Hello, honey, Elvira Mistress of Felinity here. I'm more than just a great looking feline, I'll have you know! Bold, fresh, cuter than a speckled pup, and the most delightful pussycat in the world! You can call me Miss Elvira for short; just don't call me late for dinner, treats, a nap, or a snooze!
Welcome to the Elvira Factor! You are about to enter the no bull zone! Grab your tails, felinity assembled; it's going to be a bumpy ride!
Last May was when the Factor last appeared; a lot going on, especially with Daddy Kiril, not to mention the passing of Mr. Nikita and the rescue and adoption of Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo, as regular readers know. I apologize to our fans for not keeping up.
With this edition that is about to change; this post is going to be long, possibly the longest in the history of this blog and even has a poem with a message for humans to ponder, especially those in Houston, so hang on.
It will be well worth your time, trust me, and I hope that you will share it far and wide.
First, a word to my neighbors in a city, county and state that our family only settled in in Sept. 2012:
Hello Houston, Harris County and the great state of Texas, we've howdied, but we have still barely shook, this past year or so...so consider yourself shook real good by the time you have finished reading what I have to say today!
I am aware of a few dog bloggers in town but, as far I know, Opinionated Pussycat is the only Cat in town (We have a fellow traveller and friend, though, in Spring and she knows who she is!)
We still have much to learn about our new community and are enjoying doing so.
This post will serve as an introduction to all that we have to offer (please DO explore the archives and special pages at your leisure!), for most and we hope that it serves to jump start a much needed conversation.
Now for the Meowing Points Memo:
Houston has a problem. It is a problem having to do with too many cats and dogs on its streets and too many in its shelters and rescues, straining the resources of all who work hard to find Forever Homes for as many of these animals as possible, and trapping, neutering and returning to the streets feral felines.
The numbers are simply staggering; According to a new article by Mike Morris, in the Houston Chronicle, officials estimate that 1.2 million (yes, MILLION) stray animals roam the streets in Houston, the city shelter (BARC) takes in about 2,000 animals a month and, as recently as 2012, BARC put down 57% of the animals it took in.