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.
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.