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.
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’.
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.
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue, more commonly known as TIGR intakes IG's that need to be rescued from horrific hoarder conditions, strays, owner releases and many other facets of life. They have the dogs vetted so they can begin the rehabilitation process by providing them with love, shelter and new four-legged friends for company. TIGR hold gatherings at local pet friendly businesses to meet potential adopters, answer any questions and give the dogs a chance to meet the public. The goal is to place these rescued dogs into a permanent home that provides them a healthy life full of love. TIGR is an awesome organization that really cares for the dogs. They hold an annual fundraising event in order to earn funds to help cover the cost to care for the current available dogs and continue their work to rescue others.
My husband and I have been volunteering for TIGR since 2009. They are a fantastic all volunteer, all donation, non-profit that runs on financial support of people like you. TIGR thoroughly vets potential adopters to make sure their foster dogs get placed in the best forever homes.
Thank you! Our volunteers are the best!
I've been fostering for TIGR about 6 years. I really appreciate the thorough application process to ensure our fosters are placed in the right home. TIGR does a fantastic job of educating potential adopters about IGs. A friendly and knowledgeable group that only wants what is best for the dogs.
Love our volunteers!!!!
"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
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue has blessed my family with three amazing dogs. This organization is thorough when matching potential families with available rescue dogs. They do their very best to make sure the right dog is placed with the best possible forever family. We have grown so fond of this rescue's work, that we are now privileged to foster for them. Excellent work done by loving and devoted volunteers. Keep it up tigr!
Thank you! Love our volunteers!
I learned of Italian greyhound rescue almost 5 years ago, I contacted Robin about adoption and submitted my application, after the home visit and verifying my information, I received a phone call from Robin telling me that she had a 4 month old pup that needed a home, I couldn't hold my excitement, of course I already had 2 ig's in my life and I drove to meet Robin and picked up Sebastian, a scared little thing, but he is getting ready to turn 5 next month and he has really changed, he is a very loving and happy little thing, I love him so, I'm so incredibly lucky to have find Texas Italian greyhound rescue. It has definitely changed my life and I am forever grateful. Thank you again Robin for calling me.
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!
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.