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PO Box 1855 % Jennifer Teague Hickory NC 28603 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I adopted my first full Boxer from BRBR and I am now volunteering with this group. I have also volunteer and currently volunteer with other dog rescues. I have been extremely happy with my dog and with volunteering with this group. I want to dis-Spell a couple of things that I read on some of the reviews that I know for a fact are either blown way out of proportion or just out right not correct. I'm not saying their aren't improvements needed to any group. I'm not saying that anyone is lying but there are 3 sides to every story ... yours, theirs and the truth. But some of these I know are just not correct.

BRBR does pay 100% of all APPROVED veterinary costs when you foster a dog with them. I have been fostering with them for years and I have never had them refuse to pay for any approved services. Their have been times when for convenience sake I have gone to my personal vet and paid out of pocket simply because of convenience. But thats my choice and I knew that going in. Not even when I had to take a dog without approval to an emergency vet did they have any issue with paying the bill. They also send you a heartworm pill for your foster is applicable.

You pay for food, flea med, leashes and toys just like if he or she were your normal pup.

This is an organization based on volunteers only. Their are no paid employees. All the money the rescue raises goes directly back to the dogs or the support of the dogs. Yes they do buy stamps and envelopes to send heart-worm pills to volunteers or other meds. Yes there is some cost to booths and events but I would say 98% of all the money raised goes to just vet bills and boarding That's it. $250 may seem like a lot of money and i wondered too why adoption fees are so high? How and why do the dog Rescues charge so much are they getting these dogs for free from the shelter, right?
Your average vet bill in NC to get normal shots (first set only, there are normally 2 and 3 if its a puppy) and exam is about $125 (thats middle of the road). If you get spayed or neuter add around $150. If your dog has heartworms which probably about 60% to 70% of the dogs they pull from shelters do. (Most rescues won't take Heartworm positive dogs just due to costs.) That treatment starts $375 and thats super cheap. If you can find it cheaper and a safe method please let me know. Grant it BRBR does get a rescue discount but we are talking about a 20 to 25% cost of difference here in the long run.

There is no correct way to match families and dogs. A lot of is is gut instinct sure you can hit all the basic variables... house trained, crate trained etc. But you know what, a lot of that stuff can go right out the window when a dog gets in a new home. How the dog reacts to new environments, the energy the dog feeds off of, the people personalties, diet, schedule all of these things play a huge part of how a dog reacts to a new home. Just because a dog acted in one way in one home does not mean the dog will act exactly the same way in yours. There are a ton of variables. I have fosters dogs now for several years and I can pretty much know with in about 20 minutes if someone is right for the foster I have and if the foster is right for the family but that comes from experience and sometimes I'm wrong. You have to consider both and its hard. I kind of specialize in the "special" dogs the ones that need more structure or have issues. But I didn't start off doing those doges. I started off with a puppy. If you are unsure if you can handle a dog thats coming straight from a shelter which means only very little is known about that dog. Then ask to do just puppies, owner surrenders or very young dogs to start off with. Grow with what you are comfortable with. Fostering can be so much fun and it can be frustrating but in the end its very rewarding.

Rescues would love to get it right %100 of the time because their are lives at stake but they don't because there are humans and animals in the mix and things can go either way.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

When we submitted our adoption application, I noted that we were interested in a particular dog. Our application was approved so we had a home visit, which was also approved. I was later emailed by a coordinator, and she told me the dog I wanted had already been adopted. I told her that she must be mistaken because I had been watching their website and the dog is still listed as available. She then told me that the dog was still available but another family was interested in the dog and besides she and another coordinator did not feel like we were a good fit for this particular dog. She then offered two other dogs. A female and a male. This made absolutely no sense because I specifically stated that we could not take a male because we already have a male and he does not get along with other males.
We were good enough for the dog(s) they wanted us to have but not good enough for the dog we wanted. Keep in mind, that these two coordinators never met us; all they knew about us is what they read from our application.
It is unfortunate for these sweet babies, but I would not recommend anybody waste their time with these people.
My dogs are well taken care of, spoiled rotten, and showered with love.
All of this took place in December 2015, and it is now March 2016, and the dog we wanted has just been listed as "adoption pending" which, to me, confirms that she was still available when we wanted her. I just hope she was placed with someone who will love and care for her as much as I know we would have.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a misguided organization. The adoption "contract" they want you to sign is not even a contract and not enforceable in any court of law. You cannot adopt out and then retain superior title and hold the adoptive family responsible for all financial--that is called fostering but having the foster family pay for it. The manner in which they run their adoptive organization really deters smart, good dog owners from adopting because no one in their educated right mind would sign this so called contract. I feel sorry for the dogs because then they are not placed in the best situations. I was also told that they will chase you down if they do not get updates from you. That is called harassment. They misuse their resources. It is no wonder they are always in the red. All of it is unethical and not legal. It is a sham.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This company needs to be shut down. It is unfortunate because it is a great cause, but they are extremely unprofessional. PLEASE DO NOT ADOPT THROUGH THIS COMPANY! If i could give no stars, I would.

Six months ago, we adopted a 75 pound 10 month old puppy from BRBR. We were told he was our "perfect match". I have never been a dog owner before, I only weigh 140, and my husband travels every weekend Thursday-Sunday. We live in a small apartment with no yard or doggy door and we have a small dirt dog park across the way. Our coordinator seemed over-eager to give us this puppy. The same day of our home visit, which was a Sunday, we adopted the dog. Our paperwork had not been processed, and technically we had not been approved. My husband and I thought we got lucky, but I'm pretty positive they just wanted to get rid of this dog. We were not offered a trial period, like many other families were. Our puppy chewed up three down comforters, a Savafieh bedroom bench, picture frames, sunglasses, clothing, even vitamins and other things that are extremely unhealthy. No matter, I love this dog. He is a cutie and so sweet. He follows orders and is completely off-leash trained. He listens to me and is perfectly house-trained. My husband and I agreed we were not the right family for our guy five months after adoption (even though I knew it from the beginning). we have been trying for three weeks to return him, but we are being poorly treated. My guy doesn't know his own size or strength and I am not strong enough to handle him. We need him gone, but they claim to have no available foster homes. To top it all off, our coordinator came to take him on a home visit a few days ago and brought him back saying he was trying to bite, he was growling, and he is "unadoptable". We spent a lot of money to give him the best possible training, two weeks of one-on-one. I know he has NEVER been "mouthy", and I have never heard him growl in the six now months I have had him. I am offended and seriously livid. For the sake of space and time, I will not get into details, but I will post my whole story eventually and come back and post a link. I truly feel this company should be shut down and I am not stopping here. I am passionate enough about this to go to BBB, write a blog, many more reviews, and actively pursue this.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We are experienced dog owners and were very specific in requesting a SUBMISSIVE male dog good with other dogs. Things went well when we drove to another state to pick up the dog BRBR recommended for our family, and we brought our new dog home. within a few days there had been several fights between our current dog and our new dog. We were encouraged to continue, and assured it would work itself out. I wrote all the required updates advising the rescue staff of our inability to leave the dogs in the house together, the dominance issues, and trips to the emergency vet. None of my requests for help were addressed, nor did we receive any of the promised support. It has been over a year and the dogs continue to fight. It breaks my heart that the boxer we adopted and love is now back on their site for adoption because he isn't safe in our home. We have agreed to keep him here while waiting for a new family. I couldnt help but notice they are asking $250 for his adoption and requesting people sponsor him. Outrageous! He lives with us and we pay for everything. What a sham. They weren't honest about his behavior. They weren't honest about the support they offered. And they clearly aren't being honest about where the money is going. Shame on them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put the dogs first. Stop making promises they don't intend to keep. Be honest with people. We didn't expect perfection, but we did expect support if something went wrong.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I moved to NC a few years ago and began to look for a group to volunteer for. I had been involved in dog rescue in New England for several years. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue is an organization of the highest quality. They care for all their rescues as if they were their personal dogs. The foster family provides food and flea treatment. The rescue for provide heart worm treatment and all other medical care. The volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds for these poor unfortunate dogs who through no fault of their own have had a tough life. The rescue also screens prospective adopters very throughly. After all the dogs have had more than their share of questionable care. This rescue is of the highest caliber.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I adopted my boxer from Blue ridge. They did an excellent job matching me up to my dog. I was very impressed as its a volunteer based organization only.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Never ceases to amaze me how bad this organization is.

Don't foster or volunteer for them unless you have very deep pockets - because you'll probably never really get reimbursed for those medical expenses they made you pay for for your foster. And you really will need to have a lot of excess money with everything this group expects their fosters to pay for. Monthly flea meds, a new collar and leash to go with them when they are adopted. Medications they don't stock (sometimes you'll get your money back, but don't count on it).

They continually take in dogs when they can't even fully vet the dogs they have in their program. They'll have a dog that needs special surgery but they can't pay for it - but will still continue to take in other dogs. Shouldn't your priority be the dogs you already rescued? And I use the word "rescue" lightly.

They browbeat their volunteers and heap guilt upon them if a dog the coordinators want to pull can't be pulled because "no one stepped up". It's not a matter of stepping up, it's a matter of some foster homes actually knowing their limitations and knowing that they need to be able to care for the dogs they already foster and not take on any more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They should be disbanded. They should lose their non-profit status - they certainly do not have any regard whatsoever for the State of North Carolina's rules and regulations for non-profits because they don't follow them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

What a TERRIBLE ORGANIZATION. I mean, I understand the frustration, but this is how one of the board members and coordinators talks to people/volunteers on their google groups form for all volunteers and foster homes. VERY SAD.

Written by Sonya, coordinator:
I feel like this rescue is crumbling out from underneath me!
If you can foster either of these 2 dogs please email me privately. I really need to find somewhere for them to go by Thursday.
I leave Friday & you guys, I REALLY cannot do rescue while I am away. I simply cannot. So many people seem to throw their husbands in my face, so I just want to say for mine that he puts up with more than I can even explain or that most of you understand & I refuse to let rescue ruin our 1st vacation in 5 years. I am sorry to sound harsh, but I am stressed, overwhelmed & just a little pissed off right now. I hate feeling this way b/c it is not me, I feel like I am going to EXPLODE!!!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are terrible. They are unorganized. They don't always take back returned dogs in a timely manner (which all other rescues do). They browbeat and yell at their fosters and volunteers. They do not do required legal paperwork as required by the State of NC. They do not manage their finances. They are a singularly awful organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything. They need new board members, new management policies, new volunters policies, new everything.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I had a HORRIBLE time with this agency. I said up front what I can and can't work with- NO aggression towards my other dog or cats. The dog I got was a sweet dog one on one, and he loved my dog, but he wanted to nom my cats, and that is UNACCEPTABLE. I had to play animal tetris to keep everyone away from each other. Then I couldnt walk him anymore, because while he liked my dog, he would bust off his collar to try to nom other dogs. I liked him, but I lived alone, and this was beyond my abilities at that time. When I told them after a week he was too aggressive for me and he needed to be moved, it took a week to move him, and they acted like I was irresponsible for requesting a new placement. I was treated pretty poorly for having boundaries and "not giving it enough time" though I was upfront from the beginning. In the meantime, he had horrible worms, I told them that up front, I asked for the funds for medical care, the medical director at that time left for a week to Italy, no one wanted me to take him to the vet until they could get a "good vet deal" it took so long for them to approve him, I then had to treat my own praphylactically treat my own dog, which cost me out of my own pocket, though she had just had her annual checks.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get better organized and do more fundraising.

 
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