Series - A Dog's Journey Home

A Dog’s Journey Home E7: Meet the Volunteers That Save Thousands Of Dogs

While Tracy and Scott are the co-founders and best known members of Tracy'sDogs, there is actually a large group of volunteers from coast to coast that help them manage and respond to the nearly 300 adoption applications that they receive every month. Most have come to the Darien Illinois "Gotcha Day" for their annual get together to celebrate each other and the work they love – managing the trials and tribulations of helping rescue dogs find new homes.

In this episode of A Dog's Journey Home, you will meet many of the individuals on the Tracy'sDogs team, and hear how they handle all of the details of the adoption process and the emotional roller coaster of a "Gotcha Day". This is also the opportunity for Scott and Tracy to say thank you to all the staffers for the incredible work they do all year.

Scott is extremely proud of the dedicated team he and Tracy have built. "The best part of Tracy'sDogs is that it gives so many of the players that are a part of what we do an opportunity to do what they are passionate about", he explains. "It's really what drives me every day."

A perfect example is their Communication Director, Amber Hodgson, who does much of the behind the scenes work of reviewing applications and following up with potential adopters. "Gotcha Day is my favorite day of the month!" she says with a smile. "This is really the day we get to see all of our hard work in action."

After all the dogs have met their new families and are on their way to their new homes, the team joins together for dinner. Gather round to share in the stories, achievements, and hear Tracy's heartfelt words of thanks.

Learn more about Tracy'sDogs at: https://www.tracysdogs.com/

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Eat, Drink, and Adopt at Fido's - the World's First Dog Tap House!

When Fido's Rescue Founder Scott Porter was still in the discovery phase of starting a new business, he visited a Cat Café. "I didn't think the business was set up well," he remembered. "The patrons were complaining that the cats didn't want to play with them, and I'm thinking, that's because their cats!"

When he told this story at home, his son had an immediate inspiration - "if they only had dogs, that wouldn't be a problem." This was the spark that led Scott to develop the idea of creating an environment where adoptable rescue dogs could have a way to comfortably meet and play with the patrons in the friendly confines of a neighborhood Tap Room. When he reached out to discuss his vision with several local charities, they were unanimously enthusiastic about the idea. One of those charities, OFOSA (Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals), has since become a partner and provides Fido's with rescued dogs from all over California.

Fido's is the first craft beer tap room with adoptable rescue dogs roaming the establishment as patrons! They have 40 taps of craft beer, cider and wine, along with food not often seen in a small beer bar. They celebrate craft beer and "Man's Best Friend" in a place where patrons can bring their own dogs… or visit with rescue dogs in a special "Fido room".

Since opening in Tigard, Oregon, on the outskirts of Portland, Fido's Rescue has already helped over 50 pups get adopted to families and friends. They are a mom and pop business, run by Scott Porter and his wife Vee, and the couple gets great pleasure from the people that visit and their rescue work. "The joy you get every day from going home to meet your dog," Scott explains, "is what we get every single day from the 3 or 4 rescue dogs here with us."

Watch how they do it, and if you're ever in the neighborhood, join them at Fido's to Eat. Drink. Adopt!

Learn more about Fido's Rescue at: http://ilovefidos.com/

Visit the folks at the Oregon Friends Of Shelter Animals at: https://ofosa.org/

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World Farm Animal Day!

You may be familiar with the nursery rhyme about a man named Macdonald who had a farm. As children, we spend so much time celebrating farm animals but our awareness of them tends to fade as we get older. Luckily, in 2005, Animal Rescuer and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige decided that she would create a Holiday in their honor. National Farm Animal Day raises awareness about the plight of slaughter animals, as well as find homes for those that have been abandoned or abused. We have decided to take part in this celebration and are sharing a few of our most inspiring farm stories on this special day!

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Series - A Dog's Journey Home

Tracy’s Agonizing Decisions - Which Dogs Can Be Rescued? (A Dog’s Journey Home E6)

The shelter is overcrowded, dark and cold. Many of the dogs are sick or injured from lack of care. Tracy only has room to choose a few from all that need help and it's heartbreaking. "I feel like I had a spoon trying to empty the ocean," she says sadly. "I took the ones I could but the majority I had to leave." Who lives and who dies – this is the agony of every TracysDogs shelter visit.

On this episode, we will see Tracy in South Texas/Brownsville choosing and securing her new group of dogs to be prepped and readied for their Adoption day in Indianapolis. With a passion for helping sick animals, Tracy knows some of her picks are high risk – Uno has only one eye and is pregnant; Bingo and Zina are little dogs with pep but both have a cough; Juno is sweet but has a bad shoulder wound; Tucker was diagnosed with distemper, a very challenging condition to treat.

Tracy has Veterinary Techs Johnnie Denton and Crystal Villagrana with her during the walk-throughs. They do preliminary testing right in the shelters to help her make the difficult decisions of which dogs she thinks they will be able to bring to the TracysDogs facility to help recover and become adopted.

Ultimately, with the help of some friends who volunteer to foster some of the dogs, Tracy is able to rescue 69 animals on this trip. It's all hands on deck when the van pulls up with 50+ dogs who are frightened and desperate for a helping hand. Now the hard work of intake which requires immediate diagnosis, treatment, feeding, love and lots of paperwork can begin.

Watch this emotional, behind the scenes look at what rescue is really all about. Keep watching A Dog's Journey Home to see the next step of the journey for these dogs after the 3-4 week process of training, grooming and getting medically ready to meet their new families.

You can support TracysDogs on March 28th by participating in the Annual Big Give Fundraiser at: https://www.thebiggivesa.org/organizations/tracysdogs

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Veterinarian’s Home is Wildlife Rescue for Animals of All Kinds (Dr. Amy Jo’s Wild Life Part 2)

Outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, there's a 35 acre plot of land that might as well be called Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Habitat. A stroll on these grounds would put you face to face with raccoons, coyotes, cows, foxes, deer, skunks, rescue dogs, and even an African Oryx.

The glue that holds this menagerie together is the soothing presence of veterinarian Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer. "I seem to be able to calm them and they are very comfortable with me," she reflects. "My thought is because I spend so much time with them." Many of these animals were either rescued or brought to Amy when they were very young, and in many cases, near death. There was a baby deer that was found unresponsive on the side of the road and needed intravenous feeding to pull through. A Belted Galloway came to her with almost no control of her legs but has healed and grown under her watchful eyes. Numerous sick and ailing shelter dogs have recuperated on her ranch and gone on to find new, loving homes.

Healing seems to come naturally to Dr. Amy Jo and she particularly loves the care and nurturing of baby animals. But she also knows that inevitably those she rehabilitates will grow up and need to move on. "It's almost heartbreaking … it's like a kid when they turn 18," she reflected. "They don't want or need you anymore and they leave and go off to be their own animal."

Watch and meet Meatball, Fast Eddie and many of Amy Jo's other frisky critters and see what day-to-day life is like for a woman who seems to have a life giving touch, no matter what kind of a wild thing comes through her gate.

To learn more about Dr Amy Jo's work, visit her at: https://hillcountryveterinaryclinic.com/

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Adorable Rescued Dogs Meet Their New Families (A Dog’s Journey Home E5)

The excitement has been building for weeks for over 40 families from all over the country who have gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to finally meet, in person, the dogs they have fallen in love with from watching their videos posted by Tracy.

In this episode of "A Dog's Journey Home", a very special batch of dogs, many who have been with the Tracy's Dogs team for a long time, finally arrive in Madison for the first day of their lives with their new families. They have traveled 1,262 miles and for some, it was difficult to leave the caring and loving environment of the Tracy's Dogs facility in San Antonio.

"This is the most unique group of dogs we have ever rolled out on the road with," Scott reflects. And it's not easy for Scott's daughters, Sara and Jenna, who have spent so many hours caring and nurturing these pups, to let go. "There are a lot of dogs that are really hard to part with," Sara explained. "Our long stay dogs, you really get attached to them. Once they get adopted, we get really excited but it's also really hard … we shared lots of tears dropping the dogs off but we know they are going to a good place."

Here are some of Scott's thoughts about a few of the special dogs you will meet in this episode:

Meatball – "I call him Meathead….very lovable…he's the only dog who can overheat in 65 degree weather"

Peg – "Miss Congeniality on three legs … sweetheart"

Nellie – "Will drive you to drink but you'll love her every step of the way… perfect companion"

Watch the smiles and tears as Scott hands off each dog and then reflects on the great work by his team. "I'm just really glad all 40 have of them have homes now. That's why we work so hard. It's a rescue…we're saving lives!"

Find out more about Tracy'sDogs at: https://www.tracysdogs.com/

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Meet the Woman Who is Both WildLife Vet and Animal Rescuer!

This is the story of a modern day Dr. Doolittle with her own personal wildlife sanctuary, a local veterinarian who's life is dedicated to caring for unusual and extraordinary animals. These animals have become more than her patients or pets, they have become her family!

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A Dogs Journey Home Episode 4 - Madison, Wisconsin

Imagine what it's like to walk through several crowded shelters with hundreds of dogs that need loving care and a home, knowing that you can only pick 30 or 40 at most, and that those you don't pick will most likely be euthanized.

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