Bastrop Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to save and improve the lives of animals in Bastrop County. We provide life-saving medical care for at-risk dogs and cats in the local shelter and community. We also work with members of the community to provide the education and resources needed to be responsible pet owners.
We broadened the scope of our mission to improve the lives of pets in the community by educating pet owners and providing them with the resources needed to become responsible pet parents.
We launched a monthly pet wellness clinic to offer free and low-cost vaccines and preventatives, and provide pet identification tags and microchips to ensure that pets will be reunited with their families, if they are ever lost.
We set up microchip scanning stations at local businesses through out Bastrop County, we manage the Lost and Found pet sites for our area, and have been able to reunite hundreds of pets with their families.
Impact StatementBastrop Animal Rescue has been serving the community since 2010.
- Since our inception we have saved the lives of over 2,000 animals by facilitating adoptions, rescues, and fosters for pets at the local shelter, in the community, and from hoarding situations.
- In the last two years, we have spent over $120,000 to fund medical care for pets in need.
- Additionally, in 2017 with community outreach we successfully spayed, neutered, and/or microchipped over 100 community pets from low-income families.
Needs StatementBastrop Animal Rescue needs to raise $15,000 to continue our life-saving efforts in 2018. The average cost for an exam, vaccinations, microchip, and spay and neuter is $275 for a dog and $200 for a cat. However, many of the pets that we save have extensive medical conditions that require far more care and funding.
Your donation will have a huge impact:
- $15 will provide life-saving vaccines to a pet
- $25 will pay for microchips for five community pets
- $85 will spay or neuter a pet
- $200 will treat a cat with a severe upper respiratory infection
- $500 will treat a dog for heartworms
- $600 to $800 will provide a pet with emergency care
Susan Rodriguez, Owner of Salon 1018
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"Since their inception in 2010, Bastrop Animal Rescue, Inc. (B.A.R.) has helped save the lives of thousands of homeless, abused, neglected, and abandoned animals by partnering with the rural animal shelter in Bastrop County , by networking with other non-profit rescue organizations in surrounding counties, and through community outreach and education. B.A.R. focuses on acquiring medical treatments, training, and supplies for animals at the shelter and for those within the community. These efforts increase the likelihood of animals in need finding forever homes. The costs are daunting but they do not deter B.A.R. volunteers from their goal of saving lives. I first visited the Bastrop County Animal Shelter in 2011. I saw first-hand how the efforts of the B.A.R. volunteers were making such a huge difference for so many animals. Their dedication was apparent. I knew then and there that this was a group that needed and, more importantly, deserved my support. It is my hope that this call for community support by Amplify Austin in 2015 will enable more people to learn of the great deeds that are performed by these special people each day. Please join me and make a donation to Bastrop Animal Rescue on March 5. They can't continue to save lives without our help!"
Stacey Buchanan | Austin, Texas
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"In 2006 I visited the Bastrop Animal Shelter in search of a new family member. I chose to drive an hour away from where I lived to save a life as I had been told by many a friend the shelter did not get much publicity or traffic which meant the majority of animals that entered did not leave. Our family adopted a new member that day, a 5 week old pup picked up on the side of the road along with 12 brothers and sister found with their mother who had been hit by a car and died. About 2 hours after adopting "JoJo" I called the shelter to let them know we had found homes with friends for the other 12 pups and we would like to help coordinate their adoptions. The shelter employee informed me that due to the age of the pups and the likely hood they may not be adopted quick enough to prevent them from becoming ill the entire litter was euthanized shortly after we left with "JoJo". My heart was broken. Since that day I have always referred people there to adopt.
Almost 4 years ago I was asked by a friend to foster a dog from the Bastrop shelter with severe medical issues. The dog scheduled to be euthanized in 24 hours if he was not pulled out of the shelter. Our family was more than happy to help another furry friend in need. This was the foster dog that began our work as a special /medical needs and hospice foster household for Bastrop Animal Rescue. The volunteers that make this organization function are amazing beyond words. The rescue does not hesitate to take cases that other rescues pass over due to medical or special needs. Each and every person involved in saving the lives of these animals put their heart and soul into this organization. Our family has become deeply involved with their foster program due to the abundance of support, the ease of communication and the dedication of the BAR team.
The BAR team overlooks the appearance of an animal in the shelter and takes the time to get to know each of their personalities. They save so many cases that have been deemed a lost cause. We have personally seen this first hand through our hospice and medical needs fostering. They do not discriminate against breeds, colors or age. The volunteers and foster base coordinate efforts continuously to transport and manage the pets in the rescues care. BAR has actively made it a point to seek out and establish outstanding relationships with veterinarians and specialty surgeons to insure the rescued pets receive proper veterinary care.
Our family has not only fostered but also adopted from BAR due to the quality of care and attention all of their animals receive. On a daily basis I am blown away by the compassion, love, support and complete devotion Bastrop Animal Rescue has for their community, the shelter, the animals and the people they help."
Kickie Morris | Veterinary Technician
Matching Funds DescriptionThank you to sponsors Sacred Show Horses and Shannon Matley for your support.
An anonymous funder has offered a $25,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating animal care and services organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.