What is Blue Dog Rescue?
Blue Dog Rescue is a volunteer organization
whose purpose is to end the needless killing of homeless dogs. In
2006, Austin killed over 12,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens
at one area animal shelter alone. Many of them were healthy,
well-behaved animals who could have made someone a wonderful pet.
They were killed because there wasn't enough room to keep them
until homes could be found for them.
Blue Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,
funded by donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees, that works to
find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in the Central
Texas area. All
donations are Federal Tax deductible.
Most Blue Dogs have come from Central Texas
animal shelters. Blue Dog Rescue takes only those animals who are
in danger of being euthanized. In order to give these dogs a
chance, we must limit the number of dogs we take from private
homes because their owners no longer have time for them, are
moving, etc. Blue Dog Rescue will accept animals from the
public only as a last resort IF space is available in an
appropriate foster home. If you are looking for another home
for your dog, please see our referral page
Why was Blue Dog Rescue formed?
Blue Dog Rescue is a volunteer organization whose sole purpose
is to end the needless killing of man's best friend. In 2006,
Austin killed over 12,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens at one
area animal shelter alone. Many of them were healthy, well-behaved
animals who could have made someone a wonderful pet. They were
killed because there wasn't enough room to keep them until homes
could be found for them. We think Austin can do better than
What does Blue Dog Rescue do?
There is a gross overpopulation of dogs within our community
due to irresponsible pet breeding. Because their lives are often
undervalued, many dogs end up in area shelters and are ultimately
killed. Blue Dog Rescue takes in adoptable dogs from the area
shelters and fosters them in volunteer foster homes. By fostering
dogs in our homes we are able to save lives and provide the public
with healthy spayed or neutered dogs. The foster home provides a
transition period between life in the animal shelter and its new,
permanent home. The dogs are given the opportunity to learn any
needed social skills and to receive the much needed love, shelter,
and medical care they deserve.
When a dog is rescued from the animal shelter it receives a
health exam by a veterinarian, the vaccinations appropriate for
its age, and a heartworm test and preventative. All dogs of 6
months of age or older are spayed or neutered. Dogs under 6 months
of age are adopted under the agreement that they will be spayed or
neutered at the appropriate time.
How does Blue Dog Rescue find the best homes for the dogs?
Blue Dog finds homes for dogs through adoption events,
newspaper advertisements, and postings on this website. We keep
each dog for a minimum of seven days in order to assess their
personality, temperament, and training needs. By doing this we are
able to ensure that we place each dog in the most suitable home.
Individuals interested in adopting a BDR dog must fill out an
adoption application and be interviewed in order to ensure that
the needs of both the individual and the dog are met. The
nature of our adoption process, home visits, and trial periods
dictate that our dogs are only available to adopters in the
immediate Central Texas area.
Adoption Process Information:
As of 3/1/2008, our adoption fee is $165.00, which includes
spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, vet exam, microchip
implantation and microchip registration fee with Home Again.
Typically, our average costs per dog are much higher (around
$300). We make up the difference with fundraisers, generous
donors, and sponsorships.
Homes with fenced yards are strongly
preferred, but exceptions are made based on the size, age and
activity level of the dog. An application is required and a home
visit will be conducted before an adoption is final. Blue Dog
Rescue does not adopt to homes where a pet has been abandoned in
the past or where there are currently un-sterilized, adult dogs or
cats in the home.
to read "A 'Typical' Blue Dog Rescue Story: How
the Process Works"
Blue Dog Rescue is always in need of
volunteers; for more information, please see our
“How To Help” page.