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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
In This Issue
September 1, 2014
- 33,826 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and July 31, 2014
SNAP has sterilized over
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
Let’s Strut to Save Them All!
Helping Animals Is a Walk in the Park When You Join the SNAP Team

Join the SNAP Team for Strut Your Mutt on Sat., Sept. 20th!
Strut to "Save Them All" with the SNAP team on Saturday, September 20, 2014! Strut Your Mutt is an annual dog walkathon sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, and it benefits SNAP spay-neuter programs.

Your participation is the key to bringing home the gold, and it's easy to do. Simply sign up, get some friends and colleagues to sponsor you, and then show up and strut with up to two furry friends! (Be sure to see event guidelines for important information about bringing animals.) The money you raise will help us spay and neuter dogs and cats living in low-income households.

The walk takes place at Houston’s T.C. Jester Park, so register today and then come join us for the short 5K walk. If a walk in the park sounds too sedate for you, you can sign up as a runner instead. Top fundraisers will win awards, and there will be 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, Texas 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!
High Stakes at Club Spayed
Hundreds of You Played the Odds, and the Animals Won Every Time!
The stakes were high, but the animals won every time!
Roulette was one of many casino-style games played by the high rollers at Club Spayed Casino Night. The gambling may have been make believe, but the money raised by the event will help real deserving cats and dogs.
The gambler drummed his fingers nervously as the croupier lowered the ball onto the wheel. With a deft flick of the wrist, the gleaming orb rocketed into a graceful arc around the perimeter. A bead of sweat rolled down the gambler’s brow. Two thousand in chips hung in the balance. The ball began to slow and soon fell out of its orbit. It bounced around the inner track until it settled in its final resting place. “Eighteen black,” the croupier called. The man threw his arms over his head and shouted, “YES!” He had won, and so had the dogs and cats who will be sterilized thanks to this high roller and hundreds of others who attended Club Spayed Casino Night.

Roulette wasn’t the only game in town. Blackjack, Craps, and Texas Hold ‘Em were also on tap for those who dared. You wouldn’t know from the intensity of the crowd that it wasn’t a real Las Vegas casino, but the gambling was all make believe. The night’s winnings earned one nothing more than chances to win donated prizes in a drawing. (Let it be said that those prizes were pretty sweet. however, including a Kindle e-reader.) The fun lay in the contest of gambler versus dealer—or in the case of the craps table and the roulette wheel--gambler versus physics. The satisfaction lay in the knowledge that one’s fun night out would support SNAP programs that bring free spay-neuter to deserving animals living in qualifying low-income households.

An exclusive game called “Roll the Bones” gave guests an opportunity to win extra chips with the roll of two comically large inflatable dice. The evening’s soundtrack was provided by energetic deejay Peter Manry, and the casino experience was accented by amazing food and fine beverages. Revelers also took advantage of a free photo booth to record a memento of the experience.

SNAP is grateful to all of the wonderful sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made the evening such a success, including the Houston Rockets, Catering by George, the Houston Astros, Houston Eye Associates, Kroger, RWB Vodka, Executeam Staffing, Debner+Company, Faust Distributing, Friends of BARC, Natural Pawz, Peter Manry, Pet Paradise, and the SNAP board of directors. We would also like to express our appreciation to those who donated raffle and casino prizes as well as the tireless volunteers who helped set up and operate the event. A special thanks goes out to media sponsor OutSmart Magazine for its generosity in promoting Club Spayed Casino Night and for sending photographer Dalton Dehart to cover the event.
Paint Your Pet with Kermit
Houston Artist Continues Art Instruction Series Benefiting Spay-Neuter
Artist Kermit Eisenhut will teach you to paint your own pet!
Talented Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut will guide you in painting a picture of a beloved animal friend. Proceeds from the class will go to help the fight against animal overpopulation.
SNAP proudly announces the next in a series of painting classes taught by Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut. Mr. Eisenhut, who has been a painting instructor for years, will sketch a photo of your animal on canvas and then guide you in painting it. The fee for the class is only $50, and Kermit is donating every penny raised back to SNAP. If you would like to participate, please email a photo that represents the pose you would like to paint to Magda Serrano by Friday, September 5, 2014. The classes take place at our administrative offices.

Kermit kicked off the series earlier this year with a class on painting dachshunds and followed it up with a class on painting shih tzus. This will be the first class where you will have the opportunity to paint your own pet regardless of breed or species. Paint your cat! Paint your parrot! Paint your ferret! If you would like to learn how to paint from one of Houston's most renowned artists, sign up and join in the fun!

The class will take place at the SNAP administration office at 7155 Old Katy Rd, Suite N290, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 6 p.m.-8 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.

Only 20 spaces are available, so reserve a spot today by calling Magda Serrano at 713-862-3863 x205 or by sending her an email! SNAP would like to express its appreciation to Kermit Eisenhut for his generosity and sponsorship of this event.
What’s Hot? Spay-Neuter!
Spay-Neuter Campaign Models Sign Photos at LGBT Hot Spot Neon Boots
Model Christine Salazar works to raise awareness of spay-neu
Model Dustin Tillman strikes a pose for spay-neuter.
You are cordially invited to meet hot fashion model Dustin Tillman at an exclusive photo signing event. The signing will take place in the Esquire Room at Houston LGBT hot spot Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon on Friday, October 03, 2014, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dustin will autograph copies of photos recently taken of him for a SNAP spay-neuter promotional campaign. (You must be 21 or older to attend.)

The campaign came about when model Christine Salazar recently contacted SNAP about volunteering for the organization. After some discussion, it was decided that she could do the most good by employing her talents as a model to create an awareness campaign promoting spay-neuter. Christine then talked to her friends Dustin and Bryan Anderson—the latter a professional photographer—about participating. Both agreed to help, and the results speak for themselves. Two of the images created have been released and can be seen at the right. Click on them to see larger versions on the SNAP Instagram account. More images are to be released as the campaign progresses.

The photo shoot took place a few weeks ago at Neon Boots, so what better place to have a signing event? Christine will not be able to attend, but Dustin will be there. Donations will be accepted for the autographed photos ($10 per photo suggested), and the bar will be holding a happy hour to serve your beverage needs and donating a percentage of the proceeds in support of our efforts to save animals. Neon Boots is located at 11410 Hempstead Highway, Houston, Texas 77092.

We know you will enjoy the chance to meet these two lovely and animal-loving models who are going out of their way to fight animal overpopulation.  SNAP is deeply grateful to Christine, Dustin, and Bryan for their hard work and dedication in the interest of preventing dogs and cats from being born unwanted.
Get Your Picassos by Paws
Take Home an Objet D'Art Painted by Your Very Own Pup

Release your dog's inner muse at Picassos by Paws!
Do you have a canine friend (or two) who lacks a creative outlet? That problem will be solved when you bring your pooch(es) to Picassos by Paws! Your furry friend will create a masterpiece with the help of our patient and artistically astute volunteers. Best of all, you get to take the resulting piece home to hang proudly over your mantle--or on the refrigerator door depending on your decor. All it will cost you is a donation ($20/dog suggested) in support of spay-neuter! Bayou City Outdoors is teaming up with Urban Tails to produce this fun and creative fundraising event for SNAP.

The paints are water-based, so they are safe and non-toxic. When that last artful dab of color has been applied to the work, your dog will be whisked to a shampoo and wading pool station for a quick clean-up. Doggy treats and watering stations, provided by SNAP, will be available for the four-footed artistes. Please be sure to bring your dog on a leash.

Also make certain to bring your camera along. The photo ops should be plentiful, and some priceless photos have been captured at this event in the past. Your dog's painting might not be the only masterpiece produced!

Picassos by Paws takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00.- 4:00 p.m. at UrbanTails at 1618 Webster St., Houston, Texas 77003. For more information or to RSVP, please call 713-524-3567 or visit the Bayou City Outdoors website.

Bayou City Outdoors, according to its website, “is a very active and social outdoor club, planning and hosting multiple events each week.” Urban Tails is a full service emporium providing doggie daycare, lodging, training, and much more. SNAP is grateful to them both for their generosity in holding this wonderful fundraiser for spay-neuter!

Won’t you be proud to have your own dog’s art adorning your home?

Be a Good Neighbor to the Animals
Join or Re-Enroll in Card Program That Donated Nearly $2,500 Last Year

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Did you know that you can help fight animal overpopulation without spending a penny more than you already do? Just join (or re-enroll in) the Kroger Good Neighbor Program, and shop as you usually do. Please note that even if you participated in the program last year, you still need to re-enroll for the coming year. Renewal is not automatic. If you have never participated, enroll today to help the animals!

How is it possible that the program doesn't cost you anything extra? Kroger sets aside one million dollars of its profits each year to fund the program. The money is divided among all of the registered charities at the end of the program year 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. SNAP received nearly $2,500 thanks to those of you who participated in the program year that ended in April, and we are grateful to you all! Your continued help--and that of others who have not contributed previously--could raise our total even higher in the year to come!

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.

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!

Upcoming SNAP Events
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Houston, Texas
  Paint Your Pet with Kermit
Paint your pet from a photo that you provide under the guiding hand of Kermit Eisenhut!
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Houston, Texas
  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!
Friday, October 03, 2014 – Houston, Texas
  Neon Boots Happy Hour Photo Signing
Join us for a happy hour and photo signing session with the HOT spay-neuter campaign models.

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Hello Darlings!

What would happen to your beloved dog(s)--or cat(s) for that matter—if you were to pass away unexpectedly? It’s not a happy topic to think about, but it is one that deserves some consideration.  Read this month’s letter from Azure, and Airedale mix from Alief, to find out why.

Dear Hedda,

What does the law say about what happens to a dog when his or her human parent(s) die? I ask because my friend Suzie-Q next door just got taken to a shelter because her human family was killed in a car accident. I know they would not have wanted to see that happen. They deeply loved Suzie-Q! Unfortunately, it seems no one else in their family could take her in. Shouldn’t there be some way for people to indicate how their animals are to be cared for after their passing?

Sign me,
Doubly Grieved

Dear Grieved,

First, let me say how sorry I am for your loss and especially Suzie-Q’s as well! Sadly, many animals end up in shelters when their human guardians pass away. People often consider how their human survivors will get along when they die, but sometimes they don’t think to do the same for their beloved animals.

There are two issues to consider. The first is who will take in the poor creatures. Distressingly, under the law of most states, an animal is considered property—just like a sofa. This means whoever inherits the furniture may also inherit the dog. Doesn’t it make much more sense to find out in advance who might be willing to find a place in their heart and their home for your pup (or your kitty)? Yes! Simply put, your four-footed friends should have godparents! But remember, the law says they are property, so the deal needs to be sealed by designating who gets them in your will. This will help insure that they end up with the godparents you have chosen.

The second issue is how to provide for your animals’ living expenses. Their godparents may be happy to take over those obligations, but what if they can’t really afford it? You can solve this problem through your will as well. Many celebrities have led the way in leaving money for the care of their animals. Some have left quite exorbitant amounts while others have been more realistic. Lauren Bacall, for example, left $10,000 to cover the needs of her beloved dog, Sophie, when she passed away just a few weeks ago. So you need not be able to leave behind a million dollars for gourmet bon-bons and designer doggie bed sheets, but do be sure to provide for day-to-day expenses—as well as unanticipated medical needs and end-of-life costs. Hedda is no attorney, so I strongly recommend you consult one to find out how to add the appropriate language to your will.

Providing for one’s animals in one’s will is not yet common practice, but more and more people are starting to do it. And doesn’t it just make sense to provide for all of those you love in the event of your passing? 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:

    Best Friends Animal Society, $2,200
    Mary M. Diggs Foundation, $2,010
    Wharton County SPOT, $5,000

Get That Amazon Smile
Online Merchant Program Generates Over $160 in Second Quarter Thanks to You
AmazonSmile donates .05 percent of your purchases back to SN
SNAP supporters who enrolled in the Amazon Smile program will be happy to hear that the program resulted in a disbursement of $161.87 for the quarter ending on June 30, 2014. These funds have been put to work supporting SNAP spay-neuter programs. That’s all thanks to you!

Participating in the program means that Amazon donates 0.5 percent of every purchase you make to SNAP. How does it work? It couldn’t be easier. There is no cost to join, and participating costs you nothing. To enroll, just visit the SNAP enrollment page, log into your Amazon account, and then shop! Everything you buy from from then on will generate a donation for SNAP. As Amazon puts it, “AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.” It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Join the Amazon Smile program today, and you will be able to smile every time you shop the online merchant, knowing that you are fighting animal overpopulation with every purchase.
Local Pour Poured It On for Spay-Neuter
Houston Craft Brew Emporium Recently Held Two Brunches Benefiting SNAP
A few of the guests at the Local Pour brunch benefit for SNA
Local Pour, one of Houston’s newest craft brew emporiums, poured it on for our spay-neuter programs in August when it held a brunch benefit. SNAP supporters ordered tasty items from the brew pub’s brunch menu. When the four-hour event was over, the establishment donated 10 percent of each supporter’s check to help SNAP prevent the birth of unwanted dogs and cats. The brunch was the second such event Local Pour hosted in as many months.  That kind of repeat support makes a difference!

Local Pour offers craft beers, wine, and “crafted cocktails” in addition to an extensive and delicious brunch menu. It is located at 1952 West Gray St., Houston, Texas 77019, right behind Café Ginger.

SNAP would like to thank the ownership and management of Local Pour for their doubly generous 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.
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Dear Readers,
Summer is waning, the kids are back in school, and football is on the tube. Yes, autumn approaches, and it’s my favorite season! It’s the time when we get to kick back a bit and enjoy life. What better way to have some fun than to tell a few jokes? This month I regale you with my top ten cat jokes. These appear all over the Internet, so the links just point you to one of the many locations where each one can be found. Enjoy!

10) Law and Order - What is a cat's way of keeping law and order? Claw Enforcement.

9) Favorite Colors - What is a cat's favorite color? Purrrrrrrple!

8) Poker Cats - Why don't cats play poker in the jungle? Too many cheetahs.

7) Wool Eaters - Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of wool? She had mittens!

6) Cat Fights - How do cats end a fight? They hiss and make up.

5) Empty Boxes - How many cats can you put into an empty box? Only one. After that, the box isn't empty.

4) Black Cats - Is it bad luck to see a black cat? Only if you're a mouse.

3) Cats and Commas - What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has the paws before the claws, and the other has the clause before the pause.

2) Court Dates - Why did a person with an unspayed female cat have to go to court? For kitty littering.

1) Cat Dates - Two female cats are sitting on the fence passing the time of day when a handsome tomcat walks by and winks at them. "Oh darling, did you see that one?" one of the felines opines. "I wouldn't mind sharing a dead mouse with him." "Oh, forget about him," her friend tells her. "I went out with him once, and all he did was talk about his operation."

Quote of the Month
"If cats could talk, they wouldn't." ~ Nan Porter
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