RPM has even more room for our transported pets now that we have a fourth van! Here’s the group who traveled last week thanks to our generous donors and hardworking volunteers, fosters, and staff.
Thank you for helping us save these lives and for stepping up, week after week, to make such an astounding difference to Houston’s homeless and neglected pet population. If you check out our Facebook and Instagram links, you can see many of our pets as they begin to thrive in their foster homes. Our Colorado rescuers and adopters often share Facebook photos of the dogs and cats as they begin their new lives, too. We are a team of hundreds of people–there’s never been a better time to join us in any volunteer capacity that matches your time and talent!
Last week’s transport was special for a lot of reasons. We loaded our dogs and cats for their journey to their forever homes on Friday among many fantastic volunteers and fosters as well as distinguished guests and visitors. The occasion was the official announcement to the press by Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander that he’d funded the buildout of RPM’s new clinic. This will be a place where our pets pulled from BARC can receive care during their foster stays as well as before transports. The clinic will be named the Jack C. Alexander Building in honor of Mr. Alexander’s late father.
Of course, the day was also special because of all the faces you see below. We save them thanks to generous donors like Mr. Alexander and all of you who provide your time, money, and social media outreach on their behalf.
And oops! Sweet Brenna was on the van but was accidentally left out of the photos above.
Brenna, all the other dogs and cats, and we at RPM thank all of you so much for all you do!
We have wonderful news! Because of RPM’s wonderful fosters and volunteers, strict health protocols, and focus on customer service, we have several no-kill groups and shelters in other states wanting to work with us and save BARC’s death-row dogs and cats. Many of these places have just a few dogs and/or cats in their entire program, and they have a waiting list of adopters. Accordingly, these groups really want the harder-to-adopt pets, including the big dogs that have heartworms. Families want to adopt them!
The problem we have run into is that we have more demand than we can accommodate with our current three vans, and we are desperate for a fourth van ASAP to go on this Thursday’s transport. Our crazy goal, then, is to raise $65,000 in just 3 days! To do that, we need serious help from you!
If each of you who read this post donated just $15 to $20 RIGHT NOW, we would raise enough to buy a van outright. It is the only way we can do it.
As an incentive, below are dogs that we would NEVER have been able to save without a fourth van. We rented a van last week to carry a load of cats up to Colorado. The rental is terribly expensive, and we cannot afford to rent every week.
So look into the eyes of these lovely souls, and please donate and we will share your name as a comment to our Van Fundraising Facebook Post. We are trying to get over 4000 donation comments, and we have a LONG way to go.
Tally caught her ride from Houston to our Colorado partner 4 Paws 4 Life on December 4th and was quickly adopted into a loving family. They report that she is a wonderful puppy. She is growing like a weed – gaining 2.5-3 pounds each week – and has calmed down a bit, so she is getting along well with her new brother, Bonzer. More than anything, she loves a good snuggle. We’re so happy for the update! It is clear from her photos that she is settling very comfortably into her new home and life.
Thank you to all of you who put in the work and the worry so that when our dogs and cats get on the vans, all they have to do is enjoy the ride. From our volunteers, helpers, and donors in Texas, to those on the other end of their journey, you’re all making an amazing difference. BARC’s save rate this past December was 74 percent–the highest ever for BARC and especially impressive considering their intake during the month. RPM is a big part of that number because of you–your time, your donations, and your passion and commitment to saving lives.
Here are those you saved last week by sending them to their forever homes.