Responses from Rescues

pandora

Silver Member
#1
We are hoping to adopt a puppy from a rescue in Texas. Since we prefer a small dog, there aren't a lot of small puppies that I have seen. I have sent inquiry emails the past month to a few different rescues around Dallas and Houston. I have never gotten a response.

None of the rescues we have contacted have phone numbers - a lot of appear to use a foster system versus a kennel or central place for the dogs.

Is this normal? Is there a small dog rescue you would recommend?

Thanks!
 

boiler01

Silver Member
#3
I volunteer with the DFW Pug Rescue and the dogs are fostered. We love our rescue pug and foster on occasion too. My experience has been that most rescues are small and only have a handful of volunteers to do all of the work. I would say don't give up. If you are interested in a pug DFWPR usually get back to you within 48 hours, does an interview has a home inspection, and then begins the dog matching process.

Best of Luck finding the right fit. And often times you can still find a rescue or small rescue group through Petfinder.com
 

pandora

Silver Member
#4
Thanks! I will check out both. I feel like it's a good time for us to get a puppy since I only now only work 10 hours and my children are older.

Thanks!
 

sundae

Gold Member
#6
We are hoping to adopt a puppy from a rescue in Texas. Since we prefer a small dog, there aren't a lot of small puppies that I have seen. I have sent inquiry emails the past month to a few different rescues around Dallas and Houston. I have never gotten a response.

None of the rescues we have contacted have phone numbers - a lot of appear to use a foster system versus a kennel or central place for the dogs.

Is this normal? Is there a small dog rescue you would recommend?

Thanks!
Many rescue volunteers work full time in addition to their rescue work. This means that they are largely unavailable by phone during the day. Not only that, but they can be inundated with emails around the clock. I personally get 75 or so rescue-related emails a day that require some sort of follow up.

So, while emails do work best, what you can do to facilitate correspondence is to fill out the adoption application. This indicates a real interest and also gets the ball rolling. It does NOT obligate you to adopt from that particular group.

Many rescues do use foster homes (as opposed to a shelter/ kennel situation) and I absolutely prefer this because the foster home will be able to give you a lot of valuable information about the dog in their care.

As for small dogs, have you taken a look at Recycled Poms? They're an amazing group with lots of available dogs right here in the D/FW Metroplex. They have much more than just pommies.http://www.recycledpomeranians.com/ They also have a Facebook page that has regular updates.

If you have any questions about how to navigate the adoption process, I am happy to help. Just message me and we can go from there. I foster herding breeds (Aussies and border collies), so I don't have a vested interest since you're looking at completely different breeds.

ETA: Another reason to fill out the application is because, if you see a cute dog and simply email an inquiry, ten other people have seen that same dog and submitted the application. If one of those is the perfect home for the dog, you might not even get a response to your email. Also, completely fill out the app. Missing information is one of the biggest reasons that the application process stalls out.
 
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#7
Sheree's Dog Rescue in McKinney are great rescue people. I got my little dog there about 4 years ago and she is great. They just took in 4 Maltese boys and 4 girls, all 2-3 months old. You can look on their website and/or follow them on Facebook.
 

KRae

Bronze Member
#8
Tzu Zoo Rescue is a small dog rescue that I follow.
They are a great group and Linda is awesome.

http://www.tzuzoorescue.com/

There is not a direct phone number, but I they responded to me quickly after I sent an email through the website. They also have a lot of events where you can go see the dogs. Not all are announced on the website but once they know what you are looking for they can try to match you up!
 

melmax

Platinum Member
#9
My group currently has 8 puppies, 4 which are currently available (all Australian Shepherds, 4 mo old) and 4 which will be soon (terrier mixes, 2 mo old and about 4 lbs each).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FurryFriendsAnimalRescueTX
Website: http://www.furryfriendsanimalrescue.org/
Phone Number: 214-676-2434

Phone calls get forwarded to fosters within 24 hours and returned within 48.
I think I just fell in love with DEACON, but I put myself on a 2 dog limit. I have Aussie/BC mix...love this breed!
 
#10
We found DFW Pug Rescue and DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue to be very responsive. Both responded in less than a day. We ended up getting a cocker spaniel from DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue. DW could not get over the look of a pug :)

She has been a great dog. Got her almost 6 years ago. I like size at 30 lbs. Not big enough to knock you down but not so small that I worry about them getting squished.
 
#11
We rescued a dog from Westie Rescue of North Texas.

We are terrier fans(westie, yorkie and JR in our family)

Agree with above post, rescue groups are always busy, however they should still contact you.

We are already lined up to take in a Westie when we get home


Good luck in finding a fit for your family

Westie Facebook page

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Westie-Rescue-of-North-Texas/153507631336987


Our most satisfying rescue is Elvis who after a few recent short term health issues, still going strong

http://www.frisco-online.com/forums/showthread.php?780479-Adopt-Adopt-and-Adopt&highlight=elvis
 
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sundae

Gold Member
#12
We rescued a dog from Westie Rescue of North Texas.

We are terrier fans(westie, yorkie and JR in our family)

Agree with above post, rescue groups are always busy, however they should still contact you.

We are already lined up to take in a Westie when we get home


Good luck in finding a fit for your family

Westie Facebook page

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Westie-Rescue-of-North-Texas/153507631336987


Our most satisfying rescue is Elvis who after a few recent short term health issues, still going strong

http://www.frisco-online.com/forums/showthread.php?780479-Adopt-Adopt-and-Adopt&highlight=elvis
Westie Rescue is a fabulous group with a great reputation. I'm so glad that Elvis is doing so well. Lucky pup and lucky family. :)


One small and admittedly picky note- A person or family adopts (as opposed to rescues) from a rescue group. Yes, it's semantics, but there is a difference between adopting from a rescue and rescuing from a shelter or otherwise negative situation. Hopefully, one would not need to "rescue" from a rescue, although it seems that every time I turn around there is another rescue entity busted for animal hoarding and cruelty. :(

Lastly, we in rescue see a lot of "tire kickers." I can't tell you how many inquiries I get that ask "how much is the adoption fee?" and that's it. If I am actively working applications for a popular dog, I'm probably going to push that email to the bottom of my to-do list. I know I will sound like a broken record, but if you have an interest in a dog, fill out that application completely and submit it.
 

sjdfw

Silver Member
#13
I volunteer at a Doberman rescue, they act like small dogs does that count? Lol. They have meet and greets every Sunday which is adoption day. Occasionally they'll take on miniature pinchers, right now they have 3.