News About Spotlight Terriers
July 3, 2019
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!
July 2, 2019
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!
July 1, 2019
You will remember this little gal from her posts earlier this Summer (see below). 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 at www.russellrescue.com 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!
May 31, 2019
We got an update on Pearl this week from her foster mom, Robyn! Read below to see how she is doing! We will update again soon!
“First: I got to have a bath. Aunt Foster used that smelly shampoo, but it feels real good to be brushed-scrubbed all over real gently in warm, soapy water. Then we went to the vet, (I didn’t like that! Blood tests, ow, ow, ow!!!) But THEN! Because I was so good, we went to WalMart and I got to ride in the basket and we got a treat and got some pets and rubs from real nice people. We had a treat at the bakery section, YUM!! Whew, I am worn out! My main man, Dr. C. says I am doing well, but still have a long way to go.”
May 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.
Update May 20
View Pearl Update.
Update May 12
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!”
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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Update: April 19, 2019
Sweet little Bridget had her surgery on Wednesday the 17th and is home resting and recovering. The doctor had to remove 6 teeth and also clean and scrape all the remaining teeth, then stitch up the holes.
Ouch! Bridget also had a lump on her shoulder that had to be removed. You can see her stitches in the photo. Bridget had the best care in the world from Dr. Mark Schuman, Virginia, Miss Tracy, and Amber. They are a great team and we appreciate them so very much!
They took great care of our little girl! Bridget has had quite a bit of pain, but her foster mom is giving her good meds and lots of TLC. She is doing a lot of sleeping today. Thank you to the donors who made this life-saving surgery possible. Bridget will now have a chance at a healthy and happy life.
Update: April 15, 2019
We reached our goal for Bridget and her surgery is scheduled for Wednesday! Thank you all so very much for donating! We appreciate it very much! We will post updates this week.
This precious little gal is Bridget, and she needs our help! Bridget is a sweet little senior Jack Russell that has a mouth full of rotten and infected teeth. As you can see from the photos, her teeth are in very bad condition.
Her back teeth are a greenish/blackish color, and the infection is poisoning her little body. The vet says that most of her teeth will have to come out and that she will need stitches. Bridget’s bad teeth are causing her pain and need to be fixed as soon as possible!
The vet estimates that the bill for Bridget’s surgery will be around $700. Bridget is a sweet little gal who deserves a chance at a healthy life.
Can you please help our girl get this life saving surgery by donating? No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate at www.russellrescue.com with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Bridget 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 Bridget!
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 FB admin, Heather, sent us a screen shot 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 FB. 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 dollars 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. Note: Bridget is now a Spotlight terrier.
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.
Feb 12 Update
We wanted to thank each and every one of you who donated to Cappy’s fundraiser. We reached our $1200 goal as of 2/7/19! Your continued support means so much to us and also to these precious little dogs. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do!
So, thank you, from the bottom our our hearts!
Feb 7 -We got an update on Cappy from his foster mom!
Cappy is doing well. He is starting to put his leg down a little bit, so that is good progress! He has a good appetite and is eating well and seems to be happy. He has a couple of nurses taking care of him, as you can see from the photo. He had a follow up at the vet this week because a couple of his sutures were coming out. The vet put staples in to keep the incision together. Other than that, Cappy is doing great!
We have raised $955 so far. That leaves us $245 short on the vet bill. If you can donate to Cappy’s fundraiser, we would appreciate it! No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Cappy in the name field.
Update on Cappy! Cappy had his surgery yesterday! His foster mom said he is on good pain medication and slept through the night last night. Today, he is eating and walking, so that’s a good sign. He has had quite a bit of pain, but his foster mom is taking good care of him. He should be feeling better soon. Thank you so much to those of you who have donated to Cappy’s fundraiser so far. We have raised about $900. That leaves us $300 short of our goal.
Please consider giving to Cappy! No amount is too small. It all adds up. You can donate at www.russellrescue.com/donations/ with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Cappy in the name field.
This handsome little guy is Cappy and he needs our help! He is about 2 years old, weighs about 15 pounds, and he is a sweetie! We rescued him from a shelter in the San Antonio, Texas area very recently. He had been hit by a car and taken to the shelter. Cappy’s foster mom got him to a vet, and it turns out that his hip joint has been knocked out of the socket. This is causing him pain and needs to be fixed as soon as possible!
The vet estimates that the bill for Cappy’s surgery will be around $1200 to get him back up and running. Cappy is a youngster with a long life ahead of him. Once he has surgery to fix his little leg, we can find him a forever family! Won’t you help us help Cappy by giving? No amount is too small… it all adds up!
You can donate at with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Cappy 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 Cappy!
October 29 – Our sweet little Alyse has been adopted and is as happy as can be in her forever home! We appreciate our supporters so much. Alyse got the medical care she needed because of your donations and now she is finally home! Happy Tails Alyse!
June 15 – We got this update today about Alyse and wanted to share with all of you. Thank you all again for your donations to her vet bill. We are hoping she is ready to find her forever family soon!
Alyse had her dental today. Our poor baby had 18 teeth pulled! Plus, the vet noticed that she had a wax plug in one ear. It was a quarter inch long and hard as a rock. It’s out now!
Her foster mom, Ginger said, “Alyse is not a happy camper right now! She will get plenty of TLC tonight.”
Stay tuned for more updates.
June 10 – We want to say thank you to everyone who donated to Alyse! We reached our goal and Alyse is scheduled for her surgery on June 14th. She will be one happy girl once those teeth are fixed. We can’t tell you how much your support means. We couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you from Alyse! Stay tuned for more updates.
Alyse needs our help! She looks perfect and adorable, right? She is adorable, but what you can’t see is her horribly rotten teeth. They are so rotten, one of them just fell out in Robyn’s hand! The vet snapped several photos that are posted here. Her gums are filled with pus and the teeth are loose. The vet says there will be around 6 extractions.
Please help our sweet girl! In order for Alyse to be ready to find her forever family, she must get her teeth fixed. Her little mouth is painful and the extractions need to be scheduled as soon as possible. The 6 extractions will run about $600. Please help us help Alyse by giving. No amount is too small… it all adds up! Please notate that your donation is for Alyse in the name field. Follow along here for updates.
Thank you from Alyse!
Update: Oct 7, 2018 – Update on Gracie! We reached our fundraising goal! Thank you so much to those of you who donated. Gracie had her spay surgery and dental cleaning last week. She also had a bump removed from her rear end. She is recovering nicely and is wearing a cone.
She is on the road to recovery. It won’t be long now before we can start looking for the perfect forever family for Gracie. Thank you so much for your support! Follow along here for updates.
You will probably remember this little Jack Russell (previous story). Her name is Gracie. One of our volunteers from Iowa saw her photo on Craigslist back in July. She suspected Gracie was from a puppy mill, and she was right. Gracie had spent most of her life in a barn birthing puppies. She is about 7 years old. During that time, her breeder fed her mushy puppy food. As a result, her teeth are a mess. After her journey from Iowa to Texas in July, Gracie has made great strides. She is safe and sound in a foster home near Sherman, Texas. She is learning how to be loved and cared for properly for the first time in her life.
Gracie is now ready to get her vet work done. She needs to have a dental cleaning and also needs to be spayed. When we first got her, she was overweight from eating all the puppy mash, but she is now a healthy 19 pounds and is ready for the rest of her life to start. We would love to get her vet work done so that we can begin the process of finding Gracie a forever family.
The vet estimates that Gracie’s spay surgery and dental cleaning will run about $600. Please help us help Gracie by giving. No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate on our site with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Gracie in the name field.
About Russell Rescue
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 Gracie!
Update July 25 – Here he is!! Sammie sailed through his surgery, and his incision is healing up nicely. He’s not quite ready to go to ground yet, but he is getting there!! Sammie’s biopsy was cancerous, but it’s a very slow growing form and only has a 5% chance of coming back. The best news of all? He found a forever family! Sammie is one happy little guy, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for him! Thank you all so much for your donations and support. Sammie is healthy and home because of your generosity!
Update July 11 – We reached our goal and Sammie’s surgery is scheduled for tomorrow! Thank you all so very much for donating. We couldn’t do it without your support!
Sammie needs our help! He is a 9 year old bundle of love and kisses. The poor little guy has a tumor on his back right leg and another one on his back left leg. They need to come off because they could be dangerous. He’s a healthy, happy little guy and in good health otherwise. We want him to be able to run and play for years to come! Won’t you please help us help him?
The vet estimates that Sammie’s surgery will cost about $600 and Sammie must have this surgery done before we can find his forever family. Please help us help Sammie by giving! No amount is too small… it all adds up! You can donate with PayPal and all major credit cards. Please notate that your donation is for Sammie 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 Sammie!