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Fortunate Pooches & Lab Rescue, Inc.

Rating: 3.4 stars   5 reviews 889

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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Excellent treatment to animals, hard working people, dedicated, educated, compassionate! Their animals have a detailed progressive report, before and after with a detailed track record. The adopter knows exactly where they come from and how they have excelled in this organization.

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

In person by viewing their pets and records - excellent contacts with their veterinary clinics , very picky who they use

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

I would perform more fund raising - they are lacking in funds although they do the best work out there that we have seen - we have visited many shelters - they are the best

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that they interact with the dogs and the dogs get a lot of play time - they also crate train the dog, which makes it easy for the adopter -

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Volunteers were very devoted and honest

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This organization would indeed save animals, and place them in great homes rather then spending money on advertising and salaries! They are a very honest true to colors organization, and they state the truth!

Ways to make it better...

If they were located in a different area maybe - the area neighbors are not friendly - maybe funding and donations would enable them to move to a better, bigger location

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds, they probably need funds to run as it is totally run by volunteers - they should advertise more! They do great work and they are modest to say the least!

One thing I'd also say is that...

The are great and they deserve to be recognized - they also attract excellent quality of people! Great adopters! We have met very nice families at the facility!

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