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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
 
In This Issue
 
November 1, 2014
- 43,030 -
 The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Sep. 30, 2014
 
SNAP has sterilized over
482,000
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993
 
You Raised $4,636 in Saving Pets Challenge
SNAP Supporters Used CrowdRise Funding Platform to Build Support for Spay-Neuter

 
Fundraise for SNAP and help win up to $50,000 for spay-neute
SNAP put out a call for our supporters to participate in the Saving Pets Challenge, and a number of you stepped up and delivered, raising a total of $4,636. This princely sum will provide spay-neuter and wellness services for literally dozens of deserving dogs and cats. The Saving Pets Challenge was a crowdfunding challenge issued by Michelson Found Animals “for charities focused on reducing shelter euthanasia in our communities.”

The challenge involved setting up your own CrowdRise microsite and then inviting friends and family to support your fundraising efforts. The challenge featured a number of incremental challenges designed to help nonprofits build their overall total. Among the top fundraisers for SNAP were an anonymous donor who generously chipped in $1,000 and Shelley Buschur at $390, Steve Lee at $250, and Shawn Coleman at $250
.

We are grateful to all of you who contributed your time and money to help make this fundraising challenge a success for SNAP. We would also like to express our appreciation to Michelson Found Animals for holding the challenge and helping animal welfare agencies nationwide.
 
Mixologists Had a Throwdown, Animals Won!
SNAP Benefits from Houstonia’s Sunday Bloody Sunday Contest for Best Bloody Mary

 
One restaurant served Bloody Marys with a cheeseburger attac
No less than a dozen of Houston’s most innovative restaurants competed for the title of Best Bloody Mary at Houstonia Magazine’s recent Sunday Bloody Sunday contest. Hundreds attended the event, which took place in the Green Street complex in downtown Houston. Thanks to Houstonia Magazine, the activities all benefitted SNAP spay-neuter programs. Guests voted for their favorite bloody mary, a choice made much harder by the fact that many of the restaurants included substantial and creative garnishes. Cheeseburger on a stir stick, anyone?

The competitors included Batanga, Beaver’s, Brick & Spoon, El Big Bad, Hearsay on The Green, House of Blues, Line & Lariat (at Hotel Icon), Lowbrow, McCormick & Schmick’s, Quattro (at the Four Seasons), Ragin’ Cajun, and The Houston Club. El Big Bad won the “People’s Choice” award for Best Bloody Mary.

SNAP would like to express its gratitude to all of the restaurants that participated and, especially, to Houstonia Magazine for its generous support of our efforts to end animal overpopulation..

 
Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest Helps Animals
South Texas College of Law Animal Law Society Animal Costume Fundraiser Generates Bucks for SNAP
 
Holy Terrier! Some of the pet costumes in the South Texas College of Law Animal Law Society's Howl-O-Ween photo contest were divine!.
The Animal Law Society at the South Texas College of Law has for years made SNAP one of the beneficiaries of an annual fundraising event, and this year it went all out with a “Howl-O-Ween” animal costume contest!

The contest, which ended on Thursday, October 30, allowed supporters to enter photos of their animal(s). People were then invited to cast votes through donations for the best costume. The photo that raised the most money won. There were everything from a bat dog to a "bad" dog in prison garb. There was a spooky skeleton dog, a Star Wars dog, and a not-so-cowardly lion dog. There was even a Justin Beiber dog!

The winner had not yet been announced at press time, but all funds raised will go towards providing free spay-neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats living in qualifying low-income households. In our book, that pretty much means everyone who entered is a winner! You can still see all of the truly clever contest entrants on the contest website.

SNAP is hugely grateful to the STCL Animal Law Society for its ongoing support of our vision of a world with no homeless animals, and we congratulate the winners!
 
 
Yard Sale Reaches Heights of Generosity
Houston Heights Community Event Benefited SNAP Fund for Heights Animals
 
The SNAP table sits among perusing shoppers.
The SNAP outreach table sits amongst throngs of shoppers at the Heights area community garage sale.
Houston’s Heights community had one enormous yard sale last weekend, and it was all for the good of homeless and neglected animals in the neighborhood. The event, which took place on the Norhill/Bayland St. esplanade off Studemont, attracted dozens of sellers and hundreds of avid shoppers. Goods of every type and description were available for purchase. and when the purchasing was done, the event had raised over $4,000. Several dogs were available for adoption at the event, and one found a forever home!

A follow-up garage sale will happen on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 1005 Bayland Ave. at Michaux St. to sell off the remaining items. Area residents are welcome to donate any additional nice/sellable items. Just drop them off before 10 p.m. on Saturday (November 1) so they can be set up for the sale. With the second sale, the total raised will only increase! There will also be dogs available for adoption at this event, so if there is room in your home (and your heart) for a four-legged friend, come by and meet some prospective candidates!

Where does the money go? It goes, in part, to a fund established at SNAP to help the needy dogs and cats of the community. (The remainder of the money goes to a full service veterinarian to provide care for those animals who are ill or injured. SNAP provides only spay-neuter and wellness care.) If you would like to donate to the fund, you may do so directly via a special donation page on the SNAP website.

Where did the idea for this sale come from? When Heights animal lover Tonya Daily saw a group of starving animals in a Houston Heights yard last year, she decided to do something about the situation. It was then that she contacted SNAP and asked if we could set up a fund to which she could channel donations. In the beginning the money was used to sterilize and provide for wellness needs of that initial group of animals. Before that task was completed, however, Ms. Daily’s neighbors made her aware of other similarly deserving animals in the community. The goal for the fund thus expanded to help all such animals in the Heights area. What started as a limited project a year ago has turned into something big. Prior to the yard sale event, Ms. Daily had already motivated friends and neighbors to donate more than $8,600 directly into the fund. She thus conceived of the yard sale to take the project to the next level. In her words, "Every animal matters, which means every dollar matters to prevent these [unwanted] litters." The animals of the Heights unquestionably have a compassionate, caring, and dedicated friend in Tonya Daily.
 
Tillman and Neon Boots Models of Support
What's Hot Campaign Models and LGBT Club Work Together to Help Animals... Again!

 
Model Dustin Tillman, right, with a Neon Boots staff member.
Models Dustin Tillman (r) and Lola (c) pose with a Neon Boots employee at the What's Hot Campaign photo signing event. The event took place at Neon Boots.
Model Dustin Tillman recently signed photos of himself taken at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon for the “What’s Hot? Spay-Neuter!” awareness campaign. Fans of the campaign were able to meet and have photos taken with Tillman and Lola—an inspiring disabled bulldog who also appeared in some of the photos. Donations were collected from guests in exchange for the autographs and images. Neon Boots also contributed a percentage of sales from its Esquire Room bar and an entire bar-b-cue buffet for guests. SNAP accepted donations for the buffet as well, helping to increase the amount raised for spay-neuter. At press time, an approximate total of the money raised was $640. Both Mr. Tillman and Neon Boots gave generously of their time and resources to make this event and the resulting funds a reality.

How did the autograph party come about? A couple of months ago, Tillman and fellow model Christine Salazar joined forces with photographer Bryan Anderson to launch the campaign. The goal is to educate the public about animal overpopulation and the important role spay-neuter plays in combating it. A number of adorable four-footed models, including Lola, also participated in the photographic effort. The LGBT club Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon generously agreed to serve as the location for the photoshoot, and when an autograph party was conceived, Tillman and the club were more than willing to step up again. (That’s what we call a Texas Two-Step!)

SNAP is grateful to Dustin and to Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon--as well as to Ms. Salazar, Mr. Anderson, and all of the four-footed models who helped create the campaign. Their hard work and contributions will help animals live better lives today and in the future. Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon is located at 11410 Hempstead Rd. in Houston, Texas.

 
San Antonio Hosts Palo Alto Tech Interns
Vet Tech Students Get Hands-On Experience under Guidance of Clinic Chief of Staff

 
Arian and Cecilia prepare a dog for surgery.
Palo Alto College Veterinary Technician interns Arian and Cecilia prepare a dog for sterilization surgery.
The SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic in San Antonio is currently hosting two interns who are enrolled to become licensed veterinary technicians at Palo Alto College. Arian and Cecilia are getting hands-on experience under the guidance of SNAP San Antonio Chief of Staff Mary Kate Lawler, D.V.M. The internships provide real-world practical experienced to augment the students’ training at the school. Their efforts will ultimately earn them an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. They will then be eligible to take a Texas state LVT exam and the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). If they pass these exams, they will then become Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

If their work at SNAP is any indication, Arian and Cecilia both stand a good chance of succeeding in their efforts. The San Antonio clinic is grateful to have their assistance and wishes them both the best as they continue their education.

 
Chico’s Steps Up for Spay-Neuter
Women’s Boutique in Houston’s Highland Village Fights Overpopulation with Benefit

 
Chico's donates 10% of sales to SNAP during a special sale!
Chico's in Houston’s Highland Village is holding a benefit sale on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4-8 p.m. The store will donate 10 percent of all sales made during the event to support SNAP spay-neuter programs. SNAP will be on hand to answer your questions about spay-neuter, animal wellness, and how our programs work. Light refreshments will be available during the sale.

Chico’s is a women’s boutique that, according to its website, “is a specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items.” The Highland Village store is located at 4048 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027. The phone number is 713-622-4741.

SNAP is deeply grateful to Chico’s for its belief in the SNAP mission to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

 
Who’s in the Halloween Photo Corner?
San Antonio Clinic Set a Spooky Scene for Critters and Their Friends

 
Alicia and Rocky weren't the least bit afraid of the cobwebs
To celebrate Halloween, the SNAP San Antonio clinic set up a photo corner complete with spooky cobwebs, creepy crawly things, and a Jack-O-Lantern. A number of photos were taken, but the winner has to be the one shown here.

Check out Alicia and Rocky! Have you ever seen a more adorable pair? We hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween, and we thank all who took a moment to have a photo made in our spooky corner, especially Alicia and Rocky!

 
Upcoming SNAP Events
Sunday, November 2, 2014 – Houston, Texas
  Yard Sale for Heights Animal Fund
Shop for bargains at this follow-up yard sale benefiting the SNAP Heights Animal Fund.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Houston, Texas
  Chico's Benefit Sale for SNAP
This Highland Village women's boutique will donate 10 percent of all sales from 4-8 p.m.

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner
 
Hello Darlings!


When we get older, sometimes our joints get a little creaky. It’s mostly a result of natural age-related changes in our bodies. The joint lubrication diminishes and the tissues begin to show a little wear. Sometimes, however, joints begin to deteriorate and even deform because of an active disease process called arthritis. You’ve heard about arthritis before. Did you know that dogs
can get it too? Read this month’s letter from Liberty, a Labrador-mix from the Longpoint area, to learn more.

Dear Hedda,

I am, shall we say, a canine “of a certain age.” I’m not quite ready to cross that rainbow bridge we hear so much about, but I’m not exactly a spry young pup anymore either. I’m fine with that. Life is good. I have a loving family, plenty of yummy food, and I even get treats now and then. There’s just one thing that’s bothering me. It’s my hind legs, Hedda. About a year ago they started getting increasingly sore and stiff. It was the worst when I would just wake up. If I moved slowly and didn’t try anything too ambitious, I could get along fine. Unfortunately what qualified as ambitious seemed to get less and less ambitious as time went on. My human parents, Jim and Jan, noticed the difficulty I was having and took me to the vet. She examined me and came back with a diagnosis of arthritis. The good news is, she was able to help. She put me on some medication and recommended some supplements (along with a diet and exercise plan) that have lessened my discomfort. I still have some pain, but it bothers me less, and I am enjoying life more. I just wanted to let people know that dogs can get arthritis but that something can be done about it too.

Sign me,
At Liberty to Move as I Please

Dear Liberty,

Your story is an important one, because people do need to know that dogs can get arthritis too. An article on arthritis by Jenna Stregowski that appears on the website DogTime.com offers information for those who need schooling. It says that symptoms include apparent stiffness, a lame or halting gait, and a reluctance to rise, climb stairs, or jump up onto surfaces that previously presented no challenge. Gentle but frequent exercise can indeed help, as can an adjustment in diet to avoid putting unnecessary weight on those compromised joints. As you learned, Liberty, a veterinarian can prescribe drugs to reduce pain and inflammation and may recommend supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin. Both of these are sometimes used by humans with the arthritis. More aggressive treatments are also available, including physical therapy. If you are open to alternative therapies, acupuncture may also be worth investigating. It has been found to be helpful.

Most of all, dear humans, don’t assume your aging pup’s symptoms are simply a sign of age and are therefore untreatable. If arthritis is slowing your dog down, it is likely that something can be done about it. And doesn’t your beloved friend deserve all the liberty she can get? 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, $9,100
    Houston PetSet, $7,500
    Faye L. and William Cowden Charitable Foundation, $5,000.00
    Pet Hub Rescue of Pearland, $2,500
    Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team, $6,000

 
Laura Welch Recognized by Barkitecture
Pup Squad Recognized SNAP Director of Development for Aid to Homeless Animals
  
Laura Welch and Bingo, who now has a home thanks to Laura.
SNAP Director of Development Laura Welch was recently honored at the annual Pup Squad Barkitecture event for her work helping homeless animals. Also pictured is Bingo, the most recent dog rescued by Welch.
SNAP Director of Development Laura Welch was recently recognized for her passion and hard work in helping homeless dogs by Pup Squad during its Barkitecture event. The organization made Welch a guest of honor at the Barkitecture “Yappy Hour” on the evening of Friday, October 17, at the Green Street complex in downtown Houston. Barkitecture is a competition between local architects, craftsmen, and artists to create the most innovative and artistically unique doghouses. The structures are auctioned off after the competition to raise funds for Pup Squad, the sponsoring organization.

Ms. Welch routinely rescues homeless animals from Houston-area streets and local shelters. She devotes a great deal of her free time and resources to getting these fortunate canines healthy and adoptable—including getting them sterilized and vaccinated against preventable diseases. She has a great track record of finding forever homes for her furry charges, and it is wonderful to see her recognized for her selfless endeavors. SNAP is proud to be able to call her one of its own.

The mission of Pup Squad includes rescuing “orphaned puppies and nursing litters from the streets, shelters and other life-threatening situations” and matching them with “permanent adoptive homes.” The organization also provides “support and education to these adopters and the community at large.” Pup Squad also has a history of working with and supporting other community organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Indeed it has been partners with SNAP in numerous projects and has generously provided funding for several of them.
 
A HYP Evening and a Pup Crawl
Real-Estate Tour Hosted by Houston Young Professionals Raises Awareness
  
Bitsy hangs with SNAP at the Montrose Halloween Pup Crawl.
SNAP recently participated in two fun outreach events. The first can appropriately be described as a HYP evening. HYP, in this case, refers to the Houston Young Professionals group, which teamed up with Tarantino Properties to create a unique real-estate tour in Houston’s East Downtown (EaDo) District. The tour was at Promenade Place, a mid-rise condominium complex created from a renovated 1920s era warehouse. What made the tour unique was that it featured not only tours of available units but also a chance to get to know local nonprofits and fine artists. Each unit featured a display of work by several artists and outreach tables for two charities. Guests were also treated to drinks and refreshments. The event was well attended, and dozens of guests and a number of artists stopped by the SNAP table to learn more about spay-neuter, SNAP clinics, and how to support the organization. It was a pleasure to speak to so many who are so very passionate about animals.

The second outreach event was the Montrose Halloween Pup Crawl presented by Friends of Cherryhurst Park. The festivities took place in Cherryhurst Park and included a costume contest, trick or treating, a silent auction, a raffle, and an exhibition area that included pet supply vendors and animal nonprofits. We met many wonderful people and quite a few enthusiastic pups as well. We heard many tales of unexpected litters, so our message about the importance of spay-neuter in preventing the birth of unwanted animals was well received.

SNAP is grateful to Houston Young Professionals, Tarantino Properties, and Friends of Cherryhurst Park for the opportunity to participate in these wonderful events!
 
Madame AstroCat[object Object]
 
Dear Readers,

Few things are more graceful and inherently artistic as a cat, wouldn’t you agree? It seems only natural then that artists have often turned to cats as subjects for their work. Whether the sole subject of a composition or one member of an ensemble, a cat brings a sense of peace and dignity to a work of art. This month’s top ten list takes a look at ten of my favorite works of art that depict cats.

10) Man with Cat on Shoulder and Mouse in Hand (1630-1640) - As the title suggests, this painting by Dutch artist Cornelius Danckert depicts a man with a cat sitting on his shoulder and a mouse—held by the tail--in his hand. The cat stares at the mouse. The man has a fretful look on his face, as if he is worried what the cat will do. Isn’t it obvious?

9) Girl Making a Garland (ca. 1508) - In this portrait by German artist Hans Süss von Kulmbach, a girl sits in a window making a garland while a beautiful white cat looks on. The feline seems fascinated by the hand work being done. To pounce or not to pounce? That is the question.

8) Three Cats (Ashmole Bestiary, 13th Century) - A bestiary is a catalog of beasts, i.e., animals. This plate from the Ashmole Bestiary shows three cats. The one in the center holds a mouse it has caught while watching the cat on the right stalk a second mouse that seems on the verge of escaping the picture altogether. The cat on the left is pre-occupied in a rather indelicate act of personal grooming.

7) Portrait of Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, née de Parseval (1747) - French artist Jean-Baptiste Perronneau depicts his subject in a scene of refined repose. The lady is clearly fond of the cat she clutches on her lap. The cat depicted in this painting is believed to be a Chartreux, a breed of cat common in France and known for a facial structure that suggests a smile.

6) The Family Concert (1666) - Jan Steen, an artist of the Dutch Golden Age, painted this scene of convivial abandon. The work shows what appears to be a jam session among, as the title would have it, a family. Steen obviously had an affection for animals, for both a cat and a dog appear in the foreground and are clearly intended to be seen as members of this happy family.

5) Study of Cat Movements and Positions (1517-1518) - Judging from this study of more than two dozen cats, you might reasonably question whether Leonardo Da Vinci actually liked felines. Many of the animals are shown fighting or in aggressive poses. It helps to remember that during Leonardo’s time, fully socialized cats were rare. Most were either semi-tame “barn” cats or were completely feral animals. They were likely elusive creatures as a result, which might explain some of the less than accurate anatomy seen in the master’s renderings.

4) Le Chat Blanc (1894) - Pierre Bonnard, another French artist, painted this portrait of a leggy white and orange kitty. While the long legs suggest the feline’s back might be arched, the sublime expression on his or her face implies that this creature is anything but perturbed.

3) Three Cats (1913) - Franz Marc painted this expressionistic work in 1913—just three short years before he would be killed in World War I at the Battle of Verdun. He was a relatively youthful 36 when he died. Look at his gorgeous painting of three cats, and you will understand why that is truly a shame.

2) Painting of a Tabby Cat (1924) - Japanese painter Takeuchi Seihō produced this ethereal watercolor of a tabby grooming. While somewhat busy, the cat nonetheless seems to cast her crystal blue gaze upon the viewer. Seihō was also an art instructor. His work was so highly revered that he was one of the first recipients of the Order of Culture, which was bestowed on him by the Emperor of Japan.

1) Jacqueline Seated with Her Cat (1964) – Pablo Picasso loved cats, and he included them in his paintings many times. Among the most beautiful of these works is this portrait of his wife, Jacqueline Roque, with her beloved cat. Both subjects have a serene and open expression—free of pretense and ready to share their collective beauty with the world.

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"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble."  ~ Buddha
 
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