Report Card for S.A.V.E. Rescue Through Dec 31st, 2018
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. This had a silver lining for us and the rescue community in general, as we made new connections for Texas animals looking for new homes. In 2018, 1230 animals were taken into the SAVE program. 314 animals are now in loving, safe homes in other parts of the US because of the expansion of our transfer program. To date since inception in 2012 almost 5000 animals have been SAVEd by our volunteers and foster. The balance of our animals were adopted locally.
SAVE hosted over 100 adoption events in 2018. 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 2018 SAVE partnered with PETSMART to house adoptable cats in stores at two locations in the 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 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 very active Trap/Neuter and Return program for feral and community cats has fixed over 95 cats in 2018 alone.
Since our adoption program has become self sustaining, we continue to focus on reducing the homesless pet population. By adding a designated group of volunteers to locate animals needing to be fixed, schedule and in some cases, pick up and deliver animals to the vet appointments, we are reducing the number of strays as well as educating owners about proper care of their animals. We are dedicated to growing this program to reach the most underserved areas of Houston and outlying areas. In addition, as founding partners of The Empty Shelter Project, we have participated in 5 major spay neuter events in 2018, that altered over 2500 animals for free in the Houston are. For more inforamation on the program please visit their website.
With your support we can make even more progress in the coming year. www.saverescue.org