WIMBERLEY ADOPTION GROUP AND RESCUE CORPORATION
Rating: 5 stars 8 reviews
Location: PO Box 2603 Wimberley TX 78676 USA
MISSION & VISION
To rescue homeless, neglected, abused and forsaken dogs in Wimberley,
Texas and place them into loving, permanent homes.
WAG Rescue is a volunteer supported organization committed to the following community services:
To rescue and assist in the permanent placement of stray, abandoned, unclaimed, and surrendered dogs in and around Wimberley, Texas.
To promote and ensure the compassionate and humane treatment of dogs in our care by providing medical treatment, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and professional behavioral evaluation, training and rehabilitation if required.
To place these dogs in a safe-haven, and provide a pre-screened foster home where they are nurtured, receive training and learn socialization skills so that they have the best chance of becoming a good companion animal.
To find the most suitable, vetted permanent home for each dog based on its temperament and personality and compatibility with the adoptive family.
To promote, through education, responsible pet ownership, pet health and safety, and the humane treatment of all animals.
To promote spay/neuter of all pets in order to prevent overpopulation and animal suffering, and provide Emancipet low or no cost vouchers for dog spay or neuter to Wimberley residents.
WAG Rescue has a projected operating budget of $60,000 which is needed to service 80 dogs per year. The average cost per dog in our foster care is $250-$1000. Dogs coming to us with serious medical problems such as heartworms are very expensive to treat. We currently have 3 dogs that are heartworm positive. Upon arrival each dog is examined by a Veterinarian and brought current on vaccinations and tested for heartworms and intestinal parasites. Heartworm positve dogs will be treated. WAG Rescue will also have the dog spayed or neutered.
Our intake of dogs since June 2009 has been over 44 which makes it perfectly clear that we will be taking in approximately 20 or more dogs per quarter. Although we receive $175 for each adoption, by the time we take them to our veterinarians for examination, tests and shots to make sure they are healthy, and pay for monthly food and preventive medication, we find the adoption amount does not recoup our costs. We are just so happy to be able to have the dogs go to a loving and good home.
Our dogs stay in our system on average 8-10 weeks. However, some dogs are not ready for adoption until they are completely well, as with heartworm treatment. For those dogs, their stay in our foster system can be upwards of 4 months. There are also dogs we have rescued who may never be adopted due to age or illness. WAG Rescue will continue to care for these dogs and thankfully we have wonderful foster families that have given these dogs a home for life.
Right now our main focus is on the Operating Budget and filling that void will give us the security to help all the dogs we must take in. This goal is first and foremost in fulfilling the dream of Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue.
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I'm a donor, a foster family and a dog adopter for WAG. I have been completely satisfied with WAG in all of these roles. As a donor, I am confident that my money is safeguarded and used wisely on feasible, well-executed projects. As a foster mom, I was continually impressed with the high level of professionalism of all the WAG personnel -- they met every single obligation and gently helped me meet my obligations to "our" dog. As a dog adopter, I've been so grateful that WAG has remained involved with and committed to our dog. At every turn you can see that these people really love dogs. They are creative, competent, well-managed, and meeting their goals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My fabulous dog -- who had bad heartworms, among other ailments, when she was rescued -- is a perfect example of the reason for rescuing dogs that would otherwise be put down. Moreover, I learned to train and care for my dog from WAG volunteers -- I learned to wash her by volunteering at the dog wash, and I learned to train her by taking her to training classes for foster dogs. My dog would not be here and we would not be together if not for WAG.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
...fund a facility where they can receive new dogs and house dogs undergoing treatment. I know they could help more dogs and more people with such a facility.