American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue (based in OHIO and saving hounds nationwide) is unique among dog rescue groups because of its national scope, target breeds and all-volunteer organization. We are the largest single group dedicated solely to rescuing Coonhounds and Bloodhounds in the United States. Each of our dogs is housed in a foster home, rather than in a shelter facility or kennel. We now have more than 90 foster homes in 44 states and adopt our dogs out as pets to families in all 50 of the United States and several provinces in Canada. In 2013, we adopted out over 500 dogs and this work is accomplished by an all-volunteer organization. There are no salaried staff members and 100% of all funds raised are applied to the dogs’ expenses. Our motto is “Educate, Advocate and Activate Others” and we believe that we are as perseverant as the hounds we save.
These hounds are typically euthanized at a higher rate in shelters, especially in the Southeast, due to the mistaken belief that they can only function as hunting dogs. They are also viewed as disposable by breeders and hunters who abandon them when they won’t hunt or can no longer be bred successfully. Preventative veterinary care is rarely given, so that the hounds we rescue are often in horrible physical condition. As a result, these hounds are not appealing adoption candidates when the general public comes to a shelter looking for a pet. So we educate the public about the personality traits that make hounds such wonderful companion and family dogs; they are social, friendly, goofy, affectionate dogs that seek out human attention. The most effective method has proven to be our “Happy Endings” pages on our website where potential adopters can follow rescue hounds that are thriving in new homes. Our Facebook followers are volunteers, hound lovers, prior adopters, foster parents and potential adopters looking for information and support on virtually any facet of dog care.
Learn about us and the hounds we save HERE.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the Tony’s Crew Award was for $3,500.
In 2015, the Tony’s Crew Award of $4,500 will be used towards the “Heart Full of Love” Program – providing Fast Kill heartworm treatment injections. Hearworm disease, while easily prevented, is very expensive to treat once contracted and, often, is a leading killer of animals .
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 was used for the Heart Full of Love program.