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SNIPSA’s Big Fix

The San Antonio Area Foundation is pleased to welcome as a guest blogger Shannon Espy, DVM, Top Dog at SNIPSA.

SNIPSA is an organization formed by a group of veterinarians and caring individuals dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted animals in San Antonio and the surrounding area. SNIPSA does not have a standing shelter and instead depends on a core of volunteers to foster and rehabilitate animals in their homes.  Dr. Espy, her staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make San Antonio an Animal No Kill by 2012.

Dear Big Fix supporters,

This is a belated thank you from our last event in late January. Life at SNIPSA is busy as always. Well we broke all records performing 224 spays/neuters, 94 of which were female dog spays. Yes that is right, 94 fewer females reproducing on the streets. And if you think about the exponential number of offspring this prevented, we did quite a good deed.

The amazing thing was we were pretty much finished with surgery by late afternoon. The challenge is always finding enough experienced technicians to keep up with the efficiency of the doctors. Each time we learn a little more and tweak things here and there. It is always nice to have new faces- a new veterinarian at discharge to help answer questions and our old-timer military veterinarian was back to work recovery. We trapped a handful of cats and continued to work on a colony throughout the following week.

While blockwalking, we discovered a very sick dog suffering from distemper. She could barely stand and was doing her best to get around in an open field. We left her a can of cat food and returned the following days to check on her. If you remember, this was the day before the Arctic front hit. So knowing she would most likely succumb to the elements, we ventured back out and found her lying on a discarded mattress. She also had a well-loved television tube decorated with graffiti adjacent to her mattress. She weighed all of 25 lbs or so and should have weighed at least 50. Every rib was in plain view. Dr. Neelish was kind enough to take her to his hospital and give her a fighting chance. She is still with us today though we know this is a debilitating disease and her chances of making a full recovery are very slim.

I share this story because this is the very thing we are working diligently to prevent. Just one vaccine would have spared this poor dog. Every Big Fix, there is a new set of circumstances and group of animals we encounter. Many have mange, are pregnant, lived tethered, and just basically get by. We are so busy during the day that it is often difficult to reflect about the good we are doing. But when the dust settles the following day, I am awed by everyone’s compassion and commitment. I know we are doing God’s work serving people who have less than we do. And in blockwalking, we are reminded of that even more.

I want to personally thank each of you that participate in our Big Fix days. You are an integral cog in their success. To date we have sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped 1442 dogs/cats since May 2009. We plan on going strong this next year.

With appreciation,

Shannon Espy, DVM

If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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McCombs MASH–Doing it Again

Animal No Kill Initiative

Speedy Gonzalez of Red McCombs Enterprises and three participating spay/neuter clinics are at it again! They are kicking off 2011 with 4 clinics at McCombs Ford West, 7111 N.W Loop 410 and Culebra.

Free surgeries and every owner who gets a pet sterilized will receive lunch or dinner for 4 from Rudy’s BBQ!

Low cost microchips, vaccines, and heartworm or FIV/FeLV testing are also offered.

Call to make appointments:

• Monday, Jan 10th – Animal Care Services 207-6653

• Tuesday, Jan 11th – SpaySA 351-7729

• Wednesday, Jan 12th – SA Humane Society 226-7461 x127

• Thursday, Jan 13th – SpaySA 351-7729

Please share with your friends and neighbors; and please print the attached flyer and put it up in your organization’s break room!


If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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Learn and Serve at UTSA

Animal No Kill InitiativeI am still sky high from the Learn and Serve presentation this morning. Learn and Serve is a UTSA Master of Public Administration service learning program for which they were awarded a $50K grant from the Animal No Kill Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation this year. In this program, MPA graduate students are mentoring high school student groups to plan and execute projects that will have an impact on the No Kill effort that we have underway in San Antonio. The program is led by the Co-Directors of the LEARN from each other AND SERVE San Antonio: No Kill Project: Molly Cox, Director of the Center for Policy Studies and Dr. Renee Nank, Assistant Professor of Public Administration.

There are eight area high schools participating in the Learn and Serve program: Lanier, Highlands, Southwest, Edison, Memorial, Roosevelt, Harlandale, and East Central. Each high school presented its project description and plans. They were each outstanding! The students all showed that they understand the essence of the pet overpopulation problem, and have projects that address the root causes of the problem. Each of them had components of community education about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and what residents must do to practice responsible pet ownership.

The projects included pet festivals (“petstivals”), block walks, spay/neuter clinics, and fundraising to provide vouchersAnimal no kill initiative for more clinics. The high school groups will work with ACS, SpaySA, ADL, the SA Humane Society, Rackspace, and others to accomplish their project goals. Several of them are also including other student groups and their school’s Art Departments in their projects to get help and share in the fundraising. One of the high school groups plans to make a movie of local dogs and promote it to You Tube. These student groups have all set high goals and they have very concrete, specific plans to achieve them. They have shown that they are willing to work together to address the problem that adults in our community have been unable or unwilling to address. I hope that they will shame the adults in the community into getting on board with them.

Edison High SchoolThe general mood in the auditorium this morning was exciting and infectious. The students were very excited and proud about what they are doing. When I saw them, listened to their presentations, and saw the support from their fellow students in the audience, I truly felt that the future of our City, and our Country, is in good hands.

Several members of our Consortium were in the audience this morning: Chris Bellows, Dr. Jo Ann Gonzalez, Marcy Lynch, Kathie McGowan, and Lisa McGrath. I also saw Cynthia Martinez from the San Antonio Humane Society, Rocsy Acosta and Hugo Vital from the Animal Defense League, Ronnie Guest and Vincent Medley from Animal Care Services, Karen Pearce from Alamo City Bully Breeds United, and Elsa Gonzales and Mollie Walker from Drew-Walker on hand. Assistant City Manager Erik Walsh and City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor were also present. They Area Foundation was well represented by Crystal Del Bosque, Bernice Uresti, and Reggie Williams. I believe there is a tremendous amount of interest and high hopes in what these students are doing.


If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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Good Samaritan Center Pet Fiesta

Talk About It

Celebrate the end of 2010 with your pets, family and friends at the Talk About It! Pet Fiesta on December 11th, at the Good Samaritan Center from 11am-3:00pm.

There will be great pet obedience and training demonstrations, impressive weight pulls, plus food, fun, & games galore! The entire family will enjoy this exciting event, including your pets as they are welcome to attend as long as they are leashed or in a crate.

Bully Breeds Need Love and River City Weight Pull Club will lead all of the fun and informative pet care activities. We hope to see everyone there to support Talk About It! and enjoy the last Pet Fiesta for this year!

Together San Antonio C.A.N. Talk About It! – Care. Adopt. Neuter.

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Mission San Jose Pet Fair

The second annual St. Francis Pet Fair at Mission San Jose Parish will be held on Sunday October 3.

Pet Fair

October 3, 2010

St. Francis of Assisi loved all of God’s creatures and his feast day, which is October 3rd, is traditionally used for blessing of animals. The public is invited to bring their pets to be blessed and have a great time learning about how to Care, Adopt, Neuter.

Last year, 300 people attended and had their animals blessed by the parish priests, saw dog exhibitions by D&D K9 Concepts and the River City Weight Pull Club, information tables by San Antonio Big Dawgs, the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition, AAPAW, and Alamo City Bully Breeds United.

The San Antonio Big Dawgs led a dog walk with the parishioners and neighbors who brought their dogs with them.

The Animal Care Services (ACS) Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic was on-site and provided 21 free spay/neuter surgeries. They will be on-site again this year—appointments can be made by calling 210-207-6653.

Red McCombs Superior Hyundai to Offer Free Spay/Neuter Clinics

Free spay/neuter clinic

WHO:     Red McCombs Superior Hyundai along with SpaySA, Animal Care Services, the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), and the San Antonio Humane Society.

WHAT:    Will host 5 FREE spay/neuter clinics at the Red McCombs Superior Hyundai dealership.

WHERE:  At Red McCombs Superior Hyundai, 4800 N.W. Loop 410

WHEN:    Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17

HOW:      To make an appointment, citizens will call the Talk About It! campaign spay/neuter line at (210) 399-4848.

WHY:    To Support the Talk About It! campaign to make San Antonio a No Kill community for dogs and cats.  Red McCombs also wants to challenge  other area businesses to participate in the campaign.

The good folks at Red McCombs Superior Hyundai agreed to support the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Talk About It! campaign immediately after hearing Mayor Julian Castro speak at the Talk About It! Executive Breakfast on Tuesday, August 31st.

 “Reducing the number of homeless pets in our community is something I think we can all agree upon,” says Speedy Gonzalez, VP of Operations at Red McCombs. “We wanted to be one of the first businesses to show our support and demonstrate that as a community, we can come together to solve our pet overpopulation problems.”

About: The Talk About It! campaign, a bilingual, multi-channel grassroots effort, aims to make San Antonio a No Kill community by promoting spay/neuter, adoption and responsible pet care. The program is a collaboration of the City of San Antonio, Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW), the San Antonio Area Foundation Consortium of Partners and animal welfare organizations.

The Joy of Pet Adoption

In July, Animal Care Services saw 259 of their animals adopted and another 212 transferred to rescue groups. They had 590 Live Releases—the second highest month this year!

AAPAW held two adoption events with 142 pets adopted!  July is normally a poor month for adoptions and we have never had an adoptions event in July before this year.

I wanted to share the following video with you of when the Nevada Humane Society had a big dog adopted.  I’m imagining our friends at the San Antonio Humane Society, the Animal Defense League of Texas, the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, and the rescue and adoption groups of the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare doing this when they get a dog or cat adopted.

When you have a few minutes, enjoy the video.

Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives