Spotlight Bridget

Bridget SurgeryRussell Rescue Needs Your Help!

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.

Bridget - SpotlightUpdate: 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.

BridgetHer 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 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!


Bridget’s Story

BridgetTen 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.

Bridget - SpotlightRobyn 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.

Spotlight Cappy – Update II

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.

Cappy - Post Surgery

Spotlight Cappy – Update

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 with PayPal and all major credit cards.  Please notate that your donation is for Cappy in the name field.

Spotlight Cappy

Spotlight CappyThis 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!

Cappy Update – Jan 31

Cappy XrayYou 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!

Happy Tails – Teddy

Ed… now called Teddy, found a forever family! He was adopted in August and is having the time of his life! He loves the big back yard at his new house.

He enjoys spending time out back, hunting for squirrels. He wakes up really early every morning ready to play! His family says he is wonderful and very smart!

Happy Tails Teddy!!

Spotlight Alyse – Update

Alyse BetterAlyse Updates

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.

alyseJune 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’s Story

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!

alyse teeth

alyse teeth

Spotlight Terrier – Gracie

Gracie - Spotlight TerrierUpdate: 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.

Gracie’s Story

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!


Cotton Ball

Although Estée Lauder is a beautiful, happy girl now, she had a challenging start in life. She, her mom, and two siblings were found outside of Houston emaciated and starving. After finding their way to Austin Pets Alive, the three puppies were placed in foster care with friends Sean, Renee, and McKenna Lowery. After weeks of tender loving care, Estée was healthy and ready to be placed for adoption. Catherine had been watching the Lowerys via Facebook and following the family’s journey to good health. She was impressed with how well Estée’s foster sister, six-year-old McKenna, was doing with the puppies and was feeling a heart tug. After Estée was returned from her first adoption, Catherine realized she was meant to be her dog and adopted Estée forever.

Unknown to the Lowerys at the time of the first adoption, Estée was severely sight impaired. According to ophthalmologists at Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Estée suffered an infection that damaged her retina, probably around the time of birth. Her sight impairment made adjustment to new environments more challenging for Estée. Catherine and her husband Keith felt like they needed help with Estée, and eventually were referred to Aubrey Kotlarich, a RRI volunteer. Aubrey helped the Coles socialize Estée in many different ways, including introducing Estée to her own dogs. The ophthalmologist, Aubrey, and the Coles all thought a friend for Estée might give her more confidence. The first introduction with Aubrey’s large, black (very sweet and gentle) dog didn’t go well. Estée growled and was clearly uncomfortable.

On a follow-up visit to her ophthalmologist, the Dr. suspected Estée’s eyesight may have improved. She decided to do a “cotton ball” test. Because a cotton ball has no sound or smell, it really tests if she can see it. When dropped, Estée actually tracked the small, white cotton ball with her eyes as it fell to the floor! She could see it!

Aubrey just so happened to be very good friends with Caroline Youngblood, another RRI volunteer. And, Caroline just so happened to have a little rescue dog named Jessie. Jessie is an 8 month old tri smooth perfect looking JRT. She is 100 percent white behind the head. White… very white. Discussions and conversations were had and a meeting was planned. Jessie was brought to Estée’s home. With the Coles, Caroline, and Aubrey right there, the girls got acquainted. Pretty soon Jessie was trotting all over the yard snooping and sniffing. Right behind her was Estée. To Catherine’s delight Estée was following Jessie into areas of the yard that she had never been comfortable going to before. Where Jessie went Estée went.

Jessie is the perfect companion for Estée. They are the same age and have the same activity level. Estée is happier and more confident. And Jessie has the one thing that Estée can see… a bright white coat. The Coles have happily adopted Jessie Jane forever. She is Estée’s little “cotton ball!”

Catherine Cole, Ph.D.