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!
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!
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.
Lucy (formerly Scar) was a cruelty case from BARC, and she was in horrible shape when she came to RPM. She spent ages at the vet as they stabilized her, and then another two months in foster care before being ready to go to a forever home. She nearly tripled her body weight and regrew a beautiful coat over her months of RPM care. At 10 years old, she’d lived a life full of cruelty and neglect, but somehow still maintained a beautiful personality. Her foster was amazed at how boldly she investigated her new home, and how trusting and sweet she still was! She’s a friendly and loving kitty, bold and curious about her surrounding and other animals, and loves toys and cuddles. We’re thrilled that she has found a forever family right here in Houston that will spoil and provide Lucy with the life that she so deserves.
Some time ago, RPM transported a older, pregnant momma to one of our partner rescues in Colorado. She had her puppies, and all were adopted into different, but happy and loving homes. Recently, several of the adopters arranged to get-together and have a big family reunion!! Momma Teresa and a few of the siblings weren’t able to make it, but five pups did! All had a wonderful and special puppy play date.
For those of us on the Houston side, it can be scary to send these cats and dogs so far away, but they have such great lives waiting for them! Special and fun things like this are so great to see. Our partner rescues find loving homes and awesome lives for these animals that never would have had a chance here in Texas.