RESCUE PROGRAM

INTAKE REQUESTS

Under our rescue program, we save homeless animals from the streets of Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities. We also help owners rehome pets they can no longer keep, and we offer aid to place pets in small shelters or with animal control, and law enforcement entities in south Texas.

Animals we agree to take do not need to be vaccinated, spayed/neutered, or have had any vetting prior to intake. All medical care is covered by Animal Aid Brigade and partner organizations.

 

We don't seek adopters for our pets locally.  Most dogs and cats are placed with out-of-state rescue groups and small, private, shelters. All partner organizations are carefully screened and are “no-kill,” meaning no treatable animal will be euthanized.

 

All animals will be spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated prior to adoption. Any injuries and illnesses will be treated. Dogs with minor behavioral problems will be provided with training and socialization. We cannot currently help dogs that show aggression toward people.

We currently do not have a shelter.  If you are seeking to rehome your pet, or have found a stray animal, please be prepared to keep it in your care during the process.  If you cannot, and you don’t know someone who can help, we will try to find a foster home or arrange to board the pet short-term. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Once the animal attends the first intake appointment, it’s typically 10 days to four weeks before they are matched with a partner rescue and transport. It may take longer if they are sick, injured, or pregnant.  Mamas with nursing pups or kittens can safely transport!

It is important to note that once an animal is accepted into our program, it cannot be given away to another person, placed with another rescue group, or taken to a shelter without approval from Animal Aid Brigade. We ask that you do not try to find an adopter for your foster/rescue/dog you are surrendering once we have agreed to accept them. After we promise them to a partner group, we cannot change plans.  Please make absolutely sure you don’t want to adopt an animal you have rescued or are fostering before proceeding!

HOW TO GET AN ANIMAL APPROVED FOR INTAKE

Please have the following information, photos, and videos ready BEFORE sending an intake request:

  • A short rescue story including where found, who rescued the animal, etc. 

 

  • As much information as possible about the animal. You don’t need to be exact, estimates are fine.

    • Age - puppy, young adult, adult, senior, etc is fine.

    • Weight

    • Any medical concerns such as wounds, hair loss, limping. Etc.

    • Description of the animal such as breed, color, etc.
       

  • At least 2 clear and bright photos including

    • At least one photo of their face

    • At least one photo of their body

 

Tips for taking good photos:

For litters of puppies that look alike, please try to get photos of each that show identifying marks.

If you label photos with names or genders, please use small text down in one corner, avoid the middle of the photo.

Please don’t add emojis or other images, or alter the photo with filters.

Try to get clear, bright photos, shooting in daylight is best if possible.

Try to get down on the level of the animal for the best results rather than standing over them and shooting downward.

If the dog won’t hold still. Get a treat and hold it out of reach, usually, they will focus on the treat and you can get a good shoot. If not, try to get a video clip, we can usually pull a good still frame out of a good quality video.
 

  • A video of the dog meeting a new dog nose-to-nose. It’s important that the video reflect the dog being dog-friendly. We MUST have this for all dogs over 15 lbs and 12 weeks of age.

 

Tips for getting a good video:

-If the dog is coming out of a kennel setting, let them out for a bit to potty and blow off extra energy, or take them for a short walk first for best results.

-Please, no commentary. Try not to talk to others helping, or the dogs.

-Both dogs can be on a leash; start with them a distance apart and slowly walk toward the other dog.  -DO NOT force them together or try to make them smell the other dog.  Let them go at their own pace.  -If the dog shows signs of fear, slow down.  If one dog is acting aggressively, stop.

-Shoot with your phone in landscape (turned to the side, horizontally) for better results

-It’s best to have a third person taking video if possible. Example of a good dog test.

 

  • Verification the dog has been scanned for a microchip, and chip number if they have one. 

 

  • A video showing the dog can be handled by a new person they have just met. 

 

  • A video showing the dog will walk on a leash easily. Pulling is fine, no alligator rolling, biting at the leash, screaming, or writhing. Video of this is best but not required.
     

  • ALL medical records for the dog if they have had vetting. If they have no vetting, that is fine.

    • If the dog has received a rabies vaccine, we need a “rabies certificate” signed by the veterinarian.

    • A photo is fine as long as it’s clear and readable. Lay paperwork on a flat surface somewhere with good lighting and hold your camera directly over the paperwork, try not to shoot at an angle.

    • You may also have clinics email records to us at medical@animalaidbrigade.org, or fax to (855) 263-3001.
       

After you understand and are satisfied with the process, please select the link below for help with a stray or if you are surrendering your pet.  If you have questions before you begin, please contact us!

Please have photos, videos, medical records, and microchip information ready before you begin and complete a form for each animal you are asking us to take. 

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