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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our little Willow 5 years ago, they were so detail oriented and make sure I knew everything I needed to know about our little girl when we adopted her! Also made it easy to have our other dog meet her! They are one of the best to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Ashes 5 1/2 years ago. We couldn't be more in love with our baby! She is the perfect fit to our family. The application process was easy. They worked with us for our final pick up as we had a family wedding. Ashes is the best dog. We couldn't be happier!! Thank you PA Caring for K-9's for bringing Ashes into our lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from this rescue. I was so impressed with the woman who fostered our dog and with this rescue organization, I volunteered to help.
Very respectable people and very thorough process to be approved to adopt.
And they will continue to help with any issues that may come up with the dog. Very supportive.

Katie W.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my pack with this organization. All of my dogs have been and always will be from Pa Caring for K-9’s, this isn’t just a place to pick up a puppy, this organization helps animals in need through a network of loving volunteers who stay in contact with you, share pictures, suggestions, ideas and stories. Any time I have ever had a concern about my pack I will reach out to this network first, and I know it is a safe and loving place that has become an extension of my dog’s family. They will NOT just give these dogs away, they check, and double check to make sure that when these pups go to a home, it’s for good, so if you’re looking for a quick “buy” this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a throughly vetted community of people who want what is best for the dogs, this is your place. I’m so thankful I found this organization.

1 Dawn Elmore M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to pack 9 when I was organizing events for the dealerships that I worked for. The people that work for the group are amazing, friendly and love the animals they work with. I adopted my first baby King during one of the events at Red Lion Chevy. I could not have asked for a better fur baby when my other baby Cokey got cancer. Bethany hooked me up with people that provided me ways to help him stay more comfortable and gave me a little more time with him. After he passed away even though I moved to Virginia I contacted Bethany about getting another friend for king. She helped me get the perfect match for my family Prince . Thank you pack 9 for everything and for giving me my babies.

1 Deborah A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Richie (the brown pup) from his PA Caring for K-9s foster in September 2020. We had just unexpectedly lost our 9-year-old dog, Wynter, and were looking for a companion for our young pup, Charlie (the black and white pup). This was the first time we had used this rescue and we were highly impressed with how thorough the interview and adoption processes were. Communicating with Richie’s foster family before, during, and after the adoption was easy and supportive. The dedicated, professional, and caring volunteers put this rescue at the top of our list.

We could not ask for a better match for Charlie and for our family. Richie is such a character with just the right amount of energy for both his teenage human brothers and his fur brother. When it’s time to adopt again, we will definitely keep this rescue in mind.

Chellie Stem B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost a dog to cancer, our surviving dog was grieving terribly. We filled out an application for 1 dog, but when we went to the meet and greet, that particular dog was not interested in our dog. Suddenly, another little adoptee walked up to our dog and it was love at first sight. She nestled her neck against our dog and they've been inseparable ever since! We are so grateful for every volunteer. For the long hours they travel to bring these sweet dogs up North, for the Fosters who love on them until they find their Fur-ever Homes, and for the volunteers who verify the applications to make sure these dogs are protected from evil and headed to a family who will love them forever! God Bless Each and Every Volunteer and Doggie! We Love you Guys!! Thank you! Thank You! Thank you!!

Stephanie H.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Jaxon (Adam) from you in February of 2016. He is my best fur friend. My walking buddy, and snuggle dog. The process of adoption is very thorough. The safety of the dog being placed has to be priority. We actually had a very large portion of our property fenced in for him. This was NOT a requirement to adopt , but I felt this was what would be best for him. Some do the underground electric fence. That is another option. I highly recommend adopting from this group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted Ace in 2019 from K-9’s. I loved the fact that these dogs live with foster families. Once I was approved for Ace (Amous) the Foster family contacted me in a timely manner. They kept the line of communication open. Sent me photos of him until we were able to meet him. They even checked up on us after we brought him home. I took him to my vet a few days after the adoption and he was in good health. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. They did say he wasn’t a fan of cats but I’ll let the pictures explain.

Client Served

Rating: 5

2.5 years ago, we adopted Brigette (aka Elizabeth, from the Walton Group). She made her way to PA Caring for K9s by way of Jasper Alabama. We believe we were her 6th stop in the way, including the months of fostering with Caring for K9s. We can only imagine the horrors she went through before getting to PA. We met Brigitte at the Foster's home. Our Bully-boy, Leo, came with us. The foster watched the interactions between us, Leo, and Brigitte. When we decided to adopt her, Caring for K9s did the job we expected them to do.... check up on us: talk to our vet and our references. Brigitte came with her challenges, we knew this on meeting her. We would never change our minds on becoming her "forever home". We also have a network of pet owners and Caring for K9s Fosters to share questions, celebrations, sorrows, and joys. We've adopted many dogs over the years. This has been the best interaction and support we've ever seen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted Hank from PA Caring for K9s and our family was so impressed with how thorough the adoption process was! They really make sure that adoptive families have the time and resources to devote to a dog before approving them. We fell in love with this little guy and we were able to take him home. In the future if we get another dog, I wouldn’t hesitate going through this organization again! The foster families really get to know the dogs and are so helpful in finding the right friend for you.

Jennie G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Atlas a year and a half ago- he has been my first dog in adulthood and such a gem! He resides with 3 kids, 3 cats and 2 adults and has just blended greatly into our family. The adoption event went smoothly. Of course, they had to verify that we take care of our cats and would be a good fit- but that speaks to the rescue’s mission for finding homes for these dogs that need committed people to welcome them home. Atlas was a quick learner and loves to hike with us. We just took him camping- and hope to adopt from K9 again in the next year or two

Sherry G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 pups in the last few years. We appreciate the depth of care that is given to the pups prior to us adopting, along with the amount of records given to us along with pups behavior and needs if any. We also like that they research adopters checking background and vet record. We love our 2 pups adopted Sydney (Shepard/husky) and Kira ( Plott Hound).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got my dog Scout (previously Ramona) from this rescue a few years ago. She was 6 months old at the time and taken from death row in Alabama. She is 3 years old now and I'm happy as can be to have found her! She was only in the shelter a month and was on the euth list down south! I'm so grateful to Pack 9 for saving her! They did require I take her to training within a year (i think that was the timeframe) and i thought that was an excellent idea. They said since they implemented the program they hadnt received any returns of dogs who just needed some training. Which i think helps to make more people happy with their shelter pet and doesnt cause the dog stress of rehoming. Can't say enough good things about pack 9!

Pam M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a previous foster for the rescue and I loved each and every dog as my own. It was such an experience to see them come out of there shells and get over the fear of being left alone. Everyone that adopted dogs I fostered I am still friends with including those that don’t have Facebook.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted one of our Dobermans from PACK-9 in 2017. His name is Titan and he’s been one of the best and most awesome dogs we’ve ever had! Our experience was great. I submitted an application and the response was almost immediate. They made very sure that he would be a good fit for our household by having us bring all our dogs to meet him at the fosters home. It was very obvious that his foster family had done a great deal of work with him also. He was very well behaved, crate trained and housebroken. We continued with his training and began doing some advanced training with him and competing with him in dog activities/sports. He has been a dream dog for us!

Leighanne K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my baby girl August 2016. This rescue truly cares about the pets in their care. They did a thorough background check on me to ensure that my girl would be cared for, safe, and loved. I lucked out, I had fallen in love with my girl, and no one had a hold on her when I had been approved. The foster home was patient with me, let me visit with her, and she has been the best dog I've ever had. I sadly will not be in PA by the time I will want to adopt again, but I would absolutely recommend them, hands down the best rescue experience I've ever had.

Rachel D.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Lily from PA Caring for K9s in 2020 and were so pleased with the entire process! Our application was approved quickly for it being a volunteer run organization. We received great support and advice from her foster mom. I would highly recommend PA Caring for K9s to anyone looking to add a furry friend to their family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two family members from Pack-9. They have been amazing and helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dog's from the rescue, and I could not be happier! The fosters are truly selfless and overall wonderful individuals. The most recent foster family I dealt with was Lori and Kevin and they were just so nice and caring. I still keep in touch and send pictures every so often. The application process is easy, and the meet and greet at the foster home has always been a pleasant experience. After you adopt they follow up to see how everything is going, which is nice. I would definitely recommend this rescue to individuals that are serious about adopting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our girl from PACK9 this January. The application process took about two weeks and they were very thorough in their reference checks and interviewing myself as well which I appreciate. We love our girl, she can be difficult at times but we knew what we were getting in to. We adopted a 9 month old lab/pit mix who had been in a shelter in Alabama for quite some time. None of her issues are her fault or the rescues, we continue to work through them, but overall she is a great dog and simply a big puppy who never got properly trained when she was small. She is a wonderful addition to our family and I am hoping to apply to foster dogs through this organization soon and help more dogs like her. Would highly recommend this rescue, thank you for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very pleased with Pack9 and our experience with them. I applied for my beautiful pup when I saw him listed on FB. The volunteer contacted my references, my vet and she then spoke to me at length. We were approved and met with the dog at the foster home. We fell in love with our pup and appreciated the hard work the foster had put in with him. He is the best dog you can imagine and we are thankful to Pack9 every day for our beautiful Hawkins. I really hope to adopt through them again one day.

Heather B.14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted twice from PAck9 and would do so again every time. The adoption process was easy, both foster families we adopted from were welcoming and patient and kind. And the PACK9 community after the adoption is a very welcome and appreciated support system. We love pack9 and are so happy to have found our dogs Winston and Cass through them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dog, Ladybug is a great dog. I fell in love with her right away. Her foster parents did a great job with her and now she and I are embarking on further training. Ladybug wants to please! I give PACK 9 an A+ for sure. I'm so glad I could rescue a dog!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs from PA caring for k-9s. I value how honest the fosters are about the dogs history and temperament. I value the fact that they do background checks on potential adopters. This ensures that the dogs are going to a family that truly wants and can take care of them. This is an organization that truly loves dogs and loves the work that they do. I am so grateful for that. I will continue to donate to this rescue, recommend this rescue, and adopt from this rescue.

Denise Strevig P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Jake 7/26/2019 and had a wonderful experience. The application process was easy and completed quickly. His foster mom was a delight to work with and we continue to stay in touch. We have had 2 family members also adopt from PACK9 with good experiences. They are dedicated to placing the dogs with the right family. Thanks to everyone at PACK9 for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had two amazing experiences with PACK9. They are of great help to the animal rescue organizations in the South. Both of our pups came from Alabama rescues. When it was time to look for a companion for our girl, PACK9 was the only place we looked. We found the perfect brother for her.

The fosters take excellent care of the pups, answered all of our questions, and follow-up to ensure the transition goes well.

I can't recommend this group enough. They have helped complete our family!!!!! The adoption fees are reasonable and the dogs are in good health.

Kelly U.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with this non profit! The application process was extensive but we understood it was to make sure the dog was going to the right home. We are celebrating one year of having our Murphy and couldn’t have found a more perfect dog for our family. We will be adopting from this agency again for sure!

Casey L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group of people! We adopted our boy Zlatan (Antonio) about 2 years ago now and he is truly the best dog you could ever ask for! I quickly heard back from Bethany the day I put in my application, she asked thorough questions and made sure that he was going to a loving and safe home. Within 2 days we were on our way to pick him up from his foster dad. He provided us with all of his paperwork, food, and a couple things to get us started. I love their Facebook adopters group and being able to see all of the doggos they help save. Thank you pack 9 for completing our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

wonderful rescue to work with!! we adopted in 2019 and recommend to anyone looking for a dog! this is a foster-based program with a great application process. i feel good recommending to everyone i know because i know they take time to place dogs in homes that will be a good fit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I emailed to check the status of an application and was told that was disrespectful and that they should not have to update you because that is a waste of volunteer time. Meanwhile it had been 9 days since I had heard anything. Very unprofessional communication.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Rude and unprofessional. Stay away. Definitely not worth your time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If I could give 0 stars I would. They make their process for adoption so arduous it makes you just want to buy. I failed to complete my original application, so when I started it back up they were so adamant about obtaining information from pets I no longer had (it had been over a year since I rehomed the animals in questions over allergies) which held up the application. I was under the impression that the dog we wanted was spoken for, so I emailed them back and asked if they even tell people if the dog they want is gone, and I got a longer and nastier response. As an Army vet, I’m appalled with this rescue and them whisking away my chances at a dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue! We adopted our dog from them over a year ago and it has been nothing but success. They even emailed us about a week after we adopted to ensure everything was going ok. Our dog was healthy when we got him and remains healthy to this day. They provided all known medical history and had him up to date on all needed shots, vaccines or medications. They also invite you to a Facebook group of adopters which has been so helpful w/questions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since new board of directors in 2017, things have been amazing. (We adopted before and after) The volunteer team worked hard to process our application and fellow family over the years extremely fast. They were very communicative about a delay with our references. The welcome email is very upfront about the process so we knew what to expect the whole time. Highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 2

This is not an organization that has the dogs best interest at heart. They collect these dogs from shelters down south and know very little about the animal which in my opinion sets the dog up for failure in his forever home. We have had crate training and potty issues from day one and got virtually no real solutions from the dogs foster. I texted her to ask if she knew a behaviorist we could contact and she gave me the name of one but I haven’t heard a word from her since. It’s been one week today and no one from the organization has bothered to reach out to see how the dog is even doing. These dogs were in shelters for a reason and by adopting them out before knowing what their issues are makes it very likely that they will wind up at another shelter due to behavioral issues that most owners aren’t willing to deal with. Our adopted dog luckily ended up with people that are willing to do what we have to do to make this work. He’s a sweetheart that was failed by people and he doesn’t deserve to have that happen again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a 1 year old dog named Beamer, (a small German Shepherd Mix), and renamed Boomer. We did a meet and greet in the Boomer's foster home. Boomer had been abused, and had a zip tie embedded in his waiste. He came from Ala. His foster parents were up front with us that he will need nurturing to overcom his skittishness with humans. He did have some intestinal parasites. HOWEVER, he had been dewormed by the rescues Vet. in Ala. when the zip tie was removed. He was up to date on Heartworm medicine, Vaccines, Etc.. Our Vet gave him an A OK and had us deworm him again.
His foster parents were evidently very good at putting Boomer back on the right track with us humans because everyday he settled in with us BETTER AND BETTER. He is doing well in all aspects. i WOULD ADOPT AGAIN FROM " PA cARING fOR cANINES"

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Absolutely horrible organization. I submitted an application for a dog on their website, and they began doing reference checks several days later. Each of my references (three and landlord) called back within 24 hours) but the hole process still took close to three weeks.

After, I was told the dog I wanted had been adopted before I even applied - when I responded that they should have let me know, they just respond (we're volunteers with jobs". I then asked about other dogs - and they said to check their facebook, but any time I saw a dog I thought I might like - they said it was already adopted.

Staff are consistently rude and unhelpful, and there's something that's terribly off.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Where do I begin...we were extremely excited about providing a home for another dog in need. We have experience with rescue dogs having had three over the past 30 years. We found the perfect dog...so we thought. Went through the evaluation process which was rather lengthy. After a phone interview, we were found worthy as an adoptive family. Had a meet with " our dog" all went well. We were adopting a dog that had come from a high kill shelter in Alabama. Minimal health records were provided which I thought to be odd since the dog was a surrender. There was no information provided about the environment in which the dog was coming from. We did know that the dog had previously been adopted and returned within48 hours. We decided to follow through with the adoption and take our new family member home. Everything was great for about three weeks until our new dog met our grand daughter! The grand daughter is a animal lover and comfortable around dogs. Totally unprovoked, the dog lunged and bit our grand daughter! Immediately, I called for guidance and help with this unexpected behavior. None was offered nor given. Our calls were not returned and the lack of support was unacceptable! After much frustration and heartache...we decided to return the dog. We had been told the dog was good with other dogs, children and adults. After returning the dog, I contacted the foster family with concerns for the dogs wellbeing. The response I received from the foster family was very insultive and inappropriate! As time passed, the dog was eventually listed on Craig's list as adoptable into homes with children over the age of 10...our grand daughter was. 91/2. This dog should not be in a home with children...yes,she is a sweet dog, but not appropriate to be with children. We felt as if the organization was not forthcoming with all history and knowledge on the dog we adopted and the " nasty-gram" from the foster family was way out of line, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth for the whole organization. We will adopt again, but not from this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is an unfortunate organization. They were started when they were asked to leave another rescue organization. The reason for being asked to leave was their lack of ethics and their inability to properly care for dogs. Sadly, these practices have continued. In fact, these practices have become the focus of an investigation driven by concerned citizens in the county.

Part of the claims that have been substantiated include the following - 1 - Puppy and Dog Flipping. This organization will contact people on craigslist and offer to take in a dog they are rehoming for free. Following the receipt of the dog, they will not vet the animal, or have proper testing for heartworm and tick born illnesses completed. They will then advertise the dog as available for adoption almost immediately upon receipt of the dog into their care. 2 - Adopting out sick animals. Unfortunately, parvo is a scary illness and - if dogs are not properly cared for - it is easily transmittable (especially to puppies). In the case of this organization, several of the dogs coming into the rescue are adopted out immediately after they arrive. Where other rescues have medical hold time periods post-arrival of a dog to rescue, this organization will adopt dogs out immediately without giving the parvo a chance to surface. As a result, unsuspecting adopters end up with a very sick puppy and the vet bills can mount to thousands of dollar. The rescue takes no responsibility for these animals once they leave - offering no help to these adopters.

In short - think twice before adopting from this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Very thorough and organized!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 times from this wonderful rescue. My application was processed in a timely manner and the rescue communicated with me many times to help me make a decision. Would recommend many others to adopt from pack9!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic rescue. All the volunteers have been very friendly and helpful. We love our newly adopted dog! I would recommend adopting from this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rescue claims to be a non-profit and yes they do have their non-profit status. HOWEVER.... they're adoption fees are standard for any age dog. They do NOT spay/neuter puppies before placing them in homes. They do NOT do home checks. The dogs only get basic vet care. No microchips!! There are no stories of any dogs needing medical care.
The bring hundreds of dogs or I should say PUPPIES from down south up to PA. What about all our local dogs in need of help.
Within 6 months time they have brought in over $100,000 in adoption fees alone!!! Where is all that money going? Into the founders pockets paying for her and her boyfriend to be lazy and sit at their home.

I adopted from them, had a phone interview. Finally got my dogs issues under control after a year. The founder TONYA harassed the hell out of me, threatened me. She also treats her volunteers like crap but they take the abuse for the dogs. I will never return this dog to them she is our family now. They have NOT ONCE checked up to see how she is doing.

This rescue IS making a profit and Tonya and her husband are living a comfortable life of not having to work real jobs. Their "volunteers" do all the work for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I did not find this organization to be helpful when we adopted a dog with fear issue. We were first time adopters and were asked to foster-to-adopt which did not give us an opportunity to meet the dog in a neutral situation. They have some shady practices when it comes to the health and background of the dogs. I contacted the adoption coordinator the day after picking up our dog with concerns for her fear issues and was told to "give it time." However then I was told that I had 5 days to decide if I wanted to keep the dog or not. Have talked to other rescues across the country and this group is in the bottom tier when it comes to their concerns for the dogs and adopters. This group seems to have an agenda to be the largest rescue group in the area and will take any measures - ethical or not - to achieve this. They focus on bringing dogs up from the Southern States however there are many needy dogs locally that they do not seem to care about. We have kept the dog we adopted from them, problems and all. We would never return this dog to them because we do not trust that they would be honest with other potential adopters about her issues. We have adapted and worked with the dog and it is manageable, but has cost us a great deal of money to try to rehab this dog. I was actually kicked of their adopter's Facebook page because I raised some concerns I had with our dog. Another person who adopted one of my dog's siblings had the same negative experience and was also kicked off the Facebook page just because she wanted to volunteer with a different rescue organization. We would never recommend adopting from Pa Caring for K-9s. We just want to spread the word so that others may be aware of potential issues with this adoption group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adopter and was most impressed by how they quickly processed my application. Everyone was thorough and very pleasant. Foster home was clean and they were friendly. We love our new dog! Thank you Pack9!