My family and I had a traumatic loss with our pet in May and we needed to fill the void he left. Adopted 3 Iggys from this group and we couldn't be more delighted. They all get along great with each other and my children. They are such and wonderful breed and will come back for more in the future. I thank this group and Gizmo, Ambrose and Enzo do as well.
I have adopted 5 IG's from this group over the years. Every single experience I had adopting my dogs, from 2 different states and working with 4 total state reps, was wonderful.
I'm not sure what prompted the removal of the dogs in the very negative review on this site, but one thing stuck out to me...He says FOSTER parent..which means the dogs were not his property. They belonged to the rescue and could rightfully and legally be removed at any time for any reason.
I have been a volunteer with Italian Greyhound Rescue for 5 years. Rescue is comprised of a large group of people who give their time, make phone calls, do home visits, transport and open their homes to Italian Greyhounds who are in need. The priority of this rescue is the dogs. I am a foster home, and I have fostered 4 Italian Greyhounds. I also do home visits. This is to make sure the home is both a good fit, and safe for the dog who will be placed. I follow a 6 page guideline and report, that is then sent on to my rescue representative, Heather Johnson. Dogs in foster homes, are evaluated for what the like or dislike. Rescue has the health needs of the dog taken care of at this time. All dogs are up to date on their vaccines, spayed or neutered. If the dog needs dental care, it is taken care of. Rescue wants to match the adopting family, with the dog who is in foster care. Rescue wants the adopting family to be happy, and they want the dog to be a good fit.
I am transport volunteer. I have transported dogs that are surrendered, and puppy mill dogs who are often afraid and in need. During transportation, the safety of the Italian Greyhound is the top priority. The dogs are transported in a crate. This is to keep the dogs safe and secure at all times. I have been part of a transport chain, where volunteers meet along the route to get a dog into a safe foster home.
I have also had the pleasure of adopting a sweet older Italian Greyhound from this wonderful rescue.
I recommend this rescue to anyone who is considering an Italian Greyhound.
We just adopted our second rescue, Stella, with the help of this great group. The team is incredibly dedicated and puts the animal's welfare above all else. They guide you through the process, help you understand the breed, provide helpful tips, and follow ups. We continue to be impressed and inspired by all the volunteers that help throughout the rescue and adoption process.
I just adopted my second iggy from the Italian Greyhound Rescue, and I couldn't be happier! The two volunteers I've worked were very helpful during the whole process, and you could really tell how much they care about these dogs.
Both my iggies were in foster homes before I adopted them, which I like a lot. It lets the rescue get a really good idea of the dog's personality and temperament. I have two young kids and two cats, so it was important to me to find a dogs that would be okay with everyone.
I highly recommend this rescue if you're interested in adopting an Italian Greyhound!
We've had the pleasure to adopt a couple of IG's from this rescue group in the past 10 years. Our first IG was Mia, a senior who probably didn't have much hope of being adopted since she was 13 years old and "crotchety". :) We fell in love right away. She was healthy and well cared for before we adopted her, they had even made sure her dental was up to date, which can get quite expensive in senior IG's. Our second love was Tino, a 9 year old iggie. Again, they had taken great care of him. He even had to have 17 teeth removed because his mouth was so rotten. But by the time we got him he was healthy and well loved. Since the dogs are in foster homes first it was helpful to know their temperament and their likes/dislikes before we met them. The rescue group was obviously concerned with making sure the dogs went into the right homes. They even performed a home inspection and reference checks, which may seem like a pain, but we completely understand the point of it. They care about the dogs well being, above and beyond anything else. That's their role and they do a great job. Here are some pics of Mia and Tino.
I adopted my first Italian Greyhound four years ago and began volunteering immediately as I fell in love with the group. I have helped with transport and fostering throughout the past four years. I have dealt with other rescue groups in the past and I can honestly say that this rescue group is wonderful. Not only are the volunteers passionate about the dogs, the group is dedicated to the breed. I have worked with Heather Johnson for the last several years and find her absolutely ethical, compassionate, hard working and honest. I am grateful to see such dedication in her and is such a great leader. If anyone is looking to adopt an Italian Greyhound, or volunteer with the group, this is the one to work with!
I'm a foster for this rescue and have seen firsthand that they care more about the dogs than anything else. The welfare of the dogs is their primary focus, often spending thousands of dollars on a dog's healthcare and only asking a small donation during adoption. Dogs come into the rescue for a variety of reasons including puppy mills, hording, family & financial issues and many others. The reps and other fosters in the area have become a team and always have the best interest of the dogs at heart. Heather Johnson in particular has been an AMAZING rep for the rescue, coordinating transports, finding TRUSTWORTHY and HONEST fosters, and finding the BEST homes for these dogs. I do as much as I can for this rescue and I couldn't do it without the help and support of Heather. She's made countless families happy!
There are two things a person should never meddle with. One, someone else's money, and the other being someone else's animals (dogs). The later being the most important and the reason for this post. Ms. Johnson, OH Adoption Rep for The IGCA Rescue, who cannot be tagged and publicly shamed for her wrongful, negligent, and selfish actions as she has blocked me due to my numerous attempts to request contact information to her superiors so that I may voice my grievance, has not only wrongfully removed my dogs from my care, but has manipulated, and deceived the members of The IGCA Rescue, Ms. Longhouse, Head of IGCA Rescue, Ms. Woodbury, Treasurer of IGCA Rescue, Ms. Klopfer, NY Adoption Rep, and Ms. LaRochelle, IGCA Rescue Liaison, into suborning her wrongful behavior by after three weeks from my initial correspondence, and finally upon being accused of deliberate indifference, alleging that she acted according to internal policies, and without example or evidence alleging that I provided deceitful information on my application, and stating that there is nothing further to discuss. This is far from accurate, and a totally different reason than what Ms. Johnson had originally given us immediately following the removal. So which is it?
I can very well, without a doubt tell you, that in those policies, as this is a national organization, it does not say to LIE to the foster parents, MANIPULATE them into taking the dogs to North Kenny Vet Clinic so that they may facilitate the wrongful removal, or better known as KIDNAPING of the dogs, later be picked up by someone else, and claim that it was done in the dogs' best interest to make it seem proper and adequate.
It is very clear now, that outside resolution to my grievance must be found, sadly and unfortunately this is not the Wild West where one could just call the Texas Rangers whose punishment for stealing someone else's animals is being hung from the nearest tree. Above all, I wish to resolve this peacefully, but if no reply is given by the organization, appropriate legal action will be initiated. This is only a last resort, as I do not wish to harm the people involved in the rescue who are actually dedicated to helping the breed. The actions of the above mention rescue members must be exposed, and the IGCA must address this grievance, being that the rescue is a part of their organization.
Update, after my petition for the removal of Ms. Johnson, someone from inside the IGCA Rescue appears to have a moral compass after all. An anonymous individual has made some allegation that this organization has discriminated against me based on my sexual orientation.
Our beautiful 15 year old blue and white IG Misty died from mast cell cancer in March 2015. I could not begin to imagine how lost we would continue to feel after that sad time. We finally took the step to adopt in August 2016, and found ourselves under Lincoln IG Rescue's umbrella. Lincoln's primary rep, Scott, was very responsive from the outset. This was an entirely new adventure for us, and we learned much over the months of waiting thanks to him. Lincoln IG rescue is a very careful, caring organization, much attuned to the needs of the waiting dogs and the hearts of potential adopters. Our local rep, Rebecca, visited to ensure our home was safely prepared for a new addition. When we finally were notified in December that a little 4-year old fawn was waiting for us in the Trenton, NJ, area, we immediately made plans to drive there from our Pittsburgh home. She was worth every waiting moment and every long mile. We have named her Ivy. She is loving and sweet, and is super cuddly. In addition to Scott's very professional and personal touch, I need to commend Kaylee (and Sill) for their commitment to opening their home and fostering so lovingly. Ivy is thriving because of them. What assets to the IG rescue community. We will be forever grateful to all involved.