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37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just adopted two beautiful poodles named Alexis and Bella from Mini Mutts. We searched Petfinder and after reviewing this outstanding rescue organization knew that this was the rescue that we wanted to adopt from. Although the adoption process is extensive, it was worth every bit of questions, attachments, etc., that was requested as we know that there is so much fraud going on now in rescues/adoption. Heidi, Dana and Kristi have been amazing to get to know and work with and we look forward to supporting this rescue for many years to come! Rest assured that Mini Mutts will support you throughout the adoption process and only wants the VERY BEST for the dogs that they rescue. If you are not selected, then simply request a review of your submitted paperwork for feedback so that you can fulfill the expectations of this amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutly love this rescue! They choose adopters not on the adopters needs and wants but on the individual dogs needs! I love their adoption process, it shows that they really care about the wellbeing of their animals. I adopted my kitty from them years ago. She was basically dying from being attacked by another animal. They gave her the best care and she made it through. She is now 4 years old and doing great! Thank you mini mutts for saving her. She has brought us so much joy..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are the absolutely best!!! Have rescued so many fur babies!! Has the heart the size of Texas! Does home checks, and only adopts out to the best homes!!! I fostered for them and I donate periodically. I’ve seen many tears for the pups that are least likely to be adopted. But with their big hearts and vet checks, everyone gets a safe and loving forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To all those being super critical- until you’re in a situation where you’re fostering and helping vet adoption apps, you’re not really in a position to judge. These dogs are unique and deserve the effort it takes to find the RIGHT family. Most of them cannot handle little kids pulling on them or big dogs. I’m a foster with a one year old who totally approves of kids being raised with animals but it’s hard keeping a baby away from a dog that was previously abused or keeping a dog away from a baby to avoid accidental injuries. there have been multiple times when I said “I’ve had it” and unless you know how to handle the dogs and kids in those situations and move on, it’s not a good fit. I understand the resentment and animosity about the rules, but my best advice if you have kids- get bigger dogs, they are way more tolerant. My moms boxer and pit let my son do whatever and love it. Our littles- not so much. And our application is already lengthy as y’all complain about- we cannot possibly start getting into details about everyone’s individual parenting styles which is the reason for the 5 and up rule. As for dog size- I had a friend with a super friendly and gentle Bernese mt dog who accidentally killed their Maltese when they were playing after years of living together. Accidents happen- we aren’t saying there aren’t perfectly happy situations when bigs and littles live together but we do not want the liability or risk to our dogs. It’s our rescue, we determine the rules. End of. Go elsewhere if you don’t like it. And lastly, the complaint about lifestyles. I spend sometimes months fostering a particular dog and getting to know it’s quirks and behaviors, likes and dislikes. If I say it needs a companion, there’s a reason. I had a dog once that literally cried without our other dogs around. And another that wanted to be left alone and I recommended a home with no animals or other independent docile small dogs. It’s for a reason. And if I get a bad vibe like the situation is not a good fit, you better believe that as a foster I’m going to take the dog and end things. We are looking out for the dogs best interest. I’ve yet to have a foster be returned because of a bad fit and there are other rescues where this is a HUGE problem because they don’t vet adopters hard enough. So again, We literally do not sit in our homes making up random rules to hurt peoples feelings. We have jobs, dude.

1 Corey S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that makes miracles happen! They have high standards for a reason. Thank you Mini Mutts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can’t express the love I have for this rescue. The process of adopting thru them is not hard if you are already a “responsible” pet parent. If you have or have had pets already then you should have vet & vet records on hand. What is so hard to have your pets on heart worm preventions or UTD on shots?? There are many rescues that require the same things and also require strict home checks.

Thank you MMAR for all that you do. Ignore the negatives and continue to place pets in the RIGHT homes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only an amazing rescue but amazing people! From the volunteers to the fosters to the founders.
I have a Mini Mutts dog and work very closely with them.
If a dog is in need or in a bad situation they never, ever hesitate to help! They are in it for the animals 100 %. They are the voices for the ones who have no voice. I recommend them to all who are interested in adopting a new pet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MIni Mutts has been a God send to our small shelter. They have amazing volunteers that transport , foster and provide medical care and grooming to help pets become adjusted and healthy before being adopted.
They have a screening process and home checks to insure pets are placed in loving homes.
I support Mini Mutts on Amazon Smile. You can too! Thank You to all the volunteers fir all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Very disappointed with Mini Mutts Animal Rescue in Grand Prairie, TX. . They require a lot of personal information including drivers license of both my husband and me. They have you fill out a 10 page questionnaire and was told that the application was good. Once they got all the personal information I never responded back. I feel this a scam to get peoples personal information and they should be investigated. And to think I was going to donate money as well. I will have a hard time believing any other nonprofit organization. My husband and I are big into adopting pets and has done so all our lives so far.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I was inquiring about a great dog from PetFinder that was a wonderful fit and they "loved" my application and thought we would be a great fit as well but because I don't have proof of heart worm treatment for the past two years of dogs I had over two years ago that have since passed, I can not adopt from them. They wanted the last two years of the vet records from when they were alive but my vet destroys records after pets pass. I sent them every invoice from the vet I had, though I didn't have them all. Not a lot of people have invoices from almost three years ago that goes back to adoption. I had more than the average person would keep after their pet passes. I couldn't remember the name or where the medication was purchased, so too bad for a loving home to be able to adopt a pet from them. I'm grateful for my phone calendar and reminders from doctors/vets as I can not remember things well. Their lose but unfortunately it the lose of a well deserved pet to a good home. I should have read reviews before wasting my time, which was a lot of time getting everything they wanted.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Tallulah from Mini Mutts a little under a year ago, and we felt so fortunate to have worked with this rescue! The girls that run Mini Mutts were so amazing- responsive, helpful and so loving. You can tel they pour their hearts and souls into reaching these dogs!
We were so impressed with their rescue, and inspired by the amazing work they do, that we signed up a few months later to be foster parents ourselves! As leaders, Heidi and Toni are the best! They go out of their way to support all of their adoptive families, and our foster families too. They truly care about each and every dog that has been blessed to be a Mini Mutt.
I will continue to volunteer for and recommend Mini Mutts over and over again. This is the best rescue I’ve ever had the pleasure of adopting from!

2 Kym Jones L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love love love Mini Mutts! I have adopted two of my three dogs through the rescue. I regularly share all available pups on social media and make the suggestion to check mini mutts when looking for a pet or if I run across anyone who unfortunately needs to find their fur baby a new home. They do amazing things for dogs who are hurt or at risk through no fault of their own and are very deserving of your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I only have rescue animals and two of our four current "children" were adopted through mini mutts. The team at Mini Mutts is very professional and they state clearly that the search for adopters for each animal is based on the quality of the match, not first come. As a professional recruiter I understand the importance of making the right fit and I have actually been steered towards the two dogs we have adopted though I inquired about others because the personalities would better mesh with our existing animals and they do! We love our mini mutts!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue helps out so many dogs that have been failed by owners. They are limited in resources which means they can not make it happen if the person lives to far away. They do their best for the animal. They look at the background of previous Animal care for anyone adopting to make sure the pets are not failed again. Above everything they protect the animals.
They do not just move animals. If you want to make it better foster or volunteer. They have their own experience that they draw on to not place really small dogs with small children. If the pet gets hurt it can cost the rescue thousands. I love the senior for seniors program and feel more seniors could take advantage of this program. Ask about it for yourself, or a senior family member. These are people all volunteers that do not profit. They do it for their love of animals. We need to lift them up. How many dogs could you transport to vet visits to help out? Be a part of the solution to our people problem with pets. The best candidate for a dog will get the home visit to make sure it works. Please offer to foster and save a dog!
The have a Facebook page with the dogs listed for foster and adoption.
It's so nice to see a rescue full of people who care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has truely been a honor to volunteer for Mini Mutts Animal rescue. I have seen them work day and night to help many neglected, abused and abandoned animals. I am a foster fail times 2! I adopted my foster kitten whom was found at only 7 weeks old clinging to life after being attacked by another animal. They stepped in and gave her the best care possible and never gave up on her. My second foster fail was a mangled mess. She was so severely matted she had to be sedated and shaved to her skin, covered with infection and yeast. I see so many come in with their spirits broken, then weeks or even months later, leave to their new forever homes full of hope... Thank you mini mutts for all you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have volunteered, fostered and adopted from this group. Yes the application is not short, but I understand the reason for each question. Yes their standards are high, but after what most of these dogs have gone through, don't they deserve the best? These people are passionate about their cause and their dogs. What I like is that you get so much information about each dog. The dogs are fully vetted and come to your home looking amazing! The other thing I like is that they are always there to help or give advice. I would highly recommend this group. Anyone that has posted something negative was not approved and now has sour grapes. If you are an amazing pet owner, you will be approved!

Client Served

Rating: 1

These people were extremely rude to me when I inquired about adoption. I am a young adult trying to enter the world of pet-parenting and after I asked them to explain further than “I’m sorry. You must maintain tour (note the spelling error) own home.” They sent me a rude remark with no proper explanation. It reads “we don’t do “co-parenting”. I think that speaks for itself”. I did not appreciate the lack of details and unprofessional rude reply. Thanks for literally nothing. Not even a sentence kindly explaining the deny.

4 Tammy W.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Mini-Mutts as a foster mom, adoptive mom, and all around volunteer for a year now. I can honestly say that I researched which rescue I wanted to help and hands down this rescue was the best. They truly believe in no dog left behind. They take in severe medical cases where others won’t. They rescue from the streets, the shelters, and even owners that can’t or won’t take care of their dogs. They are very selective in who is approved foster and adopters to ensure the dogs are going to the perfect home for them. Every dime this rescue receives goes to the needs of the dogs. This is truly a working village in making as many dogs lives better in every way possible. I will continue to support this group in whatever capacity they need. They are great people making great things happen all for the love of dogs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

these ladies, and everyday we are glad we did! For Heidi and Toni to do this, on top of balancing their jobs and families, is a testament to their diligence in their mission. They are truly passionate about the dogs they rescue and commit to making sure the owners applying are the absolute best fit. This organization is professional, coordinated, and very prompt in dealing with prospective adopters. I was very happy to adopt and donate, and had an overall amazing experience in "doing business". I quote this, because the whole process never felt like a transaction...it felt like we were being advised on how to best grow our dog family.

If you're local, and trying to adopt I recommend you check out this organization. They'll be the ones to help you build your fur family. Kudos ladies.

We adopted "Taz" September of 2018.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This rescue is quite arrogant. They want all the personal information, then they form opinions about someone they don't even know and never met even when references are excellent. I believe people should rescue instead of getting a pet from a breeder, but their tactics unfortunately will keep the breeders in business

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Be careful with this organization. After approving our application and scheduling a time and date to pick up the dog, they cancelled. To make matters worse they cancelled the day before we were scheduled to pick up our dog. Very unprofessional and disappointing. Buyer beware.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THE FOUNDER OF THIS RESCUE THINKS THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE! THEY HAVE MY DOG THAT WENT MISSING & WHEN I SAW HIM POSTED UP FOR ADOPTION ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE I IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED THEM. THEY REFUSE TO GIVE HIM BACK, LIED AT FIRST SAYING HE WAS "SURRENDERED" BY SOMEONE CLAIMING THAT HE BELONGED TO THEM. THE FOUNDER GOT CAUGHT IN THAT LIE AND DOESN'T DENY IT NOW THAT HE WAS FOUND & PICKED UP. I HAVE PROVIDED TONS OF PROOF THAT HE'S MINE BUT THEY STILL REFUSE TO GIVE HIM BACK! NOT ONLY THAT BUT THE OWNER/FOUNDER HAS BEEN BASHING ME FOR HAVING MENTAL ILLNESSES & LYING TELLING PEOPLE THAT I'M HOMELESS & GO FROM LIVING FROM COUCH TO COUCH. EVERYTHING SHE HAS TOLD PEOPLE IS A BLATANT & COMPLETE LIE. I HAVE PROOF OF EVERYTHING I SAY! EVER SINCE THIS ALL STARTED, MANY MORE HAVE COME FORWARD SAYING THAT MINI-MUTTS HAS DONE THIS SAME THING TO THEM AND OTHER SHADY, UNETHICAL THINGS. AND SHE ALSO BOASTS ABOUT HAVING 'BIG DONORS' THAT SHE CAN USE THEIR MONEY TO KEEP DOGS AWAY FROM THEIR RIGHTFUL FAMILY!
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158123338347564&id=744952563
I'M AN INDEPENDENT RESCUER & HELP REUNITE LOST/MISSING PETS WITH THEIR FAMILIES. I WOULD NOT CLAIM ANY ANIMAL I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO.

2 Charlie Vato Loco M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mini mutts is the most awesome rescue i've ever had the privilege to know. Heidi and toni are caring and very professional at what they do. They truly care for the well being of the animals.
Heidi goes above and beyond to help those in need.
Very blessed to know
MINI MUTTS RESCUE

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This rescue has helped with so many medical dogs that are senior and in really bad shape. So much respect for the work they do!
They have helped the Sachse Animal shelter countless times along with many other shelters.
They do what is the best fit for the animal not people. They get to know the rescues through wonderful fosters.
Which means they find just the right adopter.
The process is heavy duty to protect animals that have already been failed by humans.
Love them for their generous hearts. Please offer to vounteer, foster and donate to help some very special fur babies.
All of this can not happen without fosters!

2 BLiraStedman

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have fostered for this rescue over and over. They go above and beyond for their dogs. I have 3 Mini Mutt pups in my family. They help the community and have never turned down a dog in need. Love them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would give this nonprofit a 10! My husband and I started with Mini Mutts Animal Rescue as a foster for their puppies and we absolutely fell in love with this organization and with Heidi and Toni. They are very caring, respectful, and hard nosed when it comes to their rescues. I appreciate that they do a strict background check, home visit, and a one week visit before allowing an adoption to go through. Adoption fees are not paid until they are sure you and the sweet fur baby is a perfect fit. Adoption fees are reasonable! I have fostered 6 puppies with them and also just adopted our
sweet Molly. Mini Mutts Animal Rescue is a great rescue organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known the founders and managing partners of Mini-Mutts for a long time. We have fostered and adopted several rescues through them and it has always been a positive experience. To those who are frustrated at having been turned down, please inderstand that there was a very good reason. For example, I have a friend who lives hours outside of the dfw area - initially it was offputting to both of us when we learned she would be turned down for a Mini-Mutt based solely on her location (I know she would be an excellent adopter); however, on introspection, I realized it is because Mini-Mutts feels a great responsibility for the animals for which they are advocates. If you are not in reasonable distance, if anything goes south, they are unable to assist - and they have relationships with dfw area vets who would also not be able to assist. This can be a great risk if the person adopting has no resources. This is just one example - EVERY placement decision is in the best interest of the animals. Their post-placement follow-up and ongoing interest is comforting, and it shows how important it is to Mini-Mutts to make the best decisions they can to place animals appropriately based on whatever information they have. I have watched them spend weeks and tons of money caring for some sweet furbaby in need and the only compensation being the usual adoption fee (which is so minimal for the lengths they go to to make sure the animals arehealthy enough to be adopted before releasing, are spayed or neutered, and are up to date on shots, etc). Whenever we are ready to add to our brood, we always turn to Mini-Mutts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this rescue for a year. I’ve also fostered for them and adopted from them. They are the most concerned group of people who care so much for the animals they work so hard to save. They take many medical cases that other rescues won’t. They have also on many occasions helped pay for medical bills for people that can’t afford it. Their goal is to provide any animal the best care possible, whether they have rescued it or or just helping someone else out. I highly recommend Mini Mutts Animal Rescue if you are looking to adopt a dog or cat in the DFW area. Their standards are high because they’ve poured so much into saving these animals.

5 Paula K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has both adopted and fostered through this rescue. Yes, the application process is lengthy but for good reason, you wouldn't want to give a child to just anyone and fur babies are no different. Heidi and Toni are wonderful to work with. We adopted a long hair daschund almost 2 yrs ago. Shortly after adopting him we found out he had some medical issues that were going to be life threatening. Heidi stepped in and offered to have him looked over by their vet for a second opinion. Our Ruger got the help he needed and we had almost 2 wonderful years with him before he suddenly passed away. When we're ready to add to our pack our baby will come from mini mutts!! Adopt don't shop!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I foster for Mini-Mutts Animal Rescue, I have also adopted two seniors from them. I love the way that they screen potential adopters and fosters. They put the needs of the animals above anything else. All people must be in this area so that their arrangements for keeping the animals safe are inspected.

4 Anne E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs and fostered several more for this organization. I have seen first hand the lengths they will go to in order to save a dog and place it in an appropriate home. I have adopted and fostered 2 dogs who required amputation, a pregnant mama who ended up delivering 9 puppies, as well as several other “code red” dogs who were hours from euthanasia. Mini mutts has a detailed application process in order to insure these previously abused and neglected dogs go to safe homes that “fit.” Not every person qualifies. That doesn’t make it a bad rescue...it makes it a good one.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

We are a family that has rescued many dogs. After looking into this non profit, we found they had multiple stories about how some of the animals were rescued. They may be rescuing some animals, but this appears to be a sham to raise money. Very dishonest organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Mini-Mutts Animal Rescue for well over a year now. My wife started following their efforts on social media after a friend recommended them to us. Once we started to see all the dogs that needed help, it touched our hearts. We reached out to them and let them know that we would love to help but unfortunately, I'm allergic to dogs and cats. We have to have dogs that don't shed which makes it hard for us to help. We let them know we were interested in a hypoallergenic female and shortly after we reached out to them we heard a story of a puppy mill that had a runt with uneven legs and they were leaving it in a box on the side of a road in the heat of the summer. They said if someone didn't pick it up they would take it in the back and shoot it. Toni reached out to us and told us the story of what happened and mention that she was driving a couple hours away to save her and shortly after she was ours. We went through their very thorough vetting process and appreciated that they made sure our fence was secure, that we had the means to care for the dog, and that the dog would work well with our pups. The home visit was welcomed and the adoption fees were beyond fair.

Fast forward, we have now done some events with Mini-Mutts to help raise money and find homes for the dogs. We also help to foster pups for them when we can (because of my allergies). My wife now helps with the home visits and they are strict to ensure that the animal is going to be safe. Like with everything, the irresponsible people ruin it for everyone and force Mini-Mutts to turn away applicants for various reasons. Sometimes these denials seem unfair and unjust but the rules and disqualifiers are in place because someone at some time had the same situation and something happened. They can't let the same thing happen twice and they have been around enough to know when they have to say no. The primary purpose of the rescue is to save the animals, and they can't do that unless they have someone to adopt them. They also can't fund the rescue without the help from adoption fees. It's a very difficult decision to have to make and sometimes its made with little context and that's why there is so much paperwork. They try their best and we have had friends get turned down for various reason and it stinks, but someone has to live with that decision and lay their head down at night knowing that nothing is going to happen to the animals they adopt out. Toni and Hiedi do an amazing job of putting the animals ahead of their emotions. I can assure you that this is not about the money, they have vet bills to prove it. Their goal is to save dogs from EU and they do a wonderful job of doing just that.

Thank you for all you do and for giving us one of the greatest gifts we've ever had, our baby Lyla.

4 TThompson77

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was amazing. I started following Mini Mutts Animal Rescue and donating before I adopted my match. Toni one of the owners of mini mutts helped me find my sweet angel saved from a really bad situation in Paris, Tx. Lyla has been with me over a year now and is thriving with her two brothers, also rescues.
I have been such a huge fan of the two owners Heidi and Toni that I do anything I can to help support because it takes a village.
I’m now on my 2nd foster dog for mini mutts! My husband and I have 3 of our own and try to always have a foster too.
Lyla has been such a blessing to our family, as well as Mini Mutts Animal Rescue for driving to Paris to save her.

4 Evan A. H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mini Mutts takes their job seriously by providing these animals with people who are going to be reliable caretakers! Everything this non profit does is in the best interest of the animal. The woman who runs Mini Mutts is one of the most caring and sweet ladies I have ever met. Would recommend this nonprofit.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Several problems with them. 1) Their application is lengthy (10 pages), very detailed, and required personal info (including driver's license and photos of my home) that had to be e-mailed to someone I'd never met or spoken to, for a dog I'd only seen pictures of and wasn't sure yet that I'd actually want. 2) They required me to provide all this to them on the computer without talking to a real person, making me wonder if it was a scam. 3) They dealt very dishonestly and hypocritically with me and don't seem to care how they treat people because their only concern is that their ridiculously high standards be met. After I jumped thru all their hoops, was told I was approved, and scheduled delivery of the dog, then late at night the day before I was supposed to get the dog, I received an e-mail saying they changed their mind because my lifestyle is too busy and active. They said my busy schedule made it difficult to deliver the dog, when in fact I sat at home for 2 days while they rescheduled delivery due to their busy schedule. This accusation came from someone who's never met me, knows next to nothing about my lifestyle, and was apparently too busy to bring the dog to me as promised. All that said, I still don't know for sure that they are who they say they are and that the dog I wanted to adopt actually exists since I only saw a few photos which could have come from anywhere. The whole thing could have been a scam to get my person info. So, anyone wanting to adopt a dog through Mini Mutts should know that the deal can be canceled on a whim at any time, so don't count on anything until you have actual possession of the dog, and good luck making that happen!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Very disappointed with the professionalism of this organization. I emailed inquiring about a Lhasa apso I saw on pet finder.com. I stressed my concern with the person I was emailing thatI was under 21 years of age and I knew that was a requirement for a lot of rescue groups and adoption centers. The response I received (from whom I believe is the person in charge of this nonprofit) was "not a match" and "lol", and went on to speculate thing about my personal life without giving me the opportunity to submit an application for review. She said that because I was 20 years old, I was going to have a baby soon and the pet could not be live with small children. She also said that she was looking for an older person that has "emptied the nest", even though her post was not clear on these specific requirements, and upon further research of mini mutts animal rescue, the minim age to adopt a pet through them is 18. Overall, not impressed and very disappointed at the level of professionalism and courtesy offered (or not offered) by this person.