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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue
August 1, 2014
- 28,887 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and June 30, 2014
SNAP has sterilized over
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
Get Your Club Spayed Tickets Today!
Go All In for Animals at Our Upcoming Las Vegas-Style Gaming Event

Join us for Las Vegas style fun and help animals at Club Spa
Click the graphic above to purchase your tickets to Club Spayed Casino Night now! You can bet it will be fun, and it raises much needed funds that will enable SNAP to continue providing free spay-neuter to animals living in qualifying low-income households.
You are cordially invited to join us for Club Spayed Casino Night, an exciting evening of Las Vegas-style gaming to raise money for spay-neuter! When you buy in to this event, you get $2,000 worth of chips to bet on Blackjack, Texas Hold ’Em, Roulette, and Craps. The money isn’t real, of course, but you may win some fun prizes, including Houston Astros tickets. The big payout is for the animals, so go all in and have a blast while you do good for our four-footed friends. The evening will also feature fine beverages, tasty nibbles, and appropriate music to set the proper tone for your casino experience.

The dice rolls on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:30–10:30 p.m. at 7155 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024. Purchase your tickets today on our website or by calling 713-862-3863, x205! Advance tickets are $55 per person or $50 per person when you purchase more than one. Tickets will be $65 per person at the door. If you get tapped out on chips, you can buy back in at just $20 for an additional $2,000 worth. If you’re a high roller, you can drop $40 for a $5,000 stack. The dress code for the evening is SNAPpy chic. Please note that while we hope all of our animal-loving friends will attend, this is a humans-only event. Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

SNAP is deeply grateful to the wonderful sponsors who are helping to make this event happen. They include the Houston Rockets, the Houston Astros, Kroger, Debner+Company, ExecuTeam Staffing, Friends of BARC, Natural Pawz, OutSmart Magazine, Pet Paradise Resorts, and the SNAP Board of Directors. Sponsorships are still available. Sponsor packages include tickets, varying levels of recognition, and goodie bags full of fun swag. If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, please contact Laura Welch by calling 713-862-3863 x204 or via email (

Get your tickets today by visiting our online purchase site or by calling 713-862-3863, x205! We are betting on having a full house of SNAP supporters at Club Spayed, and we hope you’ll be one of them!
Kroger Good Neighbor Re-Enrollment Begins
Program Costs You Nothing but Brought in $2,439.48 Last Year to
Helps Animals
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Attention, Kroger shoppers! You can help fight animal overpopulation every time you shop at the grocer through the Kroger Good Neighbor Program. If you already participate in the program, you need to re-enroll for the coming year. If you don't participate, enroll today to help the animals! You pay no more than you would otherwise, but for the year ending in April, it raised $2,439.48. That's enough to rank SNAP among the top ten recipients in the entire program!

The funds SNAP receives through the program help fund spay-neuter programs that reduce the number of animals born unwanted. Such animals are often dropped off at the shelters or turned out on the streets. In either case, they often face a lonely and premature death, despite having been born perfectly healthy and adorable. Now you can help reduce the number of dogs and cats that die unnecessarily just by doing your regular grocery shopping.

Enrolling (or re-enrolling) in the program is quick and easy. If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any store. Once you have a card, you can make SNAP your chosen charity by visiting the Kroger Community Rewards website. When you arrive at the site, just sign in and then enter the SNAP NPO number: 80407 in the space provided. (If you forget the NPO number, you can also look up SNAP by name or pick it from a list on the website.) Once you confirm your selection, you will see "Spay-Neuter Assistance Program" listed on the right side of the page. This indicates that your selection has been recorded successfully. All that remains is to scan your Kroger Plus Card each time you shop.

Kroger sets aside one million dollars of its profits each year to fund this generous program. The money is divided among all of the registered charities at the end of the program year (usually in April) based on the total amount of purchases made by each participating shopper. The more people who participate on behalf of SNAP, the more money Kroger gives us to help the animals, so tell your family and friends to make SNAP their Kroger Good Neighbor program beneficiary as well! The animals will love you for it, and SNAP will be grateful to both you and Kroger!
Pouring Out Love for Animals at Local Pour
Houston Brew Pub Hosts Second Brunch for Spay-Neuter
Houston's Local Pour hosts two brunches to benefit spay-neut
The Local Pour, an upscale brew pub in Houston’s tony River Oaks district, held a festive Sunday brunch fundraiser for SNAP in July, and they are set to do it again in August. The July brunch was well attended with a number of new faces there to meet longtime SNAP supporters. The event wrapped up just as the final of the FIFA World Cup was starting to play on the restaurant’s big-screen TVs. This led many guests to turn what started as brunch into an all day affair.

The establishment is donating 20 percent of each SNAP supporter’s check from the two events to help fund SNAP spay-neuter operations. Local Pour offers craft beers, wine, and “crafted cocktails” in addition to an extensive and delicious brunch menu.

The next event takes place on Sunday, August 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Local Pour is located at 1952 West Gray St., Houston, TX 77019. (Look for it right behind Café Ginger.)

SNAP would like to thank the ownership and management of Local Pour for their support of our mission to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.
Strut Your Mutt with SNAP in September
Best Friends-Sponsored Dog Walkathon in Houston’s T.C. Jester Park Benefits SNAP
Join the SNAP Team for Strut Your Mutt on Sat., Sept. 20th!
Strut Your Mutt returns in September, and you are invited to strut with the SNAP Pack! The event is a dog walkathon sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society that takes place in various cities around the U.S. How does it work? You simply sign up, get friends and colleagues to sponsor you, and then show up to strut! The goal is to raise money to help fund spay-neuter for dogs and cats living in low-income households.

Please register today, and then meet us in Houston’s T.C. Jester Park on Saturday, September 21, 2014, for the event. It’s a short 5K course, and you are welcome to strut at your own pace. To wit, you can sign up as either a walker or a runner. You can even bring up to two canine friends to keep you company! (Please see event guidelines for important information about pooch participation.) There will be awards for top fundraisers and contests to enter as well.

Check-in and on-site registration starts at 7:00 a.m. The walk itself begins at 9:00 a.m. There will be a festival after the walk. T.C. Jester Park is located at 4201 West T.C. Jester Blvd., Houston, TX 77018.

To sign up, visit the SNAP Team page and click the button near the top of the page that says "JOIN THIS TEAM." This will prompt an online registration form to appear. There you will specify your “participant type” (walker, runner, adult, child, etc.). Once you have done this, be sure to select "Join a Team" in the “Role” section and then “SNAP” under the “Choose an Existing Team” menu.

The registration fee depends on which “participant type” you indicate on the registration form, but every cent you raise--including your entire registration fee--comes back to help fund SNAP efforts such as our mobile clinic programs. (See the event registration page for complete information about fees.) If you are already busy on the day of the event, you can still participate by specifying “Virtual Fundraiser” as your participant type.

Adults who walk will get an event t-shirt. Shirts are optional for children. Virtual participants do not receive a shirt. The best thing anyone will receive for participating is the satisfaction of knowing that your compassionate participation has helped prevent precious animals from suffering needless deaths. Isn't that reason enough to strut? The choice to help is yours. We hope to see you there. Please sign up today!
SAVE THE DATE for Picassos by Paws!
You Did It!
Your Donations Made SNAP/Houston Eye Associates Foundation Drive a Success!

Bene greeted donors at the recent SNAP/HEAF donation drive.
 Bene was on hand to greet donors bringing books, towels, pet supplies, and eyeglasses to the recent SNAP/Houston Eye Associates Foundation donation drive event.
You came in droves to the Houston Eye Associates building parking lot on Sunday, July 20, with a wealth of helpful items for our joint donation drive. You brought tons of books, towels, and other pet supplies that will benefit SNAP spay-neuter programs and a generous assortment of used eyeglasses that will benefit the clients of Houston Eye Associates Foundation programs that help ensure that everyone has access to affordable vision care.

The towels are being distributed to various SNAP clinics. The books are being resold through WookieBooks, which will return a large percentage of the profits to SNAP to fund spay-neuter. The pet supplies will be provided to clients of the new SNAP aniMeals program. aniMeals provides food and other supplies to the animals of those served by Interfaith Ministries’ Meals On Wheels program. The eyeglasses will be refurbished and provided to needy adults and children who need them--both locally and internationally.

The SNAP administrative offices are located in a building owned by Houston Eye Associates, which made partnering for the donation drive a logical step towards helping the beneficiaries of both agencies. SNAP is grateful to Houston Eye Associates for providing space for the event and to you for making it a success with your generous donations!

Upcoming SNAP Events
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Brunch Benefit for SNAP at Local Pour
Join us 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Local Pour, 1952 W. Gray St. for the second of two brunch benefits.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Club Spayed Casino Night
Whether you win or lose, the animals will come out ahead if you attend this Las Vegas-style gaming event.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Houston, TX
  Strut Your Mutt
Step out for spay-neuter by joining the SNAP Team at the Best Friends dog walk-a-thon.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Houston, Texas
  Picassos by Paws
Let your dog express his or her inner muse at this canine fundraiser for spay-neuter. Details coming soon!

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Hello Darlings!

I would like to take this opportunity to send a bark out to all of you faithful readers who follow my column. Woof, woof! Yes, it’s great to bark now and then, and we have plenty of reasons to do so. Take just now for instance. My goal was to say “hello” to you all. Unfortunately, sometimes dogs bark more than our human friends would like. Read this month’s letter from Chockula, a Chocolate Poodle from Channelview, to find out how these situations evolve.

Dear Hedda,

I like barking. I really like barking. Sometimes I bark when I’m excited. Sometimes I bark when I’m bored. I bark for all kinds of reasons. I do. I like barking. Do you like barking? It’s fun isn’t it? Barking is fun! Do I bark too much? Do I? Chuck gets mad sometimes. Chuck is my human “father.” Did I mention that? Chuck gets upset. He yells at me. I don’t know why. His communication skills aren’t very good. It’s confusing. Is it because I bark too much? Can a dog bark too much? Is that possible? Do I bark too much? Tell me, Hedda. Do I bark too much? If I do, tell me why. Why do I bark too much? How much is too much? Is there a way to tell? Is there a way Chuck can let me know? Talk to me, Hedda. Help me out here. Throw me a bone. Need the info. Do I bark too much?

Sign me,
Barky Bark

Dear Barky,

Judging from your writing style, I sense that you may bark a bit more than the average dog. How much barking is too much? It depends. Everything is relative. Some people don’t mind a little more. Some people prefer a little less.

First, it is important to know that breed is a factor in how much a particular dog barks. Also, dogs--like humans--can be high strung. (This may be a factor where you are concerned.) Next, let’s explore the reasons why dogs bark. Once a human knows why we bark, it often becomes easier for them to help us understand when they want us to stop.

Jenna Stregowski, RVT, offers some of the most common reasons for barking in an article she wrote for the “About Home” website titled Barking Dogs: Why Dogs Bark and How to Stop Excessive Dog Barking:

Warning/Alert: Stregowski points out that it is normal for dogs to bark when they sense a strange person or animal is nearby.

Anxiety: If you are nervous about something, “talking” about it can help make that nervousness more bearable. (Humans sometimes call this venting.)

Playfulness/Excitement: Who doesn’t shout for joy now and then? I know I do!

Attention-seeking: When you feel a little neglected, barking can be a way to get a human (or another dog) to notice you. Sometimes even negative attention (like Chuck’s yelling) seems better than no attention at all.

Boredom: If you have tons of energy, but there’s nothing to do and no one to do it with, barking can be a way to blow off some steam.

Responding to Other Dogs: When the dog across the street barks, it’s downright inhospitable not to bark back, right?

Now that our human friends know why we bark, I am going to let them in on some ways to convince us to stop. Here’s the catch. I’m going to do that in a future column. Between now and then, you humans have some homework. If your dog is barking too much (and even if she isn’t), I want you to focus on sorting out why. As I said earlier, understanding why we bark often points the way to a solution. 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, $50,000
    Susman Family Foundation, $2,500
    Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, $5,000
    Bissell Pet Foundation, $10,000
    San Antonio Area Foundation, $2,103.18
    Best Friends Animal Society, $2,200
    HEB, $5,000

SNAP Staff Visits Camp Hope
AIDS Foundation Houston Operates Camp for Children Struggling with HIV/AIDS
SNAP Director of Administration Gil Lizalde at Camp Hope
SNAP Director of Administration and Animal Aid Program manager Gil Lizalde visits with one of the horses at Camp Hope. The camp was founded by AIDS Foundation Houston to give children with HIV/AIDS
SNAP Director of Administration Gil Lizalde and San Antonio Development Coordinator Rolando Gonzales recently visited AIDS Foundation Houston’s Camp Hope during an open house event. According to AFH Chief Development Officer Melody Patelis, the camp “was designed for HIV positive children 18 years ago. It gives them a break from medical visits and the stigma of living with HIV. In addition, the positive peer pressure encourages the children to be medical adherent, which will help them live longer and healthier lives.”

SNAP is a beneficiary of AIDS Foundation Houston’s annual AIDS Walk Houston fundraising walkathon. Proceeds from the event help fund the SNAP Animal Aid Program. This program provides free spay-neuter surgery and reduced-cost wellness services for the animals of indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS. AFH refer its clients to SNAP which provides them with services under the program.

Lizalde heads the Animal Aid Program. “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,” Lizalde said in an article published in the November 2013 issue of Houston’s OutSmart Magazine.

SNAP is deeply grateful to AIDS Foundation Houston for offering us this glimpse into the wonderful work they do and for its generous ongoing support of the Animal Aid Program.
San Antonio Supports Pride
Clinic Staff and Volunteers March in Alamo City Pride Parade
SNAP staff and supporters march in 2013 San Antonio Pride Pa
A cadre of SNAP San Antonio staffers and volunteers marched in the San Antonio Pride Parade on the evening of Saturday, July 5, 2014. The marchers accompanied the SNAP mobile clinic, which was decorated for the event. Houston staffers and volunteers had done the same at the Houston Pride Parade a month earlier. Both events are held after dark to reduce the exposure of participants and spectators to the summer heat.

SNAP receives a great deal of support from the LGBT community. Participating in these events gave us a chance to say "thank you" and to show our support for LGBT equality. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who joined with us in supporting Pride! We hope to see you again for next year’s parades.
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Dear Readers,

Have you ever heard of the “Child’s Ten Commandments?” It turns out there is a “Cat’s Ten Commandments” as well. It provides valuable food for thought regarding the relationship between you and your feline friend(s). There are several variations of it out there, but for today’s top ten list, I share a (slightly modified) version of the one that appears on the website. If you love cats, this is worth your time to read.

10) Separation - My life is likely to last 10-15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you decide to bring me into your home.

9) Impatience - Give me time to understand what you want from me; don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

8) Trust - Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

7) Anger - Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.

6) Words - Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.

5) Memories - Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it, and if it's cruel, it may affect me forever.

4) Violence - Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don't ever want to do that.

3) Scolding - Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods, or I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.

2) Age - Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.

1) Journeys - Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.

Quote of the Month
"It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see." ~ Eleanor Farjeon
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