On My Journey Home

They come off the streets and through BARC sometimes a little ragged, injured, sick, and feeling defeated. Then you welcome them into your homes and show them the same kind of love they offer–unconditional. At first they may be timid, with tails tucked and bodies trying to be as small as possible. Usually the first thing their foster families notice is how hard they sleep–finally able to relax because they’re not under a bush, in a storm drain, or in a cold kennel, but in a home with a safe crate or a soft dog bed. Their real personalities begin to emerge. They make us laugh, cry, and want to cuddle them and reassure them that yes, they are worth saving. They’re worth the trips back to the clinic or BARC for meds and boosters. They’re worth the extra laundry and lessons about sharing toys and pottying outside or in the litter box. They’re worth the bottle feedings, the gentle baths, and an occasional mutilated shoe.

We fosters sometimes think the dogs and cats must feel betrayed when they go to transport, but the drivers, the rescue groups in Colorado, and their fosters and adopters at the end of the journey know otherwise. Everyone on our team builds on the trust and sense of well being the Houston fosters began. Often on social media, we see the animals’ photos as they’re walked on their journey, and their tails are high as they explore new territory. We see photos of them nestled into the arms of waiting rescuers, fosters, or adopters. We see pictures and hear stories about them in their forever homes and know that they are exchanging the same unconditional love they experienced with us.

Thank you for the faith you place in RPM to choose responsible partners in Colorado. We foster, too, so we know that ache of saying goodbye and the anxiety about what comes next for them. Some of them tug at our hearts more than others, but all of them are special and because we let them go to their new homes, we’re able to open our homes and hearts to save more who are equally special.

Thank you for fostering and for donating. The dogs and cats pictured below, who traveled last week, like the almost 10,000 others who’ve come through RPM on their way to new beginnings, are alive and thriving because of you. We need you to foster. If you used to foster and stopped, we want you back. We are constantly striving to do better, to make fostering a  rewarding experience for you as well as the dogs and cats. We learn together, and you have taught us so many valuable lessons we’re able to incorporate into our program.  What an amazing journey this has been for all of us–and we plan to keep moving forward with your help. Thank you!

1. Layla 2. Dandie 3. Stanford 4. Zeke 5. Zephyr 6. Zsa Zsa 7. Midget 8. Scooby 9. Little Bit 10. Archer 11. Rosemary 12. Austin 13. Otto 14. Oswald 15. Cady 16. Miley 17. Mariah 18. Oscar 19. Olivia 20. Ellison 21. Amanda 22. Annelle 23. Elsa 24. Maximus 25. Darcy 26. Marlena 27. Montel 28. Milo
1. Martha 2. Clyde Gambit 3. Micah 4. Mandy 5. Whiskey 6. Buster 7. Tommy 8. Max 9. Sarah 10. Bonnie Jubli 11. Nadia 12. Ursula 13. Prince 14. Romeo 15. Butler 16. Daisy 17. Penny 18. Draco 19. Marcella 20. Tifa 21. Badge 22. Whisper 23. Muffin 24. Sebastian
1. Eric 2. Ariel 3. Myer 4. Vernon 5. Jeffy 6. Mab 7. Dasia 8. Bismarck 9. Ginger 10. Eirenne 11. Cullen 12. Cassandra 13. Mikey 14. Lady 15. Marco 16. Hester 17. Adore 18. Milo 19. Calvin 20. Abigail 21. Solace 22. Matthew 23. Marilyn and Mary
1. Casper 2. Paws 3. Ash 4. Abe 5. Allen 6. Hopper 7. Helen 8. Camille 9. Sully 10. Puddles 11. Axton 12. Ava 13. Arla 14. Antoine 15. Trevor 16. Rufus 17. Myra 18. Madison 19. Ace 20. Barbour 21. Tyra and Pedro 22. Baldwin and Bibb
1. Bullock 2. Rory 3. Boris 4. Blount 5. Kazan 6. Sparky 7. Brownie 8. Rhiannon 9. Brody also known as Pokey 10. Lincoln 11. Scooter 12. Emma 13. Gwen 14. Mitzi and Muffin 15. Cinnamon 16. Sarge


Thank you to everyone who’s part of our team on transport days and every day!

Make Someone Happy

The dogs and cats we send toward their forever homes make “a lot of someones” happy–their fosters, rescuers, and adopters among them. Below are the faces that gave us happy tears as the vans rolled out the second and third weeks of October.

1. Lola Girl 2. Lola Girl’s puppies Lilac, Ladybug, Laurence, Liza, Liam, Langston, Lovey, and Linus 3. Paco 4. Sinclair 5. Terri and her puppy Tonka 6. Marie 7. Danny Boy 8. Molly 9. Aaron 10. Adele 11. Scott 12. Michelle 13. Poppy 14. Penny 15. Cynthia 16. Barnabas 17. Hamlet 18. Cruise 19. Timpleton 20. Sol
1. Cincy 2. Ceelie 3. Gerald, Geoffrey, and Genie 4. Topaz 5. Mo and Kiki 6. Yoyo 7. Casey 8. Oreo 9. Kahlua 10. Yupon 11. Provo 12. Polo 13. Luna 14. Harry 15. Sara Lee 16. Baxter 17. Sadie 18. Luna 19. Simon 20. Minx 21. Warren 22. Harry Potter
1. Penny 2. Bridges 3. Ron Weasley 4. Monette 5. Cruiser 6. Cloe 7. Carlton 8. Hadley 9. Hudson 10. Onyx 11. Kessa 12. Kendra 13. Michael 14. Paisley 15. Louie Vuitton 16. Ravenclaw 17. Ginny 18. Shaggy 19. Nicholas 20. Baxter 21. Pamela 22. Pax and Posey 23. August
1. Mallory 2. Mallory’s puppies Mary Alice, Mercy, Mack, Mingus, Maple, Miles, and Murphy 3. Molly 4. Silas 5. Koda 6. Denby 7. Nathan 8. Sugar and her pups Saffron, Sage, Sesame, Scallion, Soda, Spice, and Salty 9. Eric 10. Liberty 11. Roxanne 12. Becca 13. Mumu 14. Pebbles and Sebastian 15. Quentin 16. Tonka 17. Roddy 18. Corbin 19. Chewy
1. Jada 2. Marnie 3. Wendy 4. Mathias 5. Roxy 6. Shane 7. Glen 8. Tank 9. Cinderella 10. Hyson 11. Rosie 12. Hedy 13. Max 14. Cranberry and Clipper 15. Blanca, Polka Dot, BB, and Moo Moo Kitty 16. Halstead 17. Azilyn and Olympe Maxim 18. Nutmeg 19. Rosie

A representation of our second-week transport crew:

The following week, we let almost everyone get away before we took a shot of the crew–here are a few of the dozens of fosters, volunteers, transporters, staff, and board members who make transport happen.

We may not photograph all the people, but we do get all the dogs and cats. Here are the happy travelers from the third week of October.

1. Baxter 2. Tipper 3. Ripley 4. Roland 5. Suzanne 6. Joe 7. Bear 8. Powder 9. Sissy 10. Bob 11. Billy 12. Chocolate 13. Cooper 14. Pilgrim 15. Princess 16. Smiley 17. Copper 18. Daisy 19. Cody 20. Fabrice 21. Beatrice 22. Apollo 23. Archer 24. Flynn
1. Buddy 2. Arlo and Amos 3. Velvet 4. Nina 5. Norias 6. Norias’s puppies North Chapel, North Cleveland, North Houston, and Northcrest 7. Lana 8. Joey 9. Ro 10. Lyla 11. David 12. Henry 13. Bebe 14. Farlin 15. Pam 16. Cheryl 17. Camila 18. Smo 19. Dora 20. Isis and her puppies Izzy, Iris, Isadora, Ilsa, and Ivory 21. Sweetie Pie 22. Strudel 23. Snack Cake 24. Sherbert 25. Mary 26. Wyndham
1. Graham 2. Gifford 3. Gracie 4. Patch 5. Pumpkin 6. Allie 7. Rio 8. Redmond 9. Reese 10. Newman 11. Bambi 12. Bambi’s puppies Bean, Bambam, Bijou, and Bindi 13. Frances and her puppies Fernando, Finley, Felicia, and Fanta 14. Charlize 15. Brynne 16. Oscar 17. Anya 18. Puzzles 19. Squirrel 20. Rumer
1. Rachel 2. Rachel’s puppies Renna, Rebel, Rhoda, Ruffie, Raenne, and Ramsey (one is hiding!) 3. Joshua 4. Joseph 5. Rudy 6. Rogue 7. Renna 8. Olivia 9. Chanel 10. Storm 11. Wolverine 12. Bosley 13. Thelma 14. Louise 15. Claudia 16. Hermione 17. Blimpy 18. Nightcrawler 19. Cyclops 20. Melodee
1. Dudley 2. Dillon 3. Luke 4. Beast 5. Rosario 6. Ladybird 7. Lester 8. Laurent 9. Millie 10. Odette 11. Nike 12. Phoebe 13. Jandy 14. Rachel 15. Charlie 16. Lefty 17. Caruso 18. Buddy 19. Timmy 20. Fancy
1. Mitt, Tory, and Zorra 2. Spark, Blaze, and Tinder 3. Sparkles 4. Snickers, Peanut, Hazel, and Filbert 5. Charlie, Ginger, Franklin, Lolly, Spike, Mila, and Rory

Don’t forget to join us for this weekend’s events. On Saturday, October 24, at 12:30 PM, there’ll be an advanced foster class at the RPM clinic. We’ll discuss your questions, experiences, and all the information you need to foster puppies from eight weeks to six months old.

We’ll finish in time for you to head to our fundraising event at Tony’s beginning at 2 PM. It’s going to be a great time! For more details, please check out our Facebook page. Hope to see everyone there!

Brand New Life

We began the month of October sending these wonderful dogs and cats on the journey to their forever homes. As hard as it is to say goodbye, how much their fosters love them to help them start their brand new lives!

1. Jensen 2. Boomer 3. Winfield 4. Jillian 5. Raffia 6. Nelson 7, Nico 8. Gizmo 9. Tanner 10. Irinna 11. Hannah 12. Jessa 13. Bertha 14. Bertha’s pups Earl, Ella, Duke, Frida, Tyson, Layla, Adrianne, Venus, and Sugar Ray 15. Bear 16. Shalimar 17. Max 18. Skillz 19. Countess
1. Flower 2. Loki 3. Ghost 4. Phantom 5. Michelle 6. Ivey 7. Chantilly 8. Caron 9. Yardley 10. Dorsey 11. Coda 12. Wilbur 13. Kenny 14. Phoebe 15. Edith Ann 16. Comet 17. Adam 18. Magneto 19. Wolverine 20. Bella 21. Roscoe 22. Blossom 23. Zeus 24. Panda
1. Rodeo 2. Ivy 3. Lucy 4. Billie Jean 5. Olympia 6. Olympia’s puppies Ollie, Orena, Olga, Ocilla, Orlinda, and Omay 7. Domino 8. Petey 9. Rhonda 10. Lil Bit 11. Layla 12. Oso 13. Horse 14. Batman 15. Sabrina 16. Sabrina’s puppies Salina, Samantha, Shakira, Shelley, Shane, Solomon, Sylvester, Shawna 17. Hooch
1. Sophie 2. Patches 3. Joy 4. Pistachio 5. Gobi 6. Spokes 7. Delia 8. Della 9. Trouble 10. Kyle 11. Farley 12. Riddle 13. Dahlia 14. Sapphire 15. Dutch 16. Chia 17. Jacob 18. Hank 19. Carson 20. Geronimo 21. Ryder
1. Jenny 2. Arizona 3. Kiana 4. Ross 5. Helena 6. Helena’s puppies Hattie, Hazel, Hilma, Hanna, Hexie, and Hardy 7. Zachary 8. Memphis 9. Brindi 10. Chloe 11. Simon 12. Ruben 13. Dorothy and her pups Dayton, Dover, Dundee, Dakota, Dale, Derby, Dresden, and Dublin 14. Lucy 15. Carmelo 16. The President Cats: Lincoln, Kennedy, Reagan, Harrison, and Hayes 17. Hunk

We couldn’t do it without all of you. Hope to see you Saturday at Strut Your Mutt!

A Beautiful Morning

Here are the dogs and cats who made the trip to their forever homes in Colorado the last week of September.

1. Penny 2. Cora 3. Skipper 4. Skeeter 5. Royce 6. Precious 7. Kevin 8. Ernie 9. Onyx 10. Wrigley 11. Marissa 12. Zorro 13. Zane 14. Pullman 15. Jupiter 16. Sylvie 17. Bobby 18. Barry 19. Victoria 20. Marlon 21. Odie 22. Martin 23. Beatrice 24. Buttercup
1. Mary 2. Hudson 3. Hadley 4. Brianna 5. Liberty 6. Amity 7. Terry 8. Uno 9. Faith 10. Vicky 11. Jenna 12. Barkley 13. Stripe 14. Bonnie Lou 15. Bryant 16. Camille 17. Sissy 18. Bubba 19. Striker 20. Pixel 21. Placid 22. Trenton 23. Bear 24. Dutchess
1. Pantera and her pups Pixie, Penny, Paulo, Porter, and Poppin 2. Tootsie 3. Tatum 4. Tinkerbell 5. Tweety 6. Betty Sue 7. Abby 8. Maybelline 9. Bernadette’s pups Beryl, Bethany, Bessemer, Bevin, Barlow, and Bennett 10. Bernadette 11. Bubba 12. Bananas 13. Sirena Marina 14. Mossimo
1. Baby Spice 2. Blue Bell 3. Cowboy 4. Alfalfa 5. Ladelle 6. Ladelle’s pups Lafferty, Lamesa, Leigh, Laker, Loyola, Loma, Lansing 7. Goose 8. Anchor 9. Scarlett 10. Buckwheat 11. Vanessa’s pups Vonnie, Valor, Victor, Vincent, Vaughn, Virgil, Valerie, and Vito 12. Vanessa 13. Maverick 14. Dorothy 15. Sugar 16. Mister Man 17. Seward 18. Polaris 19. Eva
1. Spanky 2. Nero 3. Dottie 4. Lola Who Who 5. Tackle 6. Peggy 7. Halftime 8. Clayton 9. Sunflower 10. Daisy and Dana 11. Blaze 12. Sandy 13. Touchdown 14. Noah 15. Martina 16. Tia 17. Antigone 18. Abby 19. Kinnie 20. Marky 21. Cali and Max 22. Wings and Jet 23. Betty and Veronica 24. Whistle

We know we have a lot of fundraising events taking place as we celebrate our second anniversary and approach Ten Thousand Saved! These faces are reminders of why we send so many pleas and work hard alongside our fosters, transporters, drivers, and volunteers. Thank all of you and our donors for all you do to help solve Houston’s homeless pet population crisis.

Success Story Sunday – Basil

Oh what a difference a few months of love can make!! Last fall, Basil arrived at BARC in sad shape – he was extremely emaciated, weighing less than 30 pounds, and was battling a case of mange. RPM pulled him and sent him to one of our Colorado partners, and he’s hardly recognizable anymore! He happened across his forever family at the dog park and has since doubled in size. From his forever family:

“We met Basil while on a walk at Chatfield Dog Park and fell in love with him. He gradually grew and put on weight and now weighs a whopping 60 lbs and is very tall and sturdy. He brings much mischief and joy into our home and is a great doggy brother to our other adopted dog, Thor. Thank you so much for saving this dog and bringing him into our lives.”

We’re so happy that he found a loving family to nurture and help him grow into the dog that he is today!

BARC Intake Photo vs. Now
BARC Intake Photo vs. Now
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Thor & Basil

 

(Originally published March 29, 2015)

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