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3-Day TNR Event Helps Dozens Funded by Alley Cat Allies Grant

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3-Day TNR Event Helps Dozens Funded by Alley Cat Allies Grant

The second week of October was an eventful one for the Georgia-based not-for-profit SNAP-2IT.  Thanks to a grant from Alley Cat Allies, SNAP-2IT (Spay, Neuter Assistance Program) was able to embark on a busy week of TNR – trap, neuter, release – designed to improve the lives of Georgia animals. Every wonder what a powerhouse trapping program might look like?  Let’s follow SNAP’s lead trapper, Kyla. Sunday, October 7 4:30 AM After feeding and cleaning up after SNAP fosters, Kyla visited to the barns where the SNAP colony of ferals live.  60 feedings later, she began loading her van to set out on the first day of trapping.  Over a dozen traps, trap covers, blankets and beds, cat food, bowl and water and emergency clean up supplies later, she set out before it was even light. 6:00 AM It was still dark when Kyla arrived at the first trapping site, a hardware store in Lithia Springs, Georgia, that SNAP learned about through a supporter.  As with all feral colonies that SNAP assists, a committed colony caregiver has already been identified and the store employees are full participants in the TNR exercise.  Today, this is especially important because it means Kyla can set up the traps and know that the equipment – and most importantly any cats it might capture – are safe.  Kyla places four traps and carefully baits them.  Although she watches from the shadows for a few minutes, no cats emerge.  She leaves the traps to move on to the next location. 8:00 AM Next, Kyla visits the Queens neighborhood, about 8 miles away from the hardware store.  Local animal control referred this neighborhood to SNAP for assistance.  Again, the neighbors are full participants in the TNR activity, which greatly increases the likelihood of the cats living a healthy and happy life once they are returned to their original stomping grounds.  Kyla placed and baited ten cages and stepped back to watch.  As soon as she was out of sight, seven hungry ferals ventured into the metal cages and …whoosh… in a few seconds, were trapped.  All seven are young adults that have reached breeding age; we even captured one cat that had already been altered, most likely from our ongoing work at a neighboring trailer park. Kyla gingerly arranges the seven cats, still in the traps, in the van.  They are young and all very different:  a big gray cat, a calico, a solid black, multiple black and whites, and a ginger.  Kyla transports the cats to a temporary holding space where they will stay until the next morning.  She makes them comfortable with food, water, blankets and litter boxes.  They don’t know it yet, but the next morning they will all visit the clinic, be spay / neutered as appropriate, receive any needed vaccinations, and be examined for any outstanding medical issues. The Queens cats actually aren’t the first ones in the holding space.  Three ferals who were recently trapped at another colony will join the Queen cats at the clinic the next day, bringing the total so far to 11. Throughout the day, Kyla stays in touch with representatives from the hardware store and Queens neighborhood.  Because there is a lot of activity and noise in both locations during daytime hours, she isn’t completely surprised that no other animals are caught immediately. 8:00 PM Kyla returns to the hardware store in Lithia Springs.  Jackpot!  Two feral cats crouch quietly and watch her from their cages as she approaches.  She quickly stores them in the van, checks the bait in the remaining traps, and visits...

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A SNAP Thank You

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A SNAP Thank You

SNAP-2IT is pleased to share that we have been selected to receive two different grants that will help us continue our mission of spaying and neutering animals in the Atlanta area to help control Georgia’s homeless animal population. Alley Cat Allies  awarded SNAP with a $1,000 grant in concert with National Feral Cat Day on October 16th. Multiple programs across the country received awards from Alley Cat Allies.  SNAP will use the grant money to TNR (trap / neuter / release) several colonies in the Douglasville area, as well as assist colony caregivers in other locations. Thank you, Alley Cat Allies! SNAP also received a $250 grant that will go directly to our spay and neuter program from SecondLife.  SecondLife is a unique upscale thrift store located in the Atlanta area that sells your donated gently used clothing, home decorations and furniture. In turn, they support animal rescue charities like SNAP with much-needed cash donations. We encourage SNAP supporters to shop at SecondLife, and donate your gently used items to them. SecondLife is located at 1 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 and can be reached at 678.974.5671. Thank you,...

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SNAP receives Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Grant

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SNAP receives Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Grant

PRESS RELEASE February 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kyla Jones 404-957-6914 SNAP-2IT Receives $2,000 Grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation   Snap-2it is excited to announce a $2,000 grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to increase the number of animals spayed, neutered and rescued off the streets of Atlanta in 2012. With Build-A-Bear’s help, Snap-2it anticipates facilitating the humane spay and neuters of 72 animals decreasing overpopulation in Georgia and controlling feral colonies in our local community. The grant will also allow us to offer spay/neuter services to any resident with an animal in need of assistance and helping the community at large with managing feral populations by providing food and healthcare services. These additional funds also help make it possible to educate citizens on the importance of spaying, neutering and proper pet care through face to face contact, brochures, flyers and an up-to-date website. The results of these services will lower the number of animals in shelters and the number of homeless pets suffering in our streets. Together with Build-A-Bear, we can make a difference by helping to combat and eventually stop pet overpopulation through spay/neuter and by raising community awareness. On April 5th,6th and 7th, SNAP volunteers trapped and spayed/neutered 75 adult cats and rescued 33 kittens from feral colonies from Kennesaw GA to Lawrenceville GA.  This was all made possible by Bulid A Bear.  You can help today by purchasing Bearameys Kennels Pal’s plush animals today!   For more information, please email snap@comcast.net or visit...

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