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SNAPtales: New Clinic Opens Soon. Neuter-Scooter for a Nickel Approaches

January, 2010

      The monthly newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.

In This Issue
January 1, 2010
New Houston Clinic Opens Soon
  You Can Neuter Scooter for a Nickel
  SNAPshots Celebration Brings Out the Best
  SNAP San Antonio at HEB Feast of Sharing
  It's the Canines and Cats Comedy Hour
  Lemon Aid Raises $380 for SNAP
  Upcoming SNAP Events
  A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
  New SNAP Grants
  Miss Purrrfect Seeks Mister Purrrfect
  Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
  Quote of the Month

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Dogs and cats have been
helped by your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2009.

SNAP has sterilized over
dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.


New Houston Clinic Opens Soon
Grand Opening Party Set for Friday, January 22nd

SNAP Houston Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic

The final touches are being put on the new SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic in Houston as this article is being written. The 4,500 square foot facility combines our existing Houston surgery and wellness clinics in a facility nearly twice as big as the two former clinics combined. Why is bigger better? It means that there will be twice as many surgery tables and exam rooms for wellness services. That means, after a period of ramping up staff levels, SNAP expects to be able to sterilize twice as many animals as before and to reduce waiting times for wellness. If that sounds like a good reason to have a party, then come to the party. There will be a Grand Opening Party at the new clinic, which is at 1801 Durham Dr., from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, January 22, 2010. Full story.

You Can Neuter Scooter for a Nickel
Nickel Cat Neutering and Pet Photo Contest Mark Spay Day USA

Brett Chisholm kitten Neuter Scooter 2010

If you live in the San Antonio or Houston areas and need to get a male cat neutered, listen up. Tuesday, February 23, 2010, is Spay Day USA, and SNAP celebrates the day with our annual Neuter Scooter for a Nickel event in both cities. The goal is to neuter as many male cats as we can in a single day for just five cents each. While this event is practically free, appointments are required. You say your cat is already neutered? That’s okay; you can participate in the excitement even if your cat is already neutered by entering the Spay Day USA photo contest. Full story.


SNAPshots Celebration Brings Out the Best
Permanent Blog to Share News about Annual Fundraiser

David Smith with Annise Parker at SNAPshots 2009

The SNAPshots Celebration and Fashion Show has gotten better every year since it began four years ago, and the 2009 event was certainly no exception. To say that the December 3rd event was a smash hit would be an understatement. Throngs of SNAP supporters filled the cavernous but curiously cozy industrial space provided by Winter Street Studios in the Houston Heights. In addition to the fabulous fashion show, Houston City Controller and mayor-elect Annise Parker was on hand to present SNAP with a proclamation from the city declaring December 3rd SNAPshots Celebration Day. An exciting development for fans of this annual event is the upcoming creation of a SNAPshots blog on the SNAP website. Full story.


SNAP San Antonio at HEB Feast of Sharing
Outreach Provides Information, Appointments, and Goodies

H-E-B Feast of Sharing 2009

SNAP personnel staffed an outreach booth at the Annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing Dinner on Saturday, December 19, 2009. Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B invites the public to enjoy a free holiday meal and celebrate the holiday season at this event. Holding down the SNAP booth were volunteer Robert Dittman and San Antonio clinic Office Manager Molly Phillips. Full story.


It’s the Canines and Cats Comedy Hour
Comedy Show Benefits SNAP and Two Other Houston Agencies

2010 Canines and Cats Comedy Hour

How do you brighten up a chilly January? How about trying a chortle, a giggle, or a guffaw? SNAP, the Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE), and Houston Pet Placement League (HPPL) bring you all three at the Canines and Cats Comedy Hour on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.. Comedians Alan Adams and Joe Saba will be the source of the hilarity, and the proceeds will be divided between the three agencies. Full story.


Lemon Aid Raises $380 for SNAP
Youth Fundraising Group Sells Lemonade to Help Fulfill SNAP Wish List

Lemon Aid Raises $380 for SNAP

On Saturday, December 12, 2009, two amazing young ladies, Olivia and Emma Taylor, set out to make a difference for Houston's animals by selling lemonade in Houston's Highland Village. Setting up their Lemon Aid stand outside of Highland Village Pet Adoption Center, the girls, along with their philanthropic friends and family, raised $380 dollars towards the purchase of items on the SNAP wish list. Full story.

Upcoming SNAP Events
Friday, January 22, 2010 - Houston, TX
  Houston Clinic Grand Opening Party
Join us from 6:30-to-9:00 PM to celebrate the opening of our new Houston Clinic.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – Houston, Texas
  Cats and Canines Comedy Hour
Laugh away those winter blues, and help save the animals too.
Saturday, February 6, 2010 - Houston, TX
  Miss and Mister Purrrfect 2010
This gay community event raises funds for the SNAP Animal Aid Program.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - Houston and San Antonio, Texas
  Neuter Scooter for a Nickel
Get your male cat neutered for just five cents at this annual SNAP event.


Hello Darlings,
This month we continue our coverage of the swine flu threat with a report on a dog who contracted it from his human friend. Fortunately, he seems to be recovering. Full story.


New SNAP Grants
A Monthly Review of New SNAP Grants
SNAP recognizes the wonderful organizations that provide grants to fund SNAP special projects and daily operations. Full story.


Miss Purrrfect Seeks Mister Purrrfect
Annual Gay Community Event Raises Funds for SNAP Animal Aid Program

Miss Purrrfect short image for SNAPtales January 2010

Miss Purrrfect has launched her search for a man who has what it takes to become Mister Purrrfect. The hunt comes to TC’s in February with the 2010 Miss and Mister Purrrfect Pageant. This year's theme is Fabulous in Faux Fur. According to Miss Purrrfect 2009 winner Regine Simone, looking glamorous and fabulous can be fashionable and animal-friendly. Contestants will be scored in four rounds: Presentation, Evening Gown (Miss Purrrfect contestants), Club Wear (Mr. Purrrfect contestants), and Interview. During the Interview round, contestants will be rated on character, poise, and knowledge of SNAP. Full story.

Madame AstroCat

Dear Readers,
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about cats. Madame Astrocat reviews some that were identified in a recent study, as well as a few that were not. Full story.


Quote of the Month

"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better." – George Bird Evans



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