​​Warm welcome from all of us:

Our mission:

Smiling Dog Farms is a Sanctuary, not a traditional rescue

We care for the dogs who have nowhere else to go.  Our dogs have come from shelters, rescues and individuals all across America.  Some are considered unadoptable because they bit someone, some have medical issues, some have behavioral challenges, some are older senior citizens and some just ran out of time at a shelter.   If a dog is breathing, he is welcome at Smiling Dog Farms.  

We provide a permanent home for truly unadoptable dogs  

Smiling Dog Farms is a "Last Resort" for dogs who have run out of options and are facing certain death.  If they have issues that prevent them from being adopted, they can live out their lives at the farm in safety and peace.  

We find great families for dogs who are adoptable  

Many dogs who have arrived labeled "unadoptable" have been able to have families, after we have spent time with them.  Some came only because the shelter was full and are excellent adoption candidates.  Our goal is to rehome as many of the dogs who have come here as possible.​​

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​The Truth About Smiling Dog Farms...​        


Smiling Dog Farms is a sanctuary --

a place for the dogs no one else wants or can handle,

and dogs who would otherwise face euthanasia.  

They have come from shelters, other rescues and individuals.  

 Many are adoptable and some are not.

 Every dog is up to date on shots, including rabies vaccinations.  We are at the vet office several times a week.  Every dog single dog at Smiling Dog Farms has been examined by a licensed Texas vet in the last 90 days.  

 Spay & Neuter: Most of our dogs have been spayed or neutered. 

The ones who are waiting to be spayed/neutered live alone or with

another dog who has been altered.  Dogs living at the farm do not have

the opportunity to create babies and there have been no so-called

"accidental litters".

Puppies:Some female dogs come to us pregnant.  When they deliver

puppies here, we work to get the pups into adoption as soon as they are

old enough.   Since we closed intake completely in September (no

exceptions), there will be no new puppies.

Food:  Our dogs are fed a high quality, high protein kibble (26 protein,

15 fat) in feeder bins, which allow them to free feed.

 Prior to October, 2014, we provided bread product which we obtained from Mrs. Baird's Thrift stores.  It was a mixture of bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pies which gave the dogs a treat -- something extra, above and beyond their kibble.  Since receiving a complaint about giving the dogs this treat, we have stopped.  Our dogs no longer receive this extra treat and no bread product has been brought onto the property since the end of September.

 Water: Two deep wells on the farm provide excellent drinking

water.  Water buckets are dumped daily and filled with fresh

clean water.

 Housing: In April, 2014, we sold off the back 20 acres of our

farm.  A building program was begun to replace housing and

move dogs from the back, which we had sold.  During

construction, we created temporary "tee pee" housing while the

new houses were being built.  These tee pees were very temporary

and are no longer in use by any dogs. 

 The larger, "townhomes" are for the sanctuary dogs who will live

out their lives at the farm.  The new housing is primarily for

adoptable dogs who will be moving on to families.  All housing provides a play yard large enough to move around and run in, as well as a house for protection from the elements.

Grounds: During the summer months, weeds and grass grow rapidly in South Texas and we hire extra personnel to knock down the weeds and keep the grass cut.   During the construction phase, referred to above, the weeds became a problem but as we have completed construction, we have the yards well groomed again.  Yards are raked regularly.

Sickness: At any given time, there will be dogs who are sick.  Our

veterinarian works with us to create a treatment plan.   During the

summer months when there is so much pollen in the air, some dogs

have issues with eye discharge and it is treated with an eye ointment.  

Dogs who have mange or other skin issues, including skin allergies, are

also treated.  Our workers have a Med Chart that guides them on

treatment plans for different dogs.

 Some dogs will lose weight when they get certain kinds of worms, and

they are treated so that we can kill the worms and they can put weight

back on.   Some dogs are elderly and just can't keep on weight like they

did when they were younger, but they are still healthy according to our vet.

 Workers:  We have a paid staff who feed, water and care for our dogs.  Neither Ricky nor I are paid.  We are 100% volunteers.

 Adoptions: We have many good natured adoptable dogs.  We welcome the help of other legitimate rescues to find great homes for them.  And we are always looking for potential adopters.  Just contact adoptions@smilingdogfarms.org