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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To prevent pet overpopulation

Programs: To prevent the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation by focusing on educating the public animal sterilization and adoptions

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience with Denisha!!! We had just lost our beloved chocolate lab and Denisha helped us find our new dog. The new puppy had some health issues and Denisha was up front and guided us through the process of bringing the puppy to health. The dog is great and we had nothing but positive things to say about Denisha. We recently were in a position to help some abandoned dogs and Denisha counseled us as a friend on the process. She truly cares about these animals and has been a great friend to them as well as to our family. We highly recommend using a Different Breed Animal Rescue.
Business Cat

Board Member

Rating: 4

At ADb we get dogs in all shapes and conditions. Dogs starving, broken bones, covered in fleas and ticks, puppies dumped in culverts and ditches.
We give them shots, deworm them, treat skin conditions, schedule dentals and surgery for broken bones. We have a 1200.00 surgery coming up on the 15th of September.
But there can be conditions undetected which may surface later. Especially pups who are seemingly perfectly healthy, but have been on the ground in the country, can harbor viruses which are completely a-symptomatic and may or may not show up later.
We have included a paragraph in our application which people initial, to make people aware that this is a possibility.
To some that may be a red flag; to us this is responsibility.

Bettie Wesson G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved from a large city to a rural area in the country. I had heard of people “taking dogs to the country” but didn’t realize how bad a problem this was until we arrived here. First, there are ZERO rules about spaying or neutering. Second, no fences so dogs roam constantly, which results in many unwanted litters. Third, people really do just dump dogs. Not just one or two but the whole litter!!! Where I am, there is no animal control, no animal shelter, no rescue groups. I’m an animal person and the dogs are drawn to us here. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of dogs you see DAILY who have no home. After contacting numerous places, A volunteer with A Different Breed was able to assist me in taking in some of the dogs I found and getting them adopted into loving homes. I’ve seen previous reviews regarding sick dogs. You need to understand the life these dogs had prior to getting to the shelter - no vaccinations, living in filth, most I’ve found were covered in ticks, sometimes fleas as well. There is no telling what they were exposed to before they were rescued. Don’t blame the rescuers! They’re doing all they can to help these dogs! They DO get them vet care and vaccinations! They DO get them spayed or neutered to stop unwanted litters! If you want a pristine dog, pay $5k for a registered animal and meet the breeder and look at the facilities where they’re kept. If you want to SAVE A DOGS LIFE, adopt one of these rescues. There’s nothing wrong with any of the dogs I have found whom were dumped. They were sweet and loving and just needed a good home. ADB was able to give that to them and I’m so grateful to them for doing so!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, they work tirelessly to help abandoned animals and truly care about the dogs. I adopted an absolutely wonderful dog from ADB about a year ago and he’s my best friend. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a dog. Thank you Dinesha for all that you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dinesha and the A Different Breed team are wonderful people dedicated to saving animals from heartbreaking conditions all over Texas. We adopted our goofy little shepherd/lab mix Zara last year and can’t imagine our lives without her. Most recently, Dinesha helped us tag and rescue 2 dogs from a high kill shelter near Corpus who were scheduled to be euthanized. Thank you Dinesha for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

First let me say I have taken care of dogs personally AND professionally for many years. I adopted my dog from ADB over 5 years ago and he has been a blessing. The folks at ADB have also been a blessing as over the years. Any questions I've ever had about my dog - or even friends' pets, they have gone above and beyond to help. They've also helped me with cats!! I have adopted and cared for many, many dogs over the last 45+ years and find ADB to care for and love these dogs as much and more than any rescue I've ever come across. I have gone to many of their adoption events and witnessed these volunteers work tirelessly and to exhaustion to care for and save these pets. I have also witnessed them give EXPLICIT instructions regarding care of the dogs (including vet visits-paid for by the organization). to the adoptive 'parents'. These people work tirelessly to do any and everything they can to care for and help these potential pets. I gave ADB 5 stars because that was all that is available. I would give then 10+ stars if I could.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: I recently went to visit a friend to lives in the country. Of course my dog went with me for the weekend. I had to cut my visit short because, even though my dog had recently been- and is regularly treated for fleas, the fleas in the country ARE A LOT TOUGHER!. It's like they are on steroids or something. I already knew this but after years of living in the city, well...I had forgotten. Please BEWARE of this issue. If you visit or have recently moved to a rural area please watch out for these little monsters and call your vet or another animal professional to learn how to effectively get your pet treated. One more thing: I just cannot leave this page without commenting on the outrages negative reviews posted here. Have you ever noticed how people are so often happy to bitc_ , whine and complain but never seem have time to report good works, service, etc. It is beyond infuriating to see these people (who obviously have no lives) hide behind their computers and spew lies and negativity when they never even bother to find out if there is any truth at all behind these vicious lies. Of course they never volunteer to foster or help in any other way. I guess that would mean getting off their FAT AS__S and actually doing something contributory. What a concept!
AGAIN: PLEASE REMEMBER TO PAY EXTRA ATTENTION to your pets if you have recently been in a country setting. The flease, like country people I suppose, are a lot tougher out there. :)
A very satisfied client and fan of A Different Breed animal rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer with A Different Breed Animal Rescue since 2003, since its inception. I have also volunteered for many other rescues currently and over the past 30 years. Its a very difficult job as any rescuer will tell you. You are getting dogs that were found on the streets, dumped in the country, pulled from overcrowded kill shelters, abused, neglected and puppy mills.
They have very little resources, but do their best to save them and find them good safe forever homes. No one is paid, they spend tons of money from their own pocket and work tirelessly.
Yes, it would be nice if all the dogs had a foster home to fall back on, but those are few and far between. If limited to foster homes, so many dogs would be put down unnecessarily.
Puppies are the hardest. They are babies, they have not been vaccinated yet, they came from horrible conditions. Found in the street, under a house, thrown into someones yard or dumped at a high kill shelter. ANY rescue or animal shelter has to cross their fingers and deal with parvo and distemper. Many will not even take puppies in. They are expensive to treat and too many get sick. So to all those negative people, I suggest you step up to the plate and foster puppies, and get a taste of real life and what rescues do day in and day out.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've been looking to adopt a dog for the past couple week and I finally found one tonight from ADB and filled out an application and emailed it to them. I actually already filled one out a week ago for a different dog, but the dog ended up being adopted by another family. As I was filling out their adoption application for the first time, I already felt like something was a little off...this is the only adoption place that has one of the papers in the application that says "newly revised" and it said "Please note that rescued dogs come from shelters which have environments that can harbor disease, parasites and conditions which may impact the dogs health but may be undiagnosed or symptom less before adoption. Shelter dogs have no known histories usually, no birthdates, no certainties. They often need weeks or several months to fully recover from their shelter experience". THIS IS A MAJOR RED FLAG. I don't even know why I didn't look up reviews until tonight. As soon as I sent in the second application tonight, something in the back of my mind told me to check the reviews for this place before paying $200 for a new puppy that might die in a month. THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR THE REVIEWS AND RATINGS. THIS WAS DEFINITELY A FAIR WARNING THAT EVERYBODY NEEDED!

Client Served

Rating: 1

We were very passionate about adopting from a rescue, little did I know, I didn’t do enough research about ADB. We went for a meet and greet, along with 3 other families wanting to meet pups. All of the puppies had large amounts of worms in the crates on the van. She assures us worms were normal. We called our vet, and she agreed worms in puppies were no big deal. We paid $275 and took home a precious boy. The first night, he was throwing up and had diarrhea. By day 3, he was skin and bones. Could not go 1 hour without vomiting. He refused to eat. So weak he could barely hold his head up. Today, day 3 of owning him, we took him to the vet where he tested positive for Parvo. He is currently spending 48 hours in the emergency hospital because we could not let him die. Survival not guaranteed. Estimate? 3,000 dollars. I texted the rescue with pics of his Parvo test and a note from the doc. They did NOT respond.

Client Served

Rating: 1

This shelter deserves zero stars!!
They told us our dog was fixed when we adopted her. She wasn't.
We needed to rehome her and take her back to the shelter. They wanted to put her down instead. Not even kidding. This is a KILL SHELTER, not an animal rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

We adopted two young puppies from ADB. Within 36 hours of adoption, both tested positive for Parvo. We are working with counsel, our veterinarian, and other families affected by the practices of this group to try to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

This is the IRS complaint form is anyone needs it: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Please be wary of this "animal rescue". My boyfriend and I got our 8 week old puppy, Zula, from them. ADB had Zula and her siblings for about two weeks before we adopted her. Instead of finding foster homes or even testing them for diseases, they dragged them around in crates with all the other dogs and no shots. My boyfriend and I were so excited to get Zula as she would be our first puppy we have gotten together. We signed some papers from ADB and were on our way. Everything was fine for awhile. Zula was happy, playing and getting use to her new home. Flash forward to about a month and a half later and everything hit her at once. She ended up getting distemper. I took her to the vet and they said she more than likely got it from the shelter. The next two days I saw my beautiful, playful pup turn into a skinny puppy who could barely stand up. We ended up having to put her down. I cried and cried and cried some more. When my boyfriend and I adopted from A Different Breed we were expecting a playful pup to spend the rest of our lives with. Although I would not replace the two months we spent with Zula, no one should have to go through the mental and emotional damage that we faced. With ADB's "30 day policy" they could not be responsible for anything. Even though they put these sick puppies with no shots around hundreds of other sick dogs. Even though they let my boyfriend and I sign these docs and take her home without even giving these puppies any test. I will never adopt from them again and will never forgive them for the pain I had to endure.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been active in animal rescue off and on for over 45 years. I have known the people affiliated with this organization for over 24 years. I do not work for them nor do I volunteer for them. They are very reputable and hard-working individuals that care only for the benefit of the animals. Over the years when I have found, picked up, and needed assistance with a a dog ( all mixed breeds ) ADB has been instrumental in adopting out the dog or assisting me in finding another rescue that could help me. This is an all volunteer organization and I don’t know any other group that puts in any more time and energy than these people do. ( not to mention money out of their own pockets)...
To all the people that have posted negative reviews below. It is obvious to me that they are all gossiping “me too” storytellers. If they care so much about the animals they think are being abused, they need to volunteer for this organization and make it better. They don’t need to be bitching about it and tearing it down when they could do something positive and constructive to help... Put your Big Girl Panties, get a life, And get ALL the facts on a story before you start spreading vile nastiness. Remember… No matter how flat your stomp a pancake, there are always two sides to a story.
Rescue is often thankless, hard work. It’s not always rainbows and roses. Many of the animals come in in dire condition and not all can be saved. This organization does absolute wonders for what they have to work with.
If someone really wants to make a difference… Why don’t you volunteer for ADB or put your money where your mouth is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found 3 puppies crossing a road, very friendly ran up to my dog and I but when my dog showed interest they retreated yapping for their lives. We regained their trust and a took them home. Turns out they had mange (and I didn't know it yet, but parvo). I took them to Tri City Animal Shelter so they could get treated them found new homes. The shelter contacted me and said the pups will likely have to be put down because they're ill-equipped to treat something as simple as mange (wow) and said I need to find treatment for them. Normally I'd have paid out of pocket but I got laid off from a long held job and looking for work so I can't. I contacted every rescue group in Dallas I could find. None had phone numbers listed except A Different Breed, and half didn't return my emails. The ones that did unfortunately could not help due to being over populated and under staffed with fosters. Kathy at ADB called me and said they had an adoption drive going on in Plano at a pet store so I went and got the pups from the shelter, made the drive from Cedar Hill with the puppies and handed them over. Since then they have been emailing me updates and photos of the pups from their foster home which I have attached. The swimming pool photo Kathy says the pup saw the foster lady doing water aerobics and jumped in to go get her (no fear!). They have treated their mange, parvo and are going to ensure they have a proper home far from the unfriendly confines for dogs known as Cedar Hill. Thanks Kathy you helped when no one else would/could

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I called this group to pick up 4 abandoned chihuahua mixes. The end result, at least two, and perhaps the others are infected or dead as well, of the four dogs were infected with distemper in this group's "care." I had heard negative reviews about the group after I called them to pick up the dogs. As a result, I called or texted the group everyday to check on the dogs. I was told that the dogs were doing fine after their surgery. I wanted to visit them to see for my myself. When I arrived, the dogs were brought to me on a dirty couch with flies swarming the living room area (a much worse situation than the dogs were originally in!). One of the dog's nose was covering in mucus and he was coughing. I asked about the mucus and the cough and was told that it was kennel cough. (The other dog's eyes were almost plastered shut with mucus.) When I saw the state of two of the dogs, I couldn't leave them and decided to take them with me, as my dogs have been vaccinated for kennel cough. However, when I got them home, they were completely lifeless and would not eat any food. Then one of the dog's had bloody diarrhea, so I took them to the vet. When the vet saw them, they were running high temperatures and he said that they might have distemper or a bad case of canine flu. The sad ending to this story is that they have distemper and now one of the little boys is dead. He died on Monday, July 23. His name was Henry. I write this review to honor his life. He didn't deserve this. I have now learned a very hard lesson. You must research rescue groups, as they are not all worthy of the name "rescue."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for ADB over a couple of years and this is a wonderful organization. At any given time, they have 55+ dogs, the vast majority of which are adult dogs. I have seen dogs rehabilitated there and I have seen them take care of physically ill dogs. I have seen many dogs go through there and placed in forever homes. They will also take a dog back if it turns out not to be a great fit for the family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It upsets me so much to read these bad reviews. This sanctuary is amazing. All the people are extremely knowledgeable and nice. The dogs are really pretty and loving. If you had actually gone there, instead of just watching the news, you would have seen how much they care and work for the health of the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited this rescue site on more than one occasion. This rescue is not a "puppy flipper". If you knew all the details, your reviews would not have been written. The woman was trying to do the right thing under the circumstances. You should be ashamed. You have affected their reputation and ability to continue the good work they do. How many of you that wrote these reviews actually checked in to it yourself fully? I did. We recently rescued a dog from this now full facility... Keep your head up "A Different Breed" and thank you for the new addition to the family. (And no, it wasn't a puppy we adopted...)

1 SophiesChoice

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group is not a rescue. The continually take puppies and leave mamas to die in the shelter. They are also abusive to mama dogs the have to keep while nursing. I wouldn't be surprised if once the pups are weaned these despicable creatures dump mama at a kill shelter or kill her themselves. SHARE ON YOU

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do not call yourself a "Rescue"! You are "puppy flippers", plain and simple! If you take the nursing puppies from a shelter and leave their mother behind to be "killed", you are running a business, $$$$$. I would give you ZERO, if it were an option.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Since I can't give zero stars, I'll have to give one. But it's really zero for leaving a mother dog behind to be killed (she is now dead) so you could take her pups and make a profit off them. That's called dog flipping and it is NOT rescue.

http://www.fox4news.com/news/96858465-story

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is wonderful!! I have worked with them for 6 years now and love it! They are kind and hard working people!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

First of all “nanamcclimans” leaves a review and states “ ROLE” is client served. This is actually K M - She is a friend and helper at “ A DIFFERENT BREED”. With all of your attempts to point out how ethical your rescue is why do each of you lie and cover up even the most simple of things like your TRUE names and address ???? Why don’t you admit you sit on the board and help out with the “ RESCUE “ instead of pretending to be a “client served”. That is totally ridiculous. You pull as many puppies as you can so that you can make money easier on puppies. YOU know this to be true and the rest of us do to. I would be interested in knowing how many dogs you sold last year. How many did you collect cash on, checks and then how many went thru paypal ???? I think someone needs to go thru all your adoption papers for the past couple of years and see how many did you follow up on that NEVER got spayed or neutered ????? How many dogs NEVER saw a vet because you give the dogs their shots and puts the sticker with numbers on the paper work given to the adoptive families ??? I think you have a chance here to turn your organization around and do right by the dogs and stop flipping the dogs for a profit. When you charge $200.00 per dog it should be vetted and spayed / neutered before you send the pet out. Can you honestly say you do that now ???? DO YOU ? Shame on all 3 of you for taking advantage of the system. When you truly love animals - it shows !!! You don’t show it. The “eyes” of not only Texas but others are all on you right now. I am just waiting to see what charges will be filed.

5 Val_7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I don't care how many people try to defend this monstrosity of a "rescue." They are puppy flippers, plain and simple. If there is a momma and puppies, THEY ALL GO TOGETHER. You leave behind the mom, healthy or not, then you are responsible for the mom's death!!!! Regardless of the illness, the mom had a better chance of getting healthier sooner than any of those puppies, and had they rescued the entire family, the mom could've regained her health faster, and had nourishing milk to help the babies get better, but these greedy bastards just wanted the puppies, because PUPPIES DEMAND HIGHER "ADOPTION" FEES, AND MAKE NET MORE PROFIT.......PERIOD!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The stories people are spreading is absolutely not true, they tried to help the shelter find a rescue or individual the would foster mama and babies.When they received a call 3 weeks later that no one had stepped up, and that the puppies were ill, please take puppies. Mama was very ill, but they wanted to try and save the babies. So with a heavy heart they accepted the babies, all which would have died within 2 days. These babies were not eating, full of worms, white gums, and green snot, it would be a miracle if any survived, well they are surviving and starting to grow, but still have a ways to go.2-3 days later they heard that the mom was so ill and with no one able or willing to take care of her, she was euthanized . If it wasn't for the help this rescued provided, the whole family would have dies. Where was all the other rescues? Why didn't they answer the call? and now this rescue is being harassed. These people truly love their animals and it show in the animals.

2 Arthur11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrible horrible horrible
Any rescue that pulls babies & leaved mom to die is NOT a rescue....it's a business!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Reputable rescues do not pull nursing puppies & leave their mother to die. That is completely unethical, immoral behavior.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They took a litter of unweaned pups from a shelter and left the mother behind. She was a sweet dog but was euthanized! What kind of rescue behaves in this manner??? Are they a rescue or dog flippers??? I would post no stars but I had to post at least one :(

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You are NOT A RESCUE AND HAVE NO RIGHT CLAIMING TO BE ONE. YOU PULLED PUPPIES THAT WERE TO YOUNG, LEFT THE MOM TO DIE, AND GUESS WHAT, SHE IS DEAD NOW. HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING YOU CAUSED THE DEATH OF A SWEET MOTHER DOG. THIS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY ANYONE. IT IS HEARTBREAKING AND EVIL.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They pull puppies from shelters and leave the moms there to die. When accused of it, they place the blame on everyone else.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

SHAMEFUL. A real rescue does not ever leave the mama dog behind to die. They did this. They also have been accused of keeping animals in less than desirable conditions on their property and have had an inquiry done by the SPCA previously due to a complaint received.

Shady business here and BEWARE before you decide to donate any of your hard earned money to this place.

THIS IS NOT WHAT RESCUE IS ABOUT! Saving pups and abandoning the mother dogs. This will not ever be acceptable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THIS RESCUE PULLED NURSING PUPPIES FROM THE COMMERCE ANIMAL SHELTER IN TEXAS AND LEFT THE MOTHER THERE TO DIE. WHICH SHE DID, SHE WAS PUT TO SLEEP. THIS RESCUE THEN SOLD THE PUPPIES FOR PROFIT!!! THEY HAVE SINCE TAKEN DOWN THEIR FB AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS AND ARE NOT ANSWERING CALLS
REGARDING COMMERCE ANIMAL SHELTER A MAN BY THE NAME OF BENNY WORKS THERE. HE TELLS PEOPLE THAT HEALTHY DOGS ARE TO SICK FOR ADOPTION AND TURNS AROUND AND PUTS THEM TO SLEEP

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They pulled very young puppies from a shelter and left the Momma behind. She was killed. "Rescues" do this to make money. They should be shut down.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group throws dead dogs in the dumpster. And now taking Ny babies and letting the mom die? Very sad.

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would give it zero stars if I could. This group pulls puppies that are too young and leaves the mom behind to die. I am currently fostering a mom who was pulled along with her pups by a REPUTABLE rescue group. Please do t adopt any puppies - they have very few adult dogs - from this group. They need to be shut down.

11 Morticia X.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This "rescue" pulled a litter of puppies from a high kill shelter and left the mother to be killed. Hope whatever profit they turned from the puppies was worth their mother's life. No respectable rescue would pull the puppies and not the mother. Disgusting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrible horrible horrible
Any rescue that pulls babies & leaved mom to die is NOT a rescue....it's a business!
This is sapphire & they took her babies & left her to die!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is awesome. i love it so much and i just go there to look at the dogs they have found.