A Doggie 4 You is a dog rescue organization situated on a ranch in Pipe Creek. Founded by Patricia (Pat) Godkin in 2007 this dog rescue focuses primarily on rescuing small dogs or puppies from kill shelters in the Hill Country Area and throughout Texas. As a highly successful rescue, we place hundreds of dogs each year.
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About Our Numbers
The following represents our intake and placement activity for the last several years. In 2019 and 2020 we worked on our capital campaign, had a fair amount of bad weather and the COVID pandemic resulting in a decrease in our overall numbers but we continue to be one of the largest non municipal shelters in central Texas.
Summary reasons for euthanasia Aggression 9 Illness 9
Our Capital Campaign
Late 2018 and Early 2019, w e had the opportunity to purchase two schoolroom buildings at auction and move them to our property.
Our phase 1 project we call building 1. We worked with our electricians and Bandera Electric. A grid was installed to feed the various buildings. Each building will have twelve (12) 8’ x 8’ indoor cottages for the dogs, storage rooms, grooming facilities, a feed room, and office space. All cottages will open up to an 8’ x 20’ outdoor covered kennel. Between the two buildings will be a covered play pen.
In 2019 a lot of progress was made to the OUTSIDE of the two modular dog buildings. In 2020 the rescue concentrated on the INSIDES to convert them into a comfortable, homelike atmosphere for the rescued dogs. Through the generous donation of one of our valued volunteers the dogs were provided with artificial turf in their exercise area, the alley ways, as well as the part of the outside kennel areas that were not cemented. The dogs will never have to deal with the mud issues of the past! Another generous donor provided the electrical grid which brought electricity to the buildings in the Dog Compound. We have lights now, but the dogs did not know what to make of lights at first. They know that lights, air conditioning, and heat are good things. We completed the remodel of the puppy room and built a laundry and rest room facility. Building 1 interior is almost complete.
The founder of A Doggie 4 You, Pat Godkin, has been rescuing animals since she was a child. Her father, Patrick Godkin, would bring orphaned animals to the ranch. The family ranch now serves as a legacy to the parents that taught her the value of animal life. For years Pat was active in the rescue community, helping cats and horses. In 2007, Pat rescued a little blue-eyed, boxer pup on the side of the road on a cold, wet evening. She couldn't find a shelter to take the little guy, so she decided to keep him over night. By morning they were in love. Pat also realized how difficult it was to find fosters or homes for abandoned animals and she decided to do something about it. In 2007 a decision was made to form a long term goal of founding a rescue that would be housed on the family ranch, which would be "left to the dogs.“ A core group of loyal volunteers were enlisted to make A Doggie 4 You a reality. The founding volunteers all have years of experience rescuing animals. As a result, over a thousand dogs have been placed in forever homes since this team came together.
That little blue eyed boxer that started the ball rolling became the mascot. His name was Pablo. He was trained to be a therapy dog and spent his early life in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He also visited hospitals, helping people learn about the need for spaying/neutering their animals and supporting rescues. Unfortunately in late October of 2012, Pablo was diagnosed with Chagas disease. This is an under reported disease that experts believe has the potential to be the next Aids. It impacts dogs and humans. Pablo had to be euthanized on 12/24/2012.
In 2012 A Doggie 4 You became a dba of the not for profit 10th Life Surgical Center. Hundreds of animals have been rescued from kill shelters and individuals and placed into loving homes. In 2013 another dba -the Hill Country Daisy Fund - was established under 10th Life Surgical with the intention of providing financial assistance to individuals and rescue groups for extraordinary medical expenses for dogs in their care
In 2014 the Bandera Dog Fund a third dba, was established specifically to raise funds to provide spay/neuter and immunizations for dogs in the city or county shelters in Bandera, Texas, thus making these animals more adoptable. At the end of 2016, this fund was discontinued since another not for profit was established dedicated to those same animals. A Doggie 4 You still strongly supports all efforts to assist in the placement of animals from Bandera shelters.
Late in 2018 A Doggie 4 You acquired 2 large school room buildings which was the beginning of fulfilling our dream of a beautiful rescue facility in the Texas Hill Country. A capital campaign continues and we acquired 5 acres of property as our permanent home.
In 2020 the State of Texas approved the change of our organization to A Doggie 4 You and in May of 2021 the IRS finally caught up on their paperwork and approved our name change. We are no longer a dba of 10th Life Surgical Center. Our name is officially A Doggie 4 You! We continue to get our name corrected in many locations.
We are pleased to lead the effort to establish a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Bandera County, Texas. Although still only in the early planning stages it is never far from our thoughts and goals. Please ensure your donations toward this effort are clearly noted as such.
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