Austin Dog Rescue

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 402 Turley Dr Manchaca TX 78652 USA

Mission: Austin Dog Rescue is not a shelter, but a foster home based organization located in Austin, Texas that serves shelters throughout the Central Texas area. We rescue dogs that are at risk due to lack of space, age, health, or special needs. We rely solely on volunteers, adoption fees, and donations to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Our dogs are cared for in foster homes where they are treated as members of the family. They receive an abundance of interaction with humans and other dogs, and are house and crate trained. All medical needs are addressed before our dogs are placed in their home. We strive for careful and thoughtful placement for our dogs. We believe that life is precious and the dogs we save deserve a second chance at finding a loving, caring home. Our foster caregivers and other volunteers are the catalyst behind giving them that chance.
Results: We have saved and found homes for over 1880 dogs.
Target demographics: homeless shelter dogs regain their health and overall well-being.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 400 dogs find their forever home.
Geographic areas served: Austin, Texas
Programs: Austin Dog Rescue is not a shelter, but a foster home based organization located in Austin, Texas that serves shelters throughout the Central Texas area. We rescue dogs that are at risk due to lack of space, age, health, or special needs. We rely solely on volunteers, adoption fees, and donations to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Our dogs are cared for in foster homes where they are treated as members of the family. They receive an abundance of interaction with humans and other dogs, and are house and crate trained. All medical needs are addressed before our dogs are placed in their home. We strive for careful and thoughtful placement for our dogs. We believe that life is precious and the dogs we save deserve a second chance at finding a loving, caring home. Our foster caregivers and other volunteers are the catalyst behind giving them that chance.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My name is Sharon and I "met" Austin Dog Rescue almost 1 year ago when I became a volunteer. I had recently moved to Wimberley and wanted to help a local rescue group. In researching the many wonderful rescue organizations within Austin and the surrounding areas, I chose ADR because I loved their all foster network approach. In addition, they had a great reputation and following in the community.

Shortly after joining ADR as a volunteer, I decided to adopt a small dog as a companion for my elder English Bulldog. Again, I turned to Austin Dog Rescue to adopt. Throughout the adoption process, the dedication of the adoption coordination team was apparent. They were thorough, ensuring my little guy, Chulo, was coming into a safe environment, but also extremely supportive of me as a new shelter dog adopter, providing me with all the resources I needed to get him acclimated into his new home as easily as possible.

From their rock star foster network, to the support they provide to a variety of municipal shelters throughout the central Texas area, to the incredible adoption events they sponsor throughout the year, the love, dedication and support Austin Dog Rescue shows each and every day not only to the volunteers, but most importantly to every dog that comes through their rescue, is inspiring. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing family of people who have saved and continue to save thousands of special souls who deserve a second chance.

Thank you ADR for everything that you do!!!!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I'm one of the longest-term volunteers with ADR, going on 8 years. I remember going to orientation at a public library. Even among strangers, I immediately felt like the other volunteers were long lost friends, especially Joyce. I'm the volunteer that no one knows! This is because I am the web geek who updates our external sites (Petfinder, Adoptapet and AllPaws) in order to get our babies adopted faster. I've seen thousands of dogs come and go, and I can't count how many doggie lives we have saved! I have volunteered with other animal organizations, but I will have to say this is the most close-knit, well-run group of dog lovers I have ever seen! Everyone is a family, and when someone is in need, someone else always comes to the rescue. The dogs who are saved by ADR are very lucky, but the parents who are rescued by the dogs are EVEN luckier!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer foster parent with this organization for a few months now. This was my first time fostering dogs and I was apprehensive about finding dogs to foster that would fit my family. Austin Dog Rescue welcomed me wholeheartedly and made me feel comfortable with my decision to foster a dog. They helped me to find dogs that are a really good fit with my home. I am absolutely amazed by the large social media following of this organization that continues to reach more and more people each day. This incredible reach allows for high demand for the dogs and allows the foster parents to be very choosy about where the dogs are placed. It is so wonderful to me that this organization places the needs of the foster dog first and foremost and doesn't ever try to just get rid of a dog to the first person that goes by. I feel confident that these dogs are finding truly loving homes and that families are finding a new companion to join them forever.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My name is Della Lindquist, I live in Austin Texas and I first met Joyce and ADR several years ago when a mutual friend found a dog needing rescue, and ADR stepped in. I work with ADR on a volunteer basis and also have found dogs needing rescue and Joyce and her team try to help and most often can. What I love about this group is their professionalism, and Joyce's leadership and of course the desire to rescue all shapes, sizes, ages and health status of dogs in need. Their foster-based program enables adopters and animals to meet one another in pleasant and non stressful settings, and truly learn about the animals before adopting out. They are a true rescue in every sense of the word, and should be a model for others. I highly recommend adopting, fostering, or otherwise working with this group.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I've been working with ADR for a few months now. I am so impressed at the dedication these people have for these animals. The thing that made me want to be a part and start fostering is they are "all about the dog" and what best for the dog. I have confidence that each dog is being well taken care of and will find the right home, not just put into a home because they need one.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I attended an ADR foster information meeting for purely selfish reasons. I wanted another dog but was afraid my dog would not accept another in my house. I thought if I fostered a dog and they didn’t get along, the dog would eventually be adopted out so no big deal. Then I got my first foster, met the ADR team, went to an ADR event and I fell in love. This is now my family, my support team, my community. These people give every ounce they have to save a life. They make me want to be a better person, to do more, to save more lives and they make me want to educate more people. This is without a doubt the best organization I have ever seen in action. The extent that these volunteers go to is off all charts. The support that they give to each other is outstanding. I am continually amazed at the changes that they make not only for the dogs but for the families who adopt and the community in general. I’ve seen the changes in a dog’s physical, mental and emotional being. But more than that, I’ve seen the changes in me. Each dog teaches me something. Each dog touches my life. I get to be Santa Clause all year long. I give the best home to a deserving dog and the best dog to a deserving family. It’s an amazing gift to give.
ADOPT, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER or DONATE. IT TAKES A VILLAGE and this is a fantastic village

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I fostered dogs for ADR for several years. I have many years as a volunteer in the nonprofit animal rescue world and have not found any other group as committed, compassionate, and well run as ADR. They do not discriminate against any breed and take in many dogs that need veterinary care beyond spay/neuter. Just a super group of people!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I don't even know where to start. Austin Dog Rescue is amazing! This rescue is such a blessing for all the animals in our area. I can't count the numerous times they have stepped up to help a dog in need when all others walked away. No matter what breed or health status if they can help they will. Austin dog rescue is extremely well organized and everybody involved is so compassionate. The dogs in their care receive top notch health care and the foster homes prepare them for their new life. I want to thank Joyce, Megan, Anne and the all the other most wonderful volunteers for their work.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with Austin Dog Rescue for about a year now. I got involved with them as a foster, and have fostered several dogs that they have been able to rescue from shelters, to get adopted to a forever home. I cannot say enough about the passion, dedication and unbelievable caring that each and every volunteer with this organization has. They are all volunteer, no staff, no one gets paid anything. Some of these people go so far above and beyond to give these animals a fighting chance at a good life, a good home, and love. I am amazed every day by their commitment and the lengths they will go to in order to save animals. I can't recommend this nonprofit enough. They make every dollar they raise go so far. Lean and very impactful organization.

 
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