Resource Links - Hopefully you can find some answers to your questions here.
Need a Rescue?
Finding a rescue to take your dog can be daunting. Most are full, below is a partial list of email addresses for some of the other Texas Bully rescues. Please try them to see if they have any space or can refer you somewhere. Animal Rescue Directory has a fairly comprehensive list of rescues across the United States that you can also try! Thanks for trying to help abandoned animals!
Here are some other email addresses you can try:
Found a dog?
Here are the steps to follow when you've found a dog, you should be prepared to take care of the dog for a while if you are not willing to take it to the local animal shelter as most rescues and their fosters stay full.
- Check the surrounding houses to see if the dog is just "visiting the neighbors".
- Take the dog to the nearest vet to have it scanned for a microchip and/or check any tags it may have on it's collar.
- Post on Facebook a good picture of the dog with contact info for the person that will be caring for the dog until the owners are found. Here are some groups that we suggest:
- You can also place an ad in the Victoria Advocate Paper - Lost & Found free for 3 days.
- Inform or take the dog to the local Animal Shelter. It will be put on a stray hold for 5 business days before being available for adoption or pulled by rescue. If you will be fostering the dog until the owners are found, please let Animal Control know you have the dog, give them a good picture and your contact information in case the owners go looking there.
We are not veterinarians, so seek a vet's advice for your dog's health care, but here are the generally accepted standards for vaccinations.
We can not impress on you the importance of keeping up with the vaccination schedule. Puppies are NOT fully protected with only one shot, and even when they have had all 3 necessary shots they can still be exposed to and contract distemper and parvo! Puppies should receive a series of vaccinations starting at six to eight weeks of age. A veterinarian should administer a minimum of three vaccinations at three- to four-week intervals. The final dose should be administered at 16-18 weeks of age. Some adult dogs might receive certain vaccines annually, while other vaccines might be given every 3 years or longer.
Preparing for the Heat/Cold
Texas now has a tethering law in place making it illegal to tether a dog in certain conditions. Our first preference obviously is to bring them inside during inclement weather, but we understand that's not always possible, so here's some ideas of what you can do to provide them a safe place during the cold & hot seasons.
State law says that a dog (pet) can not be outdoors if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so be prepared to bring the dog inside a building of some sort if at all possible. Here are some other things you can do:
- Give them an insulated dog house with a nice warm blanket. You can also use hay if available, it will help provide some insulation they can burrow into. You can create an improvised dog/cat house by using a large plastic tub upside down and cutting a hole large enough for your pet to get inside. Place your blanket or hay inside and place the tub in an area that is blocked from the wind. This design also makes it easy to clean out when necessary. Also make sure they can't tip it over.
- If you don't have a dog house, give them some kind of 3-sided wind block using the side of a building, plywood or at least some tarp, with a top to protect from rain. Again, give them some blankets and/or hay they can burrow into. And not just a flimsy sheet, but a nice warm blanket. Go get a cheap quilt or something from Goodwill or the Dollar Store.
- Affix a heat lamp where they can get somewhat close to it to stay warm in this protected area. *** BE CAREFUL*** with the placement of a heat lamp. You do not want your pet to be able to chew the cord, or get burned or worse yet cause a fire!
When caring for your animals during the summer it's important to provide these few things.
- Make sure they have constant adequate access to clean, cool water. Make sure the water is not left in the full sun to heat up, this can burn their mouth and throat when they try to drink scalding hot water (you'd be surprised how fast and how hot that water can get!).
- Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun and cool off, either on a porch or under a shade tree. A dog house will provide shade, but without adequate ventilation it will become a hotbox no better than being out in full sun. Also keep in mind, if you have your dog in a kennel with a brick or rock floor, those will also heat up enough to burn their feet and skin so provide some sort of raised platform to get up off the hot floor with some kind of ventilation between boards or a netted floor.
- Install a misting system to cool the area.
Looking for a Place to Live?
It's hard to find a residence that will allow pets and many place unnecessary "breed restrictions" on dogs. Here is a good resource to start with that allows pets and many do not have those nasty restrictions in place.
Online Vet Help
The pandemic has disrupted life in many ways and pet care is no exception. Luckily, telemedicine is helping to continue to connect Americans with providers for their pets during these challenging times. But like with all new and emerging technologies, not all are created equal. We investigated the most popular online pet care and veterinary services platforms and identified the highest quality and most convenient options. You can view our selection here: https://www.onlinedoctor.com/best-online-pet-care-veterinarian-services/