The 2015 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 19-26. Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org
NOW MEET WAGS, HOPE AND HEALING:
HOW AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?
Wags, Hope and Healing incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in January, 2012.We have been rescuing, rehabilitating and finding loving homes for local rescue dogs since the Fall of 2011. In June 2012 we relocated our operation to 5 acres of rolling hills in the Hill Country between Dripping Springs and Johnson City on Highway 290. Our organization is led by Jennifer Carroll, Founder, Executive Director and Mary Beth Ansell, Co-Founder, Accounting Director.
Video of Birdie’s Rescue: http://youtu.be/bEcPKWrcH_E
WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION?
We rescue, rehabilitate and find loving adoptive homes for dogs that were the victims of abandonment, abuse or neglect. Through leadership, behavioral conditioning and love, we help them become balanced and healthy in mind, body and spirit. We take time to facilitate a perfect match between our adoptable dogs and their forever family and offer a support system for adopting families. We promote kindness, leadership and responsible pet ownership and advocate for the prevention of cruelty to animals including preventative measures for overpopulation.
Our vision is to facilitate permanent, healthy bonds between pets and their families. Wags partners with law enforcement and animal control officers to assist with neglect, chaining, hoarding, cruelty and dumping cases. We play an active role in these situations so that these dogs have a safe place to land. When local rescue efforts don’t keep us full, we pull from euthanasia lists across Central Texas.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUR EFFORTS?
We have drastically reduced the number of homeless dogs by partnering with local law enforcement. Through education and support we have helped surrounding communities to euthanize fewer dogs that are homeless. We have provided rehoming consultation to families that are no longer able keep their pets due to difficult circumstances. We work with Dogs of Character to participate in school programs and have brought a rehabilitated “bait” dog to one such program. This was aimed at helping children that are the victims of bullying and was at the Dripping Springs Elementary School.