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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: All-volunteer Best Dawg Rescue (DAWG) was founded in 2003 to ensure that DC area, shelter dogs who risk euthanasia due to medical needs, shyness, or age are given the opportunity for a new, committed life. Each dog is given routine and/or specialized medical treatment and nurtured until an appropriate adopter is found through weekly adoption shows. No dog is placed without individualized home visits and careful education. And all dogs are welcomed back, should an adoption fail. Individuals seeking adoption are provided educational materials regarding care and training of dogs. DAWG also promotes the prevention of cruelty by immediately reporting abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

Programs: Medical care and boarding of animals as they await adoption.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Barbara260

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 dogs over 12 years from Best Dawg! Their #1 interest is the well being and happiness of the dogs they are trying to place. It is about the dogs - not the self righteous individuals that think they have are above reproach during the selection and approval process.
This is a group of concerned and loving volunteers - not a mega-charity with a mega-budget - who want to ensure a successful adoption of very deserving dogs!
The loves of our lives came from Best Dawg!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The application process for Best Dawg is long and I was initially rejected without response as to why. However, about a year later, I applied again - giving more specific answers and was accepted as potential adopter. The people at Best Dawg then went beyond expectations by bringing three particular dogs to meet me ... and then bringing all three the next week to meet my husband. Once we chose, Best Dawg arranged a home visit and brought the dog to us within a short time. The group is all volunteer and they are dedicated to finding homes and caring for as many dogs as possible. Perhaps their communications could be better but their care of and for the dogs couldn't be.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My husband and I were looking to adopt a dog. We found a dog online from Best Dawg Rescue and submitted an application. Within a few hours I received a response from "Sam" saying they were pursuing a potential adopter for that dog and she was no longer available. The email was signed "Best of Luck." I thought this was a little odd, as other rescues I've been in contact with always seemed pretty friendly and if a dog I had been interested in was pending an adoption, they would suggest applying for another dog in their rescue, or to check back in the future for more dogs. Best Dawg didn't seem interested in having me apply for any of their other dogs.

However, the following weekend my husband and I went to the Best Dawg adoption event at Petco in Beltsville. We met a dog there and fell in love. The rescue volunteers acted a little strange when we said we were interested in applying for that dog, but they told us to send an email to them since we had already submitted an application for that other dog. I immediately sent an email and didn't hear back. I sent a follow up email two days later and received an email within an hour again from "Sam" stating, "Sorry to disappoint you, but your application was not selected. Best of luck." At this point, I'm a little frustrated and annoyed since the email seemed a bit cold and I was curious why we were not selected. One of the questions on their lengthy application asked if my spouse or I was in the military, in which I replied yes, because my husband is. I replied back to "Sam" and asked why our application was not selected, was it because my husband is in the military? I then mentioned that if they don't adopt their dogs to a registered nurse and physician, with a large home and fenced in backyard, then what type of people do they adopt their dogs to? I realize we have busy/long work days, but we had already made arrangements for when we did get a dog so it wouldn't be an issue. Anyhow, "Sam" rudely responds to my email, stating that I have no right whatsoever to question their decision to turn down our application since I signed a statement when I submitted the application. Again, the email was signed "Best of Luck."

Immediately after my emails with "Sam", my husband wrote a (negative, but honest) review on Yelp briefly stating our experience with this rescue, and the review somehow got deleted. In the end, it all worked out and I'm glad we ended up not adopting from this shady "organization." If I were you, I would look into adopting elsewhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many animal rescue groups to choose from when deciding to volunteer. I choose to volunteer for Best Dawg because many of the dogs they rescue are those that other rescue groups overlook simply because the dogs may need a little bit of medical care to get them ready for adoption. For example, many of Best Dawg's dogs test positive for heartworms or need surgery. By committing to spending the extra money, often quite a bit of money, Best Dawg gives these great dogs a chance to be adopted into a great home.

Review from Guidestar

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

I visited an adoption event sponsored by this group and decided to apply for one of their dogs. My son and my other dog were with me, and the dog we wanted to adopt responded positively to all of us, especially my dog. I filed the application on Saturday and was told on Monday that they had not chosen us, but would not tell us why. When the dog was still available for adoption the next week I applied again, thinking there had been a mistake. Now I have been told they will not let me adopt her or any other dog! And although I have emailed and even left phone messages for them, they will not tell me why. Other rescue groups have approved my applications. I think this is highly unprofessional and discourteous at the least. Very disappointing and frustrating.
The dog is still available for adoption.

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is the worst rescue I have ever contacted to adopt a dog. I was approved too quickly and they didn't even check my references. Their address is a post office box in Bethesda, but they told me the only way to meet the dog was to go to a show in P.G. County and I live in upper Montgomery County. Via email, I was told that I had to bring my family and my current dog to the show before they would proceed. I replied that I would like I would like to meet the dog myself first prior to driving my dog an hour away, putting him thru the stress, then an hour back home. I was promptly told no, why did I even bother sending in the application. Then "Sam" became extremely rude, insulting and even stated "felt sorry for my dog".

6

Donor

Rating: 1

My family and I were going to adopt a dog and make a sizeable donation but our experience was so HORRIFIC dealing with this organization - I am compelled to contact all the businesses that allow them to host their adoption shows and warn them that it is a scam.

Most of the dogs I have seen on Pet Finder attributed to this organization - seem to be un-adopted for years - now I know why - after we were so rudely rejected. We have a great home, in a great Bethesda neighborhood and my husband and I LOVE dogs like our own children. We would always walk them and SAID we would be willing to fence in a couple areas to make a complete fenced in back yard.

The fact that we were rejected (I'm assuming because we did not have the fenced in yard) - is wrong because when you ask WHY you were rejected - NO ONE from this shady organization will email you back to tell you what you did wrong. You get NO CHANCE to remedy a situation to make the home right for the dog.

My husband and I are horrified that an organization that gives the APPEARANCE of helping dogs and takes in donations - is doing more HURT to dogs by hoarding them at their organization and refusing most applicants.

Dogs deserve good homes where they can be members of a family - not members of a HUGE HOARD by power-trippling jerks who reject applicants and won't tell them why or (as we are shocked to read in other reviews - respond to people with rude, cold, nasty reply emails).

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

From the reviews I have read and the experience a friend has had with this organization recently, I wouldn't recommend them to walk my dog around the block much less adopt from them. I do not believe it is their intent in any way to provide safe and loving homes for the dogs they rescue. Their communications are rude, non-specific, and in no way reflect a desire to give a dog a forever home. Look no further at this organization - just move to another where you will be treated with respect and dignity. This group does not look at prospective adopters as well as they supposedly care for their rescued dogs.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a big fan of Best Dawg Rescue. Not only does it do incredible work by saving dogs that shelters would put down (and other rescues don't select), but it has guts. The whole point of rescuing dogs is to get it right for them the second time around. I am a donor and also have volunteered for years in the rescue world, so I know what goes on. More and more so-called rescue organizations wrongly adopt to anyone who wants a dog. Regarding a review from someone who talks about how devastated the kids were not to get a dog and that the prior dog was hit by a car, I am sure Best Dawg Rescue did the right thing. It takes guts to tell someone why they were not chosen. It doesn't take guts to post a nasty vendetta-review. So hopefully Best Dawg Rescue will continue to do exactly what it is doing. When you do it right, you will get complaints, but wise people get it!

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT adopt from them, DO NOT support them with your time or money, and DO NOT support businesses which support this group.

This group has a LONG history of bizarre emails to foster/adoptive families and shady business practices. A simple Google search turns up quotes like "Your dog is dead...it wasn't a car's fault. It was yours. Something didn't happen to him; he was dependent on your vigilance and you failed him." (To a brokenhearted family with TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, no less!)

They have negative reviews on PLEASE do your research on this organization before working with them!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Best DAWG Rescue for ~6 months and I am very impressed by the level of dedication among the volunteers and the small management group. I have volunteered with other rescues and our local shelter and this seems to be the best run rescue group I've worked with. No one takes a salary, all time and effort are donated. The dogs are very well cared for and great care is taken to match the right dog to the right adopter(s).

Years ago I heard a well known dog behaviorist say that if you really want to help save unwanted dogs send your donations to your local "mom & pop" organizations. They are the dogs' first line of defense and the big, national organizations, while doing good work, are already extremely well funded. Since then I've been concentrating my efforts in that direction and Best DAWG Rescue is the best group I've found.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Committed group of people who use their own time, money and vision to help dogs who have been abused find comfort and caring homes.

1 Kat V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted from Best Dawg and I am impressed with their passion and compassion for senior and disabled dogs. My adopted dog was found on the side of a road by a volunteer around the Christmas holidays five years ago. She had been previously injured and did not have all of the sparkle of a younger dog or the years left. However, she was a true joy for me, magnificent in her spirit. Honey ran with the gusto of a three legged dog, rolled in the snow, grass - you name it. She kept wonderful company and was the first to greet a new person. Best Dawg gave her that life. Thank you for caring for the dogs who might otherwise go unnoticed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dogs are truly loved and cared for. They are never abandoned no matter what medical problems they may have. For example, there was a dog who had suffered severe injuries in a fire. DAWG provided medical care, including hyperbaric therapy, until this dog was healed, and was ultimately adopted. I have been a volunteer for about 4 years and find it very gratifying to see dogs, many who were abandoned by former owners, find good permanent homes.
As many dogs as possible are in foster homes until adopted, and each dog has volunteer at the adoption shows. There is a lot of personal attention.

Denise H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best DAWG Rescue is an organization devoted to saving dogs who might otherwise be euthanized in shelters! I haven't been able to volunteer as often as I'd like in recent months, but I am in awe of the work these dedicated volunteers do every day. Bless you all!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience with Best Dawg was nothing short of perfect. I fell in love and adopted what my biased opinion will call THE best dawg :) I found the group to be organized and responsive, open in communication and doing a great job of finding matches between human and canine.

14

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a dedicated organization to help you find you and yours the perfect canine match look no further. The people at DAWG helped match my girlfriend and I up with the most amazing companion we could have ever hoped for. His name is Austin(Black Lab, Akita mix)and he is the greatest friend a boy and his girl could have. The website was very easy to navigate and we were so impressed that there was quality videos of the dogs as well as pics. During the "Meet and Greet" we were pleasantly surprised that the operation was well organized and each of the dogs had an individual handler who was fluent with the dogs previous history and tendencies. During our screening process we could tell that DAWG was serious about finding each canine "THE" correct home and not just any home. Each dog is thoroughly vet'd with shots and micro chipped. Austin had suffered a serious illness in his previous kill shelter. DAWG took care of it. It really brings tears to my eyes knowing that these wonderful people took the time out of there lives to nurse him back to health. Believe me when I say the folks at the Maryland DAWG Rescue have hearts of gold. It takes very very special people to run an organization like this. So get off your but and talk to these people today and help them help these animals. Thanks again to all the wonderful and truly amazing volunteers at DAWG. It feels like Austin has been my dog and best friend since childhood, we love him so much. Thanks again.

16

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful little beagle Mollie/aka: Baby) from Best Dawg Rescue 2 years ago. I spotted her picture on Petfinder.com, and after contacting Best Dawg, I was able to meet her at their next dog adoption day held at a local Petco. I was ready to bring her home with me that day! But, I had to wait for my adoption application to be approved. I was a bit disappointed not to be able to take her home that same day (like I was able to do when I adopted another pet from a local a county animal shelter). But I certainly understood why they had an approval process to adopt an animal they had rescued and come to care for on a personal basis. During the short wait to be approved, I got to meet Mollie's foster mom who was able to give me a lot of detailed info about her behavior and preferences....which certainly helped make her adjustment to my home a smooth transition. I have kept in touch with Mollie's foster mom giving her little updates on "her little girl" and also send pics via email occasionally. Recently I attended a reunion event where many of Best Dawgs adopted doggies got to reunite with the organization's volunteers. It was such a heart-warming day to see so many successfully placed dogs & their owners together with those who made their adoptions possible! Thank you Best Dawg for all you do helping some of God's little creatures find their forever-homes! :)

17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Dawg Rescue is just that, doing what's best for each "dawg" that is rescued to ensure it is happy, safe and as healthy as possible for life. The organization also enriches the lives of humans, by placing these great companions with the right adopters. I first came to know Best Dawg as an adopter and found the process to be thorough and fair. I had previously adopted from the local humane society in Montgomery County MD, and the process was the same - clearly in the best interest of the dogs and the humans, including a home visit. I am proud to be a Best Dawg volunteer now, particularly given the large number of dogs that have been successfully placed over the years - over 450! Seeing the happy faces of the adopters and the "dawgs" is what it is all about!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was one of the founders of Best DAWG Rescue and have 25 years of rescue experience. I have a background in cruelty investigations and sheltering in general. I have seen too often that people give up their animals because they are "moving" or because "the dog/cat needs medical care". These people obviously eventually get another pet and the disposable cycle goes on and on. We at Best DAWG Rescue thoroughly screen applicants, we check with vets on previous care and conduct home visits before approving an adoption. We are responsible to assure the best "match" for our dogs and we owe it to them to be careful and take our time to assure them a good home. We are not about handing out high numbers but care about the quality for each animal individually. Some of the adoptions may take longer than others because we wait for the best match. It is our hope that donors would look to organizations that have standards and not choose groups that hand out animals.