By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Friends for Life, a no kill animal shelter located in the Houston Heights, made history during Hurricane Harvey. The nonprofit organization teamed up with the American Red Cross to help shelter people with their pets in the George R. Brown Convention Center. It had never been tried before, but thanks to the fine work of Friends for Life, it will happen again. Hurricane Katrina taught us lessons. Many people in New Orleans refused to evacuate because pets were not welcome in shelters. There is no way to know how many people died as a result, but the Red Cross revised its sheltering model following; the agency now allows pets. With Harvey, the Red Cross was prepared to shelter people, but not animals. Then Friends For Life stepped up. “I sit on the … [Read more...] about Heights animal shelter rises to Harvey
Dear Tabby, As my cat is getting older, I often wonder if she’s comfortable and completely healthy. It’s so hard to tell if she’s 100% or not, the older she gets. How can I tell if she’s in pain or not? Concerned about kitty’s comfort in Cottage Grove Dear Concerned About Kitty, This is indeed a timely question because September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) launched Animal Pain Awareness Month in the hopes that more pet guardians learn about and recognize pain in their pets. Unlike other companions, it’s hard for a cat to show their pain. Evolution is working against well-meaning guardians. According to the Okaw Veterinary Clinic, as both predators and prey, disguising pain can save a cat’s life: “The … [Read more...] about Is your older cat comfortable?
Senior Activity Day at St. Stephen’s Adults age 50 and better are welcome to attend Senior Activities Day Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the fellowship hall. Domino games begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 11:45 a.m. soup and sandwich lunch. Love offerings are encouraged to help cover the cost of lunch. The VIPs will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, in the fellowship hall. A short business meeting begins at 11 a.m., followed by live musical entertainment and a catered lunch at a cost of $10 per person. RSVP to Barbara Johnson at 713-686-6116. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit www.stsumc.org and the church’s Facebook page. Sharing a Cup of Comfort at Hope Episcopal No matter who you are, what you’re going through or what … [Read more...] about News from the Pews – Sept. 30
2017 VOLKSMARCH Houston Happy Hikers Come out and participate in this non-competitive, non-timed walk through down the jogging trail in the middle of Heights Blvd. Next, hike along White Oak Bayou for over a mile to enjoy the open air then into the neighborhood of the Heights. The starting point address is 375 W. 19th St. The walk will be from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 30. The fee is $3. There is no pre-registration. New walkers can purchase an AVA New Walker Packet for $5 at the start point. Information: 832-646-4319, houstonhappyhikers.com. AARP MONTHLY MEETING AARP Chapter 1265 The monthly meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Oct. 2, in the community room at 1520 Candlelight Ln. The special guest is Franklin Smith, with the Clayton Library Genealogical Research. The meeting is open to anyone … [Read more...] about Calendar of Events – Sept. 30
After years of discussion and months of fairly contentious meetings, the Heights Historic Guidelines saga continues this week as homeowners and the city attempt – again — to collaboratively eliminate subjectivity from development trends in the Heights. Tomorrow, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., the city and residents will gather at The United Way (50 Waugh Dr.) for the final community workshop on design guidelines for the Houston Heights East, West and South historic districts. Stretching from 20th Street to the north and 4th Street to the south, these districts also extend west to Ashland Street and Oxford to the east in some areas, and if owners want to make structural changes to their homes, they must gain approval from a board of commissioners appointed by the city of Houston — an arduous task … [Read more...] about Historic Design Guidelines community workshop takes place Sept. 28