Spotlight Dogs

Name: Bridget
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Sex: Female
Age: 12-14

Ten years ago Robyn pulled a beautiful little rough coat female out of Austin Animal Control. She was about 5 years old and Robyn named her Bridget. A month later we adopted her to Ginger Jones. Ginger had moved from Houston to Wimberly to get away from the bad weather in Houston. We took Bridget to her home. It was a perfect fit. We heard from Ginger several times after that. She loved Bridget and said she was the perfect fit. Three-four years after that she again got in touch with Robyn. She wanted to give Bridget back. She said she had had some health problems and could not care for Bridget. Robyn told her she would take Bridget back, of course. A few days later Ginger said her “caretaker” would take Bridget. She was relieved that Bridget would be cared for by someone she knew and trusted. Fast forward to April of 2019. Robyn and I got an email from a shelter manager in San Marcos. Someone had picked up an elderly female JRT about 12-14 years old. A picture was attached. I saw a dirty, dejected, bedraggled dog standing there with her head down and her eyes squinted. About 4 or 5 hours later our Facebook admin, Heather, sent us a screenshot of a posting from a woman named Cathleen who was looking for information about a dog in the San Marcos shelter that had a microchip that traced back to an address in Wimberly. She posted her phone number. Robyn called Cathleen. Cathleen told Robyn that she is dedicated to reuniting lost pets and their owners. She works with shelters in the Wimberly/San Marcos area. She wanted to help the senior JRT. After much snooping and checking and digging she had discovered that it was Ginger Jones’ dog. Ginger however had moved back to Houston. Cathleen found Ginger on Facebook. When Cathleen called Ginger to tell her that Bridget was in the San Marcos Shelter Ginger said, “ Call Robyn Reed.” Ginger was shocked to discover that her “caretaker” had betrayed her. As Ginger had suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed, she could not care for Bridget. She tried hard to be sure her dog was cared for. She had been sending the woman $50 a month for Bridget’s care! Bridget was never cared for. The poor dog had somehow gotten away from the caretaker and wandered off. That is when she was picked up and taken to the shelter. Robyn picked Bridget up the next day. She was bathed, fed, and snuggled in. The next day she got her to the vet. Bridget was sick. Her teeth are so horribly infected that she is nauseated and weak. Most of her teeth will have to be pulled. From now on, Bridget will be cared for. Huge thanks to Cathleen and the shelter manager for going the extra mile for a sweet little old dog. It restores my faith in humanity.

Name: Romeo
Sex: Male
Age: Senior

This little senior guy is Romeo and he was found wandering around all alone.  His finder, a very kind man, took Romeo to a local vet to have him scanned for a microchip.  Romeo did have a microchip and his owner was contacted.  When contacted, he said he didn’t want Romeo anymore because he was old.  The kind man who found Romeo took him home with him.  He contacted Russell Rescue for help and when a foster home opened up, Romeo became one of us.  He has been in a foster home for a few months now.  Recently, he got into a fight with another dog in his foster home and ended up getting bit in multiple places.  Romeo needs your help.  Can you help us pay for the medical attention Romeo needed?  As you can see from the photos, he had a horrific cut on his tummy.  We are expecting the vet bill to be around $1000.  Please help us help Romeo!

Update from Romeo’s foster mom:  Romeo had a checkup at the vet.  I was able to get a couple of photos.  You can see the puncture wound in his upper thigh.  There is a corresponding puncture on the other side.  The redness and swelling are going down, which is great news!  Romeo got to spend a little time in the yard, which he loved!  You can see from the photos that the puncture wounds are starting to heal.  Romeo is feeling almost frisky again and is officially the Backyard Jungle King!  He is still limping, and I have to be very careful when I pick him up, as his torso is still very bruised and sore.  He is such a little piglet.  He never loses his appetite!  He says to tell you thank you for your generous donations!


Name: Dandie
Location: Texas
Sex: Female

Russell Rescue, Inc. first became aware of Dandie in May of 2017.  She was living with an elderly woman in Louisiana.  The woman was not able to care for a 7 month old, energetic puppy like Dandie and was considering dumping her at the canal.  Thankfully for Dandie, her hero named Natalie came along.  Natalie was helping care for the elderly woman and offered to take Dandie to live with her.  She contacted Russell Rescue for help finding Dandie a loving, forever home.  Amy, a volunteer with Russell Rescue, offered to foster Dandie.  Amy lives in Austin, Texas so the arrangements for transporting Dandie to her began.  After many phone calls and emails, we had a plan!

On June, 3rd the fun began!  Several awesome volunteers all agreed to drive legs of the trip to get little Dandie to her foster home.  The journey began early in the morning in Louisiana with Michael and Natalie meeting.  Natalie said a bittersweet goodbye to Dandie, and Michael headed to meet up with the next volunteer.  Michael arrived and met Patti a little East of Houston, Texas.  Little Dandie headed off to the next stop.  Traffic through Houston was awful, but Dandie was snuggled down in her crate with no worries!  Onward West to Columbus, Texas!  Patti met Janet in Columbus and handed off Dandie to her.  After some puppy hugs and kisses, Janet loaded up Dandie in her crate and headed off to Bastrop, Texas.  Almost there!  Of course, no trip is complete without a stop at Buc-ee’s!  The lines were terrible!  Dandie arrived in Bastop to meet her foster mom Amy.  They were ready to make the last leg of the trip.  Amy and Dandie headed home to Austin where they arrived safe and sound!  Dandie was glad to be out of the crate!  She settled in and met her new JRT buddy Austin.  It sure does feel good to be home!  You can tell by the smile on Dandie’s face! 

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible for Dandie!  It takes a village to save these little Jack Russell’s.  We have a great village!

Dandie will be available for adoption soon and will be posted on &  Check it out!  

Name: Pearl
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Sex: Female
Age: 4-5

6/3/2019: Update! Pearl’s surgery is scheduled for July 15th! She will be spayed, have several skin tags removed, and get her teeth cleaned. She will also get a few rotten teeth extracted. We appreciate your donations so very much. Because of you, Pearl will get the care she needs. Follow along here for updates. Pearl says thank you!

6/2/2019: Update! We reached our fundraising goal for Pearl! Thank you so very much to those of you who donated! We couldn’t do it without your support. And thank you for all the well wishes and prayers for little Pearl. She is well on her way to recovery. Her foster mom, Robyn, will be scheduling her surgery soon, and we will update you and let you know how Pearl is doing. Thank you again, so very much! We appreciate you, and Pearl says thank you!

6/1/2019: You will remember this little gal from her posts earlier this Summer. Pearl was pulled from a shelter in San Antonio in May. The volunteers described her as a dog who could be the poster child for abuse and neglect. Her foster mom, Robyn, said that in the 20 years she has worked with Russell Rescue, Pearl is one of the 2 most damaged dogs we have ever taken in. Pearl was riddled with infections on every part of her body. She was raw, sore, weak, sick and demoralized. She has now recovered enough that we can have her spayed, remove all the skin tags, and get a dental. Her little eyes are damaged from having “dry eye”. She will always need drops, but her eyes don’t need to be removed, as we had first thought. Pearl is the sweetest and friendliest girl. Her little tail wags all the time. We are hopeful that she will make a full recovery! But we need your help to make that possible!

The vet estimates that the bill for Pearl’s spay surgery, skin tag removal and dental will be around $500. Pearl is a sweet little gal who deserves a chance at a healthy life. She is only about 4 years old, so she has a long life ahead of her.

Check out the photos and videos of Pearl. As you can see, she has made great progress since May. Her foster mom has given her lots of good food, good medicine and a lot of TLC. But little Pearl has a long way to go before we can begin the process of finding her a forever family. Pearl must get the surgery she needs before she can be adopted.

Can you please help our girl get this life changing surgery by donating? No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate here or at with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Pearl in the name field.

Russell Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations made to Russell Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the contributor. Follow along here for updates. Thank you from Pearl!

5/20/2019: We got a couple new pics today from Pearl’s foster mom, Robyn. She says Pearl is doing very well. She has settled in and made herself right at home. Pearl’s skin is looking much better after 3 sulfur shampoos and one sulfur dip. Pearl has discovered that she can jump up on the bed and really enjoys rolling around in the soft blankets. Here she is this morning after breakfast. All that eating and playing made her tired! Overall, she is doing much better. Pearl goes back to see Dr. C in another week for a follow up and to determine what needs to be done about her eye issues. She also will need to be spayed and have a few moles removed. But, she is well on her way to recovery! We will continue to keep you posted on Pearl’s progress.

5/11/2019: We got an update on Pearl today from her foster mom, Robyn. Pearl had a vet visit on Friday. Even after only 3 days in her foster home, you can tell she is feeling better. Check out her video link below. We will update again soon! “Pearl went to the vet Friday. Dr. C thinks that all of her problems are due to massive infections. The good things are: She is only about 4 years old. She is heartworm negative. She has pretty good teeth. And, her blood work was good. At the vet, she got 2 different eye drops. She also got ear wash and ear drops. She is now eating a special food - Science Diet for Sensitive Skin and Stomach. She has a lime-sulfur dip and has to be dipped everyday. She also has a special shampoo. She is taking prednisone and ketoconazole pills. Pearl still has several things that need to be addressed. She needs to be spayed and have a few moles removed. She also needs to have her eye issues addressed. She goes back to Dr. C in 2 weeks. For now she is going to be medicated, eat and sleep!”

Update Video

5/9/2019: This is the newest member of the Russell Rescue family. Say hello to Pearl. She was on death row in San Antonio, Texas just a day or two ago. The volunteers described her as a dog who could be the poster child for abuse and neglect. Her skin is red and flaking. She has infected ears, skin, and teeth. She is missing much of her fur and possibly has ulcers on her eyes. Even with all that, the volunteers described her as still being sweet and very trusting. Pearl was picked up yesterday from the shelter by Russell Rescue volunteer, Debi, and spent the night there. She arrived at her foster home this morning. Robyn, her foster mom, will make sure she gets the vetting and care she needs to begin her journey to recovery. Pearl has a long road ahead of her. We will update you on her journey, and we will work to give her the happy and healthy life that she deserves! In the meantime, she will be spoiled gently until she is as beautiful outside as she is inside! Make sure to watch the videos of Pearl! You can see how sweet she is. Her little tail just keeps wagging!

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