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Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to educate the public about the desirability of adopting Italian Greyhounds as companions and family pets in the home. Facilitate placing Italian Greyhounds in loving, responsible, forever homes. To provide continuing educational support to the Italian Greyhound family after placement to ensure a successful adoption. To support, welcome, and encourage an active, organized volunteer base of Italian Greyhound lovers who share the passion and vision of finding loving, responsible, forever homes for Italian Greyhounds to live out their natural lives. To stress the importance of spay and neuter as a means of controlling the number of unwanted animals. To connect with other groups and people that assist and adopt Italian Greyhounds to promote adoption worldwide. To enjoy the spiritual connection we all share with Italian Greyhounds and each other in loving and helping one of the most loving and loyal creatures put on this earth.

Results: We have placed hundreds of rescued Italian greyhounds, whippets, greyhound mixes and salukis in loving forever homes. In 2012, we placed over 70 foster dogs with volunteer foster homes and adopted 60 dogs to forever homes.

Target demographics: All individuals interested in adopting an Italian greyhound, whippet, saluki, and/or greyhound.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our fosters directly benefit from all donations.

Geographic areas served: Texas and surrounding states

Programs: Meet and greets, IG Playdates,

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

pjerden

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have 3 Italian greyhounds that all came through this rescue. The care that is given these rescues before they even begin to find homes is excellent. The process of screening our family as a fit for our first one was involved and thorough. The rescue knew our family dynamic and checked our yard and home for safety and comfort. We got our perfect match when we adopted Ricky Ricardo!
Over the last 3 years, we now volunteer and foster for this amazing rescue. We foster a sweet mill dog, Annetta, and have foster failed our sweet boy, Truman, that was on the streets and rescued by Texas Italian Greyhounds. We feel like this is the most caring and conscientious rescue for sight hounds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I got involved with TIGR 5 years ago when we adopted our second iggy, Ricky Ricardo. The process and great concern for the home checks made us realize how much they care about their dogs. We have since fostered two more iggys because we believe in this organization and know it’s the best run, and most loving, rescue for Italian Greyhounds.

LuckyH

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loves this non profit! Our sweet IGGY Lucky was rescued by TIGR and now is a family member! If you get the chance to donate to or adopt from this non profit you will not be sorry!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Lucky" is the fifth member of our family. He was found on the streets of Dallas. We adopted him from TIGR-Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue in August 2011. We knew instantly that he was a perfect fit for our family. After discussing adoption with his foster mom Gina, a house visit and the a-ok from the president of TiGR Robin... he was ours. The volunteers at this organization work many hours saving IGGY's from shelters and taking them off the streets. I can't say enough great things about this organization and all the dogs they have saved to become new family members. There is no monetary pay for the volunteers of TIGR....just lots of tail wags, head tilts and kisses from the dogs. This is a wonderful organization that I will always support in the years to come. ~Jennifer

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TIGR 09/12/2015

Thank you!

Karin Fegraeus M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 6 Italians from TIGR since 2004. They couldn’t be more wonderful. They do everything in their power to help these precious dogs, and we couldn’t be happier with the babies we have had. They are an amazing group of people. Bless them!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 iggies from this wonderful organization. They are the most caring group of people we have ever worked with. They do everything they can to help as many dogs as possible. We will always have Italian Greyhounds, and will always adopt from TIGR.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A year-and-a-half ago I adopted the most handsome, smartest, well cared for, healthy whippet named Greyson. Apparently his foster trained him some basic commands which really helped in getting him settled in my home. I really appreciate knowing this rescue really scrutinizes future homes for the dogs they have ready for adoption, including home visits, vet checks and references. I named him Giovanni and he has been a perfect fit and a pack member with my three Italian Greyhounds!

Janel R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have fostered and adopted several dogs from TIGR over many years. They are the best!! They make sure the pup is a good fit with your family . They are easy to work with and loves all of the animals. If you are wanting an Italian Greyhound, Whippet or Lurcher, this is the place to go.

1 Allison East L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster parent with TIGR for several years, and have seen first hand their devotion and commitment to placing IGs into loving homes. TIGR takes on many difficult cases, but ensures that each animal is placed into a foster home that can meet his own unique needs, ultimately leading to successful adoptions. The organization is very well-run, and the leaders of the group are very knowledgeable about the breed’s specific needs and quirks. I would strongly recommend this group to anyone who is considering adopting.

2 Connie60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted several dogs from TIGR and have fostered and volunteered for over 10 years. Great group that will help with finding the right home for fosters. And will always help with issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is just one story of how TIGR helps...

Sage was born in custody after a puppy mill raid. One of her litter died before rescue could get them. And one died a few months ago from liver failure. Sage and her surviving sister will be three soon, but both have low liver functions.

This puppy mill was selling "AKC" pure bred puppies. Keeping them in crates, stacked one on top of another inside a metal storage building in a warehouse district.

When someone wanted to buy one of his puppies, he'd go to storage to get it, clean it up and take it home and pretend that was how it was raised.

TIGR worked with other rescue groups to save the IGs and place them in loving forever homes. We were lucky enough to adopt Sage and is she the sweetest girl!

Opt to Adopt, not buy...

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3 Jessica K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had heard good things about this rescue and was aware of them well before tragedy struck my household when my beloved heart dog was killed. Both my other rescue iggy and I were devastated. I knew we would need to bring home a very specific kind of dog, and within a week of our loss, she showed up on TIGR. I felt like my chances were so slim, as I lived out of state and knew there would be high demand for this beauty, but I also knew that we needed her. I turned in my application and began the process. Everyone I came into contact with was so thorough and informative and I could tell that there is so much love for the dogs that come into the rescue. I learned a lot in the adoption process and made some new friends along the way. The woman who was fostering my soon to be new dog did an amazing job of socializing her and getting me ready to bring her back across state lines to my house. She fit in immediately. Fast forward three months, and my other dog is a new man. He loves his new baby and she has really brought him out of his shell. She made my house feel like a home again and we are so grateful each day. I would recommend TIGR very strongly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot tell you how extremely grateful we are to TIGR. We have adopted three dogs from them over the past two years. Anytime that I have needed guidance, as an owner, the rescue has provided me excellent advice and guidance from more seasoned Italian Greyhound owners. Over the past several years, I have seen the passion all of the volunteers have in order to make sure dogs are placed with the right furever home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After we lost our beloved Italian Greyhound (IG) Lady, my husband and I looked to adopt another IG. We checked out local IG rescues and went to a TIGR meet and greet. There we met the two IGs that we have now adopted, Abby and Arnie. Their foster parents were fantastic and gave us in depth information regarding each dog. We put in our application, had a phone interview, and a home visit. After that we were approved for adoption. What I truly love about TIGR is that they want to place the right IG with their forever home. They do not sugar coat information regarding the dogs and their habits. I appreciate that because you know what needs the dog has before entering your home. We are still in contact with the foster parents. I would truly adopt from them again and I highly recommend using them to adopt an IG.

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TIGR 10/15/2016

Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is run by volunteers who take rescue to an art form.
Not only do they rescue the dogs, but they are always available for doctor references, trouble shooting, and support.
I have just finalized the adoption of my sixth (6th) Iggy from this group so, I have had quite a bit of experience with them in the last fifteen (15) years.
I could never say enough positive things.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing rescue organization ever! My parents got two senior Italian greyhounds from them several years ago. When my husband and I decided to get a dog, we immediately went to one of TIGR’s meet at greets and fell in love with Bentley. Their adoption process was easy to navigate, and were thorough in making sure the dog and adopter are the right fit. The amount of love and passion this group has is something you can’t find anywhere else.

Melissa Polma L.

Donor

Rating: 5

We’ve supported TIGR for years but when a little pup crossed the website, I lost my heart and Annie became my heart dog. We have seen lots of rescues from all types of situations come through TIGR and they are all treated with kindness and respect and placed in the perfect home!

Hannah Jean C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted the newest member of our family, Cora, from TIGR a little over 3 months ago. They were wonderful in helping us through the process, making sure we were prepared, and that we were a good fit for Cora, and she for us. Connie was her foster mom and the one who helped us through the adoption process. She was great and continues to be a wonderful resource. We are so happy Cora has joined our home, and she has blossomed after being rescued by TIGR and becoming part of our family. I encourage anyone thinking about adopting through this organization to give them a try.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my first Italian greyhound over 10 yrs ago. A friend said I should go to the dog park. I did. There I met someone involved in Iggy rescue. and the rest is history. I started fostering, making collars and coats, transporting, evaluating, and bringing the most amazing dogs into rescue. Then finding wonderful homes for those I fostered. Some were destined to stay in my care. Love this breed. Love this rescue. They are what rescue is all about.

1 Stacy C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Robin and the TIGR team are incredible. They take perfect care of their Iggies, providing them with excellent medical care and foster homes filled with great amounts of love!!!

They are truly dedicated to finding the best homes for their dogs and I feel honored to be part of the TIGR family.

I got my Charlie Bear from TIGR when he was 3. He just turned 8 and he’s made my world a better place.

Please checkout this wonderful rescue whether you are looking to adopt, foster, volunteer, or donate. I highly recommend TIGR!!!

1 Daniela W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best rescue group I know. All the volontiers are very caring and passionate about their mission! I

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Texas Italian greyhound rescue is awesome! I am so glad we decided to go through them to get our second iggy Simon. He has been the best addition to our family and we couldn’t had done it without them! Everyone was so nice, helpful & welcoming when I got to Texas. It felt right

2 Craig Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted several sweet dogs from TIGR and are very appreciative of everything they do. The network of foster families and caring people in this organization are truly special.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Iggy from TXIGR and have never been happier. Atticus is the best of dogs and my best friend. TXIGR made the process easy. I met Atticus at a meet and greet held by TXIGR and instantly bonded with Atticus, TXIGR recognized the match and worked quickly with us to bring Atticus into my home. It was seamless and the results were perfect. Thanks TXIGR!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet high, Beppe, from TIGR 8 or 9 yrs ago. He has been such a loving addition to our family such he came come. TIGR was very thorough in their adoption process & is very proactive in their fundraising and community outreach events. Wonderful group of people with great big hearts!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping these great little loving companions find the homes they need and deserve is amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue is an is an awesome group of compassionate and caring volunteers. We got Bennie as a puppy and he has been with us for 10 months. He got the best start in life that any puppy could ever hope for. He has brought us so much joy and happiness. He is such a ray of sunshine! Thank you to Iggy rescue for taking in his mamma and all the Texas 60 from the horrible mill situation that they lived in. These dogs were given the medical treatment and TLC that they so desperately needed and went on to find their forever homes. I will always be greatful to the foster family that made it possible for my family to adopt Bennie. He most definitely our joy boy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our two beautiful babies, Bella and Beau, through TIGR. We fell in love with this group because of the never-ending heart they have for this breed. Everything is about the well-being of each and every dog – from medical needs to finding a loving forever home. We are delighted to have donated to and volunteered for TIGR!

3 Darlene L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third rescue to volunteer for and by far at the top of the list. I filled out a foster application when the group was taking in some of the Texas 60 puppy mill italian greyhounds. I had 3 puppy mills ig's of my own over the years and still have one puppy mill survivor who is 14 years old. Was delighted when accepted into this rescue. Was so excited when I got my first foster. I love doing volunteer work in rescue groups and find myself very selective in the groups and have found Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue ( TIGR ) to be a topnotch run organization. Caring, helpful, in charge, taking care of details. Absolutely love the new group that was created just for the Texas 60 it is so heartwarming to follow the journeys of all the pups and compare the likenesses of each dog and also get some much needed guidance along the way. The volunteers that I have had the pleasure of speaking with are wonderful, sweet, kindhearted, caring and loving all the fine qualities it takes to be a foster. I enjoy being in this group and helping in any way I can, as well as fostering these wonderful sweet pups.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Robin has been a life saver a few times. Even though i got my iggy from a different rescue robin hasnt treated me any different. Has always been there for any question or concern i have had. My CJ is almost 17 and im so happy shes had a great life

3 John S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 4 Italian greyhounds and a Saluki thru this group. Robin runs one of the best rescue groups anywhere. She has been there for us always. She was even instrumental in finding our Silken Windhound when he got out. The Best Of The Best !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue online and then "Liked" their Facebook page. I'm not able to adopt right now only because I live in Canada and Texas is a long ways away but I have donated what I can. I would love to adopt all of the babes as Iggies are my absolute favourite. My hope is that some day I will be able to drive down and give one of their babes a fabulous forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TIGR will go above and beyond for be of service for you and your Iggy..
When my Bella needed a blood transfusion, Robin Tula stepped in, found a clinic, found a blood donor, made the appointment, and all other arrangements. It was a terrible time, but Robin did all the leg work. All we had to do was show up. (Bella is doing exceptionally well and is an absolute delight).
In addition, you can phone anyone in the group for questsions/brainstorming.
Wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue organization is by far one of the most dedicated and caring group of individuals I have ever come across. They work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of the dogs. I have been a supporter (and adopter) for several years and I can't say enough good things about them. Thank you for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two Italian Greyhounds through TIGR and fostered several others. This group cares about the dogs so much and works very hard to place them in just the right home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does amazing work in helping Italian greyhounds in need. Whether they have been abused or abandoned, this group will foster them, help them heal, and teach them what love feels like.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I were fortunate enough to become involved with the Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue (TIGR) after our own wonderful “Iggy” came into our lives a few years ago and, since then, I’ve been both impressed and deeply moved by the work TIGR does. The care, love and dedication that TIGR provides is simply amazing – not just to the animals themselves but to those in need of the loving companionship that a dog can give. Through providing rescue, health care and support (physical and emotional), fostering and adoption services, TIGR has given new and amazing lives to hundreds of dogs that would otherwise have continued to be abused, kept in puppy mills, put in shelters or possibly put down. We are incredibly proud to have fostered several dogs as a volunteer with TIGR and have added two wonderful rescues to our family. TIGR’s leadership works tirelessly as a true labor of love and their level of professionalism in how they handle every aspect of the organization is inspiring and would serve as an excellent template for how others might consider developing and operating a truly ‘great non-profit’.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I were very interested in working with TIGR so we went to their meet and greets to get to know their dogs and volunteers. When we were ready to foster dogs, we filled out an application and days later they conducted their home visit. It was done in a very timely manner and we were given all of the information we needed about the dogs we would be fostering. About a week later, we received Katy and Blossom. TIGR has been very helpful by providing heartworm medication, collars, tags, harnesses, aromatherapy pendants, blankets, chews, and food. We are able to contact them very easily by phone or at their monthly meet and greets. The other volunteers offer great advice on how to care for the fosters which has proven to be very helpful. We will definitely continue working with them in the future and would love to foster more dogs.

3 Kim_71

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three IGs from Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue. They care so much about their dogs and do a very thorough check into the adoptive family to ensure the dog has a truly great home and a great fit! TIGR has changed our lives for the better! They have taken IGs from hoarder situations and will love, care and patience, turn their lives around, show them love and care. I can't say enough about this amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Dasher after viewing his photo on TIGR's facebook page. I already have two Italian Greyhounds and his profile said he needed a special diet....I decided to write about him, I just couldn't stop thinking about him. I emailed and a few days later Dasher's foster mom called me and we talked for about an hour! She is so nice and asked all the questions I expected, and shared her history with Dasher. When i went to meet Dasher for the first time, I felt like we were old friends (his foster mom and I). Dasher was great, adorable and everything I had expected! We decided to meet for another home visit and leave Dasher if all went well with our other dogs. A month later I was so excited, we live 2.5 hours away, and TIGR's foster spent the day driving to make sure my home was safe and a good environment for Dasher. i can't say enough about TIGR! I love how they make sure these sweet babies will be cared for and find a forever home for them. I plan on always adopting through TIGR, it has been such a wonderful experience! I hope to one day foster, but id love to be home full time for that. Dasher may not have made it if it weren't for TIGR and his foster parents, I am eternally grateful! He is a wonderful little guy and we are so in love with him!!!

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TIGR 09/12/2015

Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue- (TIGR)this non profit works tirelessly to rescue Italian Greyhounds and other greyhounds. They foster rescue dogs and are always placing them in loving homes. The dogs that are rescued require assistance that is very costly. Donations are always welcome and needed. We found our additional family member five years ago. Lucky ( pictured below) is such a good boy and was fortunate to be found by TIGR. Any assistance given to this non profit would be greatly appreciated.