Maple Love-A-Bull Adoption

July 2020 Newsletter – Maple’s Adoption Story and Foster Spotlight

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Dear Friends –
Since the start of Covid, we’ve adopted out 58 dogs and puppies!! We could not have done it without our amazing fosters and the support of our community. As the world continues to push through uncertainty, we are still moving at full speed to save as many dogs as we can from the rural kill shelters we partner with. Fostering not only saves lives, it will give you purpose and passion and we need you!! We provide everything you need to foster for us and you become part of the LoveABull family. Will you foster for us? Click HERE to learn more and fill out an app. LoveABull Board of Directors,
Lindsey, Crystal, Kailyn, Sara, Roxy, Amber
We wish you a safe – and of course socially distanced – 4th of July weekend! Remember, this holiday can be very scary and dangerous for your pets. The ASPCA has some great tips for keeping your pets safe, such as keeping citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. For the rest of the article, click HERE!
NO LONGER LONGEST STAY – MAPLE!!
We are very excited to announce that one of our longest stay dogs, Maple, has been adopted!! Maple was found as a stray in Pflugerville in 2018. She was brought into the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, where LoveaBull Board Member, Sara, began fostering her from. Maple was soon transferred into LoveaBull, but for some reason, wasn’t getting much interest. Her foster, Sara, didn’t know why. Maple was sweet and silly. But she was also a bow legged senior who preferred to be the only princess in the home. After 14 months in her loving foster home, a young lady named Ashley saw a post on Maple wearing a sign around her neck explaining her situation. The rest is history and Maple is now living a lovely life with her new adopter, Ashley! Sara visited Maple last week and it was a wonderful reunion. Fostering saves lives and changes yours!
ADOPTIONS
We have been busy!! Maple, Goat, Chance, Jester, Scout, Dom, Celis, Oskar, Diamond, Emerald, Zilker, Poe, Daisy Mae, Blaze, Tux, Gremlin and Queenie!!
Check out our Facebook Page for their adoption family photos!
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. We are saving lives! If you are interested in fostering, click HERE for an application.
VOLUNTEERS – We are always looking to grow our volunteer base. We will be having a virtual new volunteer orientation on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm and Sunday, July 12th at 1pm. If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.
  • Transport – Help pick up dog food, bring dogs to and from fosters, to vet appointments, pick up from shelters and more! Helpful if you have a vehicle big enough to fit a large crate.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Several times a year, Tomlinson’s donates an unbelievable amount of dog food to our organization. This donation not only greatly benefits us, but we are able to share with those who reach out to us asking for help and with our shelter partners.

Now, when our adopters make their first online purchase with Tomlinson’s, they receive $25 off pet food with the purchase of $100 in new pet essentials, and, Tomlinson’s will donate $10 to LoveABull. To learn more about Tomlinson’s, click HERE.

MERCH ALERT
We are working very hard on creating new merchandise and we can’t wait to show you what we come up with.We have a few too many of our 10th Anniversary t-shirts in inventory and are now offering them at a discount! Buy 1 for $10 or 2 for $15! Check out our merchandise store HERE to purchase.
Aspen Adopted Love-A-Bull

June 2020 Newsletter – Aspen’s Adoption Story and Foster Spotlight

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Dear Friends –
Thank you for your continued support. We have brought so many new dogs into our program over the past month. We are happy to report they are being adopted out as fast as they are coming in!!! We are very lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people in our community. Check out our current Adopt-A-Bulls HERE.Love-A-Bull Board of Directors,
Lindsey, Crystal, Kailyn, Sara, Roxy, Amber
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A FORMAL AFFAIR –
Tuxedo is such a fitting name for this dapper gent! 🤵 He joined the Adopt-A-Bull squad earlier this month after he was found by a Good Samaritan hiding underneath a home. His right eye was badly injured, to the point where it needed removal. But, handsome Tux (age 2), with his little tuxedo-like fur sweater markings, is recovering nicely in his foster home and his stitches are almost out! ♥️    To apply to adopt Tux – click HERE!

From his foster Dad:  “Tuxedo is straight-out happy! He wags his tail constantly and is very sweet and affectionate. He loves peolple!! Haven’t seen him around kids but there’s no doubt in my mind he would be great with kids. He is great with other dogs and has become buddies with my boxer, Duke. He has met my cat and just wants to play! Tuxedo is fantastic on the leash; he doesn’t pull at all and I’ve never once heard him bark. He’s great in the kennel, just doesn’t want to go into it at first. Potty trained from what I can tell — zero accidents.”

NO LONGER LONGEST STAY + FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
We are very excited to announce that one of our longest stay dogs, Aspen, has been adopted!! Aspen originally came to us in 2015 and then was returned to us by no fault of her own, twice, in 2019. We also want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to her last foster, Taralyn, who had her for 9 months. We could not have done this without you.
We interviewed Taralyn, here is what she had to say!LAB: Please tell us about Aspen!

Taralyn: Aspen is a high energy, vocal, determined gal who loves a good tug of war game and has no qualms about speaking her mind. Her favorite toy was a braided rope, that she would whip around the house in a frenzy, legs be warned. We had Aspen for 9 months and spent a lot of quality time together during the quarantine. She loves walks, talking smack to other dogs, yodeling when something more interesting was happening outside and was nervous during storms. Aspen is a leader and will try to command any situation. To be completely honest, Aspen was my favorite and I cried like a baby on my drive home after her adoption. She is a fiercely independent lady who suffers no nonsense and I loved it!

LAB: How did you first hear about Love-A-Bull and were you interested in fostering right away?
Taralyn: Lindsey was showing off Mama Kate on the news, we applied to foster and ended up with Mama Kate for 6 months. We will be hosting our 5th foster today with Love-A-Bull.

LAB: We couldn’t do what we do without our fosters. What is your favorite part about being a foster?
Taralyn: My favorite part about being a foster is that moment when they finally feel safe enough to be themselves. Each and every one of them has a very unique personality and when they feel safe you have the privilege of meeting the real dog, not the one who hides under a table or curls up on the side of the couch giving you side eye. You meet the goofy, tennis ball loving, wiggle monster who just can’t get enough tummy rubs.

LAB: What challenges have you faced in fostering?
Taralyn: Potty training, storm anxiety, chewing EVERYTHING (I have lost multiple power cords to computers) and saying goodbye…it’s very difficult to do. One stand out incident was after Mama Kate was spayed. She was loopy and unable to get out of my car on her own. Because it was a two-door I needed some assistance to get her out. I asked the Maintenance man in our building to grab one end of the blanket and help me lift her. With a makeshift blanket gurney, we were able to wiggle a plump, loopy Mama Kate out of the car and to the relative safety of the parking lot. Then I had to carry her, 50 lbs of dead weight, up 3 flights of stairs. It’s not an experience I would like to repeat.

LAB: What advice would you give to someone who is a first time foster?
Taralyn: The best advice I can give a first-time foster is to have the patience of a saint for the first week, prepare for some heartache when they are adopted and lastly enjoy it. If they are snugglers, watch some Netflix and snuggle up. If they are adventures, get out there and hit some trails and if they are playful, PLAY and PLAY hard.

LAB: What has your experience been with Love-A-Bull?
Taralyn: Love-A-Bull is made up of extremely fun and passionate group of people. They travel all over Texas just to save pups in need while continuously vetting and networking with future adoptees. I’m lucky to be one of them.

LAB: Anything else you want to share!?
Taralyn: People sometimes struggle with feeling they won’t make a mark on the world. Fostering is a great way to contribute to the lives of many while also enriching your own. That’s a significant mark in my book.

ADOPTIONS
We have been busy!! Kale, Tofu, Scooby Do, Sapphire, Amber, Onyx, Topaz, Boudreaux, Tonic, Aspen, Juice Box, Pinot, Meatball, Zin, Capri, Annabelle, Dolly and Lilly.
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. We are saving lives! If you are interested in fostering, click HERE for an application.
VOLUNTEERS – We are always looking to grow our volunteer base. We currently have leadership positions available. If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.
  • Grant Writer – Submit grant applications on our behalf. Search for new grant opportunities.
  • Transport – Help pick up dog food, bring dogs to and from fosters, to vet appointments, pick up from shelters and more! Helpful if you have a vehicle big enough to fit a large crate.
FUNDRAISER – VEGAN FRIED CHICKEN
Local food truck HapPea Vegans is now donating 5% of its retail sales from its vegan fried chicken back to Love-A-Bull! Austin Eater calls HapPea’s chicken some of the tastiest chicken sandwiches in Austin, even if you’re not vegan! HapPea Vegans is located at The Outpost Food Park, 1403 E. 7th St., open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. You can also find their chicken at Rabbit Food Grocery. Please consider an order to help support us while enjoying delicious food!
CURRENT NEEDS
  • Leashes, Martingale collars, slip leads
  • Large collapsible crates
  • Nulo canned puppy food and potty pads
  • Towels and Dog beds
  • Nylabones, Kongs (wobbler), busy toys!
  • Slow feeder/puzzle bowls
  • Flea and heart worm preventative
Check out our Amazon Wishlist HERE. To donate, click HERE.

May 2020 Newsletter – #GivingTuesdayNow

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Dear Friends –
Thank you for your continued support. We have brought so many new dogs into our program over the past month. We are happy to report they are being adopted out as fast as they are coming in!!! Check out our current Adopt-A-Bulls HERE.
EVENTS
TOMORROW – Saturday, May 2nd
Virtual Warrior II Yoga Fundraiser
Join Warrior II Yoga as John Mackey will lead participants via Zoom through an all-levels, donation-based yoga class with proceeds going back to Love-A-Bull. The “doors” will open 15 minutes prior to start time. Reserve your spot at www.warrioriiyoga.com/events.

Sunday, May 3 – Sunday, May 10
Mother’s Day Giveaway

For the week leading up to Mother’s Day, we want to showcase the wonderful moms out there on our social media. Starting May 3rd, email your favorite photos of your mom, dog moms, your grandma, YOU as a mom – send ’em all – to getinvolved@love-a-bull.org. We will share your photo in appreciation and enter you into a drawing to win some Love-A-Bull swag. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day! Tuesday, May 5
#GivingTuesdayNow

In this global initiative, donors are encouraged to make a gift donation on AmplifyATX.org, consider monthly sustaining donations to Love-A-Bull and/or perform acts of generosity and share them on social media. View our #GivingTuesdayNow donation page here, and be sure to share with friends, family and other pitbull-type dog supporters!

SAVE THE DATE
The Paint Your Pet fundraiser through Painting with a Twist has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 9.

** Graphic Photo Warning + Absolute Cuteness Overload Warning**
PUPDATE – Ya’ll remember our sweet Clover?! We rescued him around St.Patrick’s Day, with severe injuries and we didn’t know what the road ahead would look like for him. His amazing foster, Ashley, gave him so much TLC and a safe place to heal. What a difference a month can make. Clover is healthy and super happy, because he just got adopted!! He even has a new brother, Harry. Go Clover!!
MEDIA MENTIONS
Thank you to Get it Gals for hosting Love-A-Bull at Office Trivia night in April. We had so much fun dressing up our dogs as “Pawffice” characters, judging the costume contest and educating about Love-A-Bull.We also had the pleasure of being Rescue of the Week for the Doobert podcast. Look for the link in next month’s newsletter and soon on our social media pages.
ADOPTIONS
We have been busy!! Ginger, Betty White, Sammy, Gin, Koree, Sky, Bo, Benji, Titan, Queso, Tina, Chicky, Sangria, Salsa, Bunny, Syrah, Sherry, Churro, Fig, Radar and Clover. That makes 22 dogs! Some of these were foster fails, you know who you are!
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. We are saving lives! If you are interested in fostering, click HERE for an application.
VOLUNTEERS – We are always looking to grow our volunteer base. We currently have leadership positions available. If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.
  • Treasurer – Serve as financial officer, work with CFO on financial reporting, preparing budgets, paying bills and balancing the checkbook. Work with Event Coordinator to understand fundraising.
  • Grant Writer – Submit grant applications on our behalf. Search for new grant opportunities.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Lockhart Animal Shelter
About 180 animals pass through this shelter on a monthly basis. We are able to evaluate and pull many great dogs from Lockhart into our program. They go the extra mile in finding homes and rescues to work with for their dogs. Special thanks to Dr. Bardzinski, Amy and Kim! Click HERE to check them out!

CURRENT NEEDS
  • Large collapsible crates
  • Nulo canned puppy food and potty pads
  • Towels
  • Dog beds
  • Nylabones, Kongs (wobbler), busy toys!
  • Slow feeder/puzzle bowls
  • Flea and heart worm preventative
Check out our Amazon Wishlist HERE. To donate, click HERE.
NAME MY BREED
Bella (FKA Kit) came to us with her sister Zeniba (FKA Dot) as the only surviving puppies of a litter found by a good samaritan. We were happy to have them in our program. We couldn’t guess what their breeds were, but now we know!!!From Bella’s family:
Bella’s full name is Isabella Luna Kemp. We have many nick names for her (Munchkin, Bellarina, Baby girl). She has a spunky personality and is sweet as sugar. She loves to run and play and gives her big sister kisses and grooming daily. She is a big time Daddy’s girl and runs to the door to wait for him the minute she hears the garage door open. She spends her day keeping Mommy company in her office while she works. All in all she is a blessing to our family and we can’t imagine our lives without her.

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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