Do not adopt from this rescue! Listen to the reviews posted here and the news stories about them. We didn't listen and they turned out to be exactly what the other reviewers said. We've consulted multiple veterinarians since then regarding this rescue and they all say the same thing. "Don't adopt/foster from this rescue!"
To all you Trolls out there. Who do you think you are?
You are mad because YOU didn't read YOUR contract before you signed it?
You are mad because someone who works 24/7 caring for 100 dogs doesn't have time to answer your question that is already answered on their website?
Because of YOUR disruption to this truly non-profit rescue, YOU HAVE KILLED 25 DOGS TODAY.
Yes, you, clementine, olivia6666, lindseymarie, kristin75, ksteph, mychasmam12, client served and writer, writer, writer. YOU HAVE KILLED 25 DOGS TODAY.
You are saying right now - that's a lie... No it is not! Because of your disruption of this groups efforts, they could not p/u the 25 dogs that were supposed to come up from the high kill shelter from Calif. Those dogs are now DEAD and it's on YOUR heads.
You are saying right now - no they're not dead. But yes they are! Did any one of you go down to Calif and pick them up and bring them to your home? Are you currently feeding, cleaning, treating 25 dogs in your care? No? Because they are now DEAD because your feelings were hurt.
Someone was "rude" to you and so in return YOU KILLED 25 DOGS.
What lookingforahusky? Did you know that a husky was part of the transport? No? Too late because now it's DEAD.
You all think because you now have an "outlet" to complain about your silly little lives that you should tear down someone else. YOU should walk a mile in their shoes before you say how horrible they are. YOU should get a load of dogs at 2am and try and pick off 200 ticks from a dog. Will you miss one? Yes, you probably would. Instead of complaining, why aren't you there to help?
YOU ALL say you love dogs but you will only save the ONE you adopted from them. Oh, except for today when you have realized that YOU ALL HAVE KILLED 25 DOGS TODAY!
And what about the transport next week? WILL YOU KILL ALL OF THOSE DOGS TOO?
That will be a happy Thanksgiving for you! When it comes to YOUR turn to say what YOU are thankful for will it be "I'm thankful for the internet because I can complain about the trivial aspects of my life and KILL 25 DOGS EVERY WEEK AND NOT HAVE TO GET MY HANDS DIRTY".
I simply inquired about a dog, and received a short, curt email back, answering zero of my questions. Of course they don't have a phone number which is also really sketchy. They are VERY slow to respond too. After reading all of the reviews below, I think we will definitely look elsewhere... And spread the word about this place. Even the volunteers' comments on this page are condescending. They seem like a bunch of angry people:(. Also, ATR, "required donations" are technically selling pets. Although you obviously don't want to admit that for tax purposes, etc. YOU ARE SELLING PETS.
This place is terrible! Many elements of various "one star" reviews you will read happened to my family also. Our dog was sick, they would not allow us to treat it properly. Rude mean, threats to take back the dog, even knowing that young kids have already fallen in love with it. They want you to follow their "contract" strictly but they don't hesitate to disregard or change the terms at their convenience. For example, at the time I paid $330 we agreed IN WRITING to a specific date that I would return the dog to be spayed. I planned my calendar for that specific date. Well, they changed the date to a time that absolutely did not work for us. Samantha was rude and basically yelled at me on the phone and said I I was being unreasonable and she would go ahead and take the dog back if I couldn't make the new date at work. Samantha and Jerry won't even honor their own contract. The way these guys operate is outrageous. This seems like a pretend "nonprofit" from which Samantha and Jeri no doubt profit handsomely.
If you don't mind being abused and treated terribly then by all means adopt a dog from Samantha and Jeri.
If you are looking to adopt a dog, do NOT go to ALL TERRIER RESCUE. Dogs are all initially set up to be fostered, with the contingency that ATR can reclaim (and resell) the dog at their discretion, even if their reasons are unfounded. Fees are paid in cash, with no refund. No receipt of payment is given until a dog is adopted. Animals are sent home to families sick. Personal vet checks are not permitted. Medications are distributed in zip lock bags, provided the adoptee's pick it up at a private home. This company has a strong vibe of "FOR-PROFIT" and not for dogs. Appointments for spay/neuter and pick up are rigid and commonly mid-day, mid week, with the threat of ATR reclaiming the dog if you cannot accommodate the appointments. Communication is irrational and threatening with the owners, with repeated statements like "we own the dog".
I have adopted many dogs over the years. I have never experienced anything even close to this frustrating before. I would rate ATR at a negative number if I could. This is a business for the women who run it and the dogs are their income, not their passion.
Do not support ATR and ask any companies that are helping them to drop their support as well. The dogs need people who care about them and not just the money.
PetSmart Charities will no longer allow All Terrier Rescue to adopt from any of their stores.
They are now adopting from their UNLICENSED kennel in Scapoose, OR. You can verify by calling the Columbia County Sheriffs office.
On the ATR website Samantha is stating she is a licensed animal behaviorist. Searching Oregon license database this category doesn't seem to exist. She has also told people see is a veterinarian (she isn't).
They do not follow any of the Oregon regulations regarding bring in multiple dogs from other states. Most likely the reason so many people report adopting sick dogs.
They make their living from selling these dogs and should not be classified at a non-profit. Try of find any other dog rescue with their high adoption fee.
They have pictures on their website of a pile of dog hair with a dog laying in the middle. Very questionable, anyone else would have taken a before and after picture of the dog. Did you see an earlier video on Youtube of one of them giving a small dog alcohol from her cup, then laughing.
I hope people understand these people do not represent all the ethical animal rescues in Oregon. ATR's adoption agreements are disgusting and nothing like other rescue groups. A good rescues doesn't say we can take the dog back, any time for any reason. They register the micro-chips to the adopters. Or state the adopter can't make disparaging comments about them verbally or on line. An ethical rescue dosen't need to.
Terrible and Traumatic Experience from start to finish
I want to start by saying both my husband and I have pretty extensive experience with dogs (multiple breeds and ages). We also have experience with other rescues, who (after I have shared our experience with ATR) are SHOCKED and APPALLED with the "rules" and policies this rescue has in place.
I have our entire story below but I would HIGHLY advise not working with them! They do NOT allow any medical attention or treatment to any dog, no matter how sick the dog may be and don’t explain ANYTHING about their processes or partner clinics (cost of spay/neuter, etc)…they churn and burn these poor animals. They may have started with the best intention but are now are in over their head with too many dogs, too frequently and very bad attitudes to their foster families.
They are not able and definitely not willing to support the foster families who may have issues or problems arise with their foster pup…our case was extreme, but we believe it lead to a dead puppy whom we loved very much and were willing to do whatever it took to keep alive out of our own pockets.
My husband and I went to check out some of ATR’s puppies after seeing a post on Petfinder for available dogs. We found an adorable, sweet , very sad-looking, and VERY mellow 4 month old Shepard mix. I listened to the two women talk to multiple adopters about Fostering to Adopt and read their website myself of course…everything sounded OK at that point…
After having this guy for just a few days we recognized so he wasn’t just mellow, he was very sick. We called Jeri and she told us he should be fine and that they “just didn’t know how much he had previously been playing” with other days before we got him. Basically telling us not to worry. We were very uncomfortable with the fact that we “weren’t allowed” to take him to ANY vet or clinic ourselves, even at our own expense (we made it clear that we were willing to pay whatever the cost to get this little guy better)…another day went on and he became much worse – having trouble breathing and trying to vomit almost non-stop. I called both Jeri and Samantha at this time only to reach voicemail. My husband and I actually ended up at Dove Lewis, though we did not share that with the rescue at the time because they threatened to seize the dog if we did any such thing…we were concerned for his life at this point.
While at Dove Lewis I got an call back from Samantha (very negative and nasty tone) saying we did NOT have permission to take him anywhere and that if he needed help, to bring him directly to them (at one of their homes) and that they will provide medical treatment. We left Dove Lewis immediately (though the vet was seriously concerned about him) and arrived at their home around 10pm. One of the ladies came out, asked where the dog was and said she had medicine to give him…I asked what she would going to give him and she seemed annoyed and hesitant to respond…She finally told me. We felt awful and again very uncomfortable about this situation as we were still in our car, in the middle of the street. She told me to get him out of the car and then gave him a shot right then and there, in the middle of the street! I looked up the medication later and found out its not recommended for dogs under 1 year old as it stunts growth, how could they?!!? This has to be completely against all standards for practicing medicine...
They sent us home with him and told us if he’s not better by the next afternoon to call them again. All night long he was struggling, I didn’t sleep because he was having such a difficult time. He was NOT ok by any means and I couldn’t bare keeping him without being able to take him to a proper clinic…It was the hardest decision but we had to give him back to these women against’ our better judgment and all gut feelings. We had out hands tied. It was completely horrible.
There should be NO reason why they can’t allow foster parents to sign something and take animals to get medical attention (at their own expense). It doesn’t make sense at all and morally seems completely wrong.
I cannot believe they don’t provide the option to let their “foster to adopt” families take these animals somewhere if they choose to pay for medical attention on their own. Again, our circumstances were hopefully extreme and uncommon but this organization is SHADY SHADY SHADY! The one thing I will give them is that they did say these dogs may have illness, pickup kennel cough, etc…but to send such a sickly dog home with foster parent who can’t do anything to help is complete torture…They are in over their head and need to rethink their ethics and business processes…Be warned, they might have cute and very deserving dogs to foster/adopt but they are completely awful to work with!
You guys steal people's dogs. Justice or jail time.
Do not adopt from this rescue! I work at an animal hospital near them and we get newly adopted dogs from them frequently. The puppies almost 100 percent of the time are sick, have contagious diseases and one extreme case that we barely saved. They throw clavamox at any symptom just to appear that they are treating the pet without seeking vet treatment. One patient came in as an emergency, who was being fostered by our client, barely alive after days of the foster parent reaching out to ATR for help, without anything other then clavamox. This pet hadn't eaten or drank in days, couldn't walk, pale gums, and slowed respiratory rate. Once all terrier rescue found out the foster saught treatment they called us yelling saying we're not authorized to treat this pet who needs oxygen, IV fluids and hospitalization. They had they're lawer contact us, we explained this dog was dying before our eyes and had our lawyer talk to him. After hours of back and fourth they signed the dog over. Absolutely disgusting people who work there. Part of there adoption contract is that you cannot bad mouth them or write negative reviews. Who needs that in a contract?
Was looking to adopt a dog from them in June of 2015. I felt the staff was rude and unprofessional. They gave curt answers and treated the dogs harshly. One of the representatives was showing me how to "properly" walk a dog. She jerked the dog powerfully back and forth and I couldn't detect any kindness in the handling. Compared to the place we actually adopted from (Three Rivers Human Society in Madras) All Terrier Rescue was a joke. I know there are two sides to every story but I imagine what has come up on the news is mostly correct. Adopt from any other shelter you can.
You need to return Ollie to his family. With all of the negative reviews you have on your website you might want to re-think how you do things and encourage your volunteers not to be so rude and heartless to people.
A "non-profit" organization called All Terriers Rescue is holding my friend and co-workers dog hostage and will not return her to their family, of which they have a 9-year-old son who is desperately missing his dog.
Here's the story; They adopted this dog from All Terriers Rescue 6 months ago. Recently little Olly, 8 months old, escaped from their fully fenced in yard. They have no idea how this happened. Their other dog who is 6 has never escaped and was still in the yard. Olly was microchipped and the microchip number was still registered to All Terriers. An oversight for sure, but due to losing both her father and brother in the last 6 months AND the adoption of their nephew; it's COMPLETELY understandable. However, All Terriers REFUSES to give them their dog back. They are trying to say they don't believe the dog was well cared for and "isn't leashed" or "crate trained" so there has been a "breach of contract"
I have been to their house. I have even puppy sat Olly while they were going through these hard times. This pup is loved and has almost an entire acre (fenced) that she can run and play in so they don't need to crate her and they have been working on the leash but she's 8 MONTHS! My dog Ninja is two years old and still is learning on a leash. That doesn't mean a dog is abused or neglected.
We went to PetSmart today Sept 28th to try and talk with the head of the organization and they were so incredibly rude and defiant and absolutely appalling even while we were calm and collected. Samantha Miller who has a history of irrational behavior said to us "Say one more word and I promise you will never see your dog again".
After researching their reviews and their "non-profit" status it's clear this is not the first time they have done this. They have a 1-star rating just about everywhere. Reviews consistently report they have sick dogs and make new adoptive pup parents sign contracts stating they "are NOT to take the dog to the vet". (probably because they will get in trouble) They have been reported by veterinarians to the American Veterinary Medical Association for administering unsafe "health care" to animals.
We had to leave the store with a little boy in tears and no Olly. I am literally baffled by their behavior. It's clear they want to keep the dog to try and resell for more money and they care NOTHING about this dog being paired with a happy and healthy home.
I don't know what is going on with this "rescue" but there is some shadiness beyond anything I have ever seen.
I've also started a petition for Olly's return home and for this organization to be SHUT DOWN or at the very least... investigated.
If you made it through all of this, thank you. And please consider helping a family in need.
I rescued a pup from this group recently and here was my horrifying experience:
Our family was excited to get another pup. My daughter found that this group was going to be at the local Pet Smart and found a few pups she wanted to look at. We brought in our lab to make sure the dogs would be compatible. We instantly were drawn to Cooper. They took my License so we could check the dog out and said we could take him and my other dog into the Pet Smart pen. The dogs instantly bonded and we just new. Then I started the paperwork. I read through the fostering paperwork and instantly had concerns. I then asked about the no taking the dog to the vet policy and knowing many dogs have kennel cough and wanting to protect both mine and the new pup I asked if I could pay to take him to their vet. I got told no because most vets are not familiar with rescue dogs and they pick apart every little thing that could be wrong with them. This was said by one if the employees on a threatening way. I had to walk away from the desk at this point for a few moments. Seeing my kids so excited about the pup I went back and signed the paperwork. After signing everything the owner came and Sat in a chair across from me and said "I have been told you are being confrontational with my employees". She then went on the bully me and threaten me if I take the pup to the vet she would take the puppy. And if I did not agree to her rules she would take the dog from my kids and put him back in the pen and he would be gone in 10 minutes. She went on to say if i did anything against the contract they would show at my house with the police and take the dog back. She made me look her in the eyes and say I agree. Had my family not gotten so attached I would have walked but, well, puppy face. That's exactly how she gets you. I then got home to find out he was fixed so he could officially be ours so my husband ran back and finalized it. Please do not purchase from them. I plan on talking with the store as well.
I have been to two different adoption events at the Tigard Petsmart and both times I was shocked by how exceptionally rude and condescending the main lady with the short black hair was. Every single person she interacted with she treated as if they were an idiot.
She refused to answer questions about any of the dogs, saying, "obviously you didn't read anything on our website..." (and they literally have no information or bios about any of the dogs on their website), yelled at her co-workers in front of everyone, and snapped at people who were looking at dogs, trying to tell them they were interacting with the dogs wrong (I've raised and trained dogs my whole life, nothing anyone was doing was wrong, she told one guy who was comforting a dog that was a bit nervous that he was "reinforcing bad behavior" and that he was basically teaching the dog to hate people..)
They have lots of beautiful sweet dogs but with their main point of contact being so outstandingly awful to everyone they're never going to find their forever homes.
I challenge you to go to one of their adoption events, interact with her, and not leave feeling angry. Hey bet she doesn't even remember me because she gives the same remarkably terrible customer service to everyone.
I adopted a dog from this rescue a little over a year ago. I recently took my pup in for a check up and it was revealed to me that he had not been microchipped. When I paid the organization a $300 adoption fee they told me a chip was included with this. I emailed the organization just to let them know, as I assumed it was an oversight. I received an email back and was unapologetic and frankly quite rude.
My family adopted this sweet and loving German Shepard mix from the All terrier rescue back in August. Our family loved this dog but soon found out he had severe separation anxiety that would lead to behavior that could hurt him like jumping out of windows and over fences, as well as squeezing out of his kennel. We contacted Samanatha thinking she really cared about the dogs she had but we were met with hostility and condescending comments. When we asked if she would take the dog back she said that if we can't contain him then they can't either so we could do whatever the heck we wanted with him. So assuming our contract was no longer binding we tried to take him to a humane society and when they called her she told them we missed an appointment with her that previous day. So then we called her and she didn't even know who was our dog. After more rude remarks from her she said that we would have to give our dog to someone else not a shelter. We asked for a written statement from her saying our contract was no longer binding and she said no. Later that same night I email her again to get in writing what she told me over the phone to have legal proof she wouldn't take him back. Instead I had email saying to bring him back on a Thursday before another adoption event. If our family could keep this dog we would because one thing is clear to us this organization does not care for the dogs they claim to care about. Unprofessional and scamming are what I would call this organization.
Terrible customer service! I emailed to ask if a dog that was posted online was still available and received this response: "Please do not email to ask if a dog is available. If the picture is posted then it is." No salutation, closing, or anything--incredibly unprofessional and uninviting. Knowing that shelters and especially third-party websites are often delayed in updating their postings, this is not an unreasonable question to ask over email before taking additional steps to try to meet a potential pet. Not only was this response overly curt, the individual provided no information on next steps I might take to pursue adoption. I will certainly NOT be looking to support this organization anytime soon.
PLEASE read all of this:
When I saw all of these reviews, believe me I thought that they were lying. How can an organization be that bad? Well I figured it out later on. On September 7th, 2017. I got my wonderful puppy, he was a Pomeranian mix. I named him Kai. I absolutely fell in love with him first sight, I knew I had to get this wonderful dog before anyone else could. I asked questions to one of the staff there and she answered my questions the best way that she could and that was good enough for me! Samantha was very kind and informative, she told us that when we were fostering our new dog we had to follow the rules in which I could understand. One of the ladies there was pretty rude, she seemed to be old herself. But everyone else waited patiently for my dad to get money from the nearest ATM, later on he came and we gave them the money. Everything was going well. Until we saw that the appointment for the dog was on a Monday, which was when I was in school and when my dad was working (he's the only one that drives). The old lady told us that it was okay, we could maybe take an Uber. They TOLD us that the appointment was in Tigard.
So then, we went to Tigard for his supposed appointment on September 11, 2017. And you know what happened? They old us that the appointment was ACTUALLY in Portland. They never told us. I cannot believe this. And then we had to call someone named Jery and we told her that we couldn't make the appointment anymore since that wasn't possible, we had to turn in our puppy to them right away. We told her that they never told us that it was going to be in Portland. She didn't care. I am beyond upset, me and my family loved this little puppy. I miss him already. It's been 1 hour since my brother went to go turn him in. I am never, NEVER going to go to this organization and the Humane Society again. I absolutely despise them. I hope people see what they did to me.
Let me add on, that I took very good care of this dog when I had him, I gave him food and water when I saw he needed it. I cleaned up after his pee and poop. I did everything to make him feel safe in my home. But it seems I cannot do that anymore.
Right now I am crying alone in my room, I think I cannot get another dog, not like this one. I hate these people for taking him away. I don't understand at all.
I wish I could get him back.
I can't stop crying.
These people are rude simply asked if a dog was still available so I could drive down from Seattle to look at him, and she said I lived to far away. I emailed back to ask if she doesn't adopt out of state and she told me to stop she can't help me I live to far away. Even though I was going to come down to get the dog myself. Doesn't seem like adopting these dogs out are their first priority. Rude staff
I think it's strange that so many people complain about this organization. These dogs were going to die if they were not picked up from kill shelters. While the personality of the workers may offend you, just curious if you would go pick up 40+ dogs on a moments notice with an 18 hour drive to grab dogs that would die. I mean, I have never done that. I'm just glad they do. With that said, I adopted to day and we are happy with our new puppy. I think this is an amazing organization and happy they are committed to helping these animals ❤️ Plus I wonder if you do this full time if after a while you become somewhat frustrated/disgusted with so many people that treat animals like throw aways of society that it does affect your tolerance for people in general.