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June 13, 2010

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June 13, 2010

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue Inc. is an amazing organization dedicated to saving and caring for humankind's best friends until they can be adopted into their forever home. My husband and I were adamant about adopting through a rescue shelter and we were BLESSED to have found Safe Hounds. Karen Philhower and her organization do an amazing job of not only rescuing these dogs from kill shelters and other negative enviornments, but they provide a loving, safe environment in which the dog's medical, social, and emotional needs are met. Safe Hounds Beagle Resuce's involvement does not simply end with the adoption of your dog. Rather, Karen and the organization are an endless line of support and assistance for any of your beagle-related quesstions or needs. She and the organization genuinely care about the work they do and the animals they save!!!!

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

the adoption of my two beautiful beagles! Woody and Willow have made our family complete and would not imagine life without them. Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue Inc. has been an invaluable resource in navigating the life of beagle ownership! Many thanks!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

My husband and I searched for a beagle rescue and Safe Hounds was great. They really make sure that the beagle is placed in their "forever" home. I was so impressed by the medical treatment/services Brandie received prior coming into our care. We had all of her medical records. Safe Hounds is still interested in how Brandie is doing and she has been in our home almost 3 years. I would adopt again from Safe Hounds

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

the adoption of Brandie. The adoption went very well and a family members adoption also went very well. We will adpt again from Safe Hounds

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 18, 2010

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May 18, 2010

Karen from Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue is amazing, the orginazation is amazing, the volunteers are amazing, everything about Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue is absolutely wonderful!!! I was looking to adopt my first dog and found the cutest dog on petfinder. After downloading a form and sending it I heard from Karen within a few days. She took the time to "check me out", all of my referances were called, my previous vet to make sure any dog she placed with me would be in good hands. Next she came to meet me and my family to find out what exactly we were looking for in a dog. I fell in love with Jack instantly! He has been a family member now for over 3 years and it's been wonderful!!! When I'm ready to give Jack a playmate I won't even hesitate to use Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue again. I couldn't have been happier with my first pet adoptation experience!!!

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

Adopting a great dog.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

May 16, 2010

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May 16, 2010

It was love at first sight when we met our Phoebe! Karen Philhower had us complete an application and our references were checked thoroughly. Phoebe and Karen came for a visit before the placement was completed. It was a perfect match and the love affair continues. Almost a year later, we decided to get a companion for Phoebe and the natural next step was to call Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue. Once again, the match was perfect! Buddy came for a visit and he and Phoebe bonded immediately and have been attached "at the hip" since. We are forever grateful for the care and treatment our furbabies received from Safe Hounds.It is so very apparent that the pets fostered here are cared for with love. We continue to support and recommend Safehounds with every opportunity and would not hesitate to adopt from them again and again. Thank you Karen and Safe Hounds!

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

adoption or pets

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

When we lost Auggie, our beagle of fourteen years, there was a piece missing from our home. We found Karen's organization through Petfinder. She did a thorough interview of our family to assess our needs. Then she brought two wonderful beagles out to meet all of us and to get to know us. We ended up choosing Oliver. (I actually think he chose us.) And he has been a very special part of our home ever since. Karen and her organization are very dedicate, passionate, and committed to find good homes for these wonderful dogs.

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

See above story.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

My Husband and I have always had dogs and we always adopt shelter dogs because their are so many that need a home. We were looking to add a 3rd dog to our pack when we saw a Beagle listed in the local papers from Safe Hound beagle Rescue. We contacted them, filled out an application, provided references and before we new it we had an appointment for them to come to our house with Barney the Beagle to determine how he would interact with our other 2 dogs. We have adopted from several large shelters in the past, like RBARI and North Shore Animal League but the few times we tried a small rescue group it always seemed like they really didn't want to find a good home for their rescues. they were very unresponsive but not Safe Hounds. They truly care about the animals in their care and are very professional and efficient. We were able to give a loving home to a wonderful little guy and if anyone is considering adopting a beagle I would highly recommend you contact Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue!

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

They exceeded my expectations in giving me the ability to adopt a dog who would otherwise would have been euthanized in a kennel in SC>

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

In 2008, I responded to a beagle that was posted on Petfinder.com. This beagle was from Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue. After being interviewed,they accepted my application and let me adopt my Mia. She is a very sweet,smart beagle and quickly made friends with my other beagle, Sammy. She went to classes to become a Pet Therapy dog. She does pet therapy at Wayne View Care Center, where I work. When I received Mia, she was very shy around other people but was slowly warming up to the residents. In April of 2010, I had her at Wayne View, when she slipped her collar and got loose. She was gone for over a week. During this time, Safe Hound Rescue was there every step of the way. Karen Philhower who runs the rescue, told me everything to do and set up a humane trap to get her back. But the most important thing she did was to keep my spirits up and kept me going. She went way beyond just a simple adoption. She truly cares about each and every animal she has and continues to care even after the adoption. She is definately an angel.

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

an adoption and later as a rescue.

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

this organization goes way beyond a typical adoption and I see that it doesn't need any changes

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

they go way beyond a typical adoption,they continue to care even after the adoption is completed

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

exceptional

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

do even more to help other animals

Ways to make it better...

none

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

lack of support

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

they are angels to all animals that they have dealt with

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 13, 2010

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May 13, 2010

Karen, Philhower, operator of www.safehounds.come, made my beagle adoption process a smooth and safe one. She is very careful because she wants to find permanent and loving homes for her rescue beagles. She is very through. After my written application we were in touch via email on what type of personality I was looking for in a beagle as a good match for my family. She then paid a home visit to me and also did a thorough check of my back yard, where the beagles would be spending a lot of time. She showed me some weak areas of my fence that needed to be repaired so they would stay safe and secure inside (they are notorious escape artists). We then had a meet and greet, and she requests all of the family to attend, of our potential beagle. Since we had a match with our first one, we were able to take her home not long after. During the first few weeks, I was a little nervous and she was never more than an email away for my questions and concerns. Even months later, she still checks up periodically to see how the dogs are doing. Not everyone is like this, some rescue organizations can just chuck dogs at you, you don't have their current health history/habits/personality or any knowledge of them. She also makes sure her new rescues they get a complete vet check, they are up to date with shots such as rabies and lyme disease, makes sure they are fixed/spayed and also treats them for heartworm (they will not be eligible for adoption until all infections clear up). She also has the vet do dental care if they need it. She runs a tight ship and is someone I would highly recommend to use as an adoptive beagle organization.

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

Using safehounds. come gave my family a smooth adoption process of our two beagles. Safehounds was efficent, smooth and knowledgeable about what I need to know about dog adoption. Highly recommended for adoption purposes.

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

None, they were excellent. They have had over 100 beagles adopted in the last few years--they are doing things the right way.

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

the smooth execution and the care they take of their dogs. I visited the beagle compound and it is a lovely sprawling area for them to be in until they find their "forever" home.

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

quite devoted. I never realized what a time consuming thing dog rescue is. The amount of paperwork alone is pretty staggering.

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

Get all the dogs in the world adopted! I don't know, you'd have to ask the safehounds chief of staff!

Ways to make it better...

I could adopt all the beagles! But alas...two is working for me right now.

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

I guess like all rescues, trying to find the right matches for their dogs; as they really want to find forever homes and not have to have their dogs be in a rescue position again, if possible.

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

I am so glad she took the time to ask me what I was looking for in a beagle personality. It was a huge factor I didn't consider and it made, I feel, a significant factor in finding the right dog for us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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