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Doing Right By Rescues

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: We provide tutoring and educational outreach to individuals who have opened their homes and hearts by adopting or fostering rescued dogs. Our tips and techniques assist people and pets to achieve that happy, peaceful co-existence as they journey together in life. We also loan out gently used items (i.e. dog coats, baby gates, crates, specialty equipment, leashes, harnesses, etc.). In addition we provide home visits for those who are unable to visit our six acre facility. We are graduate level trained educational professionals able to deliver humane education courses or workshops in school settings or on site.

Results: Since our inception four years ago we have provided hundreds of rescued dogs (and their people) with tutoring, tips and techniques. This service has resulted in the positive impact of many clients being able to work through behavioral or educational issues with coaching which would have, in the past, perhaps prompted their dog's return to a shelter or rescue organization. We have developed a tight partnership with many local rescue organizations to educate their volunteers and foster friends in order to provide humane, effective handling techniques for dogs. We have also provided volunteerism types of opportunities for local businesses and students and are grateful to many for their helping hands.

Target demographics: Those who have adopted dogs from shelters or rescue organizations, or those who are fostering dogs for non profit organizations

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over ten dogs per week (as well as their adopters or foster friends)

Geographic areas served: The tri-state area (NY, NJ, PA, DE)

Programs: Tips and techniques to address common behavioral issues adopters may encounter with their rescued (or fostered) dog.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I feel so blessed to have met Pam. We adopted a sweet, but very very anxious dachshund mix and we were having such a hard time reassuring him and making him feel safe. He would snarl at us when we'd just bend down to kiss him. It broke our hearts and we didn't know how to handle it.

The moment Pam greeted us on our first visit we knew we had found the right person to help us. Pam is so knowledgeable, loving and treated our dog with so much respect. She helped us tremendously from that first visit. We learned how to approach our dog and she gave us more information than we could have ever expected. Within two days we saw a huge difference and only had to return for one more visit to help our pup feel comfortable approaching other dogs. Our dog is such a different boy now! He's become so much calmer and is so much easier to walk with.

We are hoping to add another puppy to our family in a year or so. We plan on returning to Pam to help guide us through that process.

Pam treated us like family and I will forever be grateful to her. We cannot recommend Pam highly enough.

Harriet Ordan K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued one of our Basset Hounds from Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue. At that time Claudia was approximately 7 years old, very timid, and not eating very well. She evidently had emotional problems from her past. We were connected with Pam, I believe through Tri State and brought Claudia to her home. Pam helped us with Claudia, and actually fell in love with her. Ever since, and that was quite a few years ago, we have been in contact with Pam and was able to visit her new facility. Please help her to keep up the good work.
Jerome Mandel

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we brought our rescue home, she was so fearful of everything. She would' t even walk in the grass because she had been kept in a basement for her whole life. With Pam's intervention and guidance, our dog has overcome her fears and anxiety and is a happy, active member of our family. We are so grateful to have found Doing Right by Rescues and would highly recommend this organization . Pam's expertise and dedication is beyond expectation. She is a truly dedicated professional.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were lucky to find Pam at Doing Right by Rescues after adopting our boxer who had been a stray in the city and was in a awful county shelter and ready to be euthanized before a boxer rescue group saved him. She really is so knowledgeable and kind and calm and understanding rescue dogs. He has come a long way but we are working with Pam to calm his on leash aggression toward large dogs.
Wish there were more places like Doing Right by Rescues to help families who have adopted rescues dogs. Pam definitely is one of a kind.

Jill T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam was so thoughtful and kind to us and she hadn't even met us yet.
We adopted our two rescue Basset Hounds, CJ and Petunia. We reached out to Pam to get help with settling our new dogs into our home. Soon after adopting them, we found out Petunia had late stage lymphoma. Very quickly she was too sick to go anywhere so we postponed our class with Pam. But Pam was still there for us with kind, loving words and prayers the whole time. It really meant so much to us. As soon as we find a new girlfriend for CJ, we will be seeking Pam's experience to help bring all of us together. Thank you Pam! Jill, Brian, CJ and Petunia (Angel)

Lana C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the first time in my life, I adopted a rescue dog. I was having behavioral issues with him, and someone referred Pam at Doing Right By Rescues. She took the time to meet with me before even seeing my dog, and I was very impressed by her knowledge and expertise. Even though I never had the opportunity for her to meet my dog, she was there for me when I called her for advice. She gave her honest opinion on what to expect from what I described to her even without seeing the dog. I was feeling terrible guilt because I was bringing him back to the rescue. He truly was not the right fit for me even though I loved him with all my heart. Pam explained to me that sometimes dogs are meant to be with some people for a short period of time, and not to feel that I failed him by allowing him another chance with a person who was more suited for his nature. She was truthful on what to expect from the dog, and at the same time kind and caring about my feelings. You do not meet people like Pam often who truly want not only to help the animal adjust in their new environment, but the person who has adopted them. Doing Right By Rescues is what I feel a true rescue should be, which is having years of knowledge, great instincts, listens to the owner, takes the time to evaluate the situation, general concern for the dog and owner, and most of all for me is giving honest feedback.

Deborah Bertz T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Pam in March of this year after I adopted two girls from Russia. Not only does Pam have amazing and thorough knowledge of issues that rescues come with, she is a joy to be around and talk to. She shares resources that are so helpful and have made a difference for us already. She doesn't ask for anything in return. She has a huge heart and is dedicated to rescues and helping them transition into loving homes. I highly recommend working with Pam!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Doing Right by Rescues shortly after our rescued dog, Percy, had bitten my husband. A former breeder dog, caged in an Amish mill for three years, Percy was very fear based, particularly with men. Despite the fact that we are experienced dog owners who had successfully trained 3 dogs, including a rescued stray, we felt we were failing Percy.

Pam evaluated Percy and reassured us that he was capable of rehabilitation. Pam also gave us tools, such as Tellington Touch techniques to calm Percy.

Six months later, we’ve seen remarkable progress with Percy. In the second photo, you can see the happy dog he’s become. We will be forever grateful for the support and encouragement afforded us by Doing Right by Rescues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Doing Right By Rescues because I know I'm helping, in a small way, the dogs who come here. The work they do here is so important and necessary, and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam was very helpful with Mindy, my hard-to-place rescue. Mindy is a largely Basset somewhat Beagle sweetie. Mindy was in rescue for years, and I found her while she was being fostered by a very caring "mom." That said, she didn't like other dogs and could be disruptive. A session with Pam identified some of her issues so that I could better deal with them, and also gave me the training I needed to make Mindy a better-behaved member of the family. Pam does this for donations; no charge if you aren't able. She is a wonderful person.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I contacted Pam when I noticed that Merle, the 3 year old wonderful Australian Shepard mix I adopted, became overly excited around young children. She will try to run after them and nip at them, especially around their ankles. Since my husband and I are planning to have children, I wanted to find a way to ensure that Merle does not hurt our baby and also keep her safe around other children.

Pam does not have a fee that she charges those comes to her for help and was extremely helpful when she did initial research for Merle and informed me that she would be putting Merle through some exercises to assess her reactivity to babies/children. Pam then met Merle and watched her natural behaviors and just quietly documented how Merle interacts with her environment. After identifying that Merle is a curious and kind dog who is respectful of boundaries and other things, she presented her with what looked like a human baby. Merle did not react to this child and therefore determined that Merle is not reactive to the size or look of a baby. Pam then provided me with exercises and therapies that I have completed with Merle which have been helpful to get her to relax. Pam instructed me that I should use these exercises prior to engaging with little children. Since meeting with Pam, I have seen an improvement in how Merle interacts with children. She does not bite at them without provocation, which is a major improvement considering how her reactivity scared my nieces very much. She can now be in the same room as children as long as they are not screaming or running and is calm. She still needs work with an escalated level of excitement with children, but we are working through this issue and will be visiting Pam again for another assessment and more helpful support now that we can pinpoint the issue even more.

Thank you Pam and Doing Right by Rescues for helping get our beloved Merle to a place where we can prepare her for our growing family. I have much hope that she will be ready for our baby.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Pam a few years ago when we rescued a female German Shepard mix. She was very skittish but very smart and loved my wife and kids. However, she would not come to me and we were not sure if the wheelchair I used was the reason. We found Done Right By Rescues through a friend. We I spoke with Pam she told me they typically do not work with puppies but would be happy to take a look at Coco for us. Well what an experience at her facility, very professional, loving, thorough and knowledgeable. She suspected something so she had her husband Tom come out and help. By my dogs reactions with him she determined that is was not my wheelchair, but Coco just was not fond of men. BTY come to find out later Tom and my wife had worked together.
We stayed in touch and Pam would check in on us when she was in the area. One day I found our 2 year old rescue lying on her chair had passed away suddenly . No symptoms or warning signs. It was brutal for us and the kids especially. I had sent a text to Pam asking for some advice what to do with the body because it was late Saturday afternoon. She actually called me soon after with very sympathetic words of support. Then about half hour later I got a text saying she and Tom were coming to our house to take Coco back to her house until we knew what we were going to do with her. They were so gentle and kind and wrapped her up in her blanket and placed her in a container. It was a saving grace because we were so heart broken and it was better that Coco was not in the house so kids didn't have to see her. They are amazing people.

Now just yesterday I brought a puppy we have been fostering to Pam to review for us if Indigo was a good fit for our family. She did all the same things as she did for Coco. Brought him back into her fenced in area, let him smell around, play with toys, eat, drink and yes pee and poop. She watched his behavior, gently pet him and watched how he reacted to all her actions. She also brought out a dog she was foster to see how they reacted to each other. She said the only issue would be the size Indigo would get to and if me and the kids could handle him. She sends a full report of her findings and suggestions that are so helpful.

If you need any type of help with your rescue Pam (and Tom) are the best resource you can find!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog, Jake, needed help with his anxiety and I was lucky I found Pam, Doing Right by Rescue. Jake had mental health issues as well as medical issue, he was severely epileptic and had severe anxiety. You would not believe the damage my dog did. One time, Jake ripped my freezer door off the hinges, chewed through a chained link fence, closet doors torn to shreds and MORE. If I didn’t get him help I knew he was going to hurt himself.

I think Pam worked more with me than Jake. Pam taught me tricks to keep Jake calm and relax him, telling touches, music and how my behavior impacted him too. Pam would reassured me that I was a good dog owner, she would listen to me talk about my frustration, concerns, etc. She believed in my family.

After the passing of Jake, and it was time to adopt a new pup, I contacted Pam and she met us at the rescue and helped me and husband find the perfect match. Pam (as well as her husband) stayed with us during the entire adoption, walking dogs, talking with us and reassuring us. Needless to say, we wound up coming home with 2 beautiful, perfect puppies, Brandy and Porter.

Pam is an amazing person, the love she has for animals and people is unbelievable.

Thank you Pam you’re the best!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Director of Little Dog Lifeboat and consultant for other rescues, I can say with conviction that every rescue group needs Doing Right by Rescue. As rescuers, we try to take care in placing dogs with the right family, but new behaviors appear in adopted dogs that we didn't foresee or problems occur in understanding the interactions leading to these problems. Pam brings a bouquet of skills, information, and solutions to the pet problems that arise, patiently and lovingly working out a plan for the adopter and pet. I personally would have had dogs returned if not for her intervention and support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a 501c3 small rescue/hospice. I am 65 and have worked with many fine APDT trainers. Pam is different than any of them. She evaluates and creates a program for the dog that addresses their problems without multiple training appointments. She is an excellent teacher of people..which is the hard part. She has great instincts. Most importantly She understands the challenges of rescue workers and could really change the success rate and way dogs are adopted with her unique ideas for training fosters to use the same language to communicate with dogs. I would recommend her to anyone with a challenging rescue dog, because she has the experience and compassion that other trainers sometimes lack for rescue.

April L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam at Doing Right By Rescues gave us much needed help with Moka, our noble and beautiful foster dog who proved unexpectedly aggressive with Lily, our Yorkie mix. Pam was generous with her time, getting to know Moka well and giving us very useful advice. Soon afterward, Moka found her forever home and is living happily ever after.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had Devon for almost 6 years and have through trial and error developed a way to manage her skittish and fearful temperament. After learning about Doing Right By Rescues and having two sessions with Pam we now know that it will be possible to change her behavior and help her be a more relaxed dog. It will be a journey but Pam is such a delight to work with and incredibly patient and knowledgeable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam and Tom deserve so many more than 5 stars!! I am so glad to have met them through SoCo Rescue, whom I volunteer with and see so many happy endings because of Doing Right by Rescues! They are so caring and knowledgeable with all types of rescued dog issues and approach each animal as the unique being that they are, with their own special history and solutions, no matter what it takes. After learning of DRBR, I decided to bring my own rescued Australian Cattle Dog for an evaluation with Pam after seeing many trainers in a variety of circumstances. Pam was very calm and reassuring and has many, many ideas to draw from in order to help these pups. She listened carefully to me, without my dog at our first meeting, and decided how to proceed in the best way for all. During the actual assessment with my dog at their lovely facility, Pam was attentive and gentle, very respectful of my dog's issues and gave me clear, calm instructions so that she could observe what she needed to see. We received a complete comprehensive report detailing all that happened at the first assessment, and what gentle techniques that she felt would be most helpful going forward. We all read that report from start to finish, as I brought our dog alone and the rest of my family was able to read this as if they were also present for this evaluation. They realized how attentive that Pam was, based on the detailed behaviors described in her report and easily recognizable to my family. (one behavior being having much difficulty being around new people and new animals - see attached picture of my dog in front on the couch with his new 'friend'!!!)
I highly recommend Doing Right By Rescues to anyone who has adopted a dog and could use some help assessing how to help this dog fit into their family easier, in the kindest way possible. Pam will always be there for any follow-up that may be needed!
10 Stars for DRBR

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doing Right by Rescues helped our family to learn more about our adopted pup who has an abusive past, and Pam provided us with strategies to help elevate our pup's fear and anxiety. Pam is highly communicative, thorough, and patient when it comes to seeing clients and getting to know their dogs. I would highly recommend Doing Right by Rescues to those who have adopted dogs with difficult pasts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam has been a tremendous help to us with our dog. When he came to us (originally as a foster), he was filled with fears due to the conditions of the first 2 years of his life. Although he learned to trust us fairly quickly, finding a home for him was challenging because he was unwelcoming and defensive of anyone even coming near him, especially men. Having owned all types of dogs most of our lives we felt we were knowledgeable but we were starting to feel we were not able to give this dog what he needed.
We went to Pam for help. She was able to assess a lot of things about him with how he reacted to various stimulus. She was able to give us tremendous insight in how he was communicating with us and how we should be reacting to him. She pointed out a lot of things we never noticed about him. She also gave us several ideas of things we can do to help ease his fears and become less defensive with strangers.
When we walk our dog now, he actually approaches strangers wanting them to pet him. He used to actually bark at them and lunge toward them to get them to back away from him. In our home, he used to bark frequently because of all of his fears, and sometimes it seemed for no reason. We had almost forgotten how he used to do that because he is so happy and relaxed now. Friends of ours that came to our house when we first got him had come over a few months ago. They were so impressed with how much he had improved from the first time they saw him.
We officially adapted him almost a year ago. We went from thinking his problems were more than we could handle to not being able to live without him. Pam's involvement with him and us is a direct result of that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pam is wonderful, caring and a genuinely awesome person. She cares deeply about the dogs and people she works with and it shows. I am very glad I found this rescue to volunteer with and I'll be here to help as long as she needs me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam was so helpful for both my dog Carlile and me. Although I wasn't having any specific issues with Carlile, she sat with me as we watched him and talked me through his physical signs and behaviors so I know how to help him and predict behaviors. She gave me incredibly helpful techniques for calming him, which is so important for rescue dogs. She has such a great deal of knowledge, but more importantly, an incredible amount of devotion and care for rescue dogs.

Jessica_P

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam at Doing Right by Rescues is amazing and I don’t think I can say enough great things about her! It is evident that she loves animals and is very knowledgeable about working with rescue dogs (and their owners) in a compassionate and kind manner.

When we first rescued our fur-baby, Sophie, we experienced some stressful and frustrating challenges. Pam was my lifeline during that time and helped me to see that with some time and adjustments, things would get better.

Pam has shared so much great information with us and has really helped my husband and I to be better fur-parents. She is not only very professional, but also selfless and generous with her time, energy and knowledge. Sophie absolutely loves working with her too and we truly cannot recommend her enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

So helpful and informative - already trying out some of the tips provided! Such an important organization for helping these pups!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doing Right by Rescues has changed my life--without ever even working with my dog!! I handle returns for a small foster-based dog rescue. Before we met Pam, I often had few places to turn for adopters who were at the end of their ropes in their relationships with their dogs. Pam has worked magic with so many of them. She is patient and kind both to the dogs and to the humans. I would give DRBR ten stars if I could. DRBR fills a huge need--I am able to provide foster care to more dogs because I am not trying to offer training solutions or trying to talk our adopters into spending large amounts of money for training.
On top of that, her training methods are so gentle, and she really focuses on making the dog happy--when a dog is acting out, it's usually because something is wrong. She tries to fix what's wrong, instead of just teaching the dog not to express its displeasure. I have so many wonderful things to say. But the most important is THANK YOU.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a dog who has an intense fear of new people. I brought him to Doing Right by Rescue for assistance with this. Pam was wonderful to deal with. She has a strong understanding of rescue dogs and how to help owners deal with the complex behavior issues some rescue dogs have. Pam made my dog and me feel very welcome. She was very patient with my dog and took a lot of time in doing an evaluation. She gave me lots of information to read as well as suggestions regarding how to deal with my dog to best help him. We went back for a follow up visit where Pam used additional exercises to address the fear. At home I used many of the tips Pam provided. While I am still working with my dog on his fear issues (as they are intense), Pam provided me with a great base and many suggestions which I am implementing. He is definitely making slow, steady progress. It is reassuring to know that Pam is available for questions and future assistance. It is also wonderful to know that my dog is able to have a more satisfying life as he is becoming more adjusted.

What great resource Doing Right by Rescues is for our community. Thank you, Pam, for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam is extremely professional, thoughtful and very organized. She has a particularly acute sense of reading a dog's body language. Told us things about our dog we never even thought were signs of stress. Can't wait to work with her again. Absolute pleasure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DRBR is a "from the heart" rescued animal support system. Pam and her husband are knowledgable, heart felt and supportive when you come to them with an issue. We have gone to Pam for assistance with foster dogs and our own dogs. She calms the human down as well as the dog as soon as you talk to her. Highly recommend Doing Right By Rescues and Pam.

Client Served

Rating: 5

when your furry best friend is having an issue and you just can’t figure out how to fix it the anxiety and worry it causes is stressful. I tend to go worst case scenario and work backwards, so you can just imagine what I was thinking may need to happen. Hoping that I could find a solution.
We reached out to Pam for help and honesty received the most kind, compassionate and caring email in return. My daughter and I were both in tears reading it. It was so positive and reassuring that a weight was lifted off. We are now full of hope and and I really have no doubt that the dog will be just fine with the guidance that we are going to get from this amazing group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam is a blessing to SoCo Rescue, she helps field phone calls and meets with new adopters on a timely basis. She helps to keep newly adopted dogs in their homes, making the adoption process a smooth one for both the dog & family. Adopters feel relieved knowing that she is there to help them from the very beginning. Her tips & technique are priceless & really work!
Can’t say enough great things about Doing Right By Rescues!

Holly G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were super helpful and gave me a lot of great ideas to work on with my new rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After volunteering with dog rescue for more than 8 years, the recent discovery of Doing Right By Rescues was the best resource I found to assist our adopters. Educating and helping adopters understand the anxious and fearful behaviors of many rescue dogs is often overlooked or treated in ways that do not address how to allow a stressed dog decompress. The individualized and caring attention provided by Pam has saved dogs from being returned to rescue by families who did not know how to deal with certain anxious behaviors. This organization fills a much-needed gap in rehoming rescue dogs and their adoptive families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a pleasure helping Pam and Tom keep the grounds of their sanctuary in good condition for the great work they do with rescues. I hope our small contribution helps and we look forward to coming back in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend of mine told me about Pam and how she help her dog with her issues. So I decided to reach out to Pam to see is she could help me and my husband out with are pit bull Princess. She has bad anxiety and has some issues being walk and seeing and being near other dogs. We went and meet with Pam. We were there for over 2 hours she talk with us and taught how to help princess out with her stress and her other issues. We are going to go back in the fall to go over princess other issues with dogs. I can’t believe how well Pam and how much she help us out just from one visit with are dog princess. I rescued princess five years ago from a family who rescued her from Camden where she was being used for a bat dog she was also beginning hit and abused. I can’t thank her enough for helping us with her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam was so wonderful. She spent several hours with us and our rescue, and helped us to understand the things that cause our Maybelle to go over threshold, and how we can help to calm her back down. I highly recommend Doing Right by Rescues.

Steven L.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly heartwarming to see the good work they do to make troubled dogs better acclimated to warm and loving homes. Their methods are strong, unique to each and every dog's needs, and committed to helping them as well as their owners cope with the often daily struggles of recovering from trauma. Wonderful experience - its always great to help people who make a difference.