I adopted my Sheltie, Ginobili, from Austin Sheltie Rescue in January 2012. I began working with them in early December 2011 and brought home the furry love of my life January 9.
I feel very lucky to have Austin Sheltie Rescue in my life. Here’s why:
- I adopted the best dog ever: at 5-years-old, Ginobili came perfectly house trained and with excellent manners, knows several tricks and all basic commands, sleeps through the night, and is very nice to dogs, people and children alike.
- Because my dog was an owner-surrender, the rescue agency was able to provide vet records.
- Sunne, the coordinator, was always responsive to my application and subsequent emails.
- Eric, Ginobili’s foster dad, was very patient when we visited his home to meet Ginobili and eventually adopt him–it’s obvious Eric and Sunne (who originally fostered Ginobili) took good care of him and as his very proud and adoring mama, I’m so thankful for the people who took him into their homes while he was waiting for me to find him.
- Because he was fostered with loving families, I was able to know exactly what I was bringing home in terms of temperament, health issues (in his case, none really) and habits.
- Because so many dogs are given as Christmas gifts and returned, and because the holidays are so stressful, the rescue doesn’t adopt dogs over the holidays. This is just one example of their dedication to providing the best home and best chance of success for the dogs and their new families.
- Not all of their dogs come from once-good home situations like mine (think abuse, neglect, etc.), and Austin Sheltie Rescue provides necessary vet care for dogs needing treatment. The cost to adopt a Sheltie subsidizes the healthcare of all of the dogs in the program. This is money very well spent.
We take Ginobili everywhere, and are constantly complimented on his good behavior and sweet spirit (not to mention his stunning good looks). People are shocked to find out he’s so recently ours and was a rescue. Please check out Austin Sheltie Rescue and consider an older dog!