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Classic Canines Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: Our mission is to advocate, educate, and remove barriers to enable adoption, foster and rescue of displaced senior dogs in shelters. This is vital in no kill shelters where a senior dog can be passed over for a very long time. It's lifesaving for seniors in kill shelters where time is of the essence.

Results: The program began in Oct 2012. In 2017 we became our own non-profit. Yearly more than 400 seniors traverse through Austin area shelters. We advocate, enabling them to be discovered for adoption, foster and rescue sooner, reducing their stay times. We also remove medical barriers to enable adoption and participate in surrender avoidance, in 2017 more than 40 were treated and more than 60 have been treated in 2018. We hold more than 20 outreach functions yearly and provide assistance inside the shelters.

Target demographics: displaced senior dogs in shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: advocated for more than 400 seniors and removed medical barriers for more than 40 enabling them to proceed to adoption.

Geographic areas served: Austin TX and surrounding area

Programs: by advocating for foster, rescue and adoption onsite in shelters and in social media and outreach events, we also remove medical barriers to help senior dogs become adoptable and participate in surrender avoidance.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Heather Marie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Classic Canines, Inc. is a remarkable non-profit and has set the bar extremely high for anyone with a mission of assisting senior dogs in finding love and living their best lives. Every person I’ve met affiliated with Classics has their heart in the right place and really, truly goes above and beyond in finding the perfect match between dog and family. Classics and its volunteers work hard to ensure that everyone, including any existing family pets, will live happily ever after.
What I love most about Classics is its extraordinary ability to love and care for all seniors with the same amount of compassion and not give up on any dog! A dog brought in with a severe medical condition is shown just as much love as a healthy senior; a 15 year old is treated with the same respect as a 7 year old. For example, when an 18 year old blind, deaf and toothless chihuahua was brought in by animal control Classics wasted no time and immediately provided him the medical care, food and comforts he deserved. Because they believed in him, he was able to go to foster for some R&R and get himself back together. I was the lucky foster who witnessed his transformation firsthand and within 2 months he was not only looking good and feeling better but was adopted by an incredibly loving and compassionate woman. He is currently living a life most of us only dream of and I firmly believe his life, and the lives of so many others, are now the best they can be because of the critical role Classic Canines played in bridging them home. I have the deepest respect for Jean Hubrath and her incredible work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We got both our senior dogs from Classic Canines! We have also fostered poor, sickly, old, forgotten dogs that everyone overlooked except Classic Canines. Without your donations, it would be even harder to give this neglected senior population the love, emotional support, and rehab, plus surgeries that are life altering and life saving! These poor dogs more than deserve a second chance at getting a new lease on life! That is why we completely support Classic Canines in their relentless all voulenteer mission! Every penny of proceeds donated go right to the dogs that need it the most. Please give generously. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Classic Canines is a fantastic organization that does the very hard work of promoting the adoption of senior pets from the city shelter, and, where possible, preventing the surrender of senior pets. Senior pets are often overlooked, and sometimes have medical conditions that deter adopters. Classic Canines addresses both issues. They fund the necessary medical care that the city shelter won't provide to these seniors. Classics markets to find fosters and adopters for the senior pets, with amazing photography coupled with compelling stories, and adoption events around town. Sometimes, Classics is able to intervene before a senior is surrendered and help keep the pet in its home. Classics volunteers are tireless and very smart with their money, so I feel confident in donating to Classics. I have also fostered several dogs for Classic Canines. It's a great organization, and I am proud to be a supporter.

3 Michelle F.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When Bonnie's owners came into the shelter to surrender her, they did not know that their heart-wrenching decision would come at such a high cost to Bonnie. Due to the long wait list for a surrender appointment at the shelter, Bonnie's family told the shelter she had bitten someone in their home. This way shelter staff had to take her into the facility for a painfully sad and lonely 10 day quarantine period.
Bonnie emerged from this confused, lonely and scared. Understanding that Bonnie had some medical needs, was deaf, and 8 years old and now with a "bite" on her record, Classic Canines knew that she would be a hard sell to potential adopters coming into the shelter.
They immediately posted an urgent need for a foster to prevent Bonnie from degenerating further. I picked her up at the shelter the next day, and within a week, Bonnie had a comprehensive dental cleaning including 4 teeth pulled, which Classic Canines paid for and arranged. They also promoted her on their Facebook page using the photos and videos of Bonnie in my home with my dogs, and within 2 weeks Bonnie found herself in a new home. She is healthy, happy and will be loved for the rest of her life, just like she deserves! All thanks to this amazing non-profit. I could not say more positive things about them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a senior in September 2018. This organization does a wonderful job finding homes for the least likely to be adopted. The process was simple and the folks at Classic Canines clearly communicated the next step. It was a pleasure adopting our Penny (FKA Nanette) from them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am fostering a Classic Canines dog who needed extensive surgery for mammary tumors. This organization went above and beyond from the start by facilitating a smooth handoff when I received her as a foster, to helping me coordinate with the veterinary hospital that performed the surgery. They spared no expense on this little dog and now she has many healthy years ahead of her. Not only do they make a huge financial investment but the people of Classic Canines are emotionally invested as well. Jean is available at almost all hours to provide support and answer questions and she was rooting for a good outcome for our foster pup from the start. Love Classic Canines- the people, the mission, and of course the dogs.

3 Shelly Brewer P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, and 100% of donations goes directly to the dogs. All devoted volunteers. My next door neighbors adopted two beautiful senior dogs. If you want to donate to a good cause and know the money is well spent, Classic Canines is a worthy choice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Classic Canines is a fantastic organization which provides care for many older dogs and the support fosters and adopters need to be successful. Our personal experience with them was a few weeks ago when we found out about a dog who needed a foster home. The dog, we named Lady, was in bad condition. She showed signs of progressive paralysis but was very sweet and affectionate. Jean met us at AAC where we bathed her as a team effort. She supplied us with a crate and bed to help create a comfortable environment and we took her home. Lady only made it three days and she then sucummed to her health issues. Jean was wonderful at helping us complete the adoption process so that we could become her family and guide her with love through the end of her life. Lady slept in our bed and ate well in love and comfort until it was apparent that the end was near. Jean met us at the vet's office and shared the final moments with us. I cannot express how much Classic Canines means to us and to our community. Thank you!

3 Ann H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of older dogs in our shelter system. I’ve adopted twice from them and the dogs were wonderful. Old dogs rock!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found our amazing pet/friend/ family member through Classic Canines at Austin Animal Center. Their compassion to save and help senior dogs in our community is honorable and true. We continue to donate and support Classic Canines, and will adopt a senior pet from them again. Find your furry soulmate in the loving eyes of a senior dog through Classic Canines; the reward is great and worthy!