Report Card for S.A.V.E. Rescue Through Dec 31st, 2017
In 2017, S.A..V.E. Rescue faced many challenges just like the city of Houston did with the arrival of Hurricane Harvey the last days of August. To make room for the many displaced animals, we send weekly transports out to our rescue partners across the country filled with “Pre Harvey” animals. They were all fully vetted and ready for adoption, but we had to move them out for the 381 new animals that came into SAVE in the 3 months after the hurricane. Fortunately, we were the recipients of several disaster relief grants that helped us recoup the thousands of dollars in vetting that we had spent on the animals that we sent out of state. In spite of the challenges that we faced, 1101 animals were taken into the SAVE program in 2017. Through both adoption and transfer to rescue partners, 1030 animals are now in loving, safe homes. To date since inception in 2012 over 4500 animals have been SAVEd by our volunteers and foster.
SAVE hosted over 100 adoption events in 2017. These events provide a way for the adoptable pets to be seen by the general public at retail stores, local businesses and special events. In 2017 SAVE partnered with PETSMART to house adoptable cats in stores at three locations in the Houston, Katy and Missouri City areas. Adding the catteries as a place to showcase our cats has more than tripled the number of cats adopted in one year! 260 cats and kittens were adopted locally through adoption events and the catteries.
SAVE has run an active program, “Pups on Planes”, to find homes for larger, less adoptable Texas dogs in the Northwest and Northeast United States and Southern Canada. In Since mid 2014, 362 dogs were sent to loving, permanent homes in these areas. These dogs are transferred to their new homes via commercial and private planes and via commercial specialized ground transport. Most of these animals would have languished in local shelters with little or no interest. Our program has created a network of new adopters that are referring others to rescues in the Texas area to save even more dogs. Working with other rescue groups this year, we placed another 95 cats and 128 dogs in rescues programs where there are not enough dogs or cats to adopt. We will continue to grow this program in 2018.
SAVE has completed the second year of a low cost Spay/neuter program for low income/low information owners to provide services in targeted areas. The program includes a survey of the area, prioritizing the animals to be altered, and education of the owner regarding proper pet care and local laws regarding pet ownership. We have currently enlisted 4 local vet clinics to work with us on this project and are actively seeking community support to help defray the costs of the program. Our program has altered over 250 animals in its first 2 years.
Our proudest achievement in 2017 was to bring more low income residents FREE spay neuter services. Partnering with K-9 Angels and Friends of County Pets, and with a generous grant from Houston PetSet, The Empty Shelter Project was created. The concept was to provide “pop up” spay/neuter clinics in underserved areas of Harris County to reduce the pet overpopulation problem. The Empty Shelter Project purchased $150,000.00 in veterinary hospital equipment and in 2017, provided free spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccines to over 1000 pets in underserved areas of the county. Learn more at www.facebook.com/TheEmptyShelterProjectTexas
With your support we can make even more progress in the coming year. www.saverescue.org