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HOUSTON - A animal rescue organization in Houston is saving strays off the streets of Houston and providing homes for them in Colorado.

Rescued Pets Movement collects homeless animals from the streets and the pound, places them in Houston foster homes and then transports them to Denver and other areas of Colorado where new homes await them.

The organization said Houston has an estimated 1.2 million homeless animals in the city. The City pound takes in more than 2,000 dogs and cats per month. Due to overpopulation, the pound had been forced to euthanize more than 1,000 strays monthly.

Houston officials have pushed spay and neuter programs to help alleviate the growing population of homeless animals, but are now working with Rescued Pets Movement to place animals in parts of the nation where adoptable pets are needed.

Denver and other parts of Colorado are areas where there are a demand for adoptable pets. In the past five months, RPM has saved more than 1,200 dogs and cats from the pound and transported them to Colorado. Most of them have been adopted, RPM said.

As a result of the movement, the release rate at the Houston pound has increased from 47 percent to 72 percent.

RPM will be hosting a fundraiser at the Watering Bowl in Denver Saturday. The event will include music, a comedy show and a canine costume contest.

The event runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Proceeds will go to helping RPM continue transporting homeless pets in Houston to Colorado.

For more information about adoptions or to donate, visit the RPM website at www.rescuedpetsmovement.org.

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