We received this lovely note and pictures this morning and wanted to share them with all of you. We often hear people questioning what RPM does: how we manage to save the number of dogs and cats that we do (2,467 transferred to date!), whether our pets are in good health when they arrive in Colorado, and whether the pets we save are going to reputable rescues there. We hope this letter and these pictures shed some light on those questions and put a smile on your face like it did ours.
We want to say “Thank You” to each of you — our volunteers, fosters, local transporters, drivers, donors, and word-spreaders — who make it possible for RPM to do what it does.
Your Friends at Rescued Pets Movement
A Note from Farfel’s Farm Rescue
in Colorado About Its Mission
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Sandy Calvin. My partner Jeff Richey and I have owned Farfel’s Farm (farfels.com), a dog & cat boutique on the lovely Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder for the last 10 years.
Farfel’s Rescue (farfelsrescue.com) was born 9 years ago of our passion to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our long-term goal has always been to use our rescue experiences to set up spay/neuter educational programs for school-age children. They can have such a profound impact on their parents’ decisions. Our hope is that these kids will grow up to understand the importance of fixing all pets and consequently watch our severe overpopulation numbers go down until euthanizing for space is an antiquated memory.
We have set out on a mission to save as many lives as possible in a responsible and loving way. With the aid of Colorado State University Veterinary Science Center, as well as rescue-friendly vets and trainers, we set up a program that has met with great success.
The concept is to procure a commitment upon arrival from Texas for a 2-week foster with intention of adopting. During this period, Farfel’s provides premium food, a safe harness, treats and chew toys as well as vet care for any issues that may arise. We also require a 5-page application process (with follow-up with any questions or concerns), initial interviewing of all family members, home visits with photos, and reference checks with vets and neighbors. These dogs deserve no less! If at any time in this 2-week period the potential adopters perceive it’s not a match, we move the pup into a Farfel’s foster home to work on any behavioral challenges that may have arisen. We are so grateful and thrilled that this program has met with incredible success.
We are very excited with the responsible placement of almost 450 dogs in 2013 — 3 becoming Meeters & Greeters at retirement communities, 6 joining families as companions to autistic children, 1 becoming a service dog for a hearing impaired 3-year old child, 2 becoming wheel chair companions for paraplegic veterans, and 4 becoming the life-line for dementia/Alzheimer’s patients. I’m sure you can understand our gratitude (as well as that of families that these dogs have bestowed their gifts on) to Rescued Pets Movement and the gift they’re bestowing in both Colorado and Texas.
We had never before experienced the professionalism, loving care, and meticulous follow through that is evident on each and every RPM transport. We are always aware that if a problem arises (and isn’t that the very nature of what we’re trying to accomplish?), an RPM representative is always there with support, advice, and follow through to effectively deal with any issue. And this is all offered with the utmost of respect and caring concern. I feel completely safe in saying that this loving and responsible help (with follow through) is highly unusual in the frenetic rescue world.
I look forward to saving many more Texas lives with the guidance and partnership of RPM. It really does take a village to accomplish our goal of a “kill-free nation.” RPM and the city of Houston have brought us a very important step forward in fulfilling our goals.
I’ve attached photos to give real-life insight into the manifestation of all our efforts and its impact in the community.
Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the animals.