REMOVING UNNECESSARY BARRIERS TO ADOPTION
We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization. We began as a Boston Terrier rescue organization. We are now the largest Boston Terrier Rescue in the United States, having adopted over 300 Boston Terriers in 2016.
Our journeys into shelters to pick up homeless Boston Terriers brought us face to face with the horrific realities faced by most shelter animals, and we committed ourselves to do everything within our power to change this for all breeds. We began in a small way, by taking one or two additional small dogs every time we pulled a Boston – and we named these precious dogs, who clung for life to our exiting Bostons, the proud new breed “American Clingon Terriers.” Then there were the cats, proudly proclaimed “American Flingon Terriers.” This year we adopted over 2600 Clingon and Flingon Terriers (and a few Blingon Terriers). We’re pretty sure we are the largest adopter of Clingons in the United States, and we are one of the largest all-breed adopters in the United States.
How did we do this? We committed from Day One to remove every single unnecessary barrier to adoption that we could. We conduct Open Adoptions — rather than protracted, high cost, and exclusive adoptions, for which data now shows no difference in return rates and quality of life for the adopted dogs as compared to those of the high-cost, low-adopting, and protracted investigative Closed Adoptions. For an introduction to the concept of Open Adoptions, see the ASPCA’s statement here.
Here is where we are now: Our dogs are fully vetted, and every one of them are microchipped, with free microchip registration. We supply a free collar, leash and harness, free pet insurance for illness and injury up to $1,000 for 30 days after adoption, and a free bag of premium dog food. We continue to work toward making our conversation-based adoptions easier and more seamless. We adopt out of state (and to homes in Canada), and we assist adopters in setting up transportation. We are a work in progress, with a very high demand for our assistance and a growing volunteer and foster base to meet more and more of that demand.
A portion of our adoptables come directly from collaborating shelters with a strong desire to increase their live release rates and a willingness to look past old, tired, and unproven thinking – shelters who are willing to follow where the growing data actually takes them. Another portion of our adoptables come from families, individual rescuers, good Samaritans, and willing foster families who need help in rehoming their charges. And, finally, a portion of our adoptables are strays.
We have two shelters: The North Kennel in Weatherford, Texas, which houses most of our Boston Terriers, and the South Kennel in Cleveland, Texas, which serves as a short-term home for all breeds while they attend our every-weekend adoption events.
Among our programs are:
- Every weekend adoptions at PetSmart stores as shown on our Home page.
- FosterTemps© – a network of temporary foster families who foster homeless dogs in between our weekend events at PetSmart stores. The fostering is temporary because our dogs are adopted quickly. We provide fosters with crates, food, and basic medical care.
- SNIP, Inc. – extremely low cost spay/neuter services, with transport to and from the clinic, for petowners in the Weatherford, Texas area. (Based on available space, first come, first served.)
- The Spay Train© – A bi-monthly transport from Liberty, San Jacinto, Montgomery and Harris Counties of family dogs and cats in need of very low cost spay/neuter, vaccination, and heartworm testing services. (Based on available space, first come, first served.)
If you would like to become a volunteer or a temporary foster, we would love to have you!
Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our volunteers, vendors, adopters, and collaborating partners.