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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is an unfortunate organization. They were started when they were asked to leave another rescue organization. The reason for being asked to leave was their lack of ethics and their inability to properly care for dogs. Sadly, these practices have continued. In fact, these practices have become the focus of an investigation driven by concerned citizens in the county.

Part of the claims that have been substantiated include the following - 1 - Puppy and Dog Flipping. This organization will contact people on craigslist and offer to take in a dog they are rehoming for free. Following the receipt of the dog, they will not vet the animal, or have proper testing for heartworm and tick born illnesses completed. They will then advertise the dog as available for adoption almost immediately upon receipt of the dog into their care. 2 - Adopting out sick animals. Unfortunately, parvo is a scary illness and - if dogs are not properly cared for - it is easily transmittable (especially to puppies). In the case of this organization, several of the dogs coming into the rescue are adopted out immediately after they arrive. Where other rescues have medical hold time periods post-arrival of a dog to rescue, this organization will adopt dogs out immediately without giving the parvo a chance to surface. As a result, unsuspecting adopters end up with a very sick puppy and the vet bills can mount to thousands of dollar. The rescue takes no responsibility for these animals once they leave - offering no help to these adopters.

In short - think twice before adopting from this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Very thorough and organized!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 times from this wonderful rescue. My application was processed in a timely manner and the rescue communicated with me many times to help me make a decision. Would recommend many others to adopt from pack9!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic rescue. All the volunteers have been very friendly and helpful. We love our newly adopted dog! I would recommend adopting from this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rescue claims to be a non-profit and yes they do have their non-profit status. HOWEVER.... they're adoption fees are standard for any age dog. They do NOT spay/neuter puppies before placing them in homes. They do NOT do home checks. The dogs only get basic vet care. No microchips!! There are no stories of any dogs needing medical care.
The bring hundreds of dogs or I should say PUPPIES from down south up to PA. What about all our local dogs in need of help.
Within 6 months time they have brought in over $100,000 in adoption fees alone!!! Where is all that money going? Into the founders pockets paying for her and her boyfriend to be lazy and sit at their home.

I adopted from them, had a phone interview. Finally got my dogs issues under control after a year. The founder TONYA harassed the hell out of me, threatened me. She also treats her volunteers like crap but they take the abuse for the dogs. I will never return this dog to them she is our family now. They have NOT ONCE checked up to see how she is doing.

This rescue IS making a profit and Tonya and her husband are living a comfortable life of not having to work real jobs. Their "volunteers" do all the work for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I did not find this organization to be helpful when we adopted a dog with fear issue. We were first time adopters and were asked to foster-to-adopt which did not give us an opportunity to meet the dog in a neutral situation. They have some shady practices when it comes to the health and background of the dogs. I contacted the adoption coordinator the day after picking up our dog with concerns for her fear issues and was told to "give it time." However then I was told that I had 5 days to decide if I wanted to keep the dog or not. Have talked to other rescues across the country and this group is in the bottom tier when it comes to their concerns for the dogs and adopters. This group seems to have an agenda to be the largest rescue group in the area and will take any measures - ethical or not - to achieve this. They focus on bringing dogs up from the Southern States however there are many needy dogs locally that they do not seem to care about. We have kept the dog we adopted from them, problems and all. We would never return this dog to them because we do not trust that they would be honest with other potential adopters about her issues. We have adapted and worked with the dog and it is manageable, but has cost us a great deal of money to try to rehab this dog. I was actually kicked of their adopter's Facebook page because I raised some concerns I had with our dog. Another person who adopted one of my dog's siblings had the same negative experience and was also kicked off the Facebook page just because she wanted to volunteer with a different rescue organization. We would never recommend adopting from Pa Caring for K-9s. We just want to spread the word so that others may be aware of potential issues with this adoption group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adopter and was most impressed by how they quickly processed my application. Everyone was thorough and very pleasant. Foster home was clean and they were friendly. We love our new dog! Thank you Pack9!