Galveston County Animal Resource Center
So how does a cat rescue transport collaboration with Houston PetSet work?
This morning 4 of our wonderful cats we transported to Houston by one of our volunteers. From there, they jumped on one of Houston PetSet's big transport buses and started their journey to Minnesota! (I hope they packed extra mittens) Here is a breakdown of what all happens to get to this point though.
1) A list of candidates that meet requirements is created for Shannon from Houston PetSet to choose from. Sometimes she will come in to meet them in person or sometimes she will go based off descriptions provided by the Rescue Coordinator. (if she comes in person, we can maybe sucker her in to taking a few more )
2) Once the cats are selected, that information is shared with the vet staff (yay Jaime!) so that the proper medical can be done. This includes: weight, temperature, vaccine administration, combo test and obtaining a Health Certificate done by our partner veterinarian. (Health Certificates are required for cross-state travel)
3) That medical is all entered and the Health Certs are printed. The Rescue Coordinator then prints out kennel cards, medical cards, rabies certificates and places them into each individual's folder. Checking everything over about 5 times lol
4) Traveling carriers are then labeled and placed in front of each cat's kennel the night before transport. This helps create a much quicker and smoother transition to the transport bus once they arrive.
5) We have a volunteer or volunteers meet the Rescue Coordinator at the ARC the morning of transport. Usually this is around 6:45-7:15am. They then drive the kiddos to Houston. (shoutout to Miss Cindy for braving the cold this morning!)
6) Finally, the volunteers and animals reach their destination in Houston! They will start unloading and placing them on the buses with the help of Houston PetSet volunteers/staff. The long journey to a happy ending for them can finally begin!
Transports like this are amazing for our animals. We know that they will be in great hands at the rescue they are going to. Soon enough, they will be able find their purr-fect families to call their own.