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November 5, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 5, 2010

WOW.... Well over $15,000 in debt to vets and they still keep taking in dogs they can't pay to take care of. Unbelievable. Just today a friend forwards me their monthly newsletter. 2 dogs needing foster homes and 20 dogs in shelters they want to pull. how can they keep taking in dogs when they do not have money?? They are digging themselves in such a deep hole, they may never get out of it. They raise money but then instead of paying off ALL debt, they pay off only enough so the vets don't cut them off and then they take in more dogs that need medical care. Their rationale for taking in puppies "they get adopted quickly and we make money on it". Make money on puppies? REally now.

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IT'S NOT ALL THAT GREAT. They work hard to help the dogs but they get themselves in such deep debt that it's hard to imagine they are a very organized and stable group. An organized and stable group would pay down all debt and take care of all the appropriate medical and trainign for dogs currently for adoption so the dogs could be adopted. And then take in more. They mean well, but it's sad really how badly run they are.

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

They need new management. They need someone in charge that knows how to run an organization. Someone that is organized and knows that you cannot always make decisions based on your heart, you must sometimes make decisions based on using your head. It's hard but it's the reality. If they keep up at this place, they will go under. And then where will the dogs go?

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 13, 2010

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue DOES NOT MANAGE MONEY WELL. They are fiscally irresponsible. Case in point: dog - Chaos: Taken in by Blue Ridge in March - needs surgery on both legs. Posting in May that they are working to raise money for his surgery. First surgery NOT UNTIL SEPTEMBER. But they continued to take in dogs that needed medical during this time which meant Chaos HAD TO WAIT for surgery. Let a dog live in pain or keep a dog on painkillers for four-plus months? I understand you do not want to see dogs put to sleep at a kill shelter, but it is not right at all to let a dog like Chaos suffer when you have already taken him in? People - donate your money elsewhere. This group needs a major overhaul and needs oversight to ensure they manage things correctly.

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

They take far too long to get medical care for dogs in their program.

Ways to make it better...

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

MAJOR restructuring. They need written guidelines on how to take care of the dogs they have before taking in new dogs. And if they already have guidelines, then they need to follow them.

October 5, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 5, 2010

I know several volunteers from this rescue. they are great. the overall rescue needs to be reworked or shut down.

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

I am a friend of several people that volunteer with this rescue and I am amazed at how long they have lasted because they are so unorganized and not well run.

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

They have a medical director making medical decisions who does not have a medical background. Dog coughing - give them this medicine. They don't go to the vet unless the dog is really bad.

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

The dogs are nice. Most of the volunteers are very nice.

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

No staff - all volunteers. but the people running the rescue are not good. the intake coordinators are horrible. the foster coordinators are horrible. they treat their volunteers terribly.

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

There is no other way to say it other than then they would mis-use it plain and simple. they get themselves in so deep that vets will cut them off but then they still take in dogs. that is not right. how will you vet the dog if you can't pay vet?

Ways to make it better...

A different set of people ran this group. And they had some real policies in place in regards to operations and intake. And better financial policies too. I don't see how you cannot be able to pay your vet bills but still try to pull dogs from shelters

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

It is a very badly managed organization. They need to know when to say no. They need to focus on the dogs they have. One dog has needed surgery for months. not enough money, but they take in more dogs. NOT RIGHT AT ALL.

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

It would actually be better for the dogs I think if this group was shut down. I can only hope someone steps in and puts a stop to this mismanaged organization that treats their volunteers badly, doesn't do proper medical care in a TIMELY MANNER.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 20, 2010

They are horrible to their volunteers and foster homes. If you want to be treated with even a smidgen of respect, volunteer with another group. Just about any other group would treat their volunteers and foster homes better than Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.

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

My friend fosters for them. They have treated her with such disrespect and disregard because she said a dog needed to be moved quickly. The dog was threatening her child. And she is made to feel she is in the wrong because she wants the dog moved.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'm not sure anything could improve this organization. Sad, but true.

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

Nothing. They have treated my friend who fosters for them with extreme disregard. Foster dog threatending her child and the organization's directors can't even ben counted on to contact you back.

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

Most of the volunteers are nice. Some are absolutely horrid - but not that many. The is no staff, but the people in charge are quite horrid as well. Do not treat people with respect, do not contact them back when there are issues. it's bad.

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

Somehow manage to dig themselves deeper in debt,if that's possible

Ways to make it better...

they had any regard for their volunteers whatsoever. It is absolutely appalling how terrible they are to their foster homes. The people making decisions should not be allowed to make them.

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

The people that make decisions don't make them wisely. They may end up with no volunteers and foster homes soon because of how they are treated.

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

The dogs are great. The medical director is great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 20, 2010

Foster parent who won't be fostering any more. They care more about numbers than dogs or foster homes. If I could give this rescue less than one star on the rating, I would.

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

Fostered for them

Ways to make it better...

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

NEW everything! new board of directors, new intake coordinator, new foster coordinator. start all over again

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

The dogs. the dogs are great.

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

Most of the volunteers -- the ones that aren't in charge of anything are great. But some are VERY judgemental and slam other volunteers and foster homes in a public group form. They can be very hateful and condemning.

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

screw up some more.

Ways to make it better...

The people weren't so nasty to others. Just today, at least one volunteer publicly slammed and was very harsh to another foster because she couldn't keep fostering oen dog because it was THREATENING her child. That is inexcusable

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

They take on mor than they can handle. they "rescue" dogs and then stick them in boarding. or in foster homes where they are caged for 16 hours a day. that is just wrong. oh, i've saved you from death but now i'll stick you in a cage all the teim.

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

they need to reevaluate some of their priorities. numbers aren't all that matters. quality of life for these animals is the most important. and caring for their volunteers instead of berating them for doign what is necessary for their family.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 10, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 10, 2010

They have big hearts and mean well but take on way more than they can handle and force alot of monetary requirements on their foster homes. they take in more dogs than they have foster homes for and then stick them in boarding. That is NOT rescue.

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

They save alot of lives - that is good.

Ways to make it better...

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

make them more fiscally responsible. At many times, they are $15,000-$20,000 in debt to vets with vets about to cut them off and some dogs needing surgery are forced to wait until they can browbeat their volunteers into donating money.

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

the dogs.

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

Most of the volunteers are wonderful. The board of directors needs work - they do not respond in a timely manner and they are often snippy and point fingers.

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

perhaps get their fiscal house in order. but then they would rescue too many dogs and have too many vet bills that they couldn't pay and be in the same boat they are now. they need to manage their resources better.

Ways to make it better...

the board of directors wasn't focused on just numbers and focused on the dogs. they put too many in foster homes and the dogs aren't always cared for properly because tehre are too many in a home.

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

they bite off more than they can chew. Fully rescue the ones you've already taken in. Pay for training if that's what it takes to get them adopted. Make your dogs adoptable before "saving" more.

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

Some of the voluntters are terrific. but the rescue makes their foster homes and volunteers pay for way too much. and then they beg for them to give money for a dog's surgery or pull fees, when they should have already stopped taking dogs in.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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