Adoption Stories

We adopted Zoe (Lady-Jay when we got her) two years ago when we lost our beloved wolf-dog. I never thought I could feel as connected to another dog as I had to Chloe. But somehow Zoe won me over with her goofy exuberance and sweet empathy. This dog is my velcro-friend and protector. She is the best exercise partner I could have and a wonderful companion for my teenage daughter. She is super smart and fun to train. Thank you ADR for bringing us together! The work you do is priceless!

Susan Michalski
12 January 2017

I can't imagine life without my Bubbles!! She has now been with me through getting married (and gaining a fur-sister), moving to California, moving to Germany, moving back to California and exploring every place we have been in between. This pup has lived and traveled the world! I am so grateful that I found her through ADR :)

Amy Weems
10 August 2016

Buttercup had been passed around a handful of shelters and homes, then posted as a "pitbull for sale" on Craigslist before ADR rescued her. Seven months later, we have come to know Buttercup as a fast-learning, all-animals-friendly, people-loving, vacuum-loathing, exercise-enthusiastic cuddlebug. In short, she is our unique and perfect child. We will always be grateful to ADR for making our family--and so many others--complete.

Alex Thomas & Wellington Chew
19 March 2016

Bailey (formerly Delta Dawn) could not have come into my life at a better time! I adopted her in May 2015, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with uterine cancer. After successful surgery, I had to spend a lot of time at home recuperating. Bailey has been my constant companion. She's an extremely smart, sweet, low key bundle of fur who loves to snuggle with me. I had an electronic dog door installed, and she loves to set her own schedule and run outside in my fenced yard whenever the urge strikes her. I couldn't ask for a better fur baby, and am so grateful to have found her.

Kathy Klein
01 January 2016

We welcomed Lila (Keely) to our home in early August. Neither my husband nor I had a dog growing up and I had some dog fear from prior negative experiences. We didn't want our kids growing up the same way. Our oldest son expressed interest in getting a dog as reward for his good grades. As soon as she was in our home, she won his heart completely. He is a complete dope for his dog. The picture I am sharing is of he and his baby snuggling. He gets up early every morning to take her on her morning walk, they play soccer, and they have a second walk in the afternoon. The highlight of the day is when he comes home from school. "The boy! The boy is here!! I love the boy!" He talks to her in his Lila only voice, which is a totally ridiculous baby voice. We think it is hilarious. She sleeps in his bed every night and is a bed hog, but he doesn't mind. "She was so adorable, I couldn't move her." The change in our family has been dramatic. Everyone is more relaxed. The only snag is that Lila and our cat Lizzie hate each other. We are currently looking at getting another dog so our youngest boys can have a snuggle buddy too.

Mandy G
07 December 2015

I adopted Skye back in August of 2014. This dog has done so much for me I can't even begin to explain. But wanted to show that she just graduated on 27 July 2015 from Good Manners 1 Training held by Briana Stringer, Owner of Sublimes Canine.

Skye is posing in her graduation outfit.

I hope you all enjoy how happy Skye and myself are together thanks to you all.

Very Respectfully,
James Morford

James Morford
27 July 2015

We adopted Luna a month ago and couldn't be happier. She loves running the trails, dipping in the creek, traveling, sleeping in the semi truck, bonding with the cat and giving so much love to our family. Thank you ADR for saving this precious little girl. From the day I met her I knew we would be perfect together. She is my constant companion and my grandson's best lil buddy! We look forward to many wonderful years of smiles, laughter, love and miles together. I don't know what I would do without her!

Catherine Palmer
21 March 2014

We adopted Karma (Butters) in June 2013 and she was from the truck stop litter. She was so little when we got her and now she has grown so much! She was a little shy at first but now she loves everyone and all dogs and is the sweetest dog. She is extremely smart and very playful and clumsy at times. She goes to the dog park often and has met lots of friends there and is in love with our cat and two other dogs. We could not have found a better puppy for our family!

Amanda Roche
07 February 2014

Windy is settling quite nicely into her new "furever" home. She is getting along well with her two Chihuahua brothers. She just met my 3 year old grand daughter for the first time this weekend and she got along just great with her and was very gentle. Windy is enjoying her 1/2 acre yard and goes on "big dog patrol" and scopes out the entire yard for any critters that might intrude and keeps a watchful eye on the pony that lives next door. She is a big loveable snuggle bug and we are so thankful to Austin Dog Rescue for letting us include her in our pack.

Terri Curtis
25 January 2014

We looked at countless dogs on adoption websites but when we saw the pictures of Leeloo on the ADR website, we immediately knew that she was the perfect dog for us. Leeloo has been in our lives for only two weeks now but she has already made a huge impact on our family. She is one of the most loving and intelligent dogs we have ever met and will definitely be a great Pit Bull breed ambassador. Although our cat Buddy is not quite a superfan yet, even he is warming up to her.

We are so appreciative that the good people at Austin Dog Rescue saved Leeloo from the euthanize list of the Bastrop animal shelter and that her foster mom, Courtney took such good care of her before she found her forever home. ADR is proof that all dogs deserve a chance at a happy life.

It's been 4 years since fate brought Stella & I together. She's been my most beloved & trusted companion each and every one of those days through so many of life's events. Thank you ADR for loving my girl until we found each other.
20 December 2013

In 2007, this sweet tiny soul came from the caring home of an ADR foster into mine and I can't imagine life without her! Daisy has been my true companion for the last 6 years, and though she may be a bit more gray, she certainly couldn't be happier. Thanks for everything you do, ADR.

Emily
17 December 2013

Gracie is my first dog in over 20 years. I was actually set to adopt a Border Collie when I saw Gracie's tragic story on ADR. She had been neglected, and her leg became infected after possibly being run over. The vet made the decision to remove her leg, and on top of that she was heartworm positive. But she made it through both ordeals with such grace, so when I adopted her, I named her Gracie. She has been in my loving home ever since, and we adopted another 3-legged dog named Trey whom she loves endlessly.

Lance Taylor
04 December 2013

What an incredible difference six months has made! When we first adopted Vito, he was so shy and scared that it took 45 minutes to coax him out of my car. Our sweet little guy has totally blossomed, now though, and he is the funniest, most adorable pup you could imagine. Although he still runs to his crate when someone new comes to the door, his "adjustment period" is much, much shorter. He is even starting to approach people on his own. Vito loves his Kong toy, chasing squirrels with his big brother, Oz, going for car rides, and especially snuggling on the bed with Mom and Dad. He loves getting and giving kisses. Vito has made his permanent place in our family, and we can't imagine life without him. Thank you so much to the people at ADR who took a chance on him.

Susie Gielow and Brendan Burke-Phillips
04 December 2013

We adopted Mag from ADR over a year ago and he has been a blessing to our family. His sweet heart, goofy demeanor, and oversized (literally) love has made our little family complete. Our little Maltese adores him, as they have become a team in guarding our house from all birds, squirrels, cats, etc.

We are so thankful for all the work that ADR has done and we continue to support them, as Magnum is living proof of the good that they do in our community.

Jessica and Ryan Stathos
02 December 2013

We adopted Jake in March of this year. He is such a part of our family now and so spoiled. We took him with us to my daughter's new home on Thanksgiving and if he wasn't running in their big backyard he was inside schmoozing all the women who kept telling him how handsome he was. ADR does such great work. Jake thanks you for his forever home.

Darla Deen
29 November 2013

What a blessing Scarlet (formerly Jolie) has been to us! She is such a lovable goofball, we don't know how we ever lived without her. She loves to sit in our laps and give kisses, and she has already made some other puppy friends! Thank you to the Austin Dog Rescue, and to Scarlet’s foster mom Ginger, for all you do and for bringing our Scarlet into our lives. We fall in love with her more and more every day and we are so glad our path crossed with hers.

Emily & Mitch
25 October 2013

Niya became part of our family in June, and she has added so much already! She is a sweet girl who loves to please. Our 20 month old son is in love with her, and he won't leave the house without giving her kisses and a treat! She has A LOT of energy and loves to jog with the stroller or with me on roller blades. She can run four miles in less than 30 minutes and keep going, I'm sure! She is smart and a quick learner, but definitely prefers when others are around. We love her so much! Thanks, ADR, and especially Tammy for being such a great foster mom!

Aaron and Glenna Laughlin
28 August 2013

Four months ago, Zume (FKA Boomer) came to us from ADR and has added such joy, sweetness and fun to our house! He had to lie low for several weeks due to heartworm but is now heartworm negative and so healthy! Throughout it, he has been such as "special soul" as ADR described him. We call him and his rescue brother - 'brothers from different mothers' as they love to play, hang out, and take care of each other. He just completed his Foundations in obedience training and is a quick and avid learner, so we'll keep doing fun training with him. He has some fears that we're working through but he always has a sweet tail wag and loves to be loved. We couldn't feel more fortunate - thank you for rescuing him!

CM Marihugh
16 August 2013

I adopted Tallulah from ADR in January of 2009, and I am so thankful for her every day. Tallulah and I have shared some great adventures, including a move (for 2.5 years) to Colorado where she got to hike many mountains and swim in numerous rivers! We've since moved back to Austin and are having a great time re-visiting all of the parks/trails we enjoyed when we lived here previously. Tallulah makes new friends everywhere she goes, and makes me smile with happiness every day! I would like to thank your organization for saving Tallulah's life, because I was able to find my dog, and my best friend.

Riley Blake
07 July 2013

We are so happy that we found Maximus (FKA Kamdon) through ADR! He is so sweet, goofy, smart, and lovable. He has grown so much in the last month since we have adopted him. He is doing very well with learning commands and what is his to carry around and what is ours to leave alone. :) He loves to play in the rain or in the pond at the dog park and is terribly excited about figuring out the occasional toad we come across on our walks around the neighborhood - which is quite comical to watch. I am happy that he now has a family who will love and care for him because he is so lovable and deserves it. Thank you to everyone at ADR for rescuing him for us and all that you do!

Noel Greer
23 June 2013

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