Classic Canines, Inc

Make a Difference in a Life of a Senior Dog

Shown: Ladybird, 8, wishing on a star, available for adoption at Austin Animal Center 

Photo by Sarah Jurgensen Throop

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About Classic Canines

Helping Austin Senior Dogs Since 2012

Every year hundreds of senior dogs aged 7 and up reach Austin TX area shelters as strays and owner surrenders. About 40% were lost and far less than that will be found by their owners. That leaves several hundred still needing to find new homes. Of those, another 20% need help to overcome months or years of neglect before they will be seen as "adoptable". Shelter life is traumatic for older dogs, it's our goal to minimize that stay. Classics promotes fostering, mending and repairing of the body and soul, as part of the journey that ultimately leads home. 

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Ways to Help

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See Who's Waiting for Foster & Adoption

Check the inventory of available senior dogs in local shelters, find your perfect match ranging from activity seekers to couch seekers and all in between. Considerations for your environment include dynamics like other pets, being in shared community spaces, fencing, mobility for stairs and energy level desired.

Apply to Foster at an Area Shelter

You can choose a shelter to foster for based on your location or where a dog is located that you want to help. Each of these shelters allows fosters to reside outside of the city or the county. You should always consider travel dynamics that may include wellness clinic visits and adoption appointments.


Even More Ways to Help


Medical & Comfort Support

Your donation helps to remove medical barriers and years of neglect that stand in the way of adoption and provide wellness care to those waiting. In a small number of cases, a dog reaches us too late for treatment and we help with comfort and end of life care. Because it's the right thing to do, to be a friend till the end.

There are no paid positions within Classic Canines. All positions are volunteer-based.

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You can also shop for us using our Wish List to provide comfort and care items

Choose one or more items on the wish list to supply for foster and adopted dogs in need. Our highest in demand needs are leashes, beds, harnesses, medicated shampoos and wipes. Help get them off to a good start by supplying comfort and care.



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