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Mission: The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue (GRCGLARescue) is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and forever re-homing of abandoned and homeless Golden Retrievers.

Results: We are funded through several sources including: adopter donations, fundraising events, grant awards and general donations. However, tough economic times have impacted our overall fundraising efforts as well as the monthly donations from our supporters to help our homeless Goldens. We continue to seek outreach opportunities to communicate our mission and to demonstrate the difference made in the lives of these dogs who without our organization would not have a chance.

Target demographics: Golden Rerievers

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles area

Programs: Shamrock Fund - – This program provides funds for our dogs with special medical needs as well as our seniors who most often arrive into rescue with a range of conditions and afflictions which make them unadoptable without the medical support from GRCGLARescue. Summer Fund - This program was established to fund our innovative behavior modification program, “Hope For A Better Life”™, thereby increasing adoption opportunities for b– This program was established to give permanent foster care to those dogs who are unadoptable due to medical or life-threatening diseases. Because cancer is so prevalent in our breed, many of our Goldens arrive into rescue with tumors or diseases which become cost prohibitive for us to treat or would be too difficult for the dog to go through given their age and state of health. We want to make sure that each of these dogs do live out the rest of their lives in a comfortable, loving home. Compassionate fosters or families take in these dogs with funding support from GRCGLARescue doing what we can for each dog.ehaviorally challenged dogs. Bailey Fund -

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisamarie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for and adopted several deserving dogs from this very conscientious rescue over the last 20 plus years. They have been devoted to finding great forever homes for the dogs they bring in to their rescue. They fundraise, participate in public outreach events, recruit new volunteers, and do everything possible to address the health and behavior challenges of the dogs who need it most. My husband and I have donated regularly to GRCGLA Rescue rescue for as long as we can remember and plan to continue supporting their efforts moving forward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the last 15 years and an adopter of 3 wonderful dogs, this non-profit rescue deserves five stars.

Their volunteers work tirelessly throughout southern Calif educating and connecting with the public, and answering the call of any golden retriever in need. This rescue is ready and available 24/7 to save the life of a golden retriever, wherever and whenever necessary.

The Board leadership provides excellent stewardship and accountability of the donations and support they receive. Anyone who volunteers with this trustworthy non profit rescue will not regret their time spent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering since 2005. Since that time, I've fostered dogs, adopted at least 3 dogs from this rescue, transported dogs from shelters and made many donations.

The main reason I keep volunteering is the people. It's the dedication of the volunteers: those willing to drive hours to pick up Golden Retriever left behind; those willing to spend time walking dogs who wait for their 'forever home;' those volunteers ready to talk to the public about owning a Golden Retriever; those volunteers & donors willing to put their money where their mouth is. It's that kind of commitment and passion that keeps me wanting to spend my time with this Rescue.

I could be doing lots of other things with my time. But spending time with people who help save a dog's life and ensure it's future.....there's no other place I'd rather be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for GRCGLARescue, I see the amazing work these volunteer do. Recently, we have had several pups who came into rescue with major medical issues. Fortunately, with the help of our vets and volunteers we were able to nurse these dogs back to health and found them wonderful forever homes. I personally have adopted 6 goldens from GRCGLARescue, one is currently a certified therapy dog going on visits to seniors centers and working with children with special needs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fostered a beautiful Golden Retriever who turned out to be the best thing for our family. Every volunteer in this organization is committed to helping your family rescue the right dog the first time. They take the right approach in getting to know our family's needs and environment before placing a golden with us. The fees were reasonable and I also found that they serve a large area of Southern California.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue provides joy and happiness to families, and new life for beautiful and well deserving Golden Retrievers. Their efforts to ensure that each Golden adopted out has a great home makes them special. Their constant effort of seeking out Golden's abandoned in shelters, getting them healthy, putting them in foster homes and then forever homes is hero's work for Goldens and those that love Golden's.

2 Enid R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having volunteered with GRCGLArescue for 17 years, I remain awe inspired by the number of dogs that have been helped, often when no other rescue stepped forward: The young, the old, the sick, the broken ones, and even those that just needed some loving arms in their final days. I am proud to be part of this rescue, both as a volunteer and, as an adopter.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for the rescue and currently help in fostering, verifying applications/home visits and other areas when needed. I have volunteered for many organizations in the past but none have been more organized and well run than the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue. They provide some of the best care I've ever seen for rescue animals and are always keeping an eye out for dogs that need their assistance. I'm thrilled to say that I'm a volunteer for the GRCGLAR and I can see this commitment lasting for a very long time to come.

2 Jennifer G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this rescue 11 years ago and I've adopted 2 dogs from them. This all-volunteer organization works tirelessly to do so much to help dogs in need. It's so good to know that so much is being done to help these Golden Retrievers (and mixes), especially the ones who are older or have health challenges. Wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue for over a year. It's a fantastic rescue that helps Golden Retriever's get placed in loving homes. We take the time to meet every potential adopter in their home. So much goes into the care and placement of these sweet dogs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is truly amazing the time, love and energy this group puts in for these beautiful Golden Retrievers. This breed is lucky to have such advocates. They continuously check the shelters for goldens to rescue. Some are turned in by their owners because the families cannot provide the time and attention required or they simply cannot afford the medication they need. It is very sad.

The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue does just what their name says...rescues these precious dogs; young and old, healthy and not so healthy.

Those who have adopted rescued pets know that the rescue group's priority is to make sure these dogs are healthy and placed with a responsible and loving family.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to this rescue, we found the love of our lives.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took a dog, from a local shelter, that had been surrendered because of biting young family members. We determined that he had multiple foxtails deep in his ear canal and provided surgery to remove the foxtails. During his initial boarding period with us, he bit a volunteer before the surgery. Despite removing the source of pain, he also bit a potential foster who had approached his head a little too directly. The local city Animal Services considered him dangerous and impounded him. We could have given up and let him be euthanized. But the volunteers responded with a multitude of suggestions for training facilities or sanctuary ranches that could give this boy a chance. A suitable location was identified and he moved to his new home where he is thriving behaviorally, but with some preciously unidentified medical needs. Volunteers continued to support his well being by contributing large donations to his new home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted one Golden from a couple helping place Golden Retrievers. We decided to foster through GRCGLA Rescue and within 3 weeks "failed" and adopted that dog. Since then we have fostered many additional dogs. Adopters must be honest with themselves about time availablility, willingness to train, etc. This rescue group works really hard to match adopters with a dog that will meet their needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had adopted many Golden Retrievers from this caring rescue group. The process to adopt a dog from them is top notch. They start with a home visit ensuring the environment is safe and positive for the dog. Once a dog is selected for you they have a final meet and greet. The expertise within the Rescue Group is that they are always available for questions. I currently have 2 Golden Retrievers from the group, one is a therapy dog. This rescue group is a Golden Retriever group that should be looked at by all who want to adopt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 6 Golden Retrievers from GRCGLARescue. They are a wonderful group who really cares for the pups. We have also been to several fundraisers, alway love supporting the group and their mission.

2 Nancy Brenner A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is wonderful what this this rescue does to help the best dog breed in the universe, Golden Retrievers. If there is a Golden in need they swoop in and take care of it. I am lucky enough to have adopted two beautiful Goldens from them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love how they care for the most needy Goldens that are left at shelters. They provide medical care and find loving homes for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just adopted a 1 yr old Golden from this organization and she is the love of my life. She was an owner turn in to the local shelter due to her having Parvo. The shelter was ready to put her down when this organization swooped in and rescued her, treated her and got her ready for adoption. I did have to pay a $20 application fee and have a home visit done. Well worth it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1


I recently lost my 10 year old golden and wanted to adopt another one.

I raise him since he was a puppy- he had a great life and a very happy dog who got to go on hikes and to park every day! He was very much loved

I live in a condo with a large fenced in patio. I have my home check and I could get a sense she thought my place was too small. But she assured me they didnt base decisions on that.

I'm a dog owner for life and she knew that.... My dog had many health issues past 3 years and she knew he got treated for every thing and money wasn't ever a problem.

Sure she took my $20 donation which is required, but every dog I wanted I was denied.... And the 1st one I wanted is still listed as adoptable - Sadly there reason I couldn't have him was because they thought my life was too active for him..... I told them I didn't. Need a dog to go on hikes with.

Makes me sad knowing I could give him and others a great loving home and I'm sure it's code for my place is too small and they are holding out for a home with a yard.

Oh, but they tried to push the more aggressive dogs on to me, I guess they don't care much where "they" go, but a sweet gentle dog can't come live with me.

And while this dog I wanted sits in his foster home waiting for his "dream home" which dogs don't care about. Other dogs are being boarded out in a cage at a vet. If they would have let me adopt him or others than one of those poor dogs locked up in a cage could go into the foster home.

This is NOT how it should be. I'm a big believer in adopting vs buying a dog. But this experience is pushing me to going out and buying one.

But they sure were happy to take my $20!

I hope you golden club are reading theses reviews. I get you don't want the dogs to go into a home only to be returned, but that wasn't me at all- pets are for life.

Sadly I have given up with these guys. I get now that they will only do home checks for apt and condos only to get the $20 donations

Also another dog they told me was already adopted is still listed as adoptable. Sadly he too could also have a good home.

After reading a review from a volunteer - she made a comment. About a dog being fostered with a pool should only go to a home with a pool and how it would be a travesty if the dog couldn't have his home be the same as what he was used to. That is total bs. A dog doesn't care or remember that. I too took my dog to the beach all the time in Malibu - had the best times there. To deny a dog a home because of no pool, just keeps other dogs locked up in kennel. now what kind of a life is that for them?

That's not looking out what is best for the dogs at all. This just saddens me even more know this is actually really how they run there organization. :(

I am being over looked because I don't have a large home a backyard or a pool.... What I do have is a lot of love and a nice home with many many outings everyday.... I even have great references from my personal friends who either volunteer at or own there own rescue organizations. But they don't care about that. Like the old saying: Dont judge a book by its cover

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I recently lost my 10 year old golden and wanted to adopt another one.

I raise him since he was a puppy- he had a great life and a very happy dog who got to go on hikes and to park every day! He was very much loved

I live in a condo with a large fenced in patio. I have my home check and I could get a sense she thought my place was too small. But she assured me they didnt base decisions on that.

I'm a dog owner for life and she knew that.... My dog had many health issues past 3 years and she knew he got treated for every thing and money wasn't ever a problem.

Sure she took my $20 donation which is required, but every dog I wanted I was denied.... And the 1st one I wanted is still listed as adoptable - Sadly there reason I couldn't have him was because they thought my life was too active for him..... I told them I didn't. Need a dog to go on hikes with.

Makes me sad knowing I could give him and others a great loving home and I'm sure it's code for my place is too small and they are holding out for a home with a yard.

Oh, but they tried to push the more aggressive dogs on to me, I guess they don't care much where "they" go, but a sweet gentle dog can't come live with me.

And while this dog I wanted sits in his foster home waiting for his "dream home" which dogs don't care about. Other dogs are being boarded out in a cage at a vet. If they would have let me adopt him or others than one of those poor dogs locked up in a cage could go into the foster home.

This is NOT how it should be. I'm a big believer in adopting vs buying a dog. But this experience is pushing me to going out and buying one.

But they sure were happy to take my $20!

I hope you golden club are reading theses reviews. I get you don't want the dogs to go into a home only to be returned, but that wasn't me at all- pets are for life.

Sadly I have given up with these guys. I get now that they will only do home checks for apt and condos only to get the $20 donations

Also another dog they told me was already adopted is still listed as adoptable. Sadly he too could also have a good home.

After reading a review from a volunteer - she made a comment. About a dog being fostered with a pool should only go to a home with a pool and how it would be a travesty if the dog couldn't have his home be the same as what he was used to. That is total bs. A dog doesn't care or remember that. I too took my dog to the beach all the time in Malibu - had the best times there. To deny a dog a home because of no pool, just keeps other dogs locked up in kennel. now what kind of a life is that for them?

That's not looking out what is best for the dogs at all. This just saddens me even more know this is actually really how they run there organization. :(

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This charity states in the background statement " Since 2003, we have taken in 3,775 Golden Retrievers (as of May 2011) and are ranked among the three largest Golden Retriever rescues in the U.S. according to the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America based on the number of dog intakes, expenses, volunteers and geographic territory covered." This is in fact, a blatant lie. If you go to the National Rescue Committee of the GRC, you will see that in the year 2010 they were tied for 7th place ranking. They have not been in the top three for several years. If they lie about something so simple, then what else are they concealing. This type of dishonesty hurts all rescues. I think that GuideStar should investigate and remove them for deceptive practices.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The members of the board of directors and volunteers main focus is to make a proper match between the rescue and their human to minimize the chances of the rescue being returned due to unmet expectations of the human. GRCGLA Rescue is known for helping older harder to adopt seniors (other rescue organizations will only help the easier to adopt young Goldens). If the rescues are in kennels it because there are not enough volunteer foster homes. While I have failed at fostering (I have adopted a foster) - I have been involved in the placement with wonder familes of numerous of my fosters. My life has been touched by fostering and volunteering with GRCGLA Rescue in ways I cannot describe.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has it's heart in the right place. I had done considerable research on rescues in the area and this rescue earned my confidence for their commitment to take in any golden, regardless of age or medical condition. We were carefully matched with our beautiful golden 4 years ago. We had a great experience and got a lifelong devoted canine friend. The website was user friendly, the home visit volunteer was very professional and the foster family was knowledgable and courteous. Additionally, the "donation" was more than reasonable. When we opened our car door at the adoption meeting, our boy jumped into my husband's lap without hesitation and chose us! We will be forever grateful. Be persistent and they will find YOU the right doggie too!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for GRCGLA participating in home visits, fund raisers and fostering of these incredibly wonderful animals I have experienced nothing but absolute professionalism from the entire organization. Every last volunteer involved in this organization has impressed me as being totally and completely dedicated to the welfare of the dogs in our charge. They all spend countless hours and personal funds doing everything they can for our Golden pooches. There’s nothing we’d like better than to have all of our orphans in furever homes. However, if we were to place dogs with ‘just anyone’ our kennels would be empty, but our hearts would be void of the comfort of knowing that we’ve done our utmost to see that each and every dog is partnered with the ‘perfect’ family or individual parent. The most important thing and overriding consideration is to match every dog with the appropriate adopter. Each dog has a unique personality with specific needs for a long and happy life. One example of this is my current foster dog who ‘LIVES’ to belly flop, splash and swim. To place him in a home without a pool would be a travesty and totally unfair to the dog. I would forever feel as if I had let this wonderful loving dog down, by not placing him in ‘his’ ideal environment. Therefore, until we identify the perfect fit for both dog and family, the pooches remain in our care. We invite everyone to open their hearts and homes to foster one of our dogs and assist us in reducing the number of dogs we otherwise have to keep in kennels. This would allow us to thereby reduce our overhead for these expenses and we could reallocate these funds toward the medical expenses that are so often desperately needed for our dogs these days. I had a potential adopter visit one of our foster dogs and during that meeting I was honored with the complement that “he admired our organization so for its honesty and openness”. Unfortunately the foster dog he was considering for adoption would not have been a good match, and his comment was prompted by his concurrence with this fact following our frank conversation. The antithesis of this is the exultation of introducing one of our dogs to their ideal lifetime home. The joy felt by all involved is unequaled. Imagine a dog upon introduction to a family, on top of all the other criteria being a perfect match, the pooch approaches their blind and disabled elderly cat and licks its face. Done deal!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with GRCGLA Rescue and an adopter. This is the finest, most caring bunch of dog lovers I have ever come across. And I'm sure the more than 3,000 dogs they've placed in homes would agree. Since we're a volunteer organization, there is always someone who isn't happy about one thing or another. If we're lucky, they become ex-volunteers very quickly.

Client Served

Rating: 2

After adopting a Golden Retriever from this rescue I became a volunteer. Over the years I have watched the organization move from being a loosely organized group of dedicated individuals to a high functioning 501(c)(3) non-profit with policies and procedures intended to protect the dogs, the adopters and the volunteers. While some of the policies may not sit well with some people, they are necessary for the protection of all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful young Golden Retriever from GRCGLA Rescue in 2008. Two volunteers came together to my home to assure that my environment would be safe for a rescued dog and that I would be a responsible adopter. The mission of the rescue and the professional way they handled my adoption application led me to become a volunteer and donor. I treasure my involvement with the organization, its rescued dogs, volunteers and adopting families. I've helped with the rescue of dogs whose owners can no longer keep them, coordinated vet care for newly rescued dogs, transported dogs as needed for appointments, welcomed rescued dogs into my home while they await permanent homes, met with potential adopters and the dogs they want to adopt, and helped at a variety of fund-raising events. Whenever I can help out, it's my pleasure to do so. GRCGLA Rescue is at the top of my list of organizations worth supporting and investing in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with this Golden Retriever Rescue and can't say enough about how professional and caring the volunteers are. Their first and foremost concern is for the proper medical care of these dogs and then finding a permanent home for the dogs they have rescued. They are concerned with the welfare of each and every golden they take in and go above and beyond when it comes to the older golden retriever. They are a first rate organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first Golden from GRCGLARescue two years ago, and my second one last year. When I encountered health issues with my older dogs, the volunteers were so helpful in geting me referrals and sharing their own experiences, and I decided to foster and have gradually taken on more volunteer responsibilities. These folks make us feel like part of their family.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer with this rescue. It should be shut down and its non profit taken away. They have dogs that have been kenneled for months on end. Check out their website, you will see the same dogs needing homes week after week after week. If you disagree in any way with the president you are shut out of the group and literally shunned. Look at their financials, they spend more money on boarding then anything else. The president is a hoarder not a rescuer.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB OF GREATER LOS ANGELES RESCUE is the second dog rescue I have worked for over the past couple of years. Previously, I was volunteering at a bulldog and pitbull rescue which was terribly managed, particularly as related to organization of the volunteers where high turnover was evident to everyone. I was fortunate enough to find the GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB OF GREATER LOS ANGELES RESCUE, and I have been EXTREMELY HAPPY! It's an incredibly well run organization where the volunteers feel they participate in the adoption of every single animal, all of the volunteers are extremely committed, and ultimately this results in a high percentage of the goldens being adopted quickly. Truly, I can't say enough about this wonderful organization!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a terrififc organization. Its a shame Golden Retrivers need to be adopted as they are simply wonderful dogs, but be that as it may you won't find a better rescue than this one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this amazing organization for four years. The work that our volunteers do is absolutely inspiring. It feels good to help these goldens and I have made treasured friendships in my fellow volunteers. I am also a failed foster and have two amazing goldens who are my kids. If your passion is golden retrievers and you have a heart ready to give as a volunteer, please join us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After having Goldens for 30 years (all but one a rescue), I lost 2 within 10 months - I was without a Golden after all those years and it was time to find my next one. But first - to find the right rescue organization. Lost of research and GRCGLA Rescue came out on top -- way on top. I've worked with several rescues, as a volunteer, over the years and never found one in southern California that match the great rescues on the east coast. My experience from application to adoption was so favorable that I started volunteering, and I'm glad I did.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first Retriever from the Rescue about 7 years ago and I then volunteered to foster for the Rescue. I was a failed foster my first time out and ended up adopting her. I then fostered several more times for the Rescue. I lost my female in 2007 to old age ailments and I adopted a young female with "special needs". The Rescue had surgery performed at the cost of $5,000 and that was not the end of her expenses to the Rescue. I have had her now for over 2 years and she is a joy. I lost my 1st Rescue in December of 08 due to cancer. Due to some health problems I have not been fostering but I have stayed in touch and I know the ends these people go to save an animal. They are very caring and really take the time to make the perfect match. God Bless all who volunteer their time and money for this Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After researching and looking to adopt a golden retriever, a friend of mine recommended this organization. We applied and they made the adoption process so easy! They even followed up to see how we were doing. It's like our dogs have been living with us our whole lives. We are very thankful for GRCGLA Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 of my three dogs from this organization. They are very careful in making sure your adoptee is a good match for your family and stand behind their placements. They made me sign a contract stating that I would return my dogs to them if I couldn't keep them anymore. That's a great commitment. They're great at communicating and make us feel like we're part of a community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are not a true rescue. I adopted a dog that had been in a terrible kennel for over a month with untreated cancer. They gave no support or help. No medical records are provided.

Review from Guidestar