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.
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Why are there so few pit bulls at their new multi-million dollar estate, formerly owned by Michael Vick???

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No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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9 people found this review helpful

DDB as whole has saved allot of desperate dogs. I will give them that on a National level and believe it is a greatly needed. I hope another organization forms to really help all dogs in need chained regardless of breed...and honestly bumps DDB out. Did you know the National facility that was so generously donated to does not take in PITBULLS..Ironically this is where Michael Vick killed them. What a supporter of dog rescue. Breed specific? So LEAVE THE PITBULLS chained? Dogs of all walks of abuse and chained need rescued to be ban a breed from a facility that is supposed to help all chained dogs is misrepresenting the cause. My personal story is why I left. We were told to fund raise for the DDB National org. and we were expected as a group to raise $15,000 for the Vick property purchase. We had dogs that did not have a place to go or boarding $ and when I raised the question in front of the group and my rep. I was told that we need to focus on raising the $15,000 for the facility and those dogs can wait. I left that day and never went back. Personally, I believe the founder mis- uses the funds and is shady. As a past supporter and volunteer for a local chapter in WA State I will say my experience with them has been appalling. I have experienced dogs being ignored that really needed the help. I believe the group leader and "leaders" are self righteous and have used donations for their own selfish needs. DDB just registered in WA this year but has been accepting financial donations prior to being registered in the State of WA. these numbers are not accounted for... This is truth. Check with the state of WA registered non profit charitable organizations. They are not worthy of becoming a GuidStar charity even if their cause is good, the people that run it are bad.

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No

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

DDB is all about money, NOT the dogs. They are not bothering to get their dogs back from fosters that can no longer foster them. They talk to people very badly. If you question them about anything they will block you from their Facebook page so you can no longer ask anything. I would not recommend this so called organization to anyone. Please be careful people!!

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No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Here is a statement Shannon Allen posted on a facebook discussion group on August 6, 2011 when she still worked for DDB. As you can see the things she says about DDB and Tami contrast directly with the smears she put on this page.

Which Shannon is telling the truth and which one is lying? Can anyone trust what she says?

Shannon Allen
I had never heard of Pit Bull Legal News until this. This is where I saw the majority of the court documents. All Tami gave me was the first court order denying the TRO and the altered adoption contract. I don't think Tami nor Mr. Karp knew that PBLN was posting all of the documents initially. How fun would it be for Mr. Karp himself to sue her for libel : ) I take all of this very personal.

I wouldn't affiliate myself with an organization that does the things that BJH is claiming. I have a good relationship with Tami, that doesn't mean we don't disagree at times, but in the end I KNOW Tami is about and only about saving animals. If for one moment I doubted that, I would quietly move on. I picked up a chained dog around 4am one morning after receiving a call. Vespa had been mauled while chained and escaped. I don't know how long she was on the run with her injuries but was she severely septic. I asked Tami if we should let her go or try to save her. Tami said , "Save her!" Two days and $1500 later, Vespa died at the ER clinic. Tami was there for me at 2am, 2 days before Christmas when Vespa died. I will always be grateful for that.

There are other organizations, but I believe in DDB, our mission, and our leadership. I have learned and grown as a rescuer through DDB, I have made thousands of wonderful people (like yourselves), and have been able to so much more to help chained dogs through DDB. Even if I disagreed with DDB in this situation, which I don't, I still would not support Dr. Fiala. She has proven herself to be vindictive, unstable, and unreasonable (to name a few).

BJH mocks DDB for doing the same things that thousands of rescues do. If they would have simply stuck to, 'Bringing Joel Home', they would at least be somewhat credible. But once they started calling names, attacking the center, attacking Tami's wedding, attacking Chain Off, etc. It was obvious that this had nothing to do with Joel. If you notice, Joel is mentioned less frequently every day.

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

Seen them do great things for years.

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

Do better background checks on people they hire.

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I came to know of DDB through facebook interactions. As I began following DDB on facebook I started noticing that people who were asking legitimate questions about DDB's actions were treated very poorly and ridiculed and even called names. I myself had questions for them about a dog named Joel and how they removed (in my opinion, downright stole)) him for the care of one of their volunteers. Within a couple off days of inquiring, I was promtly banned from being able to ask questions or respond to others comments. Also, my previous posts were deleted from their page. This was actually happening to anybody and everybody that dared ask or say anything that they didn't like. I have seen some of the most disgusting name calling, accusations and downright lies being told by those that are supporting this organization. I have also read the testimony of many former volunteers and supporters, who have legitimate questions that never seem to get answered. If you are legitimate, why cannot peoples questions be answered, what are you afraid of? Personally, since I have been following the DDB organization, I think they have done more to harm the dog rescue cause than they have to help it.

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No

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

DDB is the best organization in this country!!!! These people spend countless hours helping the voiceless dog's that need help. They helped me with a dog that was unwanted by it's owner. Keep up the GREAT work!

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

The help of a dog that wasn't wanted by his owner

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

Keep up the excellent work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never seen anything but good works from DDB. I know for a fact that their reps work endless hours to better the life of dogs. I also know first hand that these reps spend a lot of their own money to assure that the rescues are given a better life. I suggest that instead of criticizing DDB that those of you that find vault use that time to rescue animals yourself. I really thing that would be more beneficial to society. I personally have three rescue dogs and it makes me sick to think what would have happened. Do I this many dogs at one time? NO, but I certainly would not have let them pass me by and live a horrible life! So I can rest knowing that I helped.

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This organization has helped me get to rescues spayed, which I could not afford otherwise. I will always be grateful to them for taking the time to make an animals life better. Yes they are saving lives.

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

Spend more time finding volunteers to foster dogs.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have watched DDB advocate for, educate the public, and rescue chained dogs all over the US for many years. They have made leaps and bounds in anti-tethering legislation. Every rep I have ever met has been passionate, respectful, and eager to help and make change.

I have made many donations to DDB and have always been thanked and sent a receipt. I will continue to support DDB through donations, and I have even added them to my will.

I had the honor or meeting their founder, Tami Thayne, who is great woman of strength and resolve. She is out in the field, in the trenches with her volunteers.

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

donating and fostering

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

They are TOO nice! I would have surely broken from dealing with some of the ignorance they have to deal with. The are better folks than me, they remain respectful and professional even when faced with hostile adversity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Tv News

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I had posted on their website asking them to explain why they took a formerly chained dog named Joel away from his adopter after she questioned the mis use of funds raised for the dog. She spent over $1000 dollars on getting the dog healthy and happy, she was never reimbursed, yet the DDB of Washington State continued to raise funds for Joels care. This mis use lead to the public finding out that DDB is not registered in most states as a 501c non profit. The Washington state site sent in a registration 4 days after they were questioned. DDB state organizations are raising monies illegally in most cases and are punishing those who question them.

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

posting to their website and trying to find out their rational for removing a dog from his happy healthy home

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

Change their way of responding to people and make them accountable for their actions. Also be sure they are raising their funds legally, and not misleading the public

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