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 an Elvira Factor Follow-up! You are about to enter the no bull zone! Grab your tails, felinity assembled; it's going to be a bumpy ride!
When I first addressed Houston's epidemic of stray dogs and cats, on February 20th, I thought things couldn't get more depressing:
1. Officials estimate that 1.2 million (yes, MILLION) stray animals roam the streets in Houston.
2. 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.
And yet...there is a co-operative effort between BARC and a new not-for-profit 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization that transports animals from Houston and Greater Houston area shelters to other 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations that have demand for adoptable pets.
A few days after my post the Chronicle had a follow-up, front page, story, by Heather Alexander, that was quite troubling and frustrating.
The focus is on the weekly efforts of volunteers with groups such as Corridor Rescue (dogs) to rescue animals and the life and death decisions they have to make while doing so:
"It's a brutal system...we can only take in the most serious cases, the dogs with broken bones."
"Houston's problem is worse than Sochi's in Russia, euthanizing 85,000 animals a year because of over-capacity shelters and animal control officers who are unable to keep up with the breeding dogs on the street."