Today’s edition of Mews and Nips begins with some information on how you can help the animals affected by the wildfires in Texas. Live with Cats reports that a potential disaster was averted when the Bastrop, TX wildfire prompted an emergency overnight evacuation of the Bastrop Shelter. All 160 dogs and cats were evacuated safely. The cats are now at the Austin Humane Society and the dogs are at Austin Pets Alive! Both organizations are looking for foster caregivers, as well as supplies and funds to help care for the displaced Bastrop animals.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a new vaccine that can help reduce cat allergies in humans. The goal is to alter (and lessen) a person’s overall immune response to the protein in cat’s saliva that is the cause of the allergic reaction. Instead of many months of weekly shots, researchers are planning once-a-month treatments over a period of just a few months. Until the vaccine becomes available, you may find tips on how to manage your allergies without giving up your cat in my recent article Living With Cat Allergies, and Cats.
When I was at BlogPaws, I had the pleasure of hearing Joe Panz and Big Ant of Rescue Ink deliver an incredibly moving and inspirational keynote address. This week, CattooDesign featured Rescue Inc. member Al Chernoff. Al talks about his work with Resuce Ink, and about his own cats, and, of course, showcases his amazing tattoos.
And Mews and Nips wouldn’t be complete without a cat video. I think most of us can relate to the new Simon’s Cat video “Cat and Mouse:”
Have a great weekend!
Image sources: photo of cat from Bastrop shelter from Live with Cats, photo of girl with cat from SFGate, photo of Al Chernoff with his cat Hope from CattooDesign.