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Austin Dog Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Austin Dog Rescue is not a shelter, but a foster home based organization located in Austin, Texas that serves shelters throughout the Central Texas area. We rescue dogs that are at risk due to lack of space, age, health, or special needs. We rely solely on volunteers, adoption fees, and donations to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Our dogs are cared for in foster homes where they are treated as members of the family. They receive an abundance of interaction with humans and other dogs, and are house and crate trained. All medical needs are addressed before our dogs are placed in their home. We strive for careful and thoughtful placement for our dogs. We believe that life is precious and the dogs we save deserve a second chance at finding a loving, caring home. Our foster caregivers and other volunteers are the catalyst behind giving them that chance.

Results: We have saved and found homes for over 1880 dogs.

Target demographics: homeless shelter dogs regain their health and overall well-being.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 400 dogs find their forever home.

Geographic areas served: Austin, Texas

Programs: Austin Dog Rescue is not a shelter, but a foster home based organization located in Austin, Texas that serves shelters throughout the Central Texas area. We rescue dogs that are at risk due to lack of space, age, health, or special needs. We rely solely on volunteers, adoption fees, and donations to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Our dogs are cared for in foster homes where they are treated as members of the family. They receive an abundance of interaction with humans and other dogs, and are house and crate trained. All medical needs are addressed before our dogs are placed in their home. We strive for careful and thoughtful placement for our dogs. We believe that life is precious and the dogs we save deserve a second chance at finding a loving, caring home. Our foster caregivers and other volunteers are the catalyst behind giving them that chance.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Cori R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been an animal lover all my life. Six years ago this month my first dog (as an adult) passed away. Six years ago, what was a horribly sad time for me was also the beginning of an amazing journey. Shortly after my dogs death I found Hudson, a gorgeous Border Collie/German Shepherd mix. It was love at first sight! I immediately filled out an application, so afraid someone would beat me to adopting him. I was terrified and excited, all my previous experience with dogs had been Chihuahuas. I spoke with Joyce and Tara, both fostering Hudson. He had "issues", he was heart worm positive and did not like strangers in his house. ADR treated his medical problems and then worked with his trainer and I so I knew how to handle him. Austin Dog Rescue was up front from the beginning about Hudson and his special needs. They provided support when I had questions and were genuinely excited to hear about Hudson's new life. A year after I adopted him I made the decision to foster for them. Five years later, 2 new additions and 38 dogs saved, Hudson and ADR have made a huge impact on my life. I have met amazing people and learned more than I ever thought possible about dogs. The network of people who support ADR and the people who foster for them is truly unbelievable. It is a testament to how much you can effect and how much you will be effected if you volunteer your time to a worthy cause. Austin Dog Rescue is an amazing organization and your support of them is truly appreciated!

1 ShelleyS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Austin Dog Rescue for about a year now. I got involved with them as a foster, and have fostered several dogs that they have been able to rescue from shelters, to get adopted to a forever home. I cannot say enough about the passion, dedication and unbelievable caring that each and every volunteer with this organization has. They are all volunteer, no staff, no one gets paid anything. Some of these people go so far above and beyond to give these animals a fighting chance at a good life, a good home, and love. I am amazed every day by their commitment and the lengths they will go to in order to save animals. I can't recommend this nonprofit enough. They make every dollar they raise go so far. Lean and very impactful organization.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADR is absolutely wonderful! These loving folks are genuinely passionate about saving the lives of countless shelter dogs, working tirelessly to find them caring forever homes. Their amazing group of fosters go above and beyond to provide much needed love, comfort and a stable environment to abused, neglected and forgotten dogs in order for them to have a second chance to live through adoption. I found my "soul-mutt" through ADR and I'll be forever grateful that someone in their organization saw something special in her and pulled her from the euthanasia list at a local shelter. Thank you ADR for enriching my life in so many ways!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful people of Austin Dog Rescue! This is a first rate and well run rescue organization that helps save many senior, sick or injured dogs in the Austin Metro area. They often help those dogs who would not have a second chance without ADR's tireless dedication to rehabilitating them and helping them find a loving new forever home. I have always had such good experiences myself and great feedback from others who have worked with, fostered for or adopted from Austin Dog Rescue - that my own organizations confidently selected ADR as one of our Top 10 local rescue groups to recognize and help fundraise for each year at our local events. Kudos to Joyce, Edward, Anne, Liz and all the other ADR Board members and volunteers for always being such wonderful advocates for the homeless dogs of Central Texas!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

With zero exaggeration I can say that this is one of the most kind, compassionate and smart rescue groups in Austin. I may be a little biased because they trusted me to adopt Sparky, who makes my heart smile everyday.

The adoption process was swift but thorough. I really appreciated that his foster mom brought him to me to meet my other dog. She hung out for well over an hour answering questions and offering advice. I trusted that she was looking our for the dogs best interest but soon realized she was looking out for my best interest as well. They care passionately about finding the right home ...not just any home.

It was a great experience and someday I hope be one of their fosters but for now Sparky and LuLu keep me plenty busy. I absolutely recommend ADR!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Austin Dog Rescue (ADR) through a local Austin business, Mudpuppies, that I had been using to board my dogs for a number of years. Austin Dog Rescue (ADR) takes dogs that are older/senior, need some pretty serious rehabilitation, and most likely would not be adopted from a local shelter. They foster these dogs until they are adopted, once they commit to that dog they keep the dog indefinitely. I adopted a special case, Charlie, who had been with ADR for quite some time and had lived at a variety of foster homes within the ADR network. I have kept in touch with Charlie's foster mom, Amber, who had Charlie for 8 months. I see the good work Amber does through her pictures, facebook pages, and also by visiting her at the dog park or by bringing my dogs to visit to help rehab her current foster animal. I also see how Mudpuppies helps out by using their network of customers to try to help find homes for available animals. Austin Dog Rescue does such a good job with taking on these animals and making them adoptable. I am not sure if other adopters have kept in touch with ADR or with the foster parent who kept their adopted dog, but I think it has been wonderful to do so. Though Charlie still has some challenges, he is a wonderful dog who is loving and sweet and I wouldn't give him up for the world. ADR does a wonderful job! I wish I could adopt all of the dogs!