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In This Issue June 1, 2011

   Tails of Two Cities Contest Ends
   Dirty Dog? Shampooch!
   Summer Events for the Alamo City
   San Antonio Dachshunds Get Their (Third) Day!
   The Eventful Month of May
   Wonderful WONDERDOG New York!
   Attention Kroger Shoppers
   Upcoming SNAP Events
   A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
   New SNAP Grants
   Legal Scholars Raise Big Dollars
   A Generous Gesture from AFH
   Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
   Quote of the Month

- 16,650 -
The number of dogs and cats
helped by your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Apr. 30, 2011
(10,984 surgeries+wellness).
 

SNAP has sterilized over
360,000

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.

 
Tails of Two Cities Contest Ends
Contest Winners to Model for New SNAP T-Shirts, Receive Prize Packages
 
 
Tails of Two Cities has ended. Winners to be announced!

The search for the next faces of SNAP is over. The Tails of Two Cities t-shirt contest ended just hours ago, and there are now five new furry celebrities in the world. Two of them are cats, two of them are dogs, and one is a mystery until the judges announce their choice! Winners will be notified by email no later than Monday, June 6, 2011. Winners will be posted on the SNAP Facebook page, Twitter profile, and web page on or about Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Once it’s official, the winners will be scheduled for their photo shoots and their lovable faces will appear on a new series of SNAP t-shirts, which will become available in a few weeks.

Winners also receive a grand prize package including two tickets to the 2012 Collars for a Cause Celebration, a one-year subscription to Life+Dog magazine, and a WONDERDOG New York collar for the dogs or an appropriately feline-oriented gift for the cats. They will also be featured in a photo displayed at SNAP clinics and be featured in stories appearing on the SNAP website, in SNAPtales, and on Houston Dog Blog.

The ten runners-up will also receive gift packages which will include a SNAP gift bag, a $25 gift certificate for wellness services at a SNAP clinic, and they will be featured on the SNAP web site.

Lest we forget the most important aspect of the contest, it should be noted that it has raised many thousands of dollars that will go to fund SNAP spay-neuter programs. Spay-neuter is the most effective means of reducing the number of unwanted animals being born and thus the best way to lower the number of animals that die homeless or in shelters. It’s all in pursuit of the SNAP mission to prevent the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

SNAP is grateful to everyone who entered or voted in the contest. We are also grateful to the wonderful sponsors who helped make the contest possible: Houston Dog Blog, Life+Dog Magazine, Merial, Natural Pawz, Office Effects Inc., and WONDERDOG New York. Together, you have all helped prevent the needless suffering and death of countless animals.

 
Dirty Dog? Shampooch!
Pet Paradise and Whole Foods Team Up for Dog Wash Benefiting SNAP
 
Pet Paradise and Whole Foods Market Benefit SNAP at Shampooc
Pet Paradise Resorts
Whole Foods Market and Pet Paradise are sponsoring Shampooch! Come get your dog washed and help prevent the birth of unwanted dogs and cats.

Do you have a dirty dog? Paradise Pet Resort and Whole Foods Market are teaming up to get your furry friend clean at an event they call Shampooch! Hard working Whole Foods employees and volunteers will be washing dogs at five Houston-area Whole Foods Market locations on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. They will be using animal and environment friendly cleaning products, so you can be sure that your furry four-footed friend is safe! The cost is whatever you care to donate. Every cent raised will help fund SNAP spay-neuter programs, so please be as generous as you can! We could also use some additional volunteers, so if you care to help, please send email to volunteer@snapus.org.

When your dirty dog gets clean and fresh at Shampooch, you will be helping to prevent the birth of unwanted animals. It’s a win-win for the dirty dogs of Houston!

Participating Whole Foods locations are listed below:

KIRBY
2955 Kirby Dr. Houston, TX
713.520.1937  

BELLAIRE
4004 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX
713.667.4090

WOODWAY
6401 Woodway Drive, Houston TX
713.789.4477

WILCREST
11145 Westheimer Rd
713.784.7776

SUGARLAND
15900 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land
281.491.5577

 
Summer Events for the Alamo City
Clinic Hosts Several Free and Reduced-Cost Events for General Public
 
Check out our FREE and reduced cost spay-neuter events!

There will be fewer unwanted animals born in San Antonio this summer thanks to a generous gift from SNAP supporters Pam and Jim Harris. The Harrises are providing the funding for an upcoming free spay-neuter day for the city. All available appointments for this event were booked within a few days of its being announced, which means that if this is the first you have heard of it, it is unfortunately too late for you to benefit from it. This points up how much need there still is for spay-neuter services in San Antonio even though the city is served by a number of organizations that provide such services. Sixty dogs and cats will be sterilized at the event, which is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011.

If you did miss the opportunity to take advantage of this event, you may be able to take advantage of several additional events we have coming up for San Antonio animals. The San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is holding its third annual Wiener Dog Day on Friday, July 1, 2011. (See related story.) The clinic has also received funding from the Dayton Foundation for two reduced-cost cat days.

The cat days are scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011, and Tuesday, June 28, 2011. There are a total of 75 appointments available for each day. The cost will be $20 and will include both surgery and a rabies vaccination. If you do not present proof of a current rabies vaccination, your animal will be vaccinated (as required by state law). Call 210-673-7722 to make your appointment today!

The SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is located at 6758 Ingram Rd. (on the feeder road of the NW I-410 Loop) in San Antonio.

We are sincerely grateful to the Harrises and to the Dayton Foundation for their support of the SNAP mission to prevent the suffering of dogs and cats due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

 
San Antonio Dachshunds Get Their (Third) Day!
SNAP Clinic to Fix 100 Wiener Dogs to Celebrate Independence Day
 
It's the Third Annual SNAP Wiener Dog Day in San Antonio!

The dachshunds of San Antonio will get their third annual Wiener Dog Day when SNAP celebrates Independence Day by spaying or neutering 100 of the cute critters for FREE! Many folks will do their best to reduce the number of wieners in the world at Fourth of July picnics, so SNAP has made it a tradition to try to reduce the number of wiener dogs born unwanted. Please note that this event is only for San Antonio residents. It is otherwise open to the general public, i.e., no qualifying is required; however, an appointment is required. Like all free events, this one will fill up quickly. Call 210-673-7722 to make your appointment today!

If you do not present proof of a current rabies vaccination, your animal will be vaccinated (as required by state law) for a fee of $10. Take home pain medication will be available for dogs for a fee of $10.

The SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is located at 6758 Ingram Rd. (on the feeder road of the NW I-410 Loop) in San Antonio.

This free spay-neuter event is paid for by a generous grant from San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS).

 
The Eventful Month of May
SNAP Houston Sees Two Benefits, a Volunteer Event, and a Special Spay-Neuter Event
 
 

May was an eventful (and event-filled) month for SNAP Houston with two third-party fundraisers, a multi-part volunteer fundraiser, and a very special spay-neuter event.

Thanks to Life+Dog for benefiting SNAP at their May Issue Pa
Thanks to Life+Dog Magazine for benefiting SNAP at their May Issue Party at Hotel Zaza. The event raised $400 for spay-neuter!
Thanks to all who helped out at the Art Car Ball and Parade!
SNAP is grateful to our wonderful volunteers for helping make the Art Car Ball and Parade an incredible success despite the hot weather and a few snafus!
SNAP thanks Audi of West Houston for their Las Vegas Style!
Thanks to Audi of West Houston for benefiting Houston with their Las Vegas Style casino night. No matter who gambled, the animals won!

The excitement kicked off on Thursday, May 12, with the LIFE+DOG May Issue Party in the Monarch Room at Hotel Zaza. The Houston-based magazine holds a monthly release party to celebrate the publication of each new issue, and they made SNAP the beneficiary of the May event! The crowd included KPRC-TV weekend news producer Amber Willis, May LIFE+DOG cover model Paige McDonough from Page.713, and, of course, Editor-in-Chief Brett Chisholm and a host of writers and other staffers from the magazine. The event raised $400 that will go to support SNAP spay-neuter programs to fight animal overpopulation. LIFE+DOG features lifestyle articles and gorgeous photography all centered around “Modern Living with Man’s Best Friend.” SNAP is grateful to Mr. Chisholm and everyone at the magazine for their generous support of our mission!

SNAP volunteers swung into action on Friday, May 20, at the Art Car Ball and on Sunday, May 21, at the Art Car Parade. Both events are produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. The ball was a wild and wooly affair with lots of raucous party animals while the parade was more family-oriented. Our hardworking volunteers staffed the bars for the party and the drink booths for the parade, bringing in thousands of dollars in tips and sales. SNAP receives all tips collected and a percentage of the sales receipts. Sunday in particular was a sultry day, and the parade route proved a bit challenging to manage, but our volunteers faced it with smiles and enthusiasm. We want to thank you all for working so hard to make this double-header event a success!

The month of May continued Las Vegas Style at an event by that very name at Audi of West Houston on Wednesday, May 25. The luxury auto dealer introduced the all new 2012 Audi A6 and A7 models by hosting a casino night for 200 lucky players. The evening was a sellout and included black jack, roulette, signature cocktails, music, food, door prizes, and complimentary photos with a showgirl. Additional sponsors of the event included inMotion Marketing Group, Spaten Munchen, Prime Living, Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar, Brugal, Franziskaner Weissbier, and Enchanted Rock Vodka. SNAP is grateful to Audi of West Houston, its sponsors, and all of the players who turned out to make this event a success. Audi of West Houston is located at 11850 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.

SNAP ended the month providing spay-neuter surgeries at a special event on Saturday, May 28, at the Oak Tree Estates mobile home park at 660 Maxey Rd. in Houston. This event involved a number of agencies and organizations all seeking to address the large number of homeless and neglected animals living in the area. While SNAP worked to reduce the number of animals born in the future, a Houston Police Department Animal Officer educated residents about the laws concerning animals, the Houston Humane Society addressed cases of abuse and neglect, the Animal Rescue Food Bank fed undernourished animals, numerous rescue groups saw to the needs of homeless animals, private veterinarians offered aid to ill and injured animals, Lone Star College volunteers offered grooming, and other organizations offered everything from dog leashes and bowls to food for the human residents and giveaway items. It was truly a model of cooperation from Houston’s animal community to provide concentrated help to a community in need. SNAP is grateful to the management of the Oak Tree Estates mobile home park, to those who organized the event, to all participating organizations, and especially to the anonymous private donor who helped fund the Houston mobile clinic’s operations on the day of the event.

 
Wonderful WONDERDOG New York!
Retailer Concludes a Month of Bounteously Benefiting SNAP
 
 
Click to shop at WONDERDOG NYC! Benefits SNAP in May!

WONDERDOG New York is wonderful, and we’re not just saying that. During the month of May, the retailer made SNAP the beneficiary of a very generous program. Each shopper had the opportunity to enter the coupon code “SNAP” when checking-out. This triggered a $5 donation to SNAP. What is most astounding is that this donation occurred regardless of the price of the item, and it was applied for every single item purchased! If you bought 10 items, the donation repeated 10 times generating a total donation of $50 to help SNAP reduce the number of animals born unwanted in the future. That was generous indeed on the part of WONDERDOG New York. If you have visited the store’s website, you will also be aware of why someone might buy 10 items. The boutique’s line of collars, leads, and harnesses are, well, WONDERFUL!

Let it be noted that WONDERDOG New York was also a sponsor of our Tails of Two Cities t-shirt contest which just concluded. (See related article.) SNAP is very grateful to the store for supporting the SNAP mission through both of these fundraising endeavors.

 
Attention Kroger Shoppers
Kroger Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program Benefitting SNAP Renews in July
 
 
Kroger logo

If you are a Kroger shopper, and you help SNAP through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, we want to thank you for your ongoing support and let you know that you will need to renew your selection of SNAP in July. We will publish instructions for how to do so in next month's issue of SNAPtales. If you are not currently benefiting SNAP through the Kroger Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, won't you consider doing so when the annual renewal starts? Joining enables you to help the animals every time you shop without it costing you one penny more than you already spend. All you have to do is get a Kroger Plus Shopper's Card (which is free) and designate SNAP as your nonprofit of choice. Kroger will then begin tracking all of the money you spend in its stores when you shop. It will add up all of the dollars spent by every shopper who selected SNAP as his or her beneficiary and compare that total with the total dollars spent by those who selected other nonprofits. SNAP will then receive an equivalent percentage of a $1 million fund that Kroger has set aside for the program. How much might the dogs and cats benefit from this program? The year that just ended brought in $1,715. That’s almost enough to cover a mobile clinic day. Next year’s total could be much more but only if you decide to help. The July issue of SNAPtales will have complete information about how to enroll in the program and make SNAP your designated beneficiary.

 
Upcoming SNAP Events
 
Saturday, June 4, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Shampooch! Dog Wash
Pet Paradise and Whole Foods team up to wash your dirty dog while benefitting SNAP.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 – San Antonio, TX
  Discount Cat Day I
Dayton Foundation covers all but $20 of spay-neuter/rabies fees at this open-to-public event.
Tuesday, June 24, 2011 – San Antonio, TX
  Discount Cat Day II
Dayton Foundation does it again! There are 75 appointments for each event, so sign up soon!
Friday, July 1, 2011 – San Antonio, TX
  Third Annual SNAP Wiener Dog Day!
SNAP celebrates Independence by fixing 100 wiener dogs by appointment only thanks to ACS.

Hedda HoundHedda Hound Banner

 
Hello Darlings!

Who’s number one? We’re number one! The dogs who live in Houston are anyway. Before my non-Houston readers get up in arms (or forelegs) about not being number one, read this month’s letter from Howie, a self-described shelter hound from the Houston Heights, to learn more:

Dear Hedda,

I am writing to tell you about Vlad, a dog who lives up the street. Vlad is a pal of mine. He has always seemed like a nice guy, though a little rough around the edges. He’s not neutered like I am, and he wears this spiked leather collar. He’s kind of a punk rocker dog if there is such a thing. Anyway, Vlad is now in a heap of trouble. It seems he was in his front yard a few days ago when a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier came by to drop off the mail. I guess Vlad wasn’t sure who he was because Vlad bit him. Vlad has never bitten anyone before, but now he’s being treated like a hardened criminal.

Hedda, I thought it was becoming rare for dogs to bite people, but just yesterday my human friend, Fiona, read a story in the paper about how more postal service employees were bitten by dogs in Houston in 2010 than in any other city in the country. Dogs bit 62 mail carriers in Houston last year and a total of 5,669 letter carriers nationwide.

When I see someone I don’t know, I’m normally a little wary, but the urge to bite that person isn’t exactly overwhelming. It might become so if he or she seemed to be threatening Fiona or anyone else in the house, but no one has ever done that. What do you suppose made Vlad (and all those other dogs in Houston) so quick to go after a government employee? I just don’t understand it.

Sign me
Hazy in the Heights

Dear Hazy,

I am sorry to hear about your friend Vlad and the postal service employee he bit. Some humans don’t like federal employees, but I don’t think that had anything to do with Vlad’s situation. It probably had more to do with his not being neutered.

Dogs that are not sterilized are more likely to bite than dogs that are. This is especially true where male dogs are concerned. The majority of dog attacks involve intact male dogs. It is unfortunately true that Houston had more canine attacks on postal service employees last year than any other city in the nation. This sad statistic from the U.S. Postal Service (and reported on the KHOU-TV website) points up how important it is to educate the public about the importance of spay-neuter and why SNAP needs everyone to support its efforts to spay and neuter as many dogs (and cats) as possible.

Vlad probably felt that he was just being protective of his home and family, but he would have been a little less likely to be aggressive if he had been fixed. Of course, I also have to wonder about the wisdom of naming a dog Vlad in the first place. 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:

    Tapeats Fund, $10,000
    Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, $46,000
    San Antonio Area Foundation, $20,000

 
Legal Scholars Raise Big Dollars
South Texas College of Law Animal Law Society Donates $12,000 for SNAP Mobile Clinic
 
 
South Texas College of Law Animal Law Society logo

SNAP is excited to announce that the Animal Law Society at the South Texas College of Law has donated $12,000 to help fund the SNAP Houston mobile clinic program. The society holds fundraising campaigns for a variety of animal-related causes and last year donated over $7,000 to SNAP. Christina Fojas, president of the group, explained that the majority of this year’s fundraising proceeds were going to SNAP. “We know the amount of good you can do with that money.” The group has also donated funds to a scholarship program for students with an interest in animal law, to a relief organization in Japan that has been using search dog teams to help recover tsunami victims, and to an established animal shelter in Japan.

Ms. Fojas graduates in December but plans to stay on with the group in an advisory capacity. She had this to say about the future leadership of the Animal Law Society: “I know next year's group will be as passionate and hardworking as the current group. I will encourage the students to remember SNAP in their future fundraisers!” The group is advised by Professor Fran Ortiz who teaches Property, Animal Law, Water Law, and Natural Resources Law. Fojas noted that Dean Guter, who is the dean and president of South Texas College of Law, and his wife Pat are also big animal advocates and have been very supportive of the Animal Law Society.

SNAP is grateful to Ms. Fojas and to all of the students and supporters of the Animal Law Society for its generous support. We also wish all of the student members of the society the best in their future careers in the legal profession.

 
A Generous Gesture from AFH
AIDS Foundation Houston Awards SNAP $500 from AIDS Walk Houston Proceeds

 
AIDS Foundation Houston donated $500 for your participation in AIDS Walk Houston!
SNAP has been awarded $500 from AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) from the proceeds of the 2011 AIDS Walk Houston event. This was a very nice surprise given that our team did not meet its $5,000 fundraising goal. Not meeting that goal should have meant that SNAP would receive nothing, but in mid-May SNAP received a message from AFH Chief Development Officer Teri Prats inviting us to send a representative to the check distribution event on the evening of May 19. Upon contacting AFH for additional information, we were informed that, despite being short of our fundraising goal, AFH was still issuing SNAP a check for $500. SNAP is very grateful to the foundation for this incredibly generous gesture. The funds will be used to help continue the SNAP Animal Aid Program which provides free and reduced cost services to the dogs and cats of those living with HIV/AIDS. SNAP would also like to express our thanks to everyone who walked on the SNAP Team this year.
 
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Dear Readers,

Spring draws to a close, and we approach the end of another school year. Millions of students have their faces buried in books preparing for final exams before going on to enjoy their summer vacations. It is thus in a spirit of solidarity with those about to endure tests of reading, writing, and (especially) arithmetic that Madame Astrocat brings you her top ten list of Cats… by the Numbers as culled from the 99 Interesting Facts About... Cats website. Study hard because you will be tested. Okay, not really. Like a poor student, I just made that up. You could do worse, however, than to retain these nuggets of knowledge for use as scintillating conversation starters at those inevitable summer backyard bar-b-ques.

10. 73,000,000 – There are 73 million cats living in homes in North America. There are 63 million dogs living in homes in North America. You read that right. There are more cats than dogs. We are, in fact, the most popular companion animal in North America.a

9. 50-50 – Who is more likely to share their home with a cat, men or women? WRONG! Men and women are equally likely to have a cat. So says a 2007 Gallup poll.a (Wouldn’t you expect a Gallup poll to have something to do with horses?)

8. 500,000,000 – How many domestic cats are there on the planet? There are 500 million give or take a few kittens. These are spread out over 40 recognized breeds.b

7. 420 – How many human women could bear 420 children and survive? Probably none. Dusty did it though. She had that many kittens over the course of her life.c (Dusty got around a bit. Maybe someone should have thought to have her spayed!).

6. 19 – How many human women could give birth to nineteen-tuplets? While cats usually have from one to nine kittens, one gave birth to 19. Sadly only 15 of those lived, but it is an impressive feat nonetheless.d

5. 4 lbs. – That’s four pounds, not 5.4 lbs. (I know, the item numbers make for tricky reading. Sorry about that.) Anyway, 4 lbs. is how little the smallest pedigreed cat, the Singapura, might ordinarily weight.c

4. 616 g. – That’s 616 grams or 1 lb., 6 oz. and it is the weight of the lightest cat on record. Her name was Tinker Toy, and she is (or was – don’t know if the dear is still with us) a blue point Himalayan. The diminutive Tinker Toy was 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall and 7.5 inches (19 cm) long.d

3. 25 lbs. – Maine Coons can weigh up to 25 lbs. The average domestic cat weighs only about half that much.c Don’t call a Maine Coon fat though. They’re just big boned! Besides, do you want a cat that large angry at you?

2. 96 Years – Cats live to be about 20 years old. That’s 96 in human years.d You might live that long too if you slept as much as we do.

1.38 Years – Crème Puff of Austin, Texas, was born on August 3, 1967. She breathed her last on August 6, 2005. That was just three days after her 38th birthday, and it makes her the longest living cat on record. She made it to over 182 in human years! May we all live as long.d

References

a Frith-Macdonald, Candida. 2008. Encyclopedia of Cats. New York, NY: Parragon Books Ltd.
b Rochlitz, Irene. 2005. The Welfare of Cats. Norwell. MA: Springer.
c Piven, Hanoch. 2009. What Cats Are Made Of. New York, NY: Ginee Seo Books.
d Cat World Records. Cat World. Accessed: 20 July, 2010 <http://www.catworld.com/>.


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