Dogs Deserve Better, Inc.

Rating: 4.04 stars   118 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Animals, Education

Location: 1915 Moonlight Rd. Smithfield VA 23430 USA

Mission: To bring dogs into the home and family from a chained or penned existence. Three aspects of societal needs are addressed to accomplish this mission: Education, Legislation, and Rescue and Rehabilitation.Through education, we elevate individual standards for animal treatment through direct one-on-one and group contact.Through Legislation, we work towards passage of more humane laws to protect dogs from living at the end of a chain for life or enclosed in a small space with little to no human contact.Through rescue and rehabilitation we create better lives for individual dogs by fencing yards, helping with housetraining and fostering, spay / neuter and finding the dog a new inside home and family.
Target demographics: dogs living chained or penned for life.
Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of chained and penned dogs.
Geographic areas served: the U.S. and abroad
Programs: rescue and rehabilitation of chained dogs, educational programs to include a Have a Heart for Chained Dogs campaign, mailing campaigns to households that have dogs outside, grassroots legislative efforts, activist campaigns such as Chain Off and protests of hoarding situations, and Hero Fund Vet Care Grants for rescuers and the chained dogs they help.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Dogs Deserve Better Inc. is a wonderful organization that helped us rescue a chained Husky from a terrible life. With the help of Dogs Deserve Better our rescue was able to remove Thunder (the chained husky) from the chain and get him to the vet for what was probably the first time ever. His story led to an immediate adoption to a wonderful home with no chains. Thunder is now a happy, loved dog that goes everywhere with his adopter. Siberian Husky Assist Rescue and all its volunteers love, and appreciate what Dogs Deserve Better is doing to change the life of chained dogs. Dogs Deserve Better Inc. are very worthy of any and all praise bestowed on them.

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On February 12, 2013, I was able to get Tiger, a chained pit bull who had been abused and abandoned, through the help of a local police officer. Other neighbors and I had witnessed his abuse and neglect for a year, reporting it repeatedly, to no avail. We began providing food for him when he became emaciated. I have other animals, and was in no position financially to take on another dog, but felt compelled. I became aware of Dogs Deserve Better through online research, and when I saw that they awarded $300 grants for unchained dogs' veterinary care, I applied immediately, sending the information about his rescue and pictures of him I had taken during his time living in the mud on a chain, and after we brought him to our home. Very quickly I heard back, through a phone call. She had tried to reach me through email and since she had not had a response, she called personally to tell me Tiger was a recipient. The money was sent to our veterinarian that day. We felt like we had won the lottery!

Tiger is now living with my son, a combat veteran, and they have a mutual understanding of things others cannot comprehend. He is loved and valued. Without the help of Dogs Deserve Better, Tiger's veterinary care would be difficult. The $300 provided his vetting for a year, as well as heartworm and flea preventives. We are forever grateful.

Mary Jo Raulerson
Memphis, TN
(901)277-4534

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

I don't know of any changes, other than more public knowledge of the work they do.

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

This program is exceptional. The grants are easy to apply for and quickly applied to vet bills. Being a rescue the group the 300 dollar hero.grant is a huge help financially. Very grateful for this organization!!

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Dogs Deserve Better is an amazing organization that leaped to the assistance of a special dog named Codi. I found Codi chained with no shelter and once I was able to negotiate an owner surrender, Dogs Deserve Better paid for the neuter and shots which without the financial assistance, this boy would not have had an adoptive home so quickly. Thank you :)

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Dogs Deserve Better is one of the most amazing rescue groups i have come across. I've been involved in some form of rescue work for 20 years, he last 13 specifically with dogs and i could not be more proud to have met such an amazing group of folks with a true passion and heart for dogs. Their dedication, organization and expeditiousness with with they worked to assist a dog in my neighborhood that was beyond my help was amazing. Thanks to DDB Noodle now has a great home with an amazing family, a far cry from the garbage filled dilapidated shed he was chained in.
Through the DDB's Hero Fund, i was able to find a family that was anxious to welcome Noodle into their home while having DDB cover the much needed medical care he needed which they could not afford at the time.
Since re-homing Noodle, i have been able to turn to DDB for information and resources to help other dogs across 6 states. They are always the 1st name i mention when someone knows of a dog in a bad situation and usually the last phone call we need to make because they take care of business and put these dogs first. HUGE thanks to Tami and the DDB staff and volunteers for all they do.

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

the only change i would make is to win the lottery so that i could quit my job and work with these amazing people.

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Doing rescue wk in west MI. for 30 yrs- "Critter Cafe Rescue" became official 10 yrs ago- I do all species of domestic pets and also rehab wildlife here in my home.
Every rescue has some pitfalls/disgruntled ex-volunteers smear campaign too; its too bad but in all my years of being involved- that's the way it is.
In rescue, it gets pretty hard to remain sweetly characterized to your fellow human race seeing so much diabolical STUPIDITY, abuse and neglect from day to day done onto our innocent voiceless fur and feather babies.
I try and stay far away from "problems" involving other rescues and unsatisfied ppl that that simply are out to pitch a b*tch although I do pay attn when there becomes so many incidences w/ sick and dieing animals even though a rescue is bringing in $95K like one here in West MI. now.
That said, in my experience wking w/DDB-they made things easy and simple for me to get through a remarkably tough situation to rescue a pit-bull from one of the worst cities in MI. --FLINT-- during wild-life"baby season" here and a house full of domestic bunnies, guineas, chinnes, ratties, birds, cats+ other dogs to care for.
Between the transport, the vetting, the ppw taking in Life Care contracts to adopt considering the breed, and home-cks, etc. the one thing that was simple was DDB's help.
I appreciate that help **so** very much.
Somehow in a world of greed, abuse, instant gratification-seeking, depression and suffering- a person in rescue has to have some sort of "break" or burn-out ensues including physical health deterioration. All of the nay-sayers that are able to walk away from rescue at any time w/o strings attached need to consider that.
This is a non paid job that yet is worked 24/7/365 -- for me at least.
I appreciate DDB's service being there when I needed it.
Thanks again Tami.
Sincerely,
Christine Lea
Critter Cafe Rescue
5818 Airline Rd.
Fruitport, MI 49415
231-366-7197
"WE ALL MATTER"

"As a FULL TIME ANIMAL RESCUER, some people think I'm crazy- At least my soul is intact."
-Christine Lea

FACT: 92 out of every 100 drugs that successfully pass animal tests STILL fail or cause harm during human trials.
("LIKE"US on FB and check out our work)
https://www.facebook.com/CRITTER.CAFE.RESCUE

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

not.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am the owner of Wolf Spirit Sled Dog Rescue. We are a very small rescue and hardly receive donations but doesn't keep us from rescuing. If it weren't for DDB we would of never been able to help 2 husky that had been chained all their life and a pit bull eat up with mange that was chained. We could never express how grateful we are for DDB. Also they also help us bring one of the OAS dogs from AZ to VA. This is a great organization. I love them

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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: 4 stars  

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I am forever thankful for what DDB did for me and my rescue. Taking in a dog off the streets that was living chained outside is always a big task. However with DDB, they made it so easy and it was very nice of them that they helped and donated so I could get the dog vetted before it went into his forever home. I am and will alwayss support DDB. To me they are a prime example of what rescuing is all about. Thank you DDB. From Crystal in OHIO.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am the Executive President of AnimaNaturalis Peru and I am glad to write a comment about Dogs Deserve Better. Thanks to their help, we were able to rescue two dogs from a life of misery and suffering in Lima, Peru. The two of them were left tied to a post in front of the house that once was theirs. Thanks to the grant provided by DDB, we were able to rescue, spay and neuter, pay for vet bills and place them in new homes. Without their help our job could had been much more difficult.
My students and I are also involved in their wonderful project "Valentines for Chained Dogs" and we are proud to help them in their endeavors to help needy animals.

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

I would not change anything. They are doing a great job in their area of expertise.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I only give to organizations I know well for many years and trust. DDB has earned my support and trust.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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