Classic Canines, Inc

Make a Difference in a Life of a Senior Dog

Coco is taking a nap between her adventures. She's well suited with dogs, cats and kids. She's in a foster home and is one of more than 100 local senior dogs that are displaced and looking for permanent homes. There is high urgency to get dogs out of kennels due to overcrowding and winter coming. Your help is needed. Adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, share the needs with others! We thank you for visiting us here. 


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 those surrendered by their owners or next of kin due to family death, housing changes and moves. Many have lost a lifelong home. 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. 

Shown: Roughy


Ways to Help

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Where you foster and adopt from MATTERS

A municipal shelter is ground zero, serving all intake for a given city, county or region. Rest assured when you foster or adopt from a municipal shelter, you are opening a spot for another animal that is on a wait list for the safety of the shelter.

There are also many responsible rescue organizations in the Austin metro area too that pull animals from the Austin metro area municipal shelters. Those animals need fosters and adopters too. The sooner those rescue animals are adopted, the sooner those rescues may reach back to help again by pulling an area animal. 

How do you know if they are responsible?  Before choosing an Austin based rescue organization to foster for or adopt from, be sure to check - do they ever help any of Austin's animals? The Austin area shelters are overcrowded with animals and only a small portion of Austin based rescue organizations are coming forward to help. Many rescues import animals to the Austin metro area from distant rural shelters, using fosters in this area, and finding adopter interests from this area. This takes resources away from Austin's own animals who languish in kennels as "long stays", funded by tax dollars, while some animals will have to be transported to distant states in order to find homes. The influx of animals from rural areas also brings additional service needs to the Austin area shelters that cost more taxpayer funding, through lost and found animals and owner surrenders.

Ultimately, the rescues that are based here, that do not help Austin's animals and only import animals and then rehome them here, actually make the overcrowding problem even worse and cost more taxpayer funding. 

Be careful who you choose to work with - ask questions. 

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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.

Shown is Leroy A839782 Austin Animal Center.  who's in foster with medical sponsorship, on the road to health. 


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