Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Rating: 1.5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 1855 % Jennifer Teague Hickory NC 28603 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I moved to NC a few years ago and began to look for a group to volunteer for. I had been involved in dog rescue in New England for several years. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue is an organization of the highest quality. They care for all their rescues as if they were their personal dogs. The foster family provides food and flea treatment. The rescue for provide heart worm treatment and all other medical care. The volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds for these poor unfortunate dogs who through no fault of their own have had a tough life. The rescue also screens prospective adopters very throughly. After all the dogs have had more than their share of questionable care. This rescue is of the highest caliber.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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What a TERRIBLE ORGANIZATION. I mean, I understand the frustration, but this is how one of the board members and coordinators talks to people/volunteers on their google groups form for all volunteers and foster homes. VERY SAD.

Written by Sonya, coordinator:
I feel like this rescue is crumbling out from underneath me!
If you can foster either of these 2 dogs please email me privately. I really need to find somewhere for them to go by Thursday.
I leave Friday & you guys, I REALLY cannot do rescue while I am away. I simply cannot. So many people seem to throw their husbands in my face, so I just want to say for mine that he puts up with more than I can even explain or that most of you understand & I refuse to let rescue ruin our 1st vacation in 5 years. I am sorry to sound harsh, but I am stressed, overwhelmed & just a little pissed off right now. I hate feeling this way b/c it is not me, I feel like I am going to EXPLODE!!!!!!!

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

They are terrible. They are unorganized. They don't always take back returned dogs in a timely manner (which all other rescues do). They browbeat and yell at their fosters and volunteers. They do not do required legal paperwork as required by the State of NC. They do not manage their finances. They are a singularly awful organization.

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

Everything. They need new board members, new management policies, new volunters policies, new everything.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I had a HORRIBLE time with this agency. I said up front what I can and can't work with- NO aggression towards my other dog or cats. The dog I got was a sweet dog one on one, and he loved my dog, but he wanted to nom my cats, and that is UNACCEPTABLE. I had to play animal tetris to keep everyone away from each other. Then I couldnt walk him anymore, because while he liked my dog, he would bust off his collar to try to nom other dogs. I liked him, but I lived alone, and this was beyond my abilities at that time. When I told them after a week he was too aggressive for me and he needed to be moved, it took a week to move him, and they acted like I was irresponsible for requesting a new placement. I was treated pretty poorly for having boundaries and "not giving it enough time" though I was upfront from the beginning. In the meantime, he had horrible worms, I told them that up front, I asked for the funds for medical care, the medical director at that time left for a week to Italy, no one wanted me to take him to the vet until they could get a "good vet deal" it took so long for them to approve him, I then had to treat my own praphylactically treat my own dog, which cost me out of my own pocket, though she had just had her annual checks.

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

n/a

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

get better organized and do more fundraising.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

Does this group even know what the heck they are doing? They expect the foster homes to be solely responsible for noting all health issues for their dogs. And while I agree that foster homes should be involved, it should clearly be the responsibility of the medical coordinator to track all medical issues for the dogs in their program and ensure the new foster homes and adopters are fully aware of all of the facts. To say the medical coordinator can’t track all that is a load of crap. It is her responsibility. Unless they have 500 dogs in the program, she should be able to keep track of all that. But they don’t, they have an average of a 100. And many other rescue groups out there have one central person that tracks all this and they have the same amount of dogs or more in their program than Blue Ridge. This rescue needs to record this information in a central database or another tracking system. This is absolutely ridiculous. It’s just another way of passing the buck for their mistake and blaming a foster parent. This “rescue” needs some major overhauling. It is in sad shape. They should not be allowed to take in any more dogs until they have all their ducks in a row.

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

They save dogs from kill shelters. but they also consistently hound (and hound is the correct word) their foster homes to take in more dogs than the foster home can handle. that is not right. overcrowding a foster home is not the way to ensure all dogs get the care they need.

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

TOTAL OVERHAUL or shut it down!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Fostered for them

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

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?

2010-8-01

 
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