School of Wags is an 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing large breed dogs, primarily Mastiffs, from situations where they are homeless due to owner surrender or in high kill shelters. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes and local veterinarians, we are able to substantially reduce the flow of unwanted animals into shelters to be euthanized, provide them with loving care, vaccinate, spay or neuter, and find them well-matched, carefully screened, loving, adoptive, forever homes.
We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing training, education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay /neuter, balanced behavior training, pet first aid and good nutrition. School of Wags is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. We are operating innovative and beneficial programs for animals and people and are making an impact in each family that will last for generations.
Over the past 6 years, we’ve been a part of communities across Texas. Worked with owners and shelters to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs that we continue to love and be invested in their lives. We’ve offered training classes, microchipped hundreds of dogs, participated in hurricane relief, raised school supplies and clothing for underprivileged students, given talks about the importance of spay/neuter/rescue to different organizations, donated food to shelters in Central Texas, helped transport dogs as far away as Pennsylvania, Florida and California and I wouldn’t change any of it.
During that time, we’ve also been slandered, verbally and physically attacked, been bitten by aggressive dogs, watched marriages fall apart, seen babies born, had fosters and volunteers move in and out thanks in part to the military, endured physical struggles like chronic illness that plagued many volunteers, held too many sick dogs as they passed on to the Rainbow Bridge and all the while – our team persevered to help more dogs because that’s our passion.
For the past two years, we’ve struggled with a decision – do we keep going when all our fosters are exhausted, volunteers are maxed out with their personal lives and our commitments or do we close our doors and pray other rescues step up to fill the void? We’ve been on a select intake hold most of this year and watched as new rescues stepped up and feel confident in our decision.
This is one of the hardest messages I’ve ever had to write and honestly, one I never thought I would write. Due to compassion fatigue, we are ceasing activities effective November 15th, our 6 year anniversary. We will honor all commitments that are scheduled prior to then and will support all our adopted and foster dogs still in our program as long as needed however, no new commitments will be scheduled, no new fosters will be accepted, the Facebook page will cease to actively post and our website will be shut down.
I understand this comes as a shock to many of you and I ask that you understand the decision we’ve made, the time we’ve put into that decision and understand that while no longer active – School of Wags is not completely shut down. If a majority of our team decide they are ready to push forward in the future, we will step back into the rescue world. This is a heartbreaking decision for all involved but one that allows the humans to recover from the years of front line trauma (for lack of a better word) and recover a bit of their sanity.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Without y’all we couldn’t have done what we’ve done for the past 6 years.