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March 2018 SNACK News

CANS FOR CATS UPDATE   Our SNACK can collectors are still recycling and the price of aluminum cans is up slightly. Money is used for administrative expenses like the phone, copy costs, and stamps. Volunteers recycled 52 pounds of aluminum cans on March 15; WOW! Pick-up can be arranged by emailing or calling SNACK, 614-371-8996.
Ready for recycling.
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, MARCH 13, 2018   Winter is not going away!

We had a great Nearly Pi Day Fix-it Day today with 29 gorgeous kitty clients--17 females and 12 males. The majority of the cats were under one year of age and there was lots of variety with short-haired, long-haired, calicoes, orange tigers, black cats, gray cats, and a Siamese mix pictured below. We thank their people for caring enough to get the kitties in for spay or neuter surgery.

How old are these cats in "cat years?" Experts say cats age faster in their first two years of life than later in their lives. A kitten reaches the human age of 15 in her first year. A two-year old cat is about 24 years old in people years. After that, every calendar year is about 4 cat years. Cats who live outside age faster than an indoor cat probably because they have to be more active to survive and the hardships an outdoor life may entail.

Thanks today to our volunteers, Toni, Robb, Sharon, Debi, Carol, and Rita, the professionals at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and our donors and fundraisers. Our next fix-it day is April 10 at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Space is still available.
snowy day
Another snowy start.
Young kitten.
Another young patient.
Siamese cat
Polar Bear, a Siamese mix.
CRAFTING DAY   Join SNACK for another crafting session on Thursday, April 5, from 10 am to noon at the St. Paul Parish House, 100 East High Street in Mount Vernon. We will continue to work on star ornaments, hair barrettes and other creative projects. Crafters should bring sewing scissors, embroidery needle, and a needle and thread for sewing buttons or beads. If there are any questions, please call the SNACK number, 614-371-8996.

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February 2018 SNACK News

TEAM SNACK IS ON THE MOVE!   Volunteers are training again this year to participate in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus on Saturday, April 28. This year, our team is the Mad Catters. We'll be posting our progress on the website and Facebook. A generous donor will match any money donated to us. Help support our athletes and the activities of SNACK. And if you'd like to participate in either the Quarter Marathon or Half Marathon, please email us.
CRAFTING DAY   Join SNACK for another crafting session on Thursday, March 1, from 10 am to noon at the St. Paul Parish House, 100 East High Street in Mount Vernon. We are planning to cut out star ornaments, pictured below. Crafters should bring sewing scissors, embroidery needle, and a needle and thread for sewing buttons or beads. SNACK will provide ribbon and hair barrettes too if anyone wants to craft them. If there are any questions, please call the SNACK number, 614-371-8996.
Felt Stars
Felt Stars
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, FEBRUARY 13, 2018   Longer days, birds singing, Valentine's Day, and roaming tom cats in the countryside--all signs of spring!

Today we held the Valentine's Eve Fix-it day at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and had a great turnout. We had 29 cats in for spay or neuter surgery--19 females and 10 male cats. There were 24 individuals and one client traveled nearly two hours to bring her kitty for surgery. Most of the cats were technically kittens (less than a year old) but even these "youngsters" are capable of having kittens this spring. It is great to see people getting their cats fixed before kitten season starts.

Our thanks to volunteers, Heather, Taryn, Debi, Janice, Toni, and Rita, the professional staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and generous donors who subsidize our efforts. Our next fix-it day is the Eve of Pi Day, Tuesday, March 13. This day is nearly full. Our spring schedule includes Tuesdays, April 10, May 8, and June 12.
Valentine's Day
Happy Almost Valentine's Day.

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January 2018 SNACK News

CRAFTING DAY    There has been interest in getting together during the winter months to craft. We're planning to meet on Thursday, February 1 from 10 to noon at the St. Paul Parish House, 100 East High Street in Mount Vernon, to work on some crafts. We have fleece material and a pattern for cutting mice bodies and ears. We have ribbon hair barrettes we can make and beads to decorate them. If you have other ideas and materials, please bring them.

Please bring sewing scissors and pins if you want to cut out mice.

If the weather is bad, we will postpone this.

Questions? Please email. Feel free to spread the word if you know anyone who might enjoy getting together. No RSVP is needed for this.
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, JANUARY 16, 2018    Snow and cold temperatures slowed travel this morning but didn't stop SNACK volunteers, Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic doctors and staff, and clients from the First of the Year Fix-it Day clinic. We had a full house. Many of the patients were young cats who were born in late summer and fall. Many of the females were right at six months of age--old enough to soon have kittens. We are encouraged that the clients took this important step to reduce feline overpopulation.

Special thanks today to volunteers Debi, Robb, Sharon, Toni, and Rita and the clinic doctors and staff. Our thanks too to our donors who help support the fix-it days. Our next fix-it day will be on Tuesday, February 13. It is full and we are now scheduling for Tuesday, March 13.
Snow and Ice
Snow and ice greeted all.
Many cats
The waiting area was full.
Young kitten
Young kitten waiting.
Young kitten
Another young kitten client.

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December 2017 SNACK News

FREE WINTER FERAL CAT SHELTERS OR FEEDING STATIONS    SORRY! THESE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. A generous donor gave SNACK four hooded litter boxes. They are brand new, have never been used as litter boxes, are made from heavy-grade plastic, and would be perfect as a feeding station for a feral colony or as a shelter. They can be taken apart easily to clean. Below are two pictures showing each use. For the shelter, SNACK would be happy to supply straw and Styrofoam insulation for the base, along with a rain door. Please contact SNACK if you are interested in helping ferals in this easy, low-cost way.
Feeding Station
This feeding station keeps food dry.
Shelter, with waterproof door flap.
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, DECEMBER 12, 2017    Neither snow nor the early morning darkness stopped us from a successful fix-it day today. We had 30 cats in for spay or neuter surgery. Our group's preliminary total for the year is 301 females spayed and 200 males neutered during Fix-it/Rascal Days. In our trap/neuter/return program, we had 16 females and 22 males who had surgery. The year-end total is 539 cats who had surgery supported by SNACK, Inc. Amazing work by all!

With the cold termperatures forecast over the next few days, we are cautioning all clients and anyone who cares for outdoor cats to be especially mindful of the dangers of the cold. Alley Cat Allies has many simple suggestions for keeping cats safe--such as changing out water bowls twice a day to maintain fresh, ice-free water, using straw for bedding material rather than hay or blankets, and knocking on a car hood before starting the engine in case any cats are in the engine compartment. See more ideas at

Our thanks to volunteers Robb, Sharon, Toni, Debi, Carol, and Rita. Thanks to the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for their hard work this year, and to the fundraisers and donors who have loyally supported our activities throughout 2017.

And, don't forget the holiday Open House/Photos with Santa this Saturday at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic from 2 to 4 pm. A great way to celebrate the season!
Calico kitten
Wide eyes
Big eyes!
decorated tree
Ready for the Holidays at the clinic

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November 2017 SNACK News

GAMBIER CRAFT SALE   SNACK crafters will showcase their talents once again at the 2017 Gambier Craft Sale at the Kenyon Athletic Center on Sunday, December 3 from 11 to 3 pm. We are at booth 32 and will have hand crafted items such as our embroidered star ornaments, pet beds, paper bead jewelry, pet scarves, feed bag totes, cat toys and much more! Don't miss this unique holiday shopping event!
plant markers
Plant markers for Spring
Beautiful beaded jewelry
Unique ornaments
Bandanas for the
well dressed pet
RECYCLING CONTINUES!    Thanks to our dedicated can collectors, we had 48 pounds of aluminum soda cans and cat food cans to recycle today. Our efforts help the cats and recycling helps the environment. According to the Aluminum Association, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Not only that, aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely. It is the most valuable material the typical consumer recycles and its value more than pays for the cost of its own collection. (source:

If you'd like to recycle your clean aluminum cans, call us at 614-371-8996 for a pick-up or email.
Bags of cans
Cans for Recycling
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, NOVEMBER 14, 2017    Our Thanksgiving Fix-It Day was awesome--26 cats had spay or neuter surgery and a one-year rabies vaccination! Many of the cats were less than a year old. We were happy their people took the time and effort to stop these young cats from reproducing. As we have often written, an unspayed female and her unspayed/unneutered kittens have an amazing reproductive potential. Just because it isn't kitten season now, don't put off getting your kitties fixed--soon!

Thanks today to volunteers Heather, Taryn, Toni, Carol, Debi, and Rita, the staff and doctors at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and our generous donors and supporters. Happy Thanksgiving!
Feline Client One
Feline Client Two
Feline Client Three

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October 2017 SNACK News

SNACK-A-PALOOZA A HUGE SUCCESS   We had a beautiful Saturday for our first SNACK-A-Palooza! Over 25 people attended the event at the Barn and enjoyed great food and wonderful and diverse gift baskets. We had a kitty palace, tickets to the Newport Aquarium, and lots of items in between. Special thanks go to area businesses and organizations who gave generously when we asked for contributions; the event committee, especially Vonda, Nicolette, and Cheryl; and to the community who came out to support us, especially Don R who won the 50/50 drawing but gave it back to SNACK. We made over $2100 that will be put toward the group's 2018 programs!
human cats
Human cats welcome guests
human cats
Cats are ready to party
silent auction
Silent auction action
BIG THANKS FOR THE BIG GIVE   All of us with SNACK want to take this opportunity to thank donors and the Columbus Foundation for last week's Big Give event. We learned yesterday that 16 donors along with the bonus pool from the Foundation gave over $700 to our group. Thank You for your generosity!! It helps SNACK to continue hosting our fix-it day events.
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, OCTOBER 17, 2017   We had a great overflow fix-it day today at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic with 19 cats in for surgery along with two cats from a trap/neuter/return project. With cooler temperatures, we are looking to wrap up the trapping season soon.

Many of today's patients were spring kittens and are now old enough to have kittens of their own. We had a couple of brother/sister pairs and clients asked if siblings will mate. Yes, they will. Instinct drives mating behavior, not our (human) social norms. Some breeders do pair brothers and sisters to maintain bloodlines but inbreeding can lead to chronic health problems and birth defects.

We are grateful to volunteers Toni, Sharon, Carol, Marty, and Rita, our donors and fundraisers, and the staff and doctors at Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Our next fix-it day is Tuesday, November 14 and it is full.
Grey kitten
SNACK ON TV   See one of SNACK's board members on Daytime Columbus. Way to go, Toni! Watch here.
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, OCTOBER 10, 2017   We had a great day today with 30 cats in for spay/neuter surgery. Many were spring kittens but some were older. We even had a female cat in today who was scheduled for a fix-it day last June! Today, Catness was brought and had her least two litters later! We are happy the clients persisted.

Sometimes clients report their cats are spraying urine and will ask if spaying or neutering will stop the spraying. The answer isn't straightforward. Males AND female cats mark their territory with urine. Sometimes a neutered male or spayed female will spray, not to mark territory, but for another reason. Cats may spray because of an underlying medical condition such as a bladder infection. Stress and anxiety can trigger a cat to spray. The stress can be a result of too many cats in a household or another cat who is acting like a bully in a multi-cat household. Sometimes the litter boxes aren't kept clean enough for a spraying cat or they may not like the litter type. The best advice is to have the cat checked by a veterinarian to make sure there is no underlying medical reason for spraying. Then one can try other strategies to end the behavior--such as calming pheromone, multiple sleeping areas, multiple food and water bowls, and pristine litter boxes.

Our thanks today to the awesome volunteers, Toni, Laurie, Robb, Carol, Marty, and Rita, doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and our generous donors and fundraisers who make these days possible. Our fix-it days are filled through December but we are accepting registrations for individuals who would like to be wait-listed.
Client Kitty
TRAPPING UPDATE, OCTOBER 4, 2017    Volunteers returned to the large colony project today to continue their trapping efforts. With many projects, we trap the greatest number of cats the first time we trap. As trapping continues, we get fewer cats each session. This time, we changed the trap bait and instead of smelly cat food, we used tuna packed in oil. We hoped to trap the ten remaining cats but even with the tuna fish bait, the cats were wary and we trapped three more cats. Two are beautiful, long-haired adults and one is a kitten. We also trapped a cat who was trapped two weeks ago. Usually cats aren't trapped twice but the bait was irresistible! After we checked his ear tip, he was released. The newbies were transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery, ear-tipping, and a one-year rabies vaccination. They will spend the night there and return to their colony in the morning.

We plan to return to trapping in a couple of weeks--if the weather doesn't get too chilly.
Handsome Long Haired
Black Kitten

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September 2017 SNACK News

TRAPPING UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017   The push is on to finish trapping before snow flies!

Today volunteers started a small project (3 cats) in another subdivision. Subdivisions are generally difficult projects. There are so many places for the cats to hide, like decks and garages, and so many potential food sources!

This colony began late last spring when a mom cat brought her three kittens to the caregiver's home. The caregiver began feeding the cats and then asked SNACK for assistance in getting them fixed. The mom cat no longer feeds here but her kittens have stayed. This morning we trapped two of the three kittens. They were transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery, ear-tipping, and a one-year rabies vaccination. The tortoiseshell is a female and likely old enough to have kittens of her own soon. We and the caregiver were very happy to catch her!

The cats will be returned to their colony tomorrow morning. We'll also schedule another trapping session if the third cat reappears and the weather remains good.
RASCAL REPORT, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017   SNACK co-sponsored a great clinic today -- 50 cats! Volunteers were surprised when a gentleman came in with 5 cats stacked on the two-wheeler!

Several individuals brought in 4 and 5 cats. The stories were similar. In one situation, a tenant moved away and left the cats behind. The cats followed a neighbor to his home and the neighbor is now trying to find homes for some of the cats. Some will stay to live in his barn. In another situation, the cats were dumped out on a quiet road and found their way to this client's home. The positive element in both stories is a Rascal Day allows the clients to get the cats spayed or neutered at an affordable price and near their home. No more worry about more kittens and the cats have a healthier life as well!

Our thanks today to SNACK volunteers, Toni, Heather, Taryn, Sharon, Robin, Robb, and Rita; Dr. G and her staff of the Rascal Unit; Jennifer of the Humane Society of Morrow County; our hosts, the Big Walnut Township Fire Department; and our donors, supporters, and fundraisers who make this possible.

This is SNACK's last date with the Rascal Unit for 2017. The Humane Society of Morrow County plans another Rascal Day on Tuesday, November 14. It will be for Morrow County residents only. For more information, please see their website.
Rascal Truck
Rascal Unit 2 with Dr. G
Clients Waiting for Surgery
Filling Out Paperwork
Not the UPS Man!
Empty Carriers while Cats in Surgery
TRAPPING UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017   SNACK volunteers started a new trapping project today--a large colony located in a residential area with lots of woods for cover. The cats stay in two areas mostly. A mom cat and her kittens stay near the house on a deck. The older cats stay near a detached garage and the nearby woods.

We got a good start on the project, trapping seven cats. Two were adults and five larger kittens were trapped. We also had a first when we trapped two kittens and their mom in one trap. In another trap, we trapped two kittens. We transported all cats "as is". After their surgery, rabies vaccinations, and ear-tipping, they will recuperate in individual traps and will be returned and released in the colony tomorrow morning.

We hope to return to the project in a couple weeks if the weather doesn't get too cold at night.
Mom and kittens
Mom and Two Kittens
Two kittens
Two Kittens
Covered Traps
CENTERBURG PARADE   Cheryl, Ben, and Jesse walked in Centerburg's Old Time Farming Festival parade Saturday, September 16. The parade kicked off the festival which ran through the weekend at Centerburg's Community Memorial Park. Cheryl is in the cat suit. She handed out flyers for SNACK-a-Palooza and Jesse and Ben threw candy to the children.

Thanks to our volunteers!
Parade start
The parade begins!
Our volunteer marchers
THIS IS OUR GOAL    We love to hear from colony caregivers who are happy with our TNR program. Below is a picture of a colony that has been in existence for over 10 years. SNACK volunteers started trapping here in 2013 and 12 cats were trapped over the next four years. Most of the cats were spayed or neutered and returned to the colony. A few of the kittens were fostered and later adopted.

The population has stabilized at three cats now. All are neutered or spayed. As you can see in the picture, the cats are enjoying their breakfast! Our thanks to the caregivers!
Cat Colony
Breakfast at a Managed Colony
FIX-IT DAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017    We had an awesome fix-it day today at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. The preliminary count is 30 cats, 20 females and 10 males. Below is a picture of Pinot, a stray found wandering the streets of Mount Vernon.

Sometimes we hear from people who don't have cat carriers and do not register for a clinic because of that. Below is a picture of two carriers made from milk crates that served well today. They are secure, safe for the cat, and can be cleaned--characteristics of good carriers. SNACK volunteers also bring loaner cat carriers to each fix-it day. If a cat can get to the clinic safely in a cardboard carrier and a client lets us know ahead of time, we can loan Kitty a "room for the day."

Our thanks to volunteers, Taryn (pictured) who celebrated her birthday today, Heather, Toni, Carol, Marty, and Rita. As always, thanks to the professionals at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, our donors, fundraisers, and the clients who brought their cats to the day. Our next fix-it days in October and November are now full. We are taking registrations for December.
Nearly Fall
Milk Crate Carriers
It's a Happy Birthday for a volunteer!

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August 2017 SNACK News

BUCKEYE BRIGADE   The Buckeye Brigade 4H club is exhibiting at the Morrow County Fair this week and features SNACK as one of their community service projects. Thanks, Buckeyes!
Buckeye Brigade projects include SNACK
TRAPPING UPDATE, AUGUST 28, 2017    We worked on two trapping projects last night. The first is a new project. The client reports last fall, a calico cat had kittens. This spring, the kittens had kittens along with their mom so now we are working with at least three generations of cats/kittens. This beautiful tabby and white cat has two eight-week old kittens. Her sibling recently had kittens but the kittens are too young to remove mom for a day. The client says the original calico mom has three 3-month old kittens now too. We trapped Teen Mom 1 and she was transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic this morning. The next time we trap, we'll try for Wily Queen, her kittens, and by then, Teen Mom 2. Her kittens will be old enough to get through the day without her nursing them. We plan to add the 8-week old kittens to a fix-it day schedule. There are a couple male cats here too. We'd like to trap them and will try. It's easy to see how a population can explode in a short time period!

In the second project, it appears we're taking the same pictures each time we report on the colony in the subdivision. Of the 11 cats trapped here, eight have been black in color! It's a relief the veterinarians are left-ear tipping these cats otherwise, the same cats could be trapped and transported again and again. These two kittens appeared in the colony last week. After last night's trapping, we think just one black and white kitten is left to spay or neuter. Thanks again to the clients for their persistence and diligence on this project!

All cats will be returned to their homes tomorrow.
Teen Mama Kitty
Black cat
Black Cat #5
Black cat
Black Cat #6
ABANDONED KITTENS   If you have ever wondered about the need for SNACK and our on-going effort to spay/neuter cats, read this article.
SNACK-A-PALOOZA FAMILY FUN DAY, October 21, 2017   Join us at The Barn, 8480 Columbus Road, Mt Vernon, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 5 pm. SNACK is hosting an afternoon of fun, food, games, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Don't miss it!

Additionally, we'll be previewing some of our craft items. Look below to see Mr. Friendly, showing off his latest attire. He is ready for football season and is looking good in his Buckeye bandana! We have a range of sizes--small to large. Plan to attend and snag one for the 4-legged fashionista in your life!

All proceeds will benefit SNACK in our mission to help community cats. Please note: The silent auction will close at 4 pm; square reader will be available for credit card purchases.

Unable to join us? We are partnering with The Columbus Foundation and The Big Give. Click here to get details about this special day on October 10.
Mr. Friendly shows off his Buckeye Bandana
Buckeye Bandana
Mr. Friendly's Buckeye Pride!
TRAPPING UPDATE, AUGUST 15, 2017   We are continuing to make progress at a trap/neuter/return project in a subdivision. Six cats/kittens have been trapped and either returned to the colony or adopted. Three more cats were trapped last night and transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic for surgery and rabies vaccinations. One cat remains. We applaud the caregivers for diligently working to trap and neuter all of the cats.

For our group, subdivisions and urban areas are especially challenging because many people can be involved and not everyone is cat friendly. Alley Cat Allies, a national organization dedicated to protecting cats, has several simple suggestions for cats/caregivers living in neighborhoods. They suggest to get the cats spayed or neutered. This simple step often reduces many nuisance behaviors. Second, set a feeding schedule and pick up excess food. Leaving food out can attract other animals like raccoons. If cats are lounging where they aren't wanted, a nontoxic cat repellent can be applied. If they are sleeping under a porch or in a shed, a small doghouse can be placed in a quiet secluded area. For a more complete list of suggestions for neighborhood cats, click here.
Black kitten, hiding
Baby Tom
PLEA FOR SUPPORT   We are often touched by stories of cats or kittens who need help and yet SNACK is not a rescue. One such recent story is Amelia, a calico kitten who was found Saturday on the side of a road. Lucky for her, she was picked up by a Good Samaritan and taken to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. One of Amelia's front legs is broken in several spots and is likely to need amputation in a few months when she can tolerate the surgery better. Right now, the doctors and staff are trying to fashion a splint for her leg to stabilize it. If you would like to help with Amelia's medical expenses or you are interested in adopting her, please contact the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic at 740-694-5926. Any amount of money helps to defray the expense of surgery. Look for fundraisers planned for her at the clinic's facebook page.
FIX-IT DAY AUG. 8, 2017 REPORT   We had a good day for International Cat Day Fix-It Day on Aug. 8 --28 cats (20 females and 8 males)! We had old and young cats, all colors, and several feral cats. It's mind-boggling to consider how many kittens those 20 females could have in just one year and then add in their offspring having kittens? Wow!

Thanks to the clients who are making an effort to reduce feline overpopulation and our SNACK volunteers today, Heather, Taryn, Carol, Marty, Tony, and Rita! Thanks to the professional team at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic who work especially hard on Fix-It days and to our donors and supporters! Our next fix-it day in September is full and we are now taking registrations for Global Feral Cat Day Fix-It Day in October. Don't miss out and get your registration in today!
Big eyed client
CRAFTING UPDATE   We had a small group on Wednesday, August 2, and decided to give crafting a rest for a few weeks.

We'd like to start up again when the weather cools off and summer activities slow down. If you have any suggestions about when to meet or any feedback, please let us know. We are registered for the Gambier Craft Show on Sunday, December 3 so there will be some prep work involved for that.

Thank you for the time and effort and suggestions that came forth! It was a good experience! Until we meet again...
Rita and Sharon

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July 2017 SNACK News

FIX-IT DAY JULY 25 REPORT   We had a small fix-it day today--an "overflow" to catch up with some past fix-it day clients who still have cats to spay/neuter. We had 18 cats--nine females and nine males. There was a wide variety of ages ranging from kittens to mature adult cats. Colors ran the gamut too--black, orange, dilute calico, and tiger cats.

We were able to hold this fix-it day because of the generosity of our donors and the support of the fund-raisers including the can collectors, crafters, those who shop at Kroger and designate SNACK in the Community Reward program ( and those who shop on Amazon Smile and designate SNACK as a beneficiary.

Our thanks also to the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, the clients who got the cats in, and volunteers Toni, Laurie, Marty, and Rita. We couldn't do it without you!
More talking
CRAFTING UPDATE AND NEXT EVENT, AUGUST 2   Crafting today was awesome. We made more paper beads and Cheryl and Nicolette strung some bracelets. Next time we're going to make some larger beads and string some necklaces to match the bracelets. Also, volunteers worked on more felt Christmas star ornaments. Our thanks to Sue, Cheryl, Nicolette, Marty, Sharon, Greg, and Rita for spending their morning crafting. It's fun for everyone to exchange ideas and hear about possible new projects. And Sue wore a paper bead necklace from the 70s...the jewelry is durable!

Our next meeting is set for Wednesday, August 2 from 10 am to noon. We'll be in the same park, but in the Kiwanis Pavilion. See you there!
Nicolette models bead jewelry
Star ornaments
TRAPPING UPDATE, JULY 18, 2017   SNACK volunteers were hard at work during the evening of July 18. Two teams were trapping at ongoing projects--trying to spay/neuter adult cats before more kittens are born.

In the first project, we returned to a colony where we trapped in early June. Initially, there were four adults. In June, we trapped and returned two nursing mom cats. There are kittens now and we are not sure how many. Last night, volunteers trapped 3 adults: 2 males and 1 female. They were transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic early this morning for spay/neuter surgery and a one-year rabies vaccination. As you can see, the newspaper lining the traps was shredded overnight. Generally, we don't like to trap in the evening because the cats have to spend the night in the trap. However, there is construction here during daytime hours and the cats are not seen.

The second project is a holdover from late winter where kind neighbors are caring for cats left at a rental property. These neighbors are trapping the cats in the colony and they also had 2 males and 1 female. There are kittens in this colony as well. Again, we are not sure how many kittens have survived and how much trapping is left to do.

With both team's efforts last night, we trapped 2 females and 4 males. They will return to their homes tomorrow after they are fully recovered from the anesthesia.
black cat
Black cat
Black kitty
Black kitty
CANS FOR CATS UPDATE   We recycled aluminum cans today--a van-full weighing 71 pounds! Thank you, dedicated can collectors--Rachel, Darla, Toni, Delores, and Greg. We made $28.40--enough for 5 rabies vaccinations.

So, how many cans make up a pound of aluminum? According to various websites, it varies quite a lot depending on the size of the can and residue in and on a can. Cans today weigh 30 percent less than cans of 25 years ago. Most websites suggest that about 32 to 35 12-ounce cans equal a pound. So, today's haul was probably over 2200 cans!

If you live in our group's typical service area (Delaware, Morrow, Knox, or southern Richland counties) and would like to save cans for us, we would be happy to pick them up and recycle them. Please email or call 614-371-8996.
Recycling for SNACK
CRAFTING DAY, DATE CHANGE! NEXT EVENT, JULY 20    Because of scheduling conflicts, crafting is now scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at Ariel-Foundation Park. We'll be working on paper beads again and felted star ornaments. We will be in the area near the pavilions (by the lakes) but are not certain of a pavilion reservation at this time. If you plan to craft on Thursday, please call 614-371-8996 for an exact location.
FIX-IT DAY JULY 11 REPORT   We had a good fix-it day today with 27 cats brought in for surgery at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic. It was a mix of adult and young cats. Most of the cats were pets. Our thanks to our morning volunteers, Toni, Sharon, Robb, and Rita, and to our evening volunteers, Carol and Marty. Also thanks to our fundraisers and donors who work hard to support the fix-it days and to the doctors and staff of the clinic. Our next day is Cat Day, Tuesday, August 8. It is already full and we are now registering cats for Tuesday, September 12.

Below are a few pictures from today along with a picture of a bird's nest that was found at the clinic this morning after the wind and storms last night. The nest is made of horsehair. We think it's a hummingbird nest but not sure.
Line for surgery
Zander, a male
Horse hair nest
CRAFTING DAY, REPORT AND NEXT EVENT, JULY 19   We had a bodacious beading session today with Sharon, Debi, Robin, Nicolette, Jessi, Greg, and Rita making paper beads. The beads will be finished with a poly-acrylic and when we meet again, we'll make bead jewelry. Below are pictures of our bead output and a finished bracelet. We also finished a few star ornaments which are very pretty. Many thanks to our volunteers for spending their morning working on these projects.

We plan to meet again on July 19 from 10 to noon at the Ariel-Foundation Park. The Pavilion where we usually meet is not available that day; call us to find where we set up the bead station at the park. (614) 371-8996.
Paper Beads
Paper Bead Bracelet
Star Ornaments

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June 2017 SNACK News

RASCAL REPORT, JUNE 27, 2017    We had an awesome day working with the Rascal Unit and the Humane Society of Morrow County. We had 50 cats in for surgery at the Big Walnut Joint Fire District in Marengo. Our thanks to the Fire District for hosting this event, Dr. Decker and the Rascal staff who worked so diligently all day, to the volunteers who staffed the event--Jennifer, Toni, Greg, Sharon, Debi, Robin, Ann, and Rita, and to the clients who got their cats in for surgery. It truly takes a village to humanely end feline over-population.

Our next fix-it day on July 11 at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic is full. A few spots are open for the Tuesday, August 8 clinic. Our next Rascal Day in Marengo will be Tuesday, September 26.
Rascal Day Cat
Rascal Day Cat
Rascal Day Cat
Rascal Unit 2
line up
Clients Waiting
CRAFTING DAY, REPORT AND NEXT EVENT, JULY 5   We had a good day crafting at Ariel-Foundation Park. We put the finishing touches on Operation Rice Bag--the special order--and worked on corks on forks (plant markers). We continued work on catnip socks and started on the snowflake ornaments. We plan to make some sample ornaments for the next meeting. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped today--Ronda, Lily, Caleb, Greg, Sue, Sharon, Nicolette, Cheryl, and Rita. Tentatively, we're planning another craft day for July 5, at A-F Park. Please join us and bring a friend!
Plant markers, corks on forks
rice bag
Operation Rice Bag
rice bag 2
Packing Operation Rice Bag
FIX-IT DAY JUNE 6 REPORT   We had a good fix-it day today with 24 cats--15 females and 9 males. We had a wide range in ages--from weathered tom cat, O'Malley, to young Floyd, a friendly black kitten. The group's year-to-date total for spay/neuter surgeries is 230 cats either through the fix-it day program or through trap/neuter/return. Our thanks to the hard-working volunteers--Carol, Marty, Robin, Sharon, Greg, Toni, and Rita. Many thanks to our donors, grantors, and fundraisers who make these programs possible and to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic staff for their skill and professionalism.

Our next fix-it day at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic is Forget the Dog Days Fix-it Day for Cats and is scheduled for July 11. For those who live in the Morrow County/Sunbury area, we'll be working with the Humane Society of Morrow County and the Rascal Mobile Unit for Rascal Day on June 27. See for more information and registration materials.
O'Malley, adult tom
Young Female
TRAPPING UPDATE JUNE 1   Volunteers went out trapping the evening of June 1 at a new project. During the day, there is construction activity. The cats are active and eat in the evening. We trapped two beautiful black cats and they were transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic early the next morning for surgery, ear-tipping, and a one-year rabies vaccination.

Fortunately for the cats, the doctors at the clinic did surgery early in the day and we learned both cats were female and nursing kittens. Volunteers returned to the clinic later in the morning and returned the cats to the colony. In the afternoon, they were released from the traps when the anesthesia had worn off and they could go back to their kittens.

We think there are two more cats are at this project and we will try to complete it in a few weeks. We are also watching now for kittens.
Black cat
Black Mom Cat
CRAFTS WORK DAY JUNE 14   Operation Rice Bag began May 31--our crafting project to make rice bags. The rice bags are a little complicated but we made good progress and those who were not sewing rice bags made another pile of sock toys! We had beautiful weather and a great turn out of volunteers. Thanks to Sharon, Debi, Sue, Laurie, Robin, Toni, Cheryl, Nicolette, Isabella, Jesse, Greg, and Rita. Our next crafting day is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, again at Ariel-Foundation Park, First-Knox National Bank Pavilion. Hope to see you there!
First-Knox Pavilion
Sock Toys
More Sock Toys
Rice Bags
Rice Bags in Progress

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May 2017 SNACK News

CRAFTS WORK DAY MAY 31   We're planning another crafting session for next Wednesday, May 31 at the First-Knox Pavilion --again at Ariel-Foundation Park from 10 am to noon.

The group has a large rice bag project to work on. Twenty bags have been ordered and will be sold when completed. If you like to sew and can bring your machine easily (and an empty bobbin, pins, scissors), please do. In addition to the sewers, we will need people to fill the bags with rice. We'll plan to have some bags cut out so no need to bring a mat or cutter.

If this doesn't sound like your skill set, we'll have more baby sock cat toys to stuff. The toys from last week have gotten "paws up" from many of our test cats. This time, we'll try socks with more cotton (and less funk?) to stuff.

All are welcome; we hope to see you there!
TRAPPING UPDATE MAY 18   Volunteers returned to a feral colony where kind neighbors are caring for several cats abandoned by tenants. They trapped four cats but three had been spayed or neutered earlier this year. The fourth cat was a nursing mom cat. She had spay surgery, a rabies vaccination, and was ear-tipped. She was returned to the colony and released early the same evening.

We estimate there are four cats left to trap and neuter along with any kittens who make it. Volunteers will return to this colony in 3 or 4 weeks and continue their efforts. Contact us if you want to join our endeavors!
Black cat
A repeat customer
Mom cat
Mom cat
WE ARE CRAFTY AND CRAFTING!   Crafters, Sue, Debi, Cheryl, Nicolette, Toni, Sharon, Robin, and Rita, met on May 17 to discuss projects for the annual Gambier craft show. We will continue to meet periodically to work on crafts together. Some coming projects include rice bags, paper crafts, upcycled cork crafts, quilted pot holders and quilted hot pads. We welcome additional crafty people; call or email for further information.

Today's first project was catnip sock toys. Below is a picture of the craft along with our test cat, Marco. Marco gave it a paws up! They will be available for purchase before the craft show at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic. Stop in and make your kitty happy!
Catnip Socks
Catnip Socks
A Mother's Day Fix-it Day Quiz
What is the gestation period for a cat?** A. 42 days B. 49-55 days C. 58-65 days D. 92-95 days

We had an amazing fix-it day today with 31 cats spayed or neutered. We were nearly even with 17 males and 14 females. Many were young cats. "Hats off" to the clients who are making an effort to spay or neuter their cats before they have kittens or display mating behaviors.

Thanks to our volunteers today--Toni, Sharon, Robb, Greg, Carol, Marty, and Rita, our donors, and hard-working fundraisers. Thanks also to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic doctors and staff. You are the best!

**The answer is C. 58 to 65 days. A ferret has a 42-day gestation period. A fox has a 49-55 day gestation and a leopard has a 92-95 day gestation period.
CRAFTS WORK DAY MAY 17   Again this year, SNACK is planning to participate in the Gambier Craft Show in December. We hope to bring some new non-cat themed items to our table and are inviting those who want to craft to exchange ideas about what we can sell. We will work together to produce some of these items.

Please join us at Ariel-Foundation Park, First Knox-National Bank Pavilion (the big one) on Wednesday, May 17 from 10 to noon. For this meeting, we'll set up a craft (sorry, it is a cat toy!) to work on and discuss what people would like to work on in the future. We have some patterns to start the discussion and welcome other ideas. We are looking to use all skill levels in this process. If hand-sewing isn't your thing, perhaps you can cut out pieces for an item or work on pricing/ tagging/ packaging. If people want to continue meeting, we will set a schedule. We are looking to have a productive and good time through the warm summer months!

If you would like to come but have a conflict in your schedule, let us know. We will maintain a distribution list and try to accommodate different schedules. Bring a friend and we hope to see you soon!

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April 2017 SNACK News

AND THE WINNER IS...   Sunday afternoon, April 30th, the raffle drawing was held for the hand-made cat quilt. The winner is Marge from Dublin, OH. Marge bought tickets after she saw Treasurer Toni on Daytime Columbus in March. Marge received the quilt this evening and is very excited and pleased.

Thanks to all who bought tickets and helped make this fundraiser a great success. Also a final note of gratitude to the talented Debi and Susan who took fabric scraps and created such a masterpiece!
No looking!
And the winner is...
The Prize Quilt
A BIG THANK YOU   We are happy to report our group received a grant from the Ohio Pet Fund to help with our 2017 Trap/Neuter/Return program. This fund is supported through the sale of the Ohio Pet License Plates for vehicles. The monies support education, spay/neuter of pets for low-income families, and the adoption of dogs and cats from qualifying agencies such as humane societies and rescue groups. To read more about the Ohio Pet Fund, see Our thanks to the organization!
Trap, Set and Ready
TRAPPING UPDATE, APRIL 20   SNACK volunteers returned to trap at a feral colony today, one where neighbors are caring for feral cats left behind by the home's occupants. They trapped three cats, all male.

The pictures show Orange Boy. He was the first cat to come out and he ignored the traps. Then Little Black Kitty came out and investigated and walked right into it and was caught. Once he was caught, Orange Boy got curious and started eating. He was definitely angry at what happened to him.

The cats were transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic, neutered, left ear-tipped, and treated for parasites. They spent the night at the clinic and then were transported back to their home the following morning.

There are five cats remaining to trap at this project. The clients will try to trap in the late evening at the usual feeding time. We're hopeful the change will bring us success and we can finish the project.
Little Black
Little Black Kitty, the first trapped
Orange Boy
Orange Boy
Orange Boy
Orange Boy eating to trip the trap
CAN DONATION   When members of the Buckeye Brigade 4-H club in Marengo heard SNACK was collecting aluminum cans for recycling, they organized a can drive. Members collected from family and friends and on April 14 at their meeting, they presented SNACK with a nearly full trailer of aluminum cans! We can't wait to hear how many pounds they collected but our guess is that it is nearly 200 pounds. (Update: Final total was 187 pounds. Wow!)

Our thanks to the members of the 4-H club and their families for their enthusiastic support and to Darla, Dale, and Linda for their hard work in organizing the can drive and their recycling efforts! We love our volunteers!
4-H group
Thanks, Buckeye Brigade!
TRAPPING UPDATE, APRIL 12, 2017   SNACK volunteers returned to an old trapping project where a new cat was reported. The caregivers were very concerned the cat was a female and had kittens because the cat seemed thinner. They also said that a previously spayed cat looked sick and we hoped to trap her and get her in for examination.

We set the drop trap and several box traps. Unfortunately, after last week's cold and damp weather, the sick cat hasn't been seen this week and we did not see her today either. We were able to trap the new cat. We were convinced the cat was a female--but we're wrong. "Boy" is a young male cat. He was transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic, had his surgery, left ear tip, and a rabies vaccination. He'll rejoin his colony tomorrow when volunteers return and release him.

We were glad the caregivers were so proactive in their request for help even if the newcomer was a male cat.
Drop Trap
Drop trap set and ready
New cat
New cat in colony
It's a boy!
FIX-IT DAY, APRIL 11, 2017   We had a good turn-out for National Pet Day fix-it day with 20 female cats and 7 male cats. Most of the female cats were old enough to have kittens. It's amazing to think--if each female had 8 kittens survive this year, there would be 160 kittens who needed to find homes. We thank the 20 clients today for taking this important step to reduce feline overpopulation.

Thanks to our volunteers today--Heather, Taryn, Toni, Marty, Greg, and Rita and the professional staff at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic. Our thanks as always to our donors and fundraisers.

We have to leave a quote--since it is National Pet Day--"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo da Vinci
Little Kitty
Little Kitty
Feral client, hiding
QUILT DRAWING   Have a cupcake with us as we draw the winner's name of the gorgeous cat quilt! Feel free to bring a guest. Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4 PM at Ariel-Foundation Park, Kiwanis Pavilion. No RSVP is needed.

Immediately following the drawing, you are also invited to attend the SNACK Board meeting. We value your input!

To obtain tickets, send a check via US mail to the post office box above, or use the PayPal button below. You will be mailed your tickets. THIS EVENT HAS ENDED.
55.5 x 81 inches
SNACK WORK CONTINUES   On April 4, SNACK trappers planned to return to an ongoing project to trap two cats. The weather caused postponement of the trapping however because the nighttime temperatures were forecast to be below 40 degrees through the weekend. Volunteers felt it was too cold to return cats to the outside so soon after surgery.

Late last week, however, these same volunteers had to have one of their older cats euthanized. George was nearly 15 years old. On Monday morning, a new, friendly, unaltered male cat greeted them outside. He looked very similar in color to George. The volunteers fed him but the other colony cats ran him off and he was nowhere to be seen later in the day. However, on the morning of the cancelled trapping project, "Bourne" was back, hungry and wet from staying out all night. This time, the volunteers loaded him into a carrier and drove him to Fredericktown Vet Clinic and he is now neutered. He will return to the volunteers' home and stay inside for a few days. It's not certain where Bourne will live--stay tuned! However, if any our readers are interested in providing a forever home for Bourne, please contact us.
Bourne in transport

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March 2017 SNACK News

RASCAL UNIT, MARCH 28, 2017   Today SNACK co-sponsored Rascal Day with the Humane Society of Morrow County in Marengo. We had 25 clients with 48 cats having surgery. There were 30 females and 18 males.

Volunteers were asked by a few people today if SNACK "made money" when the Rascal unit comes to Marengo. Our group and the Humane Society offer the low-cost clinics as a community service to humanely reduce the overpopulation of cats in the area. Our support is through our fundraising, donations, and grants. While the client co-payment does help us continue, it covers only part of the cost of holding a Rascal Day.

Our thanks go to volunteers Sharon, Robb, Toni, Greg, and Rita of SNACK and to volunteers Jennifer, Laura, Connie and Miguel of the Humane Society of Morrow County; our donors and fundraisers; our hosts, the Big Walnut Township Joint Fire District; and the Rascal unit doctor and staff.
Rascal Truck
Rascal Unit
Line Up
Surgery queue
Rascal surgery patient
Rascal surgery patient
SPRING CRAFT SHOW   SNACK volunteers were pleased to participate in the Spring Crafts Show and More, sponsored on March 18 by the Auxiliary of the VFW Post 8736. We were happy to meet many of our supporters and appreciate everyone who stopped by to say hello and purchase some of our crafty cat items. Thanks to our talented crafters and volunteers, Nicolette and Jesse (pictured), Cheryl, J.R., Greg, Sharon, Robb, Toni K, and Rita.
Craft day table
SEE SNACK ON TV   Thanks to Toni M. for promoting SNACK on Daytime Columbus. Watch!
FIX-IT DAY, MARCH 14, 2017 "PI DAY"   Snow, Pie, and Cats! We had a dusting of snow this morning but not enough to stop our clients, volunteers, and clinic staff from making it to the Pi Day Fix-it Day. We had 28 cats in for surgery, including two feral mom cats. This client has worked with SNACK for nearly four years to get all her barn cats spayed and neutered. This morning, we are saying "Mission Accomplished!" and congratulate her for her diligence.

Thanks to our clients and to Toni, Robb, Sharon, Debi, Carol, Greg, and Rita, the volunteers who braved the snow, cold, and gusty winds. As always, our gratitude goes to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic for their skill and professionalism.
Pie for Pi
It's Pi(e) Day
Early morning snow
Patient waiting patiently
Oliver weighing in
DIY MINI FRIDGE SHELTER   One of SNACK's supporters, Bud R, sent these pictures of cat shelters he has made from old mini-fridges. Bud is also the inventor of the drop trap used by SNACK. If you'd like to try this yourself and have questions, contact us via email and we'll forward your questions/comments to Bud.
Entry/Exit ready to cut out
entry hole
Entry holes created
2nd model
Different fridge under construction
in use
Successfully occupied

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February 2017 SNACK News

TRAPPING UPDATE FEBRUARY 20   SNACK volunteers started a new trapping project today. Tenants abandoned a property last year and left about a dozen, mostly feral cats. Neighbors learned of the situation and asked the home owner if they could feed and care for these cats. The neighbors also contacted SNACK and volunteers started trapping today.

Below are pictures of two cats trapped today. Obi, a male, and a dilute calico, a female, were transported to the Fredericktown Vet Clinic for examination and surgery. Both cats were infested with lice but they have been treated and had surgery, a rabies vaccination, and were ear tipped. The cats will stay overnight at the clinic and will be returned to their colony tomorrow. The neighbors have generously agreed to continue caring for the cats.

It's a sad situation but makes a person feel better that the neighbors are willing to continue helping the cats. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers.
dilute calico
Dilute Calico
FEBRUARY 14 FIX-IT DAY   It was a gorgeous day and we had a good morning with 29 cats in for surgery. The preliminary count is 19 females and 10 male cats. Most of the cats were younger and pet cats but we did have a couple of older mama cats and one feral cat. As much as we like kittens, we are happy the kitten factories are closing down today.

Below are a few pictures. The one cat, Skippy, is a polydactyl. The other cat is Piper, a beautiful tortoiseshell cat.

Thanks to our volunteers, Sharon, Robb, Toni, Carol, Cheryl, and Rita. Thanks too to the staff and doctors at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic, our donors and fundraisers, and the clients who got their cats in for surgery today.

Our next fix-it day is March 14 is full and the April 11, National Pet Day, is filling fast. Register today!
Skippy's Toes
Skippy's Toes
SNACK MILESTONE   The following text is a press release issued January 30, 2017.

Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, Inc. (SNACK, Inc.) proudly announces that 2000 cats have received spay/neuter surgeries through the organization's programs since 2011. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization reached the milestone on January 10 at its low-cost spay/neuter Fix-It Day clinic held at the Fredericktown Vet Clinic in Fredericktown.

SNACK's Executive Director, Rita Dallavalle, said, "Our mission is to reduce feline overpopulation through accessible spay/neuter options. We started the group in 2011 and we supported five surgeries that year. Last year, we supported 674 surgeries!" She added, "This is an amazing achievement for us. We feel our work is making a tremendous difference for the cats, the clients, and the communities in Knox, Morrow, and southern Richland counties especially. We couldn't do it without the generosity of our donors, the hard work of our volunteers, and our partnership with the Fredericktown Vet Clinic. We hope to move our mission forward and spay/neuter another 2000 cats in the future."

Congratulations to SNACK and all its supporters!

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January 2017 SNACK News

TNR SUCCESS STORY   We like to hear and see follow-ups from our trap/neuter/return projects! This is Leonard, a feral cat who was trapped, neutered, and returned last summer. His caregivers report he used to be wild and untouchable but as one can see, he is now a lot tamer. He loves to eat and can be touched--quite a change from his former self.
Leonard now loves a nice rub-down
Leonard is no longer afraid
JANUARY 10 FIX-IT DAY   We had an icy start to the New Year's Fix-it Day but the veterinary clinic staff, the volunteers, and most clients got to the clinic on time this morning. We had a lot of young cats in today and we applaud clients who are getting the cats spayed or neutered before the cats exhibit mating behaviors like yowling and fighting or the females have kittens.

The preliminary total for today is 17 females spayed and 10 males neutered. It's a strong start and the Valentine's Fix-it Day is now filled. Our next open fix-it day is Tuesday, March 14.

Special thanks to the volunteers for braving the bad weather--Toni, Sharon, Robb, Greg, Debi, Cheryl, and Rita! Thanks too to the clients and veterinarians and clinic staff and our generous donors and supporters!
An icy start
JANUARY BOARD MEETING   The SNACK Board of Directors met on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The activities of 2016 were reviewed and new Board members were introduced. Ben Schumacher, a new member, was elected as chair. Cheryl Clark will assume the duties of vice-chair and secretary, and Toni Metcalf was re-elected as treasurer.

The 2016 Annual Report and the 2016 Financial Summary are available by clicking on the links. The finance committee will meet in early February to finalize 2017 fundraising activities.

SNACK is run entirely by volunteers. We are grateful to everyone who supports us, both financially and through their donated time. SNACK is successful because of everyone's efforts.

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December 2016 SNACK News

FROZEN WATER TIPS   Yesterday we had a food distribution for the colony caregivers. It was a amazing group of people--very dedicated and many worried about the welfare of outside cats when it has been so cold. Some people are going out 3 or 4 times a day to make sure the cats have water to drink!

One of the volunteers mentioned trying to invent a solar water bowl. Neighborhood Cats has an article about some possible ways to cope and suggests a solar sipper. Here is the link to the article. Another volunteer suggested adding a teaspoon of sugar to the water and that helped. Any other ideas to share? Contact us.
FIX-IT DAY, DECEMBER 20    We had an awesome Fix-it Day Overflow Day with 17 female cats and 13 male cats. Thank you to today's volunteers--Taryn, Heather, Greg, Toni, Rita, Debi, and Sue.

Our preliminary total for 2016 is 366 spays and 267 neuter surgeries during fix-it days. We had 47 cats spayed or neutered in trap/neuter/return projects. The total number of SNACK-supported surgeries for this year is 680! There were over 260 clients at our fix-it days in 2016.

We are happy and proud of our achievement and the hard work of the volunteers, supporters, granters, donors, and the doctors and staffs of the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and the RASCAL unit. We could not have reached this total without dedication and teamwork by all. Thank you and Happy New Year!
LATEST NEWSLETTER   SNACK has had a busy year. Read all the latest news here.
FIX-IT DAY, DECEMBER 13   Even the threat of snow couldn't stop us from Fix-it Day today! We had a fantastic turn-out with 20 clients, 22 female cats, and 12 male cats. Many of the cats were indoor only cats and weather is not a factor; however, clients who had barn or feral cats were cautioned to keep the cats in for a few days until they are on the road to recovery and the weather moderates.

Our thanks to volunteers--Robb, Toni, Greg, Laurie, Debi, and Rita--and the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. Our thanks too to the hard-working fundraisers and donors who make these days possible. We'll finish up 2016 next week with our last fix-it day until 2017.
A snowy start to the day
Cat waiting
Kitty waiting
Male kitty waiting
Male kitty waiting
Another male client
GAMBIER CRAFT SHOW REPORT   Thanks to everyone who attended the craft show on December 4, buying items for friends, family, and pets! SNACK earned $56 from the sale of raffle tickets for the quilt and sold $333.05 worth of crafts, bringing our total for the day to $389.05. This will certainly come in handy as we look towards 2017!

Thanks also to our steadfast crafters and workers: Debi, Toni K, Carol, Cheryl, Robb, Laurie, Sharon, Sue, Susan, Vonda, Rita, and Toni M. We couldn't do it without you!

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November 2016 SNACK News

ANNUAL QUILT OPPORTUNITY DRAWING   This is your chance to win a lovely quilt, handmade by our SNACK volunteers. Ticket sales will begin on December 4 and are just $1/each. The drawing will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. To obtain tickets, send a check via US mail to the post office box above, or use the PayPal button below. You will be mailed your tickets.

55.5 x 81 inches
FIX-IT DAY, NOVEMBER 15   We did it! Today, we reached our goal of 575 cats spayed or neutered for 2016 and we surpassed it! We had an amazing Mother's Day-Not Fix-it Day and had in 34 cats for surgery. Some were ferals and were trapped last night. We also had barn cats and pet cats. We are vey grateful for the commitment of these clients to our mission and the dedication of our day's volunteers--Toni, Heather, Taryn, Debi, Carol, Greg, and Rita, the professionalism and talent of the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic staff, and our loyal donors and fundraisers. Our efforts are making a difference in the community and improving the lives of these cats.

We gave our cat caretakers a carnation as a token of thanks for bringing in their cats. A reminder for everyone: Make sure your cats do NOT eat carnations! They are mildly toxic and can cause an upset stomach in cats and dogs.
Flowers for the caretakers and not the clients!
Bookmarks for caretakers
Volunteers and staff waiting for clients
Female clients in line for surgery
PetSmart ADOPTION EVENT   PetSmart hosted their National Pet Adoption weekend through Sunday, November 13. SNACK volunteers tabled at PetSmart Polaris on Friday, November 11 and we are happy to report Hillary has a new forever home! Our thanks to: Vicki, the PetSmart manager, for her hospitality to the volunteers; the adopter; and to the volunteers who spent their afternoon tabling. Good luck to Hillary and her new family!
Pets at PetSmart
The SNACK table with Donald and Hillary at PetSmart
Donald, waiting for his new family.
CRAFT SALE, DECEMBER 4   Mark your calendars for the annual Gambier Craft Sale at Kenyon College.
Event      48th Gambier Craft Sale

When       Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11am to 3:30pm

Where       Kenyon Athletic Center, 221 Duff Street, Gambier  43022

What      Here is just a sample of the goodies available. Your purchases support the work of SNACK. Thank you!

Cat toys
Toys for Kitties
Key chains
Limited Edition Key Chains
Festive Cork Wreath

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October 2016 SNACK News

FIX-IT DAY OCTOBER 11   SNACK hosted a great National Feral Cat Day Fix-it day. We had 29 cats in for surgery including 5 feral cats. There were 16 females and 13 males. Two volunteers, Cheryl and Gabby, trapped feral cats late last night and early this morning and transported them into the clinic at 8 a.m. That is dedication!

Thank you to the intake volunteers this morning--Sharon, Robb, Toni, Greg, and Rita and our discharge volunteers of Marty and Carol! Our thanks too, as always, to the professional doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and our donors and fundraisers who help make it all possible.

Our Mother's Day fix-it day clinic is full and we are now filling the Happy Holidays fix-it day scheduled for December 13.
Opal, the clinic greeter
Black cat at weigh station
Volunteer with tortoise shell cat
NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY, OCTOBER 16    "All Cats All Communities" is the theme of this year's National Feral Cat Day on October 16, 2016. This theme reflects SNACK's mission statement and programs: that is, cats' lives--whether feral (also called community cats, barn cats, or free-roaming cats), stray, or pets--are important. Humane policies to protect cats benefit neighborhoods, communities, and individuals. SNACK will celebrate National Feral Cat Day by holding a low-cost fix-it day clinic on October 11 at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and continuing our trap/neuter/return program until cold weather arrives.

Our trap/neuter/return program (TNR) for feral cats is in its sixth year. TNR is the only effective way to humanely and effectively control the free-roaming cat population. The cats pictured here live in a family group called a colony and are bonded to their environment and colony. These cats are the same species as a pet cat but are not adoptable because they are not socialized to humans. In our TNR program, volunteers work to stabilize the colony population. The cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated with a one-year rabies vaccination, ear tipped, and then returned to their outdoor home to live their natural lives. A colony caregiver provides basic care such as food, water, and shelter.

National Feral Cat Day, affordable and accessible spay/neuter days, and trap/neuter/return programs--all small actions that benefit cats, individuals, neighborhoods, and communities.
Cat near forest
Cat staying close to cover for safety
Cat in shrubs
Shrubs provide good cover for ferals
Colony cats
Colony cats
Colony cats
Two of colony cats with visible eartip
Trapped cat
TRAPPING REPORT, OCTOBER 7    This morning volunteers returned to a project they started last week. This time they used the drop trap because they didn't want to trap the previously trapped kittens. Mom was trapped right away using tuna as bait. She was moved to a box trap and then transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery and recovery overnight.

One kitten remains to be trapped. Volunteers are hoping good weather continues and they can return.
Drop trap baited and set
Mom cat in box trap
GRANT RECEIVED    SNACK is the proud recipient of a grant from GreaterGood to provide Meloxicam (brand name Metacam) to cats in need. This grant is valued at $485.00 and will help the cats undergoing surgeries in our low cost spay/neuter clinics feel less pain after surgery. Thank you GreaterGood!

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September 2016 SNACK News

TRAPPING REPORT, SEPTEMBER 30    Volunteers had an early start this morning at a new project with a mom cat and her three kittens. Two kittens were successfully trapped in one trap while Mom cat watched. The volunteers drove away from the premises and left the traps in care of the client, but Mom was too smart for a box trap. We're hoping the cold weather won't arrive and volunteers can try a drop trap and a different bait in a week or so. SNACK's goal is to stabilize the cat population in this colony before spring.

The two kittens are a male and a female. They were transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic in one trap. After surgery and a rabies vaccination today, they will be returned to their home tomorrow in separate traps.
Black and white female
Grey and white male
RASCAL REPORT, SEPTEMBER 20    SNACK had an amazing day today in Marengo working with the RASCAL unit and the Humane Society of Morrow County. 50 cats had spay or neuter surgery. Clients came from Morrow, Knox, and Delaware counties. Thanks to Jennifer of the Humane Society of Morrow County who handled registrations; Toni, Robb, Greg, Sue, and Rita, SNACK volunteers, who staffed the event; the RASCAL doctor and staff; and the Big Walnut Township Fire Department who hosted the event and our donors and supporters.

SNACK has now supported over 500 spay/neuter surgeries this year. Our next fix-it day events are National Feral Cat Day on October 11 (full), Mother's Day on 11/15, and a Happy Holidays Fix-it Day on December 13.
Rascal Truck
Rascal Truck
Cat Client
Kitty Patient
Me Out!
Me Out Too!
TRAPPING REPORT, SEPTEMBER 16    Today volunteers began a trapping project at a large colony with over 10 cats. They are trying to do what they can before bad weather arrives and they have to set aside the traps for the year.

Most of the cats in this colony are orange and white and there are a couple of brown tigers according to the client. This morning, volunteers saw four cats and trapped all four--all females they think. The traps were covered with large sheets to keep the cats calm and then they were transported to Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic. The cats will have surgery in the afternoon and receive a rabies vaccination and left ear tip. After they recover overnight at the clinic, volunteers will return in the morning to take them back to their home.

Depending on the weather, volunteers plan a return to trap this fall or early in the spring.
Brown Tiger
Brown Tiger
Brown Tiger
Another Brown Tiger
Waiting for Transport
Orange and White
Orange and White Feral
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016   SNACK hosted a fantastic fix-it day--16 females and 17 male cats brought in for surgery. Most were younger kittens, less than 6 months old with a couple of feral cats as well. SNACK's year-to-date total is over 460 cats spayed/neutered and SNACK plans on making its goal of 575 cats by the end of 2016! What a huge benefit to the cats and the community!

Our thanks go to the morning intake team of Robb, Sharon, Toni, Greg, and Rita and to the discharge team of Carol and Marty. Thanks too to the professional staff of the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic and our fund raisers and donors who make it all possible.

Our next fix-it day is on October 11 and we will celebrate National Feral Cat Day. It is full as of today. November 15 is our next open date and SNACK will host a Mother's Day Fix-it Day. Details soon!
Cat Wave
Paws Up!
Feral Tom
Feral Tom
TRAPPING REPORT, SEPTEMBER 8    Mr. Garfield has been an infrequent visitor to a volunteer's house for over 6 months. Somehow he shows up on fix-it days or weekends--times when it is not feasible to set a trap for him. Early on September 8, he was at their back door; the volunteers set a trap, were successful, and brought Mr. Garfield to the vet clinic. They picked him up the following day to return to his colony.

Volunteers believe he comes from a home about a half-mile away. They have a lot of cats. He is a young tom and not very aggressive and maybe was chased off by the cats at his colony. He comes around to visit the other cats at the volunteer's home--not for females particularly. He doesn't follow a feeding schedule and disappears for weeks at a time which is why it has taken so long to get him. He was visiting over the weekend (as usual!) but volunteers thought they might have a chance if they could hook him on a steady food supply. This morning they had the opportunity.
Meet Mr. Garfield
Mr. Garfield before trapping
Mr. Garfield after trapping

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August 2016 SNACK News

TRAPPING REPORT, AUGUST 26    Volunteers worked at two trapping projects today.

The first was in a city parking lot. Volunteers trapped there about a month ago after the caregivers reported a kitten in the colony. Volunteers were unsuccessful and CityKitty then disappeared for a couple of weeks. All were concerned for her safety but she returned to the colony last week.

Because volunteers were trapping previously neutered cats, they returned this morning with a drop trap rather than a typical box trap. The picture shows the drop trap set. There is a string to pull the trap when the appropriate cat enters the trap. This video shows when CityKitty gets into the trap and the volunteer pulls the string to drop the trap. Once the trap was covered with a sheet to keep the cat calm, volunteers used bungee cords to attach a box trap to the drop trap. Then the drop trap door was opened and CityKitty moved to the box trap for transport.

CityKitty is a young female. She was transported to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery and vaccinations. Volunteers will return her in the morning to one of the colony caregivers who will work to socialize her. SNACK feel so fortunate that the volunteers were successful in trapping because of the concerns about her safety and adding kittens to a city parking lot is so perilous.

At the second trapping project, volunteers were unsuccessful in their trapping efforts. They plan a return next month.
Drop Trap Set
Drop trap Set
CityKitty Transfer
Transfer of CityKitty to box trap
CityKitty Transport
CityKitty ready to transport
TRAPPING REPORT, AUGUST 23 (continued from AUGUST 22)   Volunteers returned this morning to yesterday's feral colony and trapped another cat--7 total. They plan to return to the colony in 3 or 4 weeks to resume trapping after they assess how many cats remain in the colony.
TRAPPING REPORT, AUGUST 22   SNACK volunteers were out in the pre-dawn hours trapping at a large feral colony. They caught six cats before 8 am! The cats were transported to Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic for surgery, ear-tipping and a rabies vaccination. Of the six, there were two nursing mom cats. The mother cats will be returned late this afternoon and released when the anesthesia has worn off so they can continue nursing their kittens.

The caregiver fed the remaining cats a small amount of food this afternoon and then picked it up after a half hour. We're hoping these actions will leave the cats hungry enough so they are easy to catch in the morning when volunteers will return.
Trap Set
Trap baited and set
TRAPPING REPORT, AUGUST 19   Volunteers worked on two trapping projects today. Trapping Project One is a project from 2013 with a new cat. Last night, volunteers trapped Sylvester. He spent the night on a protected porch and was transported this morning to the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic to be neutered. Trapping Project Two is a new project. Volunteers trapped two female cats this morning. Three or four socialized kittens remain but are too small for surgery.The client plans to bring them into the next fix-it day in September. A feral tom cat remains as well and SNACK will wait to see if Tom drifts away once the females are spayed. If he stays, volunteers will return and trap him--or at least try.

All the cats were returned to their homes the morning after surgery.
Project 2 cat
Cat from Project Two
Project 2 cat
Second cat from Project Two
FIX-IT DAY REPORT, AUGUST 16, 2016   We had a huge fix-it day today--28 cats, 18 females and 10 males! The pictures show the crowd at the weigh-in. Heather, Taryn, Toni, and Greg did a great job getting the cats in, weighed and lined up for surgery. Surgery started right at 8 am and before we left at 9:30, some cats were already in recovery. Volunteers Marty and Carol handled the evening discharge.

Our thanks to the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, our donors and supporters, our volunteers, and the clients who are getting the cats into the clinics.
Volunteers at weigh station
Patients waiting for surgery
After surgery, recovering
Clean Up
Volunteer Greg picking up signs
RASCAL REPORT AUGUST 2, 2016   Dr. G saw 49 cats today and did 47 spay/neuter surgeries. There were 26 females, 21 males, one male was previously neutered, and one male was too small for surgery. Many of the patients were kittens. We applaud the clients who are taking care of neutering their pets at an early age.

Our thanks to Chief Bill Smith of the College Township Fire Department, Dr. G and the RASCAL staff, our volunteers today--Toni, Debi, Sue, Sharon, Robb, Greg, and Rita--and the other volunteers and supporters who helped to promote the day. For our first time "on our own" with RASCAL, we are very pleased with the turn-out and with helping the cats and people in the community.

Our next fix-it day at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic is in two weeks, Tuesday, August 16. Only a few spots remain. After this Back-to-School fix-it day, we'll be booking for our September 13 fix-it day.
Rascal Truck
RASCAL Unit 2 in Gambier
Honey, a young kitten
Patients waiting
RASCAL tech working on surgery packs
Kitten waiting for surgery

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July 2016 SNACK News

TRAPPING UPDATE, Week of July 24   Early on Friday morning (July 29), volunteers went to an urban cat colony where there was a report of a new kitten resident. The caregivers have managed this colony for over 10 years and there are two cats who have been there for about 8 years. The pictures show one of the set traps and one of the cats looking at the trap. Our trappers watched for a few minutes, trapped and released one of residents, and waited for the kitten to appear. A tree trimmer crew then arrived with power tools and a loud limb grinder. So much for trapping!

Volunteers returned the following morning (July 30) when they felt there would be little chance of tree trimmers or other activity in an effort to trap the kitten. There were no tree trimmers but no success either. Volunteers saw five cats--two black cats, the tiger seen previously, a gray/white ear-tipped cat, and the kitten. They trapped the tiger cat but not the kitten. It is a positive development that she is at the feeding station when the caregivers normally feed the cats. She is becoming a regular.

Volunteers will try again next weekend and use a drop trap in an attempt to avoid trapping cats they don't want to catch. We are grateful for the persistence of our volunteer trappers!
Trap set
Trap set
Colony cat
One of the colony cats inspects trap
Black cat
Black cat #2
Ear Tip
Ear-tipped cat at the urban project
Drain Cat
Cat inspecting drain
TRAPPING UPDATE, July 15   SNACK trappers were out today at two projects. We were able to finish one project and took in a female cat for surgery this morning. We have been trying to trap her since early April. Most recently, the client was using a trap as a feeding station and that worked this morning. Her picture is below.

At the second project, volunteers were not successful but plan a return visit in about 3 weeks.
Elusive female
JULY 12 FIX-IT DAY    We had an awesome day--27 cats from 5 counties, 16 female cats and 11 males. If each female cat had just one litter this year with 5 kittens, there would 90 more kittens for clients to provide with food, shelter, and care. Spay/neuter surgery makes a huge difference for the cat, the clients and the community.

Our sincere thanks to our donors and supporters, our fund raisers, volunteers today--Linda, Heather, Taryn, Carol, Toni, Marty, Greg, and Rita--and the staff and veterinarians at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic! Our next clinic is in Gambier on August 2 followed by a Fix-it Day Clinic in Fredericktown on August 16.

The pictures are some of the "purr-sonalities" in attendance today. (We didn't have one black cat!)

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June 2016 SNACK News

JUNE 25 RASCAL UNIT EVENT    SNACK co-hosted an amazing day on June 25 in Marengo. There were 51 cats--27 females spayed, 21 males neutered, 2 females were previously spayed, and one male was previously neutered. Clients and cats were from 4 counties--Delaware, Crawford, Knox, and Morrow. We are grateful to Dr. Gonzalez of the Rascal Unit and her staff, Jennifer of the Humane Society of Morrow County and their volunteers, SNACK volunteers--Toni, Debi, Sue, Greg, and Rita, the Big Walnut Township Joint Fire Department for hosting us, and our donors and supporters. We ARE making a difference.

Our next fix-it day on July 12 at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic is nearly full. We will host the Rascal Unit in Gambier on Tuesday, August 2. Please check this website for details and register early!
Rascal Day client
Some of the line-up in the morning
Empty carriers while clients in surgery
Rascal Truck
Rascal Unit 2, the cat unit
Stanley, the Rascal Unit 4-legged assistant
JUNE 20 FIX-IT DAY    SNACK hosted an awesome fix-it day today with 22 cats spayed or neutered (13 females, 9 males) and one previously spayed female. Our thanks to the clients, the volunteers (Robb, Sharon, Greg, Toni, Marty, Carol, and Rita), the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary clinic, our supporters and donors. Well done!

Our next fix-it day is the Midsummer Fix-it Day on Tuesday, July 12.
The overflow waiting area
Mr. Dot with Dr. Ann
TRAPPING NEWS UPDATE, week of June 10, 2016   Volunteer trappers were advised by a colony care-giver that 3 new adult cats had recently shown up at this long-established colony of community cats and needed to be brought in for neutering. The volunteers baited and waited. The first cat to show up was white with tiger stripes around his face and tail. He was VERY friendly, and a volunteer was easily able to place him into a carrier for transport. After more waiting, a handsome black and white tuxedo cat began hanging around observing but not moving too close. Then a third cat, a grey tiger, came out of the weeds and went behind some pallets that were stacked nearby. Another smaller grey tiger popped its head up and followed what volunteers now knew was momma under the pallets. More kittens appeared, 4 in all; we estimate they are 6-7 weeks old but never seen by the care-giver.

Volunteers were able to trap "momma" and take her and "Mr. Friendly" for S/N. "Mr. Friendly" turned out to be already neutered; the volunteers will return to the site next week to try and get the tuxedo cat and 4 kittens.
Momma shortly after surgery
Momma after release
Feeding station
Momma disappearing near feeding station
Mr. Friendly
Mr. Friendly
Mr. Friendly
Mr. Friendly wandering off
Path used by cats between weeds and pallets
JUNE 7 FIX-IT DAY   We had 20 cats this morning--17 females and 3 males. Several of the female cats had kittens earlier this year. Kudos to the clients who brought them in today. Our thanks also to our volunteers, Carol, Marty, Robb, Sharon, Toni, Greg, and Rita, the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and our donors and fundraisers.

Our group's year-to-date total of spay/neuters stands now at over 220 surgeries. Our next fix-it day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21.
Weigh Station
Client Cat at the weigh station
Weigh In
Another way to be weighed
Waiting for surgery
Prep before surgery; vaccine
Footsie, a male client

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May 2016 SNACK News

TRAPPING NEWS UPDATE, MAY 25, 2016    Volunteers never quit. They returned to a project on May 25, trying to trap 6 feral kittens and a mother cat. They were able to trap 4 of the 6 kittens, whose pictures are below.

The kittens are about 8 weeks old and volunteers will work to socialize them so they become friendly around people and a home environment and are adoptable. They are at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic now, being tested and starting on their vaccinations. Fosters will take over in the next few days.

Volunteers plan to return to the project next week and try for the mother cat again. The clients are using a training trap as a feeding station, hoping to familiarize her with going into a trap.
Donald and Marco
Donald and Marco
Trap used as a feeding station
Event:       Cats Only Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day

Who:    SNACK and the Rascal Unit (Mobile Veterinary Clinic based in Columbus)

When:    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 (Drop off time will be assigned between 9 am and 10 am)

Where:    College Township Fire Department, 102 East Brooklyn Street, Gambier

Please note:    Rascal Unit Days are NOT the same as fix-it days. Please read this info before registering.

Register:    Feral, strays, and pet cats are welcome. Pre-registration and pre-payment are Required. The $25/cat cost includes spay/neuter surgery, a one-year rabies vaccination, and ear-tipping for feral cats. Registration forms and day of surgery info are available.

Forms and payment (check or money order made out to SNACK, Inc.) must be mailed with payment to SNACK, Inc, P.O. Box 121, Sunbury, OH 43074. You will receive confirmation by phone when we receive your form. NO refunds.

REGISTER IN PERSON An in-person registration will be held on Sunday, July 17 at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon from 1 to 3 P.M. Registration forms will be available and volunteers can answer your questions about the event. Payment must be made at registration and cash, money order, or a check (to SNACK, Inc.) will be accepted.

Questions: Email or call 614-371-8996.
LATEST TRAPPING NEWS   This has been a busy trapping month for SNACK volunteers. On May 20, one of two cats left at a project to be trapped, neutered and returned was captured. He is an adult male with lots of scratches on his face. We're hopeful that when he returns to his colony, he won't roam as much and will stay out of the briars. Doc is pictured below.
TRAPPING NEWS   Volunteers returned to a project on May 18 they thought they had finished last fall. The client contacted SNACK in April with news they had a new cat in the colony. After a trapping date was arranged, the client put all of the cats on a feeding schedule for a couple weeks and stopped food yesterday morning. Today when volunteers arrived, the cats were hungry and it was easy to trap the new cat quickly. Mr. Spots was neutered and he will spend the night at the veterinary clinic. He will return to his colony in the morning.
Mr. Spots
Mr. Spots
TRAPPING NEWS   Volunteers returned to a trapping project this morning. Two weeks ago on April 19, they trapped two cats and today they trapped two more. The client reports Ghost, a long-hair tiger, is a frequent visitor to the colony and visits other areas. This morning he was trapped and he is now neutered, has a rabies vaccination, and is ear-tipped. The other picture is Smoke. She is one of two black cats in the colony. Two cats remain to be trapped.
Ghost, again
Ghost, again
SAVE THE DATE   Register now for the next RASCAL Unit spay/neuter clinic on June 25th. This event is for cats only and will be held at the Big Walnut Joint Fire District in Marengo. A limited number of spots are available, so register early. Forms and more details are available at

Please print the flyer and share with others!
Team SNACK Walks On   It was a cool, dreary day for the CapCity Half Marathon, but Team SNACK was undeterred. Six walkers completed either the quarter or half marathon; all are grateful for the support of our donors to help continue the important work of SNACK.
Before race
Check out these medals
A pair of happy finishers
The smiles tell the story
Bagels and medals are good together
MAY 3 FIX-IT DAY    We had 17 females and 4 males for surgery today. Since SNACK was started in 2011, the group has supported over 1500 spay/neuters. That is a lot of cats and a lot of kittens!

The pictures show one of the cats, Twyla. Twyla was a stray and the kind-hearted client brought her into her home to keep her out of the cold weather. She then had kittens. The kittens are now old enough to be on their own so Twyla was in for her surgery today. The other picture shows Dr. Cat and the reunion with one of her bottle babies from July. She was happy to see her!

As always, special thanks to our volunteers today--Robb, Toni, Greg, Carol, Marty, and Rita. Thanks to the staff and veterinarians at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, and thanks to our donors and hard-working fundraisers.
Twyla cat
Twyla again
Vet and cat
Dr. Cat reunites with one of her bottle babies

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April 2016 SNACK News

LATEST TRAPPING NEWS    Volunteers participated in a trapping project the morning of April 19. This colony formed last summer. There are 5 cats and they appear to be young adults--Old Yeller (pictured below), two tiger cats (one was trapped), and two black cats. There is another male cat who visits regularly to eat but roams and doesn't stay. The two cats will have their spay or neuter surgery, a left ear tip, and rabies vaccination. They will spend the night at the clinic and will be returned to their colony the following morning.

Volunteers will return in a week or two to try again. Perhaps they will use a different bait or a different approach on trapping the remaining cats.
Tiger Cat
Feral tiger
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
TRAPPING UPDATE   The rain has stopped for now and volunteers were able to get out and start a new project the morning of April 12. This pretty kitten was born last fall and is now ready to have kittens of her own. There is one other kitten and we'll return to the project in a couple weeks to try and trap her and stop the colony from increasing.

See a video of the release. Warning: It's quick!
Feral Kitten
Feral Kitten
Feral Kitten
Another view, same kitten
APRIL 5 FIX-IT DAY   We had a good fix-it day today--20 cats spayed or neutered. We had many more registered but several were feral and eluded trapping. We are happy to report that 3 of the 20 cats were feral cats so it's a great sign the people took the time and effort to get the cats fixed today. Thanks to volunteers--Heather, Taryn, Laurie, Greg, Debi, Carol, Toni, and Rita; the doctors and staff at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, the clients who got the cats in, and our donors and those who helped with fundraising. Our year-to-date tally on fix-it days is 98 females spayed and 79 males neutered.
Feral Client
Feral cat client
Warning Sign
Reminder to NOT feed before surgery
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM   It's that time of year again! Re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Your participation makes a huge difference to a group like SNACK. In 2015, we received over $600 from the program, just by using your Kroger Plus Card when you shop and designating SNACK as the recipient of your community rewards.

To re-enroll, go to Kroger Rewards. Have your Kroger Plus Card ready. Sign in using your email address and password. View your profile and then designate Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats and Kittens, group #96747, as receiving the rewards. It's that easy!
TEAM SNACK IS ON THE MOVE!   Just 26 days until Team SNACK steps off in the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus. The six walkers are training hard and nearly ready. Here, Ben S models Team SNACK's shirt, front and back. Our goal is to raise $1,000 which will be matched by a donor to reach our other goal this year--spay/neuter of 575 cats. Click here to donate.
Shirt Front View
Walker Ben S. models shirt
Shirt Back View
Back view of Ben S. and shirt

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March 2016 SNACK News

RASCAL REPORT   The March 22 visit by the Rascal Unit was a big success. Volunteers greeted 31 females and 17 males for spay/neuter services. About 10 of the cats were feral. The veterinarian said there were a number of bite wounds and abscesses on the ferals; it was long day for her and the staff because they were not only fixing cats, but cleaning wounds as well.

We thank the Humane Society of Morrow County and the Big Walnut Joint Fire District for hosting this event. The next day with HS of MC, SNACK, and the Rascal Unit is on Saturday, June 25.
Rascal Unit 2
Rascal Unit 2 arrives
Volunteers at work
Checking in the cats
Volunteers line up cats
Cats waiting
Cats waiting their turns
FIX-IT DAY REPORT MARCH 15   It was a dark and rainy start to the Ides of March fix-it day. Twenty-one cats were in for surgery: 12 males and 9 females. Our thanks go to our donors, volunteers, the clients for taking this step for their cats' health, and the clinic doctors and staff. Our next fix-it day at the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic is in three weeks, Tuesday, April 5.
Gloomy morning
A gloomy beginning
Cats in hallway
Clients wait in the hall
Keeping the cat calm
The carrier is partially covered to help keep the kitty calm
FIX-IT DAY REPORT    We had a beautiful start to Ohio's 213th Birthday fix-it day. We had 25 cats in for surgery although one female was spayed previously. Our thanks go to the volunteers, the clinic staff, and the clients. Our next fix-it day, the Ides of March, on March 15 is full. Our April fix-it day will be held on April 5.
Quiet Start
The signs are posted
Volunteers discussing
Volunteers discuss plans for the day

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February 2016 SNACK News

MOBILE RASCAL UNIT   The Humane Society of Morrow County and SNACK in cooperation with the Columbus based mobile RASCAL Unit will host a Spay/Neuter Clinic on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Big Walnut Joint Fire District, Marengo, OH. Download the registration form and additional information. Questions should be directed to
FIX-IT DAY REPORT    The February 9 fix-it day event was crowded! Thirty-four cats were brought in by their humans -- 21 females and 13 males. A multitude of thanks to the clinic doctors and staff, our volunteers who staffed the event (Toni, Robb, Sharon, Sue, Debi, Greg, Rita), volunteers Gail and Sue who posted flyers, and the clients who managed to get the cats in. Together we are making progress in lowering the number of unwanted cats and kittens

Our next fix-it day on March 1 is already full for females. SNACK will sponsor an additional overflow day on March 15, "The Ides of March Fix-It Day". Register here.
Crated Cats
A crowded waiting room
Patiently waiting
Another patient waiting.

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January 2016 SNACK News

JANUARY 5 FIX-IT DAY   Whew! What a great start to 2016. We had 29 cats in today for surgery--17 males and 12 females. Thanks to our volunteers, including Robb, Toni, Greg, Laurie, Heather, Rita (who all worked the event) and Sue and Gail for posting flyers. Thanks to the clients for taking this step to improve their cats' lives and the veterinary clinic staff for their hard work. Thanks too to our donors and fundraisers who support the effort. Our next fix it day will be February 9.
Waiting their turn
Polly checks out the scene
Recovery Area
Recovery area.

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