It seems like it’s been a long time since December, but we know you haven’t forgotten all the wonderful dogs and cats who traveled. We’re in the middle of a fundraising campaign to ensure there will be many more photos and journeys for Houston’s homeless pets to go toward their forever homes. (If you want to help, please click here: Donate Now.)
Our Wisconsin partner joined us on the first transport of the month and took these great dogs to their new lives.
Wadsworth and Wishes skipped the photo table that morning because they were so eager to catch their ride to Wisconsin!
On that same day, these are the dogs and cats who loaded the vans to Colorado.
The next week, these great dogs and cats left for their new lives in Colorado.
Our third transport of the month was another big one.
The last transport before Christmas meant these dogs and cats were headed for safe, warm homes in time for the holidays!
The last transport of the year was a time to celebrate not only the rescue of these dogs and cats, but all the accomplishments of 2016. We helped BARC finish out the year with a successful second month of their 90-for-90 challenge, with a better than ninety percent save rate for the month of December. As we moved toward 18,000 saved, it was hard to believe we began with a single rental van of dogs in October of 2013. What a great journey this has been!
From all of us to all of our volunteers, donors, transporters, and fosters, THANK YOU!
November gave us many reasons to be thankful and celebrate. With more than 450 dogs and cats transported during the month, RPM passed the 17,000 saved milestone! That’s more than 17,000 dogs, cats, and two pigs given their chance at better lives in three years! In addition, BARC’s live release rate for November–the first month of their 90-for-90 challenge–was 91.1 percent! In the world of rescue, that’s a “no kill” number. Congratulations to all the hardworking people at BARC who’ve made this possible with their rescue partnerships and adoptions. We’re so happy to be part of your team!
Our Wisconsin rescue partner came the first week of the month to take these lucky pups to their new homes.
These are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado that week.
The second week saw these beautiful, healthy dogs and cats boarding the vans on their way to new lives.
The next week, Wisconsin was back, helping us continue our mission to solve Houston’s homeless pet problem.
Our busiest transport of the month meant these dogs and cats traveled to Colorado the same day.
Because of the efforts of our foster team and dedication of our foster families, we were able to schedule an early transport Thanksgiving week, giving our drivers and staff the opportunity to be with family and friends for the holiday.
There’s no way all the great milestones of November would have been possible without our partnerships with BARC and the out-of-state rescue groups who love our dogs and cats as much as we do; our volunteers, fosters, transporters, and donors; and our great veterinary partners. THANK YOU for all you do, and we hope to see you December 3 for our 3rd Anniversary Party!
Do you remember October? It seems like a long time ago to us, too. But thanks to you, for hundreds of animals, October was the beginning of their new lives. It’s when you let them know by donating, fostering, and transporting how much Houston’s homeless pets matter. Here are the fur kids of October who traveled.
We kicked off the month with our Wisconsin partner, who drove these pups–and that’s right, one pig!–to their new lives.
Here are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado that day.
The following week, these jetsetters were up before dawn to catch a flight to Toronto!
Vansportation might be slower, but these dogs and cats were happy to board later that week.
The great Wisconsin folks returned the following week for these lucky dogs.
These dogs and cats traveled to Colorado.
And we finished off the month with this happy crew of cats and dogs.
We love Thursday mornings and had an extra one in September to send more than six hundred dogs and cats (and one pig!) to their forever homes during the month. Here are those who left on our first transport of the month.
The second week of the month our Wisconsin partner joined us to take these beautiful dogs.
It takes a lot of work to get all of RPM’s dogs and cats ready for travel, as our fosters well know. Recently to ensure the dogs’ good health, we have started administering third booster shots for some pups, and even second boosters for older dogs. We’re grateful that BARC has a booster clinic set up for your use. Along with the boosters we give at RPM’s clinic, this gives you lots of options for getting your dogs their shots so they can travel. Please open your booster emails and respond promptly if you will need an appointment time at our clinic. Those slots fill up fast! Once boostered and in good health, these are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado on our second transport of the month.
Recently several people have asked who names the dogs and cats in our program. Many are named at BARC, and many of our cat foster parents give names to the cats and kittens in their care. Because of the large number of dogs and puppies in our records inventory at one time (several hundred!), we have one RPM staffer who names any unnamed dogs. The goal is to avoid duplicate names on transport. Those mornings are so busy and everything moves quickly, and when our fosters and volunteers are trying to distinguish among four dogs named Max and three dogs named Brownie at the collar and sticker tables and on the vans, it’s easy to make errors. Though some of our dogs’ names may seem a little unconventional, their forever families are most likely going to give them new names. We appreciate our fosters for using the names in our records on transport day to avoid confusion.
On the fourth transport day of the month, Wisconsin returned to pick up these dogs–and RPM’s first pig! Like the dogs who’ll be adopted into homes, Tiny Tater is going from being a stray on Houston’s streets to a good life where he’s cherished and comfortable. Thank you, Wisconsin!
On that same day, the dogs and cats below traveled to Colorado. We are so grateful to our fosters for the time and energy they give to make sure everyone is healthy and ready to go. The drivers who give them their freedom rides out of BARC, the fosters and volunteers who get them to and from vetting appointments, and those who get them to the clinic on transport day mean there are a lot of wheels on the ground to make this happen even before the vans roll out of Houston. Speaking of our vans, it takes a lot to keep them maintained and in good running condition. You may have noticed that we’ve had to rent some vans while ours were being repaired throughout the last couple of months. We can always use donations to help keep the fleet in great condition. Thank you to our donors and to our drivers who work hard to keep everything running smoothly and the animals safe!
The last transport of the month was a big one! Many of the dogs and cats had to clear some health hurdles to be ready to travel. Thank you for using BARC’s clinic and please remember that when you do, take your fosters’ kennel cards and make BARC aware that your fosters are part of RPM’s program. This helps BARC provide our medical team with health updates. We also appreciate that when you bring potentially sick fosters to RPM’s clinic, you take them through the back entrance. This keeps the front of our building free of germs and contamination so the healthy animals on transport day aren’t at risk.
There are a lot of moving parts in the relationships RPM has with BARC and our rescue partners. We keep our staff lean, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we manage the locations and health concerns of hundreds of animals at one time. We try to be quickly responsive to your emails, texts, and social media messages and like you, we’re juggling our home lives (and sometimes sleep!) with our RPM responsibilities. There is no way our staff could do what we do without all of the volunteers who assist us, including our terrific foster parents, transporters, clinic volunteers, and transport day volunteers. Along with our donors and our vet partners, you manage miracles every day! Thank you!
In the last days of summer, BARC was intaking record numbers of dogs and cats, and so many of our fosters were out of town, but we gave it our all and helped BARC achieve an almost 80 percent save rate. Here are some of the dogs and cats who were rescued and traveled the first week of August.
The second transport of August our Wisconsin partner traveled down to pick up this great bunch of dogs.
Here are the dogs and cats who traveled that same week to Colorado.
Scorching temperatures and flash floods notwithstanding, we were able to get these great dogs and cats on the road the third week of August.
Here are the beautiful dogs who traveled to Wisconsin the last week of the month. We really love this partnership.
And finally, as August drew to a close, here are the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado on our last transport of the month.
We can’t wait to see what fall will bring, knowing we’ll be able to keep this movement going thanks to our fantastic fundraising results in the Mickelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge, and with the Best Friends Animal Society’s Stut Your Mutt event just around the corner. Thank you to all of our fosters, transporters, volunteers, donors, partners, and staff for all you do!
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!