Success Story Sunday – Melvin

Melvin was special to Amanda, his Houston foster. Not only was he her family’s first foster, they’d actually seen him on the BARC adoptions page and considered adopting him! They decided they weren’t quite ready to adopt, but would try fostering to get their feet wet. (What better way to adjust to the responsibility of having a pet than to save a few lives in the process?!) Amanda joined the RPM mailing list, and was beside herself when none other than Melvin appeared on the foster plea. Of course, she immediately snapped him up. He was only five weeks old when pulled from BARC, but was sweet and smart. He played well with Amanda’s 18 month old, and quickly started to pick up potty training.

It was hard to let him go, but Melvin had a wonderful family waiting for him. He transported to Colorado in February and is doing so well in his new family! He loves playing all day and cuddling all night. He has doubled in size, is almost completely house trained, and can sit on command. He just started puppy classes, and will no doubt continue to pick up tricks. From his new dad, Ross:

“One thing is certain, he is now truly a member of our family.”

We couldn’t continue to do what we do without our Houston fosters. Melvin is lucky to have his forever home in Colorado, but he would have never gotten there without the love and compassion of Amanda and her family.

Melvin Playing with his Foster
Melvin Cuddling with his Forever Family

Thank you.

To the Amazing Team of Volunteers, Fosters, Employees, and Board Members,

I am so deeply humbled by the turnout we had for the move into the Jack C. Alexander Clinic today. Everybody’s energy was positive, motivating, and totally inspiring. I am so honored to be a part of a group that cares so deeply not only for the animals but for the people who share the same passion. Thank you for your commitment. There is nothing like walking out of a room in total disarray only to come back through and have it look like A CLINIC! Thank you for bearing with me while I described things using only grunts and wild hand gestures, for making each other feel appreciated and supported, and most importantly for getting BACK in your cars and driving dogs to boarding, picking up fosters, and everything in between. Take pride in the work done today. I hope each of you comes to transport or back to volunteer and sees something in the building that you know you personally contributed to. I know I certainly will.

But my gratitude does not end with those who came out to help move.

To all our volunteers, donors, and fosters: thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you do every single day. Giving up a Saturday morning to take photos of dogs, disrupting your entire schedule to foster a dog and take said dog to get boosters, check ups, and so on. Not a day goes by where I am not utterly impressed by the efforts each and every one of you put in to saving a life. Today we opened up numerous boxes of items off our wish list (which of course I have included) and was so grateful for the quality items that we will get to use in the Clinic. There are so many groups who will never have the kind of quality tools and equipment that we do to care of these animals.
To view our wishlist, please visit the following:

To the team that I have the honor to work with daily: thank you for your endless passion and drive. Thank you for wearing your hearts on your sleeve, be it crying or laughing. Thank you for all you do every day to make a difference in this city and in the lives of these animals. You turn A numbers into names and names into lifelong pets in warm, happy homes. You are amazing.

Finally, thank you to the RPM Board. I’m sure any number of us could go on about all that you do, but all I want to say is thank you for dreaming. Without the dream, none of us would be able to make the impact we do on this community and the homeless pet population. You are not just moving a needle up and down a scale of percentages. You are changing the way this city thinks and slowly but surely, saving them all.

Again, thank you.

Kiersten Thoma
Jack C. Alexander RPM Foster Clinic Manager

Foster Friday: Daran.

Being the mom of a 4 and 1 year old, I can’t help but channel the Disney movie Frozen when pondering the idea of Letting Go of my RPM foster babies. I have since belted out “Let it go! Let it go! The cold never bothered me anyway!” many times. During the course of the last 2 years of working with RPM, my versions of “letting go” have evolved and changed. My notions of asking for help from others and making relationships with rescue group after rescue group outside the state of Texas has been the most liberating experience in my eleven years of rescue. Three years ago, I was near hopeless. I was watching so many adoptable animals die due to lack of space and want in Houston. The few that were saved were–and some still are–languishing in boarding or with overwhelmed foster parents for years, not months. The creative adoption tactics were running dry while my notion of “I’m the only one that can adequately adopt these dogs out correctly” was at an all time high. My control issues and ego had completely overcome my realistic awareness. In July of 2013, I was eight months pregnant with my second child and met for lunch with a good friend, Cindy Perini. Shortly after that lunch, my life changed in many ways. I gave birth to a beautiful daughter and my passion for animals in Houston became a light of hope, instead of a dead-end road. The idea of asking for help and Letting Go has phenomenally given 6000 animals a second chance…A LIFE! My inner Elsa has literally danced and twirled and belted out “Let it go! Let it go!” By breaking down those walls and chains, Rescued Pets Movement has given light and fuel to my passion. I am so grateful for the change.

I hope you enjoy the below account from Daran Bishop. She is a long time foster. She not only has given life to hundreds of animals, but her knowledge has rippled amongst people. She has given so many the tools to foster! – Katie Metten Beirne.

Transport Day has finally arrived. Over the last few weeks you’ve transformed a scrawny, terrified stray into a healthy, happy, well-loved pet. Somehow that mangy mongrel that destroyed your shoes (pillow, dog bed, couch, etc.) and has, in an unbelievably short time, become so dear to you that it hurts to think of life without him. And now you have to load him on a van for a one thousand plus mile trip into the great unknown (aka, Colorado). As an RPM volunteer slowly peels your fingers off the leash you think, “Why am I putting myself through this?”

I’ve been fostering with RPM since its inception, yet I always feel a certain amount of dread as Transport Day draws near. While intellectually I know that another BARC puppy’s life depends on my ability to send my current foster off to its forever home, that doesn’t always help when I have to look into those trusting eyes one last time and walk away. And then the worrying starts: I worry that my puppy will feel scared and abandoned. (Actually, dogs tend to live in the present, so my puppy is probably more interested in the ruckus that Sir Barksalot in the next crate is creating than where I’ve gone). I worry that no one can love or care for my foster puppy as much as I did. (Although with the rigorous adoption standards set by RPM and its Colorado partners, combined with a shortage of adoptable dogs in Colorado, my puppy has an exponentially better chance of ending up with the perfect adopter there than in Houston. With demand outstripping supply, Colorado rescues can afford to be choosy.) I worry that I’ll never see my puppy again. (Perhaps, but there’s always the chance that there will be an update on one of our Colorado partners’ Facebook newsfeeds, or an email from an adopter who has a Foster Report Card with my contact information.) Finally, I worry about how it hurts to let go. And it does hurt.

Here’s the thing; while I still may sob on the long drive home from transport, I know my foster puppy will be just fine. This is partly because the RPM staff and our Colorado partners–all volunteers as fanatic about rescue as we are–treasure each life as much as I do, but it’s also because I’ve done my part as a foster to give my puppy the love, confidence and trust to embrace a new life with a new family. And my puppy will be the sun, moon and stars for this new family. If you need proof, take a look at the adoption pictures on the websites of 4 Paws 4 Life, Farfel’s Farm or some of our other rescue partners. Look at the joy on both the faces of the adopters as well as the adopted dogs and puppies. That’s why I keep putting myself through this. The pain that I feel when letting go is insignificant to the joy that I create by letting go.”
– Daran Bishop, RPM Foster Momma.

Come on and join our convoy

Here’s who our convoy took to their future forever homes last week!

1. Daisy Lee 2. Warren 3. Welma 4. Fripp 5. Doozie 6. Doozie’s pups Devin, Dionne, Donnie, Dwight, Dennis, and Darlene 7. Tony 8. Xena 9. Hannah, Hyson, and Heddy 10. Ennis 11. Serena 12. Randa 13. Stephen 14. Everly 15. Ali, Sebi, Penny, and Grace 16. Danny Sue 17. Velvet
1. Spiro 2. Francie 3. Bombon 4. Sadie 5. Tabitha 6. Osa 7. Nina 8. Roberto 9. Blue Ivy 10. Brooks 11. Lenora 12. Dixie and Dunn 13. Garth 14. Stella 15. Dolly 16. Lenny 17. Bear 18. Pibb 19. Karlo 20. Snickers 21. Genesis
1. Max 2. Ember 3. Piper 4. Cristal 5. Laffy and Taffy 6. Dunbar 7. Lexi 8. Blarney 9. Virgil 10. Beau 11. Penelope 12. Valor 13. Lear and Lyle 14. Lara 15. Peaches 16. Lowell and Lavinia 17. Navajo 18. Dino 19. Lucinda 20. Landon
1. Lizzie Kitty with Lenny, Lou, and Lani 2. Caroline 3. Connie 4. Buddy 5. Copper 6. Lucy 7. Iggy 8. Spruce 9. Spice and kittens Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Sage 10. Kieko 11. Tate, Tanner, Tiernan, and Tess 12. Heather 13. Tyrus 14. Tasia 15. Taj 16. Sheila 17. China 18. Woolphie 19. Charlie
1. Twyla 2. Twyla’s puppies Tassie, Tino, Tiki, Tiger, Tess, Trammel, and Tinker 3. Harry 4. Holly 5. Jackson 6. Karla 7. Ethel 8. Oreo 9. Lorena 10. Kaiser 11. Scamper 12. Sibbony 13. Douglas 14. Fain 15. Melvin 16. Rhonda 17. Rhonda’s pups Regina, Redburn, Robert, Rowan, and Ruby 18. Sam and Davy 19. Atticus 20. Cheyenne 21. Stubs and Frankie 22. Jackson and Wesley

Would they be safe without you? No, and that’s why we thank all our rescue partners, BARC, and our vets, fosters, transporters, donors, fundraisers, and everyone who volunteers on behalf of these dogs and cats. You’re the best!

It’s time to move and we would love your help!

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The time has come! We are finally moving into the clinic (officially “The Jack C. Alexander Building”), and we have stuff EVERYWHERE!

Saturday, April 11th at 9am: THE BIG DAY!
What We Need: Vehicles of all sizes and some woman/man power!
Where We Need You: We need trips made back and forth among our W. Alabama office, the Clinic, and the RPM storage unit next to the Clinic.

We also need teams at each location to load the vans. Locations include:
The Jack C. Alexander Building at 2317 W. 34th St. (“Team Scruffy” led by Kiersten)
RPM Storage Unit located next to the Clinic (“Team Lab Mixes” led by Timothy)
RPM Office at 3701 W. Alabama St., Ste 356 (“Team Pittie” led by Taylor)

Why We Need You: This is an EXCITING time for all of us, and while no body likes to move, we know everyone has been champing at the bit to get this clinic up and running. We want to see all your beautiful faces and share this day with you!

Need another reason to come out and help us? FREE FOOD!

If you can help, please email Kiersten at
Thank you!
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“But wait!” says this cute puppy in a box. There’s more…

Okay, we have a confession to make–we were SO excited opening all of the boxes of goodies you sent us, that we failed to look at the card inserts to know who donated to us. Amazon is sending us a list so that we can send you a proper thank you.

We still have many more items on our Clinic Wish List if anyone is so inclined. Just CLICK HERE and shop till you drop!

Thank you for your continued support and patience while we get the Clinic up and running. Exciting times!

Success Story Sunday: Gideon.

This week, we have Gideon’s perspective on finding a furever home, and are happy to report that he has been adopted! All the best to Gideon and his new family.

Gideon was the name the nice man at the shelter gave me. I feel lucky as some of the shelter dogs only got a number. I think he was trying to help me, trying to get someone to notice me. On the outside, I am a non-descript, medium sized (44 lbs) dog — perhaps a small boxer mix of sorts. Some have said I have kinda funny looking ears and eyes that don’t shine as brightly as they once did, but I sure perk up when I see potential friends that may want to play with me! There are places where my hair doesn’t grow anymore. You see, I have a few scars, but they are there to prove that I am a lover and not a fighter as they were given to me by others. My fur could definitely benefit from some good nutrition.

My outward appearance shows that my approximate 3-4 years of life have not been the best, but on the inside well…I am a diamond in the rough and now I have hope! The ladies of the rescue saw something in me worth saving and I do not intend to disappoint them!

So here I am, looking for a soft place to land. I would be grateful for a loving foster home, but would REALLY love to find a furever home to call my very own. If you would be willing to open your heart and home, exhibit a little patience in allowing me to learn what is expected of me and teach me what traits and behaviors are expected of a loving pet, I promise to reward you with unconditional love and loyalty.

Please consider adopting me. I am worthy.



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