To the person named "Writer" below ...
Maybe you should consider that you should have been more responsible than to decide to take on the "forever home" responsibility of an already traumatized animal for your pet and then decide "months later" to join the U.S. Navy ... with no one to take care of that pet .... and then blame it on this rescue organization for not immediately having a new home available for the pet to be "returned to", as if the poor thing was an item you bought from Walmart and could return when you decided you didn't really need or want it. One would assume that you put some thought into your decision to join the U.S. Military, and therefore would have considered that possibility before taking on the commitment of a "forever home" for a new pet when adopting. Obviously, you didn't think one of the two decisions out very well.
I won't even get into your comments about food allergies, as that is a highly subjective topic and subject to a myriad of different approaches. I guarantee you, you don't strike me as being the most knowledgeable on the subject ... so I'll just leave that item alone.
I appreciate your willingness to serve our Country, I am a proud U.S. Marine's daughter. I have fostered several soldiers' dogs with Soldier's Angels Pet Guardians since our Country went to war in Iraq in 2002. I honor our U.S. military and support them in most ways that I am able. However, you should have taken more time to consider your long term commitment to bringing a new member into your family and balanced that with your potential future plans, such as volunteering to enlist. Being a member of the U.S. Military means adhering to very strong rules of commitment, honor, trust and willingness to always take care of your team members ... and leave no man behind. Think about that, deeply.
That all being said, I hope you grow up and mature through your training in the U.S. Navy. In the meantime, you should stop trying to throw trash on the reputations of a group of very hard working, self sacrificing and dedicated people that run this organization for no personal gain except the love they have for these discarded animals and their tireless drive to find them safe and loving homes.
Maybe I should say I'm sorry for speaking my mind, but I am not. You sound like a very self centered person who lashes out at others, regardless of the pain caused, when everything doesn't go exactly your way. Hopefully, the U.S. Navy will train that out of you .... if not, try the U.S. Marine Corp at Parris Island, SC. I guarantee THEY will.
My best wishes for your continuation of growth as a human and a sailor.
Barbara in Alvin, Texas.
i adopted a pet AAVA and in the paperwork they hand wrote in kitten was suspected of having ringworm .... they never shared this information with me and now my pet is so badly infected and now it is spreading to my other pets and family
BS you can't be a nonprofit and try to charge for an animal that is not in your care, to start with they lie about there animals, I adopted JANE a blue pitbull terrier, she is allergic to some dog foods and I know they will not tell the new owner which means she will develop a rash again. I will never get another animal from here, and I will NEVER tell someone to get their future pet from this greedy "supposed" animal rescue. I got my baby from them everything was all cookies and cake. A few months down the road I decided to join the Navy, contacted them like they're contract stated asked if I could find my baby a new home. They agreed to let me all I had to do was email them my intentions, which I did. After emailing them I the find out they intended to change another adoption fee for my baby, to which I replied I was going to ask a fee but NEVER FORGET INTENDED to take just wanted to make sure my baby went to a good home. With all this I returned my baby to this place agents my better judgement, I walked away crying my eyes out. The only reason they got a star from me is cause I had to so I could write this review.
The review just below this one is wrong on so many levels. First off, 90% of AAVA's rescued animals are in foster homes of volunteers, most of whom have full time jobs and families. All sick dogs or cats pulled from the shelter are nursed back to good health, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated by a veterinarian for every possible ailment prior to being offered for adoption. Where AAVA differs from many other rescues, and why their financial situation may be on the critical list, is due to the fact they don't just pick and choose the cute puppies or purebred dogs whose adoption fees will more than cover what it costs to have them vetted. I foster for them and everything that I need for my fosters is always responded to. If having 3 fosters, (all of whom are treated the same as my own 2 dogs; well fed and allowed to take up space on furniture) make me a so-called "hoarder", then so be it. Potential adopters are screened and follow-ups are done by volunteers. A small percentage of healthy rescued dogs are boarded, but only because there is a lack of available foster home space. Those in boarding along with fosters are taken to pet adoption events weekly.
Is see that five reviews were submitted on one day. All glowing.
AAVA has fallen so far from their heyday. They are glorified hoarders, keeping dogs in boarding, some for years. They have mismanaged their funds so badly that they cannot pay for the care of the animals they have in boarding and the quality of the care the animals are getting is substandard.
They are so desperate to unload the animals they have, that they are placing them without any reference checks or follow-up.
If you want to help the animals of Vermilion Parish, adopt or rescue the dogs yourself. Do NOT sponsor dogs who will end up in the appalling "care" of AAVA.
Day after day, this organization fights fr the lives of animals destined to a horrific death by gas chamber. It's non-stop. Everytime they manage to take pictures of anumals, get them posted and literally beg for fosters, adopters, rescues, for any one to help them out in any way imaginable, they SOMEHOW pull it off. I understane they have a great following and many prayers are sent to help them save all those beautiful animals, prayers are often not enough. And yet....they struggle and fight ti make it happen. And just when everyone breaths a sigh of relief knowing what they have accomplished. The sheltters are full again, There isn't a days rest. Animal Aid for Vermilion Area are an AMAZING cohesive group of people that are undaubted by adversity. I am cannot begin to tell you the lengths they went to, to make sure the 2 dogs I adopted from them arrived safely from LA to CO. Because of their dedication I am blessed everyday with two funny little dogs from Louisiana. May God continue to Bless their endeavors!!
I foster and transport for this rescue.These ladies amaze me at their loving,nurturing dispositions and passion to save owner surrendered or stray animals from a horrific death in a gas chamber.I currently have 5 of their foster dogs and have driven countless animals to their new leases on life.Because of this organization,I have hope in humanity again!
This charity is amazing. They save companion animals from a high kill gas chamber facility that allows no public adoptions. The only hope for these animals is through rescue. They are an extremely hard working group of volunteers with families and jobs that devote every spare minute to fight against this horribly inhumane form of euthanasia.
Animal Aid for Vermillion Area (AAVA) a 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization that saves dogs and cats from the gas chamber in the high-kill shelter in Kaplan, Louisiana that offers no adoption program to the public. Pets who are brought may be killed within 4 days in an gas chamber where it takes 45 minutes or longer for the dogs to die. AAVA has rescued over 1,600 dogs and 500 cats from the shelter, sending them to other animal rescues, foster homes, adopting them to the public and maintaining the remainder themselves -- covering all vetting and transportation charges. They work very hard to promote the animals and find families for them and they've gained the trust and respect of the shelter in Kaplan, which makes an effort to work with AAVA. We are a foster home to one of the dogs AAVA saved. AAVA desperately needs more support from the community to continue doing the amazing work they've been doing.
Animal Aid for Vermillion Area (AAVA) is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization that saves dogs and cats from the gas chamber in the high-kill shelter in Kaplan, Louisiana. Of course, all high-kill shelters are abominable places, but the one in Kaplan is its own kind of hell: the facility is only about animal and rabies control, it has no adoption program to the public, and pets who are brought there are killed within 4 days unless reclaimed or rescued. And they aren't humanely euthanized -- they are tortured to death in an archaic gas chamber where it takes approximately 45 minutes for a healthy dog to be killed, even longer for puppies and pregnant, senior or sick dogs. In the past 18 months, AAVA has rescued over 1,600 dogs and 500 cats from the shelter. Of those, approximately 400 dogs and all the cats were taken by other rescues; AAVA took the rest. This means that seven completely focused, devoted, determined, amazing core volunteers rescued 1,200 dogs.