Dear BARC, my name is Nikita, I am a cat, I write and am age 15.
In moving to Houston, last year, my human went to your offices to get me properly licensed.
Yesterday we got the notice about when to pay for another year.
One problem... your records, according to the billing statement, identify me as a spayed female.
Um, may I invite you to closely examine a 2010 photo of mine, in this blog post, and then tell me what you see? I don't know how this error occurred and hope it will not affect the ability of my human to re-license me.
Please advise. :-D
Mr. Nikita of The Opinionated Pussycat, Houston's Cat Blog
We have received your email and we apologize for the inconvenience. You’ll be happy to know that the correction has been made. Have a good weekend.
The response was quick, just over an hour, which was a pleasant surprise, and I promptly e-mailed a very sincere thank you for taking care of this matter.
****UPDATE - 8/4/13****
A comment was left, overnight, asking for a bit of clarification:
Oh, Lord. This is one of those instances where not being a pet owner puts me at a disadavantage because I have no clue what this post is about.
Help! Can you explain what all this BARC stuff is about and why on earth licenses are needed?
Signed, Clueless Without Pets
As the image shows BARC is the Houston city animal shelter and pet adoption agency.
Here, the municipal code requires that "anyone owning a dog or cat four months of age or older must have his or her pet licensed and vaccinated against rabies every year."
That's different than Orange County California, where we last lived. There, only Dogs needed to be licensed.
Here, there are a huge number of stray dogs and even cats, and I've discovered quite a few cat only rescue efforts in town.
As the BARC website explains:
A pet license identifies and protects your pet in case it becomes lost. Even indoor pets can get out and become lost. You are required to renew your license yearly and to keep your license updated when you move and/or your pet is given away, lost, stolen or is deceased.
They list 7 benefits for doing so.