Welcome to February's Meezer Musings! I hope you've all had a good month - the past four weeks seem to have flown by here.
I'm absolutely in awe of everyone who volunteers to help, clean cages, foster cats, drive and deliver and in any way smooth the adoption process to get Siamese cats in Rescue Centers out to new, hopefully forever, homes.
And Siamese Rescue has been very much on my mind this month, as you'll see from a lot of what follows.
There's a page on this site listing all the Siamese Rescue Centers I know about. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Siamese Rescue Metro in Pennsylvania asking me to remove my link to them as they'd been forced to close.
Whether through lack of funds, foster homes, volunteer assistance or for some other reason, they didn't say.
But in these financially-tough times, increasing numbers of Siamese cats and other pets seem to be ending up in shelters, or worse, on the streets, and the closure of any specialist Siamese rescue center is upsetting to say the least.
... I received this one, from the Washington County SPCA in Oklahoma.
Fifty cats! That's a whole lot of cats to take in and feed, microchip, spay or neuter and get other medical attention for.
A number of the cats have already been re-homed, so there's a happy ending for those ones - but there are pictures of the ones who haven't here on the WCSPCA's page, so if you (or anyone you know) is in Oklahoma and think you can help in any way at all by rescuing, volunteering, donating, or adopting, I know they'd be very glad of your support.
Because my own cat came from the Siamese Cat Club Welfare Trust in the UK I tend to pop in to their website every so often to have a look at the cats passing through their hands.
A pair of seven-year-old Chocolate Points who were rehomed by the SCCWT six years ago were returned this month. Originally rescued from a very difficult situation, it took them a while to get comfortable and having their lives disrupted again must have been very unsettling.
Happily, there's a note on their details to say that they've been reserved, so with any luck they'll soon be on their way to their truly forever 'forever home'.
Update: Since I wrote this, their details have been removed from the site, so it seems they are indeed now settling in to their new household.
The affiliation of rescue centers that is Siamese Rescue (California, Colorado, Texas and Virginia) recently re-homed its 20,000th Siamese cat.
And a look at their website shows the number today (Feb 28, 2013) standing at 20,133.
That's a lot of new homes. Huge congratulations, everyone!
Continuing our 'rescue' theme, February's Meezer of the month is this little beauty, Dottie from New Jersey.
Her owner Clem was none too happy about driving through the New Jersey rush hour traffic in November to pick up his 'gift' but when he got there was so pleased that he had!
Dottie (the best Christmas gift ever) has settled in well with her 'brothers and sisters' (six dogs and five cats, all rescues), loves wrestling and Diesel the chihuahua, and has a stripy tail not visible in the pictures, so she's probably a Lynx Point.
Siamazing Siamese Cats is the latest breeder to write their own page here and join our 'Featured Breeders' in the UK.
(I just love this picture of all their cats and kittens snuggled up together, don't you?)
And we have some other new images on the site, too.
Very much still in keeping with our rescue theme, our Blue and Lilac Point pages now have pictures of Mia and Gizmo, Blue and Lilac Points belonging to one of our readers, Sarah. They came from the Siamese Cat Club Welfare Trust, just like my own boy Bandit.
Sarah's parents were also kind enough to let us use this lovely picture of their Seal and Chocolate Points, Bailey and Safire - a great way to see the difference between the two!
Seal and Chocolate, Blue and Lilac!
(With thanks to Sarah and Andy Bales, and June and David Bloodworth)
Mia and Gizmo in more relaxed mood!
(With thanks to Sarah Bales)
Doreen Tovey was an author who wrote gentle, loving and funny books about the Siamese cats and other animals in her life, and long-time visitors to this site will know that we have something of a 'Doreen Tovey Appreciation Society' going on.
A cousin of Doreen's, Caz Greenham first contacted us a couple of years ago to tell us about her family connection to Doreen, and we had many comments from readers about how much they loved Doreen's books.
Caz was in the process of writing a book herself, with a quirky seagull for a hero and I was delighted when Caz came back to tell us that the book is now in print.
The Adventures of Eric Seagull, Storyteller is a children's book, the first of a series and Caz is now hard at work on the sequels.
Congratulations Caz - Doreen would be so proud of you - it's clear that quirky animal stories very much run in the family!
Below you'll find a selection of cat shows coming up in Australia, the States and the UK.
As always, if you're involved in organizing or showing at a show that isn't listed here, please let me have the details and I'll include it in the next newsletter.
5 October (NSWCFA)
Tel: 9628 3077
Tel: 4579 7180
Caird Hall, City Square
Stantonbury Campus Leisure Centre Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK14 6BN
Bracknell Leisure Centre
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College
Well! We grew to 1600 'Likes' on our Facebook page this month. Many thanks to everyone who follows us, it's always lovely to see your photos and comments popping up on the page.
If you'd like to join in, hop on over and 'Like' us to follow along and receive our Facebook updates.
Below is just one of the great photos shared this month. Talk about squeezing your 'slave' out of their own bed!
Spot the dog!
(With thanks to Barbe Bartlett)
Have a wonderful month, everyone. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer and (ever-so-slightly) warmer; for those in the South and particularly in Australia, you may be looking forward to some cooler weather!
Next time around we're going to talk about the wonderful world of Siamese cat behavior.
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