CAT ADOPTION EXTRAVAGANZA-UPDATE

Twenty seven cats got out of BARC and to our adoption event this weekend! 14 were adopted; those who were not adopted by Sunday evening went to rescue groups, fosters, and PetSmarts.  All but 2 of the cats that were adopted were adults.  Lots of Tabbies and black kitties got out.  All the 90 day cats got out. 

A big, big thanks to all the wonderful people who, once again, stepped up and took in many needy pets from BARC.

A huge thanks to Bonnie Ford who selected the cats at BARC who were most in danger, arranged for them to be spayed/neutered, got paperwork done and transported them to the site. That was no small feat.

Big thanks to Frisky Paws for participating and really “selling” those cute little fur faces to people—and for making other arrangements for those who didn’t get adopted so we didn’t have to send any back to BARC.

Thanks to LMN Feline Rescue (Louise Hewitt) and Zeke Fund (Ramona Kipfer) for bringing great foster kitties, supplies, and volunteers to the event.

Thanks to J. R. Delgado, Elaine Hutzelman, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Vivian Sundermeyer and Friends of BARC for loaning us kennels and tables. And a huge thanks to those who donated supplies, decorations and MONEY, so we could rent the space and not go broke.

A huge thanks to Elaine Hutzelman, Holly Eaton, Colleen Borum for volunteering their time. A special thanks to Sharon Shepherd and Gail Canny who worked many long hours this weekend, and helped me lug a ton of supplies back up to my THIRD FLOOR apartment afterwards. That was no easy task.

Fox 26 came out Sunday and shot some video. I saw a short clip on the 9:00 pm news.  They didn’t show any of my interview with my foster kitty though. RATS! I need to get that kitty (and his 4 black brothers and sisters) into his own home!

I was also on Fox 26 twice Friday morning with Hank, a BARC kitty. Hank got adopted and is in now off to college! 🙂 Here is a link to one of the interviews:
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/morning_news/091127-weekend-pet-adoption-find-homes.

Although I wish more cats had been adopted, all in all it was a good weekend for 27 great kitties who were out of time at BARC.  A lot of people came together to save these little love sponges.

If BARC leaders would start organizing events like this, all over town, they could get many, many more animals out of BARC alive.  Hopefully, they will soon realize that a critical key to getting more animals out alive is to arrange for many more offsite adoption events.

Sincerely,
Bett Sundermeyer, President
No Kill Houston
http://www.NoKillHouston.org
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Message Board: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NoKillHouston

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90 day cats at Westchase adoption event

We have approximately 25 BARC cats at the Westchase adoption event who are 90 day cats which means they are high on the list to be killed. In fact, we’ve pretty much been assured that if they are returned to BARC, they will be killed. So we really need to make sure these cats get adopted!

Please spread the word ASAP regarding this event. I attached a copy of our flyer in the Files on our message board. I can also email it to you. Please post around town where-ever you can.

Address: 11173 Westheimer, 77042
(Westheimer at Wilcrest; same shopping center as Whole Foods);
Hours are 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday;
BARC cats are Two for the Price of 1.

If you might be able to foster any of the 90 day cats that are not adopted by Sunday evening, please call Nela at 713 206-3218 or me at 713 291-1710.

Please don’t just “hope” that they will get adopted–spread the word and/or foster!

Also, check out the video of me with Hank, a BARC kitty, at Channel 26 this morning. I taped another one earilier, but I can’t find it online.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/morning_news/091127-weekend-pet-adoption-find-homes.

Click here to visit our secure fund raising website to pay for this event

Adoption Extravaganza for BARC cats and kittens!

No Kill Houston and Frisky Paws Rescue have partnered to produce an Adoption Extravaganza for BARC cats and kittens!  Several rescue groups who rescue cats & kittens from BARC will also participate so we will have a large variety of gorgeous felines to choose from.  Some of the rescue groups will also be offering “Two for the Price of One” adoption specials!   So, come out and adopt your new best friend!  You will gain a wonderful new pet and you will be saving a life!   All cats & kittens will be spayed or neutered and had their vaccinations.

No Kill Houston organized this event because cats at BARC (Houston’s animal control) have very few offsite adoption opportunities and very few cats are being adopted at BARC.  We want to get these wonderful cats & kittens out to the public so they have a chance to get a forever home.  We are bringing as many “90 day” BARC cats to this event as we can. 

The Adoption Extravaganza will take place:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 11/27/09 – 11/29/09; from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Address: 11173 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (in the Whole Food shopping center – next to the Houston Cat Hospital).

The rent, electricity and insurance expenses total $1,200.00.  We are taking donations to help cover costs.  Please donate!  We have no paid staff, so every dollar donated will help us help homeless cats and kittens!   

Click here to visit our secure fund raising website!

http://nokillhouston.chipin.com/holiday-cat-adoption-event

*If you have extra kennels that you can loan us we would appreciate it so we don’t have to buy so many. 

Thank you,

Bett Sundermeyer, President

NoKillHouston@yahoo.com

Help us help BARC cats & kittens get forever homes for the Holiday!

No Kill Houston is renting a retail space to be used for adoptions for cats and kittens from BARC (Houston’s animal control). BARC cats have very, very few offsite adoption opportunities and very, very few cats are being adopted at BARC.  We want to get these wonderful cats & kittens out to the public so they can have a chance to get a forever home. We are partnering with Frisky Paws Rescue and other rescues so that lots of cats & kittens have an opportunity to be seen by the adopting public!  The retail space we have is in a very high traffic, highly visible location on Westheimer and Wilcrest. It will be the perfect space to showcase these little love sponges.  The realtor has agreed to rent the space to us for 1 weekend instead of the entire month. We want to rent it over the long Thanksgiving weekend since this is the busiest shopping weekend of year. This will mean that these little beauties will be seen by lots of people out shopping who might also be thinking of getting a pet. The rent, electricity and insurance will total $1,200.00.  We raised $500 with the first Chipin fundraiser but we still need $700 to cover all the costs.  Please donate!   Every dollar donated will help us help homeless cats and kittens!

Click here to visit our secure fund raising website!

http://nokillhouston.chipin.com/holiday-cat-adoption-event

*If you are fostering a cat or kitten for BARC and would like to show your foster in this space, please email me.  You can bring your fosters even if you are fostering through another rescues group.  The only thing that I ask is if you bring your foster cat/kitten, that you also volunteer for at least 1 day—if we have enough volunteers, you may only need to volunteer for 3-4 hours.

**If you have kennels, folding tables, litterboxes, bowls etc. that you can bring, that would save some costs for us.

Thank you,

Bett Sundermeyer, President

NoKillHouston@yahoo.com

Don’t miss our interview w/ Nathan Winograd this Thursday!

Bett Sundermeyer, President of No Kill Houston will interview Nathan Winograd regarding effective Companion Animal Legislation.  This is the type of legislation that is needed to stop the killing in our animal shelters.

Nathan is the Director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center (NoKillAdvocacyCenter.org or NathanWinograd.com).  He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former criminal prosecutor and attorney.  He has held a variety of leadership positions including Director of Operations of the San Francisco SPCA and Executive Director of the Tompkins County SPCA, two of the most successful no kill shelters in the nation.  He has spoken nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues; has written animal protection legislation at the state and national level;  he has created successful No Kill programs in both urban and rural communities; and has consulted with a wide range of animal protection groups including some of the largest and best known in the nation.  He is also the author of the groundbreaking book, Redemption; and also a new book which will hit the bookstores very soon called Irreconcilable Differences.

Also, in August of this year, Nathan assessed Houston’s BARC (which is Houston’s animal control) and his report is on our website at NoKillHouston.org.

INTERVIEW WITH NATHAN WINOGRAD
When: Thursday, November 19th; 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: KPFT, 90.1 FM or listen online at KPFT.org

You won’t want to miss it!

Help us help BARC cats & kittens get forever homes for the Holiday!

No Kill Houston is renting a retail space to be used for adoptions for cats and kittens from BARC (Houston’s animal control). BARC cats have very, very few offsite adoption opportunities and very, very few cats are being adopted at BARC. We want to get these wonderful cats & kittens out to the public so they can have a chance to get a forever home.

We are partnering with Frisky Paws Rescue and Friends for Life so that lots of cats & kittens have an opportunity to be seen by the adopting public!

The retail space we have is in a very high traffic, highly visible location on Westheimer and Wilcrest. It will be the perfect space to showcase these little love sponges.

The realtor has agreed to rent the space to us for 1 weekend instead of the entire month. We want to rent it over the long Thanksgiving weekend since this is the busiest shopping weekend of year. This will mean that these little beauties will be seen by lots of people out shopping who might also be thinking of getting a pet.

The rent, electricity and insurance will total $1,200.00. Please donate so we can secure this space ASAP. Every dollar donated will help us help homeless cats and kittens!

Click here to visit our secure fund raising website!
http://nokillhouston.chipin.com/holiday-adoption-event

*If you are fostering a cat or kitten for BARC and would like to show your foster in this space, please email me.  The only thing that I ask is if you bring your foster cat/kitten, that you also volunteer for at least 1 day—if we have enough volunteers, you may only need to volunteer for part of the day.

**If you have kennels, folding tables, litterboxes etc. that you can bring, that would save some costs for us. 

Thank you,

Bett Sundermeyer, President

NoKillHouston@yahoo.com

Houston election results

Below are election results for Mayor, City Controller and City Council.  We have quite a few run-off elections coming up. 

The closeness of the  races proved that even a few votes can make a difference in who ends up running our city.   The animal loving community CAN make a difference with our votes!  Please continue to become educated on the candidates in the run-off races and vote for those who will help us stop the killing.  Run-off elections are December 12th.

Mayor  – Runoff

Annise Parker 29% of the vote

Gene Locke 26%

City Controller – Runoff

Ronald Green 36%

M.J. Khan 33%

District A – Runoff

Brenda Stardig 32%

Lane Lewis 22%

District B – Jarvis Johnson 82%

District C – Anne Clutterbuck 82%

District D – Wanda Adams 76%

District E – Mike Sullivan 74%

District F – Runoff

Al Hoang 25%

Mike Laster 25%

District G – Oliver Pennington 59%

District H – Edward Gonzales-unopposed

District I – James Rodriquez-unopposed

At Large #1 – Runoff

Stephen Costello 23%

Karen Derr 20%

At Large #2 – Runoff

Sue Lovell 49%

Andrew C. Burks, Jr. 21%

At Large #3 – Melissa Noriega-unopposed

At Large #4 – C.O. Bradford 53%

At Large #5 – Runoff

Jolanda Jones 43%

Jack Christie 36%