I have been with Bobbi and the Strays as a volunteer since I adopted my dog about 6 years ago. Bobbi and the volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that all the animals in their care are nurtured, loved and placed in loving homes. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new best friend.
I brought my daughter to BATS several times to drop off donations and socialize the cats. The volunteers are so dedicated and they always make us feel welcome. I always leave feeling warm and the life experiences my daughter gains are invaluable.
I've volunteered with Bobbi and the Strays for a few events, and will definitely continue to do so! After visiting the Freeport shelter & seeing how many dedicated and caring individuals were involved in helping the rescued cats and dogs and seeing how well they were cared for, I realized what a great organization BATS was. Everyone involved invests a great deal of time to find the animals loving homes through the adoption/fundraising events, social networking sites, and the adoption screening process. The shelter is open 7 days a week, making it easy for anyone to visit and find their new best friend. It feels good to volunteer with an organization that really makes a difference in the lives of animals!
The staff and volunteers at Bobbi and the Strays work tirelessly every day to give the animals the best care possible. They are selfless and resourceful which allows them to care for over 300 animals daily without compromising the quality of care - even when it means they have to stay at the shelter two hours later than normal or dig into their own pockets to buy specialty food for a dog or cat with allergies etc They always are more than willing to go to the extra mile.They have an awesome volunteer vet who comes three times a week plus relationships with several clinics and specialists. they take in dogs that need eye surgeries, cancer dogs that need chemo, heartworm positive dogs that need treatment, diabetic cats that need daily care, FIV kitties and even have a sanctuary for Felv kitties. They have volunteer trainers who train the staff and new volunteers and work with the hard case animals taking them to classes and on hikes in the morning with other dogs to help socialize and train them. They do off site adoption events almost every weekend to maximize exposure and generate awareness. They are open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm, 365 days a year to ensure that its easy for the public to come in and adopt.
Bobbi, her staff and all the volunteers that make up Bobbi & The Strays are true heroes for the animals. I have had the good fortune of getting to know a few of them personally over the time I have been involved in rescue.
This group of loving and compassionate people sacrifice everything in their lives to be there for the hundreds of animals that need them each day in their shelters. Many of these animals require extensive medical care, training and even rehabilitation. They offer rescue to the hard cases, that many would shy away from. And not only are these amazing people there physically day in and day out, but they are there emotionally for these animals. Animals that until coming to Bobbi’s rescue have not known the gentle touch of a loving hand.
This is why it is extremely important that Bobbi & The Strays be recognized and supported by the community. They are there for these innocent animals when no one else is. We as a community need to be there for them.
I am a huge supporter of Bobbi and the Strays! The way they take care of the animals is souly led from their LOVE for animals. They take animals that most shelters will not take due to the need of training or medical problems. This does not stop them from wanting to help. Taking over the Freeport facility has changed the life of every animal that was there. They were living in filth and in desperate need of medical attention. The cats and dogs are now in very clean, comfy, and loving environments! They are healthy and extremely loved by each staff member and volunteer as if it was their own pet. They are non stop and go over and beyond for every single animal! Even the feral colony they have outside are treated the way any good pet owner would treat their animals.
Bobbi and the Strays is a wonderful rescue group. I not only foster but I also do the grooming for these poor babies. I have seen some horrible conditions and they are treated with vet care and love. Everyone there truly loves these animals. Knows them by name without looking at an ID tag. They socialize them, walk them and play with them. But there is never enough space and money with what comes in. I also foster and have adopted a few from there myself. Unfortunately I would love to adopt more but no room at my house either. I truly believe that as we work together and bring the community together that these pets will live in great homes (yes home checks too). Fundraisers help but since we are overloaded they do the best they can with what they have and a great job is done. Workers will bring a dog or cat home for the weekend of day just to get them out of a kennel situation. Like I said they have heart and soul and are so needed for all of the beautiful animals that walk in the doors. PLEASE HELP, we need as much as possible and the feeling you get back pays for itself ten fold. Thank you
Bobbi and the Strays is the most amazing rescue group I have come accross, not to say there aren't others I do not like but there is just something truly special about BATS! Maybe it is the fact that it is an operation run by few paid staff and many wonderful volunteers, all super dedicated. Bobbi has dedicated her life to helping animals and helps so many people along the way, sacrificing "time for herself". I invite anyone to stop by and pay a visit to any of BATS locations to see what I mean!!!!
In response to the horrible post. I volunteer for Bobbi and the Strays anywhere from 5-7 days a week. The volunteers that come in are consistent because I speak with and see them every week. Most importantly BATS takes excellent care of their animals, when they need to be vetted they are. The vets the organization uses are excellent...I know so because I see them in action and I take my own animals to them. In specific response to Autumn the puppy and her alleged broken leg...I was in the room while the vet was examining other animals, AUtumn was being a happy puppy in her properly closed caged, the only one to blame for anything are her irresponisble owners who dumped her on BATS. Cleanliness is highly exsistent organization wide. Bobbi, Laura and their staff as well as their team of volunteers are the most dedicated I have EVER seen.
Bobbi and the Strays is a non profit where everything is about the animals. They do not discriminate taking animals based on breed, age, medical or behavioral issues. They rehabilitate all of the animals before finding them amazing "fur"ever homes. It doesn't matter if you are a worker, volunteer or potential adopter, everyone is made to feel like a huge part of the organization and that the organization needs you. Bobbi and the Strays cares for each one of the animals, giving them all special time and a place in their hearts. This organization is so special to me!
Bobbi and her volunteers are always working hard to save and protect all homeless and abused animals!!
Bobbi and most of her staff are the most dedicated animal lovers I know. She relies soley on volunteers and I'm amazed at how she makes it work. When all your money is going to caring for pets medical bills, it can be hard to keep up appearance, but what is more important? The animals health or the appearance of the shelter. Bobbi took over that shelter in horrendous condition and already made it look and smell ten times better than it ever was. Please don't know her or the organization as I'm sure in her life she has helped many more animals thus far than you. When you get you open up your own "legal" shelter with no money and survive on donations, let's see how you do. Right now she's helping as many animals as she can, animals that would be dead if they didn't arrive at that shelter. Stop and think before you talk. Words hurt, especially those that are trying their best!
My first time at the shelter was the night before Hurricane Irene .. besides being amazed at how clean everything was ( I spent an hour or more in the cat area -- I got to see all the cats and their environment up close) I was truly amazed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers. They worked round the clock (literally) to make sure all the animal were safely evacuated. I was so inspired I have kicked up my personal efforts to help animals, and have connected with many local rescue groups, all who have nothing but the highest regards for BATS! I foster cats for BATS.. and they came to me healthy and in very good spirits. The staff were amazing when I wanted to pull a momma cat and her new born kittens from the city shelter. They made arrangements for me to rescue the cat and her kittens and were completely supportive when the cats had to make multiple visits to the vet. They are a devoted group of people and should get all the support in the world!
I can't say enough about Bobbi and the Strays! The love for the pets in their care is very evident when I see the staff and volunteers at work. They are top notch! Bobbi Giordano, along with her staff and volunteers, never stop in their quest to find every pet a forever home. They work tirelessly to ensure that every pet is safe and loved. Laura and Christine are always willing to help rescue animals from bad situations. They are truly amazing! The pets are harbored in a clean and comfortable environment and they know they are loved. And that is very important. It is a pleasure for both myself and my boyfriend, Chris, to go there weekly to walk dogs or visit with the cats. It's a wonderful feeling to know people who care so deeply for our furry friends...
Bobbi and the strays are a wonderful shelter! All the staff there care so much for the dogs that they all want you to keep in touch after you adopt a dog cause they love seeing how happy that dog has become! They are concerned and helpful even after the animal goes home , as most shelters don't care, once the animal has left! They take wonderful care of the dogs and work really hard on getting them ready for adoption! I would absolutely recommend this shelter to anyone!
This is an amazing shelter. The staff and volunteers are wonderful and caring and go above and beyond their duties to take care of the animals. The animals become their own and their children. Animals are given medical attention when needed and fed a high quality diet. This shelter goes above and beyond to take good care of its animals. When you walk in the door, it is a very welcoming place. You are immediately taken back by the warmth of the people. The animals are treated great and taken out as often as possible. There are volunteers who take the animals to the park, out for long walks, and on overnight sleepovers. This is a wonderful place to be.
I have attended the Walk-4-Paws event for the past two years. This amazing event brings the community together to not only raise money for the organization, but to also raise awareness for various other groups in the area. Additionally, two years ago my students raised over $800 to help a dog at the shelter that was in need. As a thank you, the organization came to our school, educated the students on animal care and awareness, and allowed the students to play with a puppy. Bobbi and the Strays is an amazing organization and I always recommend them when someone is looking for a dog or a cat. Their staff is incredible, always available to answer questions and assist you in any way that they can.
A strong shelter with a very dedicated staff and a nice group of volunteers. The shelter is extremely well run and I always felt welcome and appreciated as a volunteer. Volunteers here are an important part of the team which is sometimes not the case elsewhere. The cats and dogs are very well taken care of. The shelter utilizes Pawsative Training which does very impressive work with the dogs and dog handlers. A very good operation!!
As a potential adopter I was shocked by the way we were treated..so rudely like the lady had something more important to do other than help us find an animal to adopt. The building smelled like feces and urine. The animals we saw all needed grooming and from the looks of it more food and medical attention. There were dogs and cats with gooey eyes and most looked underfed. Needless to say we did not adopt from this shelter but we did adopt and we are grateful for Harvey and would not change a thing about our adoption process with him. I can not believe there is no state agency that governs the cleanliness of the facilities and animals as to allow this place to continue to do business.
I am responding to a rumor, I am a volunteer at this shelter... LOVING staff, COMMITTED volunteers.... the animals love the staff and us volunteers we hope so :) because we love them. Let's focus on the animals rather than personal vendettas. Bobbi & the staff I thank you for committing your life to the animals... shelters are hectic we get that.... sometimes not everything is perfect, AGAIN, we get that! Instead of bashing organizations lets work together and lay out the problems and solve.... come on... we are all adults here. Isn't all of this for the animals.... or is it not? NEXT TIME WHEN YOU MAKE AN ACCUSATION trying visiting the shelter more than once.....speak your opinions and be heard!
Live in Queens and have visited this facility many times- its wretched. I retrieved a dog from them with MANY medical issues and a year later am still paying out of pocket for it. I am currently reading the drama on their Facebook page and what's funny is they have all these goat followers speaking on their behalf and the trashy garbage that is coming from their mouths is disgusting. This place needs to be bulldozed- unhealthy, and full of trashy people, I feel extremely bad for all the animals in there. Poor souls.
THIS ORG FALLS VERY SHORT of decent care for the STRAYS. IN 2011 they were aware of a Canine Flu outbreak in their shelter and did not act pro-actively. They continued to adopt out dogs, had rounds and rounds of a variety of infectious disease. They use a vet in Queens, who is little more than a butcher. OBSERVED in this shelter: commom filth, animals standing in their own filth. CASES of mishandled animals: Stella broker her jaw fence fighting another dog next to her...rather than being proactive, they allowed this to escalate at the detriment of the dog. A female Pit Brooke was adopted out un-spayed to a man who they later learned had an un-nuetered male and un-spayed females in his home (a breeder? yes.) Autumn a shep/pit puppy came in walking on all 4's...but had a leg break because she fell out of her top crate due to the less than stellar staff not ensuring her crate was properly locked. This is a sampling of the events of 2011. ON HUMAN CAPITAL: i fostered for them for 8 months until i attended an adoption event that led to 2 days later (proper incubation period) for full blown K9 influenza which not only my foster succumbed to, but the dogs i own personally. Bobbi did not take ANY responsibility for this horror, financially or personally. ON other human capital..volunteers are not maintained...there is a very quick rotation as they have issues keeping good people. ON BEST PRACTICES: they do not have an isolation room for newcomers therefore all animals are in general population..where sickenss and infections run rampant and go round and round. ON CLEANLINESS: it is dirty, the grounds are dirty, waste is left longer than it should be. The smell is overpowering. MISC. dogs are walked but not frequently enough, they are frustrated by lack of exercise. ON HOARDING: they are little more than horders with lack of good care, medical and otherwise. they pull animals from the CACC, but don't offer much more than the C does to improve quality of life. SPEND YOUR $$$ WISELY...go to a properly run organization
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