Rescue SPOTlight: Houston Beagle and Hound Rescue

Today’s Rescue SPOTlight shines on Houston Beagle and Hound rescue out of Texas. This is a wonderful rescue that saves the lives of many needy Beagles. They are participating in the creation of Up For Pups’ Rescue Best Practices Manual.

  • Mission: “Our long-term goal is to educate the public regarding the tragic pet over-population problem in the U.S. and around the world, so that rescue will one day no longer be needed.”
  • Date founded: 1990
  • Types of animals you take in: mostly purebred beagles
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Small
  • Your name: Elizabeth Emery
  • Your position in the rescue: Board Member – Fundraising & Events
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: almost 3 years
  • What you like best about animal rescue: attempting to make a difference
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: having to say we can’t take one because we have no room
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience: For the most part, people that have beagles are extremely fussy about where they are boarded.  I decided to offer boarding in my home for my previous fosters.  I love having them come back to me for a while and being able to spend time with them again.  It gives me the opportunity to see how much they’ve blossomed in their new homes.  And that makes me feel better about giving them up.

Rescue SPOTlight: Legacy Boxer Rescue

Today’s Rescue SPOTlight shines on Legacy Boxer Rescue. LBR was one of the key contributors for Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Boxers and is now assisting us with the development of a rescue best practices manual.

Legacy Boxer Rescue

Legacy Mission: For every life there is a legacy. In many instances the legacy passed down is not as it should be and requires help from caring souls to be fulfilled. It is our belief that all Boxers should have a legacy befitting of their wonderful enthusiasm and love of life, but sadly, this isn’t always the case.

We, the founder and volunteers of Legacy Boxer Rescue, have made it our mission to seek out these Boxers and create a legacy they deserve, a loving family and home of their own.

We firmly believe that a Boxer’s future should never be uncertain, so we will help to create better, happier legacies for them; one Boxer at a time.

A legacy that replaces despair with hope, sorrow with happiness, fear with security, and pain with love.

  • ·Date founded: March 18, 2004
  • ·Types of animals you take in: Boxer Dogs
  • ·Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Large
  • ·Your name: Sharon Sleighter
  • ·Your position in the rescue: President
  • ·How long you’ve been with the rescue: Founder
  • ·What you like best about animal rescue: Seeing a boxers spirit return; it’s an amazing thing. 🙂
  • ·What you think is hardest about animal rescue: Not being able to help them all.
  • ·Share one quick story about a rescue experience:

In November of 2004, LBR was a mere eight months old, and the financial aspect was not looking good for us. We were struggling to maintain enough money to pay the bills, and while we were very determined, we simply didn’t have the means to fundraise being so new. We had a small volunteer base and an even smaller support base.

Then fate struck in the name of a dog named Nemo, whom LBR needed as badly as he needed LBR.

One cold night just before Thanksgiving that year, we received an email from a shelter contact. The subject line read “ISO: BOXER RESCUE. MALE BOXER, WORST CASE OF MANGE EVER!!!”

There were no pictures. There was just that headline and a smaller note that said he would be euthanized that evening if no one stepped forward to take him. LBR raised our paw to help him and the wheels started turning. LBR’s version of “Finding Nemo” was on.

I sent Kristy to the shelter to get him, and told her I would meet her at the clinic. She called me after picking him up, sobbing. She said, “It’s awful. He’s an adult dog with no hair at all, and his skin cracks and bleeds when you touch him.”

She was afraid he was going to die in her car before she arrived. Needless to say, he didn’t die on the way, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see when I walked into the clinic that night. This poor animal was skin and bones and just a bloody, infected mess from head to the tip of his long, natural tail. No spark in his eyes; no wag in his tail. Just sadness.

We considered, briefly, euthanizing him, as he had to be just miserable, but then I said to everyone in the room, “This is mange. We can fix this, and this is the worst he will ever feel from this moment on. Starting today, it’s all uphill.” We posted pictures of Nemo on our website, and the outpouring of care and support was almost overwhelming. In 24 hours we raised over $4,000.00 for Nemo, and if you know mange, well, it simply isn’t that costly to treat, so those donations helped us to help others like Nemo.

Nemo truly saved LBR as much as LBR saved Nemo. Nemo’s foster parents ended up adopting him after his ordeal, and he blossomed into a very handsome boxer. Though his scars were always apparent on the surface, his parents made sure they didn’t go any deeper. He enjoyed whipped cream from the spray can for treats and gave them several years of loyalty and love. Nemo, sadly, passed away in 2009 from lymphoma, but he will never be forgotten here at LBR.

Rescue SPOTlight: Mile High Weimaraner Rescue

Today’s SPOTlight is on Mile High Weimaraner Rescue of Colorado, an organization participating in the creation of Up For Pups’ Rescue Best Practices Manual.

  • Mission: We are an all-volunteer, non-profit rescue dedicated to the welfare of the Weimaraner breed. We take in Weimaraners that have been abandoned, surrendered, neglected or abused, place them in foster homes where they are given love, healthy diet, training, and rehabilitation to help them prepare for placement in a forever home.
  • Date founded: 2000
  • Types of animals you take in: Weimaraner and Weimaraner-mixes
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals):Mid
  • Your name: Shereen Raucci
  • Your position in the rescue: Foster Mom, Event Coordinator and Committee Member
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: 1+ years
  • What you like best about animal rescue: the love each foster dog shares with me, the privilege of earning their trust after a hard past, and knowing that I get to be a part of choosing their forever family
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: the realization that so many people think of dogs as “things” rather than loved ones and family members; hearing the horrid stories of abuse & neglect that these poor babes are made to endure before being rescued, and not being able to save them all.
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience: The day I met Angel will forever be etched in my mind and Angel will forever be in my heart. I slowly approached the blue Weim crouched in the corner of the kennel, she was shaking in fear. I sat down nearby & she soon came to me & rested her head in my lap. I took Angel home with me then. She was my very first Weim foster, glued to my side, she trusted only me to protect her. Angel was a Mill dog that apparently knew no kindness in her past, she had scars from head to toe but a heart of gold. Weeks later, we learned Angel was pregnant. She delivered 4 healthy puppies via emergency c-section at CSU. Angel was a sweet, attentive, very loving mama but 9 days later she began to bleed uncontrollably. Covered in blood we ran red lights and stop signs to get to CSU, with her 4 angel babies wrapped in soft blankets in a box close to her. Angel survived emergency surgery and I was told I could come back to pick her up the next morning. At 3 a.m. I received the dreaded call that she had passed suddenly. My dear sweet Angel left behind 4 precious 10 day old Weim puppies. The rescue pulled together & moved the puppies to another foster home that had a lactating Weim foster….there Angels puppies thrived, in honor of their mama. Angel’s ashes are buried in the Memory Garden at my home, alongside her foster sister, Meg. Each morning we wander by and say good morning, knowing she is always close. Each of her puppies were named after Angels and are healthy, happy and well loved, and have their very own guardian Angel.

Rescue Spotlight: Nebraska Border Collie Rescue

Our rescue spotlight today is on Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, Inc. . This outstanding Border Collie rescue has been saving dogs since 1999, and they have generously offered their time to help in the creation of Up For Pups’ best practices manual.

Mission: Nebraska Border Collie Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to serving the immediate needs of Border Collies and Border Collie mixes in danger of harm or euthanasia, as well as educating the public to reduce the need for rescue in the future.

  • Date founded: Spring 1999
  • Types of animals you take in: Border Collies and Border Collie x
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Mid
  • Your Name: Karen Battreall
  • Your position in the rescue: President
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: 11 years
  • What you like best about animal rescue: Seeing a great dog go to a great family
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: Making the decision to euthanize
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience: We had a very intelligent, energetic Border Collie that we felt would be hard to place.  She found a home but was returned because of her extreme intelligence and energy.  A second home was found with a retired rancher.  He reported to us that his wife suffered from a debilitating disease and hadn’t smiled in over a year.   Maggie had made his wife not only smile but laugh.  They went for walks around the ranch together and had become constant companions.


Rescue Spotlight: MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue

Happy Tails Books and Up For Pups are working together alongside 20+ reputable rescue organizations to create a best practices manual. We’ll be featuring a rescue each week so you can get to know the rescuers behind this mammoth effort. Read about the best practices manual at

MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue


  • Rescue Name: MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue
  • Website:
  • Mission: To rescue and re-home abandoned Boston Terriers and to persuade those interested in purchasing a dog to “adopt, and not shop”, meaning to not purchase a dog or puppy from a puppy mill or puppy mill-supplied pet store, but instead, to adopt a homeless dog to save a life.”
  • Date founded: November 2005
  • Types of animals you take in: Dog; Boston Terrier
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Large
  • Your name: Jennifer Misfeldt
  • Your position in the rescue: President/Founder
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: November 2005
  • What you like best about animal rescue: the support from the public
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: inconsistency among multiple foster parents across multiple states
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience:Here’s a poem from the MABTR website, which speaks for itself

To My First Rescue Dog

You came to me full grown
But very much like a puppy.
A human’s love you had not yet known.
Each pat on your head
Caused you to jump in a frenzy.
In your first hours you even shredded your bed.
Each experience was new and you were so amazed.
Inside the house you seemed overwhelmed.
Just the simplest things would capture your gaze.
Constant excitement was your state.
Your jumping and barking
Made you a challenging roommate.
But slowly you came to understand
And when I reach out
You no longer chewed on my hand.
Within a few months so calmly you sat.
Imploring with those sweet brown eyes
To give your head just one more pat.
The adoption day in mid-December
When you met your new family
Is one I will always remember.
I sent you on your way
With a final hug and kiss
Knowing your new life began that day.
You trotted away without a backward glance
And through my tears I smiled
Because you deserved this second chance.


Beagle/Lab Battle – How to Choose?

You may be aware that for the past several months I’ve been planning a stage show called Don’t Kill Bill to raise awareness about the relationship between pet shops and puppy mills and encourage people to volunteer with animal rescue organizations. The show consists of two aerial fabric acts like you might see in a Cirque du Soleil show, but… our first aerial fabric act is a duet that also involves a wonderful cattle dog named Clementine.  The second aerial act is set to beautiful music by animal advocate Marilyn Milano coupled with a slideshow about ending puppy mill suffering.

Between aerial acts I’ll be sharing 11 of the most informative and heartwarming stories submitted to Happy Tails Books for our Lost Souls: FOUND! series. But that’s where I’m struggling. One thing I want to point out during the show is how beneficial fostering can be for the children of the home. I’ve got two wonderful stories I could share, but I can’t share them both. Could you please help me choose?

In no particular order, as I’m very fond of them both, I’ve got “Unlikely Lessons” from Sandy Roberts and “What’s In A Name” by Kimberly Tenai. The first is about Austin, a boy with cerebral palsy, who makes training his foster Beagle, Charlie, his mission. The second story is about Lucas, a little boy who shares his love with all the foster animals who pass through his home.

As you listen to these stories, please think of them from the perspective of the audience. Consider the length and content.

There will be slides to accompany the story, and whichever story isn’t chosen will appear on the DVD with slides as an extra feature. Which would you choose?

Unlikely Lessons I What’s In A Name

Please leave your comments below. I’ll make a decision by Thursday. Thanks for helping me on this – it’s a tough one!

Putting The Right Paw Forward

Since it’s the first day of the New Year, I thought I might share some goals for Happy Tails Books. Here are last year’s goals and how they relate to our plans for 2011:

1) Donate $10,000 back to animal welfare organizations: We wanted to donate at least $10,000 back to animal rescue causes. Early in the year, our customers helped us make a donation to the organizations helping animals through the crisis in Haiti. Then, this past month we donated another $9,800 back to our rescue partners and humane education causes, so over the year we did hit our goal. It was kind of fudged, though, to be honest. As we wanted so badly to reach this goal that we donated more than our expected percentage of net profits back to rescue. It was closer to 50% of net profits that the 25% we were looking for. Therefore, I’d like to try again for this year: At 25% of net profits, can we donate $10,000 back?

2) Publish at least five books about different dog breeds and a book about cats: We blew this goal out of the water! Last year we published Lost Souls: FOUND! books on Boxers, Chihuahuas, German Shepherd Dogs, Pugs, Beagles, Great Danes, Cocker Spaniels, Mixed-Breed Dogs, and Cats! We also published a very special book about mill dogs called Dog Blessed. This year we intend to reel in the number of books we are publishing to explore the idea of having them more widely distributed (our books are currently available through our website, for paperback and Kindle, and for the Nook). We are currently editing our Partners With Paws book about service dogs and the lives they change and our Lost Souls: FOUND! book on Basset Hounds. On our home page you can find a list of breeds we’re considering for this year and next year. The order of breeds we work on is dictated by rescuer and adopter enthusiasm, so if you’d like to see your breed up next, please send in your stories!

Note: We also have a few exciting books launching very soon from people who have asked us to help them publish their own pet-related books. Keep an eye out for Pit Bulls: Victims or Villains, a forensic study of violence in society and how it relates to the anti-pit bull craze, and Service Dogs: More Than Man’s Best Friend, a book for young people about service dogs.

3) Develop a 501(c)3 humane education organization to further fight puppy mills: I guess you could say that this was more of a personal initiative than a company initiative, but it bears mentioning anyway. Last year I decided I wanted to do even more to raise awareness about puppy mills and adoption, so I established Up For Pups, a humane education organization. The organization was granted our non-profit status a month-and-a-half ago, and we have since been working tirelessly to establish several effective programs to fight puppy mills. One of our first initiatives, a stage show called Don’t Kill Bill, will officially debut in Boulder, CO in February. You can get more info about it at the Up For Pups website.

Therefore, we expect 2011 to be full of some great books to promote service dogs and animal rescue. Up For Pups will be expanding on the work Happy Tails Books is doing with books to assist rescues to be even more successful and bring messages about rescue and adoption to the public through theater and other creative means.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support of our humane education efforts. We’ll need your support more than even this next year, as with the passage of Proposition B in MO and many cities banning the sale of companion animals in pet shops, important humane initiatives are beginning to gain momentum. Now is the time to continue that momentum and create a world full of love, happiness, and safety, which our furry friends truly deserve!