We adopted our English Setter from IBR 2 yrs ago and were very impressed with how thorough the dog’s medical issues were addressed and how careful they were in placing the dog in the absolute best forever home. They have since kept track of our dog and helped us keep him healthy and joyful. This is extremely unusual for a rescue to have such caring and concern after a dog has been adopted. This is unheard of in the rescue world when it should be the standard. IBR lives by a gold standard and we are so thankful. I served on a humane society board & resigned from that board because too many animals were having medical issues not addressed properly and many animals were just going to anyone without proper screening. I was unable to make any lasting changes so I left. I work with animal rescue groups all over the country and IBR is absolutely the best. Keep up the good work, you have set the bar very high!
I have adopted two pointers from this rescue. The head of the rescue (lisa) has been extremely supportive of me and my dogs, including a rescue dog that was not gotten through this rescue. Lyme infected dogs are a huge problem in this country and becoming bigger. It is such a big problem for many reasons but for me one of the top reasons is animal behavior. One of my pointer's personalities completely changes when she is taking a break from the long term antibiotics needed to treat chronic Lyme - and not in a good way. She becomes aggressive and very noise sensitive. If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it! Lisa has guided me through treatment of all my rescue dogs. Her passion to help animals with Lyme stems from have chronic Lyme disease herself. As we have seen in the media, chronic Lyme is more and more prevalent - so awareness is finally coming! Lisa is ahead of her time in this area. I'm very grateful.
Not sure who these folks are condemning the great work we at IBR have done the past 14 years, but there will always be people that are not happy or feel like they are not being thanked enough or taken advantage of. I am very careful when it comes to screening potential adopters as there is so much ignorance about tick borne disease if an adopter is not on board with the commitment it takes to keep one of our special dogs healthy for many years to come, I have to turn them down. Volunteering is a thankless job and it is hard work. I started IBR when I wasn't happy volunteering for a national Pointer rescue and so many rescues start when disgruntled volunteers decide they can do better on their own. The amount of dedication it takes to stay in rescue where the burn out is so high I think says a lot about my stubborn Setter streak. I've fought hard to bring IBR's message about tick borne disease to the public and thankfully have a DVM adopter that helps test and treat most of our incoming dogs. In 2017 alone I had to let go 4 senior dogs that I tried to give the best life in spite of their chronic health conditions- 4 dogs in 5 months. I was devastated but had to go on and continue saving more and fundraising to help so many dogs with so many health issues. I am very lucky to have many benefactors that help this little rescue keep going and many of the adopters I can call good friends. Our work speaks for itself and you can visit www.illinoisbirddogrescue.org and www.facebook.com/ILbirddog as I post many of our successes there. It hasn't been an easy road-- it has been exhausting at times especially with my own Lyme disease illness, but I am proud what we do here and thankfully slowly but surely our message is getting out. Lisa, IBR's Founder & President- missing my Lani and even crabby Boone who both left me this year.
I had a horrible experience with this organization. The founder, Lisa, was incredibly rude and defensive when I asked questions and offered a suggestion about adoption. I will stick to other rescues in the future- I only hope she treats the dogs better than she treats people.
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The founder of this rescue is an abusive and cruel woman. She hids behind the dog rescue to collect money for her own living expenses and bully tactics. She has a large history of taking in volunteers with huge generous hearts and using and abusing them,sometimes even pubically humiliating them if they decide they wish to leave. Be careful of engaging into this rescue. If you do find a dog you are looking to adopt from them, I would stay as far away from this founders crazy tactics as possible to stay safe.