Redemption Paws Update

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Hello everyone, Canine Executive Officer Olivia here.

I have barked out in the past about a Toronto rescue organization called Redemption Paws. Their one-time mission to help dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey has evolved into a year-long rescue effort that has found new homes for more than 250 animals. The organization celebrated its first anniversary on Sunday September 2nd.

Founder & executive director of Redemption Paws, Nicole Simone launched the initiative last year after hearing about a boom of stray dogs & overcrowded animal shelters in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Simone says the need for help has been immense in Houston & its surrounding areas, even a year after the hurricane. The storm is believed to have displaced thousands of dogs, which left local shelters struggling. The crisis has now started to impact rural communities in Texas, which have seen lower adoption rates due to the surge of abandoned dogs.

Redemption Paws now makes monthly trips to the United States — including California & Texas — to rescue shelter dogs displaced by fires, flooding & storms. The organization has grown to more than 200 volunteers yet remains funded strictly by donations.

Redemption Paws says it now has a waiting list for prospective adopters, who are carefully screened & matched with a suitable dog.

How wooftastic that there are organizations like Redemption Paws. If you would like to help out you can visit their website. Even a small donation can do a lot.

You can follow them on Facebook too!

CEO Olivia

 

 

Redemption Dogs Are Returning to Houston

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Good day everyone. CEO Olivia here. A few weeks back I barked out about Toronto photographer, Nicole Simone & her, “Redemption Paws”. project. They sent volunteers from Toronto, Canada to Houston, Texas after hurricane Harvey & brought back over 40 dogs from the over crowded rescues & shelters in the Houston area.

The situation there sadly hasn’t improved much. The powerful storm caused widespread damage & flooding in Houston. Thousands of dogs were rounded up by shelters, many of which were already over-capacity.

A 30-day hold period put in place for people to claim dogs following the storm has now expired, & the shelters, still overcrowded are pleading for help because they don’t want to put dogs down.

Redemption Paws is returning to Houston to bring back more dogs to Canada. They are raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign. The organization’s own shelter is already full after the first trip to Houston, but Simone said other Canadian shelters have space available & are ready. Simone wanted to stress the Redemption Paws rescue operations won’t affect or displace Canadian dogs already in shelters. Ontario has a 92% adoption rate.

If you wish to make a financial donation you can do so through the Redemption Paws GoFundMe campaign. Remember that even a small amount can help. You can also donate food, travel crates, blankets, bowls, leashes or anything you think a good dog might need.

I know the media jumps from story to story, but lets not forget those still recovering from the hurricanes, especially the animals. They still need help.

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CEO Olivia

Houston ~ How You Can Help

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Hello, CEO Olivia here. As you all must know, there is a serious crisis in Houston, Texas & the surrounding areas. Hurricane Harvey has brought massive flooding & destruction. Humans are in need of aid but so are the animals.

There are many rescue groups doing what they can to reach as many animals as possible but the numbers are overwhelming. It has been reported that over 70,000 homes are underwater.

People have been contacting the Wally Foundation wanting to donate epileptic medications for the epi-warriors in Houston. Wally Foundation Director Rick Selwood has stated that although it’s wonderful that people want to donate, medical records can’t be verified & he feels it would be best if people donated money to active rescue groups such as the ASPCA.

The ASPCA web site is set up to take financial donations & has regular updates as to their rescue efforts. You can also donate to the Houston SPCA directly.

At times like this it is important to come together. Please, if you can make a donation, do so. The money will go towards supporting rescue efforts.

Our hearts go out to everyone, human & non-human, living through this disaster.

CEO Olivia