We are heading to Houston to help alleviate stress from rescues on the ground in Houston. Our volunteers Alex and Tim will be taking a temperature controlled van down so that they can transport back to Toronto as many dogs as they can manage. There are half a dozen local rescues lined up to intake these dogs in Toronto/GTA.
We will be working with Natalie of Hot Mess Pooches to identify dogs already in the rescue / humane systems in Houston which we can safely take. This will ensure we are not taking any temporarily displaced dogs due to weather, and this will free up space in the Houston rescue system to intake more dogs. We have a budget of $2000 for van rental, gas, accommodation, and food for our volunteers.
The rest of our budget is in preparation of vetting costs. Vetting will include rabies vaccinations before coming back across the border, and most of the budget being associated with caring for HeartWorm costs once the dogs are back in Canada. You may know that HeartWorm is prevalent in Texas and will cost a local rescue upwards of $1,500 for treatment which will take months to treat.
We will be collecting humanitarian supplies to donate – we are just confirming what is needed in the area. We will also be donating to PlanetAir.ca to offset our carbon footprint of the drive.
We are always supporting local dogs and rescues and that won’t change but under the circumstances we have resources to offer, so we are doing just that.
We plan to leave early morning on September 7, 2017.
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