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SNAP Hosts 14th Annual Neuter Scooter Event, Offers Additional Free Female Cat Day!

Posted Feb 10 2009 11:04am

Tresandquatro2 Have you been putting off neutering your male cat?  Are you looking for a low-cost way to make sure your pal “Scooter” has access to the best healthcare options?  Look no further than SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program)! The group is offering you a chance to get it done for cheap this month at their 14th annual "Neuter Scooter for a Nickel" event. SNAP is making it possible for cat guardians to get their male cats fixed for life for just FIVE CENTS. There are no qualification requirements. The event is open to the public, but you must make an appointment. No walk-in clients will be accepted.  SNAP plans to neuter an unprecedented 400 male cats in Texas on the 24th, make sure you reserve your spot today.

Have a female cat? Through a generous donation by Lost Pawses, SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) will spay and up to 50 female cats for FREE on February 13, 2009 at the SNAP Surgery Clinic, located at 1603 Shepard Drive, in Houston. Availability is first come, first served and appointments must be made in advance.

Think your unaltered cat has nothing to do with pet overpopulation?  Think again!  Despite the best intentions, accidents happen—an unneutered housecat will slip out the door and unexpected litters of helpless kittens are born. By having your cat spayed or neutered, you are ensuring that they don’t contribute to the tragedy of pet overpopulation. In addition, you are reducing or eliminating your cat’s risk of contracting certain cancers.  Spaying and neutering your companion animal is a win-win for you, your animal, and your community!

SNAP hosts this unique event every year in observation of Spay Day USA, and as part of an aggressive effort to end the animal overpopulation crisis that is plaguing Texas. This is the 15th year SNAP has organized events throughout Houston and San Antonio. The event is taking place on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at the SNAP Clinic, located at 1603 Shepherd Dr. in Houston and through the SNAP mobile clinic, which will be stationed at Harris County Veterinary Public Health, located at 612 Canino Road in Houston.

"These events are especially important for Texans and their feline companions," said Dr. Jim Weedon, with the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program.  "Intact male cats are at a greater risk of injury and infectious disease.  Instinct causes the unaltered male cat to stray in search of females, fight with other male cats, and spray urine to mark territory." Dr. Weedon added.  "The warm temperatures in Texas, cause cats to have a longer mating season than other areas of the country. Ultimately, this results in the birth of countless homeless kittens and puts a great strain on the resources of animal shelters and communities."

Spaying and neutering results in the prevention of countless unwanted births. Neutering also reduces a cat's chances of developing testicular cancer, diminishes roaming tendencies, and decreases the urge to mark territory by spraying. If left intact, a male cat's ability to produce offspring is limited by little more than his lifespan.

Neuter Scooter is strictly for MALE CATS and Female Cat Day is strictly for females.  An appointment is required for either day. Appointments can be made by calling 713-863-0010. SNAP will continue to provide low-cost and free companion animal services throughout the year.  Visit www.snapus.org to learn of the latest events and services offered.

Special thanks to Dakota Rescue for allowing Brett Chisholm to photograph two of their cute rescues, Tres and Quatro.  Check out Dakota if you are looking to adopt!!

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