||Our mailing address has changed:
P.O. Box 22482
Knoxville, TN 37933
Please make a note of this if you plan to mail a donation.
We have a plea to anyone who could help. We are absolutely swamped with requests to take dogs that are in need. Although
we would love to help, we can't unless we have more foster homes. If you think
you could help, please let us know! Check out the flyer for more information. As always, thanks for you support!!
Get your SBRET t-shirt today at www.printfection.com/sbret.
Visit www.cafepress.com/sbret to look at other SBRET logo items that are available for purchase.
A percentage of all sales from both online stores goes to SBRET to support our rescue efforts.
Easy Way to Donate a Thundershirt
Thundershirts are helping shelters and rescue groups across the country to manage the dogs
they receive with anxiety, fear and excitement issues. Your Thundershirt Donation will be
put to excellent use helping to transition one of our wonderful dogs back to a forever home.
Click here or click the Thundershirt image to donate a Thundershirt to SBRET.
We were excited to receive the generous donation of two XXS Thunder Shirts and want to express our thanks. We would love to have a couple in the XS and S size too so we always have a thunder shirt available for any dog in rescue who might need one.
We would like to formally announce our partnership with www.GiveBackAmerica.org as a way to help our organization raise additional funds, all at no extra cost to you the consumer! The concept is simple, every time you shop online from your favorite online retailer a percentage of each purchase goes to your favorite charity...hopefully that's us. Click here for more information.
The support of local veterinarians is vital to any rescue group, and we are very fortunate
to work with two clinics that offer us a discount on services; however, veterinary care for
our foster dogs is still extremely expensive. Rarely does the adoption fee for a dog cover
the expenses that have been incurred. If you are considering making a financial contribution
to SBRET, any amount is welcome, or you might wish to make a specific donation to cover
any of the following expenses:
- $140 - Spay/neuter, inoculations, microchip, heartworm and fecal check for one dog
- $50 - Gas card to defray a small part of the transportation expenses: rescuing dogs from surrounding counties, transporting dogs to the vets, home visits, or transporting dogs to other rescue groups
- $75 - Dental cleaning for one dog
- $15 - Heartworm and flea preventative for one dog for one month
- $5 - New collar and leash for one dog
- $30 - Worming one dog with appropriate medication
- $30 - Grooming (usually total shave down) for one dog who comes to us severely matted.
ASPCA Teams Up with LegalZoom to Protect Pets
Each year, approximately 500,000 pet parents pass away or are incapacitated without arranging for proper
care of their pets. Many end up in shelters where their futures remain uncertain. Secure your pet's
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Any tea lovers ot there?? Here is a great way to contribute to the rescue organization! Every time you make an in-store
or online purchase, Wendi at Tea at the Gallery will donate 20% of the proceeds to us! Just mention SBRET when you make
your purchase. It's no cost to you, and you can help save a life! Click here for the official flyer.
If you think animal abuse is something that happens in other states but not in Tennessee, please take a look at the
Interactive Animal Cruelty Map of Tennessee .
Find other great pet care tips at realage.com (formerly dogage.com)
Toy Breeds and Dog Safety
Keep the mini dog breeds out of harm's way.
Ever spent any time with a Pomeranian, shih tzu, Chihuahua, fox terrier, or other toy breed? If so, then you know its size is often disproportionate to its personality. These dogs are small in stature but larger than life. That said, their extreme "petite-ness" means they need a tad more looking out for than bigger breeds in order to help prevent them from getting injured or seriously hurt. In her book, The Safe Dog Handbook, Melanie Monteiro offers a few house rules that can help keep your little one safe and healthy:
- Be careful with collars. Toy breeds have smaller, more delicate necks, so it's better to use a harness rather than a leash attached directly to the collar when walking them. This will help prevent overjerking and possibly injuring the neck or trachea.
- Be cautious in crowds. Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog when you're in large groups. People who aren't used to being around such small dogs may forget your tiny pooch is even there and accidentally step on her. Yikes!
- Be gentle. Toy breeds are much less resilient than bigger dogs, so any roughhousing should be done with a light touch. Make sure your children and other guests understand what gentle play means. Also, always supervise when your mini is playing with other larger pets.
- Be "crateful." If your little pooch is comfortable and used to being in her crate, it's a great place to put her when there's just too much going on around your house for her to be running around. (Things like kids' birthday parties, holiday dinners, construction, household repairs, etc.)
- Be afraid of heights. Don't let your toy pup get up on furniture or other elevated places where she could jump off and hurt herself. Most beds are even too high, so it's best to find your girl a bed of her own that she likes, so she's not as interested in getting into yours. If you can't bear to ban her from your bed, be sure to help her up and down -- don't let her jump down herself. Also, think about getting pet steps -- available at pet-supply retailers -- to give her a safer way up and down.
- Be aware. Smaller dogs can be seen as prey to wild animals, like coyotes, so always keep a close eye on your pup outside -- even if she's just in your yard. And try to take her along clear paths when on walks; tall grasses and weeds could easily poke her eyes.
- Be prepared. Keep a few light layers of doggie clothes on hand along with a substantial sweater that you can slip over her as needed. Little dogs have less insulating body fat and need extra help keeping warm during chillier months and to avoid hypothermia in especially cold climates.
SBRET is in DESPERATE need of foster homes! We have been inundated with
requests to take in WONDERFUL dogs, but we cannot take many of them in,
simply because of a lack of foster homes! Won't you please considering fostering a dog? It's a short-term commitment
with long-term results - you end up knowing that a simple action on your part has saved a life. Yes, the actions of
one person CAN make a difference, as anyone who has
read "The Starfish Story" can tell you. And we'll make
it as easy as we can for you. We provide all needed medical care, and even loan you a crate if needed - all you must
provide is a safe place to live, food and water, and lots of love! So if you're interested in
fostering, PLEASE contact SBRET or complete our online Foster Application! Check out our Foster flyer for more information.
Go to www.aspca.org for lists of pet-dangerous items: foods, medications, cold/warm weather hazards, common household hazards, holiday hazards, and non-toxic substances that cause gastrointestinal upset. There are also instructions for what to do in case you think your pet has been poisoned.
Pet care tips are also available on many topics including medical tips, emergency preparedness, air/car travel tips, and halloween safety tips.
Check out these helpful dog care topics at www.aspca.org: general care, introducing a new dog, jumping, barking, crate training, destructive behavior, house training, mouthing and nipping, separation anxiety, urine marking, leash manners, sit training, and grooming.
Make your pet's home "Poison Safe" with these tips from ASPCA.
For a list of potentially dangerous plants go to ASPCA's List of Toxic Plants.
Small Breed Rescue of East TN, Inc. (SBRET) is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for
displaced or abandoned small breed dogs. We are also dedicated
to educating the public about pet overpopulation, the benefits
of spaying/neutering, and the horrors of puppymills.