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SNAPtales: Houston Rockets Charity Gala Benefits SNAP, Spay Day Equals FREE Spay-Neuter; Bayou City Art Festival Returns, and other exciting news

February, 2011

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

In This Issue
February 1, 2011  
Houston Rockets Gala to Benefit SNAP
  Spay Day Equals FREE Spay-Neuter!
  Give Us Your Best Shot
  The Bayou City Art Festival Returns
  San Antonio Team Back in the Saddle
  Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes
  Picassos by Paws, Part Deux!
  Don’t Just Swipe… SwipeGood!
  Upcoming SNAP Events
  A Dog's Life by Hedda Hound
  New SNAP Grants
  The Purrrfect Illusion
  Fabulous Felines by Madame Astrocat
  Quote of the Month

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Dogs and cats were helped by your
gifts in 2010.

SNAP has sterilized over

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.


Houston Rockets Gala to Benefit SNAP
High-Profile Event Draws Players and other Nationally Known Figures

Houston Rockets benefit SNAP at 2011 Tux & Tennies Gala

SNAP is excited to announce that the Houston Rockets have selected us to be one of the beneficiaries of their annual Tux & Tennies Charity Gala. The event is well attended by Rockets players and management and other nationally known figures including celebrities, political figures, and other athletes. The gala is on March 13, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program follow at 8:00 p.m. Full story.


Spay Day Equals FREE Spay-Neuter!
Houston and San Antonio Events Celebrate National Day of Spay-Neuter Awareness

Spay Day approaches, and that means FREE spay-neuter at SNAP!

Spay Day is Tuesday February 22, 2011, and the SNAP teams in Houston and San Antonio are rolling out FREE sterilization events to celebrate the occasion! Spay Day is an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International “to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.”  People all over the United States participate. See the full story to find out about all of the SNAP Spay Day events! Full story.


Give Us Your Best Shot
Help SNAP by Entering the 2011 Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest!

Could your furbaby take the prize? Enter today and find out!

Your furry friend is pretty cute – but does he/she have what it takes to win the 2011 Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest, presented by Zazzle? Enter now to find out! When you enter, choose SNAP to benefit from your photo, and you will help fight animal overpopulation too. Just ask your friends and family to vote for your pup or kitty. Each vote costs just $1, and every vote your photo receives will help SNAP spay or neuter even more animals AND increase your chances of winning! Full story.


The Bayou City Art Festival Returns
City Funds Weekly Visit for Nine Months

The animals need YOU to volunteer for Bayou City Art Festival!

Twice a year SNAP calls our dedicated volunteers to help staff the beverage booths at the Bayou City Art Festival, and this year -- the festival's 40th year -- is no exception. We need several hundred of you to come out to help us at the spring festival in Memorial Park. The festival takes place on Friday, March 25 through Sunday March 27, 2011. Please come help... It's fun! Full story.

San Antonio Team Back in the Saddle
SNAP Mobile Clinic Involved in Trio of Winter Events

The San Antonio mobile team is back in the saddle with 3 events!

The SNAP San Antonio mobile clinic is letting no moss grow beneath its tires during the early months of 2011 as it hits the road for no less than three events. One event occurred in January while the other two are on tap for February. The January event was a “Mobile Occupations Career Day” at Stewart Elementary School. See the full story to learn about upcoming events. Full story.


Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes
Join SNAP for AIDS Walk Houston and Help the Animal Aid Program

Join the SNAP team for AIDS Walk Houston to raise money for AAP!

SNAP is breaking out walking shoes for the 22nd annual AIDS Walk Houston, and we need your help! Join our team and come walk the short 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) jaunt through Houston’s scenic streets. The funds we raise as walkers will support AIDS Foundation Houston in its efforts to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in our community while helping the SNAP Animal Aid Program (AAP) as well! The AAP offers free spaying and neutering and low-cost wellness services for the companion animals of persons affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk Houston takes place on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The walk starts at Sam Houston Park at 1100 Bagby St. in downtown. Full story.


Picassos by Paws, Part Deux!
Patronizing Pooch Picture-Painting Party Prevents Pregnancies

Bring out your dog's inner Picasso at Picasso's by Paws!

Bayou City Outdoors and Archway Gallery proudly present the second annual Picassos by Paws fundraising event for SNAP. What happens at Picassos by Paws? Dogs paint pictures! SNAP staff and volunteers will be assisting the pooches in bringing out their inner artiste with safe water-based paints and canvases. Every dog gets to paint her or his own masterpiece and then, for a small donation ($10 to $20 is suggested), you can take it home. Put it up on your fridge or hang it in the living room; this is true dog art! So bring the canines, bring the kids, and bring your camera to capture all the fun! Full story.


Don’t Just Swipe… SwipeGood!
Program Rounds Up Credit Card Charges to Fund SNAP Spay-Neuter Programs

Donating is easy when you SwipeGood! Click to get started.

What if you could change the world with just the change from each purchase that you make? When you join SwipeGood, you can do just that. SwipeGood is a program that rounds up each credit and debit card purchase that you make to the next dollar. A running total of your leftover change is calculated for 30 days and then totaled up. SwipeGood then charge’s the month’s total to your credit card and donates the funds to the nonprofit agency of your choice, SNAP, for example! Full story.

Upcoming SNAP Events
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - Houston, TX
  Miss Purrrfect 2011
Dudes become divas at this LGBT community benefit supporting the SNAP Animal Aid Program.
Friday, February 18, 2011 - San Antonio, TX
  Love Your Pet Spay-Neuter Day
Dogs and cats spayed and neutered for FREE at this ACS-sponsored event at Memorial Library.
Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Picassos by Paws, Part Deux!
Let your dog’s inner artiste shine through at this Archway Gallery benefit for SNAP.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – Houston, TX
  SNAP Houston Celebrates Spay Day
The Houston SNAP mobile clinic celebrates Spay Day with FREE spay-neuter for all.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – San Antonio, TX
  SNAP San Antonio Celebrates Spay Day
The San Antonio SNAP mobile clinic celebrates Spay Day with FREE spay-neuter for all.
Friday, February 25, 2011 – San Antonio, TX
  Rhodes Elementary School Spay-Neuter Day
Kids get an education, and you get FREE spay-neuter at this ACS-sponsored event at Rhodes Elementary.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 – Houston, TX
  AIDS Walk Houston
Join the SNAP team and help raise money for the SNAP Animal Aid Program!
Friday, March 25 – Sunday March 27, 2011 – Houston, TX
  Bayou City Art Festival
The success of SNAP’s biggest annual volunteer fundraiser depends on you. Sign up today!


Hello Darlings,

Do you know how long humans and canines have been friends? Part of it depends on how you define friends, but no one knows for sure. You will know a lot more after you read my reply to this month's letter. 
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.


The Purrrfect Illusion
LGBT Community Event Raises Funds for SNAP Animal Aid Program

Does she or doesn't she? Who cares? It's a benefit for SNAP!

Who  looks like a diva, dances like a diva, and even (seems to) sing like a diva? It’s Miss Purrrfect 2011, that’s who! And who is Miss Purrrfect 2011? That’s what the world will find out on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 11 p.m. Each year, a bevy of cross-dressed beauties vies for the honor of being Miss Purrfect. This year is no exception. The event takes place at TC’s Bar at 817 Fairview St.  and will be hosted by Houston's own legendary Kara Dion and Kourtney Van Wales from Jacksonville, Florida. Miss Wales is appearing as part of her Spread the Love Tour. Full story.

Madame AstroCat

Dear Readers,
What better way to stay warm through these cold winter days than with Irish Drinking Songs? How about Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers? Get ready for Madame Astrocat's first ever record review!
Full story.


Quote of the Month

"Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I've finished ‘shooting,’ my unharmed victims are still around for others." ~ Jimmy Stewart


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