Many thanks to Caroline Latta for choosing Rescued Pets Movement as the subject of her Girl Scouts community service project! Not only did she explain what RPM does and talk about the importance of fostering with many members of her community, but she also made enrichment toys for the dogs and cats in our program, which you can find in the toy box Caroline made in our clinic lobby. Caroline sent the two tutorial videos below that show how you can make the toys for your fosters, or make more toys for the toy box.
Thank you for being an awesome volunteer and foster, Caroline!
All of our Fosters and Volunteers are Rock Stars, but some just truly embrace it!
How long have you volunteered with RPM?
I’ve been fostering for RPM since May of 2015. We moved to Houston in October of 2014.
How did you hear about RPM?
My friend Debbie introduced me to Peggy Wallace, who is very involved in RPM, before I even moved to Houston. She said “If you ever move to Houston I’m going to hook you up with an amazing rescue”. A year later we were living in Houston.
What made you want to volunteer with RPM?
I needed to get back into rescue and helping dogs and I’d heard so many good things about RPM and I loved the fact that they did things a little differently.
What do you do as a volunteer for RPM?
I foster mostly sick dogs, mangey dogs and orphaned bottle babies.
What has been your favorite memory volunteering with RPM?
My favorite memory… there lots of them. Not only saving the lives of some pretty sick dogs but the amazing friendships I have made in this awesome rescue community.
What’s the best part about volunteering with RPM?
The best part is: Saving lives. And saving myself. I moved here only knowing a few people. I felt lost. I believe RPM saved me and gave me a purpose while fostering and saving lives.
What’s the most difficult part about volunteering with RPM?
The most difficult part for me is seeing how much pain and suffering so many of these dogs have been through before being saved by RPM. But the flip side is the joy in watching them heal and blossom.
What’s something you wish you would have known before you started volunteering with RPM?
I wish I had known I’d be so involved and had moved closer instead of living so far south. If I lived closer I could help at the clinic and help with transporting.
What would you say to those who are considering volunteering with RPM?
I would tell them to definitely sign up to volunteer. If they can’t foster there are so many other things they can do. Do it for the dogs and do it for yourself. It’s so very rewarding.
It’s been such a busy few months that your volunteer photographer can’t keep up with all the dogs and cats (and don’t forget the pigs!) who have left for their forever homes. All the animals from the last quarter of 2017–October, November, and December–are featured in this post by month.
The first week of October, these were our lucky travelers.
These are the dogs and cats who left on the second transport of October.
The next week, these great looking dogs and cats boarded the vans for their forever homes!
These are the dogs and cats who traveled the last week of October.
November provided beautiful weather for our first transport of the month. These dogs caught their ride on a van to Chicago with one of our rescue partners.
These were the rest of our lucky travelers that day.
Here are the pets who traveled on the second transport of November.
These dogs and cats went to Colorado on the third transport of November.
These lucky dogs and cats traveled in time to have their Thanksgiving dinners in Colorado.
Our last transport of November was a big one, with lots of dogs and cats riding into their futures. And the three “little” pigs caught a ride to new homes, too!
Then it was December! It was a rainy day, but we kept these dogs and cats warm and dry as they were loaded on the first transport of the month.
These are the dogs and cats who transported the second week of December.
Christmas came early for these dogs and cats who traveed toward their forever homes on the third transport of December.
These are the dogs and cats whose journey finished December and a great fourth quarter for RPM.
These are some of the people who helped organize the transports for the entire last quarter. They couldn’t do it without our donors, fosters, transporters, volunteers, and shelter and medical partners. Thank you, everyone!
It was a very busy September! Our first transport after the Harvey floods was one of our largest ever. We worked with rescue organizations from all over the country to clear the shelters and make room for animals displaced by the storm. We also worked hard to move many of the dogs and cats in our program to their new homes so our fosters would have space for dogs and cats waiting for their families to find them or to take care of animals who had no homes to return to.
Here are the dogs and cats who traveled the first week of September.
These wily pups skipped the photo table: Gerri and Caroline
These are the dogs and cats who traveled the following week.
On the third transport of the month, these dogs and cats headed for their forever families.
These are the dogs and cats who traveled the last week of September.
From all of RPM to all of you, thank you for volunteering, fostering, transporting, donating, and sharing what we do on your social media sites. We think you’re all kind of a big deal.
August began hot and busy with our first transport of the month. These are the dogs and cats who traveled that day.
These are the dogs and cats who traveled the second week of August.
It was another scorching morning when these dogs and cats left for the cooler Colorado climate and their new homes.
The fourth transport in August was supposed to be the next-to-last of the month. A force of nature named Harvey had other ideas. Here are the lucky dogs and cats who were safely in Colorado before the rains and floods came to Houston and the fifth transport of the month had to be postponed!
Thank you so much to our donors, fosters, transporters, volunteers, and supporters for all you do to get dogs and cats off the streets of Houston and into their new homes! Please join us on transport mornings–the best day of our week!