We have adopted 5 dogs over 12 years from Best Dawg! Their #1 interest is the well being and happiness of the dogs they are trying to place. It is about the dogs - not the self righteous individuals that think they have are above reproach during the selection and approval process.
This is a group of concerned and loving volunteers - not a mega-charity with a mega-budget - who want to ensure a successful adoption of very deserving dogs!
The loves of our lives came from Best Dawg!
The application process for Best Dawg is long and I was initially rejected without response as to why. However, about a year later, I applied again - giving more specific answers and was accepted as potential adopter. The people at Best Dawg then went beyond expectations by bringing three particular dogs to meet me ... and then bringing all three the next week to meet my husband. Once we chose, Best Dawg arranged a home visit and brought the dog to us within a short time. The group is all volunteer and they are dedicated to finding homes and caring for as many dogs as possible. Perhaps their communications could be better but their care of and for the dogs couldn't be.
My husband and I were looking to adopt a dog. We found a dog online from Best Dawg Rescue and submitted an application. Within a few hours I received a response from "Sam" saying they were pursuing a potential adopter for that dog and she was no longer available. The email was signed "Best of Luck." I thought this was a little odd, as other rescues I've been in contact with always seemed pretty friendly and if a dog I had been interested in was pending an adoption, they would suggest applying for another dog in their rescue, or to check back in the future for more dogs. Best Dawg didn't seem interested in having me apply for any of their other dogs.
However, the following weekend my husband and I went to the Best Dawg adoption event at Petco in Beltsville. We met a dog there and fell in love. The rescue volunteers acted a little strange when we said we were interested in applying for that dog, but they told us to send an email to them since we had already submitted an application for that other dog. I immediately sent an email and didn't hear back. I sent a follow up email two days later and received an email within an hour again from "Sam" stating, "Sorry to disappoint you, but your application was not selected. Best of luck." At this point, I'm a little frustrated and annoyed since the email seemed a bit cold and I was curious why we were not selected. One of the questions on their lengthy application asked if my spouse or I was in the military, in which I replied yes, because my husband is. I replied back to "Sam" and asked why our application was not selected, was it because my husband is in the military? I then mentioned that if they don't adopt their dogs to a registered nurse and physician, with a large home and fenced in backyard, then what type of people do they adopt their dogs to? I realize we have busy/long work days, but we had already made arrangements for when we did get a dog so it wouldn't be an issue. Anyhow, "Sam" rudely responds to my email, stating that I have no right whatsoever to question their decision to turn down our application since I signed a statement when I submitted the application. Again, the email was signed "Best of Luck."
Immediately after my emails with "Sam", my husband wrote a (negative, but honest) review on Yelp briefly stating our experience with this rescue, and the review somehow got deleted. In the end, it all worked out and I'm glad we ended up not adopting from this shady "organization." If I were you, I would look into adopting elsewhere.
There are so many animal rescue groups to choose from when deciding to volunteer. I choose to volunteer for Best Dawg because many of the dogs they rescue are those that other rescue groups overlook simply because the dogs may need a little bit of medical care to get them ready for adoption. For example, many of Best Dawg's dogs test positive for heartworms or need surgery. By committing to spending the extra money, often quite a bit of money, Best Dawg gives these great dogs a chance to be adopted into a great home.
Review from Guidestar
I visited an adoption event sponsored by this group and decided to apply for one of their dogs. My son and my other dog were with me, and the dog we wanted to adopt responded positively to all of us, especially my dog. I filed the application on Saturday and was told on Monday that they had not chosen us, but would not tell us why. When the dog was still available for adoption the next week I applied again, thinking there had been a mistake. Now I have been told they will not let me adopt her or any other dog! And although I have emailed and even left phone messages for them, they will not tell me why. Other rescue groups have approved my applications. I think this is highly unprofessional and discourteous at the least. Very disappointing and frustrating.
The dog is still available for adoption.
This is the worst rescue I have ever contacted to adopt a dog. I was approved too quickly and they didn't even check my references. Their address is a post office box in Bethesda, but they told me the only way to meet the dog was to go to a show in P.G. County and I live in upper Montgomery County. Via email, I was told that I had to bring my family and my current dog to the show before they would proceed. I replied that I would like I would like to meet the dog myself first prior to driving my dog an hour away, putting him thru the stress, then an hour back home. I was promptly told no, why did I even bother sending in the application. Then "Sam" became extremely rude, insulting and even stated "felt sorry for my dog".
My family and I were going to adopt a dog and make a sizeable donation but our experience was so HORRIFIC dealing with this organization - I am compelled to contact all the businesses that allow them to host their adoption shows and warn them that it is a scam.
Most of the dogs I have seen on Pet Finder attributed to this organization - seem to be un-adopted for years - now I know why - after we were so rudely rejected. We have a great home, in a great Bethesda neighborhood and my husband and I LOVE dogs like our own children. We would always walk them and SAID we would be willing to fence in a couple areas to make a complete fenced in back yard.
The fact that we were rejected (I'm assuming because we did not have the fenced in yard) - is wrong because when you ask WHY you were rejected - NO ONE from this shady organization will email you back to tell you what you did wrong. You get NO CHANCE to remedy a situation to make the home right for the dog.
My husband and I are horrified that an organization that gives the APPEARANCE of helping dogs and takes in donations - is doing more HURT to dogs by hoarding them at their organization and refusing most applicants.
Dogs deserve good homes where they can be members of a family - not members of a HUGE HOARD by power-trippling jerks who reject applicants and won't tell them why or (as we are shocked to read in other reviews - respond to people with rude, cold, nasty reply emails).
From the reviews I have read and the experience a friend has had with this organization recently, I wouldn't recommend them to walk my dog around the block much less adopt from them. I do not believe it is their intent in any way to provide safe and loving homes for the dogs they rescue. Their communications are rude, non-specific, and in no way reflect a desire to give a dog a forever home. Look no further at this organization - just move to another where you will be treated with respect and dignity. This group does not look at prospective adopters as well as they supposedly care for their rescued dogs.
I am a big fan of Best Dawg Rescue. Not only does it do incredible work by saving dogs that shelters would put down (and other rescues don't select), but it has guts. The whole point of rescuing dogs is to get it right for them the second time around. I am a donor and also have volunteered for years in the rescue world, so I know what goes on. More and more so-called rescue organizations wrongly adopt to anyone who wants a dog. Regarding a review from someone who talks about how devastated the kids were not to get a dog and that the prior dog was hit by a car, I am sure Best Dawg Rescue did the right thing. It takes guts to tell someone why they were not chosen. It doesn't take guts to post a nasty vendetta-review. So hopefully Best Dawg Rescue will continue to do exactly what it is doing. When you do it right, you will get complaints, but wise people get it!
Review from Guidestar
DO NOT adopt from them, DO NOT support them with your time or money, and DO NOT support businesses which support this group.
This group has a LONG history of bizarre emails to foster/adoptive families and shady business practices. A simple Google search turns up quotes like "Your dog is dead...it wasn't a car's fault. It was yours. Something didn't happen to him; he was dependent on your vigilance and you failed him." (To a brokenhearted family with TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, no less!)
They have negative reviews on PLEASE do your research on this organization before working with them!