I began volunteering for Rescued Pets Movement 2 years ago as a local transporter. I loved the fact that RPM had all ready saved thousands of dogs and cats and that I could be a part of that. It was so exciting to see everyone come together every Thursday to transport a hundred or more animals to new lives in Colorado and other states where demand is high for adoptable pets. Later, I volunteered to help with day-to-day bookkeeping. That turned into a staff position and now I am working at the most fulfilling job I've ever had!
Houston has a huge homeless animal problem. BARC, the city animal shelter takes in 100-200 animals everyday. When RPM started, BARC had a save rate of barely 40%. Four years later, their save rate is approaching 90%. RPM has been a huge part of that, taking dogs and cats that are literally on death row, finding rescue groups in other states that can adopt them, vetting them so they can be healthy enough to travel, finding a foster that can care for them until their transport day and moving them to Colorado in our own vans. 100-150 every week. It's an amazing thing to be a part of.
However, it's also an expensive operation to run. While RPM does get some money from the city, it does not come near covering the cost of finding rescues and fosters, insuring the animals are healthy and actual transport. We rely on donations for 70% of the funds needed to operate.
The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If we can raise $200,000 by June, we will also get a chance to receive an additional $50,000 grant from Michelson Found Animals.
You know me. I do not usually ask or beg for money to support RPM. I am asking now that you donate as much or as little as you can to this great cause and help Houston with it's homeless pet problem.