More Than a Shelter
An animal shelter is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals are brought because there’s nowhere else to take them. Typically, these places are city or county operations. HLCR is more than just a shelter. In addition to working with area Animal Control Officers, we rescue dogs who are “at risk” in shelters throughout the Central Texas area. And, most importantly, we provide an exceptional collection of support facilities for our rescued dogs, including indoor kennels, large outdoor pens, and extensive walking trails where dogs interact daily with our staff and volunteers. Our select and dedicated group of foster families provide special, focused care in the environment of a home for our rescues who need that. We are the only area shelter that provides this level of support for every dog in our care:
- Fully vaccinates every one of our dogs
- Takes in AND TREATS heartworm positive dogs so they can recover and become someone’s new best friend
- Ensures all our dogs are spayed and neutered
- Works to ensure our dogs obtain optimum health before they are available for adoption
- Fully reviews applicants who want to adopt our dogs to ensure both adopter and dog are a good match
- Follows-up with adopters to help both the adopter and the dog transition successfully
- Allows our adopted dogs to be returned to us under certain circumstances so we can find them more suitable homes
- Has 24 hour onsite staff caring for our dogs
No Kill Means No Kill
Unlike some shelters that claim to be “no kill,” once we rescue a dog, it will never be euthanized for space limitations, treatable medical or behavioral issues, or inconvenience. Unless a dog develops a terminal medical condition or a serious, uncorrectable behavioral issue that make it genuinely unadoptable, it stays in our shelter until finding its forever home.
While HLCR occasionally receives small amounts of funding from grants, the majority of our financial support comes from donations by individuals and businesses in the Central Texas region. Without them HLCR could not serve Central Texas and rescue homeless dogs in so much need of our care.