Rescued Pets Movement is thrilled to announce our LAUNCH WEEK. We promise this will be life-changing week for the homeless animals of Houston, and we want you along for the ride with us. Last week, with your help, RPM rescued 108 death row dogs and cats from BARC and sent a total of 146 homeless animals to rescues. And we are just getting started!
For those hearing about RPM for the first time, this is what we do: There are an estimated 1.2 to 1.4 million homeless dogs and cats on Houston’s streets. The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC), our city’s pound, takes in approximately 2,000 pets each month and is forced to euthanize half or more of that number. Through years of rescue work and building a large contact base around the nation, RPM has located highly reputable, no-kill, nonprofit organizations in other areas of the nation that actually need adoptable pets. RPM coordinates the rescue of highly adoptable pets from BARC, places them in temporary foster homes, and then transports these pets to those areas. Without available rescue animals, the public in these high-demand areas will turn to puppy mills and breeders, which makes no sense when Houston can readily supply adoptable animals.
When RPM formed on September 23, 2013, we had no idea how well this program would succeed. Our initial plan with BARC was to transport 50 pets every other week, about 100 pets a month. That number would help BARC make an approximate 10% dent in its euthanasia numbers. We planned to slowly build the program so that, with better spay-and-neuter outreach, we would make Houston a no-kill city.
The response from around the nation has been nothing short of amazing. Because of the generous support from personal donations from people in Houston and because of our fosters and volunteers, Colorado and other parts of the country have heard about what we’re doing, and RPM has been able to increase the number of transports to one or more each week. Our accomplishments are the result of an amazing act of teamwork — fosters inviting rescued pets into their homes, volunteers delivering BARC animals to their Houston-area foster homes, people donating money to make sure RPM stays afloat, the tireless work of BARC employees, and all of you who are spreading the word. RPM is proud to announce that, with your help, by this Thursday, we will have saved a total of 399 companion animals since we formed less than two months ago. And we’re just getting started.
At this rate, we estimate that RPM is making up to a 50% dent in BARC’s euthanasia rate. We are over the moon with the progress you have helped us achieve in such a short time, and we want to celebrate that with you!
On Thursday, November 21, RPM will have its official media LAUNCH LOAD at BARC. Beginning at 11 am, fosters, volunteers, and BARC staff will be loading three vans full of pets to transport them to better lives. RPM wants the media and all of Houston to know that a serious movement is happening. We would love for you to stop by and show your support. Then, on Friday, November 22, we will host our LAUNCH PARTY at Ibiza at 2450 Louisiana St. from 6 pm to 9 pm, where we will raise a glass to each of you for your support. We hope to see you there!
Thank you so much for your help and your voice. We support coming together across the US and working together on a national level. Learn more about RPM at www.rescuedpetsmovement.org, and join the Movement to making Houston a no-kill City.