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Fortunate Pooches & Lab Rescue, Inc.

Rating: 4.27 stars   11 reviews 959

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Education


PO Box 1296 Palatine IL 60078 USA


Education, in respect to animal welfare. Development of educational programs. 


Education and participation of children in animal welfare

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Reviews for Fortunate Pooches & Lab Rescue, Inc.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Great people great dogs and we love them! We have two great black labs from them and we just updated their pictures on FB great with kids and fantastic labs!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Did not find the review from cutofflady helpful I contacted the rescue as I work for a non profit and they pointed this dog out to be a dog by the name of Allie and min pin mix. This little dog is sweet and has been readopted to a compassionate family. The dog came back smelling of cigarette smoke and this lady said she discovered that she does not like dogs! Thank god this dog came back immediately. The rescue does give credits for six months but would not readopt to this lady and she is on a DNA list. FPALR is an excellent rescue and they save many many dogs!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Review from SamCar1 is not helpful! Does not serve any purpose! This is a rescue and this person seems to think they are better than anyone including the rescue vets. I am an adopter and pointed out this review to the rescue as they did not know and this person adopted Libby a dog that was pregnant and delivered puppies and was a golden. This dog could not be spayed after a period of time nor could she have gotten HW treatment + this person expected the kill shelter to do a HW test...Lady shelters are kill shelters and only kill! Glad you live in your own world!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted my 3d dog from this organization over the course of 14 years! Love them!
The group now is very established with a great group of people. I adopted Simba a cat and Allie a
min pin mix. Poor Allie the previous adopter decided that she is not a dog person! and made up all of these bad stories about Allie the little precious dog. Allie loves people kids and other dogs and cuddles with my cat and my Poodle! Love this organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating and supporting this organization for the past 14 years! Love them!
I have referred many adopters! They spay and neuter for low income and they have spayed a cat
from a woman that could not afford 300. It turns out the cat was pregnant at one time and had an infection. This person was so lucky to have this rescue , help her cat by using the services of their veterinary clinic and to pay for it. Excellent Excellent organization in many ways!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is excellent in every way! They always go the extra mile and the adopters are part of the family. As an adopter and a volunteer for another organization which I have been with for 10 years , I found my pet here.
I happened to read the last two comments and asked the key people in regards to Libby - a yellow lab golden, this person was rude with the foster mom, and declined all vets as they were of different nationality and chose to use their own vet. Of course their vet loved to pocket 1000+ for the dog and did not even perform the treatment right. No organization refunds money or pays the regular vet fee. This organization refunds adoption fees and they always take their animals back. However a ridiculous person should go on the do not adopt list. The comment written by the second person is an irate volunteer who was asked to leave that runs an organization that is not even non profit or 501c3. But in any case I am sure the organization was happy to take the dog back as it was in the hands of an irresponsible person, especially if it was biting left and right and non stop!

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Rating: 1 stars  

i adopted a dog from them back in April. I had problems with the dog and never was able to contact anyone of if i left a message they never called back.. Finally I got ahold of someone and they didn't want to take the dog back Finally in May they agreed to take the dog back after it attacked my neighbors their dogs and children and destroyed my wall. They knew nothing about this dog. I am out of the money I spent to adopt this dog I would never adopt from them again

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Rating: 1 stars  

This shelter cannot afford to make good on any promises or contracts, and will not honor vouchers to spay/neuter, etc. Once you drive away with your new best friend, good luck.

We were fortunate to make it through the vetting process and adopt a new mom dog who had been brought here with a number of other dogs from South Carolina. We were told she was cat friendly (we have 2 inside cats).

As it turns out, our dog is so afraid of cats that she either cowers if she thinks they're near, or, as my deep scars will attest, attacks them. We have spent hundreds of dollars for training, an interior gate and portal system to give the pets a modicum of freedom, and numerous training & psychological items to allay her fears. We now have two scared cats as well!

The foster keeper gave us a certificate for a heartworm test and spay. She emphasized that the org did not pay for, nor support, the pre-op testing. In fact, the foster mom stressed what an unnecessary money grab pre-op testing is.

The dog couldn't be spayed for quite a while post-partum, so we put her in behavior training in the meantime. When we went for her spay at a clinic that accepted their voucher, we did, indeed, pay for the pre-op blood work. It revealed heartworm disease. Through a number of emails, the foster mom and shelter's leader admitted that many of the dogs in this convoy also had heartworms. If you look at the national map of heartworm frequency, South Carolina is the reddest, densest area by far.

The shelter 's leader claimed to have made multiple attempts to call us to discuss the matter, though it is perfectly clear that she never did. Phone records don't lie.

We set out on a thousand-dollar course of treatments, which the shelter's leader also bad-mouthed, claiming the medicine was so cheap and the markups ridiculous, not taking into account everything else that is required for safe administration. She touts her vast knowledge of animal care, yet derides DVM's diagnoses and treatment plans.

In an email she offered a $250 refund against our costs. Four months later and no further replies to our emails, we have nothing to offset the treatment costs, not to mention the discomfort our dog's been through and the constant drama our family endures.

To wit, our dog is now ready to be spayed and the clinic that would otherwise have done the procedure isn't doing business with the shelter due to unpaid bills. Now, keep in mind that our stray adoptee gave birth to 8 puppies who also need to be altered, but this shelter's practices and finances will not prevent most of these 9 dogs from making even more stray or abandoned dogs. Go figure. Our altruistic attempt to save a poor, knocked-up dog who was rumored to be healthy (as opposed to getting a mill dog who's been spayed, free of heartworms, documented or trained to cope with other pets, etc.) is a great dog -- don't get me wrong -- but we're nearing two grand in 9 months in fixit's for a $300 stray.

This is a deceptive, lying runaway outfit that finds beautiful, if sick, dogs, yet cannot make good on their core mission -- in at least 9 cases -- and are actually helping to perpetuate the cycle of unwanted animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

While we found many organizations out there that are not NFP in search of our dog, we were happy to see that this organization is ethical and excellent to their clients. Paws Chicago sets this as an example and very few smaller rescues follows this. They are abusing the system.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic organization, in existance for 9 years. They guarantee the health of the dog and always respond to their clients. The go above and beyond even if the expense is high, and somehow they manage. Donate to this organization and volunteer for them.

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