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Review for Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston, The Woodlands, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

BTRGH is a wonderful dog rescue. They provide the best medical care for the dogs while they are being cared for in loving foster homes. They do NOT turn away dogs because of ill health - they take them and spend real $ to address all health issues.

They do not let just anyone take one of the dogs they have available for adoption - they have a screening process that includes checking references, a home visit, and reviewing vet records for those with previous pets. If issues or concerns arise (such as fence problems which could allow escape), these issues are addressed and the potential adopter allowed to make changes to help ensure if they adopt from BTRGH, the dog will be safe.

While awaiting adoption, the dogs live in foster homes where their personalities and traits are observed so they can be shared with potential adopters, maximizing the best fit for all involved.

The volunteers are just that - volunteers. There are no paid positions so everyone working with the rescue does so because they want to help the dogs (and help people looking for the furever buddy.)

I have been volunteering with BTRGH for 10 years and have had 14 fosters over the years. I am well aware of the efforts of this loving group which not only has fund raising events to raise money for the medical needs of the dogs (which include spay / neuter) but they also have social events because of friendships which have developed over the common desire to bring happy, healthy dogs to loving homes.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston, The Woodlands, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

BTRGH is 100% volunteers - many of whom donate not only time, but money & their homes to provide foster care (which is necessary because of limited kennels & to help assimilate dogs into situations to make them better adopteds.) We take in dogs from kill shelters, frequently with less than desireable qualities such as blindness, deafness, and physical disabilities. We have vets who provide lower cost care, but we have no free care. One of our volunteers donated her garage which has been converted to a wonderful kennel, & recently updated. It is air conditioned & cleaned at least twice per week. The dogs have indoor, plus outdoor (when a volunteer is present) runs, as well as a large yard in which they play. We are active in promoting our dogs on Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot, MySpace & any medium we can find. We participate in festivals such as Houston Heights First Saturdays, The Dog Show, The Home Show, etc. We have adoption days at Petsmarts around town. We do our best as working volunteers to promote adopting; public awareness of adoption v. buying from puppy mills; promote spay/neuter (as all our dogs have been); and, in general, the proper care and needs of dogs. I believe that our group of just volunteers loves these animals so much, that we give more time often than we should in an effort to see these babies get to their forever home. (Some of our dogs don't make it, and end up at the Rainbow Bridge, but they are loved and cared for until the end. We do not support kill.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Houston Dog Show, The Houston Heights White Linen Night, The Home Show, Petsmart, and on MySpace, Twitter, Blogspot, and Facebook.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

run it just like it is running - with lots of appreciation and recognition to the volunteers, and promotions of the pets as at many places as we can get into.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I know that there are many dogs who are being saved, not only directly by our efforts, but indirectly through our work on educating the public on adoption v. purchase, and support of non-kill organizations such as the BTRGH.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, helpful, kind, and interested in successfully caring for and placing the dogs. There is no staff - just volunteers who are involved because they care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build its own HUGE facility, which could take in even more animals; spend more on educating the public about puppy mills & spay/neuter & perhaps even offer free/reduced services; microchip pets to reduce loss; ensure no kills & provide adopters w more inf

Ways to make it better...

they had more money with which to provide a separate kennel for the sick and contagious animals, as well as more volunteers who could foster the dogs to help them become "better" behaved which enhances their chances at staying at the forever home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited finances, especially in the current state of the economy. The financial limitations are further stressed by the dumping of more pets by those who can no longer afford to keep them. Our intake has gone up significantly, as has most shelters.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone should find a niche in which they volunteer at least some of their time. Volunteering is rewarding, and it is the right thing to do as we all benefit from the efforts of fellow humans - as do all of those who cannot speak for themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I appear at most of the shows including the Houston Dog Show, and last week the Houston Heights White Linen night. I am on my third foster BT - the other two having found forever homes. I am learning to write grant proposals. And, I donate money.