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Our October Rescue of the Month is not a rescue at all, but an amazing organization who’s mission is to end the suffering and death of homeless animals due to pet overpopulation by providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to Minnesota shelters, rescue organizations, and the companion animals of the low-income community. Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) is the first program for income-restricted Minnesotans to have affordable spay/neuter services come to them. You can check the calendar on their website to see when and where they’ll be. Spay and neuter surgeries for cats, dogs and rabbits start at just $40, and vaccinations can be added on for a small fee.

Some staggering numbers for you:

  • One female cat and her offspring can produce over 420,000 cats in seven years.
  • An estimated 90,000 homeless cats and dogs are killed in Minnesota each year.
  • Approximately 80% of impounded cats are killed in U.S. shelters every year.

MNSNAP has some impressive numbers themselves:

  • In 2010, MNSNAP performed over 3,500 surgeries on owned, shelter and feral animals.
  • This year they’ve already performed about 6,000 surgeries.

There are lots of ways you can help MNSNAP’s mission, through tax-deductable donations, supplies (you can drop off at any Bone Adventure location!) volunteering, advertising, and even donating your car. Check out their Facebook page for the latest happenings and get involved. I’m proud to be donating 10% of October’s session fees to my friends at MNSNAP!

On Friday, October 28th, MNSNAP is holding their 2nd Annual Gala fundraiser, The Furry Tail Ball. I volunteered at last year’s event, helping with setup and check-in, and I have to say it’s pretty amazing. This year there will be dinner and dancing, a live auction, a performance by Nuttin But Stringz, and “art in action” by Brian Olson.

I can’t get the video to embed properly, but click here for a video about the Furry Tail Ball, featuring Brian Olson in action (it’s cool, you should watch it)

I really loved this photo session with Amy the Maine Coon. It was a fabulous opportunity to experiment a bit with light and angles. Most cats don’t sit still long enough to spend much time trying new things, but sweet Amy was content just sitting on a bench in the sun. Her dad had her since she could fit in the palm of his hand, and 18 years later their time together came to a close.

Johnny Cash and Ginger got in on some photos too!

Polly is an 11 year old “Chiweenie” (Chihuahua / Mini Dachshund mix) and her much bigger sister, Sophie, is a 5 year old mystery mutt. I first met these lovely ladies at a Sushi With Your Poochie event, and her mom does a lot of work with the English Springer Rescue of America – Upper Midwest Chapter. Polly doesn’t see or hear like she used to, but she was a great little model. Sophie didn’t do so bad herself, and I especially like their personalized collars!

Six year old Jett is a gorgeous, “jet” black Standard Poodle. We had a location session at his family’s equally gorgeous back yard. He enjoys (like, REALLY enjoys) playing catch with his frisbee, and biting water from the hose. Such a great family and a really fun shoot…. thanks guys!