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Orphan Annie Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Animal rescue and adoption services

Programs: Rescue mainly dogs and cats also other animals provide care and nourishment and offer for adption

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

DeAnna Presnal C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been looking to adopt for over a year. After the loss of my 17 year old teacup poodle (my constant side kick) our other rescue was missing the companionship of his sister. We knew we wanted to open our hearts and home to another rescue. After many, many, many months we located a sweet little girl pup and put in our application. We were ecstatic to find that we were scheduled to meet her that weekend. The entire family, with the other pup in tow, made the drive with excitment (and a few nerves) to meet our sweet girl. She was just over 3 lbs and full of personality. She immediately stole our hearts. The attention to detail, communication, and process from Orphan Annie Rescue was amazing. Everyone from the volunteer contact to her foster mom to the vet oversight has been perfect. We continue to send photos to her foster mom as she's grown this past month. She has quickly become a special part of our family. Maggie, we adore you. We feel blessed by Orphan Annie Rescue that you came into our lives. Thank you for loving on Maggie until she found her fur-ever home. We could not thank you enough for all you do. Your tireless efforts are appreciated more than you know. *shown with her new brother and fellow rescue pup.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Orphan Annie Rescue is a tremendous organization. We rescued our dog, Eli, from them. They make sure that every dog in their care goes to a loving home which can provide for them, regardless of age, breed, or needs. They properly vet every dog going into their care and have a wonderful network of foster dog parents who provide for the dog until he/she is adopted. I can't recommend this organization enough.

1 Stacey Gurevitch L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted the newest member of our family, and we were thrilled with the process! :-) They took time to really help match us with the perfect dog for our family, and he is adjusting so well! The entire process was thorough, and I so highly recommend this organization! They truly are saving so many animal lives, and I am so grateful that we were able to adopt from them! :-)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started our search by looking on the internet when we decided to adopt a new dog. We found Orphan Annie Rescue and were immediately impressed with the site. The photos and the details included with each dog, and the through application were easy to access. We heard back from them very quickly and after confirming our inquiry, we were contacted by the foster mom of the dog we were interested in. The foster mom answered all of my questions as well as made sure we were prepared for the specific needs of that dog, Bridget. We met with Lara and Bridget’s foster mom, Lisa that Saturday to introduce Bridget to our family. We felt that she was a perfect match for us and hoped they felt the same. Both ladies were very warm and professional and obviously care a great deal for the animals they care for. We are so lucky that Orphan Annie Rescue was there for Bridget when she needed it most. And for all the other animals that they tirelessly rescue, foster and find forever homes for. We would definitely recommend Orphan Annie Rescue!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been aware of Orphan Annie Rescue for about 2 years. They are a very well regarded rescue in the metro Atlanta area. The all volunteer staff is dedicated to ensuring the very best vetting and placement for the dogs they take in. I have reached out to them on more than one occasion for assistance with owner surrender pets that I am trying to help and they have found amazing and loving homes for them. I could not be more pleased with the care and attention they take to matching dogs and adopters, to ensure the best fit for both. And they take in all kinds of dogs, small dogs and puppies all the way to large and senior hounds and care for them all and find great homes for them. I am so grateful to work with them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Orpan Annie Rescue is a wonderful rescue who really cares about their dogs. I found my fur baby there and was selected to adopt her. Even if they had not selected me I know she would have found a great home because they really care and work hard to find good homes for the dogs in their care.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of Orphan Annie’s wonderful network of people, Dottie and I found each other. We cannot imagine life without her! The attention and care that she received prior to me adopting her was hands down the best I have ever seen. We are forever grateful to Orphan Annie Rescue for helping facilitate this love story between Dot and our family!

2 Lynn L.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have tried to speak with this organization. I have pleaded and pleaded. My children and I grieve everyday, cry everyday over our furbabies. They have adopted out all of my furbabies that were stolen from me.

Bella my blue beagle whom we love dearly and was an emotional support to myself and my special needs son and I have over $5000.00 invested into her since she had to have surgery of which I’m still paying. She had a rod and pins put in her leg. They named her Meredith. She had 7 puppies of which they also took and adopted out they are blue beagle, blue healer corgi mix.

Kash my blue healer corgi mix his name was changed to jasper they also took.

Zero my lab/pit mix they also took they changed her name to Madison.

This organization does not care about the heartbreak they have caused, to our family. Instead when I reached out to explain my situation and inquiring about my babies and wanting updates and to hopefully get them back I was met with being blocked on Facebook (my ability to message them in messenger was blocked, and my ability to comment on the photos of my furbabies.

They are a member of our family and they were taken from us illegally!





Since I can’t reply back to orphan annie’s comment—

The truth which is still illegal.

Thank you for finally responding. I had to leave my husband who is an alcoholic and Abusive towards me when he drinks. I have been hit And called names serval times. When I left the police were called to my home that my husband and I owned because my husband busted the back window out of our home and busted the front door down of our home. There is a police report on this - we had to leave. I had a few hundred dollars to my name and I fled with my 7,6,3 year old children I was planning to only be gone 3 days because I didn’t really have anywhere to go I rented an Airbnb. The Airbnb that I rented happened to be a couple who were also Christian as I am and her husband use to be a alcoholic and they went through the same thing I did. She told me I needed to finally leave and get a home of my own. So I sat out to do that. I was tossed to and from different hotels with my 3 children sometimes we were staying out of our car for hours before I could find a new place. There wasn’t any wya I could have all of my furbabies with me during this time.. so I had postmates deliver food to my house for my dogs and I was planning to hire someone to come and take care of them while I was gone. I left the last 3 or 4 days in April, I was only gone for 2 weeks when he surrendered them out of spite to get me back home. During those 2 weeks I never abandoned them because I was still providing for them, and making sure they were taken care of. My husband was at the home with my dogs the entire time and never were they left without care. I was coming back to get them which I made clear to my husband several times.

My husband to this day says they were never his dogs, he is not on any vet records I am and he never had ownership of the dogs.

I’m still devastated. I look at there pictures everyday, I still cry everyday about them, my kids ask about them and talk about them everyday. They helped us through many nights of abuse! We love them immensely. If anything I just would like updates on them and how they are doing. Please. I am now in a home of my own with my 3 kids and stable. I have 2 furbabies that I have adopted now but still miss bella, Kash and zero the most. No furbaby can ever replace them.

Still illegal either way.

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orphanannierescueinc 07/22/2020

We did respond to the email that you sent to us. The truth of what happened is that at the end of April, you moved out and left the dogs in the care of your husband at your shared home. On 5/15, we received a call from Fulton County Animal Services asking for our help with 10 dogs that your husband wanted to surrender to them. They would be sending a truck to get them and bring them to their shelter once they had someone available to do that but were hoping that, at a minimum, we could accept the 7 puppies into our program. That way, the puppies did not risk getting sick at the shelter. We agreed to take the dogs at that time, & one of our volunteers drove to your home where your husband surrendered the dogs to us, completing the necessary surrender form. We took all 10, not just the puppies. The dogs have all been vetted and have found loving homes, as this all occurred over 2 months ago. This is a dispute between you and your husband, so please direct your concerns to him.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I inquired about a dog and was told she was still available. I submitted my application and two days later I got an email saying a different family had been chosen. The issue I have is my references and my vet were never contacted. I replied and let them know they had not even given me a fair chance and thanked them for at least letting me know. From many other comments it appears I am not the first that this has happened to, and I will not be the last.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is so GREAT!! They truly care about the animals they are adopting out and they really try to make sure that you/your family are a good fit with the pup. I really appreciated their time and patience during the adoption process. I would highly recommend this rescue to look for your new furry friend.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to say enough about Orphan Annie Rescue. While I haven't directly fostered for them or adopted from them, I have had more than one dog that I was fostering through a county shelter who OAR went above and beyond for - from courtesy posting them on the OAR website and allowing me to bring them to adoption events, to providing training/behavioral advice, even offering supplies - all for dogs that weren't even officially part of the rescue. I've had positive interactions with all of their volunteers and fosters and it is clear that above all else they want what is best for all dogs, even extending beyond those that are in their direct care. I've had positive and negative experiences with other rescues in the Atlanta area, and I can confidently say that Orphan Annie Rescue has blown them all out of the water in terms of compassion, professionalism, and dedication.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such a positive experience adopting my puppy through OAR! You can really tell that they care for the dogs they have and try to find the best fit for them. In our case, they said that the puppy we adopted need another dog to play with, and now that he has been home for over a month I see why - he would have been miserable and driven us all crazy if he didn't have a canine sibling. The rescue is incredibly organized, and I have been very impressed with how well they have communicated since adoption. I have gotten notice to remind me each time puppy is due for shots which is not the level of care and commitment you typically get when adopting a rescue dog. I highly recommend OAR for anyone looking for a new family pet.

3 Laura Y.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my fur baby from this rescue group. I really appreciate how carefully they screen potential adopters to make sure rescue animals are going to good homes. All the people (rescue coordinator and foster parents) were so kind and thoughtful and of course, love animals! We had some challenges because of his original situation (hoarding) and they were there for me after the adoption with advice and ideas too!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who is very involved in dog rescue myself, I wanted to respond to concerned citizen about her comments regarding the caucasian family walking up and adopting a dog without filling out an application. Get your facts straight! OAR NEVER does same day adoptions for the protection of their dogs. Most applications are submitted on line and their is a process that is completed before an applicant can be considered. Vet references are checked, which can take a while and there is always a meet and greet before an adoption is finalized. The caucasian family who walked up and adopted their dog was already vetted and approved. OAR adopts to anyone who can show that they have been a responsible pet owner in the past. Sometimes there are additional requirements for some of their dogs based on the dog's personality and behaviors. For instance, some dogs are not adopted to families with children under a certain age and other dogs may need to be in a home with a backyard or with a very experienced dog owner. There are so many people out there who don't do their research and they buy or adopt a dog or puppy without considering their lifestyle and availability. These are the dogs that end up in rescues or animal control. OAR is working tirelessly to avoid this situation. I adopted my precious Nora through OAR and I know that they have only one thing on their mind - finding the right forever home for their dogs. I know the ladies who run OAR and they devote all of their time and energy to this rescue. They work day and night (strictly voluntary) to find their dogs a great match - regardless of race. OAR is one of the most reputable rescues in GA. For those who complained that their app wasn't approved -Get over it! Sometimes another family is a better fit. They are so busy that they cannot explain to every single potential adopter why they were not selected. That would not be time well spent. I am a devoted pet owner and when I was looking to adopt a Poodle I wasn't selected by an organization to adopt a dog named Sky. Obviously, there was someone who was better suited for her. Don't take it personal! Adopting a dog should take some time if the organization is responsible. I trust OAR 100%.

3 FurSquadMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted one of my dogs from this rescue, and it was a seamless, no-nonsense process. I applied online, met him about a week later at the Dunwoody Petsmart, and finalized the adoption the same day. After adopting, I started following OAR on social media and learned more about their organization. From what I've observed, I believe OAR is probably one of the most reputable rescues in the Atlanta area. It seems that some of the negative reviews are essentially complaining about the thoroughness of their vetting process. I do believe that their vetting process is fairly in-depth, but I can't see how anyone that has a track record of taking good care of their previous or current pets would have any issue with this. I had absolutely no problem with providing vet names, references and any other information solicited on the application. I'm somewhat familiar with many of the rescues in the Atlanta area, and what makes OAR stand out to me is that they will do absolutely EVERYTHING to save a life and they pour an incredible amount of resources into each animal. They are also totally transparent about each animal's temperament and any medical challenges. Considering this, you can't blame them for wanting to make sure that these animals end up in the best homes possible. I think they are truly trying to do everything they can to prevent returns or mismatches. I'll also point out that the folks that run this rescue are constantly networking on social media to find homes for animals throughout the area, not just the ones in their own rescue. I've donated multiple times since adopting my boy and will continue to do so when I can. They are a great organization and anyone would be lucky to adopt a pet from them. I've attached a couple of pictures of my boy - when I adopted him at around 5 months old and today. He is a total love and gets along perfectly with my other dog and my cat.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I told my neighbor about a dog that I knew was being fostered by an acquaintance. They would be a perfect match! My neighbor has not had a dog for two years and was ready to adopt again.
She met the dog and they got along great! The pup actually had met her son’s dog when with foster family,and got along beautifully at the local dog park where my neighbor had been very active. Also, the foster dog got along with another neighbor’s dog at dog park. Our cul de sac is very dog friendly and we were all excited about her getting a new dog. I was a reference and ready to answer questions- but the call never came from Orphan Annie. They turned my neighbor down without calling references or giving any reasons. Told her to go to the pound.
This seems to be a racket because she is the perfect dog person. Every dog in our cul de sac loves her and she has a great fenced in yard with lots of dog and human friends ready to greet a new dog friend.
What a disservice this organization is to the community and the animals they represent. I will not be giving them any money or references because I do not understand what they are about or doing?????

6 Love4kingdom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Was Very disappointed with this rescue. I put in an application for a dog. A day or two later received a email they had called my vet and wanted to know why I hadn't bought heartguard latley. I told them I had some left over from a previous pet and I could send them a picture of the box I had. They were slow to reply back and after a few more days sent me and email rejecting us from adopting not only the one we applied for but any of their dogs. When I emailed back twice asking what the reason was for they ignored my email and never responded. This is not how rescue groups should operate. They never even called me or my references for phone interviews. You can't judge someone from paper. I work in the pet industry and I cannot believe rescue groups who get their money from people like me who donate would be rejecting people for the most ridiculous reasons. As I see on here many others have had this same experience.

2 M Diane F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my current chi mix fur baby who I love dearly from Orphan Annie Rescue 4 years ago. From the very start of the adoption process, the volunteers were so available to talk to me, answer any questions, and allow me to interact with the dog. Like everyone else, I had to complete an application. I found the process to be completely fair and reasonable as it was obvious that the representatives of Orphan Annie Rescue only wanted to make sure that the dog I was planning to adopt was going to a good home. I had a background of having pets in my home and always taking care of their vaccines, health care, overall well-being, and safety. I was well aware of the dedication and time it takes to adopt a pet as a family member and I'm sure that was evident to the staff of OAR. I did not mind the thorough screening process as it is critical that all pets, including rescues, go to a home that they will feel safe and loved in. OAR wanted to make sure that the dog was the best match for me and me for her; which it was and has been. And communication with OAR did not stop after the adoption process. We have kept in touch for 4 years. If I ever have a question or concern, I can reach out to one of the OAR volunteers or representatives and they will always get back with me. It is also fun to visit their adoption events at the Dunwoody PetSmart. I am so respectful and grateful to OAR and the job that they do for so many abandoned animals. I know they deal with things on a daily basis that I can only imagine! And they certainly don't do the job for pay!!! They do it because they love these animals and want to see them safe and in good homes. When the time comes, I will definitely return to OAR for my next adoption. I would never go anywhere else!!! These people are simply the best!!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my girl Darcy almost 3 years ago from OAR and have nothing but positive things to say about this group! They are a small but mighty rescue and they put their hearts and souls into their lifesaving work. They do what is best for the animal, and that’s what ultimately matters. I’m eternally grateful they pulled Darcy from Fulton County AC. They rescued an angel for me. I recommend them on a regular basis to anyone who is looking to adopt.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group is often at the Pets Mart in Sandy Springs. While they have a number of pets that need homes, this agency does seem to be very biased. It’s as if the volunteers are the real pet owners and they just want your donations to help cover the cost of caring fur the pet. I don’t think it has to do with race but more so towards occupation and living arrangements. I am a single, young professional and some of the volunteers smirked at me when I told them that I wanted a puppy to share my home with. I found a cute pup and spent an hour walking her around the store, sitting with and petting her the entire time. We had such great chemistry that when I left the puppy followed me, she was obviously attached. Was my application selected? No. And when I asked why I was rejected, no explanation or advice. If they are interested in the pets, why not share with applicants things they can do to prepare for a pet?

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've seen this rescue outside of the Petsmart in Sandy Springs on Saturdays. Literally, a Caucasian family came to inquire about adopting a dog, paid for the dog and did NOT fill out an application. They adopted the dog same day. However, an African-American woman approached with interest and was told to fill out an application.

Sadly, this sort of prejudice is rampant in pet adoption and such factors should cause a charity to lose its 501 c3 status. The worst part is that the family that adopted the dog the same day... returned the dog after only keeping it for a week. The dog's name is Rufus, you can find him re-listed on Petfinder.

Terrible practices. Untenable.

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OrphanAnnieRescue 04/29/2019

Wow, this is a horrible accusation and completely false. We do not offer same day adoptions. Our adoption process begins with an application on our website. We review the applications during the week and schedule meet and greets on Saturdays at PetSmart. Anyone who adopts from us on a Saturday has previously applied and been approved to adopt. Anyone who comes up on a Saturday and hasn’t applied is directed to our website to complete an application. You can review our adoption process on our website www.orphanannierescue.org.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization. Very thorough process, which made me feel like they truly cared about their animals. When I was looking at other rescue groups and shelters, they did not seem concerned with truly knowing where their animals were going. I did not get this feeling at all with the organization. You can tell the volunteers really care.

9

Client Served

Rating: 1

Totally agree with jiPtow! Im not sure which is worse... the fact that these pets need good homes or the fact that they are denying these poor animals good homes. Guess they are just looking for donations. Absolutely horrible

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You guys are the worse, please remember you are a volunteer, and people who are looking to adopt are looking to help, treat people kindly not like animals you pretend to care for!