1080 Saved! RPM’s January Month in Review.

Rescued Pets Movement (RPM) started the new year off right by moving 52 adoptable pets to Colorado on January 3. The dogs and puppies were given a new lease on life, and we were given a new lease on a van! Because photowe raised six thousand dollars from donors like you, a very generous donor matched what we raised, which meant we had enough money for the downpayment on a 2013 Freightliner commercial sprinter van. Unfortunately, a deer hit our van on the return of its maiden voyage. Luckily, there were no pets in the van and our driver, Mike, was unharmed. The van, however, was a bit banged up. While it was in the shop being repaired, retrofitted, and having a heater installed, our generous donor caught wind of our trouble and donated funds for the downpayment on a second van. We must be doing something right! Now we have two vans. This also means we have two van payments to make each month, so keep your donations coming, please!

Speaking of generous donors, Dixie Messner answered our call for a place to use as our office by giving us her gallery space. There were two years left on her lease, and they’re ours now! BetRxp6CUAA9mUU.jpg-large We’re thrilled to have a location where we can work in one place, together, and meet with fosters and volunteers. We made a mad dash to Ikea to furnish the space and threw a somewhat impromptu party for our volunteers. So many fantastic people help us out daily in so many ways and we wanted to thank them. We also wanted to make sure everybody understands what we’re doing, so we put together a small presentation about what we do and how we do it. (Hopefully, we’ll have this on our website soon so you can see it, too.) Afterward, there was a brief question and answer period. From what we understand, it was an informative and fun evening! We certainly thought so.

As a cost saving measure, we recently started administering booster shots to the puppies in our foster program. Because we vowed to leave no puppies behind in BARC, we have a lot of puppies in various homes in Houston! Our puppies are quarantined in their foster homes for about two weeks to keep them safe from potentialphoto illnesses like parvo and distemper. During this time we give them their booster shots, usually their second set. Before we had our office, scheduling vaccinations and driving all over the map to do them was a bit maddening. But now our fosters can come to us at the office, which makes things a lot easier!

Our last adoption event in December had been cancelled because it was extremely cold, so we were looking forward to having one in January. The weather hasn’t been that great, but Saturday the 25th proved to be a good day to be outside with the dogs in our adoption program. Our amazing cook team set up our “RPM Cafe” and served hot dogs, hamburgers, and other tasty treats. Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adore Houston, and Texas Sled Dog Rescue joined us for this event, so there were a lot of fabulous dogs for people to choose from! We enjoyed meeting and talking with other people in the rescue community. Everybody was very supportive, and we’re looking forward to having as much fun at the next adoption event.

At the beginning of the month we learned that BARC’s live release rate for December 2013 was 64.7% and in December 2012 it was 52.7%, which is about a 12% increase. BARC’s live release rate in January 2013 was 58.8% and this year is currently at 71.9%. However, BARC is currently open today (Jan 31) and dogs and cats will be adopted, transferred, etc., so this number will change. However, it’s still an amazing number!

“We are honored to be working with Rescued Pets Movement on this effort,” said Ashtyn Rivet, BARC Marketing and Outreach Lead. “We’ve never had the opportunity to partner with a rescue group to save this many lives on such a large scale. Our live-release rates are increasing because of the amazing work of Rescued Pets Movement. We are forever grateful for the dedication of this group to save more of Houston’s homeless animals than ever.”

safe_image.phpWe did five transports in January, which means a total of 279 dogs and puppies were moved out of BARC and saved from being euthanized. When we formed our organization at the end of September, we wondered how long it would take us to rescue 1,000 dogs and cats. We’re excited to learn that the answer is four months! Currently, we’ve saved 1080 adoptable pets and can’t wait to move more so they can find good homes, like little Jonah who traveled from Houston to Colorado and was adopted by Dana Randolph and renamed Webster.

Rescued Pets Movement is excited about what’s ahead for us. We hope you are, too! Thank you for donating, fostering, volunteering, and offering support for what we’ve accomplished and for what we still hope to do.

Ellie’s project.


Holly, Ellie’s mom, wrote to us and said, “Ellie, who is nine years old and in the 4th Grade, had to coordinate a community service project in accordance with her Gifted & Talented curriculum. She knew she wanted to focus on animals. We knew about RPM through our friend and RPM board member, Katie Beirne, and I urged her to be a bit more hands-on/grassroots vs. a shift at a bake sale type event.”

Ellie said, “I learned that there are animals killed everyday in Houston because they don’t have homes for them here. These dogs and cats can go to other states, like Colorado, that have families that want them. A lot of work goes into finding them a home.”

And we say that Ellie is a smart and compassionate person who is a friend to dogs and cats everywhere. We’re lucky to have her as a part of our community. Keep up the good work, and thank you for sending us the photo!

From an email to RPM:

Happy Friday,
In 5 days, Rufus and our other cat have become good friends! We couldn’t be more delighted. Thank you so much for helping get Rufus to us, his forever home. Angels, you, and Rufus.
Happy holidays,


A thank you note to share.

We received a very nice thank you email from someone who adopted Harpo, a RPM dog who was transported a few days ago and has already made a wonderful impression on his new family. Thank you for helping us get Harpo to Colorado and making this family happy. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

Hello! I just wanted to tell you all a huge THANK YOU!! Thank you for saving Harpo from the shelter, and for taking care of him all this time, and thank you for bringing him to Colorado to join our family. Harpo — we renamed him Franklin (AKA Frankie, the Frankster) — has settled in quickly. He and Reyna adore each other. It continues to be extremely cold and the snow has picked up again today, so we haven’t been able to play outside much. Reyna is very sensitive to the cold and gets really uncomfortable, no matter how much we dress her up. But Frankie acts like this insanely cold weather is totally normal to him. He smashes his face into the piles of snow and prances around in it. He bumps himself into bushes so the snow will fall down on top of him. I’m trying hard to get pictures of him, but its hard to get pictures of him standing still. I’m not sure how Ilyana got this really cute picture, but so far this is the only one that isn’t blurry. Despite not being able to play outside for very long, our dogs have found new ways to exercise: Reyna and Frankie wrestle with each other for hours until they both pass out from exhaustion. They are cuddling with each other during naps. We have a toy box for the dog toys, and Frankie has quickly figured out where the toys are and helps himself to the toy box for a new toy when he’s tired of the one he has. Frankie has been really good at only chewing on dog toys — and Reyna’s ears! He has brought so much laughter to our home in the past few days. He is such an awesome little guy. Again, thank you.


Forever in Your Heart






We love it when we see photos of the pets we’ve transported with their new families. Do you remember little Bison? Bison has been adopted into his forever home with welcoming smiles!

Here are some more familiar Houston faces who are among those now living in forever homes in Colorado.

And here is a video of Clark. After we moved him from BARC to Denver, Clark was adopted by a family in North Dakota and is now having the time of his life running through the snow.

Clark’s new dad wrote to us and said:

Clark is doing just great. We had a rough start with him in regards to our shoes. I believe in all we lost about $350 or more worth of shoes–haha–but we’ve been more careful and invested in a kennel. It is quite cold here! I believe the high today is going to be 6 with snow showers all day. Luckily, we’ve invested in a dog jacket and Clark loves the snow! He runs around, burrows his face, and jumps into the drifts. Thanks for all your help getting Clark to us. He’s definitely part of the family now and we love him very much!

Thank you to all those who’ve made it possible to help these wonderful animals find places where they’ll be nurtured and loved. If you notice the number on the upper right just under the “Donate” button–it’s always getting higher–as of today, we’ve moved 510 dogs and cats off of the euthanasia schedule to their chance at long, happy lives.

Those of you who adopt a rescue dog or cat: You are their heroes, and we think you’re great, too.

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