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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission is rescue, save,vet, rehab and rehome discarded or abused animals. The primary function to rescue hounds, pit bulls, huskies and other dogs often shunned by other rescue organizations. We maintain 100% spay and neuter policy to assist in decreasing number of suffering and unwanted animals, and maintain strict guidelines and requirements for the placement of our animals in order to ensure that they will never suffer abuse, abandonment or neglect again.

Programs: Rescue of animals, include saving, vetting, rehabilitating and rehoming discared or abused animals.

rescue of animals, include saving, vetting, rehabilitating and rehoming discared or abused animals.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

They lied to me about the age of the dog I adopted. I told them I wanted a young dog and they matched me with one about 2 years old. After only having him for 3 weeks he is now in the ICU undergoing emergency surgery for a condition I'm told only older or senior dogs experience. This lie is costing me thousands of dollars. On top of all of this it appears that he was probably neglected in his foster home. I thought I would be helping an animal by going through a rescue and now I feel like I am just contributing to a corrupt organization. I have contacted them but they are silent.

Client Served

Rating: 1

My daughter adopted a dog through this organization. He was older that they reported, and three weeks after adopting requiring surgery that's thousand's of dollars. So where exactly did they take him to the vet for all the care before we got him?! Stay away in Cincinnati, OH!!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Found a puppy from Louie's legacy on Petfinder. The description said it was a mix of a smaller breed dog that probably wouldn't get bigger than 35 lbs. We were specifically looking for a smaller dog, because my wife would be the primary caretaker and wanted a smaller dog should could manage. When looking at the adoption papers, it clearly had the dog listed as a very specifically large sized breed, which can grow to anywhere from 50-90 lbs.

Leaving out information is still a lie and they are doing a disservice to both the dog, who needs to find the right family fit, and the people who they lied to.

if they would have listed what the veterinarian said the dog was, It would have saved everyone a lot off heartache. My wife is so disgusted by the process, we are probably never going to get a dog, and on top of that I'm out hundreds of dollars

Some "legacy" Louie.

Just make sure you do your homework with these people.

1 Eliza B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Louie’s Legacy and they do an amazing job of finding homes for all the animals they rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful pet from this rescue two years ago and couldn’t have had a better experience! I would definitely adopt another pet from this rescue!

Judy Allbright C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our 12 y.o. bluetick coonhound 10 1/2 years ago. He was curled up in his cage not facing the crowds walking by outside of petsmart. Shaking and broken. His story? Could not be caught for 5 weeks in an Indiana farm field. Scared of thunder and gunshots you could only imagine what his young life was like. We would not have eye contact for the first 3 months after adopting and bring him home as he would climb our 5 1/2 foot fence over and over for 2 years. He still is fearful of everyone but loves his pack. Thank you Louis for giving him a chance. His name was and will forever be our Dodger.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy Maci through Louie's Legacy in Cincinatti. The experience was amazing. The application was simple, yet appropriate and the next steps were clearly available to set my expectations. The afternoon I applied, I was contacted by her foster mom and we had the best conversation, I felt so comfortable and I also knew Maci was living in an excellent home prior to coming to us. She verified important matters with me, checked on items such as my vet, etc. and then arranged for our exchange of Maci a day later. It couldn't have gone any smoother and I felt "special" and "proud" to say I had adopted through Louie's and that I was now a Louie's adoptee... As a volunteer at the Cincinatti SPCA, I can attest to the feeling someone has when they "adopt" versus "shop" and Louie's provided such an amazing experience, I will be sure to use them again when it's time to add another fur-baby to our family.

Julie O.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

So professional and compassionate! Always working hard to make the perfect fit- we adopted our Falcor in 2017 and Ogkethorpe in 2018

Laura G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from Louie's. Each time they have been very upfront about what they know. After I brought them home, each time, there was support in place to help ease my transition. I still text my first dogs foster mom about some things and she has only ever been sweet and helpful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic team! Louie's is both passionate and professional and always put their pets first. Their team takes great care to make sure every pet finds just the right home and provides support to adopters long after a pet has been adopted.

Molly B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Louie’s Legacy is amazing! As a dog foster, they make fostering so easy and fun! Because of how amazing this organization this, my husband and I have helped to save 21 dogs through fostering.

Louie’s also brought into my life my two fur babies, who likely would have been euthanized due to being large, brown dogs. I couldn’t imagine my life without my two pups, I will always be grateful for Louie’s for bringing them to me.

Mackenzie B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted the sweetest pup. Wonderful people to work with.

Jess K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LLAR is such a special organization filled with compassionate, hard-working individuals. Louie's saves the lives of so many at-risk animals through the dedication of it's volunteer fosters. I am blessed to have adopted 2 of my dogs from Louie's, and I am so thankful for the rescue's endless efforts to help the over-crowded shelters.

Lindsay G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adopter Louie’s was so great to work with and their animals are so well taken care of.

As a foster I can vouch that this is an incredible organization to be a part of. They value all their volunteers and fosters, and they really strive to always do the right thing for the animals and the people.

I’m super proud to be associated with LLAR and I’m so lucky to have adopted from them.

Andrea G.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat mookoli from LLAR. It was a very easy process and the women who fostered her was there and was very kind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted one dog and then a month later, another because we were so impressed with Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue. As a foster-based rescue, we learned that they focus on pulling animals from rural shelters to make room for new animals in need. In turn, they place the rescued pets in loving foster homes to be evaluated, receive medical care, training if needed and just general love. By the time they become available for adoption, Louie'sLegacy knows if they are good with other dogs, cats, children, have manners, need help with potty training and so much more. Louie's takes care of spay and neuter of all pets if needed. All shots are updated. So after careful screening of applicants for any pet, adopter are taking home an animal they actually know something about. It's wonderful that Louie's has identified this need within the homeless animal care system. We fell in love with two pets and started with one dog and then decided to go back for a senior BassetHound named Maybelle. We just fell in love and couldn't leave her behind. It was such a great experience that a few months later, I decided to become a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We saw a photo and fell in love! With no prior knowledge of Louie's Legacy or the amazing work they do, we quickly filled out an online application for Picasso, the mini-dachshund who was so cleverly photographed and showcased to look like an "artist" with a straw hat. Be still my heart! After a friendly but very professional phone interview, we were invited to meet Picasso at a local PetsMart where the organization holds adoption events WEEKLY in no less than 3 locations around town! We learned about the benefits of foster based rescue - Picasso was currently living in a loving home with other "Fur siblings" so he could be observed and receive any needed medial (he had come from a hoarding situation) and neutering. We were approved and got to take him home.
My husband then informed me that while exploring the rescue's adoptable animals, he had also fallen in love with another of Louie's rescues, a senior Basset Hound named Maybelle. Having just gone thru the adoption process the week before, we were immediately approved and Maybelle came home to join the pack. It was so nice to receive documented medical history, microchip paperwork as well as the personal backstory from foster parents on each of our new family members. A GREAT experience overall and we salute the dedicated volunteers who are so committed to finding great furever homes for these very worthy animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Though this organization thinks they are doing good by spaying and neutering animals before adopting, they should gain some knowledge about what happens when pups are spayed and neutered too young. Doing that causes unnecessary and irreparable damage to these poor innocent creatures. Not to mention some die because they are too young for the procedures. What kind of veterinarian would spay and neuter animals at just weeks old? Unbelievable!!!

Review from Guidestar

3 Caiti S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Terrible experience. Will not return to adopt with them, I suggest everyone else be wary. Made it VERY clear on TWO occasions that we had another dog that we wanted to ensure with comfortable with the new family member. We were ASSURED that we could bring him back and have the fee RETURNED to us. This was NOT TRUE. We notified them within 24 hours that the puppy was not a fit. Needed to wait a few days before there was a foster family for him. And had poor communication and told that "upon returning the dog" we would be able to "discuss the return of the $400 fee". Which WAS A LIE. We are out $400 and we acted in good faith by returning the dog and was denied the return of the $400 fee. Pretty terrible experience and incorrect information when we were up front with our concerns. Pretty poor experience and have burnt us in going through rescue organizations, especially when we had such a positive experience with a DIFFERENT organization.

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had a very negative experience with this rescue. Important information that should have been disclosed to me was not. They then basically called me a liar stating many people were heard telling me this information. Untrue & very disappointing. Beware & use SAAP as they are much more honest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my rescue from Louie's in November of last year. She is an older girl who has brought such joy. I became an Adoption Screener in April of this year. I have met so many wonderful people who never cease to amaze me with what they do.
In my position as screener I have brought many wonderful families together with their furbaby. When an adoption comes together it gives me such great satisfaction and fills my heart with joy. I do everything in my power to make a perfect match and seeing the faces of the families and their new pets is awesome.

Kelli E S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue is one of the most caring rescue groups I’ve ever worked with. My love muffin, Penny, was adopted from Louie’s. They had her up to date on all her vaccinations, she was spayed, crate trained and had started house training. There was barely anything left for me to do other than LOVE her. All the fosters and volunteers are very knowledgeable and thoughtful. Penny came to me with all her records and a great care package from PetSmart. Once you adopt from them, you become part of the Louie’s family. I love this group more than I can say in words. Thank you for being the voice for animals in need!

Laura Maguire R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We enjoy fostering, volunteering and adopting from Louie’s Legacy. A wonderful group of people that truly care about the animals they rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our second rescue pup through Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, and am so grateful for this organization! Waffles (formerly Jesse) was saved from a rural shelter in the South, thank you to LLAR and their amazing volunteers, Jesse was saved from an unknown fate. He helped complete our pack and is the perfect addition to our family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster with Louie's Legacy and can not say enough about how much I love this rescue. I have fostered anyone from tiny little puppies to large dogs with cancer and have seen first hand how much Louie's cares about each and every animal we take in. As a volunteer, I am completely supported in my care for my foster animals and I know that I have a large group to ask questions of if needed. Louie's is the best!

Mandi H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for Louie’s Legacy back in September when Hurricane Harvey hit and they made the long trip down to Texas to save as many animals as possible. Since then, I have opened up my home to many other fosters, and have become more active in the rescue as a coordinator, screened and finalized at our weekly adoption events. I love the camaraderie among the all of the volunteers and foster as we help achieve a common goal of rescuing as many animals as we can.

Ellen V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue takes care to place each animal in an appropriate home. I love volunteering for them and have been for 3 years.

1 Joey O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted 2 of my 3 dogs from Louie’s Legacy. The people at this rescue were very helpful, they took the time to let me know the idiosyncrasies of both dogs and gave me advice when I had questions after the adoptions. Some of the volunteers can be a little rough around the edges, but I’ve never seen a more dedicated group of people caring for the dogs and working with them to get them adopted. It made me want to foster and volunteer with them! I did and I’ve never looked back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a foster mom back in June of 2017. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life! I’ve saved close to 50 kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs. Louie’s Legacy has provided my animals with food, medical attention and care, and anything else they need to thrive. I am super proud to be a part of this organization! All of my friends and family have adopted through Louie’s Legacy and everyone has had a positive, life changing experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I sadly lost a kitten to panleukopenia in August of 2016. My younger sister had adopted the kitten from Craigslist and didn’t ask for important information, such as vaccine history. It was very tough for us to watch the kitten decline so rapidly and it absolutely broke our hearts. By October we were in search of another kitten who could bring our family joy again and make us feel whole. We looked into many rescue groups, sent in applications, and fell in love with pictures of cute kittens who we could see as being a part of our family. It just never seemed to work out. The timing was always off or the group never responded to us. So on October 8, 2016 we headed to our local Petsmart. We read online that Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue would be there so we were hopeful that we would find our missing piece to the family. As we pulled into the parking lot we saw them set up outside. As we approached them we saw a crate full of 4 adorable kittens, all boys. Their foster named them the “WWE Wrestling” litter, each with famous wrestler names. We knew immediately that the little black and grey striped tabby was what our family was missing. Since we were so persistent and ready to adopt the foster made an exception and screened our app on the spot. We took our baby home within 2 hours and the rest is history! We received his paperwork and microchip info in less than 7 days. We had such a positive experience that we decided to adopt for the second time in May of 2017 after losing our sweet Golden Retriever at the age of 14. Again, the entire process went so smoothly. After filling out an application a volunteer was in touch with me within 2 days. We set up a home visit and adopted our puppy, Nala (now Mackenzie) two weeks later on May 27, 2017. I remained close friends with both Kane and Mackenzie’s foster moms, always sending updates and pictures which they loved! Needless to say, these animals have changed our lives. They bring us so much happiness and love every single day and we couldn’t be more appreciative for Louie’s Legacy who rescued them. Overall an amazing experience!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with LLAR for probably five years and they are absolutely wonderful to work with, both as a volunteer and as an adopter. I recommend their animals to all my friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue is a fabulous organization to work with if you want to help animals. I've handled public relations works for both their Cincinnati and New York offices and I'd be happy to do so again in the future. Any large volunteer organization has their share of disgruntled volunteers and drama - that's the nature of the business - but Louie's is a professional volunteer organization committed to saving lives.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My story is similar to a number of stories here. I'm on Staten Island, but I guess their MO is the same. It seems every time I've tried for a puppy, it was already adopted. I recently applied for a puppy, App May 21st 2018. Then I saw his photo was removed, and when I inquired, I was emailed he was adopted. I transferred my application to the puppies sibling who was still available. I was sent a message that I would have to go to an event, they were having on June 2nd about and hour+ drive away to see if I was able to adopt a puppy that was located on Staten Island. I was told they weren't considering applications unless I showed up at the event with my whole family, and then there was no guarantee. When I said I couldn't get there, I was told if he wasn't adopted I would have a chance. What a load of crap. I have the perfect home and situation for the puppy, and all the vet references they need. I told them I recently lost my dog. I guess I'll have to buy a puppy instead of rescue one into a great home.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I joined this rescue a couple months back in order to give back in the way of fostering. I found it difficult to get anyone to reply to my questions emailed to the coordinators many of which just went unanswered. When attending events I would ask long time fosters my questions and it seemed as if I was bothering them by their responses. When asked if I would have a say in the new adoptive home I was told that is what the bio is for yet my suggestions were completly disregarded. I would not recommend this group to anyone looking to foster as they are not very pleasant or supportive of new fosters.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This rescue has no respect for its volunteers. The president and coordinators treat the fosters and volunteers as if they are disposable and have no regards for anyone other than themselves. The "rescue" only values the money and publicity they receive, and could not care less about the animals. Poor leadership and would recommend any rescue but this one

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My experience fostering with this organization was one of the most emotionally draining, disappointing events of my life. I had difficulty getting humans to respond to me even when I thought my foster dog was dying. He was falling over, pooping rivers and refusing to eat and drink, but even when I reached out with "urgent" in the subject line (they don't give you phone numbers to call), no one responded. It was only after they learned that I made a vet appointment for the dog that they bothered to intervene to ensure I didn't have an unauthorized vet visit. (He needed medication, which the vet ultimately prescribed without an exam.)

Then, after weeks of virtually nil communication, my input on a forever home was completely disregarded without warning, leaving my poor, dog-loving boss without the pooch she’d absolutely fallen in love with. This is a woman with 10 acres and another friendly dog. She has paid thousands for the other dog's care, rebuilding a hip shattered by a previous abusive owner. She's a dream. I told Louie's (in a Facebook message and email because, again, they never contacted me first) that the dog I was fostering shouldn't be with small kids as he'd knocked over my 4-year-old multiple times (the 60-pound dog was sweet as could be but didn't know his own size) and needed a fenced yard. Louie's saw fit to ignore my boss's application (OK, fine, but maybe tell me or her that it's the case?) and placed the dog with a family whose yard wasn't fenced and who had an 18-month-old. I never expected to have much say on who the dog ended up with, but I did expect to at least be asked my opinion and, barring that, simply told that the applicant I’d suggested had been overlooked for some reason. I am not an unreasonable person. I simply needed some — any — communication.

When I told them I was disappointed in the experience, they again didn't respond. They simply deleted me from their Facebook group.

It was a horrible, awful, heart-wrenching experience that I have no intention of enduring again and can't recommend to anyone else. I love dogs, and I will continue to be supportive of strays in general and other organizations in particular, but this organization is anything but organized, and the staff treats fosters like they’re pesky inconveniences.

I’d advise that they do better by the foster homes. I’d had every intention of becoming a longtime foster, but this was such a terrible experience that I simply can’t open my home and my heart to do it again. That’s a shame, and that’s on Louie's.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer and have adopted an amazing dog from this organization. All the volunteers are dedicated to helping find the right home for the animals. What I love most about this Rescue, is that they are dedicated to saving the seniors, the sick, the unwanted breeds and the discarded moms, not just the puppies.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an adopter, volunteer and foster for Louie’s Legacy. This rescue puts the animals first. Louie’s often takes the most difficult medical cases and seniors left behind at shelters. All animals receive top notch medical care and loving foster homes. The adoption screening is impressive! Applicants are screened thoroughly and matched with appropriate animals for adoption. I know I love my two dogs that I’ve adopted through Louie’s and I’m always confident that the folks who adopt my fosters are the best fit! I highly recommend adopting from and volunteering with this wonderful organization that has so many hard working and selfless people helping to save lives every day.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Louie's Legacy is amazing. I've interacted with staff and volunteers for years now. Everything they do - EVERYTHING - is about and for the animals. And not just in the states they live and work. Their efforts extended to Houston to rescue cats and dogs after the hurricane. They dedicate their hearts and souls, every fiber of their being, to helping animals.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dogs now from Louie's Legacy and each experience has been wonderful! They have volunteers of all ages who are mature and very knowledgeable about each pet. They place their animals based on the best fit for them, not those who want them because they're cute or fluffy. They're always looking out for the best interest of their pets!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Louies Legacy since 2016. Prior to that I volunteered for a different rescue for a few months but came over to Louies because they have such a great reputation. It has been such a rewarding experience for me. I have met some of the most caring and compassionate people ever. Everyone goes the extra mile to make a difference for our furry friends who might otherwise have been put down. It's a 5 star rescue!!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Louie's Legacy is an incredible organization! They are very professional and really do everything they can to make sure every animal finds the perfect home! I've been volunteering with them for quite some time now on the adoptions team and I really believe in the process! It's not easy taking in so many animals in need, vetting them medically, and matching them with their perfect adopter, but Louie's Legacy pulls it off amazingly! I'm honored to be allowed to volunteer for such a great cause and with such a great group of people!

Review from Guidestar

2 Vickie Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Louie's Legacy!
L.L. took in a litter of parvo puppies and paid all the medical expenses. Once they were good to go they went to foster homes until the virus was shed. I am SO thankful they do the work they do. I am sure this must be a difficult job and takes special people to run it.

Everything went smoothly and I now have the most well behaved dog thanks for the care and training that the foster parent gave her.

Review from Guidestar

3 Samantha N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been working within the animal welfare/advocacy and rescue field for going on 20 years now. I can say with great certainty that Louie’s Legacy is in the top 10 rescues that I’ve worked with. They are responsible rescuers and devote time and resources to every animal they bring into their care, regardless of age, breed or “adoptability”. They help place perfect fits with incredible forever families, including my parents and their new fur baby. I highly recommend them. A+

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful puppy from this organization, and it was a great experience! I felt like the volunteers are all very knowledgeable about the pets, and they are well taken care of in their foster homes. I like that their application and screening process in thorough, because it assures me the pets are being placed in good homes. At the adoption event, all the volunteers were helpful and friendly! For the people giving bad reviews, like not getting refunds or whatever, it states right on their adoption contract that you don't get a refund if the adoption doesn't work out. The rescue still has to pay for the vetting of the animal, it's not like buying a purse you didn't like, it's a pet that needed food, medicine, and medical care while in the foster home. All the information is there, you just have to read the forms! I would definitely adopt from this rescue again!

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I first met Louie’s Legacy staff at an adoption event where I filled out an application. They called and gave me info about the dog beforehand and allowed me to contact the dog’s previous foster mother. I was informed the dog had some guarding issues but that they had been reduced to some growling behaviors. Once I brought the dog home, he seemed to adjust pretty well until he began to exhibit these guarding behaviors. The guarding involved growling but also aggressive biting of anyone (or any dog) in his vicinity. I made sure to keep my floors picked up so he had less objects to guard, but he began taking toilet paper from my bathroom and guarding that. In one of these times, the dog drew blood by aggressively biting my hand even when I wasn’t taking the object from him. When the aggression began, I was very open with Louie’s about all of it. Unfortunately, as the level of aggression the dog exhibited was not disclosed to me beforehand, I was unable to afford the money and time it would take for the 1-on-1 training he needed. I surrendered the dog and talked to agency staff about getting a refund. They have refused to refund any of my money even though they were dishonest about the dog’s specific needs. I would recommend others adopt dogs from elsewhere in order that they be reassured that they won’t be tricked by this organization to spend $300 without full disclosure of the animals’ needs. Staff can not be trusted to give accurate representations of their animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Rude to fosters!!!! I opened my home and heart to help out a dog and they will not respond or even acknowledge you if you want to have any type of say as to where they go. Very clickish group and just rude. It's a shame they have people like that in Cincinnati running this organization and it only hurts the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

A couple weeks ago we applied to adapt an older cat, which we fell in love with at petsmart. The cat is older and had problems, we were aware of his health issues and were ready to get him needed treatment and take him to vet. Unfortunately we were rejected. And a couple weeks later the depressed cat was still ina cage at petsmart! That's what you get when people pretend to care about animals, but create unnecessary bureaucracy.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Really well ran organization. People complain about the fees, but they fully vet the animals, plus foster them in homes to work on behavioral issues! They actually did call my landlord and my vet, which makes me feel like they care where their animals and up versus other organizations.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It may be a great organization however in the rush to get as many animals homes they false advertise. We was sold what we was told to be a small breed, after driving hours to pick her up and bringing her home she grew and grew. Vet says she is Rot and Dobbie mix not what we was told at all. She is very aggressive and does not get along with the other small dogs in our house. Paid hundreds for her to find they lied to us. Should do more investigation knowing what kind of dog they are selling

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I volunteered with the organization as my way of "paying it forward" I have 2 rescue pups of my own. I have to say, the organization seems to have good intentions but I do feel as though they are pushy when it comes to fostering and a bit nasty when speaking to the foster parents. I did not appreciate the attitude I received from a few staff members and it was very discouraging. I decided that I would simply step away and think about what I wanted to do.
I have since signed up with a different rescue group and they are a lot more pleasant to work with.
Also, I frequently thought "where do the funds go?" If you are charging a fee of $300 for a dog (the price list is not accurate, seems every dog regardless of age or size is the same) where are the funds going? They adopted out almost 100 animals in one weekend.
They do all shots and microchipping in-house and use the ASPCA to do spay/neuter for almost nothing. Dewormer is bought in gallon size and sent home to the foster parent in an old pill bottle.
Food is donated and most fosters don't event take the food.
crates, pads etc are paid for my the fosters themselves...
This organization is not transparent at all. They are lucky to have such dedicated animal lovers which keep them operating.

Review from Guidestar

7 Keely W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Let me start out by stating that I understand and can appreciate the time and effort of the volunteers that are trying to do right by the animals they are saving. It's very kind of anyone to volunteer their time and resources for a noble cause, like a pet rescue. However, this particular organization is horribly unorganized, and feels incredibly deceitful in their practices.

My spouse and I started dealing with this rescue in November of 2015 when we were first looking to adopt a larger breed dog. We put in an application for a specific dog they had listed available on Petfinder and Facebook, and who would be available over Thanksgiving weekend at an adoption event in Petsmart. After a few emails prior to the event, we decided to go see if the dog in question was still there. He was not, due to a large number of applications, but we did speak in length to a volunteer named Keely about what we were looking for. She confirmed she had the application, and that it "appeared" that we had passed the first level of the application process, and to keep checking back for any other available dogs.

Another dog showed up, and the same thing happened, even though we had already put in our application. I asked flat out at one point if we were considered "non-adoptable", and if so, why, and we were told we were fine and to "just keep checking back".

Flash forward to February of 2016. We decided to go to My Furry Valentine and see if there was anyone we connected with there. The Louis Legacy booth was a mad house, and it was very difficult to find any volunteers to ask questions about dogs. Then I find Keely again, and asked her about a specific dog (mind you at this point, I've spoken to her in person multiple times). Her answer was "We still have to review your application." At this point it has been almost 6 months since our initial application. Besides a home visit, we had provided everything they had asked for information wise, and met all the requirements of a financial stable, experienced, loving pet home.

We ended up adopting a wonderful Great Dane from the SPCA during the same event with no hassle or issue. Many months later, we decided to find another large dog to add to our family, and act as a friend for our Great Dane, since our small dog isn't interested in playing with him. Again, Louie's Legacy posted all over the place about a dog being available for adoption at an event at Petsmart. We submitted our application, bring our dog, and go to the event before it even starts. The dog in question was the first on there, however, some how she had already been spoken for before the event even started. At first the volunteer said that a family was due to come meet her, but in the even that they didn't show, they would move on to the next person. We hung out for a little bit, and after a while we asked if it was okay if we could spend some time with her just in case said family didn't show up, so we would have a better idea if she would work for ours. This time, the same volunteer said that it was pretty much a done deal with the pending adoptive family, but "there were other dogs available". It soon became clear that the dog in question was being used as a ringer to get people to come to the event, under the guise that she was up for adoption.

It's a really horrible thing to do to people to get them to come to their events. If a dog is already spoken for, or has a "large number of applications", then don't bring the dog to the event and say they are available. Deceitfulness for a noble cause is still deceitful and wrong. I hope that they become more honest about their available dogs, for the sake of the potential adopters as well as the animals they are trying to save.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My wife and I were at PetSmart and this group was there with adoptable pets. We saw a dog that we just fell in love with. We spoke with Keely about the dog. She said that no one had put in an application yet and that at the current time the dog had an ear infection and would be on medication for the next 10 days. She further said that she would have to review our application and make a home visit before she would allow us to adopt the dog.
This was all fine with us. We filled out an application on the spot and gave it to her. She said that she would contact us with in the next week to make arrangements for the visit and to call our references. In the meantime, if we wanted to see the dog again we could come back to PetSmart next Saturday and she would be there.
Over the next week my wife sent several emails to Keely. They went unanswered. She never called our references and she did not contact us for a visit. The following Saturday we went back to PetSmart to see the dog and get an update on our application. Imagine our surprise when we were told the dog had already been adopted out and was gone. Guess that ear infection cleared up faster than expected.
This was not our first dog. We currently have 2 dogs. One of them is getting old and we were looking for a playmate for our other dog. So, it's not like we were new to this.
I have one last question for Keely. Did that dog go to a relative or just a good friend?
Stay away from this place. They obviously lie.

5 LLARteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Louie’s Legacy was in 2011 when I adopted from them. They were very thorough with the adoption application and interview process, which I appreciated. They provided full disclosure that the litter of puppies I was considering had been very ill but were now healthy. There were no residual health issues with the pup and in fact she is quite healthy, active and simply the best dog today.
After my wonderful adoption experience I began volunteering with Louie’s. I have seen staff and volunteers come and go for various reasons. Animal rescue is not for everyone. It can be quite stressful and disheartening. I think the expectations of some new volunteers can be far different from the reality. Occasionally, the public doesn’t understand that a rescue’s job is to place a pet in the best match for the age, breed mix and temperament of the animal and lifestyle of the family. If not matched properly, a pet can be returned in a negatively altered mental and physical state. Processes and procedures at Louie’s Legacy have been adjusted and honed over the years to ensure the best possible experience for both the pet and adoptive family.
Louie’s encourages volunteers of all ages and they have some extremely talented and mature teenagers that do a tremendous job. I admire these young people for taking on responsibilities that many adults would and do shy away from. They are role models for their peers. I also admire Louie’s for providing an environment where they can learn skills that will follow them into adulthood.
Louie’s Legacy is dedicated to the best care possible for the animals they take in. They do not shy away from high needs medical cases, senior pets that have perpetual health issues, litters of sick puppies, injured and abused cases, etc. This costs a lot of money. Thank goodness they have staff and volunteers that are knowledgeable in treating the more common of these health issues; leaving valuable resources for the more involved cases to be treated by their partner veterinarians.
Louie’s Legacy is one of the best rescue groups around. I am, and will continue to be, a huge advocate for the work they do. All non-profits struggle with donations and funding; Louie’s Legacy is no exception. They make every dollar count and will always put the care and well-being of their rescued animals first. I have seen, firsthand, personal and financial sacrifices the President and Coordinators make in order to save “just one more pet”. There are operational expenses, as any other non-profit and for-profit organization experiences. Anyone who is truly knee deep in animal rescue knows that you don’t do it for the money. You’re in it for a bigger purpose with no thought of accolades or awards.
I’m incredibly thankful for the job Louie’s Legacy does and continues to do. Because of their tireless work, I have 3 wonderful rescued members of my family. And there are thousands of families like me that are more complete because of Louie’s Legacy.

Review from Guidestar

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first puppy from Louie's Legacy four years ago and my second puppy four months ago. Over the years I have adopted from other rescue organizations and I consider Louie's Legacy the best. The volunteers are absolutely wonderful and you can tell that they care a lot about their fosters. All the pets are up-to-date on their shots, microchipped, and wormed before they are adopted. I find them very trustworthy and if you're planning on adopting a pet I highly recommend Louie's Legacy. I would never use any other rescue other than them. Liz A

Review from Guidestar

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long time volunteer and a multi-time adopter from Louie's Legacy. I have been with the rescue from day one and have seen it grow from a tiny rescue with maybe 10 volunteers into a multi-state organization with a dedicated volunteer base. I wanted to start out by addressing the concerns of a fellow reviewer. The majority of the animals are kept in foster homes, but there is a small percentage of dogs and cats that are boarded. The kennel has dedicated staff that comes in multiple times a day to care for the animals. It is far from squalor, and much nicer conditions than you would find at your local shelter. The animals that are boarded are ones that require a specialized foster who can properly handle their unique issues, such as dog aggression, fear, and poor socialization. The coordinators believe that every animal deserves a second (and in the case of some of these dogs, a third, fourth and fifth) chance at a happy and fulfilling life. Also in the kennel are animals without fosters lined up, who quite literally were on death row and pulled because our dedicated coordinators would not leave the animal behind. From time to time, a foster will not stand by their commitment to house their foster animals until the animals are adopted and dump them back on the rescue. When a foster had several animals but available fosters are limited, the dumped animals will stay in the kennel until a foster home can be provided.

As for the medical needs, I can assure you that there are licensed vets that work with the rescue. I have taken all of my 50+ fosters to the vets for standard care. After being in rescue for 7+ years, you realize that there are certain standard conditions that you're bound to come across. Much like calling the doctor to say you have yet another sinus infection and being called in a script without having to make an appointment, things like kennel cough, worms, and coccidia become common sightings. So yes, you are given the standard antibiotics that are recommended by the vets to administer to your foster pet. Not once has this ever been an issue for me as a foster parent.

We are fortunate to have several teenager volunteers as well, who willingly give up their free time to help the organization. They are well-spoken and mature beyond their years, dare I say more mature than some of the adults! I have not encountered a single issue with any of them; in fact, I have graciously accepted advice from them when offered. Having seen these remarkable, compassionate teenagers grow and develop in this organization, I say they should be applauded and recognized for their work, not condemned for it.
The final issue was that of transparency. It has never been a secret that there are paid staff members. Nowhere is there a description of the organization as being "100% volunteer". Yes, the president gets a salary, as this is her organization and her full-time job. To want to deny her access to basic living essentials is madness. I am an employee of a non-profit myself and if I suggested to my coworkers that we should not be paid, I would be laughed out of the building. Yes, there is a staff, albeit a small one at that. At the end of the day, if you want an organization to run smoothly, you need to have paid staff who have that extra incentive of a paycheck to get the job done. Louie's would not be able to do a fraction of what they accomplish without the volunteers, but a staff is also essential to the bigger picture.

My volunteer time with Louie's has been wonderful. It is like a second family to me. I am fortunate to know so many people driven to save animals. Many of the volunteers go way above and beyond, and I am just in awe at their dedication.

As an adopter, I can say that Louie's Legacy is far above the rest. When I adopted my dog from the pound, she had 4 month old stitches still in her and a horrible ear infection. When I adopted my dog and cats from Louie's Legacy, they were all in good health, vetted, microchipped, and sterilized. I recently took my latest adopted cat to the vet just for a once over and basically paid the office visit fee for the staff to meet my cat, as there wasn't anything wrong with him and he didn't need any vaccines. I have recommended (and will continue to recommend) Louie's Legacy to anyone who is looking to adopt an animal!

Review from Guidestar

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 pets from Louie's Legacy and it's been a great experience! The volunteers I worked with were really helpful and knowledgeable, and the adoption process was great! They have a thorough screening process to make sure pets are going to great homes.

Review from Guidestar

16

Volunteer

Rating: 1

While I appreciate this organization's desire to save as many animals as possible, I believe it comes at the expense of the ones they have already taken in. Unfortunately, many of the pets in their care don't get the proper socialization, training, or even medical attention they need. On top of it, they are deceptive about many of their practices, from stating that all their animals live in foster care, which is patently untrue as they have a "kennel" facility where quite a few dogs and cats live in caged squalor. Their "kennel' is the basement of the president's home. However, they tell potential adopters that these dogs and cats are in foster care, but that is not true. They do have most of their pets in foster care, but not all of them.

Of course, being in a foster home doesn't mean that the animal is actually getting the attention or care that it needs as many of those in charge and some of the fosters feel that it's okay to lock dogs and cats up in crates all day or to lock them away in a bathroom or basement where they have very little interaction with their caregivers. The result is that they are adopting out completely unsocialized puppies and kittens. They also think that by adopting out kittens in pairs it will miraculously solve the issues caused by not working to socialize and mentally stimulate these young animals in their care. It's not just the puppies and kittens that have issues, but many of the adults as well, because they believe that choke collars and negative discipline are the way to work out these issues. And, instead of getting training for the animals and the fosters, they think that locking them up in a crate and ignoring them is the perfect solution.

They also seem to do a lot of doctoring via guessing for the animals in their care. Instead of taking them to a licensed vet, they will throw all types of medications at the animal in hopes that something works based on their "educated" guess as to what is wrong with that pet, sight unseen. This, of course, rarely does little to actually solve the underlying medical issue, which would have been easily taken care of by an expedient vet visit. In addition, they also have teenagers--as young as 14--vaccinating animals without adult supervision.

While they have good intentions of saving as many pets as possible, as they say "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions." And that road seems to lead right to Louie's Legacy. They have a host of leaders who have negative attitudes towards many of the volunteers and that comes out in the way they communicate with those volunteers in both written and verbal form. Even those to whom this attitude is not directed can see it loud and clear. As a result, they very quickly lose many fosters, especially when they love to pile on the blame and shame for those who aren't "perfect" like they are. While they may have some compassion for animals, they certainly lack any at all for their fellow humans...even those who are volunteering with the rescue.

They also have teenagers making decisions about volunteers, potential adopters, and even the animals. Many incorrect decisions as well, especially when it comes to the health and safety of the animals. One of the teenagers who seems to have been given a lot of responsibility (just for having been in rescue for a long time) is one of the reasons that many volunteers leave the organization. Yet, the leadership continues to overlook her behavior at the expense of the adult volunteers who end up leaving. Eventually, this will come back to haunt them in the form of a bad reputation, as no one wants to volunteer with an organization that doesn't treat them with respect.

The leadership of the organization lacks transparency and also refuses to accept any responsibility for their failings. It's always blame the volunteers instead of accept responsibility. Their utter lack of respect for volunteers and the time the volunteers put into helping out is made loud and clear when you aren't a part of their little leadership clique. As for the lack of transparency, they act as if it is an all volunteer organization, when the president actually receives a hefty salary and housing expenses are paid for by the rescue's intake of money. Additionally, they have quite a few part-time paid staff that they seem to pass off as volunteers, even going so far as to request volunteers fill in for the (paid) kennel worker going on vacation.

While I enjoyed many aspects of my time with the organization as a volunteer, I would not--and could not in good conscience--recommend them to others as an organization worthy of support. It's a sad situation when the mission of saving animals is tainted by disrespect, disorganization, and dishonesty.

Review from Guidestar

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue group that truly cares about the well-being of every single animal that comes through their organization.