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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.