HOUSTON—This is a story about supply and demand.
“There are other places in the nation that actually have a need for adoptable dogs and cats, and we have an overpopulation, an oversupply here,” said Laura Carlock, co-founder of the non-profit Rescued Pets Movement (RPM).
This week, and they hope every week, they will transport 50 or more dogs and cats from BARC to no-kill rescue groups in Colorado.
There’s a special reason why they are headed to this state.
“Spay/neuter laws have been instituted there for many, many years,” said Cindy Perini, also a co-founder. “Weather is a huge factor. Animals here (in Houston) are breeding year round because of the climate. It’s snowing in Denver right now.”
Some of them were just seconds away from the needle, when RPM intervened. Now animals that were once just a number have names.
BARC takes in 25,000 animals a year and is forced to euthanize half, if not more. The weekly transports are putting a significant dent in that number, potentially reducing it by nearly 20 percent—a figure that leaves some speechless.
“It’s special. This really does change the future of what we can do, and what we can expect in Houston,” said BARC spokesperson, Christopher Newport through teary eyes. “This is the real deal.”
His weren’t the only tears shed on this day.
“Well, you just get so attached,” said Michelle Hendrickson, who fostered a litter of puppies now on their way to Denver. “You can’t keep them, but you know they’re going to a better life.”
One vanload at a time.