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41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue has helped save so many medical dogs, and never once considered the cost! They help dogs that need major medical attention, and get them feeling better and into amazing homes! This is one of the amazing dogs Zeus they helped get back into health, when he was surrendered at the shelter and became very sick. He is now feeling so much better thanks to Saving Hope stepping up to save him!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired vet tech, I still wanted to help animals but was unsure how since we have multiple pets of our own. We thought it would be nice to foster pregnant dogs so that they have a safe place for them and their babies. Tomorrow, we get our 3rd momma! Saving Hope has been amazing at helping us and getting these families into their furever homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When a puppy came up to our front door lost, saving hope was the first place we called! They helped us right away and took the puppy in. 10/10 reccommend!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We connected with Saving Hope looking for a big male dog to add to our family. We initially reached out because of another dog we saw online but during conversations with one of their volunteers they recommended Boone. After hearing about Boone and FaceTiming - we fell in love! The folks at Saving Hope were so easy to work with, they helped bring him up to Minnesota for us from TX and we are so lucky stars aligned and Boone joined our family. Thank you Saving Hope for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Saving Hope
since inception and have never known a group that cares more and will
put every effort to help
an animal
in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster for Saving Hope for a year. It has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had! The directors and volunteers are loving, caring and compassionate. This organization will move heaven and earth to help the unwanted, unloved, abandoned and abused. We are family. Not only do we come together to help the animals, we love and support each other. There are so many success stories! Buddy was a sweet kitty surrendered to the shelter with a broken and horribly infected leg. Saving Hope stepped in, provided the surgery he needed, and I became his medical foster. He thrived in foster care. I am blessed that he chose me as his forever mom. Thank you, Saving Hope, for your love for these babies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a cat foster with Saving Hope and I love seeing the kitties receive the love and care they so desperately deserve. It’s a huge joy to see these cats go to loving homes and have their adopters send me pictures and updates. Saving Hope Cat Rescue Saves kitty lives and restores their hope. An amazing team of volunteers who work tirelessly to help us as fosters and most importantly, the kitties.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Saving Hope a few years now and I can honestly say how proud I am to be a part of this organization! For those who feel this organization is less than favorable do not understand the true nature of rescue. Rescue is hard, it is ugly, it is heart wrenching and it is brutal! We are volunteers who sacrifice our own time, money, holidays, late nights, time away from family, emotional well being. We have jobs and families and personal obligations yet we do what it takes because we do it to save animals lives! We step up where so many are willing to turn a blind eye. It's easy to say words like "unprofessional" and "disorganized" when a response isnt made or made quick enough or if your experience didnt fit within the parameters for which you set. Not keeping in mind that someone may not be available because, once again we are volunteers and so much needs to be tended to thats way beyond your entitlement for a response. So unless you are willing to roll up your sleeves and knock on the door of someone who had a dog chained up for years, surviving thru extreme heat and cold, with little to no shelter, no access to clean water or even food to plead with them to let you take the dog. Or go to the shelter to pick up a dog that was used as bait for dog fighting or a cat that was set on fire for someone's amusement and then left for dead. Or the ones that were abandoned and dumped because they were no longer wanted or were too old. Their eyes showing you the devastation of having everything they know ripped away through no fault of their own, an animal that has shut down because their human failed them. Or even try to convince someone that their dog or cat does not want to be bred and we dont need more puppies and kittens to compete with others vying for the limited homes available and will likely end up euthanized. Unless you are willing to do that then please dont try to tear down the ones who are! Instead, aim your disappointment toward your local and state governments and demand change for better animal welfare! Even if it's for rescue reform! We need better laws to protect these innocent souls, stricter and enforceable consequences for those who abuse, neglect and abandon. We need to be better... for them! Rescue is not the cure, it's only a bandaid. Rescues exist because without them more animals would suffer and die. It takes people who are dedicated and willing to take the abuse from the uninformed because if not us then who?

2 Rachel F.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for Saving Hope in December 2021. Six of our fosters have found forever homes, and seven more have been rescued from shelters across the state of Texas. Saving Hope Animal Rescue Funds allow animal to survive and thrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently fostering my second cat through Saving Hope Rescue. They have great communication, are very friendly, and always know the animal comes first. They always answer all of my questions which makes fostering with them a breeze. Cannot recommend them enough!!

2 Patty36b

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Saving Hope as a foster mom a little over one year ago. During that time I have had an opportunity to further my education and outreach within my community by partnering with Saving Hope, both as a volunteer foster and donor.

Everything that Saving Hope receives is used in it’s entirety to provide for the animals directly. It’s 100% volunteer based (No one is getting a padded pocket), and kitties are being saved every single day.

Having worked with several of their medical cases this past year, I’m thankful for their generosity to continue to save lives and for the generosity of our donors. In January I was thrilled when SH sent me to pull “one in most need” at the NFW shelter. Mosho came to SH from that pull Aprox 6 months FIV+ and a nasty drug resistant upper respiratory.. He’s been in the hospital a lot, but SH hasn’t given up and neither has Mosho. (Tuxedo kitty) Bert came (ginger) in that pull a senior kitty 11yrs, no teeth Fiv+ and recovering from upper respiratory.. He’s our resident teddy bear and has a future now because of SH. I’m always so thankful that SH works so hard to help find the perfect fit, our family foster fail Albus came to us from SH and he was struggling because he is deaf and not able to connect easily with other kitties, but magically he landed at my door - where my husband is also deaf and Albus fits right in.
To all of the SH volunteers - donors - and future volunteers- thank you! #IlovecatsandICannotlie

2 Crystal T.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very communicative and friendly. When I have an issue, they always help me with it as fast as they can. You don’t even have to drive! They will drop off or pick up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

I have fostered for Saving Hope a few times and due to horrible communication and processes, I’ve stopped volunteering for them. Each time I’ve reached out to foster or they reached out to me, I explained that I can foster a pup that already has had all their vetting and don’t need any further vet appointments since I am unable to commit to that due to work schedule and transportation. Each time they got me a foster only finding out after I took them home that they need vetting. I tried reaching out to other volunteers that so transport only and never got a response. It was stressful and one of those times had to plead with them to find another foster. Their communication is so conflicting. I was in a group chat where I asked if my foster was good to go for posting for adoption. The founder/owner said yes but one of the coordinators said No, he still needs all his shots and chip. I was so irritated! I took care of the pup and successfully got him adopted but it was my last time with them. The owner is over her head and not competent in running this organization. They say they want to help animals but time and time again I’ve seen them post asking for a foster for help with a transport and all these people are responding saying they can help but no reply from them. Responders were even saying, I offered to help, no reply, do you still need someone and they never come back and close the conversation. It leaves people hanging.
Last straw for me was actually recent when a puppy was dumped out where I live. I took him in, tried to find the owners and didn’t so reached out to SH asking if they can help find a foster. Nobody from the organization responded except 3 days later and it was just to tag someone in the comments. And the kicker, I saw a couple posts after mine with a similar situation and they jumped in to help them. So luckily I know someone who has connections to another rescue, Allie’s Haven, and they immediately set me up with a coordinator to take the puppy. All within 24 hours of contacting them. That is what a good rescue does. They are now my go to rescue. SH, please fix your communication and get better staffing. You definitely don’t practice what you preach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering dogs through Saving Hope for about a year and a half. All the volunteers are so nice and helpful! It is so rewarding to be able to help save lives! My favorite part is taking care of the little puppies that are learning what is feels like to be loved. I also so enjoy the pupdates from the adopters when the babies go to amazing homes.

Christine F.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Saving Hope Rescue for almost a year. This is one of the best places to volunteer for and they do their absolute best finding these poor furbabies a good family. My daughter is my best helper and she is learning so much about compassion and responsibilities. We have fostered Cats and dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about Saving Hope. They are tireless on their mission to save and rehabilitate every animal that comes into their care. When they heard about a dog in South Texas that had given birth to 12 puppies under an abandoned house, and had been under the house for 5 weeks, with a freeze approaching, they jumped into action. Sedona and her 12 puppies came into the care of Saving Hope and their lives were changed forever. I volunteered to foster Sedona and a dog team was formed to oversee her care. When she came to me, she was severely emaciated after heroically feeding her 12 puppies for 5 weeks, she weighed 24 lbs. This mama needed some rest! She spent the first 3 weeks sleeping, eating and overcoming her fear of people. Her team arranged her spay, her heartworm treatment and were available to answer any question this newbie had, as well as to cheer on Sedona as she progressed. Keep in mind they have hundreds and hundreds of animals they are caring for. Laurie, who is at the Saving Hope house everyday, is a beautiful angel. She pulled food, medication and anything else that was needed and had it ready for me to pick up. When we realized that Sedona had broken many of her teeth, possibly chewing a chain, Laurie put put out extra soft treats for me to pick up.
Sedona is now recovering from her heartworm treatment and has gained 26 lbs! I look forward to seeing her live her absolute best life. Thank you Lauren Anton Meekins and Saving Hope!

3 Denise M.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful program to help animals! I fostered with them and they were very responsive to help my foster cat. I then fell in love with him and couldn't let some else adopt him! So he was the best foster fail! He is a part of the family now, learning how to snuggle and play.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never had a better experience working with a nonprofit. I reached out to this non profit back in October of 2021 to see if I could get a stray and friendly cat some help. She appeared to be pregnant and after they agreed to assist her and her babies and I took her inside it was quite a parent she was pregnant. Mama Saturn ended up having six babies, aptly named after Saturn's moons Pandora, Atlas, Rhea, Prometheus, Helene, and Calypso. They have done a wonderful job caring for the kittens and Mama, as well as getting them all of their proper shots and vet appointments for spays/neutering. I'm so thankful to have been able to work with this non-profit, and I'm very confident in their abilities to help me care for any other strays that I may find. Huge shout out to Stephanie as well who is a volunteer with this non-profit and has gone above and beyond to get the proper care to these kittens and mama when needed when my schedule could not allow.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One year ago today, this little guy was born. Unfortunately, a horrendous ice storm was headed this way. A kind soul notified Saving Hope, and they took a sweet momma and her babies. They ended up with my daughter as their foster, where I tried so hard to not fall in love with this sweet boy. Of course, love won and in July, I adopted him. Thanks to Saving Hope, Hemingway, Twain, Fitzgerald, and Collins all have loving fur-ever homes. Without Saving Hope, they would have all suffered a horrendous death. Thank you!

1 Katrina Ruth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Saving Hope for over a year. Saving Hope is a local independent rescue organization but they save more at-risk animals than the large DFW-based rescue organizations with fancy facilities, staff veterinarians and city/state funding. The members of leadership with Saving Hope are dedicated to improving animal welfare in the state of Texas and go to impressive lengths every day to ensure no cat or dog is left behind. Saving Hope helps struggling rural municipal shelters that other rescue organizations ignore. Saving Hope also helps sick and injured animals when the large rescue organizations with multi-million dollar annual budgets refuse to assist. They are a true ally to vulnerable animals in Texas shelters and communities. I’m proud to be associated with such a truly admirable organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are a lot of rescues around, and even more dedicated and passionate volunteers who make up those rescues. I've been involved in the rescue world for about 4 years and a foster for Saving Hope for a little over a year. In that time, I've seen first-hand the care and willingness to save every life that is lucky enough to become a member of Saving Hope. No challenge is to small or big - they are all tackled with grace and determination.

The last 48 hours have shown me and our community just how far their dedication goes.
On Sunday Saving Hope was approached by an individual who had a friend's family member take their own life - leaving behind 30 cats and kittens. Needless to say, the family was devastated and at a loss as to what to do with the much loved and well cared for fur-babies that were left behind. The family friend had reached out to Saving Hope asking if we might take a few - so that not all would have to go to the shelter. ​Saving Hope didn't blink an eye - "We'll take all 30"!
The Cat Coordinator sent out the "CAT SIGNAL" and within a matter of hours we had a plan and fosters lined up for all of the cats. These loved babies had experienced their own trauma and our team treated the humans and the cats with dignity, compassion and support.
When all the babies were identified, and sent off to the fosters, our team assured the family that we weren't abandoning them - we would provide updates on when the kittens were adopted - pictures would be sent and updates from fosters (there was a pregnant mom and they wanted to learn about her babies), and that if they were in need of assistance for their remaining cats and dogs Saving Hope would be here to support however they needed us.

Yes, rescue is hard and despite the emotions of the situation I was so proud to be a part of this caring, loving, determined organization.
There are angels among us - and they are rescuers - and this group is absolutely amazing - if you've ever considers fostering - please join us - if you love animals but can't foster - please consider making a donation - Saving Hope didn't stop to think about how they would pacy for the vetting and care of 30 additional babies - They just DID IT

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for and adopted from several great organizations, but Saving Hope Rescue is my favorite. In an all volunteer organization, teamwork and dedication are essential and Saving Hope is overflowing with hard working team members. Saving Hope has been there for animals picked from up other shelters who could not handle the medical cases - from accidents to illnesses, Saving Hope has rehabilitated broken pelvises, neurological diseases, socialization issues, and all the common illnesses and parasites animals suffer from being outside or neglected. They have come to the rescue for families who have lost a loved one who had pets that the family was simply unable to care for in their current situation, from kittens to seniors who lost their one family member and need a home for their golden years. The big freeze in Texas in 2021 had phones ringing off the wall for Saving Hope with callers asking for help with outside cats. Many needed medical attention, many were feral and needed to be trapped and other had been left behind by neglectful owners who moved and neighbors had been putting food and water out for them. Every foster home was full and it was a challenge adding additional cats who needed to be quarantined, after catching them in the cold days and nights that preceded the big freeze. Fosters with broken pipes, no water and power and no heat were helped by other fosters who delivered fire wood, water jugs, food, cat litter, cats and dogs and whatever else was needed. Everyone worked hard to help each other and the animals. The weeks to come included healing wounds, acclimating animals to being indoors, treating parasites and getting them healthy and well adjusted to families and other animals. All but the most feral found loving homes. We have a few great fosters, who took on the longer term job of the most fearful feral cats. I have picked up animals coming into the safety of Saving Hope from the shelter and delivered some straight to the veterinarian for urgent care before they could go to medical foster homes. Most local shelters can only offer minimal care for these animals and when kept at the shelter too long the animals give up. It is so rewarding to see the light come back into their eyes with personal TLC and full medical care. The success stories just keep coming. I have fostered kittens for the shelter before and in order for them to be adopted, they have to be returned to the shelter and into confinement. With Saving Hope, potential adopters can come to the foster homes for a meet and greet with the animal. This is far less stressful for the animal and the adopter can take time to play and interact in a natural setting and see how they get along with other animals or children in a home setting. When adopted, they go straight from one home to their new home, eager to explore. As a foster/volunteer that makes it all worth while.
Saving Hope relies on donations, but is able to help volunteers with supplies and pay for all medical care. The team makes sure that every animal is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, healthy and ready to go to a new home. They are never pushed out to make room for more. Some rescues only take in animals that are easy to get adopted. Saving Hope will never leave one behind. Because of the open arms of Saving Hope, volunteers and foster homes are always needed. Saving Hope works with all fosters once approved to foster, even if they can only foster for a night at a time, or to foster while another foster needs to be away. In addition to foster, there are other volunteer opportunities, such as helping at the cat cafe, helping to manage supplies, coordinating and communicating and vetting potential fosters and adopters. If you only have a little time each week, you can still volunteer. You won’t find a more dedicated and very busy group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal rescue is heartbreaking, expensive and seemingly neverending. Saving Hope Rescue gives hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved and is a voice for the voiceless. I have been a foster for almost 2 years. I am honored to be a small part of this organization so unfailingly committed to doing everything possible to save these little souls.

Jennifer M.29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saving Hope is an incredible organization! They make a real difference in the lives of the pets they help and the people they work with. This amazing group is compassionate and caring, taking on many difficult cases

Steven F.5

Client Served

Rating: 1

My initial communication with the foster parent provided every indication that we would be able to adopt a dog as no other applicants were noted. She also commented she would notify an adoption coordinator to “look out for my application”.

With no communication or even a response for two weeks after submitting an application and donating money, we were told we would not be able to adopt the dog via a text message. No explanation was provided, no response to several inquiries. A conversation should be the only way to handle this situation.

Saving Hope Rescue is not a professional organization and we will not work with them again.

I don’t understand why they continually post via social media regarding available dogs/cats, and events, yet do not respond to any inquiries.

The organization appears unorganized, unprofessional, unethical, and not customer friendly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a foster/adopter and volunteer for Saving Hope for over 2 years. They’ve helped me when no one else would/could. The amount of dedication from this rescue and everyone involved is amazing. They fight the good fight everyday and are dedicated to every animal that comes in. I’ve seen the tears, pain, love and joy from this group. I’m eternally grateful for them.

1 Rya J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Saving Hope for over a year now and they are the most amazing people! From 2am conversations about concerns about my current fosters to getting to see the babies I've raised be carefully placed with loving forever homes, they are there for their fosters every step of the way with all the support you could ever ask for. One of my foster litters were found sick and alone, Saving Hope fought like hell along side me and all three of those beautiful babies now have loving families thanks to this rescue. I am very much looking forward to many more years of working with them to save lives and bring love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saving Hope Rescue is the absolute best! I foster cats with them and everyone with the rescue has always been extremely helpful. You can tell that everyone involved has a deep love for all the animals they are saving!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Saving Hope for 3 years and I couldnt be more proud to be a part of this great rescue! They go over and beyond for the animals in their care and have a good support system. Even getting involved with the community, advocating for animal welfare and supporting spay and neuter programs. Saving Hope is making the way to make Texas a better place for animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering cats for Saving Hope for over a year. This organization loves animals and goes above and beyond to do everything to keep them healthy and safe. They give their entire hearts to this cause, and they do so ethically and with true kindness to animals and people.

1 Amber Leigh O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue does amazing work. They do everything they can for animals in their care to make sure the babies are loved.

1 Bailey W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering with Saving Hope for over a year. The cat team is absolutely amazing! They make sure I have the supplies I need and that our cats get the best care. I hope to always foster with them.

2 Brneyes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering for several local rescues in the DFW area for the last 10 years I settled in with Saving Hope 3 years ago and I couldn't be more proud to say I'm a volunteer and foster for them. Saving Hope never ceases to amaze me with how far they will go to make sure their animals are taken care of not only medically but emotionally as well. If I was to try and write every great thing they have done down that list would be never ending. Thank you to Saving Hope for their dedication to all our 4 legged family members

1 spike112576

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saving Hope Rescue goes above and beyond for the animals they save. I have fostered for the cat division for almost 2 years. They never cease to amaze me with how far they will go to make sure their animals are taken care of. This is my Panluek survivor, River. She was hospitalized for two weeks and SURVIVED! All because Saving Hope never gave up on her. I see the volunteers pour their heart and souls into this rescue, and it makes me proud to be a small part of it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work. I’ve adopted from and donated to this rescue group for many years. I value the work they do and admire their dedication. The rescuers, the fosters, the directors - all fully committed to improving the lives of our community’s abandoned animals. Highly recommend.

1 Yuna Nagaoka H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saving Hope Rescue is very committed to saving animals. I cannot stop if I write down what's great about this rescue, if I only pick one thing it’s that they don't only give second chances to the rescued animals but they also give third chances to those who struggle with anxiety, lack of socializations and stresses by providing professional dog trainers. I love that they really make sure that the rescued animals will thrive at their forever home and that's what makes me keep committed with this rescue! They are absolutely amazing and I cannot thank them enough for what they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, foster, donor and proud owner of a Saving Hope puppy, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization! Saving Hope is constantly striving to improve and expand and never forgets to give back and support other shelters and rescues along the way. Saving and rescuing animals is never ending and sometimes can be brutal and devastating. The organization has only a couple of employees but a countless number of volunteers that just refuse to give up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve fostered numerous times for Saving Hope. They are a wonderful organization run by wonderful people who only want the best for the animals. If you are looking to become a foster, or even better, adopt a pet, you should definitely go through Saving Hope!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Saving Hope has been so amazing to me in my roles as both adopter and a rescuer who volunteers her time humanely trapping scared or wounded dogs in need. As an adopter, I have known them to be passionate about finding the right fit for the dogs they adopt out and they continue to follow-up and care about them long after they have left the rescue and become family members in my home and the homes of my friends and relatives who have adopted from them. They never stop caring or following up on our rescues and I don’t know how they do it considering all of the others they continue to take Into their rescue. As a trapper, they have taken on several dogs that I have trapped, one even pregnant, when I have had NOWHERE for them to go. Saving Hope truly cares about the animals in need in Texas and I wish there were more rescues like theirs! So grateful for Saving Hope!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing team to work with and look forward to helping save more animals with them. I am grateful for Saving Hope Rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saving Hope is a wonderful organization that truly helps animals in need. I am a current foster for Saving Hope and their commitment to saving animals is inspiring. Our last foster Malibu, came to us as a puppy so sick that the vet recommended euthanizing her. Saving Hope instead supported us to bring her to a specialist and numerous other vet visits. I am happy to say that she is not only thriving and loved in her forever home, but she has become a therapy dog. I can not express enough, my gratitude to Saving Hope and the commitment they have to animals in need.