Texas Sporting Breed Rescue


Denton, Texas

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About Texas Sporting Breed Rescue

Texas Sporting Breed Rescue in Denton, Texas is a non-profit organization formed in 2011.

Their mission has five parts:

  • Provide for the welfare, shelter, and adoption of lost, abandoned, neglected, or homeless dogs and puppies, more specifically Retrievers, Setters, Pointers, Spaniels, Vizslas, Weimaraners, and Spinone Italianos
  • Promote the responsible care of companion animals
  • Encourage spaying and neutering as the most humane means of animal control
  • Support heartworm education and treatment
  • Offer training and education to the public related to topics such as animal welfare, responsible dog ownership, and breed information

Anyone that’s owned or worked with this group of dogs knows they make a difference in the lives of those that love them, work with them, or depend on them. Texas Sporting Breed Rescue sincerely hopes to return that favor!

Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Texas Sporting Breed Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

Address:
415 E Sherman Dr
,
Denton
,
TX
76209
Phone:
(940) 453-6894
Email:
info@retrieveafriend.org

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

A dog in a rescue was given up once already. You must be prepared and committed to the dog you adopt and be ready to deal with any issues or needs that arise.

Texas Sporting Breed Rescue hopes to place dogs in forever homes through the following process:

  1. View the animals waiting to be adopted on the rescue’s website or at one of their public adoption events.
  2. Complete an adoption application and pay a non-refundable $45 application fee. Adoption doesn't work on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can’t place a hold on a dog based on interest alone.
  3. A volunteer will screen your application to determine whether you provided the necessary info. If not, they’ll request additional information.
  4. If you rent your home, a representative will contact your landlord to make sure you have the necessary approval to have a dog in your home.
  5. They'll also contact the veterinary reference you provided to verify your current pets are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and take a monthly heartworm preventative.
  6. Lastly, they'll contact your personal/professional references.
  7. If all goes well, it's time to schedule a home visit. During the visit, all family members (and other pets) should be present.
  8. Wait to be notified of whether your application has been approved .
  9. All dogs live in private foster homes until they're adopted. Once you’re approved to adopt, you’ll receive the contact information for the appropriate foster home. You can contact the foster to confirm the availability of the dog, ask questions, and determine whether you'd like to schedule a time to meet the dog.
  10. Meet the animal. Personality and temperament determine whether a particular dog is right for you, and the goal is to achieve the best fit between dog and adoptive family.
  11. The foster will bring the dog to your home for a visit so you can interact in their potential new home environment.
  12. If everything looks good, finalize the adoption by completing the required paperwork and paying the adoption fee.
  13. Bring your new dog home!

You're also required to make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible after adopting a dog for a general health checkup.

It seems like an involved process, so Texas Sporting Breed Rescue has a network of volunteers standing by who are happy to answer your questions and help you work through issues that may arise.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Texas Sporting Breed Rescue are as follows but are subject to change as necessary:

  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $350-$500
  • Adults (1+ years): $300-$500
  • Seniors (8+ years): $300

Your adoption fee for puppies covers age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm prevention, deworming, and spay/neuter surgery if age-appropriate. If not spayed/neutered, you’re required to sign an agreement stating you’re responsible for their spay/neuter. All dogs (or puppies) are required to be altered within one month of adoption or when age-appropriate. If you fail to do so, as outlined in the signed adoption contract, Texas Sporting Breed Rescue will reclaim the dog.

Your adoption fee for adult dogs covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations for rabies, bordetella, and DHPP, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, deworming, and microchipping. All dogs will have tested heartworm negative or completed heartworm treatment.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Texas Sporting Breed Rescue
in
Denton
,
Texas
directly using the contact info above.

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