those of you who gave will be happy to know that your gifts may qualify you for a tax deduction on your 2014 income taxes depending on your personal tax situation. It is recommended that you consult a tax professional to find out more. We are grateful to each and every one of you who donated, and we hope you will continue to support SNAP spay-neuter programs in the future!
 
Make a $10,000 Splash for Spay-Neuter
Vote for SNAP in the Pet Paradise “Make a Splash” Facebook Contest and Help Us Win!
 
Click here to visit the "Make a Splash" website!
SNAP staffer and supporter Gil Lizalde has entered SNAP in the Pet Paradise Resorts “Make a Splash” contest on Facebook. If we win, it would mean a $10,000 boost for spay-neuter, but we need your votes to make it happen! All you have to do is like the boarding and day care facility’s Facebook page and then vote in the contest just once each day. The contest starts TODAY (Sunday, June 1, 2014), so head on over and vote now! The end date of the contest 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 Gil's entry on the Pet Paradise Facebook page here. (Look for his adorable dog, Chompers, wearing a SNAP bandana around his neck!) 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 help more animals!
 
 
San Antonio Animal Aid Program Opens
Provides Free Spay-Neuter and Discounted Wellness for Those Affected by HIV/AIDS
 
We are proud to announce the start of a San Antonio AAP Program!
The SNAP San Antonio Animal Aid Program is now accepting applications. The program provides free and low-cost services for the animals of low-income persons affected by HIV/AIDS.
SNAP is excited to announce the opening of the San Antonio Animal Aid Program (AAP). The program provides free spay-neuter and at-cost wellness services and products for up to two animals of income qualified persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Qualifying requires proof of HIV status and proof of enrollment in any one of a number of public assistance programs. Complete details appear on the Special Programs page of the SNAP website.

Those who struggle with this disease are faced with high medical bills and are often financially challenged. It is a situation that forces many to make a choice between maintaining their health or keeping their beloved dogs and cats. The AAP enables its clients to provide critical care for their animals at substantially reduced cost. Both the people and the animals thus benefit. In an interview published in Houston's Outsmart Magazine last fall, AAP Program Manager Gil Lizalde said, “There have been numerous studies done that have shown that animal companions help people living with illness, whether it be HIV/AIDS or any other kind of chronic illness. It helps them to lead healthier, happier lives.” On a more personal note, Lizalde added, "I know I couldn't live without my animals, so I would hate for somebody else to have to give up theirs."

SNAP has long had a Houston Animal Aid Program. Now we are able to provide the same benefits for those affected by HIV/AIDS in San Antonio. Initial funding for the San Antonio Animal Aid Program is generously provided by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, San Antonio AIDS Foundation, and Deco Pizzeria. To sign up or get more information about the program, please contact Mr. Lizalde via email or by calling 800-762-7762, x101.
 
SNAP Wins BBB Award 7th Year Running
Winner of Distinction Award Recognizes "Excellence & Quality in the Workplace"

  
SNAP wins BBB Winner of Distinction award 7th year in a row.
It is with humble gratitude that SNAP announces that it has won the 2014 Winner of Distinction Award from the Better Business Bureau of Great Houston and South Texas. This is the seventh consecutive year  (2008-2014) that the organization has won the prestigious award. SNAP has also gone on to win the BBB’s Pinnacle Award twice during the same period (2009 and 2011). The Winner of Distinction award recognizes “excellence and quality in the workplace” according to the BBB website.

The award was presented to SNAP representative Gil Lizalde on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at a ceremony at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Debra Duncan of Houston’s KHOU 11 Great Day Houston television program was the emcee for the event.

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas is part of the
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), which is "the network hub for BBBs in the US and Canada. Like BBBs, CBBB is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers -- instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all."

SNAP is sincerely grateful to the Houston Better Business Bureau for its recognition of our efforts in the form of this award on behalf of animals.
 
The Return of Shampooch
Volunteers Needed for Annual Dog Wash Event Benefiting SNAP Spay-Neuter Programs
 
Get your dirty dog clean and help other animals at Shampooch
Summer has returned and with it Shampooch Volunteers are needed to help wash dogs and dogs are needed for them to wash! If you are not familiar with Shampooch, it is an annual dog wash fundraiser benefiting spay-neuter. Your doggy gets a spa day (or a bath anyway) and the proceeds help some other lovable dog or cat get the surgery that will prevent the birth of unwanted offspring. So bring your dog by to be washed and help spread the love! The suggested donation is $10 per dog.

Shampooch is a team effort by SNAP, Whole Foods Market, Pet Paradise, Seriously Mabel greeting cards, and our wonderful volunteers! It takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon, at four Houston-area locations of Whole Foods Markets. (See list below.)

Dogs will be washed with dog and environment-friendly shampoos from Whole Foods making that bath both safe and fun. Pet Paradise will provide towels for your pup’s post-bath rubdown. Seriously Mabel greeting cards will be on hand at some locations with its delightful pet-focused greeting cards for sale. Proceeds of the event go to support SNAP programs that provide free spay-neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations to animals living in qualifying low-income households.

If you can help wash dogs, we still need a number of volunteers for this event! To volunteer, please send email to Volunteer@snapus.org or call Sunny Chavez at 713-862-2863 no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Participating Whole Foods Markets are listed below:

    KIRBY
    2955 Kirby Drive
    Houston, TX 77098
    713.520.1937

    MONTROSE
    701 Waugh Drive
    Houston, TX 77019
    (713) 284-1260

    WOODWAY
    6401 Woodway Drive
    Houston, TX 77057
    713.789.4477

    WILCREST
    11145 Westheimer Rd.
    Houston, TX 77042
    713.784.7776

SNAP is grateful to Whole Foods, Pet Paradise, and Seriously Mabel Greetings for their ongoing support for this event. We also want to thank the wonderful volunteers for their toils on behalf of the animals washed and the animals that will be saved as a result. We hope to see you all (and your pooches) there!
 
SAVE THE DATE! Club Spayed Casino Night, Saturday, Aug. 23,
 
 
Bring Out Ye Books, San Antonians!
Book Drive Supporting SNAP Spay-Neuter Programs Just Two Weeks Away
 
Bring your old books to help the animals!
The next SNAP book drive—which is a San Antonio only affair—begins in just two weeks! The week long drive is being conducted with the assistance of the generous folks at WookieBooks Inc. The drive runs from Saturday, June 14, 2014 through Saturday, June 21, 2014. The clinic is located at 6758 Ingram Dr., San Antonio, Texas, 78238.

Please drop off 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. WookieBooks will pick up the books at the end of the drive, sell them online through its stores, and return a very generous portion of the profits to SNAP!

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 Criticisms
    Encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
    Magazines or Periodicals (including National Geographic)
    Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
    Activity Books
    Harlequin Romance Novels

You can also help out buy buying books! WookieBooks sells the books they collect in their Abebooks, Alibris, and Amazon online stores! 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!
 
BBQ Benefit and Hoedown Raises $2,080
BBQ & Fixins Fundraiser Was Sponsored by Waller County Line Pit BBQ in Pasadena
 
The Texas Pride Band rocked out at BBQ & Fixins!
SNAP supporters who attended the BBQ & Fixins fundraiser at Waller County Line Pit BBQ in Pasadena, Texas, last month enjoyed a mighty hoedown and helped raise $2,080 for SNAP spay-neuter programs. Guests donated at the door and Waller County Line BBQ generously donated a portion of the proceeds from each attendee’s dinner tab. Another part of the evening’s funds came from a silent auction that saw brisk bidding. The bar-be-cue was tasty, and the tunes were as well. Live music was provided by The Texas Proud Band—a legendary crew of troubadours that was a fixture at the original Gilley’s in Pasadena. They covered everything from old school country to classic rock. They even let Dr. King—a SNAP veterinarian who happens to play a pretty mean guitar—sit in for a set. A number of guests took even advantage of the opportunity to cut a rug. It was a great evening of fun, food, and foot-stompin’ good music!

SNAP is deeply grateful to Waller County Line Pit BBQ for holding this wonderful fundraiser and for its belief in the SNAP mission. Waller County Line Pit BBQ is located at 6415 Spenser Hwy, Pasadena, Texas, 77505.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
Saturday, June 14-Saturday, June 21, 2014 - San Antonio, TX
  SNAP San Antonio Book Drive
Bring your gently used books to the San Antonio clinic (during regular clinic) hours to help the animals.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Shampooch
Come get your dirty dirty dog whistle clean for a suggested donation of $10 per pooch!
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Club Spayed Casino Night
SAVE THE DATE for this Las Vegas-style casino night fundraiser! Details coming soon!

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Hello Darlings!


Did you know that some dogs are into grass? I’m not talking about the kind that some humans smoke. I’m talking about the kind that makes up your yard. Does your dog eat grass? Have you ever wondered why? This month's letter is from Loki, a Labrador mix from League City, who has wondered the same thing.

Dear Hedda,

Am I weird? I like to eat grass. I know of lot of dogs that do, but I like to eat more than most. I eat so much that my human parent, William, is concerned about it. I eat so much, in fact, that I regularly throw up afterwards. I can’t tell you why I do it, except that my stomach feels funny before I do it and better after I get sick. Isn’t that strange? What’s up with me, Hedda?

Sign me,
Addicted to Grass

Dear Addicted,

I don’t think you’re actually addicted to grass, but you may be in need of a trip to the vet. Don’t get me wrong. According to an article published this month on the PetMD website, it is normal for dogs to eat a bit of grass here and there. It’s part of our heritage as evolutionary descendants of wolves. They used to eat every bit of the animals they killed, including the contents of their stomachs. (Yeah, that’s kind of yucky, but it’s where we get our taste for grass.) Anyway, it’s normal up to a point.

What is not normal is to eat so much grass that it makes you vomit on a regular basis. You may wonder why you do it, but your body knows exactly what effect that amount of grass is going to have. It’s urging you to eat it because of something going on in your stomach. It may be something as simple as gas. If so, a change in diet might resolve the problem. It could on the other hand be something more serious. Let’s not rely on guesswork. Tell William to take you to your full service vet for a checkup. (SNAP does not treat ill or injured animals.) There you will receive a full examination that might help pin down what is upsetting your stomach. It might be something simple, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. 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:
 
    Houston Endowment, $150,000 (over 3 years)
    Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, $50,000
    San Antonio Area Foundation, $42,693
    Tri-City Animal Sanctuary, $2,300

 
Brushes with Greatness
Students Create Lovely Paintings of Shih Tzus under Guidance of Artist Kermit Eisenhut
  
Students at the Shih Tzu painting class show off their work.
Students at the May Paint Bash benefit for spay-neuter show off their work with instructor Kermit Eisenhut (front row center).
A dozen budding painters brought their talents to bear under the instruction of renowned Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut at a class where they learned to paint shih tzus last month. The event was guest hosted by Dougie, the shih tzu who was crowned a Hall of Fame Grand Champion in the recent SNAP Tails of Three Cities online photo contest. The resulting works were a testament both to the students’ skills and to the superior instruction they received from Mr. Eisenhut. The class was a fundraiser held at the SNAP Houston administration office.

Each student paid a fee of $50 to attend and got to keep their painting at the end of the evening. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund SNAP mobile clinic programs that provide free spay-neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations to dogs and cats living in low-income households.

Mr. Eisenhut donated his time—both for the instruction of the class and to sketch in the basic outline of the composition on each student’s canvas. SNAP is deeply grateful to him for his generous contribution of time, effort, and talent. We are also grateful to all of you who attended and helped make the evening a success!
 
Langford Market Stepped Up for Animals
Ladies Boutique Donated 15 Percent of An Evening’s Sales at Special Event
  
The Houston Heights Langford Market shop stepped up for anim
The Houston Heights location of Langford Market--a national ladies boutique offering “classically feminine clothing, accessories, and gifts”--stepped up in support of the animals on the evening of Thursday, May 22, 2014 with a special sale. The store donated 15 percent of its receipts during the three-hour duration of the sale to SNAP. The funds will be used to help fund free surgeries and rabies vaccinations for deserving animals. The Heights store is located at 249 West 19th St, Houston, Texas, 77008.

SNAP is deeply grateful to the management and staff of the Heights location of Langford Market for its belief in the SNAP mission and its generosity in supporting our programs.
 
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Dear Readers,

Summer is here, and you know what that means. It’s play time! Okay, kitties like to play year round, but summer is when you humans think more about recreation, so that makes it a good time to consider your feline’s frolicsome needs as well. Economic times are still a bit tough, so what if you don’t have ample coin for purchasing the latest automatic web-connected robotic laser pointer? No worries! My top-ten list of low cost/no cost cat toys is ready to come to the rescue::

10) Plastic Milk Bottle Caps - Milk bottles (and a lot of sports drinks) these days come with a think disk-shaped cap that comes off after you pull off a sealing ring that attaches it to the bottle. Rinsed out, those caps make dandy pucks for spirited games of hockey! Just make sure your kitty doesn’t chew on them. Plastic isn’t good for you or your cat.

9) Golf Wiffle Balls - Not all balls are created equal as far as we felines are concerned. We want something the right size and the right weight that preferably makes a bit of noise when it rolls across a floor or bumps into an obstacle. The Swiss-cheesy golf wiffle ball fits the bill perfectly! A wiffle baseball is too large, and a regular golf ball is too heavy, but the wiffle golf ball is just right. While they’re not free, they are available for less than $4 per dozen through various online vendors. Again, make sure your cat doesn’t chew on the plastic.

8) Laundry Basket - Cats love anything they can get inside. It gives them a sense of security, but it also provides a lair from which to launch an attack on unsuspecting wiffle golf balls. Laundry baskets also offer air holes through which to keep tabs on targets (toys, toes, other cats) that may be approaching from the sides. Finally, a laundry basket can double as a comfy bed when filled with a load of your fresh laundry. Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

7) Old Sock - Don’t throw out those old socks. Recycle them into cat toys! A sock that just lays there isn’t that much fun, but trying dumping a little catnip into the toe, tying a knot above it, and cutting off the rest of the sock. Now you’ve created a nice little ball of euphoria for your kitty to enjoy. (This assumes, of course, that your cat is sensitive to catnip. Not all cats are.)

6) Paper Bag - This is perhaps the world’s cheapest cat toy. Who doesn’t have a few paper bags lying around, and did you pay for them? Mostly likely you did not. Bags are similar to laundry baskets in that they provide a place to feel secure or from which to launch an attack. They also have the advantage of making intriguing sounds. Try tapping or dragging your fingers across the outside of a paper bag while your feline is inside to see what I mean.

5) Tinfoil Ball - If you can’t afford or just can’t be bothered to buy a wiffle golf ball, you can entertain your cat even less expensively with a wadded up ball of tinfoil. Like the wiffle ball, a tinfoil ball makes curious noises as it rolls across hard surfaces, and it’s bouncy. We cats find both of these qualities rather interesting. Experiment with different sizes until you find one that your cat finds irresistible.

4) Cardboard Box - Like laundry baskets and paper bags, cardboard boxes provide a cozy enclosure in which to hide and from which to mount a lightning-fast assault on that nefarious ball of tinfoil. Note that all three of these fortress-like objects provide different advantages depending on whether they stand upright (with the opening at the top) or on their side. (Never ever turn one upside down on top of your cat with no means of escape. That’s just cruel!)

3) Wine Cork - Wine corks aren’t free unless you drink wine, but if you do you have an instant cat toy. They fall into the prey category because they readily roll. Two other qualities make them especially enticing. First, they are bouncy, so there is plenty of action when they bump into something or are whacked by your kitty. Second, they are rarely perfectly cylindrical, which means they don’t roll in a straight line. Put these two characteristics together, and you get a target that’s a little less predictable than a ball. Less predictable equals more fun!

2) Clothesline  - The best toys come with a very special attachment: a human! A piece of clothesline is the perfect example. You can dangle it above your cat, drag it across the floor, or gently whip it back and forth so that it simulates the motion of a snake. Cats are highly attuned to motion, and they want targets that aren’t too easy to subdue. Clothesline (or similarly thin ropes and cords) fill the bill perfectly. Just make sure you let them capture the end of the rope every so often. Prey that can never be caught loses our interest much more quickly.

1) Another Cat - That’s right, cats love having a playmate—especially when you are off at work all day or snoring away at 3 a.m. A cat isn’t a toy to be sure, so think carefully before you adopt a second one. Make sure you are ready to provide for all the needs of that additional feline. Those needs include food, love, healthcare, and… more toys! You will also want to make sure that your new furry friend is compatible with the one you already have. Cats of the same gender are less likely to get along with cats of the opposite gender, and older cats are less tolerant of the high spirits of younger cats. There are, however, exceptions to every rule. Providing a playmate isn’t the only reason to consider getting another kitty. Shelters are full of cats that need good homes!

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"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." ~ Tay Hohoff
 
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