Tracy Wyatt, one of the founders of TracysDogs, says it's always hard to be able to save every canine in need

By Kelli Bender
December 14, 2017 11:09 AM

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including dog rescue.

The group TracysDogs has saved and found homes for more than 4,000 canines from high-kill shelters in Texas since starting the rescue in San Antonio.

But fans go far beyond the Lone Star State: thanks to Facebook Live videos of its adoption events, TracysDogs has supporters across the globe.

This massive support system doesn’t mean animal rescue is easy for founders Tracy and Scott Wyatt, however.

“Working in rescue is very difficult,” Tracy says on the new episode of PeopleTV’s Paws & Claws. “People think it is just petting dogs and handing them over to people, and everyone is smiling and happy. But what goes on behind the scenes sometimes is so emotionally draining that you just got to sit down and cry.”

While TracysDogs is doing life-changing work, it is impossible for them to save every dog in need and that reality hurts.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking for me when I have to leave dogs behind because I don’t have space,” Tracy shares.

Of course there are plenty of success stories to ease the pain: Tracy works tirelessly to find the perfect pet parents for her dogs, with her husband Scott driving the pooches across the country to meet their new forever families.

See just a few of the amazing connections this animal-loving couple has made in the video above, introduced by PEOPLE Pet Vet Evan Antin.