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It's All About the Dogs...

Our Mission

The mission of Texas Sporting Breed Rescue, Inc. (TSBR) is to provide for the welfare, shelter and adoption of lost, abandoned, neglected, or homeless dogs and puppies, specifically; The American Kennel Club (AKC) 28 defined sporting group breeds - Retrievers, Setters, Pointers, Spaniels, Vizlas, Weimaraners, and Spinone Italianos; to promote the responsible care of companion animals, to actively promote spaying and neutering as the most humane means of animal control; to support heartworm education and treatment; and to provide training and education to the public related to topics such as: animal welfare, responsible dog ownership and breed information.


Rest in Peace our Sweet Yellow Boy Harley

2011 - August 2, 2014

Harley
 

Surrounded by people he loved...

As many of you have learned by now, our beautiful, sweet, courageous yellow boy Harley crossed the rainbow bridge Saturday afternoon.

Harley was completely surrounded by people he loved, that loved him back unconditionally - with all their hearts; blankets and toys he loved, that we're sent by so many of you; a few of his favorite songs "Cookies" and "I'm an Adventure Dog"; a beautiful breeze on an August day in Texas; a medical team that could not have been more caring and compassionate.

He was truly at peace, and with a gentle nudge let Mommers know it was okay, and he was ready.

With his head in Mommers lap, she cried softly and stroked his ears, as our friend Kim from Clayton Nation lead this beautiful prayer:

Dearest Harley, our Beloved Friend, we are with you always and you will be forever in our hearts. Our gift to you is to let you go so you may leave in peace. As you slip these bonds of earthly life, know our hearts go with you.

Heavenly Father, we pray that you take Harley gently, releasing him from the pain of the flesh and welcome his soaring spirit as he rises to meet You in Heaven.

We are so grateful that Harley came into our lives and it is with gratitude and love that we return him to You.

Amen

It's been an emotional few days, as we were forced to accept that we could not repair in 8 weeks, the damage someone did in 13 years of this gentle, courageous, beautiful souls life. However, we could keep our promise to love him unconditionally and that he would never suffer another moment in our care.

Many are asking - "how is Mommers?" - her heart is sad, and she misses Harley and all that he brought to her daily life - mostly the JOY in seeing him flourish emotionally through her love and care. Her pack is grieving their new friends absence, as they had quickly rallied around him, and made him one of their own. To them he was indeed a "rock star"...for hanging with Harley ensured that there was never a shortage of toys, treats, and adventures to share.

In honor of Harley, Mommers would like for our friends and Harley World to please have a wonderful dinner of chicken fingers or chicken fried steak (two of Harley's favorite things). Raise a glass and be grateful how Harley touched our lives. He had more love in the past 8 weeks than most dogs have in a lifetime.

How to donate

If you are moved to contribute in Harley's memory to our medical special needs, please use the link:

retrieveafriend.org/donate

*The TSBR Medical Special Needs Fund supports dogs like Cash and Gunter and ensures that we can take in dogs like Harley on a moments notice.

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Foster  

Fostering...

is by far our organizations greatest need, and is one of the most rewarding experiences for anyone who volunteers.

 

Local shelters are packed with dogs that desperately need foster care to survive.

TSBR continues to receive more pleas from shelters, owners, and breeders in a crisis than we can manage, and so many are faced with uncertain futures. The number of sporting breed dogs in need of rescue is overwhelming - Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaird Pointers, Irish Setters - they are all there, and the euthanasia rate continues to grow.

TSBR works diligently to save as many as we can, but we are a foster based rescue organization and can only save as many as we have foster homes - with your help we can offer a second chance to so many more. If you open your heart and your home to foster, you are not "just saving one dog" - it opens a kennel and buys a few more days for the dog that otherwise might not have a space in the shelter.

You're not just giving them a better life. You're giving yourself one.

You may give just a few days or weeks of your time, but to the dogs who benefit it means - "I'M ALIVE."

Become a part of our team of volunteer foster families and experience the tremendous amount of pride when watching your foster "all grown up" and enjoying a wonderful and exciting new life like Rubi (formerly Polly)!

 
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