Tanker B Jones and I are participating once again on the K-9 Angels Rescue team in the Best Friends Animal Society Strut Your Mutt Fundraising event. This is K-9AR's largest fundraising event each year and the money we raise allows us to continue to serve our community by helping to control the Houston and Harris County homeless and unwanted pet overpopulation problem. We do this through Traditional Rescue (we saved over 1300 animals in 2019), providing FREE spay neuter microchipping and vaccination services to at need communities through The EMPTY Shelter Project (we have altered over 5500 animals through this program since we started in 2017). And in 2019 K-9AR opened up a high volume Spay Neuter Clinic in the Heights named The 1220 Clinic. To date we have done over 4,000 spay neuters at that facility working primarily with K-9AR and other local rescue's animals.
As everybody can relate, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our business. We shut down our Adoption Center and now do online adoptions with by-appointment-only meet and greets at our AC to finalize the adoptions. Amazingly our Adoption Team is doing a great job keeping our numbers up, but we are finding it more challenging to get homes for big and mature dogs with this model. TESP cancelled it's March 14 event and we do not see doing another large MASH-style event this year. We have compensated by continuing to provide free spay neuter services through our clinic and other high volume clinics in the area (via vouchers). We just opened up a surgery room in unused space (due to Covid) in our AC to increase capacity for free TESP spay neuters. We are working with S.A.V.E. Rescue in Galveston County to set up a small spay neuter clinic where they can work through the client list from the cancelled March event which was scheduled in League City as a way to expand TESP out of Harris County.
K-9 Angels Rescue knows that 2020 has been a very tough year for nearly everybody. Please consider donating to our organization so that we can continue to expand our impact on improving Animal Welfare in Houston and Harris County.