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Lost Paws Rescue of Texas

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal rescue and adoptions

Target demographics: Homeless animals find their new humans and live happily ever after

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 600 dogs and cats find new homes.

Geographic areas served: Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Hood and Collin County areas

Programs: Dog and cat foster care, health recovery time for those with more serious illnesses, such as heart worms. We also dedicate a % of our foster to seniors and those overlooked at shelters.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Lost Paws Rescue of Texas. The people are so nice and so quick in answering questions. When I met Frasier (was named Bourbon by the rescue) at PetSmart for the potential adoption of him, it didn't take long before I was hooked. Actually, I was pretty much hooked ahead of time by his profile photo, but he totally clinched the deal with his awesome personality ... so loving, playful, calm and well-behaved. He is such a joy.

As the adoption process comes to a close, a folder is given to the adopter with all the animal's information as well as so much valuable information about one's new family member, very detailed and helpful.

I am so pleased with my new boy and I thank everyone involved. I'm pretty sure he and I were a match made in Heaven. Thank you LPRoT for a job well done.

Thank you so much.

1 Heather Roden C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Jo-Jo (then called Misty) from LPOTx April 2019. She did not know what a doggie toy was, would not play with our other small dog, never knew how to take a treat from our hands, very little socialization really. She bit each of us on the hand at least once while trying to pet her when we first got her (ouch!), and she would bolt out the door if we left it ajar even the slightest bit. Skinny and terrified is how I would describe her.
Now she loves to cuddle up in bed with me, loves her toys, has taken over our couch, knows the joy of free-play with our older dog and loves all of us. She has wiggled her way into our hearts, and we love her so much. Today a huge milestone was reached when she stood in front of the wide-open front door and stayed inside on voice command only. She has come a long way in just a few months. She is spoiled and we are so enjoying this feisty older lady. Thank you LPOTx for helping us find our love - we appreciate Yvette and everything she does so selflessly for the dogs. You are an angel, along with your team of volunteers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with LPRoT for several years. Initially, I liked the mission and came to the rescue through my wife's employer. Almost immediately, my volunteer time became more of a mission than simply fulfilling time. Yvette and her staff/long-time volunteers have created such a wonderful refuge for lost and abandon animals. Her facility, where the animals are kept, is top notch. She has established relationships with several veterans that provide the animals excellent care. Many of the animals have received little or no care most of their lives. What really impresses me is the qualification process prospective families go through before they take a LPRoT animal home. Yvette wants to make sure both the animal and the family are given the best chance to establish a loving and safe environment for all involved. This process has evolved since 2005 when she started. Finally, Yvette and her staff reach out to shelters across the state to find animals who might otherwise be put down to give them all a second chance at a safe and loving home. Great mission. Excellent care. Responsible adoptio. Far reaching impact. Well done and keep up the great work. It is a pleasure to be a small part of this honorable and effective effort.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Lost Paws for several years and have seen first-hand what a truly wonderful organization it is. Yvette Garza embodies an almost indescribable combination of compassion, integrity, commitment, and boundless energy. She inspires those around her to provide the best care possible for the dogs while also working to find happy forever homes for them. She is a stickler for doing things the right way, and that quality filters down and throughout the Lost Paws culture. This organization’s unbelievable track record of success over 15+ years speaks volumes about how well-run it is. I proudly support Lost Paws and consider it a privilege to get to play a very small part in helping Yvette and the team accomplish their mission.

2 Joy T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to volunteer for Lost Paws Rescue of Texas thinking I would volunteer a little bit here and there. I then started working at the adoption events and I was hooked. There is nothing better than watching a new pet parent leave with their new furry best friend by their side. I’ve been volunteering for over 2 years now and it still gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. The dedication of this family owned rescue is a true inspiration. Hundreds of dogs are given great homes every year.

1 Lisa R R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lost Paws is a family owned adoption organization, that excels in finding homes for pets. The quality of care of the dogs that the dogs receive is wonderful. They are always there for the families that adopt; not for just the day of adoption, but for always.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lost Paws of Texas takes dogs and cats from my rural shelter. Companion pets that no one wants, and they fully vaccinate, spay and neuter, and take care of any medical needs. Lost Paws has saved so many from my little rural shelter they are truly a God send. Every dog or cat they have taken in gets adopted and which is something wonderful. Without Lost Paws these dogs and cats would not be in homes with people that love them. Thank you Lost Paws of Texas for all you do

1 Rosie K C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WE got our two beautiful white kitties from Lost Paws about 7 years ago and about 3 years ago we found a dog running loose on the highway in Mississippi and finding that he wasn't chipped and could not locate his owner, as lovely as he was he really was a threat to the cats, he was fast and spry! So I contacted a few local rescues and no one could take him, so I called Lost Paws, and she said just bring him to our Saturday event and we will gladly take him. It wasn't 2 weeks later after they figured out his neat personality and gave him a great name, he was adopted into a good family with no cats. Many thanks for saving us on this one, he was a cute dog, I hope he is still running around and happy as he was when we had him. Thanks Lost Paws!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group!! They worked with us to find a support animal for our daughter. They knew their furry babies and introduced her to the perfect fur friend! Our new baby showed no signs of stress coming into a new home so we knew they had loved on her well! They have a process to make sure their babies are getting good homes but made it easy to adopt and best of all they get excited to see her when she visits them!! I highly recommend anyone wanting a new friend talk to Lost Paws!

1 Marvin H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lost Paws is the way it should be done! From the get-go. They make sure the animals are healthy and treated by a vet before they are ever put up. Their trial adoption is wonderful. Been living with my fur friend for 6 years now and could not be happier.
I like Yvette and Lost Paws so much, I signed up for regular contributions. Guess I better go back and increase my donations.
Thanks Yvette! Gucci and I were made for each other. Staff, volunteers and website are great.
Marvin Holland

2 Sonia-Arti A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It takes a whole new level of selflessness to what these guys do. We might go, volunteer a few hours but they do this everyday.. It's not easy to handle them all, provide them with a loving home, feed them and LOVE them unconditionally. A big shout out to you guys.. thank you for doing this.. keeping humanity alive.

#Adoptdontshop

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We first met Yvette with Lost Paws Rescue Of Texas In December 2009. We were searching the Petfinder website for a female Dachshund and were connected to Lost Paws. We were excited that they had a beautiful little red female dachshund and Yvette arranged for us to meet her right away. It was love at first sight and we adopted her (Lily). We kept in touch with Yvette, including occasionally texting her pictures, and would go see her yearly at a local adopt a pet event. Six years later we decided that Lily might be more active if she had a fur sibling. This time I went straight to the Lost Paws site and I was excited to see that they had a small female Dachshund available. Yvette was excited to hear from me and to know that we were looking for a sister for Lily. We took Lily to meet her (Gracie) to make sure the match was okay with Lily. They were sisters the moment they met and we brought Gracie home that day. They are both amazing little girls and we love them to pieces. Because of Yvette's tireless efforts to help dogs and cats find homes, we have two beautiful little dogs who are a very important part of our life. Yvette rescued both of our girls from Dallas Animal Services which gave them a much higher chance of being adopted. We will be forever grateful to Yvette for that act of kindness.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Lost Paws of TX is a great organization that helps find loving homes for rescued animals. We are so fortunate to have met Yvette through Lost Paws Rescue. My husband has severe allergies and Yvette was willing to let us take home a dog on a trial basis to ensure he was a good fit for our family. We immediately fell in love with our new pet, Cloud. My children were so touched by Yvette's kindness and love for animals that they even donated their birthday money to Lost Paws Rescue of TX.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost ten years ago, I met my darling "Cheyenne Affenpinscher", now often called "Siani" ("Shawny"), on "Petfinder." The second I saw her magical elfin face and dainty wee body, my heart soared. Then a complete sentence formed itself in my mind: "Wherever you are, I am coming for you." And so, guided by love, our most wonderful adventure began.
Cheyenne had been rescued from a mill and was being fostered in Texas; I lived in Toronto, Canada - with no passport and burdened by a dire fear of flying. Yet without hesitating, I applied successfully for Cheyenne, got the passport, and the flight day finally arrived: snow storm in January - big, big snow storm. But it was warm and clear at the Dallas airport, which is where I met a most wonderful woman, Yvette Garza from Lost Paws of Texas. With her was the smallest, cutest, most magical little elf of a dog I could ever even imagine. Yet there she was, before my very eyes! Back to Toronto we flew, that very same day, and - once we could finally land in the thick, swirling snow - we began our charmed lives together.
I am a therapist and Siani comes to work with me. Now sixteen, this tiny, calm, sweet, funny, gentle, serene, kind little dog continues to soothe and enchant people of all ages. Often, she brings a toy out and drops it at the feet of her chosen human playmate, as if to say, "Why talk when you can play?" She brings wide smiles and heartfelt joy everywhere she goes. She is especially fond of children, seeking out their open nature and gentle touch.
I am beyond blessed to share my life with this beautiful, miraculous little being.
Lost Paws of Texas, the world is immeasurably better for having you in it, as are those who owe their precious lives to you, including my beloved Siani. Through you, she and I "rescued" each other, and I am more grateful to you, Yvette, and Lost Paws of Texas than words can ever say.

Love from MJ and Siani

Review from Guidestar

4 Tellie-Jaime R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best rescue in the Metroplex and beyond.... Yvette the founder helps dogs from all over the area as far as Amarillo. I have adopted from them and I have been fostering for them for the last 7-8 years. They are dedicated people that would do whatever it takes for these dogs.... They have adoption events every weekend in several locations and the volunteers are excellent. I would recommend this rescue in a heartbeat....best rescue in DFW!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Lost Paws about 13 years ago. I had recently lost one of my precious "babies" to cancer and had no plans of getting another, but still always looked at the animals at the adoption events at PetSmart when we would go in for supplies for out other furkids.

There was a one there that just stole my heart! Her name was Gretchen. She was a Doxie mix and she had on a cone of shame because she had surgery on a back leg. She only weighed about 10 lbs. I asked if I could take her out of her cage and hold her and Yvette, the Directer of Lost Paws, brought her to me and started telling me her story.

Gretchen had been found in the bushes at an apartment complex by a worker. She was so emaciated and weak that when they rescued her, the shelter didn't expect her to live, so they didn't give her vaccinations at first. She was a fighter and proved them wrong. She had soft tissue damage to her back legs, so Lost Paws was trying to have that taken care of. That was why she had on the "cone of shame".

It was almost Christmas and my husband and I were getting ready to leave town for a week, but I got Yvette's card before I left. My husband was not extremely thrilled. I just couldn't get that sweet pup out of my mind. When we returned, I called Yvette to at least see how Gretchen was doing.

My husband relented to the extent of saying that perhaps we could "foster" her. Of course, I IMMEDIATELY called Yvette and she agreed to allow us to foster Gretchen through her recovery. In the long run we foster failed and adopted that sweet little girl. She was the light of my life for another 12 years before she crossed the rainbow bridge.

Through Gretchen I came to know the wonderful work that Lost Paws Rescue of Texas does. I have done some volunteer work for them. I have become friends with Yvette and know how dedicated she is to Lost Paws and to the animals she rescues. She always puts the animals first, which truly can't be said about rescue groups. As i n Gretchen's case, she will go above and beyond to give them the best life possible once they come under the Lost Paws umbrella.

I have found a couple of strays over the years that have not been claimed. Yvette has taken them in to Lost Paws and found them wonderful, loving forever homes. I am so grateful to Yvette and to Lost Paws and all of the volunteers for all that they do.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so lucky to find Lost Paws when we were looking for a fur baby. We thought we wanted one family dog...Yvette had another idea. We saw a picture online of a sweet Shih tzu/Bichon mix dog and asked to meet her. Yvette brought the one we saw and her sister to meet us and said we could choose one or both. In the end we fell in love with both of them and could not separate them. We believe in the work that Lost Paws does and have stayed in touch with Yvette over the years, she boards our babies while we are out of town (even a new one we added)! It is so comforting to know they are in such good hands while we are away. This organization does such good work and we are so thankful!

Review from Guidestar

3 Sujit B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I have been volunteering with Lost Paws for over 2 years now. We are proud to be part of such a great group of people who provide such love and support for the animals in our community. We love the fact that it is a 'No Kill' shelter and they save so many lives and help promote loving homes and families. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "societies are often judged by how they treat their animals" and we are happy to try to make the world a better place.

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have used Lost Paws Rescue for the past 15 years and can honestly say they are the best. They care for all their animals before and are diligent in finding the right home for the animals. The dogs are vaccinated before adoption and very well cared for... I fostered a dog 10 years ago for them that had heart worm for 4 months. Lost Paws paid for all her vet care and checked up on her frequently. Of course I fell in love with her, adopted her and named her Izzy. She is still with us along with Gracie who is also from Lost Paws Rescue...
Yvette is a great leader and cares deeply about the shelter which is very important. Whenever I am ready to adopt I let her know in advance of the type of dog I am looking for. She has a fabulous memory and remembers the personalities of the previous dogs that we have adopted and tries to match up their personalities so we get the right fit for our family, We will always use Lost Paws for all of our adoption needs. They also board too!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for Lost Paws! After the heartbreaking loss of our previous dog, we knew we wanted to adopt another rescue when the time was right. I found Lost Paws and knew right away they would be able to help! Not all rescue organizations are created equal I can personally attest that Lost Paws is top notch! They truly care about their rescues and work tirelessly to find the best fit for both the family and pet.

Donna and the team listened to our needs and we worked together to find the right dog. They not only love the dogs, they KNOW the dogs. Trudy was exactly what we were looking for and no doubt she was loved and well cared for while in foster care! She settled right in with us and we couldn’t be happier with the entire process.

Thank you Lost Paws, for all you do to give these angels a second chance for a forever home! We will be back soon for another furry friend!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lost Paws Rescue of Texas are doing special work. The volunteers work tirelessly to unite the perfect animal with the perfect forever family and loving home. They spread so much love and joy to the greater communities.

We were thrilled to find out they also board. Our fur babies can spend time in a place where they are loved, protected, get to enjoy fresh air, and have fun.

As a side note, my husband had been traveling extensively for work and our son had become fearful to sleep alone at night. It had gotten to the point where I didn’t know how to help him. From the moment he saw a very special wounded rescue dog, he was a new boy. He went from being afraid to be in his bedroom at night to looking forward to his snuggle time with “his baby.”
Thanks Lost Paws Rescue of Texas! We’re not sure who was “rescued”, our fur babies or us!

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization of the highest level. The leadership of Yvette allows for the fully volunteer staff to focus on hundreds of adoptions of dogs and cats every year. Her commitment to rescuing animals from shelters that would otherwise not be noticed is unmatched in the DFW area. I volunteered for 7 years and was committed to the success of Lost Paws as an elite self funded organization. There is never a dollar that is spent that doesn't go directly to helping save a pets life. I know any money received will be going to the right place to do the most good!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy with our adoption of our little girl! She is such a love. She was in great shape when we got her and very healthy. She has adjusted so well with all our other animals. We would adopt from Lost Paws Rescue of Texas again.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from the Lost Paws rescue about a half year ago. She is the sweetest dog we could ever have.
We are very happy with my dog and we have to leave our dog with Yvette, the founder of the organization from time to time on traveling. My dog is very happy to be there and the only place I do not have to worry about our dog. This shows how much love and care are put into animals. All vaccinations are up to date and spayed/neutered at the time of adoption.

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 dogs from Lost Paws Rescue of Texas over the last 13 years.
We will only adopt from them because of the care they give to animals and the way they care for them before, during and after the adoption process.
Founder Yvette Garza’s tireless dedication to this Charity and her organization of the volunteers and foster parents is amazing to see, Lost Paws is the only animal rescue we will use or recommend.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Eight years ago, my husband and I just happened upon an adoption event that PetSmart was having that day. That's when we saw and immediately fell in love with our sweet puppy, Liffey. We then had the pleasure of working with the Lost Paws volunteers and Yvette directly. They were all absolutely incredible to work with, especially Yvette! This organization is amazing and the work they do is essential.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adopter who was so impressed with this organization and its founder that I have also been a volunteer for the last 3 years. I adopted a sweet scruffy mess at an event who has turned out to be such a delight. He is a certified AKC therapy dog and makes regular visits to hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, schools and even to the Special Olympics this year. I have found Lost Paws to be extremely genuine in their mission to find new homes to those others discard. They are a 100% volunteer org and not one cent goes to salary- it all goes to the animals. They are at adoption events every sat come rain or shine trying to get them adopted so they can make a Monday morning trip to the kill shelters and pull more animals out. They take in animals from all over Texas where smaller cities have no rescues and high euthanasia rates. They will find homes for the slightly imperfect, the seniors, the small ones, the cute ones, the ordinary and the ones that others pass by because they may have to get them healthy. Yvette has dedicated her life for the last 13 years to serving these animals and I am in awe of what she continues to do now with taking on the pregnant females and their puppies so they are not euthanized immediately at the shelters.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

I had been looking to adopt a dog for several month and contacted Lost Paws to inquire about one that I was interested in. I received an email response stating they were having an event in Lewisville at Petsmart. I attended the event and the dog I inquired about had been adopted. They said they had a similar sized dog who maybe a good fit for me. After meeting the dog I decided to take it home for a 2 week “trial” period. I was not given any information about the dog’s medical history and was told that that would be provided after I adopted. I asked about his behavior and was told he was shy but would warm up quickly. They stated he uses a doggy door at the foster and gave me no indication that he may have any trouble. I took the dog home and initially things went well but soon the dog started having bloody diarrhea and such extreme anxiety that he would not leave the apartment. I would take him outside for extended periods of time and he would not go potty, but would have an accident as soon as he got back in the house. He would not eat or drink anything and progressively more lethargic. I made multiple attempts and left multiple messages for Lost Paws but never heard a response. I finally opted to take the dog to the vet. He required subcutaneous fluids and antibiotics. I was told if the dog continues to refuse to drink then he needed to come back for kidney function test. The vet noticed the dog’s eye was glazed (something I had asked about at the rescue event and told it was fine) and told me it was likely an infection and the dog needed a full eye exam. Finally roughly 8 hours after my first phone call to the rescue I got a call back. I explained to them all of the behavior and medical issues I was having with the dog and they said I could bring him back the follow day. I meet them in Frisco with paper work from the vet, all of the medications and supplies I got for the dog. They seemed uninterested in discussing the suggestions the vet provided. They did not even seem appreciative that the dog got care or concerned about his well-being. They never offered to reimburse me for the cost of medical care for the dog or offered up an apology or even a thank you. I was heartbroken giving back that sweet little dog. I began to look online (something I should of done before trying to adopt through them) and saw other reviewers who echoed my experience. This whole experience was traumatic for both me and the sweet little dog I quickly grew to care about. My sadness was only compounded by the fact that I didn’t feel confident that he was going back to a place that would properly meet his needs.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'd like to file a complaint, if anyone cares to listen, against a Caucasian woman with glasses, hair up in her 50's (since I'm not allowed to use her name) I was in PetSmart in Bedford, TX Saturday, 1/23/15 in the late morning/early afternoon. There was a beagle with heartworms that a few people were interested in, and concerned about. She was right by the door and would shiver every time the door opened. We asked the lady if the sick dog could be moved away from the door, and she brushed us off, very rude, and said 'We'll move her later'. We could not understand the delay, as there were several empty spots she could have moved her to, in about 5 seconds of her time. I ended up buying her a blanket, and she stopped shivering. She was also ugly to an older gentleman that was inquiring about her and told him 'You're not going to adopt her' and walked away. We could not believe this woman's demeanor. There was another dog right beside her that was barking very loudly the whole time, I asked the woman if she could move the barking dog away from the sick one. Again, she turned her back and walked away from me. I called later to inquire if the dog had been adopted, as I know several potential adoptees, once she heard it wasn't me myself adopting, she hung up on me. If I was running a charity, I would want to know about persons like this being the face of my organization. I've never met anyone involved in pets and charity that seem so incredibly insensitive and rude to potential adopters. I'll be avoiding this charity as long as this woman is involved. Thank you for your time.

1

Client Served

Rating: 3

I got my puppy from Lost Paws a couple months ago and she has become my best friend in the short amount of time! However, I do have some points that I think people should watch out for before adopting from them.

First thing is that on their paperwork, they said she was a maltee-poo. It was only after I adopted her and saw her previous record from the shelter that I found out she was a terrier mix. I needed a dog who was hypoallergenic and her being a maltee-poo was one of the reasons that she caught my eye. Thankfully, nobody in my family is allergic to her so that was okay in our situation, but could have been bad in other situations.

Second, they told me in the description that she was rescued from a breeder. Because of that, I believed them when they said that she was a maltee-poo. Today, I called the shelter she was originally from and they told me she was actually a stray. Had I known that, I would have been able to work better with some of her behavior issues. These might be innocent mistakes, but it might have been done on purpose as well to get their dogs adopted faster.

Lastly, there is no real interview process. I just walked in, saw her, signed the papers, paid, and took her home. They didn't provide me with any details about her personality, daily schedule, or even the type of food she was eating, even after I called and asked. Most rescue organizations even help with introductions to the home and family members/pets and evaluate whether the pet owner was a good match for the pet, so I was disappointed that Lost Paws did not do that for me.

All in all, they do a good job rescuing these lost pets and I am very happy with mine, but I feel like this organization could definitely benefit from some improvements.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years I have had 3 rescues from Lost Paws - they mainly deal with small dogs and a variety of cats and at the time were around every other Saturday at the PetSmart in Irving/Las Colinas. Yvette and the team are wonderful...every time I came back they remembered the pets by name, and often asked about how they were doing. I had nothing but good luck with my 3 dogs (one pekipug and 2 shih tzus) and feel great that they are a big part of my family, and I was able to provide them a good home after being on the street and coming from a puppy mill. If you are considering a small dog, please see their page on petfinder or petsmart and you won't be diappointed.