How do you rescue dogs during a pandemic?

Our shelters and rescues are compromised in unprecedented ways during this pandemic. While most emergencies in the past have required more hands-on help, this one expressly asks us to keep our distance. It has limited our shelters to skeleton crews, canceled much-needed fundraisers, and compromised our ability to get homeless animals the exposure they need.

So how do you rescue dogs during a pandemic?

We can sum up the answer to this question in one simple word: Fosters.
When we made the plea for fosters at the beginning of the pandemic, we had no idea what kind of response we’d get. All we knew was that we had to try and use our vast network of supporters to do whatever we could to get dogs out of shelters–for their safety and human safety.
The response was astounding. In the past two months, we’ve had more foster families step up than ever before. As a result, we’ve been able to refocus our efforts entirely on our rescue/foster program and pull dogs from high-risk areas like Grand Prairie, Lockhart, San Marcos, and Lancaster, to name a few.

Adoptable Dogs

In two months, we’ve been able to save 24 dogs, not counting the puppies in our sweet Emerald’s very pregnant tummy that due any day.
As I write this, fourteen of the twenty-four have been adopted, and we’re assessing new applicants for our program daily. I’m sitting next to one of the adopted dogs, a mastiff mix named Bruenor, previously named Bo. He came to my home ten days ago, hand-shy and sluggish, recuperating from starvation. Now he happily chews on a bone by the fire and no longer ducks away when we pet him. This pandemic may be a curse, but when I look at him, I’m reminded of how we’ve made the most of it.

Adopted!

Our work is far from over as the quarantine continues, and it will go on long after that. LOVE-A-BULL is committed to rescuing dogs that would have otherwise never had a chance. We will continue running a foster program that is both rewarding and supportive of anyone who steps forward to take a dog in during these strange times.
To our supporters–whether you are an active volunteer with our organization, or you simply share our stories and available dogs online, we thank you. If this quarantine has shown us anything, it’s that we can unite in a good cause even when we’re kept apart.
To learn more about how to get involved, check out the following links:
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About the Author
 
Crystal Dunn is a writer, behavior consult, and trainer living in Austin, TX.
She serves as Vice President for LOVE-A-BULL and hosts the Far Fetched
dog podcast.
crystal@love-a-bull.org

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April Newsletter

Dear Friends – Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. There are multiple rural shelters at maximum capacity and animal care and rescue workers are in high demand. Love-A-Bull is doing all we can to lighten that load by continuing daily operations and remaining committed to our mission. Thank you for donating, volunteering, fostering and adopting!
**Graphic Images Warning**

Love-A-Bull received an urgent call from a Grand Prairie shelter. They had received a stray in very bad condition, needing immediate medical attention. The day after St. Patrick’s Day, two of our Board Members made the 3 hour drive to give this pup his freedom ride …..and the name Clover! He’s fought through two surgeries and is healing and getting so much love he deserves from his foster family. We are expecting a full recovery and then he will be ready to find his forever home!
Keep scrolling to see a recent photo of how this handsome boy has healed!
ADOPTIONS:
Just before Christmas last year, our Mama Ray gave birth to 10 puppies, the Baker’s 10! They kept us very busy, including their debut at puppy yoga at Inner Diva Studios. In February, all 10 puppies were adopted into their forever homes! Also adopted this year were Skeeter, Meg, May, Charmin and Brawny!
Check out our current Adopt-A-Bulls!
To learn more about our pups or fill out an application for adoption, click HERE.
FOSTERS: We are so proud that our supporters have truly stepped up to foster so that we can continue to keep pulling dogs from local shelters. Pitbull type dogs are typically the first to be euthanized and the last to find forever homes. We are saving lives! If you are interested in fostering, click HERE.
VOLUNTEERS: We are always looking to grow our volunteer base. While we can’t do physical events right now, we are working hard to create virtual fundraisers and fun online happenings. We have a brand new Events Coordinator on our team, Amber, and she will be ready to hit the ground running when we can be together again. Stay tuned, we will need you!! If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.

TEASER – Crossing our fingers for these in May!
17th – Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist
23rd – Puptopia Festival at Mueller Lake Park

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

New Hope Animal Hospital
Dr. Furth and her team at the New Hope Animal Hospital in Cedar Park have been a critical partner for Love-A-Bull. They see each of our dogs directly after we pull them from a shelter, provide continuing care and support and even deliver puppies! Click HERE to visit their website or give them a call at 512.690.4124!

CURRENT NEEDS:
Storage Facility – We are currently looking for new storage space of at least 10×20 in the central Austin area. If you have any connections for non-profits, please let us know! Please email getinvolved@love-a-bull.org if you can help.
DONATIONS:
We wanted to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to Love-A-Bull during Amplify Austin in March. We were able to raise over $4,200 and corporate matches are still coming in!When we’ve asked for donations for special medical cases like Maple, Mama Ray and Clover, you’ve supported us. Even when we pull new dogs into our program and ask for donations, you don’t disappoint! We could not do what we do without your donations!

To donate, click HERE. To check out what we have on our Amazon Wishlist, click HERE.
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Covid19 Statement

Dear Valued Volunteers and Supporters,

LOVE-A-BULL remains committed to helping dogs during this pandemic and will continue on with our daily operations in caring for foster dogs and actively seeking adopters. While some of our upcoming events may be impacted, we remain dedicated to our core cause and plan to do whatever we can to help pit bulls in need during this time.

We urge all of our supporters to do what is best and safest for their families, but we’d also like to remind everyone that the shelter and rescue system is often impacted harshly during times of crisis, even when that crisis is indirectly related to dogs. People stop adopting dogs, they stop volunteering, and they stop donating. These are all critical to saving lives.

Local shelters and animal care workers will be in high demand during these times, and LOVE-A-BULL is doing all we can to lighten that load by continuing our foster efforts, providing supplies, and volunteering.

**What can you do to help?**
Aside from the general advice of washing your hands, not touching your face, and staying in, we’d like to encourage the following actions:
1. Take care of yourself. Eat well, spend time with your dog, and try not to let the stress of current events impact your health.
2. As you prepare, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure you have dog food and meds for your pets as well as yourself in case of quarantine. Have a plan for where they’ll go if you are not able to care for them should you get sick. Hopefully this won’t be necessary, but better safe than sorry.
3. It has been confirmed that dogs CANNOT contract COVID19. Please share this so that people understand that there is no reason to avoid dogs or abandon their pets.
4. Check your sources before sharing information. There is a lot of misinformation being spread that can do harm. Stick to the facts and don’t panic.
5. Volunteer if you can. If you can take an animal or two into your home as a foster or adopter, please do so. The more animals we can get out of the shelters now, the fewer people will have to gather in shelters to care for them.
6. Donate if you can. Fundraisers and events are critical to the shelter and rescue community. Many of us are facing cancellations of events that are critical to our efforts. If you have the means, now is the time to share.

Thank you for your continued support. Our love goes out to you and your pets. Please be safe, smart, and proactive.

Sincerely,

Crystal Dunn
Vice President
LOVE-A-BULL

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Puppy Yoga is Back!

Ginger had 8 precious puppies!

Join us for Puppy Yoga with Ginger’s puppies (AKA: the spice pups) on December 14th at Peaceful Warrior Yoga Studio!

Bean-toe lovers and puppy breath enthusiasts will love this 1.5 hour class of attempted yoga, interrupted by a pack of ten master distractors of the cute fat puppy variety. The puppies will be at just the right roly-poly age to meet you too!

This is a great event to get to know the puppies (if you plan to adopt one) or just help us socialize them. Yes, your puppy-snuggling desires have at last found true purpose here.

 

Sweet mama dog Ginger will also need a forever home soon!

Details:

Recommended donation: $25

2 Classes Available: 1-2:30 or 3-4:30

Peaceful Warrior Yoga Studio
12221 Riata Trace Parkway, Austin, TX 78727

Sign up at 

Peaceful Warrior  – If you don’t see the event right away, just login/create an account then select the “Enrollments” tab.

Share the event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/416864972364110/