About Us

We're having a great 2016
2015 by the numbers
We took in 16 animals - 8 cats, 7 dogs, and 1 bird. We adopted out 13 of the 16 animals.

Mission: Tyson's Place Animal Rescue is dedicated to assisting terminally ill people with caring for and finding new families for their pets.

Why Tyson's Place: The founder of Tyson's Place Animal Rescue adopted Tyson, a 5-year-old orange tabby cat, from a shelter where he was scheduled for euthanasia because he was considered unadoptable due to his age. Tyson's story symbolizes what our rescue is all about - valuing and respecting both people and pets wherever they are in their life journey.

What we do: We believe that pets belong with their people until the very end. Pets are family members, and they have the ability to comfort someone who is in his or her last days. We set up a plan for the pet after the owner has passed away. If no one in the family is taking the animal, Tyson's Place Animal Rescue will arrange to have the pet live in a foster home until adopted.

Why the paw print symbol?: The paw print symbol for the rescue is the actual paw print of Lamb Chop, a senior toy poodle I rescued. The heart shape actually appeared after I received his paw print impression in clay after his death. I rescued him at age 16 from a shelter, where he was basically dying. I wanted to make his last few months on a earth happy for him. He was in congestive heart failure, with 3 months or so to live. I got him neutered and on appropriate heart medication. He gained weight, got healthier, and lived to be 19 years old! He added so much to my life - a great example of how wonderful older rescue animals can be.

What we believe:

1) Pets and people deserve dignity in their golden years. People should be able to be with their pets until the end and should know that their pets will be cared for after he or she has passed away.

2) Older animals don't get adopted as quickly as younger animals in animal shelters. They often find themselves first for euthanasia because people simply don't want older animals. The shelter environment is extremely overwhelming for any animal, but even more so for a pet that has just went through the trauma of losing its owner. By intervening early, we will be able to place these animals in foster homes before they end up in shelters. By transitioning the animal to a foster home, the pet gets all the socialization and comfort of home.

3) I, as the founder, am a firm believer in what I call Rescue Done Right - which means addressing the mental well being of an animal and also realizing that euthanasia is not the worst option. I have worked in an open admission animal shelter that, at the time, has a 50% euthanasia rate, and worked with many different kinds of rescue. I am strongly opposed to the long-term warehousing of animals. I understand that cages and kennels are a temporary means of housing animals until a home can be found, but they are not meant to be used for years on end.