Thank you for contacting REDCOLLAR RESCUE.
We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3), non-profit animal welfare organization. We receive no governmental funding, and must have assistance from the public in the form of financial help, volunteering and fostering in order to help the homeless and abandoned animals. We do not have a kennel, nor any building or structure that we use to keep the animals we take in. We depend solely on volunteers and fosters.
We would like to thank you for your interest in wanting to save a homeless animal. Unfortunately, our organization—like so many other rescues—is currently filled well beyond capacity and funds. We receive at least 50 requests a day to take animals that have been found by a Good Samaritan. We want to help them all, but we have a duty to care for the huge number of pets already in our program. However, if you want to save the life of the animal you found, there are a few things you should know if you are considering taking the found dog/cat to a shelter.
Over 100,000 animals are killed in shelters in Harris County alone every year, as well as in neighboring counties such as Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, etc. There are zero "no-kill" shelters in Houston and the surrounding area. BARC, Harris County Animal Control (HCPHES), Montgomery County Animal Control, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), Houston SPCA, the Houston Humane Society, etc. are all shelters that euthanize (kill) large numbers of animals every day. By law, the agencies are required to hold a stray dog or cat for 72 hours in case an owner comes for it…less than 1% are ever claimed. After 72 hours, the dog/cat belongs to them and most are killed at that time. If an owner turns in their own dog/cat, or if you have already had the stray for 72 hours, this holding rule does not apply and the animal can be killed immediately upon intake. Most of the time, it's due to space restrictions or lacking the resources to care for medical needs, so he/she would likely be put down right away. 90% of all animals that end up in a shelter will be killed.
Here is our recommendation for a positive outcome for you and the dog or cat you are trying to help:
Also, you can contact Pet Lovers Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org (www.petloverescue.petfinder.com) who will help individual rescuers post their found dog/cat on www.petfinder.com for further networking.
It's estimated there are between 800,000 and 1.2 million homeless animals roaming the streets of Houston, one of the highest rates in the nation. We all have to pitch in and lend our skills to their plight. Bringing a dog/cat to a "shelter" is not a gift you give them—and even though the shelter may have to accept the animal, you must know what will happen if you make that choice for them. It truly is a "death sentence. " You cared enough to save him/her, now you just need to give him/her that miracle—a new, better life. Foster and care for him/her until someone steps forward with a commitment for the rest of their life.
We understand that you may work long hours and already have pets of your own. We understand, because we do too. Your pets and your foster dog/cat do not have to get along or even socialize; they can be kept in separate rooms or crated. It is a little work, but you can do it and it is well worth the effort, as your temporary commitment means you will save a precious life. There is no better feeling in the world!