“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Adoption Guide 

All interested adopters must have/understand ALL of the following before being considered as a potential adopter. We take placing an animals life in your hands very seriously, and want to ensure we are doing the best thing for both the animal and for you.

  • Valid Drivers License
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Renters must show proof or provide information to verify that the pet is allowed at the residence
  • Be willing to have an in person interview to go over expectations for both you and the animal
  • Be willing to have a Love And Rescue volunteer do a home visit
  • Must fill out our adoption application. Link above.

Please fill out the adoption application in full and a Case Manager will reach out to you. If an animal has multiple applications we will pick the home best suited for the animal.

All adopters must understand and agree that your pet is part of your family, and that it is important to keep them healthy. We do the best we can to ensure we match you with the perfect pet and ask that you ensure they are taken care of once they are in your care.

  • Ensure your pet is on heart-worm preventive, flea/tick preventive, and go to annual check-ups.
  • Microchip (and register your chip) and make sure your pet has a tag on at all times.
  • Animals must be indoors for the majority of the time, especially during harsh weather conditions, cold or hot.
  • Be patient with potty training, this can take some time and we will provide help and advice as necessary.
  • Make sure your pet gets enough food, water and exercise. Just like humans, they need all those things to thrive in their new home.
  • Understand that this is a commitment that will require time and money.
  • Must agree not to physically alter the animal; this would include: dock tail, debark, ear cropping, and de-claw and any other form of unnecessary physical alterations.
  • NEVER surrender your pet to any other shelter or rescue organization, please contact Love And Rescue directly.

 

  • Fill out application in store or online - application must be filled out in full 
  • Once the application is received the case manager for that rescue animal will contact the applicant for a brief phone interview 
  • Following the call the case manager will schedule a time for a meet and greet, this will typically take place at the foster’s home 
  • If all goes well, we will do a thorough reference and background check; contingent upon a good check, the case manager will schedule a weekend sleepover 
  • Home visit will coincide with weekend sleepover drop off. Should anything be of concern in the home environment, it will be addressed and decision to continue with or postpone/cancel sleepover is up to case manager’s discretion. 
  • If the sleepover goes well, the case manager will proceed to finalize the adoption, in person 
  • Non-refundable Adoption Fee is $150 for dogs and $75 for cats (Includes full vetting, spay/neuter, and microchip)

Adoption Fee is a non-refundable $150 for dogs.

Adoption Fee is a non-refundable $75 for cats.

Fee includes:

  • A spay/neuter
  • Microchip
  • Up to date vaccinations
  • Up to date flea/tick and heartworm prevention.

Foster Guide

  • Must reside in a home where pets are allowed. (Love And Rescue will NOT pay pet deposits.)
  • As a foster the animal stays with you until he/she is adopted into a permanent home.
  • This animal belongs to Love And Rescue (LAR) until all adoption paper work is signed by both parties (adopter and LAR) and the animal is residing in its forever home.
  • Love And Rescue will provide you with all the necessary items you need to foster.
  • Fostering will also include taking the animal to any vet visits and transportation to and from adoption days.
  • You are also requested to use the vet location given to you by Love And Rescue in order to get full reimbursement for any necessary medical bill.

 

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First Colony Veterinary Clinic

2505 Williams Trace Blvd #1360
Sugar Land, TX 77479

It is important that you report any concerns that your foster may have to your foster’s case manager. Please do not take any of the concerns listed below lightly. 

Emergency situations include:

• Continuous weight loss
• Continuous diarrhea
• Continuous vomiting
• Bleeding of any kind—nose, urine, stool
• Any trauma—hit by a car, dropped, limp, stepped on, unconscious
• Difficulty in breathing/blocked airway
• Lethargy
• Dehydration
• If the animal has vomiting or diarrhea, but is still active, eating and drinking, it can probably wait until the next day to receive help. however, if the animal is lethargic and shows no interest in food or water, it is wise to seek emergency help at the time.
• Coughing or sneezing should pose no immediate problems unless accompanied by blood or symptoms

One significant aspect of fostering underage puppies is that you are dealing with animal that have not yet developed immunity to a variety of potentially fatal canine diseases. While you might be anxious to play with the puppies in the park, etc ., the puppies must not walk on any surfaces (such as parks or sidewalks) where another dog may have urinated or defecated in the past. Even if it appears clean it may still be harboring contagious diseases. It is imperative for puppies to stay in the home until they have been fully vaccinated — which is usually around 4 months of age. The most common symptoms of illness in a puppy are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. These may appear in any combination.

Love And Rescue strongly recommended to crate-train puppy — vital for both housetraining and chew-training.

  • Crate-training exploits puppy’s instinct to keep his bed clean — gradually tones up his flabby little puppy muscles Puppy muscles weaker, bladder smaller, frequent meals — much more frequent elimination.
  • Take your puppies outside:
    First thing in the morning (very first thing)
    After eating
    After waking from a nap
    Young puppies (8–10 weeks) usually need to go to the bathroom every hour
    Last thing before bed
  • If puppy doesn’t eliminate on any particular outing, crate him with a chew toy to avoid
    an accident (puppy is full or near full!) try again in 30 minutes
  • Do not leave puppy in crate too long as this will force him to soil it and may result in a
    ruining of his tendency to want to keep it clean
  • Crate duration rules of thumb (very general guidelines)
    8–10 week old puppies: one hour at a time in crate max
    11–12 week old puppies: two hours at a time in crate max
    13–16 week old puppies: three hours at a time in crate max
    17–20+ week old puppies: four hours at a time in crate max
  • Use a long-term confinement area for times that are longer than the puppy can hold in the crate
  • Kitchen is ideal confinement area — not too large, high traffic, easy-to-clean floor.
    Confine with pet-proof gates — place pee pad at one end; bed, food, water, toys atother.
  • Praise and reward all elimination on the pee pad and especially outside for first fewweeks
  • Clean all accidents thoroughly with an enzymatic cleanser (e .g . Nature’sMiracle). If the puppy makes a mistake never, ever punish.

Socilization
Between the ages of 3–12 weeks, puppies are forming bonds towards people, dogs and other animals which will last them a lifetime. Puppies who are not exposed to and/or do not have good experiences with people, dogs or other animals during this period can end up with fear and aggression problems later on. As much as possible (and keeping the puppies’ safety in mind), get the puppies around all kinds of people — including children, big, uniformed men, etc . and make sure they have good experiences (play, petting and treats) . It’s also a good idea to expose the puppies to
cats to maximize their chances of growing up to like cats.

Sights & Sounds
Puppies are cataloguing other things in their environment besides people and animals. Make sure they see and hear common household things like vacuum cleaners, TV’s, etc . Praise and treat the puppies every time they come into contact with something new so they have positive associations with these experiences.

Handling
Handle the puppy ALL THE TIME all over his body, play with his feet, brush him, hug him and give him treats/food while you do it so he learns to love it .

Training
Even at this age, you can teach puppies sit, down and other things provided you usegentle lure-reward or clicker methods and keep the training sessions short and fun!

Please report any behavioral problems your foster puppy has and if you feel that your foster puppy needs help training please contact your case manager and we can help.

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Volunteer Guide 

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and help our rescue babies get more publicity! We have had much luck with social media but feel it’s equally important to get the animals out and about so that people can meet them in person to see if they are a perfect fit for their family. 

It is imperative that you thoroughly read through this guide to help you get an idea of what to do and not do, how to answer any questions others may have, and how to best help promote adopting to help save lives. 

To conclude, have a great time! As serious as our stray, injured, and abused animal population is here in Houston, we want to make sure you enjoy your time with the pups. Love on them, play with them, and spoil them while also helping them learn to trust, love, and have good manners. 

Please read this very carefully prior to your first shift and reach out to Brooke (Scheduling Manager) with any questions. 

volunteer@loveandrescue.com

  • Love And Rescue is a 501c3. This means that any donations made to our organization are fully tax deductible. 
  • We are a volunteer based organization therefore all the donations we collect go directly towards our animals in need. 
  • Our animals reside with a foster so they get help with basic training such as potty training, leash training, and socialization. 
  • All of our animals come fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped, and with a clean bill of health. 
  • Do always walk the dogs on a leash, in store and outside 
  • Do make sure there is water in the bowl 
  • Do bring the dog outside the crate for them to meet any potential adopters 
  • Do let interested parties walk the dog and interact with them while you supervise 
  • Do pick up and clean up after the dog as needed (petsmart has cleaning up stations) 

Don’t’s

  • Do not be late as the foster will be waiting on you for drop off and pick up 
  • Do not let the dog off leash at anytime 
  • Do not let kids stick their hands in the crate 
  • Do not allow kids to play with any of the dogs without supervision of their parents 
  • Do not allow anyone to take the dog for a walk without a volunteer supervising 
  • Do not give the dogs too many treats as they may have a sensitive tummy 

Other dogs: Be alert and mindful when other dogs come around. Keep our dogs close and be extra attentive when other dogs are near. We only know our dogs and their temperament but do not know the temperaments of the dogs that owners bring with them into petsmart. 

Kids: Often kids have the best intentions but their energy can scare some of the calmer dogs and rile up some of the more enthusiastic dogs. Ensure that they are well behaved and calm when they approach the table and area. If not place the dog in the kennel and educate them on how to behave when you let the dog out.

Here are some tips: Have them stand nicely in a line (if more than one) and hold out their hand to let the dog sniff them Teach/show them to nicely pet the dog and don’t let them hug, lay, sit etc on them 

Our adoption process may seem lengthy but the reason we take our time is to ensure that the adoption is a good fit for the family and for the safety of the animals. We do not do any same day adoption, under any circumstance. Our process is a step by step process where the applicant will be assisted by the case manager assigned to the animal they are interested in adopting. Below is the chronological list of our process. 

  • Fill out application in store or online - application must be filled out in full 
  • Once the application is received the case manager for that rescue animal will contact the applicant for a brief phone interview 
  • Following the call the case manager will schedule a time for a meet and greet, this will typically take place at the foster’s home 
  • If all goes well, we will do a thorough reference and background check; contingent upon a good check, the case manager will schedule a weekend sleepover 
  • Home visit will coincide with weekend sleepover drop off. Should anything be of concern in the home environment, it will be addressed and decision to continue with or postpone/cancel sleepover is up to case manager’s discretion. 
  • If the sleepover goes well, the case manager will proceed to finalize the adoption, in person 
  • Non-refundable Adoption Fee is $150 for dogs and $75 for cats (Includes full vetting, spay/neuter, and microchip)

There are 2 shifts you can sign up for: set-up or takedown.

11am- 1:30pm & 1:30pm- 4:00pm

 

Set-up: this will require you to come 15 min prior to your shift so that you can set up the area.  

  • Crate and table will already be waiting in front of the store 
  • Make sure you are wearing our LAR volunteer shirt (these can be purchased for $15) 
  • Grab the LAR bin which will include the following items: 
  • Leashes - clip one leash to each crate 
  • Water bowls - have a water bowl with fresh water in each crate 
  • Poop bags - have these on hand in case you need to clean up after the animal(s) 
  • Toys - have a toy or two in each crate for the animals to play with while 
  • they are in the crate 
  • Clip Boards (3) - have these on the table with adoption apps ready to be filled out 
  • Rescue Folder - this will have a picture and description of all the rescue babies in our program 
  • Volunteer - this will have copies of applications, reminder sheet for set up and take down etc. This is for your reference and can stay in the bin. 
  • Pen/Small flyer holder - make sure there are enough pens as well as copies of individual flyers 
  • Sticky notes - in case you want to give someone some info or make notes 
  • Donation box - have it in clear site on the table by the binder 
  • New Application folder - place all new applications in this folder. 

Take-down: this will require you to stay 15 min past your shift so that you can put everything back in place before leaving 

  • Once all rescues have gone home with their foster you can start the take down shift 
  • Check to see if we are running low on anything and if so let your Adoption Manager know 
  • Ensure bowls and toys are clean and dry before placing them back in the bin 
  • Put everything back in the bin neatly 
  • Put the bin back in the designated storage area 
  • Let the petsmart staff manager on site know you are headed out LAR volunteer t-shirt
A few times a year we throw some fundraising events which can be found in our events tab. 
We will provide training and/or schedule meetings prior to events to go over duties, expectations, and answer any questions you have before the event date. 

All of the funds (100%) donated to Love And Rescue go directly to an animal in need as we have no overhead and no administrative fees.

This would include: emergency care, food, vaccines, surgery, x-rays, medication, play time and a variety of other things that our furry friends need to stay happy and healthy while under the shelter or foster’s supervision. All animals adopted from Love And Rescue are micro-chipped, fully vaccinated, and spayed/neutered.

Love And Rescue takes in animals of all ages, breeds, shapes, sizes, color, pregnant, healthy or unhealthy. Below are some of our most beloved cases. Without the help of fosters, volunteers, and donors they would have never gotten their second chance at life.

REESE

Medical Case: Abscess

Reese was found on the front yard of someones home in Pearland. Everything seemed okay in her initial vet check up so we figured she was just scared and timid of a new environment. One night in her fosters home her abscess burst and she was rushed to the vet. She had a drained put into the side of her body to drain the wound. After a few months everything began to heal and her fur eventually grew over the scar.

For more information on abscesses in dogs please click the link below.

https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_abscessation

ZENA & ZURI

Medical Case: Mange (Canine Scabies)

Zena and Zuri were found in the woods with three other living siblings, one dead sibling, and their dead mom. They were about 8 weeks old, infected with all kinds of worms, and had scabies. Zena and Zuri had to be quarantined for a month. Their foster had to nurse them back to health in her spare bathroom. In the end she couldn’t part with either dogs and thought they should remain together so she adopted them both!

For more information on mange please click the link below. If you think your dog has mange please consult with a vet immediately.

https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/mange-dogs-canine-scabies#1

SERA

This girl is famous. She made the news! She was hit by a car and roamed around for days with a broken leg. She eventually hobbled into a fire station where someone posted a picture and social media came together to help this girl. Two wonderful foster families later, she is in her forever home.

LACY

Medical Case: Broken Foot

Lacy was abandoned at a gas station in Pasadena. She was 8 weeks old and had a broken and infected foot.  She was confined in her kennel and restrained from moving so she can get the best chance at walking on all 4 legs again. Lacy then went through 6 months and 2 surgeries to fix her foot.

For more information on dogs with broken bones please click the link below. If your dog is limping please contact your vet immediately.

https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/accidents-injuries/e_dg_broken_bones

TREY

Medical Case: Leg Amputation

Trey was a breeder puppy with a deformed leg that the breeder was going to be euthanized. An acquaintance of the breeder pleaded with them to surrender him and they did. Despite attempts to save Trey’s leg. Cutting off a leg is never easy but we were fortunate enough that Trey was strong enough to withstand the surgery and recovery.

For more information on dogs with amputated legs please click the link below.

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/What-to-expect-after-your-dog-has-a-front-leg-amputated

BELLE

This sweet girl was found on a construction site with a broken hip! One of our amazing volunteers brought her in and we found her a wonderful medical foster who couldn’t give her up…we call that a foster failure…aka angel in disguise!

Love and Rescue -- Belle

HOBBY

Hobby was found by Hobby airport…hence the name. This baby had a terrible skin infection and heart worms. His amazing medical foster allowed him to rest, and gave him the care he needed until he was adopted into his forever home.

Love and Rescue -- Hobby

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