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Client Served

Rating: 2

I bought a dog from this rescue back in 2011. Like every other reviewer, the delivery date had been delayed for almost a month after finalizing the adoption. The only person I communicated with was rodney. I had been looking for a puggle and they had one. From what I was told, she had been in a kill shelter for a week and then sent to golden S rescue due to the fact that the kill shelter called them and asked to take her bc there was nothing wrong with her. Rodney told me that she was "slow to warm up" but fine with people and other dogs. He also told me she had cherry eyes occasionally, but seemed to only pop out when she was around newspaper, which is what they kept in the crate with her as I was told, and would go back into place once massaged in. Finally I received her, after incessantly calling and questioning when I was to receive her. Rodney came by around midnight from South Carolina to New York. As he walked in with her I thought what did i just do. She was looking skinny to the extreme and her bug out cherry eyes weren't helping the situation. Rodney brought her in and she clung to him for the entire ten minutes he was in the house. She was more than just "shy to warm up" she was terrified and untrusting. I was told they were not aware of any abuse in her past history before the kill shelter but didn't know the exact story. I was not prepared for the amount of time and effort that was to come. As Rodney left I had walked my new dog outside to walk him out, and as he drives off I cannot get the dog back inside. She was so skidderish and terrified that as I pick her up (which Rodney told me to do) she nips me in the neck. Rodney told me to calm her down say "it's ok dolly" over and over again. So I did, and finally got her to trust me about 2 hours later. I had 2 other dogs at the time and was living with my parents and two younger brothers..so a big family with a terrified dog. I brought her to the vet and she checked out, was said to be about the age i was told , which was an estimation of about 1.5 years old. After a week of having her, I called golden a rescue several times and left several messages without any reply. I wasn't sure if i wanted to send her back but I wanted to talk to them about her nipping and neuroticness and what I could do to help the situation. She was quite neurotic, to the point where she didn't pee or poop for almost 3 days of having her. She would nip at other people if they touched her without her seeing them or if they woke her up from sleep ( which she did to my 3 yr old cousin who was just gently petting her). She aggressively attacked my parents chicken. She didn't bark at all for the first few months I had her and she would follow me around all day long and was not comfortable being on her own. I was terrified of her at times, scared to pick her up, and it was a hassle having people over. Once my beagle showed her it's ok to bark due to his constant howling, she would bark for hours at anyone who walked in the door or came to drop off packages or mail. For a while, it was a nightmare having her and golden s rescue never responded to me after dropping her off. Long story short, its five years later now, and she is a completely different dog. She's still a bit homely looking and her cherry eyes never popped back into place like I was told but I love her to bits. She is the absolute sweetest little thing, playful, polite, extremely obedient, finally trusting of other people and great with other dogs.. but it took A LONG TIME.. and A LOT of effort to get her to where she is now, with the help of my beagle. She learned a lot of good behavior from observing my beagle and learned how to trust people and interact with people from him (he's a social butterfly). I probably wouldn't have adopted her if I knew all of this from the start but I'm so glad I did bc she's a fantagstic dog now and keeps getting better. She's improved greatly just in this last year after moving with her and my beagle to Austin and getting an immense amount of socialization in the city as opposed to living in the suburbs. I actually wanted to contact the rescue to tell them about how great she is doing now and came across the article about Deborah's arrest and the seizure of the dogs from the rescue. It always seemed a little sketch to me so I am not surprised and I'm glad I got to save one dog from there who could have ended up suffering greatly. Such a shame and disappointment on their behalf.

Maria156

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I guess I was one of the lucky ones, and my Lolita too wow so surprised to hear all these stories. I was looking for them again because I was so happy with the entire process and I love my dog so much, healthy and greedy lol, in all so happy with my baby and was looking for a companion for her.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was waiting for these people to get caught in their scam. I adopted a "pomchi" from them in 2013 named Chicklet. After paying the adoption fee and making a food donation Rodney brought her to me in MD about 7 days later. He spent 2 mins in the house and he was gone. I have MS and needed a small dog. I took Chicklet to the Vet for a check and he says that is a beautiful Sheltie you have there! Well 3 weeks later she was moving room size rugs had gained 14 pounds and was biting my grandchildren to heard them. I called Rodney broken with a broken hear and explained he needed to pick her up because I could not care for such a large dog. He swore she was a pomchi and reluctantly picked her up never offered an exchange and of course i saw nothing of my money. I often wonder what happened to that sweet little girl.

3 Amy_205

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am so sad to hear that Golden S turned into what it did. We adopted our dog through Golden S five years ago and had a terrific experience. We received our dog's full medical history, abuse and rescue story as well as a follow up story regarding the person who abused her. Rodney delivered her to us in MD within a week. The owner was responsive and Rodney was friendly. Our experience was so positive that my best friend also adopted from them...also a positive experience. Honestly, I would have given them five stars if it weren't for the fact that our pure bred Boxer puppy ended up being a Boxer/Rottie mix--however, that was the risk we took when choosing to rescue. They gave no guarantees regarding breed--just educated guesses. My experience, as well as my friend's isn't a gimmick or marketing post by Golden S insiders. It is real. That said, most of the positive posts are from several years ago. Perhaps Golden S experienced financial problems and just didn't know when to throw in the towel. Whatever it was, it's not OK to go from being the rescuer to being the problem. They should have known better than anyone if animals were malnourished or suffering. So sorry to see the demise of a once reputable group. Even sadder to learn that they prolonged the animal's suffering.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Woah. So glad to hear this person was arrested. Dealing with this place was an absolute nightmare.
I'm sure we must've done a little research before adopting, but apparently not enough! First of all, my husband and I were in the process of moving into a new house. We had an elderly jack russell terrier and were looking for a calm, friendly, docile dog to keep him company (between the age of 1-4). We fell in love with the photos of a few pups but decided on one in particular. We were assured that she was super friendly with adults, children and other dogs, house broken (which I took with a grain of salt) and most definitely crate trained. Yeah... Not so much. Like other reviewers mentioned, Rodney kept pushing the date of the delivery back. Something told me maybe we should just cancel it because it just started to give us an uneasy feeling. Finally, one day in July '12 he was making a few drop offs in the Northeast and was really scheduled to bring her to us (this time). MIDNIGHT. He showed up at MIDNIGHT. It was pitch black outside and he just handed us her leash, we gave him some leftover bbq, and he left. 10 min max. Imagine our surprise when the dog REFUSED TO WALK THE 5 STEPS UP TO OUR FRONT DOOR. We called him and told him she just wouldn't do it (mind you, she was way over the age of 1 that they told us she was and she was some kind of shepherd, rottie mix and enormous, not the lab mix they claimed).His suggestion was to just pull her up the steps. Thanks. We tried coaxing her with food and by 1 am, we wound up just pulling her up the steps. We called and spoke to them about her skittishness, her trouble with the stairs, and all other concerns and they were no help. She would jump on our window sills and bark day and night, she REFUSED to go in her crate, and she eventually bit our elderly dog. That of course was the last straw and called and demanded that they take her back. More excuses, more scheduling conflicts. The week it took for them to come get her was the longest week of our lives.
One day I was making coffee and let her in our yard. Alone for maybe 4 minutes, and she escaped. Luckily I left a collar and leash on her (because she had gotten off the leash once before) and was able to grab her leash before she got off our block. Problem was, her collar was a little loose and she still refused to go up our front steps (or go anywhere, very scared) so I was stuck outside with this dog for HOURS. I finally got a neighbor to hold her leash so I could run inside to get my phone to call my husband. I wanted the dog gone that day. We were prepared to board her until they finally came to get her. Instead, my husband called a local dog trainer to try to get her in the house. That didn't work and she got off the leash and ran. It took my husband, the dog trainer and animal control to grab her. Animal control took her and we called the woman from the rescue (she was on the phone for part of this nonsense and her fantastic advice was to put her on speakerphone so the dog could hear her and calm down. Thanks). She was furious that we gave the dog to animal control and we told her to just go get the dog and take it home LIKE SHE SAID SHE WOULD A WEEK PRIOR). We spoke to animal control and they spoke to her and she was all dramatic and hysterical saying we killed the dog by giving it to them. The guy from animal control basically told her if she wants the dog, then she needs to come get it. End of story. Apparently they did. Of course we were never returned our $200. They are NOT a rescue. They have no idea what they are doing with these dogs. That dog should never have been adopted out. After we had her, Rodney finally admitted she was not 1, but more like 3.5 and had been living in a field at the "rescue" since she was a pup. No wonder she was terrified of the stairs and our house - she'd never been in one! This review is long but doesn't even come close to explaining the terror we felt for ourselves and our other dog whilst living with that large, scared, aggressive dog. I'm thankful that she's been arrested (Rodney was no better IMHO). Hopefully they'll never be allowed near animals again and will never be able to scam another innocent family. We wound up adopting from Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn. We got a pup a few weeks after this whole thing happened. We could not be happier. I guess things happen for a reason :)

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I tried to adopt a dog from Golden S and initially received great lip service about when the delivery would be. The date kept slipping and as time went by, Rodney became less and less helpful to the point of being rude and insulting when I finally asked for my $200 deposit back after almost one month passed without my getting my dog. I finally adopted out of state and had PETS LLC ship a dog up from Georgia on time and on schedule. Golden S Rescue being arrested for pet neglect somehow seems fitting. They are not what a rescue is supposed to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I adopted a year old maltese poodle mix. Or so I thought. I started the adoption process in September of 2013 and didn't get my dog until October 31 2013. The date was delayed and delayed and of course Rodney was late on the day of the drop off. He arrived with my dog, who turned out to be a jack russell yorkie mix. The dog was sick with a cough and worms when I got her. I immediately took her to the vet and got medicine for her so thankfully she is OK but the vet said that she had not been sick for just a few days like Rodney claimed. When he arrived, Rodney didn't have any paperwork for the dog so she had to be re vaccinated. I kept asking Rodney for the paperwork. He kept claiming that it was on its way. But i still have yet to receive it.

I love my dog and I am so happy to have rescued her. But there is no surprise to hear about the conditions of the rescue and the arrest of the owner.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I adopted a pet from Golden S Rescue in 2011 and he was supposed to be 4 1/2 years old. I made sure to adopt a pet that age as my prior dog had diabetes and without insurance it would have been costly. Pet insurance requires a dog under 8 years old.

Rodney and I had a discussion about picking up my dog on the New York State Thruway. I drove to the site of the supposed pick up, a stop on the highway. The destination and time kept changing and finally I ended up alone in a dark parking lot that seemed to be close to a state facility for criminals. It felt unsafe and I went alone as a woman. About 4 hours late, Rodney arrived and my dog was stuffed in a cat crate with 4 others dogs, crates on top of each other, in a compact car back seat.

There were no papers along with the dog. He was not fed or drank on the 17 hour trip as Rodney said he was unable to stop along the road. He said my dog whined the whole way and that he was a pain. I only received the dog, nothing else. And he was in bad shape, needed a bath and to be cared for and he seemed hungry and thirsty.

Rodney said he would send the papers and tags as soon as he got back. He did not and I began to harass Golden S for his tags and papers. A month later they arrived and the papers that were originally with the dog upon relinquishment stated that the dog was 9 years old. I called and complained. I was angry about the false statement. Rodney said he would come and pick up the dog if I don't want it. I said I would not let him near my dog. Cut the losses. His response to the fact the dog was 9 instead of 4 was, "Doesn't he look 4?".

When I brought my dog to the vet, he was affirmed as 9 years old with congestive heart failure. They were not honest with me. My dog, Max, is the best dog in the whole world and I would not trade him for anything. He is doing well. Costly but I love him and I would never send him back. His later years he will be well cared for.

I feel blessed that I saved him from the horrors of their rescue attempts. Obviously, the intentions might have been honorable with the animals from the start, but when things started reeling out of control, both Owner and Rodney, should have sought help and gone public with their inability to care for the animals.

Deceit is never a good tactic for a business. It does come to get you at some point and time. I hope these rescued animals do not remain in the care of the shelter and the Judge releases them for good homes and love. They deserve it.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

So sorry to hear all these horror stories. When I adopted my dog three years ago, I picked him up and everything there seemed fine. The owners seemed caring and the animals I viewed appear well nourished and cared for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I pray the judges of Anderson County do the right thing and shut this hell hole down for good. This so called rescuer is nothing but a menace to elderly, sickly and shelter victims. Yes the animals in her care are VICTIMS OF SLOW DEATH. To rescue is not to take shelter animals from a bad situation only to place them in a worse situation. RESCUE is much more than "pulling" an unwanted animal from a shelter only to be tossed outside in a kennel. SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN FOR GOOD. She literally robbed animals and adopters of money. Shame shame. March 31 2013 is her court appearance and I pray she does not get any animals back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Self promotion on the positive reviews for this rescue group are far from what probably really happened.
Anyone can self promote and sound like the best rescue organization in the world. But the real truth will expose you for what you are!!! There is a place for these people and it is called h--l. You know who you are and what you did. Enough said????? Get my drift????? You will answer for this before your maker and I Sure wouldn't want to be you.... I had to rate Golden"S"Rescue so I gave it one star to get this posted...I hope you are put someplace where you may never hurt or neglect another living thing on this earth...AMEN

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

A person that called herself a rescue, trading as Golden S. Rescue, in Easley, S. C. was busted on February 19th. The dogs and cats were living in a horrific situation. Animal Control took 11 of the sickest dogs the week before and came back on the 19th to remove the rest. They removed 92 dogs and 28 cats and the operator was arrested. The dogs were sick, filthy, malnourished, sleeping in their own feces in a cold building. All of the animals were taken to Anderson County P.A.W.S. They need donations of dog food, Pedigree or Purina, cat food, puppy food, towels, blankets, puppy pads and monetary donations. If you feel it in your heart to send a donation, please send to: Anderson County P.A.W.S. 1320 Highway 29 S, Anderson, S. C. 29626. If you know of abuse, neglect, please report it. This bust happened because it was reported to the proper authorities by a woman in Virginia. Always be proactive when you know an animal needs our help! Thank you!!

2 Sally49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Busted for dead and dying animals. SHAME SHAME
Please research all rescue groups prior to adopting or donating.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Over 100 dogs were just seized from this property today 2/20/14 according to local Greenville SC news station WYFF channel 4. Some animals near death when seized. Charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Just to let everyone know, the owner of this rescue was taken in to custody for mistreatment of animals. One died while the authorities were seizing the animals (almost 100). Those animals were covered in feces and very underfed. I also have some suspicion that my dog was stolen from my yard and then put on her page for adoption. I am happy that some of you have a good story, but there are a lot people and animals associated with this rescue that don't.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted both my babies from GSR about 4 years ago. Both Rodney and Debra were very responsive and my dogs were even delivered to my house with no extra charge. It was very obvious they received great care and love while at GSR. I would recommend this rescue group to anyone! My two dogs are by far the best dogs I have ever had, and make wonderful family pets. A friend of mine also adopted from them and also had a great experience with the whole process. This is a wonderful rescue!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

When my dog was delivered I received only one sheet of paper with hand written dates of when she was vaccinated along with a date of when she was spayed and her microchip number. I took her to the vet two days later, come to find out she had no microchip and was not spayed. Both the vet and I doubted that she had any shots, so I had to get those taken care of as well. When she was delivered, Rodney (the man who runs Golden S Rescue) had the wrong rabies tag. He said he would get hers to me in the mail but I have yet to receive it and it has been almost two weeks. I have emailed him about it but there has been no response.

I was first told the dog was 1 year old, then 9 months old, and then ten minutes before arriving to my house Rodney called and said she was only 5-6 months old. He was 2.5 hours late to delivering her which is understandable since he had 5 deliveries that day. However Rodney showed up in a small Mazda with only one medium sized dog crate. I do not see how he could fit five dogs in that little car and I really hope he did not have all five in the crate together. There was supposed to be one more delivery after mine but my dog was the only one in the car. During the interview process Rodney kept saying how sweet of a dog she was and how well behaved she was but then whe he told me she was only 5-6 months he said he had just met her that day when he picked her up from the foster house.

Rodney was very polite, responsive and informative during the interview, but once I made my donation he was non responsive and very hard to get a hold of. I literally thought I had been totally scammed since I was not hearing back from him. He also said he would send out the delivery itinerary either Tuesday or Wednesday but he did not send it out until Thurday afternoon and we were supposed to be getting the dog on Saturday.

This rescue is extremely unorganized, bad with responding to their customers, story was constantly changing (age of dog) and it seems as though they are scamming people. They claim that the $295.00 donation includes all of their shots, spaying/neutering and microchipping. I will spend what ever it takes to keep my dog healthy but I am putting in an extra 500 dollars that I was not expecting to have to pay for shots, spaying, and microchipping.

Myself and other people who are trying to do a good thing by rescuing an animal should not be taken advantage of and lied to. Something needs to be done. Had I trusted the word of the rescue that my dog was vaccinated and I not gotten the shots for her from my vet, who knows what could have happened to her health. It is simply not right to be lied to about something so serious as a living animal. I would rather have paid the $295 and the rescue be honest with me then be told false information.

I do not reccomend this rescue and they should be taken off of adoptapet.com, they are giving them a very bad reputation.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I adopted a puppy in November of 2012. I did not receive the dog until January 2013. The dog looked nothing like the picture that was on adoptapet. After all the delays a third party transport met me and a few other behind a hotel to deliver the dog's dogs were uncrated and handed over with no paperwork. I took the dog home and within days it had viciously attacked a member of my family who was visiting. I followed the contract I had signed and requested the dog be taken back. I was told it would be a week before they could get him. I was also told I would be getting my adoption fee back. I stayed in touch trying to make sure this dog got sent to a home it would work out better with and I was then told I would not get the adoption fee back until the dog was readopted. Then golden s rescue stopped responding to my texts, emails or phone calls for almost a year. When I noticed the dog was not up for adoption anymore I tried to contact the 'rescue" again to hold them to their word. I was then sent a nasty email from Rodney threatening me with charging me for the transport cost of picking the dog back up, over three times what I had paid for an adoption fee. I am not sure how a rescue can legally send a aggressive dog, demand it be sent back and then charge a transport fee for sending it back. I believe I was scammed from the beginning. The dog was put back up for adoption under different state and breed and even though it had been a year it was still listed as 10 months old. The "rescue' refuses to prove they still have the dog and have now taken it down off the adoption listing. I have contacted the attorney general but the "rescue' will not answer or return their phone calls either. I truly hope enough people complain about the way they are scammed by this place and it gets shut down. This is not a rescue organization. It is a scam!

Client Served

Rating: 1

It is with great sadness that I write this review. We were planning on rescuing a black pug (started the process in November, 2013) and we finally got the dog this past Sunday, December 15th. Rodney and Debra were both very elusive about information on the dog. Delays after delays and finally after waiting 4 hours, Rodney met us with the dog. The dog arrived to us totally emaciated. Literally skin and bones. Debra told me that he scratched his eye the day prior but that wasn't the case. On Monday I rushed the dog to the vet in tears and the vet was appalled that a rescue had him for over 3 weeks. He was suffering from malnutrition. He was blind in one eye and was suffering from a tumor (which she said just happened) the vet disagreed. She sent amoxicillin (unmarked) which I believe was her's and not prescribed for the dog and expired eye drops! The vet flat out told me that this dog either needed 3-4k in eye surgeries and hospitalization or had to be put down. It was suffering so badly. I contacted Debra who lied to me emphatically. I asked for a refund and assured her that she would never get this dog back to abuse. My vet helped me find a rescue/vet that was willing to try to help this poor dog. This sweetheart dog was a Christmas gift for my daughter. My daughter was absolutely devastated. I do NOT recommend this rescue and am looking into reporting them for animal abuse. My vet was appalled at his condition from a medical standpoint. I did get my payment refunded but I didn't want the money... we wanted our dog.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from Golden S Rescue in August of 2010. Rodney delivered her to our home in New Jersey, for no additional charge, and we have been madly in love with our little girl ever since. Debra was always responsive to all of our concerns and questions, and we could'nt be happier. These people are true animal lovers. They are not in the business of lying to make a buck, or kissing up to someone so that they will buy a dog. They do what they do out of a deep love for the unwanted, unloved, 4 legged creatures of the world. We highly recommend Golden S Rescue to anyone who has room in their heart and home for a dog, and we would not hesitate to adopt a dog from them again.