Learn What Sets Us Apart from Your Traditional Animal Rescue Organization
If you’ve spent any time around Rescued Pets Movement, then you’ve seen that some people are confused by what exactly we do as an organization. While part of that issue stems from the fact that what we do is unique, we want to clear up any confusion about our mission by breaking down what is it we do and how we do it.
What Rescued Pets Movement Does
Our number one priority at RPM is to save the lives of homeless pets throughout the Greater Houston area from needless euthanasia. The process by which we achieve that priority can be broken down into three simple steps:
We pull homeless pets from BARC, the city pound for Houston, Texas, and other area shelters;
Our volunteers and partner veterinarians rehabilitate and foster these pets in their homes;
Our drivers transport the rescued pets to reputable animal welfare organizations throughout the United States and Canada who ensure the pets are adopted out to their forever homes.
The Difference Between RPM & Traditional Animal Rescues
The most common misconception about RPM is that we are an animal rescue or animal shelter, i.e. that we adopt pets out in Houston. That is not the case. Our mission is to save as many pets from BARC and other area shelters as possible and, after rehabilitating them, to transport them to one of our animal welfare partners up north.
Think of Rescued Pets Movement as the “middle man”—we’re just a stop on a pet’s journey to his or her new home and forever family.
How We Do It
Houston has a serious problem with homeless pets, and a serious problem typically requires a lot of hands on deck. After working and volunteering with several different rescue groups over the years, the team that founded RPM realized that there had to be a better way to save these animals on a large scale. They decided to build relationships with highly regarded rescues in areas of North America that have a need for adoptable pets and deliver these pets directly to them.
So, what does this look like in practice? It’s an efficient five-step process that keeps us busy and ensures our animals are safe.
Every week, BARC (and sometimes other area shelters) reaches out to us with information on the pets that they have scheduled to be euthanized due to overcrowding.
Our volunteers spring into action to get these animals out of the pound as quickly as possible.
The pets receive medical attention from our veterinarian and, if necessary, from a team of partner veterinarians.
The pets are set up with a foster who will house and care for them during their rehabilitation.
Once they’re fully rehabilitated, our drivers load up our passenger vans and transport the pets to our animal welfare partners out of state, where they are eventually (and, most often, very quickly) adopted to approved families.
Without the tireless work of our volunteers, fosters, drivers, staff, vet team, partner veterinarians, and partner animal welfare groups, Rescued Pets Movement wouldn’t be able to do what it does best—save lives!
How You Can Support Us
While we are lucky to have an army of dedicated volunteers, the work we do requires resources. From providing pet supplies and food to paying for veterinary care and gasoline for our transport vans, we can’t do it on heart alone. We think the work we do is important, and we hope you do too.
If you want to show your support for RPM, you can make a one-time donation or sign up to give monthly here.
Interested in volunteering or fostering with us? We’re always looking for devoted animal lovers who want to make a difference in the lives of these pets. Learn how you can become a volunteer here or a foster here.
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!
Rescued Pets Movement is a 501(c)3 charity and is undertaking numerous initiatives in response to the Hurricane Harvey crisis. We serve as the biggest rescue partner for the city shelter (BARC) and, since our founding in 2013, have provided more than 23,000 death-row animals a second chance via temporary fosters, rehabilitation, and transport to forever homes in communities throughout the country and Canada where there is a demand for adoptable pets. Both the city and county shelters will be inundated moving forward, as Houston already experienced an overwhelming number of stray/abandoned animals.
Monetary funds are needed for us to maintain and expand transports with partnerships currently in formation. From vetting costs for each animal to actual hard transportation costs (vans, fuel, maintenance, etc.), additional funds are critical to our being able to answer the call. For those who prefer to donate items, we also have an Amazon list of items that we desperately need.