By Meda Kessler
Photos by Ralph Lauer
Robin Carson opens her business to rescue dogs looking for second chances. Some have found a permanent place in her home and heart.
“Our foster dog is in.” Customers need only glance at the neatly printed blue and white sign on the door at Carson Hearing Care to know that they might be greeted by a little four-footed guest.
In the past two years, Robin Carson, doctor of audiology and owner of the Camp Bowie Boulevard clinic, has fostered and adopted out 26 small dogs for Saving Hope, a local rescue organization. That’s 26 dogs rescued from the streets and from large-intake groups such as the Humane Society of North Texas and the city shelter. That’s 26 dogs that went home with Carson in the evening to be loved on and cared for by her and her family.
Being able to take your dog (foster or otherwise) to work is easy when you own the business. Carson opened her clinic in 2013, expanding the office and her staff over the past six years.
She credits (or blames, she says with a smile) her kids for introducing her to the world of animal rescue, which for them started with a mother cat and kittens. “My daughters introduced me to the mom of some of their friends,” says Carson. That mom is Lauren Meekins Anton, one of the forces behind The Saving Hope Foundation. The nonprofit was launched in August 2012 by Fort Worth philanthropist Kit Moncrief, her daughters and a dedicated board of directors. Its aim then and now was to reduce the number of unwanted animals by promoting spaying and neutering, to provide education and resources, and to find homes for those animals that do end up in shelters.
Anton has become one of the most active members, routinely fostering dogs and recruiting others to do the same.
Carson is now committed to the cause and has found her business to be the perfect way to find little dogs new homes. “Most of our clients are older, as are our foster pups, although we have taken in a puppy or two. It’s a perfect way to make introductions.”
Over the years, she has donated several thousands of dollars to causes such as Saving Hope and Meals on Wheels by donating proceeds of battery sales. The office also sets up an angel tree for a local nursing home and collects gifts for the residents.
But homeless animals have become a very personal cause. She and her family adopted Pierre, a standard poodle, from a rescue group in Weatherford more than 12 years ago. And Carson became what is known as a “foster fail” when she adopted both Perci, 6, a black Chihuahua mix, and Adele, 3, also a Chi mix, within 10 days of each other in 2018. (Adele’s five puppies were adopted out through Saving Hope.)
“Perci and Adele stole my heart. She and Perci were soul sisers and needed each other,” says Carson.
While Pierre is a homebody, Perci and Adele make occasional office visits if Carson is between foster dogs.
“People have come to expect dogs in the office,” says Carson. And for Chico, Wendy, Belle, Louis, Misty, Penny, a one-eyed little dog named Picasso and others, the office has been the place to find new homes and second chances.