"There is a high demand for pets in Colorado, and Houston has the supply," according to a BARC press release. "RPM has set a goal to transport at least 50 BARC animals per week to Colorado."
RPM has transferred 399 animals since September 2013, according to the release, focusing on "highly adoptable length-of-stay animals," but also those with "minor skin issues and heartworm-positive dogs."
RPM co-founder stated in the release, "The program gives hope and a second chance to thousands of homeless pets....It's the best feeling in the world to watch these homeless animals walk out of the new shelter and off to their new life where they are wanted."
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It costs $50 to transport one animal to Colorado, and RPM hopes to transport at least 50 animals a week -- that adds up to at least $10,000 a month. We'd like to give a special shout-out to Proler Southwest/Sims Metal Management, which is funding the transportation of 200 animals.
BARC Spokesman Chris Newport said in the release that "this large-scale transfer program is something that was only a pipe dream for BARC just a few years ago. Since our organizational transformation, we have built a strong and vast network of partners that have helped make our program what it is today. Now, our partnership with Rescued Pets Movement will take it to an entirely different level, and we hope it will result in a material and significant increase in BARC's live release rate. This is a Houston solution to a problem cities across the United States are experiencing."
He added, "No donation is too small. Every dollar helps transport an animal out of BARC and into the home of a loving new family in Colorado. Anything from a $5 donation to sponsoring an animal's seat on the transport vehicle can completely change a life."
Mad props to BARC and RPM -- this program shows tremendous effort and dedication, not to mention ingenuity. BARC has really transformed these past few years, and we raise a glass to this wonderful partnership with RPM.