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Doing Right By Rescues

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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Barney, a 9 month old St. Bernard/mutt in February 2018, the rescue told us about Pam & Doing Right by Rescues. The first week with Barney was rough, he ate and escaped every cage and barricade we tried, even with a 15 minute run to the store. He didn’t know how to be a dog. It was obvious the first months of his life there was neglect. He had a sweetness in his eyes and we knew he could be a good dog. We finally called Pam after we were thinking we made a mustake rescuing this out of control animal. She met with my husband and I first, gave us ways to sooth him, get him to stop biting and attacking (playfully but way too rough) us when he wanted attention. We used all her methods and she was quick to respond to all my questions. When we met with her with Barney, it was like she could read his mind. She taught us proper ways to address unwanted behaviors. She told us what would work, how he would react and she was right. She sent us home with resources that helped. Here we are just 5 months later and he is loving, silly, and almost a really good boy. He’s eager to learn, loves fetch, belly rubs and car rides to get ice cream. We wouldn’t be here without Pam. We almost gave up. We are so happy with him!