Rescued Pets Movement (RPM) started the new year off right by moving 52 adoptable pets to Colorado on January 3. The dogs and puppies were given a new lease on life, and we were given a new lease on a van! Because we raised six thousand dollars from donors like you, a very generous donor matched what we raised, which meant we had enough money for the downpayment on a 2013 Freightliner commercial sprinter van. Unfortunately, a deer hit our van on the return of its maiden voyage. Luckily, there were no pets in the van and our driver, Mike, was unharmed. The van, however, was a bit banged up. While it was in the shop being repaired, retrofitted, and having a heater installed, our generous donor caught wind of our trouble and donated funds for the downpayment on a second van. We must be doing something right! Now we have two vans. This also means we have two van payments to make each month, so keep your donations coming, please!
Speaking of generous donors, Dixie Messner answered our call for a place to use as our office by giving us her gallery space. There were two years left on her lease, and they’re ours now! We’re thrilled to have a location where we can work in one place, together, and meet with fosters and volunteers. We made a mad dash to Ikea to furnish the space and threw a somewhat impromptu party for our volunteers. So many fantastic people help us out daily in so many ways and we wanted to thank them. We also wanted to make sure everybody understands what we’re doing, so we put together a small presentation about what we do and how we do it. (Hopefully, we’ll have this on our website soon so you can see it, too.) Afterward, there was a brief question and answer period. From what we understand, it was an informative and fun evening! We certainly thought so.
As a cost saving measure, we recently started administering booster shots to the puppies in our foster program. Because we vowed to leave no puppies behind in BARC, we have a lot of puppies in various homes in Houston! Our puppies are quarantined in their foster homes for about two weeks to keep them safe from potential illnesses like parvo and distemper. During this time we give them their booster shots, usually their second set. Before we had our office, scheduling vaccinations and driving all over the map to do them was a bit maddening. But now our fosters can come to us at the office, which makes things a lot easier!
Our last adoption event in December had been cancelled because it was extremely cold, so we were looking forward to having one in January. The weather hasn’t been that great, but Saturday the 25th proved to be a good day to be outside with the dogs in our adoption program. Our amazing cook team set up our “RPM Cafe” and served hot dogs, hamburgers, and other tasty treats. Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adore Houston, and Texas Sled Dog Rescue joined us for this event, so there were a lot of fabulous dogs for people to choose from! We enjoyed meeting and talking with other people in the rescue community. Everybody was very supportive, and we’re looking forward to having as much fun at the next adoption event.
At the beginning of the month we learned that BARC’s live release rate for December 2013 was 64.7% and in December 2012 it was 52.7%, which is about a 12% increase. BARC’s live release rate in January 2013 was 58.8% and this year is currently at 71.9%. However, BARC is currently open today (Jan 31) and dogs and cats will be adopted, transferred, etc., so this number will change. However, it’s still an amazing number!
“We are honored to be working with Rescued Pets Movement on this effort,” said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC Marketing and Outreach Lead. “We’ve never had the opportunity to partner with a rescue group to save this many lives on such a large scale. Our live-release rates are increasing because of the amazing work of Rescued Pets Movement. We are forever grateful for the dedication of this group to save more of Houston’s homeless animals than ever.”
We did five transports in January, which means a total of 279 dogs and puppies were moved out of BARC and saved from being euthanized. When we formed our organization at the end of September, we wondered how long it would take us to rescue 1,000 dogs and cats. We’re excited to learn that the answer is four months! Currently, we’ve saved 1080 adoptable pets and can’t wait to move more so they can find good homes, like little Jonah who traveled from Houston to Colorado and was adopted by Dana Randolph and renamed Webster.
Rescued Pets Movement is excited about what’s ahead for us. We hope you are, too! Thank you for donating, fostering, volunteering, and offering support for what we’ve accomplished and for what we still hope to do.