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 single dog at Smiling Dog Farms has been examined by a licensed Texas vet.
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
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, 2014.
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 each dog.
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 Jay are paid.
They 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're always looking for adopters. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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