Rescue group moves animals out of state to find them homes

Dog up for adoption being sent to Colorado

November 21, 2013 4:07:42 PM PST
Two large vans carrying some 50 dogs, puppies and cats from Houston's BARC shelter are on their way to Colorado. Each mile is bringing them closer to a new home.

The caravan is the creation of Rescued Pets Movement, a new Houston-based non-profit, that has been trying to find a way to lower the pet overpopulation in Houston, as well as the euthenasia rate at animal shelters.

Co-founder Laura Carlock says the solution was not keeping the animals here, but taking them to states in need of adoptable animals. In contrast, Houston has an abundance of un-neutered animals, strays and a year round animal breeding season.

RPM proposed a relationship with Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control. The shelter provides animals and RPM finds local fosters, then transports them to no-kill shelters or new owners in Colorado.

So far, some 200 pets have been saved. The cost of transport is about $50 per animal, and RPM exists on donations. For more information, visit their website www.rescuedpetsmovement.org.

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