Out with the old, in with the new.


Just in time for Spring cleaning–a Garage Sale benefiting Rescued Pets Movement! One of our volunteers in Pearland is organizing a garage sale to benefit RPM on Saturday, April 26th, 7 AM, at 4002 Wilton Court. Please go through your closets, garages, and nooks and crannies and contact Natalie at nevoss@live.com or (832)527-7501 to arrange drop off or pick up of your items. As always, we appreciate your continued support!

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Success Story Saturday: Buddy (né Ruger).


I’m willing to bet anyone who has met Ruger and read the title of this post is very excited to know how he’s doing. I suspect Ruger has never met anyone he doesn’t like, because he’s one of those dogs who has nothing but love and affection for everyone he meets. I can never understand how dogs like him are turned in to BARC. The first time I met Ruger he was hanging out with us on Transport Day and would go home afterward with Jon, one of our volunteers who agreed to foster Ruger for us. I crouched down to say hello on his level and Ruger leaned against me and lay his big head on my shoulder. Nothing but love from the big lug. Everyone had nothing but praise for Ruger that day, and he soaked up their love as if he were a dog shaped sponge.


While he had him, Jon had nothing but good things to say about Ruger. I’m sure if he could talk, Ruger would say the feeling was mutual, because Jon took very good care of him. We quickly had interest from a Colorado adopter and Ruger returned to Transport Day, this time as a passenger and not just an observer. He was transported to Colorado at the end of March. Everyone was sorry to see him leave, but happy someone was willing to give him a chance. Tears were shed for both reasons.


I’m happy to say I received an email from Kiersten, who coordinated Ruger’s Colorado adoption, and she said that when they met his adopter “dropped to the ground in work clothes and started playing with him and ruger was in heaven!” In a more recent email Kiersten said this:

Things are going well! He has been renamed as Buddy and he is close to perfect! Bobby, the adopter, is head over heels. He keeps going on about how smart he is and he’s so excited to get him into training to see how much he can learn!


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Go west

It’s spring and a young dog’s heart turns to travel. Here are most of those who boarded the van on the most recent RPM transport. Some of the dogs were so eager to get on the road that they didn’t pause to have their photos taken, and a shy mama cat and kittens were also on board. All were delivered safe and sound and will soon be in their forever homes.

RPM is able to pull dogs and cats from BARC at ever-increasing numbers thanks to all the fosters, transporters, vets, other volunteers, and the terrific people in Colorado who open their hearts to these animals. Here are a few people who were there to make transport day happen. Thank you to everyone who donates money, time, services, and supplies. You’re making change for good!

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RPM needs cat fosters!

We’re very pleased to say that RPM needs cat fosters! Because we’ve recently partnered with some amazing cat rescue organizations, we’ve ramped up our cat program and are rescuing more cats from BARC. We have some mamas and nursing kittens that need foster care, as well as some young single cats.

If can open your heart and home to them, please email katie@rescuedpetsmovement.org ASAP. If you haven’t fostered before and would like to, please fill out our foster form. RPM covers all vetting and fostering costs. If you can’t foster but can open your wallet to help fund their foster care, we’d appreciate any donations you can offer.

Griffin, one of our fosters, sent us the below video in which you can see her foster kittens, Simone, Sangria, Sake and Summer playing and having a good time.

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A cancellation.

Dear Friends,

We wanted to let you know that Rescued Pets Movement has discontinued its participation in the 2014 Steele Red Carpet Party. For ticket purchasers whom we have been unable to personally contact, please email us at info@rescuedpetsmovement.org so that we may refund your donation. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at our
RPM Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 3rd!

Thank you,

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Success Story Saturday (on Monday): Cyrus (né Davy)

Oops. On Saturday I posted on Facebook about how we saved 112 dogs and 43 cats last week. Which is a total of 155 adoptable pets saved. A success story in itself, I was so excited about that information that I forgot to post Success Story Saturday. Here it is now! This story is about Cyrus–originally named Davy–a scared and timid dog who tested low positive for heartworms, but was adopted by Molly two days after he became an RPM adoption dog. We’re very glad to hear he’s thriving with Molly and is well loved!


[Cyrus] is GREAT! Honestly, I can’t believe how lucky I got, and how meant to be [adopting him] was. He’s amazing while I’m at work and so friendly to everything and everybody! We started obedience training a few weeks ago–and he’s STUBBORN when he’s at training, but at home, he’s great! I’ve started looking for houses with yards, because he needs a place to run around. You really were right; this breed is well behaved and easy to train.

The article I read on the RPM website that talks about not transporting heartworm positive dogs* just breaks my heart. Cy wouldn’t be mine if I had waited a couple of weeks! I truly hope this goes away. It’s ridiculous!

Thank you again for saving him. He was clearly meant to be mine! I took this picture of him in his favorite spot – enjoy!

Update 4/16: Molly posted the following on our Facebook page today.
Cy (success story Saturday on 4/7) graduated from kindergarten a couple of weeks ago!! Can’t get over how much I appreciate RPM for rescuing this amazing dog!!

*Ed. Note: She’s referring to A Response From RPM Regarding Recent Media Statements., March 3, 2014.

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Night Ride Home

Thank you everyone for helping get last week’s pets home to Colorado! We couldn’t do it without you.

Here are a few of the crew who made the transport happen.

Ready to do it again in a few days? With your continued assistance and support, we are!

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Fosters needed for forty and more.

Good Afternoon Fosters and Friends!
It’s that time of the week (again!) to do a LARGE foster plea. We are looking for temporary fosters FOR OVER 50 PUPPIES AND DOGS! Below are pics and descriptions of 40. We also have some new ones that just came in and a few small scruffy adults–Inky, Pierre, and Beauguard–who have been in boarding and really need to get out. Enjoy the pics as THEY WERE ALL SAVED FROM DEATH ROW. Getting them out of BARC is phase 1, and now phase 2 begins: FOSTERING and GETTING THEM READY FOR THEIR TRIP TO CO. Please consider jumping in for phase 2.

Last, but not least, get ready for this… we broke our own records and SAVED 355 DOGS, CATS, KITTENS, AND PUPPIES during the month of March 2014 from BARC! We are thrilled to be working and saving at such a phenomenal momentum, but need all the help we can get! We appreciate all gifts of time, talents, and treasures:) As always, please share. Email katie@rescuedpetsmovement.org if you can help by fostering one or more of these kiddos short term. Visit our foster form online and provide the information requested at http://www.rescuedpetsmovement.org/helpus/foster-form/ if you’re new to fostering and want to help. Thank you!

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Love Travels

Enjoy the photos of the dogs and cats who traveled to Colorado last week to find their new homes. They were a rambunctious bunch, excited to get on the road and loaded under the watchful eye of Ruger.

The fosters, transporters, and organizers were coming and going quickly and very busy, but we were able to get a few to stand still long enough for a group shot. RPM’s success in its partnership with BARC depends on our volunteers, boarders, vets, and donors, and we appreciate you all–and so do more than 1600 (and counting!) dogs and cats!

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Success Story Saturday: Wally.

WallyKCBack in the beginning of January we had word from BARC that they had a dog with a leg injury that needed immediate attention, none of the other groups that they had reached out to would take him, and we would be their last resort to help. Well, of course we’d take him! It was Transport Day, so instead of going to our loading location, I made a detour to BARC to pick up Wally so I could take him to one of our partner veterinarians. Wally was a sad, forlorn yellow labrador retriever mix. I held him gently as I carried him outside and then carefully maneuvered him into the crate in my car. When we arrived at the vet, I kissed his nose and said, “Don’t worry, Wally. You’re going to be okay, I promise.” Wally responded by peeing on me when I picked him up again. He was in pain and scared, so I forgave him.

What we thought was a basic leg injury turned out to be a broken hip. Wally had probably been hit by a car. Poor guy. It was beyond our vet’s capabilities and they recommended he see a specialist. We had a very frustrating time trying to get an appointment with a specialist. No matter who we called, cost was an issue (we couldn’t afford them/they wouldn’t give us a discount) or they wouldn’t be able to see him for over a week. Wally didn’t have the luxury of time. We didn’t know how long he’d been living with the injury. If we waited any longer, his bones would start to knit improperly. We had a good foster home lined up for him already, so we were incredibly annoyed that we couldn’t find someone to work on Wally right away at a reasonable cost. I was pretty upset, because I had promised Wally he was going to be okay. I didn’t want to let him down.

IMG_4180Luckily, we called Dr. Mandola at Richmond Animal Hospital and he said to bring Wally to him right away so he could do whatever possible to help him. When we asked him how much the operation would be he said he’d charge whatever we thought was fair. Since I felt a kinship with Wally, I volunteered to drive him to Richmond to meet his new foster mom, Shelley, and Dr. Mandola. He had an operation that day, and Dr. Mandola said Wally had been brought to him just in time. As we suspected, if we’d waited any longer, it would’ve been next to impossible for him to break the bones again, set them properly, and stitch him up again. Later that day, Shelley brought our FrankenWally home with her, ready for the long road ahead of getting Wally back on his feet again.

Shelley sent us regular updates on Wally’s condition…

Took Wally for his first week check-up today…He cleaned up Wally’s wound area–Wally’s been licking it but I got him a cone of shame–and gave me some antibiotics…His eating is still slow but he does eat. I’m hoping the pain medicine will help his comfort therefore he’ll feel better to eat. Everything else is good. Seems to be slowly getting better. We’re taking it one day at a time.photo 1

Wanted to send out an update on Wally. I took him to the vet yesterday and he had a small fever and an infection around the pin in his leg. The vet gave me antibiotics to give him twice a day for a week. I also had to get an antiseptic cleaner to clean the wound twice a day. A few days ago he was a little depressed but that was most likely due to the infection. But in the last 24 hours since starting the antibiotics he’s perked up a little. He’s pretty much on 24/7 crate rest with the exception of going outside. I take him back next Friday and they will decide then if the pin comes out. Vet said pin will come out at 3-4 weeks and they’ll take an x-ray to see how it’s healing. I’ll keep everyone posted on when the pin comes out and what the treatment/therapy is at that time. He’s a great little dog! Very sweet and just loves to stand next to you and have you pet him. It’s a good thing you guys didn’t give up on him, he’s gonna make an awesome addition to someone’s family

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Good news everyone! Wally got his pin out today and Dr. Mandola said his leg has healed very nicely. He was very pleased with the bone calcification and development around the break. Instructions now are he can resume regular activity. Dr. Mandola said it will most likely take several days for him to get used to walking on it and put full weight on it again, so I’ll make sure he takes it slow…I have to take him back in a week for a follow-up, to get those stitches out and remove the bandage…I was talking to Dr. Mandola about Wally and thanking him for all his work taking such good care of Wally and his willingness to help us. He in turn said, “I’m just happy you guys are saving them,” and hugged me. Really nice to hear and wanted to pass that message along to you guys.

Took Wally for his final check-up today and great news, splint is off, stitches have been removed and he’s good to start using his leg. Dr. Mandola said it’s going to take time for him to use it completely and showed me how to work his knee so he starts using it. It’s Wally’s physical therapy! He said it’s important, because of where the break was and how the leg healed, Wally has to start using it correctly and bending his knee or he won’t walk right. He does put his foot down every few steps so that’s good. Dr. Mandola said the best thing for him would be if he could go swimming but that’s not really an option now. For the most part he’s done. They closed his records and gave me copies of his info.

I can’t tell you how happy we are that Wally is better now, how grateful we are to Dr. Mandola for doing such good work and for having a good heart, how much we appreciate and value Shelley for taking such good care of him for the last few months, and for everybody who donates to our program so we can help dogs in bad shape get on the road to wellness. Wally is coming to join us at The Caroline Sessions on Sunday. I sometimes poke fun of my rescue friends who tear up at transport day or whenever we talk about the dogs we save and stories like this one. However, I can assure you that when I see Wally again this Sunday I’m going to cry happy tears for him when I hug him again and kiss his sweet nose. Here’s a short film I made about Wally. Enjoy.

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