Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue, otherwise known as T.I.G.R., has demonstrated to me, through the actions of everyone I've encountered in their vast network of volunteers, that the health, welfare, and psychological well being of every dog they rescue, whether Italian Greyhound or not, are their top priorities and their reason for being. They are tireless advocates who ALWAYS consider the dogs' needs over all else. The dogs they rescue are all lovingly fostered in their large network of family homes rather than placed in kennels, which greatly contributes to their overall well-being and temperament while waiting for permanent homes. T.I.G.R. has gained a strong, well deserved reputation across many states over the years, from Texas to Florida and to California, and I applaud and greatly admire them for what they do.
We adopted our first Italian Greyhound from a breeder many years ago after being scared away from the breed by another rescue group. Our first IG proved all the horror stories were just that. My husband and I talked regularly about getting a second pup to pal around with our first, but it took several years before our lives had settled enough to take on training a new dog. I found TIGR on Facebook and followed their rescues regularly. The group was so transparent there and clearly committed to helping these dogs and their owners. We eventually saw a posting that required an adoption application. I approached the whole rescue scene with a bit of trepidation because of the previous experience but TIGR was awesome from beginning to end. I think they even fell in love with our first dog a little. We received a frightening diagnosis for her just as all the details were settled for adopting the second pup. The foster home kept caring for him while we nursed our first dog through surgery and recovery. The group posted my questions about nursing a post-op dog back to health on their Facebook page and I quickly felt like I had a whole community helping us and rooting for her recovery. It was priceless assistance at a really difficult time. Sadly, our first IG is no longer with us but our TIGR adoptee is an amazing dog. A perfect fit for us, our home and our hobbies. It might have been due to their encouraging us to come meet him with our first pup in tow so she could help us pick out a match. Or it could have been the group's incredible ability to capture these dogs' spirits in the pics and descriptions they post. These are good people doing good work. I stayed in touch and am lucky enough to have just accepted a foster dog into our home too.
Thank you! Love our volunteers!
I have adopted and fostered for TIGR for about 6 years. My first experience was when we adopted Riley and I was so impressed with their honesty about this breed, the good and the bad. They gave us as much backgroup as was known about Riley. We adopted again in 2011 and could not be happier with both of our boys. TIGR makes sure that are fully vetted and have fully recovered from any injuries or health issues, before they are placed for adoption. I have fostered and currently have a foster in my care. They carefully screen each applicant whether they are fostering or adopting and make home visits.
Thank you! Couldn't do it w/o our volunteers!
I found Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue while trying to find a playmate for my Italian greyhound. The group helped me find two wonderful playmates for her. They turned out to be the best cuddle buddies for her as well. The group doesn't stop at adoption, they also have a community of IG owners that share stories on Facebook. Their play dates have been a lot of fun too! Nothing like seeing a bunch of iggies in one place at the same time.
After my little Sadie passed away, I noticed that my IG mix was really lonely during the day while I was at work. I was also ready for another addition to the family. The first IG I was interested in at TIGR, I was told, was not a good fit for my lifestyle (working mom). Disappointed, I talked to one of the foster Moms about my household and she came to my home for a visit. This foster Mom suggested the perfect Iggy for me. I adopted Lizzie in April 2011 and she has been the perfect sister for Dottie and perfect companion for me. The volunteers at TIGR love and understand their fosters enough to know what is best for them and place them in their perfect forever home. I am very lucky to have found Lizzie, and I wouldn't have found her if it weren't for the great people of TIGR.
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue is a small group of six people, plus fosters and volunteers, that rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Italian Greyhounds, Whippets, and an occassional mixed sight hound. The work that this small group does, on a strictly volunteer and dontation funded group is phenominal. My husband and I started off as a foster home and enjoyed the work so much that we devote most of our free time as volunteers. On average we have 5 fosters in our home at one time. IGs are the most amazing companion animals and really lift our spirits on a daily basis.
As a local group of folks (including those in Houston and other Texas towns), I find that they have a dedication and drive to save the Italian Greyhounds that rivals none.
Once you get one of these little guys into your home, you will totally understand why they are so loved.
The hardest part is dealing with one which has been abused or used as breeding stock, locked up all day and night in a cage, averse weather conditions and no human compassion.... it's a wonder they ever come around to loving and trusting someone again.
The sadness we feel in turning over a iggie to a new home is compensated by the fact we gave them a second chance at living and being loved as well as seeing the joy on the face of the new family as they cuddle with their new found addition.
Unfortunately in this day and age, our foster homes are not long for being empty, too many owner surrenders due to family or financial issues keeps us busy.