Tracy and Scott were just an ordinary couple who stumbled upon their passion that would change the lives not only of hundreds of dogs, but also of their new owners. In 2011, they started a nonprofit called Tracy’s Dogs, and the work they would end up doing was amazing.
From the moment they saw the photo of the dog online, a couple instantly fell in love and knew they had to rescue him. And because he was placed in a shelter for high murders, they had to act fast. When they finally laid eyes on the dog for the first time, the tears began to flow …
A dedicated group of volunteers
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Tracy’s Dogs is a nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation center for canines. The staff is extremely passionate in helping these animals and needs and dedicating their time for free.
They all have the same goal: to find each dog a loving and loving home forever and to save all dogs from having to set foot in a shelter of high slaughter. As you can imagine, it is not an easy task, since many dogs are at risk.
Savings dogs since 2011
Tracy Voss and her husband Scott Whyatt had a passion for dogs, and in 2011, they decided to go above and beyond to care for dogs in their area that did not have a home. After learning about the National Animal Relocation Initiative.
They decided to take their time to save the dogs that were taken to shelters that were already overcapacity. Those dogs would be most at risk of being slaughtered because there would be no room for them.
Relocating the Dogs For Better Opportunities
After doing their research on the National Animal Relocation Initiative, they learned that there were other areas and animal shelters that had room for the cubs while they waited for their new family to meet and adopt them.
While some shelters were crowded, others still had space. Even if that meant driving another state, Tracy’s Dogs volunteers were ready to commit to the animals that mattered so much to them.
Tracy’s Passion Arose When She Had Free Time
For about six weeks in 2011, Tracy found some downtime while away from work. During her free time, her husband Scott explained, “She started going to the local city shelter in San Antonio to see the dogs that were parked in another facility because they knew they would not be adopted.”
It wasn’t long before the dogs pulled their heart muscles, and he knew he had to continue his passion even after returning to full-time work.
How The Organization Started
That’s how Tracy came up with the idea for Tracy’s Dogs. Scott said, “She started posting those videos on YouTube, and we started getting recognition from people across the country who want to adopt dogs.”
YouTube and social media became a very important tool for Tracy. That’s how she found out that dogs needed to be adopted. Very soon, Tracy had created an official nonprofit. Everything was coming together.
They’ve Made A Huge Impact
Tracy’s Dogs have only been officially operational for six years, but in that time, the organization has managed to rehouse more than 3,700 dogs.
The team takes special care to ensure that each dog goes to a place where they can feel safe, loved and cared for. Its adoption process is quite rigorous. They don’t just give these adorable puppies to anyone who walks in the street.
The Adoption Process
If you want to adopt a Tracy’s Dogs dog, you must complete an extensive online application. A member of Tracy’s team then reviews the application to determine if the adopter is a good companion for the dog.
Once the family is approved, they will be informed that their application was successful. But the application process doesn’t end there. Tracy’s team has yet to find out if the dog and family get along.
Next Steps In The Process
Once all the paperwork is complete, potential advisors are contacted by a Tracy’s Dogs counselor. The counselor helps adopters find a dog that suits their family well.
Once the dog is safe in their new home, adopters will pay for their new pet. That adoption fee is returned to the organization and is aimed at helping other dogs find good homes.
Tracy’s Dogs Has A Partner In PetSmart
Tracy’s team brings the dogs to meet their new families in a PetSmart near where the family lives. The family can meet their new pet in a positive open space before taking home to their new addition.
Tracy and PetSmart’s dogs are actually business partners, so Tracy definitely has friends in high places. While in PetSmart, the family can also stock up on some essentials for the dog.
Read on to learn more about Scott’s contributions to Tracy’s Dogs.
Scott’s Role In The Organization
Tracy’s husband Scott drives the trailer for Tracy’s Dogs. Dogs are mounted on the trailer when transported to their new owners. Scott will often bring some dogs to a PetSmart at once, and the meeting will become a kind of community event.
Everyone is very supportive of adoption day, and there are happy smiles and tears everywhere. It’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at a group of adorable dogs.
It’s An Emotional Event
It can be a very emotional experience to meet your pet for the first time. Some of these adapters have only seen pictures of the animal they are about to invite to their homes, so it’s a big problem when they finally find themselves in person.
There are many tears in this adoption event, but they’re all happy tears. The adoption process can be long and tedious, but in the end, it’s worth it.
Meet Brian And Megan
Brian Roseto and Megan Peters are very much in love. They contacted Tracy’s Dogs because they wanted to add another furry member to his family. They already had a dog at home and needed to find a pet that would get along with other animals.
They knew they wanted to adopt because they wanted to be part of the solution. They wanted to keep the dogs out of the high-killing shelters.
How They Found Out About The Organization
Brian and Megan learned of Tracy’s Dogs through Petfinder, which is a website that specializes in pet adoption. While they were at Petfinder, they saw a photo of a beautiful dog they instantly fell in love with.
They decided this was the dog they were looking for. They adopted him on the spot and later called his new addition, “Finn”. When they finally met their new dog, they were completely impressed.
Read on for another very emotional first meeting.
Another Emotional Introduction
Finn wasn’t the only lucky dog who could go home to a family forever that day. There were so many dogs that knew their new families outside of that same PetSmart.
There was another introduction that happened only a few moments later, which had everyone crying. It was clear that these dogs were so happy to finally be out in the fresh air. They could barely contain their emotion.
This Dog Looks Way Too Happy
This couple arrived at PetSmart’s parking lot ready to meet their new puppy. They were already excited even before the dogs arrived. It was clear that the stakes were high for them.
They couldn’t contain all their feelings when Scott walked toward them with a puppy in his arms. The woman picked up the puppy and I’m pretty sure she hasn’t shot him down since. This dog just hit the jackpot.
An Amazing Feeling Scott Will Never Forget
Scott lives at times like this. It’s what makes it worth doing this job. Scott explained, “It’s really one of the best feelings in the world. I may have a poker face, but all the butterflies are up here.”
There is something so special about the bond between a dog and its owner, and observing that form of bonding is one of the most magical things in the world.
Read on to learn more about why it’s important to adopt animals in need.
It’s A Method That Works
Tracy’s Dogs operations manager Liz Grabarits knows that the intense adoption process is what makes Tracy’s Dogs so successful. They have a unique approach, and it’s really working for them.
Liz explained: “We believe that our organization adds a lot of value to families … we’re really filling a niche.” Liz’s organizing skills are definitely a thank you for all the successful adoptions Tracy’s Dogs has facilitated.
This Is Important Work
Liz is also a great advocate for the whole “adopt, don’t buy” mentality. She is aware of how many dogs lie in shelters each year, and she doesn’t want that number to increase.
Liz said, “When people are adopting a dog of ours, I want them to understand that they are adopting that dog, but they are really saving the lives of three dogs.” What does Liz mean with three lives, questions?
A Trio Of Good Deeds
Liz explained: “The first dog that is saved is obviously the one that is adopted. The second dog that is saved is the one that takes the place of the first dog in the shelter.
We have a very limited amount of space in our camp in Texas, so it only holds about 100 dogs, so when Scott retires with the trailer with maybe 60 dogs, that opens up another 60 places.”
Celebrating Tracy’s Accomplishments
The third dog is the dog that gets that empty place in the shelter of high slaughter. Hopefully, Tracy’s team will come and rescue that dog too.
“Tracy immediately goes to the shelters and gets 60 more,” Liz continued. “That also means those shelters can receive another 60 dogs. So we do this every month.” Thank God for the people in this world who work hard to make sure every dog can have a home full of love.
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