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Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally rescued my baby boy from Anchors Up. Cherie was very professional and made the process very easy as her understanding of how important this process was for me. She had my baby go thru a full physical. When I picked him up, he had all his shots, had been wormed and neutered and I was told he would need to see my Vet for tarter on a few of his teeth. Thank you Cherie for being so kind and understanding. Anchors Up is the best.
Before leaving my review I read some others. It's really sad to me that other rescues in my area have to leave negative reviews. Know the facts first before slandering your competition Please.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this organization! They are very professional and organized and have the biggest hearts for animals .
My rescue from them has been the joy of our lives ... I cannot thank them enough and tell all my friends to adopt!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This rescue does not provide proper medical care. They pulled a 12 year old senior chihuahua with a heart murmur & severely emaciated. Rather than do blood work which would have clearly shown she was extremely diabetic and crashing fast they clearly shown in the photo declined any work up. She almost died because of their neglect. They had no plans to address her heart murmur. They had no plans to treat her, they just labeled her hospice and were going to let her die. Luckily for her she escaped their neglect and after THOUSANDS of dollars worth of care is now very happy, healthy & had MANY years left.

1 Mylissa M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is not a legitimate rescue.
The individual pulls pets, and do not properly care for them. They denied many pets proper veterinary care.
Rescue of a pet, is not just pulling it from the shelter. She has abandoned these pets on fosters, without any means for proper veterinary care.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The 3 bad reviews (all in a row) were not claimed by their writers. So I'm going to let everyone know that they were left by Claire Golightly Ramsey of the Churchill foundation, Mylissa Mcgee, a nobody, and either Karen Krebs, Debbi Hunsinger or Stacia Burkhart. These women were TOLD to leave these reviews, hence why they are left all at the same time, and have zero truthful facts. NONE of these woman have ever met ANYONE on the Anchors Up team. Not even once.
The dogs they are referring to were saved by Anchors Up when NO OTHER RESCUE would step up. I personally have proof of everything to follow :
They're claim:
"Dumping dogs on fosters and making them do fundraising" is in regards to a senior Chihuahua Nico, that was rescued from the animal foundation and was deemed unfit for surgery. He is still alive and well. However His foster, Charlotte Presley Palermo, refused to give him back because she wanted to adopt him, but she also didn't want to have to pay for any of his medical. And when Anchors up informed her that his issue was not life-threatening, he was not in any pain or suffering in anyway, On the contrary he was a healthy happy boy! so his minor issue would have to wait, that we had other medical dogs that were suffering and needed attention, That she could adopt him now...or return him to the rescue so that he can be adopted. She saw a post that I put up about a dog that we just pulled was too crippled back legs and she got pissy and called big mouths in the rescue community so that they could blast Anchors up, stating that we were neglectful. It is just simply untrue. Our fosters do help us a great deal with our fundraising efforts, and they are happy to do it ! but this woman was unreasonable and greedy, however she was great to Nico, so I did not fight her on the adoption. I had her sign the adoption contract and send it back to me and she did. But more importantly, the dog is doing great!.
They're claim:
"Pulling medical dogs and not treating them". Just give me a break! We have spent every single penny we have saving these animals. I hate fundraising. I despise asking for money. Just having to post that we need a couple hundred dollars for a dog to have a dental makes my skin crawl. So I use all of my own funds to take care of the dogs that I rescue. I also have a trained and licensed veterinary technician on my staff who comes by the house anytime we pull a dog to do an assessment. The dog that they are referring to, her name is Europa. 15 years old, severely emaciated and scared. I had 8 open fosters one week because we had a huge adoption event. So I went to the shelter to rescue 8 urgent dogs. On the way to the shelter, I found another dog under a car (Peanut) with a broken tail who was severely neglected. So we took him in. Then when I got to the shelter, they told me that this Chihuahua, Europa was two hours away from her last breath and if we didn't take her, she wasn't going to make it the night. They informed me that no other rescue has accepted her. Emails were sent out to every rescue in Las Vegas and no one wanted her. So guess what? We took her too. With no plan, with no real place to put her, we took her out of that place so that, at the bare minimum, she didn't have to die in there. So that she could have a chance. One of my best medical fosters was kind enough to open her home and take her in.
Three weeks later, she had gained a little bit of weight and she was eating and feeling better. Not nearly as terrified as she was in the beginning.
Now here's where it gets icky; A woman I know who runs another rescue asked if I had any dogs that would benefit from being with a woman who was home all day, AND runs a trusted rescue in Montana. And I said absolutely! That will help us to make more room to save more dogs!
Europa was on her way there when Claire of the churchill foundation decided she wanted her. (Mind you, She didn't want her in the last month that we had her, and she didn't want her when she was being threatened to be put down in the shelter, because she may have cost her a little bit of money… ) But NOW all of a sudden thats she's on her way to Montana, she wants this dog?. But she doesn't call me to tell me this. She doesn't say a word to me. The president. The founder of the rescue.
Unbeknownst to me, the woman that offered to take her to Montana, turned around and handed her off to Claire. No one asked me if this was OK. No one told me what was happening. Claire asked me to transfer the chip, her words being "long story short, I have Europa."
I was in the middle of a family crisis, so I didn't ask too many questions because Claire is also a legitimate rescue. Then All of a sudden, my good name and my rescues name is being dragged through the mud stating that I neglected this dog. Huh??? And to make matters worse, We only had her for 3 1/2 weeks. There's no way the type of neglect she had could've been imposed (or resolved!!) by us in three short weeks. She was seen by two different doctors. East Charleston animal hospital and companion animal hospital. They both said we needed to get her weight up a little bit. We did the best we could for her. And WE SAVED HER when our adversaries wanted her to die in the shelter instead of being given a chance. They're lying, they are slandering, they are making things up so they can gain donations and run us out of town, because they see us as competition? I don't know. All I know is that there are over 100 happy families right now with dogs from our rescue, that they consider their children. We also have not lost a dog yet. This isnt a business. We are here to save dogs. Why don't you help us, instead of trying to tear us down ??

So there you have it. Now you can witness the pettiness, greed and drama that comes with rescuing dogs.
But we won't quit. We don't Do it for good reviews or donations or kudos.
We do it all for the dogs.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have 100% verifiable proof that this "rescue" pulled a dog and did NOTHING besides feed and shelter her. Rather, they labeled the dog "hospice" and allowed the dog to languish for over 2 months, with NO medical treatment, all the while getting worse and worse.

The dog was placed on transport to Montana and only then, was her dire medical condition recognized. Thankfully she ended up in the care of a TRUE rescue where her grade 5 heart murmur was addressed along with her out of control diabetes.

After nearly a week in the hospital the dog was placed in a loving foster home where she continues to thrive.

Pulling a dog and throwing kibble at it does not equate rescue. It's neglect. If you don't have the resources to address an animals medical needs, either don't agree to take the animal or raise the funds to care for it.

She pulls dogs to inflate her ego and her stats. Why does she pull dogs from Southern California? Because many Vegas shelters have blacklisted her.

Bottom line, I wouldn't trust Cherie or this "rescue" to remove carcasses from the roadside let alone care for living, breathing, sentinent creatures.

Interesting all the positive reviews only appeared after she was called out on social media. That's called damage control.

4 Regan T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster for Anchors up for awhile now- Cherie is amazing , she goes above and beyond. The pets rescued are the priority- its been a pleasure to be part of such and amazing organization

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every business, non-profit or for profit, undergoes some scrutny. Sometimes you just can't make everyone happy. However, be-that-as-it-may, when it comes to saving the life of a shelter dog, who's literally a breath from death, there is only 1 thing a rescue has on their mind at that time: URGENCY. The urgency in the need to get that animal safe. As a foster, I discuss what is expected of them and what they can expect from me, at times tho, when you are the type of rescue that saves those that no one wants, there's no time for worrying about money!!! You save the dog to make sure it's needs are met and then get help with donations. It's not ideal or the way we'd like it to go, but it is what it is. I know for a fact Cherie used her entire life savings to medically treat these animals. She has asked her Foster's to help her fundraise... and we do! We are team! She can't do this on her own! And what's more, a question on my mind is; where were all the rescues when the said dog needed rescue? HIDING. Hiding because this particular dog was not "adoptable" and they couldn't have flipped her for profit.
Well Anchor's Up will always step up to save a life, never allowing harm to the animal while in their care. If there is a medical need, that animal will be taken care of. they have a medical director who has a license and veterinary care on their staff! Dogs don't go without being seen! Anchor's Up has a fantastic reputation throughout Nevada AND Cali and with dozens upon dozens of out of state rescues, and people in general. Those who choose to "review" otherwise do not have all the facts or leave out facts. I know I speak for many when I say I stand behind Cherie Durand, her cause and how she operates. Anchor's Up Rescue Group ROCKS!

2 Foster Life LV

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is wonderful. This rescue actually rescues dogs in danger of euthinasia. the rescue community has very few REAL rescues. Sadly most rescues only gather dogs for fast really cash only. They do not actually get dogs that are homeless and hurt...they get people's lost pets and resell them. This rescue does not do that. I personally have gone to Animal Foundation to take dogs that were set to be euthanized. Great dogs that no rescue would pull because the medical cost would cut into thier profit. These dogs found fantastic homes. I know because I helped find these fantastic homes. Again a wonderful rescue to foster for and adopt from.

4 Inara M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen anyone do more for animals than Cherie Durand and Anchors Up. She pulls the unwanted animals that are ready to be put down and if necessary spends all her personal funds on medical. DONT BELIEVE ANY BAD REVIEWS. There is a group of horrid women that have a personal vendetta against her and have vowed to discredit her. One of them even said, I don't care how many animals she rescued that b!&$@ is going down. I would bet my house and reputation on the legitimacy of Cherie and her rescue. I hope God forgives those terrible people that put pride and ego before animals.

3 Sussie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with Anchor's Up just short of a year ago. Cherie is a woman who's love for animals, dogs in particular, is unmeasurable. Her belief is rescuing the underdog, the cute adorable ones will be saved it's the forgotten, the overlooked, the ones nobody wants that we focus on. When we rescue a dog,one of the first priorities is to have said pup taken to our vet for initial exam. We have labs taken, dental exam, x-rays if needed and if there's a reason for treatment we schedule follow up.
As an example of the kind of character the Anchor's Up Crew possesses, recently Cherie forwarded an email to me from a shelter here in Cali that had two dogs that were in serious danger of being pts. Cherie had asked if I would please see what I could do for them. I am part of her Cali Rescue Team. So I did just that. I coordinated with shelter staff to arrange for pick up of these two beautiful boys and on Friday drove 2 1/2 hours one way to save them! What's more the woman at the shelter said she had sent out over 100 emails to a variety of non profit rescues, and the like but that we were the only rescue to respond and come thru. These two are currently being vetted and after a few weeks of settling into living outside the shelter they will be ready for their forever family!
Cherie's a person with a heart of gold! These abused, neglected, abandoned pups are extremely lucky to have her on their side. She is anything but irresponsible in the care of these dogs, no, she in fact goes above and beyond. Anyone who claims otherwise is a person with envy in their heart. I love being a part of Anchor 's up Rescue Group! Irescue4life
Suzzie W

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would rate this rescue ZERO stars. Pulling many animals from Southern Nevada and California shelters with behavioral or medical needs is great, unless you're a rescue that fails to provide the much needed medical assessment and follow throug. To say they support animal welfare is almost laughable if it wasn't so sad & frustrating to see happening. Dogs not given proper medical care and forcing fosters to do their own fundraising or financial backing of an animal when the rescue refuses to extend treatment, dogs not accepted back into rescue if things don't work out with fosters or adopters, leaving an animals fate uncertain and other local rescues scrambling to help, threatening and creating lies about anyone and everyone that questions their motives so to take the focus off them...this is the MO of this 'rescue,' that just wants to save them all. Beware! Sustaining an animals life is not always equivalent to rescuing it.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Best non profit? No! I am a rescuer and animal advocate who actually saved one of the dogs that Anchors Up had already supposedly "saved," but actually they just pulled the dog and tried to ship her off to Montana with zero vetting addressing her actual health issues which included a heart murmur, diabetes, and mammary tumors. My vet said that this dog would have been dead in a month because of this neglect.
Ask yourself, have you ever seen actual fundraising and actual transparency of funds? No.
Ask yourself how is someone pulling from multiple states with limited resources?
I'm sure as soon as I post this their supporters will attack me just as they have others. They have threatened with lawsuits. They have slandered children. They are a disgrace to rescue.
And if anyone is wondering if I can prove my statements? Yes, I can. I have records and screenshots of everything I just wrote.
Please stop supporting bad rescues that leave a mess for legit rescues to clean up.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Great, i think NOT only great about this so called rescue is the founder cherie knows how to market. I am a 7 yr long animal rescue volunteer with several legit non profit rescues and we have seen her work. She has done direct adopts off the rescue only list from the shelter with no home check, no meet and greet with family and dog, nada and when it doesn't work out has left that family high and dry and with the dog no place.to go but back to the shelter because anchors up.washes their hands of the responsibility of the dog. She has also.left dogs in need of medical attention with fosters and told them.to do a go fund me...that is the rescues job not the fosters. Many rescues in las vegss have had to clean up several messes to help.dogs anchors up, so called rescued, and then refused.to claim them.

There is not much legit about this rescue

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

They rescued my new baby boy about two weeks ago. We made one call and he was ours the next day.
Kilo has already become a big part of our family.
Thank you Cherie

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cherie and Anchors Up are a fantastic example of a great rescue. Saving the down and out dogs for their age or medical reasons. What a wonderful team of people who take in dogs to foster or keep for themselves. Much love and applause!

4 Traci Jean G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first began working with Cherie we instantly bonded over our love for animals. Our first partnered rescue was with a dog named Quarter from Carson. He was alleged to be a biter and was in quartine and had to go out on an indemnity waiver. When I asked for help Anchors Up didn't bat an eye. They had seen my work and Cherie was the only person willing to take that risk with us. I'm happy to say it all paid off and now Teddy is living the good life. I could go on and on about all the other successes we've had together but see for yourself on any of our Facebook posts. I can't say enough how grateful I am to now be her rescue sister. I stand beside her 100%

5 Briana M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly this organization cares only about saving dogs. Not the money or drama like so many others. Just honest animal love!

3 Jackie M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization rescued a 15 year old dog from Carson Animal Shelter and while looking at dogs there ourselves, Cherie gave us the opportunity to adopt Cuddles from her organization in January. We love to give old dogs a chance at a good life. Cuddles is a great dog, and whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks hasn't met Cuddles. She apparently was not house trained and has made great strides at going to the door to let us know she needs to go out. She has a mind of her own, but if allot of fun to watch her every time my husband goes in the kitchen, she thinks he is getting her treats. I affectionately call her Cuddle Butt. In the future I hope to rescue more elderly dogs from Anchors Up Rescue.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this rescue on so many dogs...They will take the ones that nobody else will, they have saved so many lives.. They will jump up and run to help!!!!!!! They care deeply for all furbabies, and I trust them 100%