SOUTHERN STATES DACHSHUND RESCUE

Rating: 2 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 823 Cherokee Ave % Diane Irwin Nashville TN 37207 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a foster mom and "foster failure" for AADR, all I can say is that they are an amazing charity doing amazing things! They take dogs that have been tossed away like garbage and rehab them into loving family pets. They give dogs that otherwise would have never had a chance at life the opportunity to live the life they deserve! We have fostered 13 dogs for them and have adopted two of our fosters. We have driven countless transports and even rescued a few mistreated dachshunds in our community. Diane Irwin has nothing but the best interest of these dogs at heart! Only the very best homes get approved for adoption and if that hurts some feelings along the way, so sorry! Don't let your dog off leash, keep them UTD on shots and heartworm, don't give dogs away and treat them like your own kids. That's the simple road to being an adoptive dachshund parent.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I adopted a blind dog from them that was sweet from the beginning but after awhile started attacking my other dog. I tried for 3 months to make it work and it did not. Finally the last straw was when the dog had its teeth clamped around my other dogs throat and I had to slap her to get her off and she then went after me. Per their contract, I returned the dog instead of trying to adopt her out to someone else. I checked their website and noticed that they had the dog listed for adoption again and it said that she could be with other dogs. I emailed the president of the rescue organization and told her they should not place the dog with a home that has another dog. She came back at me with horrible emails that I can show to anyone that would like to see them. She said instead of slapping the dog I should have gotten a spray bottle and filled it with water and sprayed the dog instead. I did not have time to do anything like that as the dogs teeth were around my dogs throat. She had also bit her a couple days earlier on the ear and drew blood. My emails to Diane Irwin were very nice and I was very concerned. Her responses were awful. It was a very bad experience.

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

They need to listen to what people are saying before someone gets hurt from these dogs that bite.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

An open letter to all rescuers and drivers,

It's with the experience of trying to get the hours I spent driving/ transporting rescued doxies from this rescue signed-off on that I requested that I be removed from all volunteer and contact lists from AADR (aka SSDR).

I have spent well over 200 hours on the road, many of which were pulling, transporting, rehabilitating, and vetting non-purebred dogs or dogs that had been put on euthanasia lists, all on my own dime and not with any accredited rescue organization; I've done it because it's the right thing to do.

Over the course of the last 9-12 months I have rescued (and placed in fantastic, third party 501c3 approved homes) 14 animals, driven over 5 transports for AARD, some at totally unreasonable hours, having met drivers in TN, and throughout Florida, to get rescues to rescue and forever homes. Of 5 runs that I volunteered my time energy and gas mileage to AADR, only 15 hours and 40 mins. were accepted as a result of the nit picky, neuroticism of the sign off process. At a certain point I stopped volunteering. I jumped through every hoop just to get those hours signed off on, sending and resending documents that had already been sent. The power differential between my position as a volunteer driver in need of community service hours and between the position within the organization was made quite evident to me in several email exchanges.

For the time and energy it that it took to scrutinize my integrity and the volunteer hours on my service sheet, several dogs could have been networked or fundraised into rescue from both my end and the end of AADR.

I've had a horrible, shaming, and very demeaning experience. Having asked the AADR president to sign off on the community service hours (for a personal and traumatic situation that resulted in a legal action against me by a pet insurance company from the state of California in purchasing pet insurance for my own beloved animals, without absolutely zero financial or other gain) I have been made to feel dishonest, ashamed, and belittled as a volunteer and fellow rescue-worker. I have and continue to drive for many other rescue organization across the U.S and have had similar experiences, having worked in a high kill shelter in Mississippi, as it comes to the control and marginalization of other rescue workers and volunteers in the rescue world.

Perhaps we should all take a moment to reflect what it might be like to walk a mile in the shoes of another. Perhaps in the shoes of a woman already traumatized by an unjust legal and judicial system in the state of Florida, to be further traumatized and belittled for the energy she spent trying to continue to do what she felt morally right to do, and at great personal and financial expense to her. INSTEAD of taking the easy path volunteering in the high kill shelter as the state prosecutor had proposed she do, she instead dedicated herself to making sure her service hours meant something; that lives were saved and that her time was spent wisely.

I do what I believe in and I live by my integrity. I withdraw from participation with a group that seems, through the scrutiny and judgment that I encountered, not to believe in the tireless efforts, the value of volunteered time, or in the compassion, honesty, and dedication of their volunteers. I'm not defined by a brush with the law or any one thing. None of us are.

Your time, as mine, is valuable; please extend your networks to drive with other well deserving rescue organizations. And by all means continue driving and rescuing because the animals of all breeds and mixes need us.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Questionable practice of making the adoption fees "tax deductible". No accountability for their revenue or funds. ALWAYS file 990 late, and let their incorporation lapse with the state of Tennessee.

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

Their 900

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

Be more organized, transparent, & current with IRS regs.

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

my dog

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

The long term Board/leadership is not very competent

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

Get itself out of the hole, but then they would find another one to fall into.

Ways to make it better...

They were more transparent and up to date with their processes and w/IRS regs.

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

the leadership

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

Although I agreee with their mission, they don't seem to know how to achieve it long term. They are constantly in a financial hole, & they have no long term plans, just short term crisis management.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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