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December 2015 SNACK News


HAPPY NEWS   Phyllis, the wild-haired kitten, has been adopted into a forever home; another happy ending for a SNACK kitten!

DECEMBER 15 FIX-IT DAY   Today was SNACK's final fix-it day for 2015. We had 22 cats and 16 clients to bring our total spay/neuters for the year to 536. We are grateful to all of those who have supported us throughout the year: volunteers, clients, donors, veterinary professionals, and others who have worked hard for this success. Most importantly, we're happy we have helped to improve the lives of these cats and stopped countless, unwanted kittens.

Our first fix-it day for 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5. Happy Holidays!
This is the place
Lots of activity at intake
Time to get weighed.
GAMBIER CRAFT SALE   It was great seeing so many supporters at the Gambier craft sale on December 6. Thanks to everyone who helped and to those who purchased our crafts. The cats and kittens of the area are grateful too!
TRAPPING UPDATE   With the continued warm weather, volunteers worked on a trapping project with a single female cat. She was trapped and is a beautiful Siamese/Snowshoe mix. A day after her surgery, she'll be returned and the caregivers will shelter her in a warm area while she recovers. The same volunteers also returned to a trapping project where they have looked for kittens. Right on their normal feeding schedule, two previously trapped cats arrived. One was interested in the tuna bait but wasn't quite ready to go inside and be trapped again. Both cats looked well-fed and healthy. No kittens were seen.
Smells good...
but you won't trap me again!
Siamese/Snowshoe client
PHYLLIS UPDATE   The litte kitten that is being fostered by volunteers was weighed this morning. She is now 3.4 pounds and had booster vaccinations. She will be old enough to be spayed in two weeks and is anxiously waiting for someone to give her a forever home. Contact SNACK if you are interested in adopting this cutie!
Phyllis is getting big!
DECEMBER 1 FIX-IT DAY   It was another busy fix-it day morning. There were 29 cats, with 21 females and 8 males. The vets were also kept busy with an emergency with a calf; we are grateful for the time they spend with the cats while there is so much else happening. Thanks to the doctors, the staff, the volunteers, our donors and fundraisers, and the clients who bring in the cats. Together we're making a difference in the cat population in our area.
May we help you?
Keep me warm, please!

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November 2015 SNACK News


LATEST NEWSLETTER   Be in the know. Read our December newsletter.
OPEN HOUSE   Don't miss the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic Open House on December 12. Get the details!

NOVEMBER 17 FIX-IT DAY   It was a full house of cats today at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. There were 30 cats (16 females and 14 males) and 18 clients from 5 counties. Thanks to all the SNACK volunteers, including Toni, Sharon, Robb, Greg, Rita, Sue, and Carol, our clients, the Fredericktown Veterinary clinic doctors and staff, and our donors and fundraisers who make it all possible. Some of our kitty clients are pictured below.
Adolph
Licorice
Chewy
Buddy
TRAPPING UPDATE   Volunteers are still trying to finish up trapping projects. Two cats were taken in for surgery on Friday, November 13. The black and white tom pictured below has been very elusive. The clients have tried to trap him for two years. Volunteers trapped him a couple of weeks ago in a drop trap and he lifted the trap and escaped. The clients then wired a box trap open and used it for a feeding station. The night before volunteers arrived, they unwired the trap, used chicken as bait and Feral Tom was trapped! He was very grumpy about this turn of events and his change in lifestyle.

The second cat, B.T. (for Brown Tiger) was trapped by another client who is very committed to stopping teen moms before they start reproducing. B.T. was returned to her colony the same evening after her surgery. She was released from the trap when the anesthesia had worn off. She'll stay inside a warm area for a few days of rest and recuperation.
Lured in by chicken
A young teen female feline
HOW IS THE KITTEN?   The tiny rescued kitten has been named Phyllis, after the famous Phyllis Diller and her unruly hair. The pictures below show Phyllis and Annie, her surrogate mother. Annie spends a lot of time grooming Phyllis; she apparently doesn't like the wild look.

Phyllis is kept crated unless her foster parents are nearby; then she is free to run around and explore the house. Annie is generally there when Phyllis is uncrated; it will be interesting to see if the bond continues or Annie/Phyllis tire of one another.
Hold still, please
You need to do something about this hair
LATEST TRAPPING NEWS   Volunteers returned to a trapping project on October 30 because one of the colony caregivers saw two kittens there recently. Prepared with traps and carriers, volunteers were unsuccessful. They saw a path the cats use to go between their shelters/feeding area and another sheltered area. They also saw two feral cats who were neutered previously. The shelters are well-camouflaged and maintained.

This is the second time volunteers have heard of kittens at this colony this year. The first time was in July shortly before a strong storm. Volunteers didn't find any kittens then and are not sure if these two kittens are the same ones seen in July or another two. They also aren't sure if Mom cat is here or if these kittens were abandoned here. Everyone hopes they can survive winter.
Path to shelter and feed station
Critter path through tall grass
A nicely hidden cat shelter
Tiger Tom neutered in May peeking around corner

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October 2015 SNACK News


MORE FIX-IT DAY UPDATES   Since the Dan Emmett Festival in August and the Rascal Unit clinic in September, the demand for fix-it days has increased. It is good news for the cats and the people who care for them.

Dr. Scott and his staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic are willing to do an overflow day on Tuesday, December 1 in addition to the one remaining fix-it day on December 15. SNACK will be close to, or may exceed, 500 cats spayed/neutered in 2015 (including fix-it days and trap/neuter/return projects) by the last scheduled fix-it day.

Thanks to all of you for your dedication and determination to keep on with SNACK'S mission!

LATEST TRAPPING NEWS   SNACK volunteers returned to a project on October 23 and were able to trap 2 of the remaining 5 or 6 cats. The black cat is a previously neutered male. He had a "notched" left ear but volunteers thought it was tattered from fighting, not an indication he was fixed. No wonder he looks annoyed! The other cat was a female who had kittens earlier in the year. This brings the total number of females at this project to 9 of 13 cats trapped. Volunteers hope to return in the coming week and try to finish this project.
Been there. Done that.
Cat supervising the release of the male
FIX-IT DAY UPDATE   The October 20 fix-it day celebrated National Feral Cat Day. The weather was purr-fect and there was a good turn-out: 15 female cats and 13 male cats. Once again, thanks to the clients, the volunteers, the vet clinic staff, those who are helping to spread the word about the fix-it days, and our donors and fundraisers.
Step one: Arrive at location
Step two: Get weighed.
Step three: Recover after surgery
Step four: Have someone clean off the
registration table
HOW IS THE KITTEN? Last week, Kitten visited the vet clinic and some of the "angels" who helped her survive her first days in foster care: Ashley, Dr. Ann, Sharon, and Toni. Kitten weighed in at a whopping 1.1 pounds. She is too small to start vaccinations but Dr. Ann said she looked good, is gaining weight, and started her on worm medication. Since her visit, Kitten is a lot livelier and is very entertaining and comical. She will be available for adoption to a forever home once she starts on her vaccinations and is spayed.
Why are you so tall?
This is a nice warm place
Act scared. I am attacking
Pretend I'm hiding
IT'S IN THE CAN SNACK volunteers recycled 50+ pounds of aluminum cans last week bringing our year-to-date total to 413 pounds of cans and 43 pounds of scrap metal. Cans for Cats has raised almost $205. Thank you, recyclers! If anyone would like us to recycle their cans, please contact us via email.

THANK YOU TIMES 100 The 100 cats of central Ohio that were spayed or neutered (s/n) in September thank you for your help and support! That is 100 fewer cats reproducing and adding to the overpopulation of the region. The cooperative efforts of the staff of the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, the Rascal Unit, Humane Society of Morrow County and the volunteers of SNACK made this happen. Low cost spay/neuter clinics contributed 77 cats and six clients used the Trap, Neuter, and Return Program to add 23 more. Great job by all!

Also in September, the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust and SNACK completed our Spay/Neuter Clinics for Felines Grant, three months early. A total of 272 cats were spayed/neutered. We thank the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, for supporting our project.

SNACK continues on its mission to s/n cats. Each year, excellent support from our donors, friends, and volunteers have allowed SNACK to grow and add many new projects that have helped or will help so many cats! Thank you for making this possible!

MORE SHOPPING Our cat-tested/cat-approved cat toys are now at the Creative Foundations store in Marysville (106 South Main Street, Marysville), at their store in Delaware, and at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic.

And, don't forget about the Gambier Craft Show on December 6!
Bouncy corks are my favorite!
This cork is mine!
TRAPPING NEWS Volunteers are trying to finish up a few projects as long as the weather isn't too cold. On Friday morning this handsome cat was brought in for neuter. There are 3 or 4 cats left at this project and volunteers will return in late fall or late winter.
Client waiting
Client watching
FIX-IT DAY REPORT Spring Kitten Overflow Day was held on October 6. There were 23 cats--18 females and 5 males. Many thanks to the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, the volunteers--Sue and Gail (who posted flyers), Laurie, Robb, Toni, Carol, Marty, Rita, and Greg (all of whom staffed the event)--the clients, and our donors and fundraisers who support the clinics.

The next fix-it day clinic celebrates National Feral Cat Day and will be held on Tuesday, October 20. We are close to being full for that day.
Follow the signs
Parking lot full of clients
Going through the intake process.
KITTEN UPDATE Kitten has made an amazing amount of progress in a less than a week. She is more coordinated and is eating dry kitten food that is crushed a little with milk replacement added to it. She has a wonderful appetite! Her volunteer foster parents are working quite a bit on her grooming and getting the mats out of her coat. Overall, she's done really well for being so weak and tiny.
Checking out the menu
Eating without pausing
OCTOBER TRAPPING BONANZA The first TNR project for the month on October 2 was amazing. With the caregiver's assistance, volunteers trapped 11 cats. Four traps contained 2 cats each--a first! They were hungry and trusting and volunteers were able to get two at a time. They spent the night at the clinic and returned to their home the following day. The caregiver has a heated area for them so the rainy weather won't be a problem.
Some of the traps with the 11 clients
Lining the traps for after surgery
Honeybunches, one of the clients.
UPDATE The small kitten volunteers rescued is doing better and is grooming herself and eating on her own. Soon her foster parents will offer some dry kitten food and see if she will start eating it mixed with her milk replacement. She is active and alert and purrs. She was only 0.7 lbs on Tuesday when she was picked up.
Starting to gain weight and grooming.

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September 2015 SNACK News


TRAPPING ADVENTURES Volunteers went trapping on September 29 and trapped 7 adults. They also picked up a kitten in the project. She was smaller than the other kittens, not eating solid food, and was cold. She needed medical attention and was brought to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic (a spay/neuter partner). They are unsure if she will make it since she is very thin and anemic from a flea infestation. She's in good hands with Dr. Ann; however, this kitten is a sad reminder that all pets should be spayed/neutered.
What is this stuff? Kitten did not recognize solid food
Small but curious and alert
FIX-IT DAY REPORT There was a crowd at the September 22 fix-it day;15 males and 11 female cats including feral kittens too. Many of the cats who had surgery were born this spring. One client had registered 4 kittens. When the client arrived, two kittens had escaped from their cardboard carrier. The client could find only one and thought maybe one was hiding in the car or somehow had gotten out. Much to everyone's surprise, the kitten did get out but somehow climbed into his littermate's cardboard carrier. That lonely kitten just wanted some company!

Our thanks to the volunteers, our donors and fundraisers, the clinic staff, and the clients! The next fix-it date is October 6.
Anyone home?
Weighing in
A patient waiting patiently
SHOP FOR OTHERS Stop by Creative Foundations in Delaware, 57 North Sandusky Street. You can order pet portraits, buy hand-crafted tiles and pottery items, dog toys and supplies and now, SNACK hand-crafted cat toys and re-purposed bags. Your purchase helps their work with developmentally disabled adults. We're excited and happy to be partnering with them.
Creative Foundations
SNACK items available for purchase
SNACK items for you and your cat
RASCAL UNIT REPORT SNACK and the Humane Society of Morrow County hosted the Rascal Unit in Marengo on September 15. 53 cats were brought in for surgery from 3 counties; over 30 of them were females. Many thanks to the staff of the Rascal Unit, Jennifer of the Humane Society of MC for her work organizing the event, our SNACK volunteers who staffed the event (Sharon, Robb, Toni, Greg, Laurie, Sue, and Rita) and the Big Walnut Joint Fire District for their hospitality in using the fire station. Additional thanks to the donors and those who have helped SNACK raise funds, and to the clients who brought their cats in for surgery.

SNACK has scheduled 5 fix-it days for the remainder of 2015 at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic: September 22 (full), October 6, October 22, November 17, and December 15. Register HERE.
The Rascal Truck is ready for action
Clients checking in
Cats in waiting
More cats in waiting
TRAPPING UPDATE Volunteers trapped 2 kittens and one previously spayed cat who needed medical attention on September 11. All cats were treated and returned. SNACK volunteers are trying to finish TNR projects before cold weather starts. If you are interested in helping, click here for more information.
Male kitten, about 4 months old

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August 2015 SNACK News


LATEST NEWSLETTER Read the latest news on all our recent events here.

SPRING KITTEN FIX-IT DAY Twenty-seven cats received spay/neuter surgery at the Spring Kitten Fix-It Day on August 18. Many thanks to the SNACK volunteers, Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. doctors and staff, donors, supporters and clients who make SNACK successful; without you, there is no SNACK!
1. Follow the signs
2. Get registered
3. Get weighed in
The clinic's cat makes sure everyone follows the rules
RASCAL UNIT We have exciting news to share. SNACK is going to work with the Humane Society of Morrow County to co-host the Rascal Unit for a mobile fix-it day on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Marengo at the fire department. Details will be coming soon!

SNACK will continue the monthly fix-it days at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and continues to need volunteers for both TNR programs. If you are interested in helping, please contact us.

JULY 31 TRAPPING Volunteers brought 7 cats in for surgery on July 31. Two were young mom cats and the rest were spring kittens. In total, there were 4 females spayed and 3 males neutered. The week's total TNR was 10 cats and the year-to-date total is 60 TNR cats. With the beginning of August, SNACK hopes to finish up the year's TNR projects before snow flies again.
Trapped cats, covered to keep calm
Checking on the kitty clients

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July 2015 SNACK News


JULY 29 TRAPPING REPORT SNACK volunteers trapped 4 cats yesterday and returned them today; there were two males, 1 female, and 1 female previously spayed. All had rabies vaccinations and were returned. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers.
Cats being released
Another release.
WE DID IT! SNACK Ohio reached a major milestone on July 21 at the Nearly There Fix-It Day: 1,002 cats altered since 2011! The year-to-date total spays/neuters is now 231. As always, many thanks to the SNACK volunteers, Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. doctors and staff, donors, supporters and clients who made it all possible; you are amazing!
Post-surgery recovery
JULY 15 TRAPPING REPORT SNACK volunteers returned to a TNR colony where we thought we had finished. The caregiver reported she had seen several kittens recently at the feeding station. On July 15, volunteers returned with the hope of trapping some of the kittens, socializing them, getting them veterinary care, and then placing them for adoption.

Our volunteers didn't see a single kitten while waiting. One picture below shows a trap set for kittens. The water bottle/string is there so the trap door can be pulled closed if a kitten enters. Kittens often aren't heavy enough to trip the trap. The other picture is of a cat trapped in a previous visit. He went in a trap too, but was released. Depending on what the caregiver observes, volunteers might return again but it is very uncertain especially as the kittens only have a short window for socialization.
Trap set and waiting for kittens
Cat watching after being released
JULY 8 TRAPPING REPORT SNACK volunteers had a big morning on July 8, and with the help of the clients trapped and crated 12 cats. Once crated, they were covered so they would stay a little calmer for their transport to the clinic. Most of the cats were females. They went for surgery that day and were returned to their home the following morning. SNACK is closing in on the goal of spay/neuter 1K and are now over 970 cats since 2011.
Crates covered to keep the cats calm
Ready for transport
RASCAL UNIT MOBILE CLINIC Need a cat sterilized asap? Take advantage of the services offered through Rascal Unit at PetPeople in Powell on July 11. Find information via Twitter or on their website.

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June 2015 SNACK News


LATEST NEWSLETTER Read our April-June Newsletter here.

FIX-IT DAY WRAP-UP June 23 was a busy fix-it day with 16 females spayed and 6 males neutered. Black Bart (pictured below) has been a frequent visitor at a volunteer's home since last winter, but managed to disappear every fix-it day. This time, the volunteer withheld his food the night prior to fix-it day; in the morning, a trap was baited and Black Bart walked right in. Success! Also during the morning, a female cat client was found to have been previously spayed and microchipped; the human client located the owner and the cat went back to the original person. Kudos to all involved for getting this stray back to her forever home.

Thanks to the clinic doctors and staff, the volunteers, the donors, and grantors for contributing to another great fix-it day.
Black Bart finally makes it to fix-it day
TRAPPING UPDATE Volunteers went to a home with three cats, abandoned there last fall. They are feral and the female had kittens a few weeks ago. Volunteers were able to trap the female and one of the male cats. After surgery, the female was returned the same day because the kittens were still nursing. The client has homes for the kittens and is trying to socialize them as much as possible so they will be friendly to people. Another reminder and plea: Please spay and neuter your animals!
Mama Cat returning to her kittens
A kitten peeking at the humans
WELCOME DR. CAT! Please join SNACK at The Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. at 156 Columbus Rd in Fredericktown on Saturday, June 13th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for refreshments, fellowship, and door prizes! The Fredericktwon Veterinary Clinic welcomes Dr. Catherine Stoner and support staff to their clinic family. We hope to see you there!

MORE TRAPPING SNACK volunteers returned to a colony on June 3. The caregiver indicated one cat is left, but the one trapped by volunteers is a new cat, perhaps a male in the vicinity or maybe he is living there now. He was neutered and returned to the colony.
A trap amid poison ivy.
(Why volunteers wear gloves!)
This male is anxious to get back to the colony
TRAPPING CONTINUES SNACK continues to work with a client and a large trapping project. The client recently trapped another female cat, and volunteers transported her to the clinic where she had surgery and received a rabies vaccination. She spent the night at the clinic and was returned to the colony the following day.
A female cat, trapped by the client

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May 2015 SNACK News


YARD SALE SUCCESS Gorgeous weather and the hard work of SNACK volunteers made for a very successful yard sale fund raiser at Apple Valley, netting $520! Special thanks to all who donated items and for the sweat and labor of Sue, Greg, Rita, Toni, Vonda, Debi, Susan, Bill and Eddie!

FIX-IT DAY REPORT The May 19 fix-it day took in 20 cats for surgery. There were 10 spays, 8 neuters, and 2 females previously spayed. The year-to-date total is now 159 spay/neuter surgeries. Since SNACK started in 2011, 930 spay/neuter surgeries have been completed. Thanks to the clinic doctors and staff, the volunteers, the donors, and grantors for contributing to this success.

TRAPPING NEWS PART 3 The large trapping project continues. The cats are so used to the SNACK volunteer vehicle that they run when the car approaches, so the client is doing the trapping. On May 15, volunteers transported two more cats, a male and a female. So far, SNACK volunteers have taken in 20 cats for surgery-13 females and 7 males. This large project is over halfway to completion. The kittens on site are about six weeks old.
One of the three kittens on site
The other two kittens ran to this perfect hiding spot in the hay
A male cat, trapped by the client
TRAPPING NEWS PART 2 On May 6, volunteers returned to a colony where a caregiver has cared for the cats for eight years. She stated that one spring, there were as many as 14 cats to feed. Currently, there are 3 cats but no kittens. One cat was trapped and neutered last spring and he is ear-tipped. Today a tiger-striped cat was trapped; however, he may be neutered already because an apartment tenant lost a cat a few months ago. He is friendly to the caregiver. It is a testimony to human kindness that she has cared so well for these cats for so long.
A trap placed near feeding station
A trap near the path to feeding station
TRAPPING NEWS PART 1 On May 1, volunteers went back to a large colony to transport a couple of cats (a male and female) to the vet clinic. In early April, the client showed the volunteers newborn kittens. Their pictures are below; they are about 3-4 weeks old. They are up and about, crawling with eyes barely open. They are nearly ready for socialization if a responsible person wants the challenge/fun of fostering. Contact us!
Orange kitty, checking out her home
Kittens looking for volunteer foster parents

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April 2015 SNACK News


FIX-IT DAY, APRIL 21 SNACK hosted a fix-it day on April 21. Caregivers/owners brought in 25 cats: 16 females and 9 males. Many thanks to the SNACK volunteers and the staff of Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for helping with another successful event.
A feral female, post surgery
Waiting to go home at the end of the day
Cat "parents" take their feline friend home
SECOND APRIL TRAPPING PROJECT On April 17, SNACK volunteers returned to a large trapping project with over 30 cats; with the help of the client, five more cats were trapped for the clinic.

The pictures below are from a second trapping project. Although SNACK volunteers thought the project was completed in 2012, more cats arrived last year. This year a young calico named Lady and Big Tom were trapped. Tom, at 11 pounds, had eluded capture since 2012.
Lady
Tom, aka "Big Daddy"
UPDATE! Time to update your Kroger Community Rewards card. Click here for info. TRAPPING NEWS With wind and cool temperatures, the April 10 trappers were able to entice just one cat into the trap. BUT one cat is one fewer to have kittens!
Sardines packed in oil used as bait
Transporting to the vet after making sure there was no ear tip
This cat had her surgery, is not nursing kittens, and will return to her colony after a night of rest. If she had been nursing, she would be returned the same day.

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March 2015 SNACK News


MARCH FIX-IT DAY Even though it snowed in the morning, the Thank Goodness It's Spring Fix-It Day optimistically went on. 19 cats were registered and 18 had surgery. Thanks to our many volunteers and the staff of Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for another successful event!
Blue is reassured prior to surgery
This brown tiger shows his extra long tongue
It was easier to weigh Chloe while she was still in her carrier
Merlin welcomes a warm hug on a
chilly morning
SPAY/NEUTER UPDATE With World Spay Day and its overflow, SNACK has already provided for the spaying/neutering of 79 cats in 2015. SNACK will pass the 1,000th cat later this year and will be averaging nearly 21 cats for spay/neuter surgery for each month since starting the program in October 2011. Many thanks to all our fabulous volunteers and the staff of Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for making this accomplishment possible.

LATEST NEWSLETTER Read all the latest news from SNACK.

TRAPPING ADVENTURE On March 18 and 19, SNACK worked with a client to start a TNR project involving over 30 barn cats. In all, 14 cats were trapped. Three were released because they were already ear-tipped and 11 had spay/neuter surgery. Seven were females.
This hay burrow in the barn provides good cover and warmth
These cats aren't sure they want to leave the trap after surgery
Feeding time

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February 2015 SNACK News


WORLD SPAY DAY It was a cold start the morning of February 24, but all clients, volunteers, and staff made it. We had 24 cats (14 females and 10 males) and 17 clients--7 from Knox County, 5 from Richland County, and 3 from Morrow County. The other clients were from Holmes and Franklin Counties.

Thanks to the clinic staff for their hard work, the clients who brought their cats, and to the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank trust, for their financial assistance to SNACK. The next clinic will be Tuesday, March 24.
A cold start: does that say -20?
Jessie Jane gets a neck rub
Little Jill waves hello
Lilly enjoys a comforting pet

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January 2015 SNACK News


MID WINTER FIX-IT DAY The day dawned cold but 21 cats and their owners came for the fix-it day on January 27. Our thanks to volunteers who staffed the clinic, including Toni, Laurie, Linda, Debi, Robb, Sharon, Greg, Sue, and Rita. Thanks to the clinic staff for their hard work, the clients who brought their cats, and to the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank trust, for their financial assistance to SNACK. The next clinic will be Tuesday, February 24, World Spay Day.
Opal greets the incoming clients
Weighing in
A comforting hug before surgery
FIRST FIX-IT DAY OF 2015 We had 19 cats at the First Chance Fix-it Day on January 6, even with snowy roads and cold temps. Thanks to our volunteers who helped with intake and discharge, including Sharon, Robb, Toni, Debi, Sue, Greg, and Rita. Thanks to the clients who got their cats in and the clinic staff for a smooth and efficient start to 2015. Our next fix-it day will be in 3 weeks on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Let's build a snow cat!
Thanks to our Sponsor
Our intake table, waiting for clients
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December 2014 SNACK News


GRANT RECEIVED The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, has approved a one year grant of $5,000 to SNACK for its spay/neuter clinics for cats during 2015. The grant will allow the group to subsidize spays/neuters for owned cats from central Ohio during monthly clinics at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic.

Our first clinic will be held on Tuesday, January 6. Other clinics for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, February 24 (World Spay Day), and March 24.

LATEST NEWSLETTER Read the latest headlines for SNACK.

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November 2014 SNACK News


LAST CHANCE FIX-IT DAY Neither snow, wind, nor cold temperatures kept volunteers, staff, and clients from the Last Chance Fix-It Day for 2014 on November 18. 27 cats and their owners braved the weather, bringing the year's total spay/neuter surgeries to about 330. A big thank you to all! Our next fix-it day will be on January 6, 2015.
The wind was fierce
The parking lot was slippery
But the fix-it day went on!
LAST TRAPPING OF 2014 On Saturday, a SNACK volunteer returned a project's last cat to a colony caregiver marking the end of 2014 trapping season. We worked on 16 projects in three counties and 59 cats were trapped, neutered and returned. Two cats were trapped but were euthanized because they were too sick to recover from the illness. Two kittens were removed from colonies and were fostered. SNACK also provided some caregivers with food and litter and in one case, shelter for the cats. And, we all learned quite a bit about possible methods to use to improve chances of nabbing the hard-to-catch cats, the importance of getting nursing moms back to the colony, and working with the caregivers.

The client later wrote after her cat was returned on Saturday to say thank you and express how glad she was "they are all fixed now and I don't have to worry."

That sums it up. Thanks to all the volunteers, the donors, our grantor, and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic all for their hard work! It does make a difference for the community, the caregivers, and the cats.

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October 2014 SNACK News


LAST CHANCE FIX-IT DAY On Tuesday, November 18, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic. The clinic is located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown. This clinic will be the group's last fix-it day for the year.

The community fix-it day for cats is a joint effort between SNACK, Inc. and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic as a community service to help reduce cat overpopulation.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

TARGET ZONE FIX-IT DAY The Target Zip Code Fix-it Day, in honor of National Feral Cat Day, was held October 14 with 23 cats for spay/neuter surgery, including five feral cats. Five clients and eight cats came from the target zip code area. We also reached a milestone of 300 cats spayed or neutered this year. Thanks to the volunteers, the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic staff, donors, and all who made the event a success.
Checking in Human Clients
Checking in Feline Clients
Weighing in Felines
Patients Waiting Patiently
WINE TASTING SUCCESS The Kenyon Inn in Gambier was the setting for SNACK's wine tasting and silent auction fund-raiser on October 11. Over thirty supporters enjoyed wine and pairings and an educational presentation by Tristan Haas, general manager of the Kenyon Inn. Silent auction items included a number of OSU Buckeye items, collectible baskets, a golf outing, mums and quilt tickets, a cat-themed basket of treats, and a "Pamper Me" basket. Our thanks to Sue Horn, Debi Britton, Laurie Wright, Lowe's Home Center of Mount Vernon, Apple Valley Golf Course, and the Hairtage and Chris Riebesell who generously contributed items to the auction and to the door prize drawings. Special thanks to Tristan Haas and his staff who were so gracious in hosting our event. We made over $800 at the event.
Wine Glasses Waiting
Auction Items Waiting
Connoisseurs Waiting
QUILT WINNER The winner of the Cats in a Cabin quilt is Suzan Crochet of Boulder, Colorado. The quilt would have not been possible without the SNACK members who stitched it: Debi Britton, Rita Dallavalle, Jena Goshia, Susan Hutt, and Laurie Wright. Additional thanks go to Bunny's So Fine Fabrics of Newark who quilted the quilt; John and Laurie Wright who made the beautiful raffle tickets; the SNACK members who sold the tickets; and all those who bought the tickets. THANK YOU for all who made this a successful project!
Cats in a Cabin Quilt
Drawing the Quilt Winner

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September 2014 SNACK News UPDATE


TOMATO RUN Some of us ran, some of us walked, some of us cheered, and some of us donated money. In the end, Team SNACK made $2,112. at the Fredericktown Tomato Show on September 6. We will use this money to continue offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics and working trap/neuter/return projects. Our thanks to all of those who helped achieve this!
TARGET: 44822 ZIP FIX-IT DAY Do you live in the 44822 zip code? Do you have a cat that needs to be spayed or neutered? If you answered, "yes, yes!" read on. On Tuesday, October 14, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown. This clinic will be in honor of National Feral Cat Day 2014 an annual event sponsored by Alley Cat Allies.

The community fix-it day for cats is a joint effort between SNACK, Inc. and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic as a community service to help reduce cat overpopulation.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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September 2014 SNACK News


DON'T DELAY; SPAY TODAY Autumn begins on September 23. Before your schedule is filled with harvest balls, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving and holiday shopping, get your cat spayed or neutered! On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

The community fix-it day for cats is a joint effort between SNACK, Inc. and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic as a community service to help reduce cat overpopulation.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

FIX-IT DAY REPORT We are happy to report the August 26 fix-it day treated 28 cats: 18 females and 10 males. Thanks to all our friends and volunteers who help make this program so successful.

OHIO PET FUND GRANT The 2014 Ohio Pet Fund Grant was exhausted when the 50th cat was spayed. Once again, this program benefitted from the commitment of our volunteers and with the cooperation of Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Thanks to the Ohio Pet Fund for their assistance and generosity!

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August 2014 SNACK News


TRAPPING STORY Ever wonder how we trap cats and kittens? We recently started a trap/neuter/return project at a nursing facility. The facility is large and sprawling and it appears there are several different cat populations residing there. We set up one feeding station/feeding schedule in early summer. Since that time, residents and staff have tracked the cats.
Traps Ready
Last week, we gathered all traps for the project and labelled them with location information so we could return the resident cats to their home turf. We split into three teams and placed traps. We caught a mother and kitten at one location and a female at another. Residents are continuing to use the feeding station and we will return in a few weeks to trap more cats. The one kitten is about 4 weeks old. Since he is friendly (and not feral), he is being fostered. Once he is older and has been tested, vaccinated and neutered, he will be adoptable.
Kitten Captured
What makes this project a success? Key factors are (1) the involvement of the nearby community, in this case, the residents/staff of the nursing facility (2) volunteers willing to trap/return and (3) the recognition that projects are often on-going. Some will require multiple trapping trips and many require "colony care", that is regular feeding of the returned feral cats.

Ready to get involved? Contact us.
Kitten with Foster Parent

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July 2014 SNACK News


RUN WITH US Don't be left behind on September 6; find details here!

STOP LITTERING FIX-IT DAY Did you know, a female cat can have a litter of kittens at six months of age and sometimes as early as four months? It's true! On Tuesday, August 26, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

FIX-IT DAY REPORT Thanks to the Fredericktown Clinic veterinarians and staff, participants, donors, and volunteers for making the day a success. We treated 13 females and 3 males. Mark your calendar for our next fix-it day, Tuesday, August 26.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE FIX-IT DAY Declare your independence from unwanted litters by getting your cat spayed or neutered. On Tuesday, July 15, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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June 2014 SNACK News


LATEST NEWSLETTER

DIVE INTO SUMMER FIX-IT DAY Summer is here! What a great time to catch up on those projects that seem so difficult in the winter--like getting your cat spayed or neutered!! On Tuesday, June 24, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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May 2014 SNACK News


CATCH THE EXPRESS The Fix-It Day Express, that is! On Tuesday, May 20, Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc. will hold a fix-it day for male cats only at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, 156 Columbus Road, Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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April 2014 SNACK News


500 CATS SPAYED AND NEUTERED SINCE 2011
April 15 marked a milestone for Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc. when the 500th cat was spayed or neutered by the staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. SNACK has supported low-cost community fix-it days and conducted trap/neuter/return (TNR) projects since 2011 as a way to humanely reduce the overpopulation of cats and kittens.

Why is this milestone important? According to a consensus of five University of Washington professors, one female cat and her offspring can produce between 100 and 400 cats after seven years. These 500 cats could produce about 50,000 to 200,000 more cats and kittens in Delaware, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties by 2018!

More low-cost community fix-it days for cats are planned for 2014. Check this site often or the Facebook page for dates and times of future events.

WORLD SPAY DAY UPDATE World Spay Day 2014 was truly a global campaign that saw nearly 700 events held in 41 countries, with at least 507 other event organizers worldwide. The message that spaying and neutering saves lives reached millions of people during Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Organizers reported that 67,397 animals were spayed and neutered under the banner of World Spay Day, an increase of 15% over the number reported in 2013! Thanks to all who helped make this day a success in Ohio.

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March 2014 SNACK News


GRANT AWARD We are pleased to announce that SNACK received a grant from the Ohio Pet Fund to help fund our 2014 Trap, Neuter, and Return program. The goal for this year's TNR program is to spay/neuter 75 cats. The grant funds will spay/neuter about 50 cats and kittens. Last year, the Ohio Pet Fund provided SNACK with a grant that paid for 26 surgeries performed on feral cats and kittens.

The Ohio Pet Fund is supported by the sale of Ohio pet friendly license plates. Please visit their website for more information. You can also "like" them on their Facebook page. Remember the more pet plates they sell, the more funds they have to give.

TAX DAY FIX-IT DAY UPDATE! APRIL 15 IS FULL. OVERFLOW DAY IS APRIL 24. Mark your calendar for April 15! Avoid taxing your pet food budget this spring by getting your cats spayed or neutered. Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic that day. The clinic is located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

Read our 2013 story. The SNACK Financial Report and Annual Report are available for viewing.

SPAY DAY World Spay Day was a huge success on February 25 and March 4, with 45 cats treated in two low cost clinics. Clients from five counties were served. Many thanks to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic doctors, staff, and the many volunteers who helped SNACK get off to a fast start in 2014. With the 12 cats from the New Year Resolution Fix-it-day, SNACK is up to 57 cats for the year and only five away from 500 since we started in 2011.

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February 2014 SNACK News


WORLD SPAY DAY Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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January 2014 SNACK News


NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FIX-IT DAY On Tuesday, January 28, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road. The New Year Resolution Fix-It Day is one way to fulfill that 2014 resolution to "Get those cats fixed"!

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

NEW CAT QUILT Volunteers have been busy working on Cats in the Cabin, a queen-sized quilt, that will be raffled sometime in late 2014. Look for more details as work continues to complete the quilt.

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November 2013 SNACK News


LAST FIX-IT DAY FOR 2013 Register now for the last low-cost spay-neuter clinic of 2013. This event will take place on December 10 for cats from rural residents of MORROW and KNOX counties only. Cats must be transported in approved carriers and will need a warm recovery area. Drop off will be between 8 and 9 am; pickup will be between 5 and 6 pm. The cost is $25 and includes a rabies vaccination.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

WINE FOR WHISKERS THANKS YOU The Wine for Whiskers Wine Tasting raised over $1,750 on November 9th and many thanks are in order. Thanks to Debbie Ruggles and her staff, owner of the WineStein, for the hospitality and for sharing her vast knowledge of the wines enjoyed by the 31 friends attending. Thanks to the volunteers who helped ensure the event's success by making handmade silent auction items, producing and posting flyers promoting the event, and organizing and assisting in the event. A special thanks to Linda Chambers, event coordinator, who organized an outstanding silent auction that featured over 20 items and a 50-50 drawing. Thanks to Allison Miller, WMVO, for announcing the event on Tradio. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated such a wonderful selection of items for the auction. Finally, thank you to all those who attended the Wine Tasting!

WINTER PREPARATIONS With the colder temperatures and the risk of hypothermia to female recently spayed cats, SNACK volunteers are taking a break from trapping until spring.

If you care for a colony, remember to provide shelter and straw bedding. Straw will not absorb moisture like blankets or towels.

Shelters can be specially built for cats or adapted from another use. Among possible easy-to-do shelters are small doghouses, Styrofoam coolers, 18-gallon plastic tubs, old camper truck toppers, and garden sheds. A key point to remember is to make sure the shelter is sized properly (not too big where body heat can escape nor too small and cramped), has a door that will help keep predators out, and that it is situated to not attract unwanted attention. For more information about shelter options, visit www.alleycat.org/BuildAShelter.

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October 2013 SNACK News


WINE FOR WHISKERS Join us for wine tasting at WineStein on November 9.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

UPDATE: NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY FIX IT DAY In honor of National Feral Cat Day, SNACK held two low cost fix-it days on October 15 and October 22. A total of 55 cats were spayed or neutered over the two days. Many thanks to the individuals who helped make these clinics a BIG success and to the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, which supported this effort! SNACK's total spay/neuter surgeries including fix-it days and trap/neuter/return now stand at 280 for 2013.

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September 2013 SNACK News


OVERFLOW DAY The October 15 low cost spay/neuter clinic IS FULL. The overflow day of October 22 is also full. Check back soon for details on new dates in 2014.

FREDERICKTOWN TOMATO SHOW WALK The numbers are in and the Fredericktown Tomato Show was a huge success for SNACK. Donors contributed $1,760 to Team SNACK's "Run 5 Miles, Save 9 Lives" effort. Craft sales amounted to $140. Thanks to our generous donors, to the energetic runners and walkers - Allison, Ben, Chelsie, Debi, Greg, Jena, Keith, Linda, Rita, and Shawn - and to volunteers, Susan Bill, Debi, and Sue who sacrificed their Saturday to staff SNACK's craft and information booth. All money will be used for SNACK programs. Already, plans are "afoot" for next year's event!

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August 2013 SNACK News


FIX IT DAY Bring your cats to the Fix-It Day for National Feral Cat Day, a Spay and Neuter Clinic supported by a grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, on October 15.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

CANS FOR CATS SNACK's 2013 Cans for Cats campaign is picking up stream as we work toward our goal of raising $700.00. To date, SNACK volunteers and staff of Black Hawk Golf Course (BHGC) have raised over $335.00 by redeeming over 600 pounds of cans and scrap metal. These funds were used to spay or neuter eight feral and stray cats and kittens. Thanks to all of SNACK's hard working volunteers and a special thanks to BHGC for allowing SNACK to place one of our Cans for Cats barrels at the club house. Over 100 pounds of cans have been collected in this barrel and other trash cans around the course.

THANK YOU SNACK thanks the Petfinder Foundation, The Animal Rescue Site, and Boehringer Ingelheim for the 75 FVRCP vaccinations provided through a grant valued at $150.00. The vaccinations will be used in SNACK programs to help prevent illness in our cats and kittens.

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July 2013 SNACK News


CAT DAYS OF SUMMER FIX-IT DAY On Tuesday, August 6, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

Team SNACK is forming to run for the kitties in the 2013 Fredericktown Tomato Show 5-Mile Run on Saturday, September 7. You can help by running, walking or pledging your support.Money collected will be used to support SNACK spay and neuter programs AND a donor will match your contribution dollar for dollar so your money goes twice as far!

Donate from $1 to $10 per mile, for a total of $5 to $50 for completion of the five mile course.

Donate by check to Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc., P.O. Box 121, Sunbury, OH 43074

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June 2013 SNACK News


WE AREN'T WHINING ABOUT WINE TASTING Fourteen supporters of SNACK gathered at the WineStein in Mount Vernon to sample a special selection of five wines that did not disappoint! Wines ranged across the spectrum from dry to sweet from smooth to one with a firm backbone! We even enjoyed a wine named Red Cat! Thanks to Debbie and Stephanie for hosting a wonderful event! The handcrafted cat toys and bed, wine stopper, and wine bottle party tray were appreciated by the lucky winners. Special thanks to the WineStein for donating three bottles of wine that rounded out the door prizes. All in all everyone had a great time and helped raise $128 to help the cats of Knox County and surrounding areas. The kitties give the WT a paws up and thank everyone for making the event a big success!

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May 2013 SNACK News


STATS TELL THE TALE Through May 27, we are happy to report the following statistics: 119 cats have been spayed or neutered through Fix-It Days or through the Trap/Neuter/Return program. There have been 84 females with one death and 35 males. Currently, seven cats or kittens are being fostered. Year-to-date adoptions stand at 10. There are two active trapping projects.Our thanks to the clients, volunteers, donors, Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic staff, the Ohio Pet Fund and the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust who have made this possible.

CANS FOR CATS UPDATE Cans for Cats total about 275 pounds with about $170 raised for SNACK programs. Recently we placed a collection can at Blackhawk Golf Course in Galena, OH. Our thanks to the staff there for allowing us to do this.

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April 2013 SNACK News


SPRING INTO SUMMER FIX-IT DAY On Tuesday, June 18, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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March 2013 SNACK News


NEWSLETTER Read our inaugural newsletter. If you would like to receive your own copy, email us at editor@snackohio.org.

GRANT RECEIVED! We are happy to announce the Ohio Pet Fund granted us $1,000 to pay for sterilization of cats in the 2013 SNACK trap/neuter/return program. Money will be used for cats in Morrow and Knox Counties during 2013. Help us show our gratitude to the Ohio Pet Fund by supporting and promoting their efforts.



APRIL 16: A SNIP IN TIME On Tuesday, April 16, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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February 2013 SNACK News


World Spay Day February 26, 2013
Over two days, World Spay Day and the overflow day of March 5, 47 cats were spayed or neutered. There were 33 females and 14 males. Our thanks to the staff of the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, SNACK volunteers, clients, and The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

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January 2013 SNACK News


Spay and Neuter Barn/Stray/Feral Cats! World Spay Day is February 26th and caregivers of barn/stray/feral cats are invited to sign up for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic being offered by Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.), and the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, 156 Columbus Rd. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

This event is full. On Tuesday, January 29, Spay & Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) and the Fredericktown Vet Clinic, Inc. will hold their third low-cost spay and neuter clinic for pet cats, strays, and feral cats at the clinic, located at 156 Columbus Road.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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December 2012 SNACK News


What does a pony want for Christmas? Our kittens ask for foster parents!

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November 2012 SNACK News


RAFFLE WINNER! On Saturday, November 3, the Kitty Cat Charm quilt winner was drawn and the winner was Christi Riebesell of Newark. Thanks to all who participated in the drawing and to the hard-working ticket sellers and sewers. SNACK made about $475 on this drawing which will help continue our TNR and spay/neuter programs.

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October 2012 SNACK News Update


SUCCESS! SNACK and the Fredericktown Vet Clinic held a low-cost Community Fix-It Day for Cats on Tuesday, October 16, in honor of National Feral Cat Day. Twenty-eight cats had surgery-15 spays and 13 neuters. All cats received a one-year rabies vaccination and flea treatment, when needed. Eighteen individuals participated and included residents of Knox, Morrow, Richland, and Franklin counties. Information was also provided about feral cats, trap/neuter/return, and SNACK programs.
SNACK spay/neuter programs and TNR activities now tally 63 cats spayed, 54 cats neutered and one cat euthanized. Many thanks to our supporters, volunteers, donors, and veterinarians and staff for this success!

CAT TALES Feeling blue? Read our stories and feel better fast!

BUSY BAZAAR SNACK volunteers were hard at work over the past few months producing many handmade cat toys and accessories sold at the Johnny Appleseed Craft Bazaar held on October 13 in Apple Valley. The handmade cat quilt and wall hanging were on display and many shoppers stopped to admire the quilts and compliment the crafters on their excellent work. Proceeds from the bazaar raised $200.00 for the SNACK-TNR program. Thank you to our volunteer crafters who made the Johnny Appleseed Craft Bazaar a big success!
QUILT TOO BIG? Try a wall-hanging! The Kitty Cat Charm wall hanging is now for sale. It was made with 16 blocks not used in the Kitty Cat Charm quilt and hand-quilted. The wall hanging measures about 27 inches wide by 43 inches high. If you are interested in buying the wall hanging, please contact info@snackohio.org for more information.
SMILE! Mark your calendars for Photos with Santa! It's that time of year again and PetSmart at Polaris (1184 Polaris Parkway, Columbus) will be hosting Photos with Santa for three weekends in December. SNACK volunteers will be there on Sunday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring along your favorite critter and have a memorable picture for the holidays. For each picture taken on SNACK's day, PetSmart will give us a portion of the fee which we can use for our expenses.

KITTIES WANT TO PLAY TOO! Don't forget! We have replenished the cat toys at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic so if you'd like handmade toys for your favorite cat and would like to support us, please stop in and see our catnip mice, crocheted corks, catnip goldfish, crocheted teasers, and jingle snakes.

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October 2012 SNACK News


PROGRAM UPDATES As of September 17, 2012, SNACK volunteers have trapped 56 cats. Of these, one was euthanized, one was fostered to adopt, and 54 were spay/neutered. Six additional cats were taken into foster after they were abandoned and then were spay/neutered for a total of 60 cats under the TNR program.

The Community Fix-It Day held on August 21 had 23 feline participants. Thus far, 83 cats have been spayed/neutered under SNACK programs.

Currently, there are 8 cats/kittens being fostered. Four kittens have been adopted.

A second Community Fix-It Day for Cats is being planned for October 16, 2012 at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic as a way to observe National Feral Cat Day, as recognized by Alley Cat Allies. This year's theme is Changing Communities for Cats. Please see the home page for more information about how to register.

FUND RAISING After reaching their goal of raising $500, SNACK volunteers continue to build on their success by redeeming 265 pounds of cans since August 1. To date, the 2012 Cans for Cats campaign has raised $661.02 from recycling 1,181 pounds of aluminum cans (899 pounds) and scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metal (282 pounds). The funds raised have helped greatly in the spay/neuter programs. Great job by all our hard working Cans for Cats volunteers!

TIME TO SHOP! SNACK volunteers will participate in the Johnny Appleseed Craft Bazaar on Saturday,October 13, 2012 at the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. We have a variety of cat toys and beds and the handmade cat quilt we are raffling will be displayed. Stop by to say "hi" and shop for some great goodies for your cats. It's never too early to think about the holiday season.

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September 2012 SNACK News


COMMUNITY FIX-IT DAY RETURNS! Mark your calendars for October 16 when SNACK and the Fredericktown Vet Clinic join forces to sponsor their second Fix-It Day event.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

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July 2012 SNACK News


TNR WORKS! The numbers are in and SNACK, Inc. enjoyed a highly successful first half of 2012 working toward our goal of spaying or neutering 100 cats and kittens. SNACK volunteers have helped nine clients to spay or neuter and return 41 cats and kittens, foster 10 kittens and one mom cat, and find forever homes for two kittens.

FIX-IT DAY 2012 Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) will sponsor a community "Fix-It Day for Cats" on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic, 156 Columbus Road. For $20 per cat, feral, stray, or pet cats will be spayed or neutered and a one-year rabies vaccination will be provided. Kittens are also eligible if they weigh at least three pounds. This offer is limited to two cats per household.

N.B.This event is completed and registration information has been removed.

CAT QUILT OPPORTUNITY DRAWING The quilt is complete and it is in a CATegory by itself. Click here for details and pictures.

See the quilt in person! If you haven't had a chance to see the quilt, it will be on display at the Dan Emmett Festival Quilt Show in Mount Vernon. The location is YMCA Sports Center, 200 West Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon. Dates are Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 and the show will be open from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3.00 ($2.00 for seniors).

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June 2012 SNACK News


ABCs of TNR Through June, SNACK, Inc. is using the community display case at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County to highlight the basic steps of trap/neuter/return and supply literature about the process. The library is located at 201 North Mulberry Street in Mount Vernon. Thanks to Joan Spiegel of the library.
YARD SALE Under warm sunny skies, sales were brisk at the Apple Valley Memorial Day yard sale held by SNACK volunteers on May 25th and 26th. A wide variety of items were sold raising nearly $450. We greatly appreciate the large number of yard sale items donated by many supporters. Thank you!

BEST FRIENDS AVAILABLE June is adopt a shelter cat month. Anyone looking for a feline forever friend is encouraged to contact a local shelter, humane society, or rescue group and consider one of the many cats and kittens available. In the Knox and Morrow County areas, check out the cats of Whisker Connection. In the Plain City, Madison County, or Franklin County areas, see the Black and Orange Cat Foundation.

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May 2012 SNACK News


TRAPPING UPDATE SNACK, Inc. volunteers have trapped and transported 36 cats for spay/neuter surgery since January 1, 2012. We have worked in Morrow, Delaware, and Knox Counties with six clients. 19 female cats have been spayed, 16 males have been neutered, and one cat was euthanized. Thanks to our volunteers, clients, our veterinarian and the staff for their commitment to TNR.

NEARING COMPLETION! Five SNACK, Inc. volunteers have sewn Robert Callaham's Kitty Cat Charm quilt and it is now being quilted by Cindy Brammer of Ostrander. When completed, we will be selling raffle tickets ($1.00 each/6 for $5.00) and the drawing will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The quilt is approximately 75" x 87" (full size bed) and would be a purr-fect holiday gift. Proceeds from the raffle drawing will be used for spay/neuter programs. Keep checking our news for updates and ticket information.
SHARE YOUR STORY Have you cared for a feral or stray cat and have they affected your life? Changed your outlook? We'd like to add your story and pictures (if you have them) to our website. Currently, we have Troll's story and Lola's tale and would like to add your story to the mix. Please email your story and pictures to info@snackohio.org and we can add them to the website. No names are used except for cat names, of course!

LOOKING TO ADOPT? We currently have no adoptable cats or kittens, but if you live in the Morrow/Knox/Delaware County area, check out Petfinder.com for the Whisker Connection organization, http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OH919.html. They are in Knox County and they may have your furry, new best friend!

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April 2012 SNACK News


New Record! March was an excellent month for SNACK's hard working Cans for Cats volunteers as they beautified the highways and neighborhoods of central Ohio by recycling 288 pounds of cans and scrap metal. Their March efforts raised $137.68! To date, the 2012 Cans for Cats has raised $342.82 and helped SNACK spay or neuter 23 cats! Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers for all your hard work and congratulations on a great month!!

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March 2012 SNACK News


Are you curious about feral cats and Trap/Neuter/Return? Volunteers from Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens will be at PetSmart Polaris, 1184 Polaris Parkway, Columbus on Sundays, March 18, April 22, and May 20 from 1-3 p.m. We look forward to meeting you and answering your questions about TNR and our group.
The 2012 trap neuter and return (TNR) season is underway and so far SNACK volunteers have worked with four clients living in either Delaware or Knox Counties to spay or neuter 19 cats. Neuters are ahead by a nose: 10 to 9. One cat has found a forever home.

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February 2012 SNACK News


HELP WANTED! We want to establish 3 teams of 2-4 people for the purpose of trapping and transporting cats to/from their colony site and the vet's office for spay/neuter services.

Our trapping season usually runs from April through October as weather permits, and trapping can be done at various times/days depending upon availability of the trappers. Flexibility is key, and you don't have to commit yourself to a set schedule. We trap on a project basis, so this volunteer opportunity lends itself to both working and non-working people.

We provide training, equipment and supervision. You provide time, energy, patience and transportation. (Volunteer mileage is tax deductible if you itemize.) We trap in Delaware, Knox and Morrow Counties and our veterinarian is located in Fredericktown. If you live in northern Delaware County, western Knox County or the southern or eastern areas of Morrow County, you're well-positioned to help us reduce the over-population of unwanted cats through trap/neuter/return services.

Ready to volunteer? Fill out our form and send to us. Questions? Contact us by email.


SpayDay USA, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, was on Tuesday February 28. To recognize the day, SNACK volunteers set up an informational display about trap/neuter/return at the Selover Public Library in Chesterville. Our thanks to Suzi Lyle, library director, for allowing us to use their facility.
Snack volunteers have taken advantage of the mild winter weather to collect nearly 240 pounds of aluminum cans and scrap metal raising nearly $140 toward our 2012 goal of $500. Great work and many thanks to our loyal can collectors!

Shelter Outreach Services (sosohio.org) will spay female, owner cats during February for a special price of $20. To take advantage of this offer, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, owners must mention the "Beat the Heat" promotion when they schedule the appointment. Call 614-396-8707 for more information.

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January 2012 SNACK News


Wiley WhiteCastle Adopted!
Wiley Before
Wiley Before
Wiley After
Wiley After
Not many cats have a last name, but Wiley WhiteCastle is no ordinary kitten. Wiley was trapped in early September. She had lived on her own for at least a month after she was first spotted in a WhiteCastle restaurant parking lot. At the time she was trapped, she was only 10 weeks old but somehow had survived on a diet of sliders, insects, and mice.

Although Wiley apparently had little human contact during her stay at WhiteCastle, she was friendly and not feral. She has grown into a friendly, confident, and affectionate 5-month old. Wiley has a lustrous black coat sprinkled with a few white hairs and beautiful golden eyes. And she now has a new adoptive home, with three older cats who are quickly becoming her best friends! According to her "parents", the older cats groom and play with young Wiley. Good luck, Wiley, in your forever home! SNACK is proud to have been an active participant in Wiley's success story.

Need a gift for your favorite cat? Hand-crafted kitty toys, including catnip fleece mice and crocheted fish, are now available for reasonable prices at the Fredericktown Vet, 156 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio. Proceeds go to our spay/neuter efforts. Please call the clinic for hours at 740-694-5926 or see their website.
SNACK volunteers will once again participate in a Memorial Day weekend flea market/garage sale in Apple Valley the weekend of May 26 and 27th. More details will follow, but if you are spring cleaning and have household items, please contact SNACK at info@snackohio.org and we can arrange a pick-up. Please no clothing.

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December 2011 SNACK News


With colder temperatures almost here, you can help outdoor cats by providing shelter and insulation against cold and moisture. Straw is the best choice of insulating material because blankets, carpet, or towels will absorb moisture.

Shelters can be specially built for cats or adapted from another use. Among possible easy-to-do shelters are small doghouses, Styrofoam coolers, 18-gallon plastic tubs, old camper truck toppers, and garden sheds. A key point to remember is to make sure the shelter is sized properly (not too big where body heat can escape nor too small and cramped), has a door that will help keep predators out, and that it is situated to not attract unwanted attention. For more information about shelter options, visit www.alleycat.org/BuildAShelter.

Finally, we wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2012! Thank you for your support this past year.

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November 2011 SNACK News


SNACK, Inc is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $1000 start-up grant from the Ralph and Virginia Mullin Foundation! These funds are ear-marked to off-set the expenses associated with forming a non-profit organization.

With this award, SNACK is now debt-free and able to direct all its resources toward "the kitties". As we move into our second year, we are eager to continue our T/N/R mission, and are grateful to The Mullin Foundation for their generous gift!

Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc is proud to announce that we have met our 2011 goal of raising $200 in the Cans for Cats fundraising drive! Our dedicated volunteers raised $205.23 by redeeming 286 pounds of aluminum cans and 39 pounds of scrap aluminum and brass in just 10 months! Many thanks to Ben, Cathy, Debi, Greg, Maria, Nina, Rita, Rosamund, Steve, Sue, and the many donors from Apple Valley for helping make this fundraiser a great success! The Cans for Cats funds were used to purchase humane live traps and to pay medical and surgical expenses associated with the SNACK Trap Neuter and Return Program.

We have already started collecting cans and scrap metal for the 2012 Cans for Cats goal of $500! To meet this goal, we will be collecting about 800 pounds of cans and scrap metal. These funds will pay for the spaying of about 10 female cats or the neutering of about 15 male cats!

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October 2011 SNACK News


Thanks to Moderncat and Sue Horn! Sue entered SNACK in a giveaway contest sponsored through Moderncat and SNACK won free brochure printing from UPrinting.com. Read all about it here.

SNACK volunteers met members of the community at the 28th Johnny Appleseed Bazaar on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. They sold a variety of hand crafted items, many with cat themes. Contact SNACK if you are interested in having them participate in your community event.

National Feral Cat Day, sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, was officially recognized on Sunday, October 16, 2011. SNACK used a library display case to feature a few principles of trap/neuter/return at the Sunbury Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury, OH 43074 during the month of October. Our thanks to Mary Nice, Adult Services Director, for allowing us to use the case!

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September 2011 SNACK News


Currently SNACK volunteers are raising funds to cover administrative start-up costs including purchase of live traps. We participated in the St. John Neumann flea market on Memorial Day and raised about $300. We are also collecting aluminum cans for recycling in our Cans for Cats program. To date, we have collected nearly 150 pounds of cans* and have made over $100--almost enough to buy two traps. If you would like to participate in this activity, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have and will also pick up cans you have collected. Please contact info@snackohio.org for more information or to schedule a pick-up.

*Aluminum pet food cans can be recycled in this program if they are cleaned of food and the label is removed. If you have any question about whether a can is aluminum, a magnet will not stick to an aluminum can.

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