TXCR completely vets all of our dogs before adoption. Each dog is spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, has a rabies certificate, and has been heart worm tested. Our dogs are dewormed and current on flea and heartworm medication. All of our puppies have three rounds of puppy vaccines and dewormer before adoption. The microchip takes 7 - 10 days to be registered to you. We do that for you as part of your adoption. You will receive an email to confirm the chip has indeed been registered. If a dog is heartworm positive, that dog stays in our care and is treated. Once the pup goes through heartworm treatment and gets the all clear from the vet to be adopted, we will post that dog as available. Our senior dogs get dentals and senior blood work as needed. We take great pride in our vetting practices and work with amazing veterinary clinics in our area.
Many people ask us, “is she/he potty trained?” My general answer is “Probably not.” Our dogs come from the streets and shelters of South Texas. Most have never been inside of a home in their life. If you are one of our amazing Northern adopters, please remember these dogs have NEVER seen snow or been in temps under 50 degrees. This is all new to them and your rescued pup needs time, patience and a good schedule. Just like a child. For some basic potty training tips, click here.
Every dog has a different personality. Some are shy, some hyper, some silly, some scared. Even the most social butterfly needs an acclimation period and time to adjust. When introducing a new furry family member to your pack, do so on neutral territory such as walking around the block on leash and harness. Calmly walk into the backyard and let the dogs smell one another and feel each other out. Once the butt sniffs and hellos have been given out, you may proceed indoors. If outdoor time is not an option due to weather, bring the pups inside and keep everyone on leash and harness in a main room of the house until everyone is feeling comfortable. Your new rescue does not need full run of the house. A new home may actually intimidate them a bit. We suggest baby gating of an area, kenneling or getting a puppy pen so your new pup has a bit of their own space while getting used to a new routine and new life. Try and keep a schedule from day one that resembles your everyday schedule. In my experience it takes a total of approximately two weeks for your new family member to really come into their own and get the hang of this “adopted” stuff. Dogs feed off your energy, so please try and stay calm and use a soothing and happy voice. If you are overly stressed about the initial meeting of your new dog, both the dogs, current and adopted, will notice it immediately and feel there is something wrong. Have patience, give lots of love and praise and go easy on the treats!
Unfortunately Kennel Cough is not uncommon with the adoption of our transported pups. TXCR outsources a transport company that is not affiliated with our rescue. Although our dogs are healthy when leaving Texas, they may indeed contract this virus while on transport even if the dog has had a Bordetella vaccine. To learn more about Kennel Cough click here.
TXCR transports dogs to Canada, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania once a month. You are always welcome to fly to Texas to pick up your rescue if transport is not provided in your state, or drive to that state for pick up if you are in driving distance. There is a transport fee which is listed in the next paragraph. We currently use a ground transport that leaves Texas on a Thursday and Arrives up north over the weekend. You will get your schedule upon adoption. Every dog comes with a harness, health certificate and all of their original health records in an adoption packet. If you are in Canada and wanting to adopt a puppy under 8 months of age, you are required to meet our volunteers in Buffalo New York to pick up your puppy. All adult dogs will be transported directly into Canada.
Local Texas adoption with no transport needed: Adults $200, Puppies $300
Out of State U.S. adoptions including the $200 transport fee: Adults $400, Puppies $500
Canadian adoptions including transport fee: Adults $500 CDN, Puppies $600 CDN