How can you help?

Volunteers...they are the lifeline for each and every life we save! Just look into the eyes of any of the rescues and you will see their eternal gratitude for that second chance at life...the second chance our volunteers gave to them. They are so thankful a volunteer listened to that inner voice that nudged them into signing up to do that home study, showing up to that meet n greet to talk with potential adopters or opening up their home to foster that dog in need. Yes, each and every one of our volunteers makes a difference -- no matter what the contribution.

We have some of the best volunteers around! Still, we struggle to meet the demands with all the dogs that end up in shelters each and every week. The numbers are truly staggering, and the work to be done is never ending. What can you do to help?

While fostering is our greatest need, it isn't for everyone. If you cannot foster, there are still so many ways you can help:

  • Attend a "Meet our Dogs" - These are the events where our foster dogs meet potential adopters! We are always in need of volunteers to transport and hold dogs, set up and break down the booth, take the dogs on potty breaks, fill water bowls and talk to potential adopters. If you have a free time on a Saturday afternoon and can help, please let us know.
  • Participate in a Special Event - We take advantage of several special event opportunities throughout the year. These events help us raise funds for our foster dogs which helps cover their medical expenses.
  • Volunteer to Perform Home Visits in your Area - We receive applications from potential adopters from all over the Metroplex. Occasionally we do not have adequate coverage for some of the areas. This can result in delayed home studies for some applicants, something we want to avoid. If this interests you, please let us know. We can provide training with a seasoned volunteer until you are ready to do a few on your own.

Do you have others ideas or want to help but have a limited schedule? If so, just let us know what interests you and how much time you have. We can find the perfect volunteer opportunity to fit your schedule. Even volunteering an afternoon or two every once in a while can make all the difference for a lab in need.

Fostering Changes Everything for these Deserving Dogs!

Are you interested in becoming a foster home for a needy sporting breed? Because the foster parent is so important in helping the rescue dog make a successful transition to a permanent home, foster parents should be able to provide the following:

  • Genuine love and concern for the welfare of the foster dog and a willingness to learn about its needs
  • Time to provide for the foster dogs care and needs
  • Socialization of the foster dog making him part of your  life
  • Transportation to a TSBR veterinarian and/or veterinary specialist and groomer
  • Attendance at Meet n Greets
  • Patience and a good sense of humor!

Becoming a foster parent can be a very rewarding experience. Some of the sporting breeds come to us with special needs and are not immediately ready for adoption into a permanent home. They need extra time, patience and TLC in order to blossom into wonderful, adoptable companions.

Needs may include:

  • Help with housebreaking
  • Time and care recovering from surgery
  • Willingness to take the dog to obedience classes and/or follow behavioral guidelines when necessary
  • Special baths and medication for allergies
  • Socialization and obedience training for dogs who have spent too much time in crates or tied out and away from people
  • A warm place to rest and lots of love for older dogs who need more time to find their forever homes.

You can foster any breed of dog we rescue, any age, gender or needs category that is right for you.  We need someone for all of them, so don't let it scare or overwhelm you. You may start as slow as you like or jump in ~ We will support you all the way!

TSBR retains ownership of the foster dogs and will pay for all medications, veterinary care, special diets, training costs and other approved expenses.

If you're interested in providing foster care and have questions, please call:  940-453-6894 or email us.

If you have room in your heart and the time to help a needy dog, please complete and mail in the Foster Home Application along with a signed Restraint Agreement. The TSBR Foster Home Coordinator will contact you and schedule a mutually convenient time for a home visit.

We have several amazing dogs now waiting for a foster family to love and care for them. You can make a tremendous difference in the life of a homeless sporting breed.