I bought a dog from this rescue back in 2011. Like every other reviewer, the delivery date had been delayed for almost a month after finalizing the adoption. The only person I communicated with was rodney. I had been looking for a puggle and they had one. From what I was told, she had been in a kill shelter for a week and then sent to golden S rescue due to the fact that the kill shelter called them and asked to take her bc there was nothing wrong with her. Rodney told me that she was "slow to warm up" but fine with people and other dogs. He also told me she had cherry eyes occasionally, but seemed to only pop out when she was around newspaper, which is what they kept in the crate with her as I was told, and would go back into place once massaged in. Finally I received her, after incessantly calling and questioning when I was to receive her. Rodney came by around midnight from South Carolina to New York. As he walked in with her I thought what did i just do. She was looking skinny to the extreme and her bug out cherry eyes weren't helping the situation. Rodney brought her in and she clung to him for the entire ten minutes he was in the house. She was more than just "shy to warm up" she was terrified and untrusting. I was told they were not aware of any abuse in her past history before the kill shelter but didn't know the exact story. I was not prepared for the amount of time and effort that was to come. As Rodney left I had walked my new dog outside to walk him out, and as he drives off I cannot get the dog back inside. She was so skidderish and terrified that as I pick her up (which Rodney told me to do) she nips me in the neck. Rodney told me to calm her down say "it's ok dolly" over and over again. So I did, and finally got her to trust me about 2 hours later. I had 2 other dogs at the time and was living with my parents and two younger brothers..so a big family with a terrified dog. I brought her to the vet and she checked out, was said to be about the age i was told , which was an estimation of about 1.5 years old. After a week of having her, I called golden a rescue several times and left several messages without any reply. I wasn't sure if i wanted to send her back but I wanted to talk to them about her nipping and neuroticness and what I could do to help the situation. She was quite neurotic, to the point where she didn't pee or poop for almost 3 days of having her. She would nip at other people if they touched her without her seeing them or if they woke her up from sleep ( which she did to my 3 yr old cousin who was just gently petting her). She aggressively attacked my parents chicken. She didn't bark at all for the first few months I had her and she would follow me around all day long and was not comfortable being on her own. I was terrified of her at times, scared to pick her up, and it was a hassle having people over. Once my beagle showed her it's ok to bark due to his constant howling, she would bark for hours at anyone who walked in the door or came to drop off packages or mail. For a while, it was a nightmare having her and golden s rescue never responded to me after dropping her off. Long story short, its five years later now, and she is a completely different dog. She's still a bit homely looking and her cherry eyes never popped back into place like I was told but I love her to bits. She is the absolute sweetest little thing, playful, polite, extremely obedient, finally trusting of other people and great with other dogs.. but it took A LONG TIME.. and A LOT of effort to get her to where she is now, with the help of my beagle. She learned a lot of good behavior from observing my beagle and learned how to trust people and interact with people from him (he's a social butterfly). I probably wouldn't have adopted her if I knew all of this from the start but I'm so glad I did bc she's a fantagstic dog now and keeps getting better. She's improved greatly just in this last year after moving with her and my beagle to Austin and getting an immense amount of socialization in the city as opposed to living in the suburbs. I actually wanted to contact the rescue to tell them about how great she is doing now and came across the article about Deborah's arrest and the seizure of the dogs from the rescue. It always seemed a little sketch to me so I am not surprised and I'm glad I got to save one dog from there who could have ended up suffering greatly. Such a shame and disappointment on their behalf.
I guess I was one of the lucky ones, and my Lolita too wow so surprised to hear all these stories. I was looking for them again because I was so happy with the entire process and I love my dog so much, healthy and greedy lol, in all so happy with my baby and was looking for a companion for her.
I was waiting for these people to get caught in their scam. I adopted a "pomchi" from them in 2013 named Chicklet. After paying the adoption fee and making a food donation Rodney brought her to me in MD about 7 days later. He spent 2 mins in the house and he was gone. I have MS and needed a small dog. I took Chicklet to the Vet for a check and he says that is a beautiful Sheltie you have there! Well 3 weeks later she was moving room size rugs had gained 14 pounds and was biting my grandchildren to heard them. I called Rodney broken with a broken hear and explained he needed to pick her up because I could not care for such a large dog. He swore she was a pomchi and reluctantly picked her up never offered an exchange and of course i saw nothing of my money. I often wonder what happened to that sweet little girl.
I am so sad to hear that Golden S turned into what it did. We adopted our dog through Golden S five years ago and had a terrific experience. We received our dog's full medical history, abuse and rescue story as well as a follow up story regarding the person who abused her. Rodney delivered her to us in MD within a week. The owner was responsive and Rodney was friendly. Our experience was so positive that my best friend also adopted from them...also a positive experience. Honestly, I would have given them five stars if it weren't for the fact that our pure bred Boxer puppy ended up being a Boxer/Rottie mix--however, that was the risk we took when choosing to rescue. They gave no guarantees regarding breed--just educated guesses. My experience, as well as my friend's isn't a gimmick or marketing post by Golden S insiders. It is real. That said, most of the positive posts are from several years ago. Perhaps Golden S experienced financial problems and just didn't know when to throw in the towel. Whatever it was, it's not OK to go from being the rescuer to being the problem. They should have known better than anyone if animals were malnourished or suffering. So sorry to see the demise of a once reputable group. Even sadder to learn that they prolonged the animal's suffering.
Woah. So glad to hear this person was arrested. Dealing with this place was an absolute nightmare.
I'm sure we must've done a little research before adopting, but apparently not enough! First of all, my husband and I were in the process of moving into a new house. We had an elderly jack russell terrier and were looking for a calm, friendly, docile dog to keep him company (between the age of 1-4). We fell in love with the photos of a few pups but decided on one in particular. We were assured that she was super friendly with adults, children and other dogs, house broken (which I took with a grain of salt) and most definitely crate trained. Yeah... Not so much. Like other reviewers mentioned, Rodney kept pushing the date of the delivery back. Something told me maybe we should just cancel it because it just started to give us an uneasy feeling. Finally, one day in July '12 he was making a few drop offs in the Northeast and was really scheduled to bring her to us (this time). MIDNIGHT. He showed up at MIDNIGHT. It was pitch black outside and he just handed us her leash, we gave him some leftover bbq, and he left. 10 min max. Imagine our surprise when the dog REFUSED TO WALK THE 5 STEPS UP TO OUR FRONT DOOR. We called him and told him she just wouldn't do it (mind you, she was way over the age of 1 that they told us she was and she was some kind of shepherd, rottie mix and enormous, not the lab mix they claimed).His suggestion was to just pull her up the steps. Thanks. We tried coaxing her with food and by 1 am, we wound up just pulling her up the steps. We called and spoke to them about her skittishness, her trouble with the stairs, and all other concerns and they were no help. She would jump on our window sills and bark day and night, she REFUSED to go in her crate, and she eventually bit our elderly dog. That of course was the last straw and called and demanded that they take her back. More excuses, more scheduling conflicts. The week it took for them to come get her was the longest week of our lives.
One day I was making coffee and let her in our yard. Alone for maybe 4 minutes, and she escaped. Luckily I left a collar and leash on her (because she had gotten off the leash once before) and was able to grab her leash before she got off our block. Problem was, her collar was a little loose and she still refused to go up our front steps (or go anywhere, very scared) so I was stuck outside with this dog for HOURS. I finally got a neighbor to hold her leash so I could run inside to get my phone to call my husband. I wanted the dog gone that day. We were prepared to board her until they finally came to get her. Instead, my husband called a local dog trainer to try to get her in the house. That didn't work and she got off the leash and ran. It took my husband, the dog trainer and animal control to grab her. Animal control took her and we called the woman from the rescue (she was on the phone for part of this nonsense and her fantastic advice was to put her on speakerphone so the dog could hear her and calm down. Thanks). She was furious that we gave the dog to animal control and we told her to just go get the dog and take it home LIKE SHE SAID SHE WOULD A WEEK PRIOR). We spoke to animal control and they spoke to her and she was all dramatic and hysterical saying we killed the dog by giving it to them. The guy from animal control basically told her if she wants the dog, then she needs to come get it. End of story. Apparently they did. Of course we were never returned our $200. They are NOT a rescue. They have no idea what they are doing with these dogs. That dog should never have been adopted out. After we had her, Rodney finally admitted she was not 1, but more like 3.5 and had been living in a field at the "rescue" since she was a pup. No wonder she was terrified of the stairs and our house - she'd never been in one! This review is long but doesn't even come close to explaining the terror we felt for ourselves and our other dog whilst living with that large, scared, aggressive dog. I'm thankful that she's been arrested (Rodney was no better IMHO). Hopefully they'll never be allowed near animals again and will never be able to scam another innocent family. We wound up adopting from Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn. We got a pup a few weeks after this whole thing happened. We could not be happier. I guess things happen for a reason :)
I tried to adopt a dog from Golden S and initially received great lip service about when the delivery would be. The date kept slipping and as time went by, Rodney became less and less helpful to the point of being rude and insulting when I finally asked for my $200 deposit back after almost one month passed without my getting my dog. I finally adopted out of state and had PETS LLC ship a dog up from Georgia on time and on schedule. Golden S Rescue being arrested for pet neglect somehow seems fitting. They are not what a rescue is supposed to be.
I adopted a year old maltese poodle mix. Or so I thought. I started the adoption process in September of 2013 and didn't get my dog until October 31 2013. The date was delayed and delayed and of course Rodney was late on the day of the drop off. He arrived with my dog, who turned out to be a jack russell yorkie mix. The dog was sick with a cough and worms when I got her. I immediately took her to the vet and got medicine for her so thankfully she is OK but the vet said that she had not been sick for just a few days like Rodney claimed. When he arrived, Rodney didn't have any paperwork for the dog so she had to be re vaccinated. I kept asking Rodney for the paperwork. He kept claiming that it was on its way. But i still have yet to receive it.
I love my dog and I am so happy to have rescued her. But there is no surprise to hear about the conditions of the rescue and the arrest of the owner.
I adopted a pet from Golden S Rescue in 2011 and he was supposed to be 4 1/2 years old. I made sure to adopt a pet that age as my prior dog had diabetes and without insurance it would have been costly. Pet insurance requires a dog under 8 years old.
Rodney and I had a discussion about picking up my dog on the New York State Thruway. I drove to the site of the supposed pick up, a stop on the highway. The destination and time kept changing and finally I ended up alone in a dark parking lot that seemed to be close to a state facility for criminals. It felt unsafe and I went alone as a woman. About 4 hours late, Rodney arrived and my dog was stuffed in a cat crate with 4 others dogs, crates on top of each other, in a compact car back seat.
There were no papers along with the dog. He was not fed or drank on the 17 hour trip as Rodney said he was unable to stop along the road. He said my dog whined the whole way and that he was a pain. I only received the dog, nothing else. And he was in bad shape, needed a bath and to be cared for and he seemed hungry and thirsty.
Rodney said he would send the papers and tags as soon as he got back. He did not and I began to harass Golden S for his tags and papers. A month later they arrived and the papers that were originally with the dog upon relinquishment stated that the dog was 9 years old. I called and complained. I was angry about the false statement. Rodney said he would come and pick up the dog if I don't want it. I said I would not let him near my dog. Cut the losses. His response to the fact the dog was 9 instead of 4 was, "Doesn't he look 4?".
When I brought my dog to the vet, he was affirmed as 9 years old with congestive heart failure. They were not honest with me. My dog, Max, is the best dog in the whole world and I would not trade him for anything. He is doing well. Costly but I love him and I would never send him back. His later years he will be well cared for.
I feel blessed that I saved him from the horrors of their rescue attempts. Obviously, the intentions might have been honorable with the animals from the start, but when things started reeling out of control, both Owner and Rodney, should have sought help and gone public with their inability to care for the animals.
Deceit is never a good tactic for a business. It does come to get you at some point and time. I hope these rescued animals do not remain in the care of the shelter and the Judge releases them for good homes and love. They deserve it.
So sorry to hear all these horror stories. When I adopted my dog three years ago, I picked him up and everything there seemed fine. The owners seemed caring and the animals I viewed appear well nourished and cared for.
I pray the judges of Anderson County do the right thing and shut this hell hole down for good. This so called rescuer is nothing but a menace to elderly, sickly and shelter victims. Yes the animals in her care are VICTIMS OF SLOW DEATH. To rescue is not to take shelter animals from a bad situation only to place them in a worse situation. RESCUE is much more than "pulling" an unwanted animal from a shelter only to be tossed outside in a kennel. SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN FOR GOOD. She literally robbed animals and adopters of money. Shame shame. March 31 2013 is her court appearance and I pray she does not get any animals back.