It’s time once again for an update from our non-profit charity, The Dr. Jane
Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award to
an amazing group of rescuers based in Ohio. A breed-specific rescue group, this
organization places abandoned coonhounds with foster homes until appropriate adoptive
families can be located.
American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue (ABTCR) is a not-for-profit association
that’s been in continuous operation for a decade, and we congratulate them on celebrating
their 10th anniversary this year! In their many years of operation, ABTCR has helped
to rescue and find forever homes for untold numbers of hounds, not just locally
but all across the nation.
In fact, there are so many coonhounds available, you must first enter a geographic
region to narrow searches of their site to see a list of adoptable dogs. But don't
worry, they have a National Adoption Coordinator who helps keep track of everything.
Keep in mind that they will help arrange transport by ground or air for approved
adopters, so prospective pet parents don't have to limit their search to one specific
At any given time, this group provides essential daily care for dozens of Bloodhounds
and Coonhounds, covering the costs of all veterinary expenses. They also pay for
food costs on behalf of fosterers whenever possible. Achieving so much with so little,
this is an excellent group of life savers – all of them deserving of a little extra
Their hounds come from a variety of heartbreaking backgrounds. Some are relinquished
to shelters, others are abandoned in the wild. Irresponsible breeders have been
known to dump entire litters if the puppies don’t sell quickly enough. For the hounds
who are fortunate enough to be accepted into a shelter, many will wait a very long
time before anyone pays them interest. The sad fact is, there is a common misperception
that these creatures are “good for hunting but not as pets”. Nothing could be further
from the truth, as coonhounds are known to be adoring, affectionate and great family
dogs. Even as they work to rescue as many hounds as possible, ABTCR has also worked
very hard to change the narrative concerning these loving breeds.
Now that ABTCR has established a national presence, shelters all across the U.S.
know to contact them regarding hounds who aren't quickly attracting prospective
pet parents. ABTCR’s foster program is top-notch. All coonhounds receive superb
care and veterinary attention. Thanks to ABTCR’s vigilant and dedicated team, hundreds
if not thousands of hounds have been saved from a grim fate.
ABTCR plans to use their financial award to help cover the costs of spay and
neuter procedures for an unusually large intake of 17 dogs over a three-day period.
Because their work is so outstanding, and the need was so present, the Board’s decision
to fund their second application was a simple one.
Here are just a few of the sweet, loving hounds who are currently in foster care
awaiting their chance to become someone’s new best friend …
Just under a year old, Peanut is a very intelligent coonhound. She’s fully housetrained
and knows how to heel, sit, down, shake and is working on mastering stay. By all
accounts, she has an excellent memory (great for training) and sprints when called.
Peanut loves to hang with her foster parents, is very easy-going and quite the cuddle
bug. She’s curious about life, is fine with children and has even been known to
hang out with cats with no problems. Peanut longs to be part of a pack, so she’s
hoping for a home with other dogs to play with.
This incredibly handsome Treeing Walker Coonhound is Festus, a 3-year-old with
big brown eyes and a loving disposition. Rescued from a high-kill shelter, Festus
now resides in an Illinois foster home. Not at all shy, he quickly warms to new
people and yearns for attention. While he’s fine with dogs and cats, Festus would
be better suited to a home with no children. He enjoys playing and is ready to be
a daily walker’s new best friend.
Like Festus, Boomer is also 3-year-old, but he’s a Black and Tan. When rescued,
he was underweight, but will soon be his ideal weight at around 65 pounds. He is
not very vocal, but his baying is described as “the most beautiful deep bass”. A
gentle, adoring canine, he’s great with dogs of all sizes, including his current
roommate, a 10-pound terrier who likes to steal his food! He is a bit obstinate,
but is also highly sensitive to correction, so his trainer will need to be patient.
Also, his adoptive parents will definitely need a crate because Boomer takes great
comfort in sleeping in his own designated spot.
Anyone looking for more information about this amazing rescue can visit their
site at coonhoundrescue.com or email them directly at [email protected].
You can also e-subscribe to "The Howler", their newsletter which includes stories
about hound-specific stories and dogs in general.
From all of us here at Life’s Abundance headquarters, we thank this committed
network of lifesavers for their incredible work. And we thank all readers and customers
… through your personal donations and continued patronage, you’ve helped make all
of our grants possible. Your generosity and loyalty have helped to make the world
a better place for abandoned, abused and neglected animals across America.
And there’s more good news … we are still accepting applications for funding.
If you know of an animal rescue organization that deserves special recognition and
financial support, please encourage them to fill out an application.
Check back next month for more good news from The Dr. Jane Foundation. Together,
we’re making a difference!