Friday, January 29, 2010

Successful Big Fix #3

Puppies we picked up while block-walking for the Big Fix.

On Saturday, January 23 a small army of SNIPSA volunteers and staff successfully altered, vaccinated and microchipped 145 animals in a high-need area of town. I woke up at 5 am, was out the door by 6, and picked up Tere and her niece shortly thereafter. We headed to the church, where workers would work tirelessly for well over 12 hours. I was on-site from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm - that makes for a very long day indeed!

Approximately 70% of registered appointments showed up and checked in that morning. We had many walk-ups, and volunteers went out to canvas the neighborhood and bring dogs in. Any kinks in the system were worked out as quickly as possible with the processes going on that day. We were fed wonderful food and kept nourished all day long by a team in the church kitchen.

Speaking of teams, it takes several to pull off a Big Fix. There is an intake/discharge team; we are the "face" at the event. We check everyone in and then send everyone home. Then there is a large team of transporters. They take the animals back to the cages and then out to the owners at the end of the day. There is a prep team of vet techs, a team of vets, and a team who works in recovery. There is another team who cleans and re-packs surgery tools. There is a team in the kitchen who prepares food/watches the SNIPSA babies. There is a floating photographer. There is a lady or two manning the certificate table and all the paperwork between intake and discharge. And of course we all pitch in to set up and take down. There is months and weeks of planning leading up to the event as well. There are a few of us who get to see the process from the beginning to the end. It's a great process.

No Big Fix happens without some sort of heart-wrenching story. The vets had to euthanize a big black dog with inoperable cancer. They operated on a doberman with an enormous mammary tumor.

Fox news came out, so I gladly informed him that Adam is our resident veteran tv personality. As usual, Adam gave a fantastic interview. Unfortunately, I think it is the first tv interview of his that we missed. We were just too busy that day leading our respective teams, with Adam also having to run home mid-day to take care of our own pups.

We pulled of our biggest numbers at this event, and we look forward to the next event in March. We will do six Big Fix events in 2010. All of our hard work is progress towards the city's goal of a No-Kill 2012. After all, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Community Resources

Steps to Search for Animal Owners:

1. Search the area where you found the animals for "lost animal" signs.
2. Place signs within a minimum of two-miles where you found the animal.
3. If the animal is wearing a rabies tag call the veterinarian's office listed and give them the number; they will be able to give you the owner's information.
4. Take the animal to a veterinarian or rescue organization to have it scanned for a microchip. Be sure to ask the place if their scanner is universal or chip brand specific. It will be important to find a universal scanner.
5. Take the animal or pictures of the animal to veterinarian offices surrounding the areas where they were found. Ask if they recognize the animal as a client. Also check their bulletin boards for missing animals.
6. Call Man & Beast to report a lost animal (210) 590-7387, look on Craigslist, look at for lost pets, look in the newspaper, check and post on, and any other resources you may be able to turn up. You can also place a free ad in the San Antonio Express News for found animals.

Other Resources:

Animal Defense League

Human Society/SPCA of Bexar County

Animal Friends Humane Society

Animal Welfare Society of Bandera County

Canyon Lake Animal Shelter, Inc.

Cute & Cuddlie Animal Welfare Society

Helotes Humane Society

Love for Paws Rescue

Muttmums Canine Rescue

Southern Animal Rescue Association (SARA)

Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas (SCAT)

Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW)
Click on 'organizations' to view a list of additional resources.

Search for local Purebred Rescues ie Bully Breed Rescues

Spay & Neuter Resources

210-351-SPAY (7729)

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

Animal Defense League

AAA Low Cost Spay-Neuter Hospital

Hill Country Animal League/SPCA

Low Cost Vaccination Clinic

Own Up SA

Animal Cruelty

ACS Animal Cruelty Tip Line

Big Fix 2010

2010 is going to be a great year for SNIPSA spay & neuter outreach in the community. SNIPSA will host six free spay & neuter clinics this year. It will save countless animal lives from being needlessly wasted. Spaying and neutering is one of the key components of a No-Kill San Antonio.

Ellie Girl

Elle is one of our current SNIPSA fosters. She is a DDB rescue dog, and she loves her new life indoors. Elle is a hound mix with a beautiful heart-shape marking on her face. She loves all people and loves playing with her doggy friends. She is housetrained, crate-trained, and has wonderful manners. She is not destructive and loves sleeping on her doggy bed every night. She likes playing with her Kong toy and figuring out how to get the treats out.

Bye, Bandit!

Bandit went home with his forever family two weeks ago. He now lives in the Dallas area with his mom, dad, two teenagers, and a toddler. He also has a furry brother, Jake, who he loves. Jake is also a Spaniel mix. We are thrilled that he has such a wonderful new family!

If It Should Be

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy months.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve -- it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we three, these months;
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Going Veg

I have gone vegetarian several times. My reasons? It's good for your health, it's good for the environment, and most importantly it's good for the animals. We have just starting eating vegetarian again. It is very difficult, and we haven't gotten into the swing of it yet. We have planned our first weekly menu, and now I just have to go grocery shopping for it. I am missing the convenience of a fast-food burger, but hopefully with time and practice I will get better at this. I do believe that every veggie meal counts for good, so all your efforts aren't a wash if you slip up from time to time. It's just like dieting - you have to get right back on the wagon.

Mmmm, bacon. I mean...


This is a dog my husband rescued from a life of abuse and neglect. He was never properly socialized and had become a threat to both people and other dogs. My husband has gained Tyler's trust, and he is currently living a beautiful life in the country. With some more time and attention my husband hopes to rehome Tyler so that he has a home and human of his own.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Super Cute Sammy

More pics of Sammy - because you can never have too many pictures of a cute puppy dog!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 Update



Currently in the house:
the permanent pack (8)
SNIPSA dogs: Camilla, Elle, Dasher, Teddy, Sammy the pup (5)
Special projects Stan & Mama (2)
Grand total: 15 dogs

Bandit got adopted over the holidays and Rudy went back to Shaina's. We visited Tyler out at SARA sanctuary. We brought Teddy home (DDB rescue). We saw Sammy the miracle pup make progress every day towards his full recovery.

We have another Big Fix coming up on January 23. We will be at a new location, so there is much anticipation to see how it will turn out at this new locale. Also, we will be finding out more about the position Adam interviewed for at the ADL in this new year. We are excited to see where this new year will take us in the rescue world.

Pictures of Teddy & Sammy to come.