GEORGEANNS HOMELESS HOUNDS & FOSTER PROGRAM OF FLORIDA INC
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Location: Weeki Wachee FL 33709 USA
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So, here's the deal. Giving up a beloved pet is incredibly sad, upsetting and difficult on levels only true animal lovers understand. No matter the circumstances, another animal needs a safe place where s/he is loved and cared for. Even the best rescues cannot claim 100% success with every rescue; but those rescues save every single one they can and give 100% of themselves to give that animal a shot at a good life. I met GeorgeAnn and George many years ago while working in the veterinary field. I had my own rescue and worked in that field for 17.5 years. I knew them when they had their rescue in St. Pete in their home. After a couple of instances where previous owners showed up drunk causing a disturbance in their neighborhood (long after that pet was re-homed in better circumstances than ever before), they decided they do not have to run their program that way. Since moving to their new location, I have been there literally at least 70 times over the years, some visits being last minute rescues. Every single time I went, there was a new fence, a new shelter. Not only have I been there, but I had a specialist and veterinary technicians there accompanying me before to help them save a cow. Yes, part of their program has been for rescued farm life as well. I personally know the veterinarian they use and other community people with whom they network. I have never seen a problem, have been on their property and in their home. I have interacted with them personally many, many times over the years. When they needed me professionally, they called on me to help. They call their veterinarian when needed. Now, to address where they meet people. Their home is closed to the public and open by personal invitation only. When they once made an exception for a previous owner for me, the woman wanted to bring a t-shirt that smelled like her and wanted to make sure her dog was adjusting okay. She came twice with me. Each time, upon their leaving, the dog went into a deep depression and didn't eat for 3 days. Sad and unhealthy for the animal. Previous owners, despite the heartache of the circumstances they find themselves in, need to let go. In addition, being open by invitation only is a safety issue for all involved. These are two people who have dedicated their entire lives to helping animals. They give up their entire lifestyle to do so. It is extremely hard work and I hold them in very high regard. Those people who talk smack, based on nothing but conjecture and speculation and vicious rumors need to stop. True rescue is only effective if people work together. If you aren't willing to be a part of the solution, then just walk away.
This last post was done by a person who has no reson to make such a statement. They are hatefull godless persons. They have no idea how many animals they have just killed by there hatefull post. We have always stood behind our puppies and kittens if the proper paper work was sent to us. This person has no idea how to run a rescue or how we cry when we lose a puppy or kitten. Orhow many we have placewho have had a chance at having a good life instead by there posting they would keep apuppy or kitten from having that change. This persone is the real killer of these animals and dose not care one bit for the people like us who give them that chance. They concern them selves only with money and project themselves as been concerned with animal welfare.
WHAT is going on with this adoption place??? I was considering adopting from them myself... But The reviews are heart wrenching. I literally almost cried after reading the one about the puppy DYING in her arms after days of IV treatments and syringe feedings. I've never been there, but Something is def wrong at this 'Georgannes' place. I can tell from the people's posts- to the owners responses, that there's validity here. I think they need to be inspected and most certainly George and Georgeanne Sheila need to do this ::
Consider in your heart and mind that one day... Maybe not far from today, you will take your last breath. All that you have done will pass before your eyes ... You'll see the pain you've caused these people and feel a heavy guilt that you cannot imagine. Your last thoughts before leaving this world will be ...wishing you had made better choices. Now really, do you think it's wise to cause so many people and animals heart break over a few hundred bucks?
Just remember, you can't take that money with you, when God calls your name. You may only take the memories of who you were in this world. Now go look in the mirror.
Are you happy with what kind of person you are?
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Worst decision I have made in years. These people wanted to meet in a wallgreens parking lot. I thought it over and didn't like it, but said hey, your saving a puppy and paying a decent price right... so I did it. Bad mistake! Packed my two kid up for the hour and a half ride. We met George and georgeannesheila with the pups. after about 25 min. of deciding, I go to my truck parked next to theirs to get the cash, while georgeSheila hands over a squirming puppy to my 5 yr old daughter. She drops the puppy. They say "thats it, were done." They pick the pup up, don't even look at it to see if its hurt, put the dog into the crate, and start to back out. So I say hey what did we do? George screams "you EFFING dropped my dog on the ground." Who screams the eff word at a 5 yr old? why would you hand over Your puppy to a 5yr old and not make sure it was safe? Why did we meet on the back of a pickup in a parking lot? So many questions. This would have been my 4th German Shep. to live with me since 1978. Don't waste your time with these jokers. It's 10pm, my kids are still crying over this. Thanks professionals...
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After losing our 9 yr old toy poodle a year ago after her rabies shot, I posted what I was looking for on Adopt A Pet. I have been notified many times of a possible match but it was never what I was looking for until this past weekend. There she was, the little Pom/ Poodle teacup. I called the number to Georganns Homeless Hounds and spoke with her and her hubby. I discussed the 4.5 hr trip and the puppy with my hubby and called them back that evening to schedule an appointment to come and see her. I met them in Sugar Mill and immediately fell in love with our tiny new puppy. I did as I was instructed and got back home with our new little one all safe and sound and she was hungry when she got here. She has eaten well and eliminated normally and we are thrilled to have her in our home here on the ranch. She is so cute and healthy and happy and fun. She won our hearts and we are so happy that we stepped out in faith and met two wonderful animal loving people. I commend you for your work and passion to rescue animals and am happy to have met you both. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience and keep up the good work! Hugs, Marsha
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Thank You Ladies for your posting. Everone can now tell that this is a family of 3to4people and thier little freinds who are Disgruntled with our Rescue/Foster program and who are posting gargage to discredit us with no proof sent to us.and that nothing we could do will make them feel Better.
To great Non-Profits,
You have allowed people to post the proper name of a person who has nothing to do with Georgeanns Homeless Hounds this could and may result in a law suit againts you and your company.
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I am originally sunflower93 but had to make a new one for everyone to actually see this. This is towards "snowbrid". When you say that a vet is supposed to call the shelter/lady that I adopted my puppy from and tell them that my puppy is sick with parvo.. please just stop and ask yourself that question again. Why should my EDUCATED vet that I visited 2 times a day for a week have to call the so called "vet" I spoke to on the phone and tell him hey this puppy is sick with parvo? That is ridiculous. That is the reason he is a REAL vet because he told me that my pup was sick with parvo, giardia, hookworms, etc. But the "vet" I spoke to on the phone had no idea and still claimed the puppy had her shots. Bullshit, the puppy had nothing in her body. No food, no water, no medicine, no shots. My friend is a vet assistant and took one look at her and told me how sick my puppy was and these so called professionals that deal with animals everyday couldn't see that? This shelter is a joke. Why doesn't anyone see that? Most of these complaints are from people whose animals died (like my puppy) or are very sick. Oh and when I called "Georgeann" (real name is Sheila Brewer) she told she to "shut the hell up" and passed the phone to some guy who claimed to be the vet and told me that my vet should of called him.. Well that doesn't seem right that a vet should have to call another vet, I'm sorry. So the "vet" got mad because I found out the little game they are playing with the fake papers showing the dog had her shots. He finally hung up on me. Real professional, I know. No other vet would hang up on a customer, am I right? So "snowbrid" everything you just said is irrelevant. Sorry to tell you the truth.
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This post is in response to animalgirl56. This reply is rather lengthy too because I wanted to explain what transpired as you seem to be a reasonable and educated person. I am sure you know that there are always two sides of a story. I am the mother of sunflower93 and I was there when we met “Georgeann” to adopt the puppy on a Sunday afternoon. My daughter was elated when she saw the puppy and instantly decided to take it. We believe in the goodness of people that care for animals and did not think anything further about the whole “adoption” process. My daughter paid her $200 in cash, but did not get a receipt. (If this organization is non-profit, we should get a receipt so the donation can be claimed on the income tax return.) The puppy seemed fine, rather small for a Rottweiler mix, but very tired on the car ride home. Once we got home one of my daughter’s friends who is a vet assistant saw the puppy and immediately asked “what is wrong with the puppy?” We didn’t know what she meant but she said the puppy looks listless and she pulled up the fur and it stayed up – a sign of dehydration. We immediately gave the puppy some water. A few minutes later the puppy had diarrhea. We thought it is the result of the deworming the puppy had a week earlier. The puppy slept a lot the following day (Monday); did not want to eat, only drank water and continued to have diarrhea. It started to vomit early the next morning (Tuesday) and we immediately took her to our vet. When he saw the puppy, his first comment was “This is a very sick puppy.” He tested the puppy for Parvo with the ELISA test and it came back as a strong positive. (I have a picture of the test result on my cell phone.)
When I got home from the vet, I immediately called “Georgeann.” She did not answer and I left a voicemail on her phone. I left a message to inform her that the puppy was diagnosed with Parvo and asked her to call me back. I left two phone numbers, however, I never received a return phone call. My message was very polite; I did not accuse her of anything nor did I ask for the money back. I wanted to make sure that she knew that one of her puppies has Parvo so she could make necessary arrangements to protect the other dogs. (What would “Georgeann” have done? Give us the $200 back or offer us another puppy?).
Anyway, we took two trips per day to the vet’s office for IV hydration with Lactated Ringers, injections of Vitamin B and injections with different antibiotics. After two days she seemed to get better; started to eat something, but then on the third day (Thursday) declined again. Then the vet tested her for intestinal parasites – the results were that she was infested with Giardia, Coccidia, and hookworms. We continued IV hydration treatment, antibiotic and Vitamin injections and deworming medicine, however, the puppy got weaker and weaker. After six days of intensive treatment, she died in my arms. I also have to add that the whole week we fed her every hour with a syringe because she did not want to eat. She did not gain an ounce. It was the vet’s opinion that she got over the Parvo virus, but her little body was so weak and malnourished right from the beginning that she could not fight off the intestinal parasites. Her tongue and gums were white, a sign of anemia, but she died before we could drive her to the emergency vet clinic for a blood transfusion. We spent $500 on vet bills with several discounts from the vet because I think it became a personal quest for him to save that cute little puppy.
On another note – the puppy was a Rottweiler mix and 7 weeks old. Now I do not know with what she was mixed, but a 7 week old Rottweiler should weigh approx. 10 lbs. Our little puppy only weighed 2.6 lbs. when we got her. She was obviously malnourished and dehydrated when we got her from “Georgeann.” If she really cares for animals, then she has to make sure they get adequate food and water. My daughter called her right after the puppy died and I agree that it was a bad time to call her. She did not scream at her but was visibly upset. “Georgeann” passed the phone to the “owner and vet” and after saying a few words to my daughter he hung up on her.
Further, after examining the Exam Check List from “Georgeann,” this paper does not seem legit. It looks like everything was checked off as normal on a blank Exam Check List, labels for Parvo and canine distemper vaccines were attached, deworming medicine was written in on the bottom and then a copy was made. On the copy only the dates and initials are handwritten in with a pen. The labels for the Parvo and canine distemper vaccines are copied, so how do we know the puppy really received these vaccines? Also, there are only initials from a “MB”. Shouldn’t there be a name of a vet with the license number listed on the exam check list? Who is MB? If MB is a vet, then he needs to list his full name and license number on that paper.
You also wrote in your post that there was another Rottweiler puppy left and the adopter possibly backed out when reading the reviews. “Georgeann” told my daughter that she was getting the last puppy. Then on another note, my husband has a personal friend who used to work for Animal Control and is now an investigator for animal fraud. He stated that according to his database, there were a lot of complaints filed against “Georgeann.” You even admitted that several animal control agencies investigated this organization but all claims were unfounded. Well, if you run a good and legit RESCUE organization, then there should not be ANY complaints at all.
Sunflower93 and PUPPYLOVER101 are two different people with the same heart breaking experience. If “Georgeann” is really interested in making this situation right, then post a reply and we will attempt to call her again. Like I mentioned before, what would she do? Give us the $200 adoption fee back, reimburse us for the $500 vet bills, or give us another Rottweiler mix puppy? Our home has to be disinfected with a 1:30 bleach solution; we should not adopt another puppy for several weeks or even months as the virus is very difficult to get rid of.
To all the ones who have bad things to say about this foster pogram you should realy thank about what you are doing with no facts. If you close a rescue down you have sent a lot of kids to there death. Then if you are going to say provo you should have the vet. prove it. It could be nothing other then hooks, rounds or tapes. One case they told the parent it was parvo and all it was coxceida or gardia so for 45,00 dollars the puppy was find. And i could go on and on but why?Most of the time people that wright these bad thimgs never wright back and say they were wrong. Most of all this web page was made for peple who had a good repore with a rescue or foster pogram not for a knock page. And you had only two puppies with suposid provo what about the rest of the puppys that are happy and healthy and there was 6 rotties & 5 rotties/mixies. Why are they not dead? And were is the proof your puppys are? Oh because you say so. Most of the time a vet.would call when there is a break out , so the group can get help for the rest of the anaimls in the homes. So with that you ladies have a good day.
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This response is rather lengthy, but I feel compelled to defend Homeless Hounds against the claims made by sunflower93 and PUPPYLOVER101. I am very familiar with Georgeann’s Homeless Hounds and hope that you will read this before allowing such negative feedback to keep you from adopting from this wonderful foster/rescue.
First off sunflower93, you did not BUY a puppy, you adopted one. As far as meeting in a Walgreens parking lot, where do both of you find the problem with that? Why would you risk having an unknown person(s) come to your home? I sure wouldn’t. There are several other rescues that meet in the same parking lot because of it being public and well lit. Also, PUPPYLOVER101, you met her in Homosassa because that’s where you were told the adoption was to take place, which you knew from the beginning. That statement makes no sense whatsoever.
Secondly, to claim that both puppies had Parvo is ludicrous and ignorant, and PUPPYLOVER101, why would anyone in their right mind even adopt a puppy when you “noticed that she didn’t look well?” I saw both litters of puppies and all of them were healthy, well cared for, never socialized with other dogs or each other, and came from a very clean environment. If your puppies had Parvo, every puppy in those litters, as well as any other puppies in the same environment, would be dead instead of having healthy and happy lives in their new homes, all save one. The last puppy was supposed to get his home, but the adopter backed out at the last minute. Hopefully, it wasn’t because she read your shameful posts.
Parvo is contracted from oral contact of infected feces and usually takes 5-10 days, and even up to 2 weeks to show up. A serum test (ELISA) can be performed for a quick diagnosis, but false negatives do occur. The more precise tests are required at outside laboratories. It’s protocol for the vet who diagnosed the illness and/or animal control to contact the rescue, which didn’t happen. So how is it that your puppies, from two different healthy litters, were diagnosed with Parvo seemingly overnight? Were the puppies hospitalized, hydrated or given antibiotics or some other type of medication? Did you get death certificates? Since this is such a serious virus, there is no way, sunflower93, that your puppy would “seem to be getting a lot better and now it looks like she has only a couple hours left to live.” Another parent who adopted from the same litter took their puppy to the vet and had a Parvo test run. There was no sign of the virus.
Thirdly, sunflower93, that woman’s name is Georgeann and she would never ADOPT out a sick puppy. If you’re going to make malicious and vindictive claims, then at least get your facts straight. The only awful and nasty people in these scenarios are the two of you. I’ve dealt with very few people who love and care for their animals like she does. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society of Pinellas, SPCA of Hernando County, Hernando County Animal Control along with several veterinarians have established that any adverse claims made against her rescue/foster program were UNFOUNDED. You can get a copy of the report from Hernando Co. Animal Control. Even Connie Brooks, executive director of the SPCA Largo, along with a cruelty officer, went out to Georgeann’s property in response to a false claim and found absolutely nothing wrong.
I happen to know that at the end of each adoption, she tells the adopter that if they have any problem with their puppy to call her immediately, and she will attempt to resolve the situation in any way that she can. However, what both of you did was call and start screaming at her after the so-called events (PUPPYLOVER101, I’d hang up on you too if all you did was scream at me). Making sure that both the puppy and adopter are happy is of the utmost importance to her. What I would really like to know is why you two didn’t behave like mature and sensible adults, call Georgeann immediately, and try to work things out with her instead of attacking her in such a hateful manner?
So, each of you adopted a puppy from a different healthy litter approximately 10 days apart; they both became ill and diagnosed with Parvo within a day or so; they both died suddenly; Homeless Hounds should be shut down; and both of these claims were posted on the same day. It almost appears that both of these posts were scripted—just an observation.
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After reading the malicious allegations made against Homeless Hounds I was absolutely stunned. By the way, for those of you who don't know what an allegation is, it means that you asserted that something was true WITHOUT PROOF! Not one shred of evidence has ever been presented to back up your ridiculous claims, which are just vicious and cowardly. Your actions are nothing but a witch hunt out to destroy one of the best rescues I've ever dealt with. Oh, and let's not forget that her lawyer offered hush money, which is a statement too inane to dignify with a response.
You people say that closing down rescues is for the good of the animals. What about those legitimate rescues you take pride in shutting down? When they're no longer operational, you tell me how many animals are "saved" when good rescues aren't there to take them anymore?
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the lengths in which this exceptional and compassionate couple will go in order to make sure an animal has the best possible care and love.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
do absolutely nothing. Far be it for me to even think I could do a better job than George and Georgeann.
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My purpose was and is to bring unwanted animals to Homeless Hounds, including those that have disabilities. George and Georgeann don't even hesitate to take those with special needs.
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My donations are given to help with the care of the animals until they can find a forever home.
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That anyone can rest assured that Homeless Hounds will take care of all an animal's needs, including lots of love.
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