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Rescued Pets Movement's Campaign to Save Thousands of Death-Row Dogs & Cats in Just One Month!

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Jodie Eisenhardt

THE STORY:

This group is my heart. What they've accomplished in just 3 1/2 years - saving 20,000 lives from death row (mostly dogs but also many cats!) has given me hope and frankly brought me out of the anxiety and depression I experienced on a daily basis from being involved in traditional rescue efforts for almost a decade. The bottom line: We have a crisis in Houston (pretty much the worst in the country) in terms of the sheer numbers of stray and abandoned animals. Extremely adoptable animals were being euthanized on a daily basis, despite the efforts of so many rescue groups doing the best they can. The market is saturated in Houston. 


The good news is that there are places up north that NEED AND WANT rescued animals for adoption. It's supply and demand. It takes money and it takes short-term fosters (typically two weeks or less) to make it happen. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT. I would also be so honored if you would consider becoming a short-term foster JUST ONE TIME so that you can experience for yourself what it feels like to see five vanloads head out each week to their destination of forever homes for these animals. You will cry. It will change you. Forever.


We need a massive spay/neuter effort and a massive public awareness campaign on humane education in Houston. We need a change. In the meantime, we need for these lives to be saved. PLEASE HELP ME HELP THESE EFFORTS CONTINUE!  You can read the amazing details of how this all got started below ...


RESCUED PETS MOVEMENT INC wrote -

Rescued Pets Movement’s mission is to provide a second chance for thousands of homeless dogs and cats through rehabilitation and transport to forever homes in communities throughout the country that have a demand for adoptable pets.


Imagine a city with approximately 800,000 to 1 million homeless dogs and cats roaming its streets. The city’s limited intake, no-kill rescue groups and shelters are so overburdened with animals, they cannot help. No one is looking to adopt because the city is already overrun with animals needing homes. The multiple kill shelters around the city are euthanizing upwards of 85% of the dogs and cats that enter their facilities because they have nowhere to put them. The city’s pound—a shelter obligated by law to take all animals turned in and to pick up stray animals—is receiving over 100 animals per day. Some days they take close to 200. The city is scrambling to implement better spay-and-neuter programs, but the hard truth is that it will take years to feel the positive effect of those programs. In short, in this city, the homeless animal problem is overwhelming, and no program can even make a dent. As a result, thousands upon thousands of adoptable dogs and cats are killed every single year in this city—not because they are too sick to save, but because of a lack of space.


This city is Houston, Texas—the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston has one of the worst animal overpopulation problems in the country. With the help of local rescues and educational programs, Houston’s City Pound (BARC) worked hard to tackle the daily onslaught of dumped animals, but the mountain of efforts was not making a dent in the number of adoptable pets being saved from the shelter. Morale was low, and BARC’s save rate was even lower.


To actually make an immediate and significant impact—as opposed to a mere dent—in the save rate at BARC, BARC’s management realized that it needed to partner with an organization that could operate on a mass scale to get animals out of BARC alive and into forever homes. With a partner that could save a substantial number of animals on a daily basis, combined with efforts already in place to increase adoptions and encourage spaying and neutering, BARC believed it would be able to increase its struggling save rate, even if minimally. But BARC’s staff felt that the possibility of finding such a partner was a pipedream.


In September 2013, that dream became a reality in the form of Rescued Pets Movement (RPM). Like BARC’s management and staff, RPM’s founders were depressed and exhausted from trying to save pets in a city with no room. As a result, the RPM founders put their heads together and created a rescue model that was unheard of in Houston. This model was to save pets from death row, rehabilitate them in local foster homes, and then transport those pets to other areas of the nation that have a need for adoptable pets (whether because of the lack of a year-round breeding season, strong spay-and-neuter laws that not only required individuals to be responsible and spay and neuter their pets but also put backyard breeders out of business, and a different attitude towards owning a rescue). To save these dogs and cats on a massive scale, RPM built (and continues to build) solid relationships with reputable shelters and rescue groups in areas of the United States and Canada where there is a need for adoptable pets and then transport the pets there.


The model is simple supply and demand, and it works! In late 2013, RPM partnered with BARC and has helped change the face of rescue in Houston. Because of this partnership, in just over3 years, RPM has saved over 20,000 death-row dogs and cats and has been instrumental in increasing BARC’s save rate from a mere 37% to a consistent current average of 85+%.


Because of its innovative program and the thousands of hours invested by RPM’s volunteers and foster families, there is now hope in Houston for our homeless pets. Houston is still a long way from losing its title of being one of the worst cities for homeless animals in the country, and RPM still has much more work to do. With your donation, you will become part of a movement that is making a real, cognizable, and significant impact in the number of homeless animals roaming Houston’s streets. Please donate to help us continue (and even intensify) that impact and help keep the dream a reality!

$4,750

MONEY RAISED
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  • Bryan Milner

    $250

  • Jennifer Edmoundson

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Julie Zimmerman

    $250

  • Lisa Cari & Carrie Schadle VIP Table

    $500

  • Sarah Heller

    $25

  • Tara

    $500

  • Kristen Fojtik

    $125

  • Jo Nell Costello

    $100

  • Lucian and Judy Williams

    $250

  • Kelley Jones

    $500

  • Richard Rosso

    $100

  • Jack

    $1,000

  • Bryan & Ellie Sharp

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Sara Hourihan-Taylor

    $50

  • Dana Edgar

     

  • Michele May

    $25

  • Ken Rue & Nancy Riviere

    $100

  • Nan Brewer

    $50

  • Kathleen McMullen

    $50

  • Danny and Stephanie Patterson

    $50

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95% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $146,978 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Laura Hanley Carlock

Amount Raised

$23,335

Fundraiser Title

Tony Mexican

Amount Raised

$15,000

Fundraiser Title

RESCUED PETS MOVEMENT INC

Amount Raised

$14,698

 

10% Raised of $150,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

CARY ROBINSON

Amount Raised

$12,585

Fundraiser Title

Chefs for Paws

Amount Raised

$12,325

Fundraiser Title

Susan Rice

Amount Raised

$7,885

Fundraiser Title

Jodie Eisenhardt

Amount Raised

$4,750

 

95% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lisa Befort

Amount Raised

$3,550

Donor Comments

Danny and Stephanie Patterson

Danny and Stephanie Patterson

DONATION: $50

Love helping dogs, work with the Love, Molly Fund regularly :-). 1 year ago

Kathleen McMullen

Kathleen McMullen

DONATION: $50

Snitty, Jack, Jojo and Lucky 1 year ago

Nan Brewer

Nan Brewer

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Ken Rue & Nancy Riviere

Ken Rue & Nancy Riviere

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Michele May

Michele May

DONATION: $25

In memory of my rescue, Django. Thank you so very much for helping these animals in need! 1 year ago

Dana Edgar

Dana Edgar

1 year ago

Sara Hourihan-Taylor

Sara Hourihan-Taylor

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Bryan & Ellie Sharp

Bryan & Ellie Sharp

DONATION: $25

In honor of our last foster, Rex! 1 year ago

Jack

Jack

DONATION: $1,000

Bumper 1 year ago