About 3+ years ago, my husband and I visited Tony in hopes of adopting a dog I saw on his website. I could not determine the breed myself from the picture, but our lst rescue (Lab) ran away - under the 6' new fence we had a professional install - so we went looking for another dog. Tony was extremely business like and so very knowledgeable of the dog we wanted to meet. It was within an hour or so when we heard all we needed to know about Brook (now "Baby"face) and we learned he had to come to the house to see the property inside and out for the dog's benefit, so he came the following weekend. Could tell immediately that he trained Baby very well as all he had to say to her was: "do your business" and she did! Baby is not only a Sheltie but she's mixed with a Border Collie, which we owned for 27 years. She had NEVER been a disappointment to us and we are thrilled we saw the ad for her. Now I'm looking for a dog much like her in intelligence, wit, affection and devotion. Although I lost my husband to many small strokes 27 months ago, I still believe Tony had the utmost interest in matching the right dog in size and temperament with the interested parties. I believe in his abilities every step of the way! So I've spoke to him on the phone and he's in the process of building a new complex so I'll wait until all his dogs are posted on line in the next week or so. Thank you Tony for being just who you are. And again, my condolences for the passing of your wife. God Bless. P.
Tony was personable to work with and is diligent in his mission of animal rescue. He freely shared his knowledge and afforded me flexibility with scheduling to ensure that I could meet the dog I was interested in. He is a rare type of person in general, and exactly the sort you'd want in a position that requires care, insight, and savvy about the aspects of animal rescue and adoption. I wish him the best in his ventures.
In 2009 I was living in Myrtle Beach, SC and found a pet named Tater that I couldn't live without. I drove to Winston Salem and met a man named Tony who presented this precious puppy to me. I just wanted to reach out 7 years later and tell you Cooper is the best, most loving dog I've ever had. He is full of personality and very vocal. I couldn't imagine my life without him, so thank you so very much for all you do for these animals!
Jeanne T. Oates
I HAVE NOW HAD 2 DOGS FROM CEDAR FARMS--TONY--- HE IS GREAT TO WORK WITH AND WHEN MY FIRST DOG JOBE DIED I CALLED TONY REGARDING ANOTHER AND I EVENTUALLY GOT HUGHEY. HE, LIKE JOBE IS A VERY SWEET LAP DOG AND I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED WITH CEDAR FARM AND TONY. I'M LOOKING NOW AT A BEAUTIFUL DOG HE HAS THAT GETS ALONG WITH OTHER DOGS AND THINK HUGHEY MAY NEED A BROTHER OR SISTER!!!
We could not be happier with the dog Tony picked for us. He gives you invaluable information on a dog's temperament. Are they good with kids, other dogs, cats. Are they high energy or couch dwellers, etc.
We have a rescue,names Shelby,a white mix Lab,and Terrier ,
We are very pleased with.
She loves to play with her Frisbee,I still have a 25 foot training leash on her and the back yard is fenced in .When I tell her home she runs to the door without hesitation.
To sum it up very pleased.
The only issue is she sheds like a horse.lol
Thanks Tony for the training you did.
We found two great dogs from Cedar Farms just over two years ago. We originally drove 45 minutes to view one dog, but Tony showed us a second dog since one other family had planned to also visit and view our first choice. Tony wanted to be sure we had the chance to see his other great dog "just in case"; our son loved him. When Tony called a few days later he let us know that the other family never showed and that our first choice was available. We told Tony we'd love to give both dogs a new home and he made the drive to Greensboro to personally deliver them both to our home. Thanks Tony! We all hit the lotto! :)
My wife, two boys, and myself drove an hour to Mocksville only to find out the dog that we were coming to see about adoption was given to another lady 30 minutes prior to our arrival. Tony, the agency's front man, promised to make it up to us. He then proceeds to ask what kind of dog we were looking for. As the conversation progress, Tony told a story of a dog being brutally shot by a police officer. We did not feel that this was appropriate for our two sons. We decided to leave at this point. Then we got in our car and drove an hour back home. Our youngest son was visible upset that we were not able to have the opportunity to adopt the dog that we had called ahead and made an appointment to see. I guess that we will seek a dog closer to home and not near as expensive.
Tony may come across as gruff, but he is a dog person not a people person. We are looking to get a 2nd dog from him and will drive 4 hours one way to do it. The reason being his care for these dogs once he rescues them from shelters is second to none. He trains the dogs, they will sit, they will ring a bell to go potty, and they have no issues with crates... You could not ask for better. If you and your spouse are both a good fit for the dog then you will be getting a forever friend for your home.
My wife and I adopted a collie / retriever mix from Cedar Farm, after initially driving out to Mocksville to meet two other dogs at Cedar Farm. After discussing our experience with pets, how this would be our first dog together... Tony advised against the dogs we were initially considering and showed us some other rescues.
Now at first, i was skeptical, since i'm sensitive to any sort of bait / switch shenanigans... but after our experience 90 days or so in with our new puppy, the 3rd one he brought out after our discussion... he was spot on! Our dog's personality is a perfect fit for us, and the cute but high maintenance pups we were initially interested in were probably much more than we could handle.
Tony's heart is definitely in the right place, though he may come off as a little gruff and abrasive, he's ultimately trying to put good dogs in healthy homes... setting up his clients and his rescues for success. I can totally second that you should listen to the man when discussing potty training, his method definitely works.
He definitely goes the extra mile, in our case , a delivery to Charlotte through Friday afternoon traffic with a car-sick dog in the back seat.
Our rescue has a disclosed medical issue, and Tony was completely up front about it and gave us data and images from the vet, along with 2 trips to the vet to see if the condition would impact spaying/neutering... She's in great shape today and we jog around the park every morning as part of our routine.
It was a huge bonus that our rescue came with a good grasp on crate training / potty training, was already fixed, had initial rounds of vaccinations, all from an organization that asks for very little regarding donations.
We were very happy with the communications and service we got from Tony and Alisa at Cedar Farm Rescue -- even though we ended up bringing back the dog we adopted. That was no one's fault, includiing that of the adorable dog Tony delivered to us (a four hour drive). She had too much exuberance and bounce for our 5 y/o cocker and needed a home were she could be lavished with attention without competing. Tony is understanding, agreeable, cooperative and totally focused on the well-being of the dogs he and Alisa find and take care of. He was respectful of us, keenly interested in finding a good match for our sweet cocker, AND had no problem taking the dog we chose back when it wasn't a good fit. As he said--and this made us feel better about bringing her back--if it's not a good fit the dog will know. We had a terrible time making the decision to take her back because she is a great dog, but Tony helped us all the way. We have so much respect for what he does and how he handles the rescue transaction. He is totally about the dogs, as someone else said. If you're totally about the dogs too, you can't hope to adopt from a better rescue organization. Also: his dogs are in beautiful condition, happy and well-trained (including a potty-training system that absolutely works--do NOT ignore him when he tells you how to follow up). The dogs get a great start in life, or a second chance, at Cedar Farm Rescue.
Adopted a terrier mix from Tony. He is straightforward, businesslike, and absolutely dedicated to the dogs he rescues. I can totally see where he comes off as brusque. Don't be fooled. He's just not interested in wasting his time or yours. We were pleased with the initial phone conversations, with the selection of dogs he brought to meet our family based on those conversations, with his recommendations, with his personable nature during the meet and greet, with his willingness to drive an hour to evaluate our home and deliver the dog, with the thoroughness of his documentation and with the obvious tenderness with which he regards his charges.
This isn't the first complaint I've seen about Tony online, and that's the rub...it's not about you or Tony. It's about the animals. Rescue is a hard, risky business. By my lights, Tony and Cedar Farm are doing a fine job.
I was actually not served , but wanted to be. There was a dog that I really wanted to have a chance to rescue, but the man who runs the nonprofit, Tony, would not meet me and my husband seperatley with our daughter. I am a flight attendant and work an opposite schedule from my husband who travels all week for business. I was willing to drive two hours round trip with my daughter and have my husband do the same on the weekend so that he could see all of us with the dog. He refused and I feel that was certainly not having the pets best interest at heart. We treat our dogs better than most people treat their children and he was very unwilling to work with me. The animals would be better served by someone who is a bit more flexible, especially since they are the ones he is hurting. I had read reviews that accused him of being rude and it surely was the case. I had to speak with him three thimes before he even told me his name and I had to ask then. Please find another place to send donations if you are looking to help an animal.