The director will shame and berate you if you return an animal. Very unprofessional and exhausting experience after adopting/ returning a Pom. This is not my first rescue/ shelter adoption and was by far the most horrible one.
I found the dog online and drove 3 hours for a first visit. I ended the meet and greet by saying he seemed like enough of a fit to try him out; he was in a nervous frenzy when meeting my current Pom. After contacting BRAS for a return, they replied with how sorry they were that this dog has to pay for my adoption mistake, that if I really cared I wouldn't have traumatized him like this. The director reminded me how he's been close to euthanasia before and they do not foresee him being adopted any time soon. Valid point that I didn't read their T&Cs about no trial periods, but when I said it at the meeting, it was not opposed.
Bottom line: this was a mismatch. I picked an older dog (7 years) under the impression there would be less training, but this one was equal to a puppy. Not current in shots, matted and needed a shave, didn't know his name or "no", not completely house trained, normal barking issues when left alone but anxious in the car. These are acceptable issues to work through but, when combined, are ones I'd screened against; I was honest in my application but this was not a fit. None of these problems were included in his listing or during the first meeting. Instead of being civil (or appreciative) about his grooming and updated shot record, they called it a trauma.
A good rescue’s staff will understand and won’t shame or degrade you as a person. The director flat out said they do not care about the adopters issues, that they should have trusted their instincts on me from the start because they just knew I'd be returning their boy. Good grief, lady.
We adopted our (newest) rescue, 'Tucker,' after having seen and read about him online.
The volunteer was very candid about everything connected with this fellow, hence, we knew
going in-adopting, that this would be edgier than the 24 we have adopted over the years.
Everything has worked out, and the 'Breeders..' volunteer, here in Arizona, has been more
than helpful. We will look to help this organization, financially, and with another rescue.
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I'm a foster mom, and this organization is just awesome. I have adopted 3 precious little boys from Connie. I totally admire Connie and all the fosters.
My application was processed in less than 24 hours and within minutes of providing photos of my indoor and outdoor spaces, Connie sent an email saying I could be Charlie's dad. To me it matters that they want to see the home you can provide for one of these special animals.
I met Chris at the agreed on time and place and met Charlie. The hand off was smooth and in less than 30 minutes Charlie and I (and my other puppy who came along to meet Charlie) were on our way back to Santa Fe. This dog is an angel and every day I'm grateful that I acted as quickly as I did. I'm having to step up my game just to deserve these guys.
I adopted my Brookie from them 2 years ago. I was very pleased with the timely manner of correspondence and the fact I was able to pick my tinky winky up after I attended my daughters wedding.
This group is the most efficient operation I have ever seen. You give them a dollar and they get twice the value of that dollar. In fact our group is incorporating some of their business philosophy's to help improve our organization. They don't hoard cash like most non-profits, they turn it right back into their business, always improving it. I have talked to a few adopters on a random basis and all have nothing but great things to say. Mostly they give you more information than the dog pound does. Also they are available for continuous support to adopters and pet owners in general when they need help or suggestions. I love donating to this group because I know my money will go a long way. If you are looking to donate please consider these guys your money will actually do something here. Great job guys!
I am very disappointed in the dog I adopted. She will never make a good pet because of her breeding past and undisclosed medical problems. I would suggest using a local rescue instead of this one. Connie and Chris have overextended themselves and are not caring for the dogs as they should.
Connie and her organization are so amazing I don't even know where to begin. She is a true hero to so many poor helpless and hopeless dogs, including my sweet Yorkie girl, Delilah. I don't know how she can do what she does, and see what she sees without being completely overcome with heartache and emotional trauma. Please, please keep it going, Connie. Thank goodness for you and your lovely team of helpers and volunteers. I'm going to nominate you for CNN Hero of the Year!
This is a wonderful rescue organization. They rescue dogs from puppy mills. They find foster homes and forever homes for these special puppies and dogs. I adopted one of their dogs, a little 6 year old poodle, who was very fearful, but now is a happy little guy. Please consider donating to this great rescue!
This wonderful organization goes where others dare not go, the mills. The emotional cost of watching these poor dogs literally tortured whilst the lucky ones get rescued by Connie and Chris has to be phenomenal. For a person to denigrate this group solely on a refused adoption application is just outright WRONG. These dogs have been through hell and back and any potential adopter needs complete understanding of some of the possible issues which may arise: worst case scenario would be a dog abandoned because of behavior issues. These poor animals need special homes with special people whom are willing to go that extra mile; this organization endeavors to ensure this happens. Of course they are picky; of course they are questioning; of course they refuse some: it's about the dogs NOT HURTING PEOPLE'S FEELINGS. well done breeder release, you are my heroes. I will continue to donate and support this fantastic group BECAUSE they are picky.
I've known Conni for a few years now and have adopted 2 dogs from her. Yes, she is very cautious about who gets her dogs, and I admire her for that. If you don't care who gets your dogs you list them on craigslist. The dogs BRAS gets have for the most part come from a living hell, and trust me when I say most will have issues, if they are older. With a lot of patience and understanding and love, they will probably improve some, but they will never be a "normal" dog, and Conni doesn't want them abandoned because of that. As for the puppies, they're lucky, they got out before the abuse started. And Conni wants them to have the best life possible, and that doesn't happen if they're left alone all day, I don't care how much of a professional you are! I admire Conni and Chris a great deal, I'm not sure I could do what they do over and over at the auctions and dealing with millers. They have every right to pick and choose who adopts their little ones.
We have raised many Yorkies and recently lost one of our most beloved little guys. We contacted BRAS and they were very helpful with all aspects of adopting a new member to our family. We adopted Tyler, a Yorkie that BRAS had rescued from the AZ Humane Society becaused someone had turned him in and classified him as a biter. BRAS felt all he needed was to be in the right home and a little TLC. They couldn't have been more correct and Tyler has turned out to be "golden" as the Vet puts it. BRAS organization goes out of their way to make sure they find homes that the animals deserve. Our experience has been the utmost enjoyable and we intend to work with BRAS more in the future as well as donate to their most noble cause. Many thanks to everyone in the BRAS organization as it is always a great pleasure to work with you. PS: Tyler has been with us over a year now and has us pretty much trained. J and D, AZ
Breeder Release Adoption Service were so helpful to us. We had lost a much beloved dog this year, and were heartbroken. I wanted a small dog and our local rescue shelter does an awesome job, but does not get too many small dogs--they go very fast. I found BRAS on line, and they could not have been more helpful. They are across the state from us, and made arrangements to bring our precious little pup to us. These people deserve awards for how far above and beyond they go to make sure the pets are placed, based on the pet's need. I respect that very much. We are retired, and home most of the time as well as having a fenced in back yard. I knew they were great when they asked for pictures of where the dog would be. They are sincere in their desire to look out for the pet first and make sure the animal will receive the attention needed. I HIGHLY recommend this shelter! Thank you Sue, for placing our precious CoCo with us.
Breeder Release goes where few dog lovers could bear to go -- to the auctions where dogs are sold and go from a cage in one puppy mill to a cage in another puppy mill. They buy as many dogs as they can to rescue them from more years of forced breeding, and have become trusted enough to even have breeders give them dogs they can't sell instead of killing them. We adopted our miniature poodle "Smudge" from this adoption service -- a trembling, hand-shy 4 month old puppy who was not taken because the buyers thought he would be "too big" as a sire to the tea cup kind of dogs popular now. Now he weighs in at 12 pounds fully grown, and is the smartest dog we've ever had. He completed his AKC "Canine Good Citizen" certification at just a year old, and will go on to Rally and Agility this year. PLEASE check out the dogs that have been rescued by this group. You'll have a wonderful dog, with all shots, neutered, fostered by loving volunteers, and ready to give you love for life!
Thank you Sarah. It is a Joy to see Smudge so happy.
As parents of one puppymill rescue already, my husband and I expected to be scrutinized before receiving our second dog, another puppymill rescue being placed by Breeder Release Adoption Service. We understand the lifetime committment of animal adoption and we appreciate the seriousness of the decision we all are making. The best interest of the animal is the most important aspect of the process. Such careful consideration was given and there were no surprises when we finally met the pet we'd selected. No, it wasn't easy and no, it wasn't about us. It was about the dog -- and well it should be. Thank God for these people and the volunteer work they supply so generously.
I adopted a little Yorkie from Breeder Release Adoption Service and I was amazed at how careful they are regarding the placement of their rescues!!!! I also had super support regarding any question or concerns I might have in the proper care of my new girl!!! Conni Bouchard and Chris Jones do amazing work!! The loving care given to each and everyone their rescues is above and beyond any I have ever seen!! My girl had kennel cough when she was rescued and they made her an oxygen tent so she could breath and saved her life!!! Everytime I look at her I think of both of them!! She has been our girl for 2 years and is so very smart that we can't believe she can communicate with us and make herself understood!!! This rescue goes beyond rescue, They love each and everyone of their rescues. Conni and Chris keep almost all of the "special needs" babies so they get the love and care they truely need!! They have doubled the their adoptions and placement of their precious rescues and continue to grow. They are so dedicated and their fosters are all A++++ people who also go beyond rescuing!! They love their fosters as their own!!! THANK YOU Conni And Chris for all that you do!!! My Kimmy sends her love, Huggs and Kisses, and her own THANK YOU for rescuring her!!! She will never forget what you did for her and neither will I!!!! Love to you both!!
Conni Bouchard and Chris Jones are the directors and founders of this organization. They are the most self sacrificing people I have ever known about. As a part of their team , our motto is , " It's all about the dogs" We are all volunteers, and we all do what we think is best for the dogs. Our dogs have horrific back grounds. Because of this, we believe they are deserving of the perfect forever home, for them. Each dog is unique. What may be a good home for one dog, may not be ideal for another. We have to use our best judgement, and we do. I am witness over a 3 year period of hundreds of success stories every year. I am testimony to the dedication and ethics of this organization . I believe in it more than any other encounter in my life. And I'm actually pretty cynical . I'm usually the first person to stand up and say " this isn't right!" I want to thank Conni and Chris not only for the dogs, but for giving me something to work at , and believe in.
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I am sorry that we can't please everyone and provide them with the dogs they want if we feel it is not in the best interest if the dogs. Most of our dogs have suffered and deserve a full time parent who will train them and teach them how to be a dog and that is not possible when folks have a full time job away from the home. Our mission is to "find perfect adoptive homes" and we will continue to strive to do this. Our dogs have been alone in a cage all of their lives and we make no apologies for wanting them to have full time human companionship.
After my correspondces with a member of this organization on potentially adopting from this organization I feel I can no longer support them in any way! I offer a great home and lifestyle and from reading the puppies bio it would seem to be a perfect fit. However they seem to have no interest in adopting to anyone under the age of 80 regardless on what would be the best for the individual dog. Below I have specific examples of what would need to change but here is some of my experience After filling out an application for a dog living in another state I was told "they are in Colorado not Arizona. Sorry." I am more then willing to travel for the right fit and would never ask to have a dog shipped. The org's name is 'Breeder Release Adoption' I obviously know where the dog comes from and have read up on what problems can come with it. I do not need a lecture before the conversation has really even begun. Even after explaining my complete history including working at a rescue and at a veterinary office I was told I likely did not have enough experience. It seems to me that they are focused on getting the dogs from the breeders, (A NOBLE CAUSE!) but feel afterwards they truely think they are the only ones that can properly care for them. After these discusions I asked more specific questions about the dog I was interested in (because they bio is non-specific) and got a less then cordial reply repeating the bio and saying I did not match up. ( How does a 26 year old professional in the animal care field not qualify for a "social puppy who loves everybody!"). They need to have some customer service if they which to increase adoptions to save more of these precious lives let alone to open the door for educating the general public about this issue. I was told "all we have to go on is your application", well no, lady, you don't because we are communicating through email now arent we. I cannot express how much the represtative worked to try to belittle and talk down to me and therefore my disrespect and dissapointment with this group. For the record I did ask her to get me in touch with someone who knew the dog I was asking about because she had not even met him! which she refused to do and then continue to tell me that some of these dogs are aggressive and could possibly kill my dog like they did one of hers. Well that my friend is exactly why due dilligence is important and I would of course have the dogs meet prior to adoption and would never leave dogs who do not know each other alone when not supervised.
We believed this particular dog needed a yard to play in and not to sit all day in an office while you worked. I'm so sorry you are so scornful. It is obvious, and I'm sure it was evident at the time as well.