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In This Issue December 1, 2010

   SNAPshots Nearly Sold Out!
   Collars for a Cause Goes Live!
   YourYoupon: Discounts That Give Back!
   Holiday Treats and Trinkets
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Home for the Holidays
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
   Quote of the Month

- 38,993 -
The number of dogs and cats
helped by your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2010.
 
SNAP has sterilized over
350,000

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

 
SNAPshots Nearly Sold Out!
Annual Celebration and Fashion Show Just a Day Away
 
Plan to join us for SNAPshots 2010 in December!
Click the SNAPshots logo above to purchase your tickets today!
Models strut down the runway at SNAPshots 2009.

Models strut down the runway showing off haute couture and making the case for spay-neuter at SNAPshots 2009. Photos by Brett Chisholm.

If you haven’t bought your tickets for SNAPshots yet, now is the time to do so. Some ticket categories are sold out and others are on the verge of doing the same. That’s to be expected with the event just one day away. That’s right; SNAPshots is tomorrow evening! If you have somehow gotten to this point without knowing about the event, read on to learn the delightful details.

Simply put, SNAPshots is a celebration. It is a chance to come together with fellow SNAP supporters and animal lovers for an evening of entertainment, fine food and drink, and sparkling company. There will be much to see and do, and it all raises funds to help SNAP continue its ongoing programs to reduce the number of homeless animals.

The festivities of the evening will include a cutting-edge fashion show featuring designs from internationally known designers David Peck and Elaine Turner as well as styles from Houston’s Muse and 310 Rosemont boutiques. Peck is a rapidly ascending star in the fashion world whose designs have been worn by celebrities such as Taylor Swift. Turner is well-known as a designer of amazing women’s handbags and accessories. Muse boutique prides itself on featuring designers who are not yet well known to Houstonians but have experienced a cult following in Los Angeles and New York. 310 Rosemont is a contemporary designer boutique dedicated to bringing Houstonians great fashion from around the globe. Houston artist Sonya Gracia will add artistic flair to the show through her creative body painting of the Page Parkes models who will walk the runway.

SNAPshots also features not just one but two auctions! One is a fabulous silent auction that offers you the opportunity to purchase great packages of items and services. This year we have a truly exciting opportunity for some lucky bidder as well. The estate of the late Tony Curtis has donated feline artwork created by the legendary Oscar-nominated actor. Wouldn’t that make a cherished gift for the cat lover in your life? The other auction associated with SNAPshots is our Collars for a Cause online auction of designer dog and cat collars. Collars for a Cause is a new addition to the SNAPshots celebration. You can find out more about it in a separate article that appears elsewhere in this issue of SNAPtales.

The evening will be accented by apropos music provided by a professional deejay and given substance by delectable food from Catering  by George, Houston’s premier catering service. There will be several bars open for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Beverages are being provided by area distributors and wineries including Silver Eagle Distributing L.P./Bud Light, Tito’s Vodka, Pioneer Wine Company, and Postales del Fin del Mundo. Private donors are providing additional beverage options as well.

Tickets are on sale now on the SNAP website for as little as $75 per person. Higher ticket levels are available with correspondingly better perks, but all categories are selling out quickly, so purchase your tickets without delay! Remember, the event takes place on Thursday, December 2, 2010. That’s tomorrow! The SNAPshots 2010 Celebration takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Winter Street Studios at 2101 Winter Street in Houston, Texas.

SNAPshots is produced through the generous efforts of Mr. Brett Chisholm of Brett Chisholm Photography. SNAP is deeply grateful to Mr. Chisholm for producing SNAPshots and for his tireless dedication to supporting the SNAP mission. SNAP is also grateful to all of the wonderful sponsors listed below who have made this event possible:


    002houston Magazine
    The American Dog Magazine
    Gruffins
    Bayou City Art Festival
    Brett Chisholm Photography
    Capital One
    Catering By George
    Continental Airlines
    The Creative Branch
    DEOGI
    Digital Function
    Elaine Turner
    Fashion Houston
    Fido Friendly Magazine
    Friends of BARC
    Flotek
    Get RealEfx Fitness
    Heritage Framing
    Houston Dog Blog
    Houston PetTalk Magazine
    K9s For Cops
    Kermit Eisenhut
    LD Systems
    Momentum Porsche
    Merial
    My Fit Foods
    Natural Pawz
    Office Effects
    OutBusinesses.com
    OutSmart Magazine
    Page Parkes Corporation
    Pet Paradise
    Pioneer Wine Company
    Postales del Fin del Mundo
    Rover Oaks Pet Resort
    Sambuca
    Silver Eagle Distributing L.P./Bud Light
    SNAPS (Pet Collars)
    Sunny 99.1
    Tejas Office Supply
    Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine
    Tito's Vodka
    Dr. and Mrs. James Weedon
    Winter Street Studios

We look forward to seeing everyone at SNAPshots tomorrow night. Tickets will be available at the door if available, so if you want to make sure you get to attend, purchase your tickets online today!

 
Collars for a Cause Goes Live!
Auction of Celebrity and Designer Collars Now in Progress
 
Click here to visit the Collars for a Cause website!
Amazing collars to be auctioned at CollarsForACause.org!

Detail images of some of the beautiful collars that will be auctioned at CollarsForACause.org. These collars were created by artists Peter Main, Kermit Eisenhut (for Houston Mayor Annise Parker), and Merrilee Payne (top to bottom). Collars for a Cause is a new part of the SNAPshots Celebration. Photos by Brett Chisholm.

SNAP is thrilled to announce that the Collars for a Cause auction is now live online! Collars for a Cause is an online auction of one-of-a-kind dog collars created by designers, celebrities, artists, and other public figures. If you haven’t surfed over to CollarsforaCause.org yet, do so now. You will be amazed by what you see! There are painted collars, sewn collars, tooled leather collars, and jewel-studded collars. Some are intended to be worn while others constitute objets d’art or collectable celebrity memorabilia.

Among the collars is a simple leather collar adorned with marker-art hearts and the autograph of Margaret Cho, who drew the hearts herself. Famous interior designer Nate Berkus, long a fixture on the Oprah Winfrey Show, donated a hand-made leather collar with a brass-finish ring chain. He even autographed a copy of his book Home Rules for the winning bidder. There is an autographed white collar covered in marker art of electric guitars from actor Mark Salling who plays Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the break-out Fox network hit Glee. Joy Behar of The View also sent an autographed collar, this one decorated with colorful hand-drawn paw prints. HGTV hosts Clive Pearse and Lisa Laporta created their own collars and autographed copies of HGTV’s Designed to Sell book to go along with them. Artist Peter Main created an exquisite leather collar that simply has to be seen to be believed. It is truly a work of art. Hardware for Mr. Main’s collar was provided by Greg Jensen Originals, and it alone is worth $400. Another exquisite collar was created by artist Merrilee Payne with paints, beads, and precious gems. Description cannot do it justice, so you just have to see it! Oh, and let’s not forget the beautiful collar hand-painted by Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut for Mayor Annise Parker and autographed by the mayor herself! We could go on, but you get the point. This auction provides you with chance-of-a-lifetime opportunities to acquire unique and beautiful objects created by talented people who love animals.

That brings us to the goal of Collars for a Cause, which is to raise money to support SNAP spay-neuter programs. The auction is being conducted online for precisely this reason. The more people who have an opportunity to bid, the more we can raise to help animals. So while many of these collars will be on display at the SNAPshots Celebration on Thursday, December 2, 2010, you will only be able to bid on them online at CollarsForACause.org. This means that even if you can’t attend SNAPshots, you still have the opportunity to buy the collar of your dreams!

The Collars for a Cause auction began in mid-November and ends on Friday, December 10, 2010. Each collar auction closes at a different time during the day, so be sure to check the end date and time for the collar you want on the auction website. If worse comes to worst, and you don’t get the collar you want, you will be pleased to hear that Collars for a Cause is going to be an ongoing activity, and there will be more one-of-a-kind collars to come in the future!

SNAP is deeply grateful to designers, artists, celebrities, and donors listed below, who created or donated collars for Collars for a Cause:

    Sally Adams
    Addison Logan Collars
    Diane Andalzua
    Marcie Applegate, Designer
    Kathy Bartlett, Hair Dresser and Colorist
    Bering Omega Community Services
    Joy Behar, Emmy Winning Television Personality
    Frank Billingsley, KPRC-TV Chief Meteorologist
    Bow House NYC
    Buddy Belt
    Nate Burkus, Internationally Famous Interior Designer
    Cancer Counseling, Inc.
    Crystal Affair
    Katherine Center, Author
    Brian Ching, Houston Dynamos Soccer Superstar
    Brett Chisholm, Photography
    Margaret Cho, Comedian
    Casey Currey, KTRK-TV Personality
    Wendy Diamond, Pet Lifestyle Expert and TV Personality
    Dogue Designs
    Kermit Eisenhut, Artist
    Feline Fido
    Lori Freese, Houston TV Personality
    Found My Animal, Online Animal Accessory Retailer
    FourPawsDogCollars.com
    Linné Girouard
    Cheslea Handler, Author, Comedian, and TV Host
    Bambi Hanna, Artist
    Joanne King Herring, Activist and Author
    Dusty Hill, ZZ Top Bass Player and Vocalist
    Houston Ballet
    Houston Dog Blog
    Houston Food Bank
    Leo Jaimes, Artist
    Diane Jay
    Randall Jobe, Artist
    Lisa Laporta, HGTV Television Personality
    The LemonAid Girls
    Peter Main, Artist, working with Greg Jensen Originals
    MECA
    Mandy Grisham, Miss U.S. Intercontinental
    Rhonda Muller
    MyDogCollars.com
    Lianne Nichols, Pet Accessory Designer
    Office Effects Inc.
    Bruce Padillo & Baccarrat
    Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Texas
    Merrilee Payne
    Pawty Palace
    David Peck, Fashion Designer
    Clive Pierce, HGTV Television Personality
    Barbara Roberts
    Shirley Ryan-Ameller
    Mark Salling, Musician and Actor on FOX-TV’s GLEE
    Marlo Saucedo, Artist
    Miya Shay, KTRK-TV Reporter and Political Blogger
    SNAPS It Collars
    Kate Smargiasso
    Danya Steele, Radio Personality, Author, and Motivational Speaker
    Artists Beth and Nathalie Storey
    Storey Studios
    Elaine Turner, Handbag and Accessory Designer
    Dana Tyson, KODA Sunny 99.1 Radio Personality
    Dominic Walsh, Internationally Acclaimed Dancer and Choreographer
    Melissa Wilson, KRIV-TV FOX News Anchor
    Wonder Dog
    Courtney Zavala Romero, KPRC-TV Local 2 Weekend News Anchor

 
YourYoupon: Discounts That Give Back
Houston Daily Discount Emailer Benefits SNAP During Month of December
 
Visit YourYoupon in December for coupons that benefit SNAP!

If you are a Houstonian who loves both animals and getting bargains, you should check out YourYoupon.com. Like other discount e-mailers, YourYoupon sends discounts on local goods, services, entertainment, and dining to your inbox every day. YourYoupon then turns around and gives a percentage of its sales to local nonprofit agencies. SNAP is fortunate to have been chosen to be the beneficiary this month! This means that every time you take advantage of one of the offers YourYoupon makes available during the month of December, you help prevent dogs and cats from being born unwanted. Fewer unwanted births means fewer animals facing grim statistics of shelter survival in the future. When you shop YourYoupon, you get a deal that means a great deal to the animals!

Sign up for the YourYoupon mailing list today on the YourYoupon website. While you’re there, be sure to check out the YourYoupon Give to Give Back Holiday Gift Mall. The mall features deals that also benefit selected local nonprofits. Currently SNAP has several items for sale through the mall, including adorable silver dog and cat key chains and yummy doggie treats from the folks at Barker Street Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique! (See related story in this issue of SNAPtales.) Oh, and don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors about YourYoupon. It’s the daily discount e-mailer that gives back to your community! SNAP is very grateful to YourYoupon for selecting us to be the beneficiary for the month of December!

 
Holiday Treats and Trinkets
SNAP Dog Treats and Key Chains on Sale at YourYoupon Charity Mall
 
 
Click HERE to order yummy cookies for your pup(s)!
Click here to order a SNAP kitty or doggie key chain!

Regular readers of SNAPtales may remember an article in last month’s issue about SNAP selling dog treat cookies from Barker Street Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique via the YourYoupon Give to Give Back Holiday Gift Mall. If you meant to order some but haven’t, the good news is that they are still available. The better news is that they have been joined by two adorable key chains! Now you can get holiday gifts for both your four-legged friends and your two-legged friends!

Don’t worry about those dog treats going stale. Barker Street is cooking them up as the orders come in, and they are shipped via express delivery. They will still be fresh when they arrive!  Each treat is made from a combination of wheat flour, cornmeal, peanut butter, evaporated milk, eggs, cane molasses, and yogurt.

We’re not done yet though. SNAP also has gifts for humans. We have obtained two beautiful silver key chains, one for the cat lovers in your life and one for the dog lovers. Each comes with a tag engraved with the SNAP logo and website. Now you will never have to go looking for our website, because you can just ask your furry friend! You can see photos of the key chains here, but be sure to visit the YourYoupon Give to Give Back Holiday Gift Mall today to order!

 
Upcoming SNAP Events
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Houston, TX
  SNAPshots 2010 Celebration
The Collars for a Cause preview starts today and SNAPshots looms large. Buy tickets today!
Saturday, December 4, 2010 – Houston, TX
  Houston Single Source Winter Wonderland Social
Join Houston Single Source for a holiday mixer benefiting SNAP.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Sunday, December 12, 2010 – Houston, TX
  Zip Code Project Spay-Neuter Days
Free sterilization for community cats (homeless, stray, feral) from zip codes 77011 and 77023.

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Hello Darlings!

What’s eating you? We’ve heard it before, and we’ll hear it again. The most problematic issue facing households with a new puppy is chewing! Read this month’s letter from Beauregard, a Beagle-mix from Bar Harbor, to find out more.

Dear Hedda,

How are you? I’m fine, thanks! I’m a beagle puppy. Well, I’m sort of a beagle puppy. I’m not really sure who my father was. (Momma wasn’t too picky, and I haven’t seen her since we all ended up in a shelter anyway.) I was lucky though. I got adopted by this nice family from Bar Harbor. Just one problem: They seem to be unhappy about the way I like to chew on things. What things? What do you have? I’ll chew on it! The other day Pamela, the lady of the house, came home from wherever it is she goes all day to find her cowboy boots a bit worse for wear. I had been working on them all afternoon!  I thought they looked great when I got done with them. Pamela: Well, not so much. I’m not sure what the excitement was about, but she kept screaming about "hand-made" and "lizard skin" and things like that. (Lizard skin, huh? Doesn’t that belong on a lizard?) Anyway, I was wondering if you could explain to me what it is that humans have against chewing. It’s about my favorite thing in the whole world!

Sign me,
Chewed Out in Bar Harbor

Dear Chewie,

I’m going to speak for humans, and I hope they won’t mind. I don’t think it’s really a problem that you chew on things. The problem is the things you chew on. It’s natural for puppies and young dogs to chew. It’s called teething. Invariably, they end up chewing on things that humans really don’t want chewed. Don’t ask me why; it just happens. The important thing is to reduce the chances that you will end up chewing on something near and dear to the heart of your human friends. You, being a dog, are not well equipped to determine what items a human might treasure, so the burden actually falls on them. (Some humans might not be happy to read this, but it’s true.)

Two things will prevent a dog from chewing on the wrong things: Keeping the wrong things out of reach, and keeping the right things in plentiful supply. That’s right. We’re talking chew toys--chew toys and rawhide and whatever else a pup seems to find attractive. This alone won’t do the trick though. You also have to make sure your dog knows what is okay to chew and what is off limits. The key is to intercede when you catch him or her chewing the wrong thing. A clap of the hands or a loud "no" is often enough to let your dog know that you are unhappy. If you then immediately provide an appropriate chew toy to replace the family heirloom previously being gnawed, the message will slowly but surely begin to sink in. Reinforcement is important, so be sure to repeat the procedure every single time your canine carving knife goes after those Manolo Blahniks.

Don’t forget about the first part of the equation either. If you have hand-made, Godzilla-skin boots and you don’t want Beauregard or any other dog chewing them up, lock them up in the closet where they’ll be safe. (No, not the dog, the boots.) It’s simple when you think about it. 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:

    George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, $5,000
    Huffington Foundation, $2,500
    Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, $2,000

 
Home for the Holidays
SNAP Clinics and Offices Post Holiday Schedules

 
Happy Holidays from your friends at SNAP!

The holidays are upon us. It is the time of year when we gather with the ones we love to share, celebrate according to our faiths, and look back on the year gone by. Accordingly, SNAP is adjusting its clinic and office hours to make sure that our employees are able to be with their families during this time.

Please see the listings below to see the holiday schedules for the various SNAP offices and clinics in Houston and San Antonio. (Mobile clinic schedules can be found on the SNAP website as usual.)

    Houston Administration Office

    Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, Office closed
    Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, Office closed
    Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, Clinic closed

    Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, Office closed
    Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Office closed
    Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, Office closed

    Houston Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic

    Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, Clinic closed
    Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, Clinic closed
    Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, Clinic closed

   
Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Clinic closed
    Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, Clinic closed

San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic

   
Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, Clinic closed
    Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, Clinic closed
    Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Clinic closed
    Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, Clinic closed

Regular hours will be observed on all days not specified above. We here at SNAP hope that all of you have a safe and joyous holiday season!
 

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Dear Readers,

Do you love cats? Of course you do. You’re reading a newsletter column written by one! What do you like about cats? It’s everything, isn’t it?  You know it is! Madame Astrocat would love to offer you everything you love about cats in her column, but this is the Internet. I can’t give you their warmth or affection. I can’t give you their ceaseless devotion. I can’t give you their clever ways. What I can give you is their beauty. Through the magical medium of photography, I can share with you some of the grace and quiet dignity found among the kitties of the world. Here then is Madame Astrocat’s top ten list of fabulous feline photos.

10. Homeless -Let us kick this off by eliminating the notion that homeless cats are homely cats. The truth is all cats are beautiful in their own way. This cat with no name, who was ultimately trapped and sterilized by Rebecca Richardson, is exquisite by any standard. Richardson took the photograph, and it appears on her Flickr photostream.

9. Ksenya - This lovely tabby illustrates precisely why these cats are so beloved by so many. Her eyes of green and gold are otherworldly, and they fix you with a look of dignified detachment. She appears in dozens of great photographs on the Flickr photostream of someone who goes by the name Lanamaniac. Why this person adopted the name Lanamaniac is unknown, though it is easy to see why she is crazy about Ksenya. When you see her, you will be too.

8. Key - Key is about as orange as a cat can be. Her gaze is open and curious but somehow still mysterious. She looks brilliant against a dark background in this photograph taken by Enid Yu. Key is not Enid’s cat. She belongs to her neighbor. Still, Enid loves Key, and so does the camera.

7. Cerulean - Cerulean is the name of a particularly gorgeous shade of blue. It also happens to be the name of a snow white cat with particularly gorgeous eyes. Be mesmerized by visiting the Flickr website of Pixel Packing Mama, where you will find Cerulean waiting for you.

6. Fifi - The name of this cat seems to be Fifi, but it isn’t quite clear. What is clear is that this is one breathtaking cat photographed with great skill. The photographer is a gentleman named Mohammed Nairooz of Qatar, and the photo appears on his Flickr photostream.

5.Black Cat - Michel Rondeau of Quebec happened upon a beautiful black cat while taking a nature hike, and she inspired him to take a beautiful photograph indeed. See his why black cats are beautiful at his website.

4. Cebalrai - Cebalrai appears on the Flickr photostream of a fellow named Pierre. You will find on his photostream many delightful photographs of Cebalrai, but Madame Astrocat has her favorite, and he is exquisite! See for yourself!

3. Blake! - Blake is the newest feline roommate of a photographer Ryan Fung. Ryan took a few photos of Blake enjoying a bowl of milk outdoors, which was cute. It wasn’t until Blake stopped for a rest that Ryan got his best shot though. Have a look. I think you’ll agree.

2.Cat Mandoo - That’s not his real name, but he didn’t have a real name when Eva Prokop took this picture. She had only recently taken him in and hadn’t yet come up with a name. Personally, I would suggest Janus after the Roman god with two faces. Why? This cat is simultaneously one of the scruffiest and most regal cats I have ever seen. You must see this cat.

1. Fiona - Fiona isn’t quite a cat yet in this photograph. She’s still just a kitten. What a kitten though! While most kittens are cute, Fiona is simply beautiful. She was also sterilized at SNAP before being photographed by our dear friend and treasured supporter Brett Chisholm of Brett Chisholm Photography. Fiona’s photo appears on his blog, so you will have to scroll down a bit to see it. Be assured it’s worth the effort.


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