Oh, Charlie! This sweet guy is a rescue pup turned therapy dog; a little tail wagger with a big future. And it’s all thanks to volunteers with Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee (SBRET). After finding him as a stray, they took him in and helped him find his forever family.
“Charlie is very loving and happy,” said his mom Erin. “Everyone he meets is a friend.”
He’s also super smart, cuddly and a total love bug.
“When you combine all these qualities, he was the perfect candidate to become a therapy dog,” said Erin. “After taking obedience classes and working with a trainer he passed the test with ease to become a therapy dog. Along with being a wonderful addition to our family, Charlie now volunteers at hospitals, assisted living and cancer centers and he loves it. He has a lot of love to give and I truly feel he is fulfilling his destiny.”
SBRET is helping a lot of dogs fulfill their destinies. These special volunteers take in abused, neglected, ill, unwanted, and injured small breed dogs and place them in foster homes for rehabilitation. SBRET pays for all veterinary costs while the dogs are in foster care, which can really add up! The expenses include: spay/neuter, immunizations, dental work, microchipping, any necessary surgeries, and heartworm/flea prevention. The wonderful foster families in their network provide shelter, food, toys, and lots of love.
Right now, SBRET has about 40 volunteers with more than 60 small breed dogs in their care, including mamas and puppies. Many are too young to be adopted out right now so the foster families will continue to offer care. Some dogs that SBRET takes in are adopted really quickly, for others it takes time to find the right match – like the precious pup pictured below.
“This is my foster Nic Nac,” said Kathy with SBRET. “We’ve had him since September and he hasn’t found his forever home yet. He came from a hoarder situation and is very shy when he first meets people. It takes a few days for him to warm up, but he’s a doll baby once he does. He just needs a chance in the right home.”
And that’s what SBRET is all about…making sure every little homeless pup has a chance to be a BIG part of a loving family.
“We adopted Charlie in June of 2017,” said Erin. “We had adopted from SBRET before and it was such a pleasant experience that they were the first place we looked when we wanted to adopt again. They are a dedicated group! All of their dogs are kept in foster homes and they get to know them and fully vet them before adopting them out. They are very transparent and thorough in the information they give to potential adopters about the dogs.”
This is a picture of Charlie with his sister Gabby.
“Gabby was also adopted from SBRET,” said Erin. “She was previously used for breeding and kept in a backyard 24/7 before SBRET saved her and we adopted her last February. She is now the Queen of her castle!”
SBRET is also dedicated to educating the public about pet overpopulation, the benefits of spaying/neutering, and the horrors of puppy mills. Thankfully, these volunteers offer a nurturing environment to help their little fosters move past the trauma.
“People often assume that rescue dogs are sick or somehow broken,” said Erin. “We have five dogs (including Charlie!) and they are all from shelters or rescue groups. Two of them are now therapy dogs and all of them are vibrant, happy and healthy. Plus, you can find the most unique dogs when you opt to adopt and give an animal a second chance. I can’t remember who said it but one saying I find to be so true is, ‘Whoever said you can’t buy happiness has never paid an adoption fee.’”
If you would like to help SBRET foster families continue their great work, please consider supporting our Fetching fundraiser! Our mission is to help as many rescue groups as we can by always donating 40% of profits, and this month we are helping SBRET. Go get it!
Note: A special thanks to Charlie’s mom Erin, SBRET and @JRitchiePhoto (on IG) for all the wonderful pictures!