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Client Served

Rating: 1

We found some puppies on Petfinder available through Critter Care Adoptions. We submitted the application the same day. We had a terrible time actually making contact with someone from the rescue. We were told the vet in charge would get in touch with us. She did text and ask how late she could call. I stayed up waiting and received no call. This continued for about a week before we finally got in touch and they set up an appointment for a "meet and greet." We had to bring our dog along, which was okay with us. We drove four hours round trip to meet these pups. Our big dog has never been around puppies, so we were curious to see how she would react. We thought she handled it very well. First, the meeting was in a vet hospital. Our dog does not enjoy going to the vet. So I'm sure the smells of the clinic made her uneasy. There were three puppies, the mother dog and three people from the rescue present for the meet and greet. Our dog mostly stepped around the puppies to get a drink of water, then went around the room to meet all the people and get some attention, then sniffed the puppies some more, etc. At one point, one of the pups stood on her hind legs and swatted our dog in the nose. Our dog bared her teeth and backed away. That's all she did. Her way of communicating, "Don't do that." I think that is normal behavior for a dog. We have had dogs for 25 years and adult dogs need to teach pups how to treat them. That 10 second interaction is apparently the reason we were declined to adopt from Critter Care. We were at the meet and greet for approximately one hour and the rest of the time went fine. I had a bad feeling before we even left that they were going to decline us. The vet was critical of the food we feed (Purina) and the flea and tick preventative we use. (My daughter raises money for animal shelters -- almost $8000 in the past four years -- by making homemade pet products and selling them. She make an all-natural flea and tick spray with essential oils. She even brought a bottle to share with Critter Care. The vet's only response was to point out that my daughter spelled "scent" wrong on the label. She's 12. We try to focus on the good she's doing rather than the spelling.)

As I said, we have had dogs for 25 years, adopted from two different shelters in the past, never given up a pet, provided vet records dating back over 14 years . . . and we were declined. So I'm not sure who is actually able to get approved.

My biggest disappointment is not even that they declined us. It's that they strung us along for so long. I had a feeling the day we met the pups they were going to say no. I wish they had just said it instead of stringing us along and making our three kids wait so anxiously to see if they were getting a new pup.

Fortunately, we have already applied to and been approved by another rescue group and we will be going to choose a dog that's a good fit for our family next weekend.

My best advice would be not to waste your time. It's unfortunate because a rescue group obviously has animals that need homes, but it's hard to meet their standards.

1 Kara25

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to take this time to thank Cheryl from Critter Care Adoptions for her hard work in helping to rescue Snickers, a German Shepherd mix. He belonged to a client of mine, but she was unable to keep him due to complications with her living arrangements. Snickers was 2 years old and was not the most well-behaved dog, but was very sweet and just needed some love and attention. My client was going to forfeit him to a shelter, but my fear was that most shelters would immediately put him down due to his behavioral issues. I therefore turned to social media as well as calling every rescue in the area in hopes of locating someone that could help find a home for this sweet boy. Unfortunately, I received very few responses on social media, and was not having any success with rescues calling me back. I then received a call from Cheryl and I immediately could tell from talking with her that she was someone that truly cared about this animal’s safety and well-being. I discussed Snickers’ situation with her at length, and she assured me that she would do everything in her power to help find Snickers a home. Through her relentless efforts, she was able to help find a no-kill shelter that was willing to take Snickers in. While we could not find him his forever home, with Cheryl’s help, Snickers now has a home at a shelter that will take care of him and make sure he is safe until he can be adopted one day. I am truly appreciative of Cheryl’s assistance, which saved Snickers’ life. I can’t thank her enough for all of her help, and would recommend this rescue to anyone trying to help an animal in need. Thank you again for your help Cheryl! I am forever grateful! Kara Burdelski.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First I'd like to say that hoarder 128 is an absolte liar and should be ashamed of herself (I assume it's a woman.). I have known Dr. Haywood for 10 years. Her house does not smell and her mother doesn't live with her so why the blatant lies I have no idea. I'm guessing maybe she turned her down for adoption, probably a bad home. Dr. Haywood is an excellent vet. She spends thousands of dollars of her own money on her fosters. If it's a surgery or treatment she can't do herself the animal goes to PVSEC. She takes in animals with serious health issues and elderly animals. Her vet clinic is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cheryl rigorously reviews adoption applicants, which I believe all shelters wish they had the capacity to do. She works full time as a vet and commits her free time to caring for and finding homes for abandoned and anused animals. Every step of her process was worth having Willie and Scout come in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted a second pet from Critter Care. They really care for their animals and are careful about their placements. We are so grateful for the care they gave to our two pets.

2 Kathy221

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to commend Cheryl from Critter Care Adoptions for the compassion she has for her adoptable furry family members. My friend, Berkleysmom2, adopted a great dog from Cheryl at Critter Care to help spark some life and be a companion for her sick dog, Beemer. RIP Beems. Merlin (aka Berkley) fit in so well with my friend and Beemer. He help Beemer live the last bit of his life with a friend and a companion that made him feel like a puppy again. They were best buds and he kept Beemer motivated to live his remaining time on this earth with spunk and quality. When the time came and Beemer left this earth, Merlin was there for my friend to help her get through the hard times of missing Beemer. He has continued to be Becky's best bud and fill her broken heart with love and happiness.
Cheryl has a very hard job on her hands. She does it very well. She called me as a reference to make sure the Merlin was going to a great home and would be well taken care of and loved. We talked a very long time on the phone and she asked many questions. I had no problems with Cheryl asking about the care and love Merlin would have when Becky adopted him. Cheryl was very professional and cares deeply for the welfare of her fur babies. Only the right home will be accepted. Cheryl may have strict, but very needed qualifications, and in turn this may turn some adopters against her.
Remember....Cheryl is helping lost souls find new homes....it's a very difficult decision to make the best placement happen....her concerns are for the proper fit with adopters and adoptees.....
ALL ADOPTION AGENCIES have their rules and reasons to accept or deny adopters....it's for the best concern of there animals.....they don't want them to be repeat adoptees...

So, please don't be hesitant about contacting Critter Care Adoptions...... you may be hurt and confused about why you're not selected...don't hold a grudge...be understanding and move on...you'll find the right adoption agency.....
these lost souls need your help...not your hurt feelings....don't give up!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 2

DO NOT ADOPT FROM Critter Care I Have adopted six different cats From the Animal Rescue League And Western Humane Society In my lifetime I have never had such a horrible experience with this woman CHERYL Her house stinks to high heavens She sends you through all this paperwork Makes you wait a week or more Then Claim she leaves a message on your answering machine telling you If you are going to get the pet or not but no message was there She is definitely a hoarder of animals She has all these kittens Cats and dogs And her 90 Some year old mother living in this filth that will never be adopted The most worst experience in my lifetime. SHE NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN Definitely Definitely a hoarder Just nasty

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I adopted a lovely and absolutely delightful puppy from Critter Care. While the process was rigorous, I could not be more delighted with my little Stella. I applaud and admire Doc Cheryl and her team for finding ideal environments for these abused and abandoned animals.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I recently adopted an adorable, sweet dog through Critter Care, and have been extremely pleased with the entire process.

Dr. Cheryl has been very kind and thorough, has treated little Willie with incredible kindness and care, and has given us a tremendous amount of guidance and help.

We are very grateful to Dr. Cheryl and Critter care for doing so much to bring this new family member into our lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Cheryl from Critter Care Adoptions Inc. There are so many shelters and rescues, but she went above and beyond to interview myself to make sure that we were the right family for Merlin! She was very honest and pleasant during our meet and greet and did an extensive work up with my references pending the adoption process. My older dog has renal failure and she took time to give me advice and even gave me tips and renal diet dog food. She encouraged different foods and gave me feedback on how I could even further help him with his illness. I was fortunate and adopted a 2 year old Shihtzu/Maltese male who was named Merlin. Her biography on Merlin was absolutely correct! He got along very well with my 5 year old Shihtzu, Beemer, loves car rides, is always by my side and does like to be the top dog in the house. The minute that they hung out, you can see that they would be best buddies:). Cheryl was very kind and drove over an hour an a half to bring Merlin to our home. I know that Cheryl has a special place in her heart caring for all of these animals. Her focus and main goal is to place the animal in the proper care that is best for the pet. I am very appreciative that I found Critter Care Adoptions, Inc. by Google searching what I exactly was looking for. I will absolutely 100% look to Critter Care to adopt another dog from Cheryl in the future. Thanks Cheryl for our follow up conversations and giving me this special little boy, we all just love him!!!!