This does not seem like a legitimate rescue. I’ve adopted two dogs from rescues and never had an experience like this. They assume the worst in people before even letting them meet a dog. If they want to find truly forever homes for animals they are doing it VERY wrong. I see them as nothing more than taking advantage of selling pets for profit. The adoption fees are unusually high ($695) and I’m not really sure if their pets are in great health as they wouldn’t let us meet him until we commit! Very backwards and shady. I will stick with a shelter.
ASTR is dedicated, trustworthy and extraordinarily committed to the welfare of animals. I adopted a rescue from them in August 2018. They were thorough in checking my history and in ALL of their comments about the dog I was interested in. I admire these wonderful people - I can't say enough good things about them. I am writing this because I care about the welfare of all creatures and hope that my brief story will give you confidence in working with this first-rate rescue.
I had a similar experience to another reviewer. I applied to meet a dog, and within a few hours my references were contacted before I even got a call. When the proprietor called me, she asked if I want to adopt the dog. I said yes, but of course I want to meet it first, and it must meet my other dog before I can commit. She said that’s “not how they do things.” She seemed to suggest I had to commit to adopting before even meeting the dog, and she said that the dog would be introduced to my dog when I pick it up on adoption day. She kept asking in a demanding tone “do you want to adopt the dog?” She was almost badgering me. Doing reference checks and home visits before a person gets to meet the dog they’re interested in is completely backwards. I get the impression this is not a trustworthy rescue group. Their adoption fees are extremely high ($760 for the dog I wanted). The woman I spoke with pressured me to commit to adopt before I even met the dog, saying that if I want to meet it first, I’m basically wasting their time and preventing another dog from being rescued because the quicker this dog gets adopted, the quicker a foster spot opens up for a new rescue. She said they don’t hold dogs, but I never suggested they do so and would have driven to meet the dog that day if they wanted me to. While they may be concerned about their dogs going to good homes, they don’t seem to care if it’s a good fit. She said “all our dogs are good dogs,” as if that’s true - some dogs have problems and adoption agencies should be upfront about those so that they can find the right fit. I am disappointed because my inquiry was serious, but it was met with rudeness and pushiness, as if my questioning their process meant I was an unqualified or not sufficiently interested. There are very few reviews of this organization online, so I hope this review is a cautionary tale for anyone considering adopting from them.
Honestly, a strange experience interacting with this rescue. Every interaction with the proprietor was very brief and terse. She constantly talked down to us and was extremely condescending. Additionally, it was extremely difficult to obtain ANY information about the dog that we were interested in adopting. First, you have to fill out a detailed application and submit to the rescue. Once we submitted the application, they began calling our references before even reaching out to us. Keep in mind, at this point we were still trying to find out basic details about the dog (vaccinations, adoption fee, etc.). Before arranging a meeting with the dog, they sent out someone to our home to inspect. After being told that everything was great, they asked if we wanted to meet the dog on Easter on one day's notice. We asked if it was possible to meet on the next available day, because it was impossible to get to the meeting location that they suggested on a day's notice. After 24 hours of not responding to our email, the proprietor sent a very condescending email stating that they cant hold dogs (we weren't asking them to) and that such a practice would prevent other dogs from coming in and being rescued (again, we were not asking them to 'hold' the dog), and that the dog had been adopted out.
They seem to think the worst of people without even knowing them. Also, I found their operating practices to be very pushy. They were making us feel obligated to adopt the dog before even having a chance to meet her. Adopting a dog is a very important decision, one where ensuring a strong bond between the dog and their new family is extremely important. I worry that the high-pressure sales tactics that this rescue uses rush people into making hasty decisions indicates that they are pushing dogs out their door without their best interest at heart. I hope that this is more due to the owner's lack of space for dogs and wanting to rescue as many as possible. However, after reading some of the other reviews, I worry that there is more than meets the eye going on at this operation.
I adopted my scottie, my sister adopted her dog and my best friend's dad adopted his dog, all through Aberdeen Scottish Terrier Rescue. They are a wonderful team of hardworking volunteers. I am so, so grateful for the love they have given our family and for all the love they give so many dogs. The other review stated that they felt weird about meeting in a parking lot and honestly there is nothing weird about it. They rescue dogs across OR, WA, CA and ID. They try to pick up all the new dogs coming into the rescue and also hand off all the dogs going to their forever home all on one day, in one location. Their transporter is almost always coming up from Southern California with many dogs saved from the high-kill shelters down there. Then all the fosters meet in the parking lot to accept their new foster dogs and all the people adopting that day also meet there so the fosters can bring the dogs they have been looking after. It's simply logistics for a small rescue trying to do the most good.
I am concerned this is not a legitimate operation. We were excited to adopt two puppies, but they would not disclose the rescue location. they only supply a PO box and they don't want you to come meet the puppies at the foster home. They originally told us the 2 puppies were getting spayed on Wed or Th and we could get them over the weekend. Then they said we must get them Thursday AM and they had not updated us that their surgery time had changed. I cannot imagine they would adopt out puppies less than 24 hours after being spayed. Of more concern, they set up a time to meet us in a parking lot- not even a park where the puppies could play or meet us. When I politely asked if there was a reason we could not meet the puppies at their foster home, they immediately said they did not think it was going to work out, good luck and goodbye. All this happened in one email response to my question about meeting the puppies in their home and without regard to the fact they they had interviewed us,paid a home visit, told us we were a good fit and that the puppies were ours. When I said that seemed a little drastic as I only asked with the puppies best interest at heart, no reply. I have learned from a previous experience, when I think we sadly got our last dog unknowingly from a puppy mill, that lack of transparency about the conditions the dogs are kept in and an insistence on meeting only in a public parking lot is a red flag. I hope they are just overzealous animal rescuers, but I fear they not legitimate. A close friend of mine has fostered dozens of dogs and puppies for the humane society and always allows home visits for potential owners, so there is no reason that my question was out of line if the animals are being kept in a good environment.
Review from Guidestar