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Todd L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place does so much for dogs . It takes in tough dogs rehabs them and finds great homes for them. Also a sanctuary for dogs that need a forever home. A little bit of heaven for dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Mark when I was transporting one of The Pets Return Home to his forever home in NM. Mark invited me to see the ranch. Of course, every time I have the opportunity to visit a rescue, I take it As a transporter, I have dealt with many rescues. I can honestly say, that Mark Happe and Pets Return Home, is by far the best I've worked with. I was so impressed by Pets Return Home, I started to volunteer at the ranch. At Pets Return Home, Mark has made sure that the dogs are comfortable. The kennel area has a covering so the Arizona sun isn't hitting the dogs. The temperature in the kennel area is comfortable year round. The kennels are kept very clean and sanitized. Each kennel is large, all of which are true, roomy, comfortable kennels. The bowls and water buckets are cleaned regularly and the food and treats are always covered. He has put a lot of thought into the design of all the areas of the ranch. There was a time I was fearful of pitbulls, never having dealt with any one to one. I feared them until I started volunteering at Pets Return Home. The very first interaction I had was with a pitbull named Nala. I was sitting on the couch, Nala came up, thinking she was a little dog tried her best to be a lap dog. All 70+ pounds of her. She is just lovable. Nala has since been adopted and doing wonderfully. I'm grateful to Mark for helping me realize that with the right training, socialization, and most importantly love, dogs, regardless of breed can be loving pets. Mark works tirelessly with each and every dog that comes to him. I know he does, because I've been there enough to have seen it. I am awed by the amount of energy and care Mark has for all of the dogs at Pets Return Home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Mark Happe close to 4 years ago when I was transporting one of Pets Return Home dogs to the adopter. Mark invited me to visit the rescue. Visiting Pets Return Home was a very happy and eye opening experience. It is located in Clarkdale, AZ. After my initial visit, I have been back numerous times to volunteer. The dogs are happy, healthy, very well cared for and most importantly loved. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Pets Return Home would be a ideal model for rescues . Mark Happe is a man who truly walks the walk. He wants to make sure that every single dog that has a chance at rehabilitation at Pets Return Home is rehabilitated and able to be adopted to the right home. The dogs that for various reasons cannot be adopted out are offered sanctuary. For the years I have been going to Pets Return Home, the goal has always been the same. I was at one time very scared of pit bulls. That was until I started going to Pets Return Home. The last time I was there, I had one of the pitties her name is Nala, sitting right next to me, paw on my shoulder, so affectionate. so sweet. I thank Mark for introducing me to how wonderful this breed is. Last year, Mark and volunteers rescued 27 wolf dog pups and 7 moms. Preparations were made, all the dogs were evaluated, received health checks, any medical care needed, vaccines, neutering, and microchips. Mark made sure that every single person that showed an interest in adopting one of the wolf pups, knew about the breed and how to care for them. A lot goes into making sure the dogs get the training, exercise, play, and love they need. I write this review because Pets Return Home deserves the accolades. They operate with transparency, dedication, commitment and the love that help these otherwise hopeless dogs find their forever homes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This rescue has saved so many lives and continues to do so every day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I visited this facility earlier this year to volunteer for a day. I was so impressed with the love and wonderful environment this is for all the fur babies!!

So grateful to Mark for what he does to care for, and even turn around so many dogs.

Beautiful facility! Lucky lucky dogs.:)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We know people who have been helped by pets return home. Great organization!!

Patricia Joyce G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped so many pets and families through hard work, dedication and love of dogs.

Tammy R.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pets Return Home is an amazing facility that helps animals in many different ways. Not only do they adopt out animals they are a sanctuary for those who might not otherwise have a chance at adoption.

Brandy S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mark Happe and PRH is a amazing 501c3 rescue that helps many dogs that would normally be PTS.. He trains them socializes all these animals to get them adopted to forever homes... He also takes in mama/puppies... gets them all trained socialized .. has people come daily to love on them on his animals .. I am extremely impressed with Mark and all his hard loving work .. Brandy...

Kaitlin R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adopted my boy Kenai from PRH. ITs a fantastic place that takes care of all dogs from all walks of life. They truly give dogs a new leash on life!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited Pets Return Home on a few occasions and am impressed more every time. It's a really wonderful home for dogs of every breed, age and personality out there. There is plenty of open space for exercise, shelter for weather conditions and areas for care giving.

I've known Mark for over seven years and can vouch for his dedication, compassion and energy he's put into this. When I visit the dogs seem so happy and content, the trust and love that they have for him is evident. I am proud to be a supporter and friend and am thankful for his role in the community and everything he does for these animals in need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our “Wrangler “ in May and he is a wonderful addition to our family. (Just ask our Great Dane and little mixed breed ). His mother was rescued and given a safe haven at Pets Return Home to have her pups. Our puppy was happy, healthy and well socialized with people and other dogs when we met him. This is a wonderful program with an awesome director and volunteers who really care and are committed to the dogs in their care

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our baby Deuce from there and were so impressed how Mark and all his volunteers were with the dogs. Most shelters are just shelters; PRH is so much more! These dogs would be perfectly fine staying there forever and some in sanctuary situations do. They do a huge amount for all of them!

1 Michele B.6

Donor

Rating: 5

if you love dogs you will love Pets Return Home. They take on the dogs many other shelters leave behind. With love and positive reinforcement they work to train and rehabilitate each one as needed until they are adoptable. The facility is clean and well maintained with areas for every kind of dog needs including a maternity area. Many of the dogs roam freely around the ranch, a great dogs life. I liked the place so much I now volunteer.
These dogs are amazing and when you find one you want to take home odds are there is someone there to tell you about that dogs personality. If it's puppies you want they have them too. The dogs come to Pets Return Home from many sources, owner surrender, other rescues and organizations, strays, and euthanasia lists. Each is welcomed until they find their forever home. For dogs that are not considered adoptable they have a sanctuary program. They have successfully adopted out over 700 dogs! It is simply one of the best rescues around. Come check it out, and consider donating as well. Theses people and these dogs deserve our support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have nothing but great things to say about Mark and Pets Return Home. This is the best shelter I have seen in Arizona. The dogs learn from other dogs and the after adoption help sets families up for success.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Mark for many years. He's a very caring, loving and knowledgeable man. He gives 200 % to the animals that he takes in and cares for. I feel very confident that any donations he gets goes directly to his animals. Any support anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.

1 Lisa R.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Found Pets Return Home in March when my Tae Kwon Do group volunteered out there. What a great place! Mark works miracles with dogs that other people and places have written off. Since March, I’ve volunteered at several events and am currently taking a dog training class along with other volunteers to help socialize these beautiful dogs and get them ready for adoption. I cannot say enough good things about Mark and PRH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I found Greyson at Pets Return Home. We drove out there and met Greyson. It was love at first side. Greyson came over and curled up by my feet. Mark Happe showed us around the facility. All the dogs were happy, healthy and well cared for. I would recommend adopting from Pets Return Home.
Janet C.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been following Pets Return Home for years now. This pet rescue and rehabilitation facility is particularly wonderful. It takes hard to train dogs, wolf mix pups and a variety of dogs that are deemed "unadoptable" by some as well as canines that no other shelter or pound wants. Their comprehensive programs turn these neglected, abused and misunderstood dogs into loving family companions. The impact that Pets Return Home has on the surrounding community is astounding -- by team efforts with local authorities, shelters, pounds and the public, Pets Return Home is making a huge, positive change in so many ways to address pet overpopulation, improved adoption outcomes and all the benefits of a strong human/canine bond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pets Return Home is a unique dog rescue and rehabilitation facility. All the dogs who get along with each other are allowed to be out in the fenced property rather than be placed in separate kennels. It reminds me of a farm/ranch with dogs instead of cows, horses, etc. The dogs love to follow the volunteers around as they do their chores. This makes for great socialization with other dogs and people when they go to their forever home. Keep up the good work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love dogs and have a rescue fur baby of my own. Last year I read about how Pet's Return Home saved the lives of wolf mothers and their babies and I was immediately intrigued. I filled out an application to volunteer, really having no idea what to expect, and have been volunteering there ever since. Mark, who is the executive director, has created a safe and loving home for dogs who otherwise might be euthanized. He works with them to address behavior and socialization so that they can go to a forever home. His dedication is admirable as is the dedication of the many volunteers who work to help these dogs find a loving home. Each time I go I am greeted by a pack of wagging tails and happy faces. Working with Mark and the dogs is truly gratifying and there is nothing better than to see a dog find a loving family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

8 moths ago one of our buddies died. six months later we were looking for a friend for our other 8 yr old dog Pepper. I am partial to GS so we were looking for an older dog that was at least part GS. Somehow or other we heard about Pets Return Home & visited & left with 2 of the most wonderful German Shepherd mixes in the world! Gretchin 7 yrs old (now called Smiley Di), & Josh 9yrs old, fit right in withPepper, Max the cat, all the horses & us. They had become socialized at Pets Return Home to the point that our kids can bring their dogs over & there are no fights, something we were not used to LOL. Mark Happe & the volunteers did a great job with them. Also I want to add how impressed I was with the facility & the space the dogs have. The best!

1 Denise Jensen L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It all began when I was tagged in a post to save a dog that was going to be euthanized if $10 wasn't paid within the hour. I left work headed over paid and then picked up the dog the next day. I took the dog to my vet and find out the dog wasn't sick but had an eye condition unique to Sharpi. I got the medicine needed to help relieve pain and help the dog until it could get surgery. Well the original rescue backed out but Pets Return Home stepped in, I transported the dog up to Cottonwood. Mark took the dog in and made sure he received the surgery he needed. While I have always adopted rescues this was the first time I was involved in literally saving a dogs life. I love being able to help transport dogs to the ranch or participate in a work day to help. What an awesome feeling. The unconditional caring Mark has for these dogs is unbelievable. I've watched first hand at the transformations. I've been working with Mark and Pets Return Home for over 5 years and do not regret getting in olved one bit. Wished I lived closer to help out more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of our family dogs but one, over 48 years of marriage, have been "rescues." So, when I discovered Pets Return Home at a community event and learned they are nearby our home in Sedona, I visited their website and applied as a volunteer. From my first visit to the PRH ranch in Clarkdale I knew I made a good choice. Mark Happe, founder and managing director, saw an unfilled need in the Arizona canine rescue community and created a great solution. Pets Return Home intakes dogs from shelters and rescue groups. Dogs typically come to PRH with at least two strikes against them. They usually are large breeds that stereotype as "dangerous." And they have one or more negative behavior issues (dog, people, food aggression(s), environmental insecurities, etc.). And sometimes we receive abandoned pregnant bitches. For the majority of these dogs Pets Return Home represents escape from euthanasia. PRH,s mission is to provide care to bring the dogs back to good health, provide rehabilitative behavior training and create and place healthy, happy lifetime companions in good homes. Over its six years in service to the community PRH has succeeded in its mission nearly 700 times. That's 700 dogs' lives changed, to say nothing of saved from death. Pets Return Home is 100% dependent upon private donations, grants and in-kind donations. PRH receives no governmental funding. We are 95% dependent upon volunteers to "run the business," from doody duty to repairs and maintenance to fund-raising. From dog walking to dog bathing to dog socializing. If you love dogs and believe Pets Return Home is filling a much needed role, I know that you can donate your cash or time with full confidence that both enrich the lives of our dogs, not our humans.

1 Bridget B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Pets Return Home when I was looking for a shelter to donate some blankets I had knitted. Mark was super nice and responsive, and with my first visit I was amazed that it wasn’t a typical shelter, it was a sanctuary and place where anxious or aggressive dogs can be socialized so they can be adopted instead of euthanized. I have had the opportunity to foster two dogs, and I just adopted Leah, who was there because she was “thrown away” when she was pregnant. PRH gave her a home to have and raise her puppies. The environment is more like a big family with lots of space for the dog-social dogs to roam free (plus an agility course!). PRH helps other shelters by taking in dogs that need to be socialized before adoption, freeing up space for another animal to be saved. PRH is not supported by the city or county as other shelters are; they are solely supported by donations, so please help!

3 Patricia Rose M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love dogs and wanted to help homeless dogs find a forever home. I saw Pets Return Home [PRH] on Facebook. I started working at the 'ranch' and in 2 months, I literally feel in love with the dogs and the process at PRH [we call it 'the ranch']. Mark Happe is very knowledgeable about handling dogs and most importantly rehabilitating them. He has turned very scared, seemingly aggressive dogs, to very loving dogs!! Honestly!!! Due to this, I have been very involved in volunteering there, I can't seem to get them out of my blood!!! I want to help those dogs as best I can. Helping Mark is helping the dogs. It has been a very rewarding experience.