July is not only the month when we celebrated reaching our 15,000 Saved milestone, it’s also the month when these fantastic dogs and cats put in the miles to get to their forever homes. Starting with the first transport of the month, here are those who traveled.
We strive every July to remind our friends, volunteers, and fosters of two important safely issues. First, because of fireworks and crowds, in the US, July 4 is the day the highest number of animals go missing. And second, this is the time of year when pets left in vehicles can suffer severe illness and even death. In Houston, we’re accustomed to year-round high temperatures, but like other areas of the country, July is often the hottest month of the year. Leave your pets at home, inside, or if they’re outside, make sure they have shade and plenty of water. If you’re traveling with them in the car, please don’t leave them unattended. Temperatures inside a car can quickly reach 140 degrees F.
These dogs kept their cool when they traveled to Wisconsin the second week of July.
There were also some cool cats and dogs who went to Colorado that day.
When it’s summertime, the heat can slow us all down, but lethargy is still something to watch for in puppies. It can be a sign of illness, and it’s better to err on the side of caution. If your puppies’ energy levels seem low, it’s a good idea to let a medical professional look at them. Fortunately, these frisky dogs and cats were healthy and happy to travel on our third transport of the month.
Senior pets are also susceptible to heat. Make sure their water bowls don’t tip over easily, keep their water fresh and cool, and make multiple bowls of water available inside and outside (in the shade) to be safe. Take walks with them during the cooler times of day, and remember that sand, asphalt, and concrete can be particularly hot on your pets’ feet. During the last week of the month, these dogs and cats appreciated air-conditioned comfort on their journey to Colorado.
These pups traveled to two rescue partners in Wisconsin that same day.
There aren’t enough words to express RPM’s appreciation for the great care you take of the foster dogs and cats who come through RPM to get to their forever homes. Thanks to all our fosters, transporters, donors, volunteers, rescue and vet partners, BARC staff, and RPM staff for all you do!
Have you joined Team RPM in the 2016 Saving Pets Challenge yet? NOW is the time to do it! I just got word that all donations to Rescued Pets Movement’s Saving Pets Challenge from 12 pm CT today (7/9/2016) until 1:30 pm CT on Tuesday (7/12/2016) will not only be matched, but DOUBLED (up to $15,000). Guys, this is a serious donor who wants RPM to win the first mini-challenge. It does not matter to which team member the donation is made, ALL donations during this time period WILL BE DOUBLED. Please join our team and start fundraising, or really ramp up your fundraising!
To join our fundraising team, or to donate, go here: https://www.crowdrise.com/rescued-pets-movement-sp2016
We’re super excited to let you know that Rescued Pets Movement is part of an amazing campaign called the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition where organizations focused on reducing shelter euthanasia compete to raise the most money for their cause.
We’re looking for our supporters to give as much as they can so we can win the grand prize. And to help, each week, there are Bonus Challenges with opportunities to raise more and win extra cash for our cause. The first one starts right now! If we raise the most between July 5th at 12pm ET and July 12th at 1:59:59pm ET, we’ll receive a $10,000 donation. That extra $10,000 would be so huge for us.
We have titled our team page as Rescued Pets Movement’s Campaign to Save 2,665 Death-Row Dogs & Cats! That is how many homeless pets RPM can save and transport to safety if we reach our $150,000 fundraising goal and win the $50,000 grand prize. The top raising organization will receive a $50,000 donation. Second through fifth place will also win large cash donations.
If you want to go a step farther and join our fundraising team, that would be even more amazing. Just visit the link above and click the “Fundraise for this Campaign” button to become a part of our team. Imagine the money we could raise together if you reached out to your network.
We love sharing the photos of all the pets you’ve helped save by transporting and fostering them. Below are the dogs and cats who traveled in June, and here’s something to think about. Whenever you take one of RPM’s dogs or cats from BARC, you’re saving two. Because of that empty kennel, another Houston animal gets a space and a chance to be adopted or pulled by a rescue group. THANK YOU!
Take a look at the dogs and cats who rolled out of here the first week of June.
The next week, this lucky group was able to travel to their forever homes. That’s because of all the people who were willing to give them rides or open their homes to them. Did you know that if you want your dogs to come out of BARC cleaner and fresher-smelling, you can bathe them at one of BARC’s shampoo stations before you leave? Ask our foster coordinators about reserving a time for you if you’re interested in this.
Here are the dogs and cats who traveled on June’s third transport. All the animals in RPM’s program benefit from a full medical team experienced in shelter medicine. These fantastic dogs and cats may not come from the best circumstances, but BARC vets, our outside vet consultants, and RPM’s medical staff work diligently to address the particular issues and needs of stray, neglected, and abused animals.
It was beautiful weather on the fourth transport of the month–if you like it hot and humid! It’s hard not to envy these dogs and cats who get to live in gorgeous Colorado, especially those who’ll enjoy outdoor activities with their new families. Look through our Success Stories to see some of the dogs who are experiencing the great outdoors!
June may have only thirty days, but they fell in a way that allowed us to have a fifth transport. We always love a chance to get more dogs and cats on the road to their new homes!
We appreciate everyone who fosters as frequently and for as long as they can even though school’s out, vacations are planned, and there are holidays beginning and ending the summer as well as mid-summer’s Independence Day. We’re grateful for our fosters, transporters, donors, volunteers, and staff who keep giving these dogs and cats their chance at better lives. Have a safe and happy Fourth, and please remember that because of fireworks and increased outdoor activities, this is the day more pets go missing than any other. Keep them safely inside, away from the noise and commotion. Thank you to everyone who’s part of Team RPM!
May was another great month for the dogs and cats who moved from Houston to their forever homes thanks to Rescued Pets Movement’s teamwork with BARC and our Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Minnesota partners. Here are the dogs and cats who left on the first transport of the month, with the help of an enthusiastic team of volunteers from Nexen Energy.
The next week our wonderful Wisconsin rescue partner joined us to give these lucky dogs a ride.
These are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado that same day.
Midway between two transports, Mia and her pups Madonna, Marco, Mikey, Mandy, Maurice, Marriane, Margie, and Monty were given a special ride to a rescue partner in Minnesota.
The third week of June our friends from Nexen Energy returned to help send these dogs and cats on their merry way to their forever homes.
We finished May with this last group of travelers.
Thank you to everyone who shows up week after week, whether transporting, volunteering, fostering, mentoring, or donating. Without you, none of these fantastic dogs and cats would have the opportunity to be strong, healthy, and in loving homes. And if you’ve never been to a Rescued Pets Movement transport, please join our crew!
Thanks again to our friends from Nexen for their unflagging energy and enthusiasm not only as they escorted our dogs and cats, but for all the work they did throughout the month in thanking our donors and helping clean and organize the RPM clinic. You’ll recognize them in the photos by their blue shirts!
April may have one less day than most months, but that didn’t stop Team RPM from pulling more than 680 dogs and cats from BARC during those four weeks. Below is the group who traveled the first week of April.
The second week of April, our Wisconsin rescue partner arrived with their van to pick up this group.
Though Elliot and Matthew were too shy to get their photos taken, we know they were also happy to be in the care of our friends from Wisconsin. Not only is HFAH helping save Houston’s homeless dogs, but they always arrive with big donations of towels, blankets, and other linens to provide comfort to all our travelers, no matter which state they’re going to. It’s great being part of this team with them!
These are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado that same day.
The third week of April, these great dogs and cats made the journey to their forever homes.
Our partners from Toronto arrived in Houston to visit BARC and some of the neighborhood rescuers who are working with RPM and BARC to get dogs and cats off the streets and into homes. When they left, they took these lucky voyagers with them!
Finally, here are the dogs and cats who finished the April celebration by heading to great new lives.
When we say Team RPM, that includes a LOT of people, from the rescue groups we work with in Houston to the ones in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Canada. We provide temporary homes and medical assistance while the dogs and cats are in Houston thanks to our fosters and medical partners, then through our transport program, connect our amazing fosters, volunteers, transporters, and donors to these pets’ futures. Thank you to everyone who’s part of this movement, and thank you for your patience as we restructure and revamp our clinic.