My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for North Star Foundation, Storrs, CT, USA
I am an extremely honest and precise person (and am often told a very much: over trusting individual) so I beg Ms. Dobbs-Gross (Patty), do not call me liar (as you have others) as you will only be making yourself look more desperate. I have written documentation to support every aspect of my experience with the North Star Foundation.
I wrote to the Foundation to request that I be accepted to foster/ train a pup for the autistic spectrum child. Months went by-then in March I was contacted by Patty's assistant to accept a pup (standard poodle) to foster/ train. The Foundation did not vet me at all-almost sounded relieved when I said yes. There was appropriate communication - initially then things began to fall apart. I am reassured by Patty that she will communicate with the family etc. (unfortunately the family, like me was just left on our own devices).
When the pup was dropped off, he was nervous for awhile but turned out to be a very smart, brave dog and when exposed to children was a little skittish but after exposure warmed and was very tolerant. (So, I do not know of the breeding program, my experience with the pup was quite good) However, early on he became quite ill, they did not tell me about his eating habits, inhaling food was brought to a whole new level...he ate so fast he got aspiration pneumonia. This is where the problems began....I did not mind paying for food and other necessities but the vet bill came at $3500.00 (I paid) because I was told I would be reimbursed by the end of the week....first lie. Patty told me how poor the Foundation was at this time, so for payment of the vet bill I donated my stipend...did no good.
Expenses (on my part) and excuses on hers continued -
There was quite the rush to remove the pup from my care-I truly think they misjudged me and felt I would not release the pup... (I wish I had not-see email below-)
Her excuses continued...pups dying, hard to raise funds, having to pay her assistant and airfare for her assistant, my pup and possibly one other person.... (I won't wax on this-as it falls in line with the other reviews regarding lack of contact etc.) She tends to contact a person only if she needs something; how sad, a good idea gone so bad.
Here is the content of my last email (SURPRISE I STILL HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING)-next stop-most likely a lawyer...
On September 5th you wrote "I am attending a fundraiser on Sunday and will earmark a portion of the proceeds to go to you to reimburse * vet bill...I will be sure to stay on top of our payment schedule."
First off we never discussed a payment schedule- second what happened to the proceeds of the fundraiser?
Please do not inform me of all of the hardships of new litters and their expense, having to pay other puppy raisers (ESPECIALLY since I donated MY stipend to the Foundation) or other difficulties you or the Foundation has, as I have my own and in no small part due to the Foundation's lack of responsibility to me.
I have let you know my... I took excellent care of **the pup** - in good faith-and let him go to his new home for **the child's** sake. I feel that **the pup** was the only leverage I had in recouping my costs but did not want to punish **the child** for the Foundation's failures. Well, I see 'no good deed comes unpunished'.
Please let me know what I can expect.
** I did not want to give identification to the child so I replaced the words**
Final amount owed: $4012.03
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Replace Ms. Gross, the Board, fiscal and marketing management
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