February 19, 2012
My experience with GTTDRI is one that's overwhelmingly positive. I had seen a long haired Chihuahua on my Facebook page that was in a high kill shelter (Devore) in California who was in danger of being PTS within days. This beautiful little boy touched my heart. Living in NY I doubted that I would find a way to adopt him. I followed his thread on Facebook as a total novice, but asked questions and people were kind enough to help me out. I pledged money toward his safe rescue without knowing if, when or by whom he would be saved. I even talked to the shelter personnel a couple of times trying to find a way to adopt him. On Friday 20 Jan 2012 I saw on Facebook that he had been saved by Gone to the Dogs Rescue Inc. I sent my pledge money through PayPal and then emailed GTTDRI expressing my interest in adopting Nemo (his new name ). Marcy Janes of GTTDRI called me on Monday night about my interest in Nemo. We talked for a long time and I was very impressed at the dedication, care and concern Marcy showed for Nemo's welfare. She sent me an application, I sent her references, my Vet info, pictures of where Nemo would live, etc. In the meantime, Marcy had Nemo neutered and placed him with a Foster Mom, Cathy Benedict, who nursed him back to a healthy enough condition to fly to NY. Marcy explained the adoption fees, minus the amount I had already paid for his rescue, which is very generous of this rescue. Marcy recommended COAIR Pet Safe. I made Nemo's reservation for Feb 6. This date had to be changed to Feb 7th, Marcy kept me informed every step of the way. When Nemo had been put on the plane early Feb 7th, (7:00 am California time) Marcy called me to,let me know he was on his way. I had paid his flight through PayPal, Marcy let me know that it was less when she got to the airport and tried to refund the difference to me. Nemo arrived safely at 5:50 pm in Syracuse, still warm in his little crate with the blankets and coat Marcy had made sure he had for comfort. Marcy, Cathy, Taunya and Dawn have all checked in with me numerous times to see how Nemo is doing. This Rescue group is amazing, so caring, compassionate and giving of themselves, their time, their love for the fur babies that need saving. I know how limited their resources must be and I am sure that much comes out of their own pockets. Truly, I am in awe of how much they do and how unselfishly they give of themselves for this cause. I can' t say enough about how grateful Nemo and I are for GTTDRI saving his life and the efforts made by them to get him all the way to me in NY state. I realize out of state adoptions are not done very often, but I am certainly thankful that this worked out, all due to the concerted efforts of this amazing Rescue Group. Hugs and kisses from Nemo and me!
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public & Adopted a Rescue Dog that this group saved from a high kill shelter.