Austin Dog Rescue (3/15/13)

Group Name: Austin Dog Rescue

Group Contact Email: joyce@austindog.org

Group Mailing Address: 402 Turley Drive, Manchaca, TX 78652

Group Phone Number:  512-280-2923

Group Website URL:  http://www.austindog.org/

Group Facebook Page URL:  https://www.facebook.com/A2PforAustinDogRescue

Group Adoption Portal Links: http://www.austindog.org/aged-to-perfection.html

Year Group Established: 2007

Are you a 501(c)3 or independent rescue?: 501(c)3

How many foster animals does your group have?: 30

How many senior foster animals does your group have?: 3

URLs of Fundraising/Giving sites (Amazon Wish List, IGive, etc) for your rescue group :  N/A

Do you get repeat adopters?: Yes

How often do you rescue seniors?:  As space is available

Are you finding it easier, the same or harder to adopt out senior animals now than when you first began in rescue?: Easier

If faced with multiple seniors to rescue, how do you decide who to pull?

We only have a select few foster homes for senior dogs.  As soon as one of those foster homes is available, we specifically look for a senior dog in a shelter.  We are always searching for additional senior dog foster homes. All of our dogs are chosen based on their overall temperament and behavior and our process for accepting senior dogs is no different.

If you’re senior specific, what made you choose rescuing seniors over younger animals?  If not senior specific, why did you decide to include seniors in your rescue program?

Though most of our dogs are not seniors, there is such a great need for saving them and simply because they may be older is no reason
not to!

What problems or difficulties have you had adopting out seniors?

It seems the larger the dog the harder it is to find them a home and we like to focus on the larger dogs when at all possible.

What sort of prejudices do you find held against senior animals?

People shy away from the larger dogs, they’re concerned with health issue and many are simply looking for a dog that has a longer lifespan than a senior. I also think one of the biggest misconceptions about senior dogs is that they’re still not able to do most things a younger dog can do.  Many of the older dogs we rescue still enjoy taking walks or going on hikes, playing with other dogs, playing fetch or anything most other dogs enjoy doing.

What special expenses have you found needed with seniors that you don’t generally have with younger dogs? (This is generalized and isn’t meant to include medical expenses for more catastrophic illnesses.)

One of the benefits of adoption one of our senior dogs is they all have a full blood panel performed to address any hidden
illnesses and all receive a full dental cleaning.

Have you found something that helps get seniors adopted?

Adopters of our senior dogs have the option to accept or decline our limited veterinary assistance.  We offer free lifetime annual exams and vaccinations and free lifetime heartworm preventative.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your rescue group?

OUR PROGRAM GOALS

  • Rescue older dogs from shelters
  • Give mature dogs a better opportunity to find permanent homes.
  • Educate the public on the positive side of adopting mature well mannered dogs.
  • Provide a more practical dog-adoption option.

Cleo, Cleo was underweight when she first came to us, but she's gaining weight and has super indoor manners. She is very good with cats and dogs, and is a real sweetheart!
Cleo

Cleo, Cleo was underweight when she first came to us, but she's gaining weight and has super indoor manners. She is very good with cats and dogs, and is a real sweetheart!
Cleo

Cleo, Cleo was underweight when she first came to us, but she's gaining weight and has super indoor manners. She is very good with cats and dogs, and is a real sweetheart!
Cleo

Deuce, Our very first �senior� dog we rescued from a shelter after their owner became gravely ill and was placed in the shelter by social services when they could not find anyone to take him.  They contacted us, we met him, was a great little guy!  Found an amazing older couple that was active and looking for a fun little companion.  He even attended classes for Frisbee training at the age of 8 years old!
Deuce

Cinnamon, Rescued from a rural shelter after being surrendered by her owner.  At 7-8 years old, still spunky, playful and full of �I�m ready to go if you are� attitude! She found a wonderful family that already had one senior dog but they were looking for an older dog that still enjoyed walks and play, so Cinnamon was a perfect match for them!
Cinnamon

ToriBeth, She had been in a �less kill� shelter for about 5 years.  She had most likely been hit by a car many years ago and her past owner did nothing for it.  She had a bad hip and limped.  We had her examined and x-rayed but at this point nothing could be done except to keep her comfortable.  Annette (who has Cleo now) was a foster mom that stood by her for 6 month until the perfect home came along for her.
ToriBeth

Joe
Joe

Karma, Found out in the middle of nowhere sitting on the side of the road(most likely abandoned) by a good Samaritan.  They contacted us to see if we could help find her a home. Again, Annette came to her rescue, and agreed to foster her.  She has some medical issues (hyper thyroid) which are common in older dogs, but that didn�t stop her from finding an exceptional family that to this day loves her to pieces!
Karma

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