The mission of Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (WAG Rescue) is to come to the aid of abandoned, neglected, unclaimed and surrendered dogs and puppies in and around the Wimberley area and western Hays County.
WAG Rescue takes in any dog or puppy in need regardless of their age or condition.
WAG Rescue provides medical and emotional care for these animals and places them in a nurturing environment where they receive training and learn socialization skills until they are ready to be adopted into loving, permanent homes. WAG Rescue promotes the compassionate treatment of all animals and seeks to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and advocates spay/neutering of pets in order to prevent overpopulation and much animal suffering. WAG Rescue also serves as a resource for all lost and found animals in western Hays County.
Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue, also known as WAG Rescue, is a non-profit public charity for dog rescue & adoption located in Wimberley, Texas approximately an hour southwest of Austin.
WAG Rescue incorporated June 25, 2009 and officially became a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in October 2009. Pat Davis & Debbie Nordyke saw the need for a dog rescue organization based on the large number of found, unclaimed dogs and puppies in the Wimberley area that were often picked up by Hays County Animal Control and taken to the San Marcos Shelter. Sadly, others were left to fend for themselves in our rural area. Also, at the time, there were no resources for owner surrenders or for lost and found animals in the area.
WAG Rescue held its 1st Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser in November 2009 which grossed over $3,500.00. An anonymous patron came forward with a generous matching grant to provide us with the additional funds needed for our first year of operation. Since that time, we have grown past the garage sale stage and now have a consignment/retail store, Treasures on Twelve. The store receives donations almost daily from the community. Treasures on Twelve is operated completely by volunteers and the proceeds from the store go to support our organization.
From the outset, WAG Rescue established a working relationship with Dr. Mike Sheffield of Wimberley Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Todd Henry of Cypress Creek Animal Hospital. They have graciously given us a discount on veterinary care for our dogs. We could not function without the support and excellent care our dogs receive from them. We also have a working relationship with Emancipet utilizing the discount given a non-profit charity for spay & neuter surgery for WAG Rescue dogs.
Since WAG Rescue’s inception, the number of dog adoptions annually has steadily increased from 13 in 2009 to 145 in 2014.
WAG Rescue is an all-volunteer supported organization committed to the following community services:
- To rescue and assist in the permanent placement of stray, abandoned, unclaimed, and surrendered dogs in and around Wimberley, Texas.
- To promote and ensure the compassionate and humane treatment of dogs in our care by providing medical treatment, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and professional behavioral evaluation, training and rehabilitation if required.
- To place these dogs in a safe-haven, and provide a pre-screened foster home where they are nurtured, receive training and learn socialization skills so that they have the best chance of becoming a good companion animal.
- To find the most suitable, vetted permanent home for each dog based on its temperament and personality and compatibility with the adoptive family.
- To promote spay/neuter by providing vouchers for dogs through Emancipet for residents of Wimberley and the local surrounding area. Provide education and promote spay/neuter of all pets in order to prevent overpopulation and animal suffering.
- To promote, through education, responsible pet ownership, pet health and safety, and the humane treatment of all animals.
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Wimberley is a giving community that has welcomed WAG Rescue and our efforts to come to the aid of abandoned, neglected and surrendered dogs and puppies in western Hays County. We do not have a facility. Our goal is to build or acquire an Adoption/Resource Center to temporarily house these animals. It will also afford us with a place to quarantine incoming dogs and puppies that often have highly contagious diseases such as parvo virus.
Even with a facility, we will not abandon our Foster Home Program. Foster homes play and vital role in the socialization of a rescued dog.
Currently, the nearest no-kill shelter is in Kyle, Texas, some 25 miles away. It is a small facility that is over-burdened as our regional population has increased dramatically in recent years. The central intake facility for animals found in Hays County is the San Marcos Shelter, also more than 20 miles from Wimberley. Sadly, the average holding period is 3 to 5 days until an unclaimed animal is euthanized.
WAG Rescue exists so that found, unclaimed dogs and puppies and surrendered animals in our area get the best of care until they are ready for adoption.