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Poodle Rescue of Vermont Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Poodle rescue of Vermont rescues poodles, helps people and creates families.

Results: Since 2010 we have rescued over 200 poodles.

Target demographics: Poodles and Poodle mixes from Kill shelters, owner surrenders, puppy mills and backyard breeders.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 59 poodles from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Korea.

Geographic areas served: PRVT has rescued poodles from 19 states, Canada and Korea.

Programs: All of our poodles are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, receive 4dx, fecal exams and any other medical treatment necessary such as cardiology or ophthalmology. Our poodles are professionally groomed and go home with new harnesses, leashes and a small bag of food they are eating.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Wanting to adopt was just the first step - Poodle Rescue VT helped us to find exactly the right dog for us! She's been with us now a few months and we love her. She fits perfectly into our family. Thank you Poodle Rescue for your help matching us with the perfect pet!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding a dog to join our family was a big decision for us. Our dog of 16 years left a hole in our hearts that we thought would be hard to fill. I knew from the moment that my communication with the Poodle Rescue of Vermont (PRofV) started that this was going to be a perfect experience for us. PRofV performs a very thorough vetting process and for good reason. Matching a poodle and a family is a two-way street - it's for life. I was told to be patient in that dogs are available often with short notice. Well, we did not have to wait long at all. From the moment we met Milo we knew he was the one. All of the volunteers we met and spoke with at PRofVT are top notch. They love what they are doing - it comes across in everything they do. PRofV ensures that all dogs are healthy, up to date on their vaccinations, and groomed before arriving in your home, and they also provide a very detailed profile of the dog which has been extremely helpful for us in getting to know our little guy. An owner surrender is not an easy thing, but those at PRofV are sensitive and respectful throughout in finding the right fit for whatever the reason the dog needs a new home. We love our precious Milo and each day we are grateful how we found each other.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! Communication is outstanding during the adoption process and beyond. The volunteers we worked with have become social media friends. It's nice to be able to ask a question about one our fur babies when something comes up. They take the time to check in to see if things are going smoothly after the adoption. We have adopted on two separate occasions from the Poodle Recue of Vermont and couldn't be happier about the whole experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Poodle Rescue of Vermont Inc. deserves a lot of recognition. I needed to find a home for my toy poodle several months ago. It was an emotional choice to make after having this dog for 14 years. She was an older dog with glaucoma in one eye. My chances of finding a loving home for her were slight until I happened to find the Poodle Rescue Of Vermont website. After writing to them they immediately responded. They offered foster care and assistance with medical evaluation and surgery concerning my dog's eye. The emotional support they provided during this period was also upstanding. I was never made to feel badly about giving my dog up for adoption. They sent me photos and videos of my dog after her eye surgery and I could see how much better she felt. Though I still feel very sad about giving up my dog I know she is in a better place now. I continue to be amazed at how lucky I was to have found them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have four little male dogs, three are rescue dogs that I adopted from Poodle Rescue of Vermont. It isn't enough to just give dogs that have had difficult life experiences to anyone who wants a dog. Not everyone is able to provide the type of home that a rescue dog needs and each dog has a different set of needs. Poodle Rescue of Vermont has excellent foster parents to assess a dog's needs and the adoption process is one of the most thorough. I use to joke and say it was harder work to adopt a dog than my children!!! (Not really) The group is really good at what they do. That makes all the difference. A lot of homeless, abused, neglected dogs are getting the health care they need and a permanent home placement in a safe and nurturing family. Everyone should care that much about the work they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We finally have the little companion we were so missing, thanks to Poodle Rescue of Vermont. After the death of our beloved poodle two years ago, we were feeling a great void in our home. Our daughter in particular really missed having a dog at home that she could take for walks and snuggle with in her bed. After getting recommendations from others, we applied for adoption through the PRV web site. They were very thorough in interviewing us, our personal references, our vet and our groomer. They recommended a dog that they felt would fit our family, which was different from the one we had picked based on pictures, etc, then they sent a visitor to inspect our home. Finally, they approved our application and had a wonderful poodle named "ACE" flown in to an airport near our home. We could not be happier, Ace is healthy, happy and a great companion. We were impressed with how thorough they were with the adoption process and with the follow-up.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PRVT provided the perfect poodle for our family. Terri took the time to ask all the right questions about our schedules, existing pets, etc before coming to us with Gizmo. The reference/vet/groomer verifications were done quickly and did not hold up the adoption process at all. Gizmo was given excellent vet care including dental work before being placed with us. Terri followed up regularly to make sure Gizmo was integrating well into our home. As a result of our wonderful experience we decided to become monthly recurring donors to PRVT.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To all of the wonderful volunteers who helped to make our family complete, thank you. After loosing our beloved Emma, we knew that someone special would find her way into our lives, that we would just have to be patient. Little did we expect that two special girls from Alabama would find their way to our home in Lowell, Massachusetts. Sky and Jillie send a big thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Donna and James Lane

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Poodle Rescue of Vermont is the best. Terri keep in touch every few weeks so I new I was
not forgotten. Fluffy is the best dog, just what I was looking for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with VT Poodle Rescue made me realize the ability and time involved in placing these special dogs. Mine was a match made in heaven and I now know what that sign means "My rescue dog rescued me."
I can't thank you enough for this wonderful addition to my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Poodle Rescue of Vermont is what all rescue organizations should be.
I became involved with PRVT as a driver. I have helped transport poodles to and from Vermont, foster homes and forever homes. Everyone involved in the organization is 100% committed. I drove one little toy poodle to and from a couple of times. When his adoption didn't work out, I was asked to foster him. His name is Blu and he's 14. I love that PRVT is committed to dogs of all sizes, shapes and ages. Blu is a doll and, of course, I ended up adopting him. I plan to be involved with this organization forever. Thank you PRVT for existing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is difficult to find the words for the wonderful service the Poodle Rescue of Vermont Inc. gave us. They found us Kicsi (Hungarian for Little One). And, oh, he has added so much to our lives because he is such a delightful dog and a perfect fit. When searching for a dog on the internet I was impressed with the statements of purpose and the procedures outlined in the adoption papers. The contract showed me how much the agency cared about the welfare of the dog and our welfare too. After signing up for an adoption, all the steps were taken, every person I contacted was enthusiastic but realistic. There were follow-up calls to make sure all was going well. At the end of the process I felt I had made friends I could count on should there be any difficulties. We couldn't be more pleased.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

First of all I would like to say that I am so impressed with how thorough and responsible Poodle Rescue of Vermont is in service of the dogs that they rescue. They provide them with excellent veterinary care as needed, and arrange for loving foster care from wonderful volunteers who take them into their homes and nurture the dogs in preparation for adoption. I am really in awe of the strong network of people (and dogs) that are the heart of Poodle Rescue of Vermont!
We first took home our little poodle-mix “Salty” (aka Chacho), about a year ago from PRVT. It was a good experience to interact with Terri Gerard and the other volunteers. It had been years since our old dog had passed, and I was a little concerned about wether I would find a dog that would fit so happily in our life. Interacting with PRVT I felt confident that they were careful and had come to know Salty’s personality and had seen to his veterinary needs. With their broad experience in placing poodles in forever homes, I sensed that I could trust in the match they were making for Salty. Salty needs a bit of special attention due to allergies and he came with thorough paperwork from the vet. Beyond that, Terri Gerard has always been there if I had any questions. When we adopted Salty from Poodle Rescue of Vermont, we felt welcomed into a special family. And last but not least there is Salty, who amazes us everyday with his charming demeanor and has become our trusty little companion. I am so, so happy that he is ours to love. Thank you PRVT!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Poodle Rescue of Vermont (PRVT) is such an incredible organization; it is hard to know how to begin to describe. My husband and I have personally had the privilege to share in the lives of two rescues; Jet, a ten year old Bichon, who has since passed and Dolly, another Bichon, who is now a five years old. PRVT was very thorough with their interview process to ensure that they had found a suitable home which would serve Jet and Dolly well and make them not only lucky dogs, but happy dogs. We now have begun volunteering to conduct home visits in our area, as well as the occasional delivery if the need should arrive.
Animal rescue can be exhausting and emotional, but our faith in the human spirit is restored with each interaction we have with PRVT. We love seeing adopters sharing pictures on the PRVT website (www.poodlerescuevt.org ) of once shy dogs whom are now thriving and confident and living happily in their new homes. We would have a hard time imagining life without our adopted family. We are better people for having become involved with PRVT and our hearts have been touched by some of the best people and dogs. Our hats are off to Terri and her volunteer crew who make such a difference. Happy adoptive parents, Tom and Joan Auger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My roommate and I decided to look for a second poodle to add to our little family (we already had one poodle and three indoor-only cats, all of which are rescues) so we started searching and found Poodle Rescue of Vermont, Inc. While reading through their website, we found out about their "Seniors for Seniors" program which adopts senior poodles to senior citizens at no charge based on their reference checks with your veterinarian, personal references, and your home visit.

My roommate is a retired pet groomer and she decided to fill out an application for a senior poodle named "Annie." We were impressed with how quickly Terri returned our call to discuss our application and interest in Annie. Both my roommate and I have worked in the veterinary industry and volunteered with animal rescue organizations, we were extremely impressed with the thoroughness and concern Terri had for finding Annie a perfect home. After a two hour conversation, Terri told us that she thought we'd be a perfect match for Annie and said she'd be in touch when another volunteer finished checking our references. Three days later, we had a phone call telling us that they wanted to set-up a home visit for the up-coming Saturday (it was Tuesday) and that based on how this went, Annie would be ours. Saturday came, and Annie began her journey from Vermont to Southern Maine, riding first with her foster mom to meet up with another couple an hour and a half from our home where she transferred cars and rode the remainder of the trip with a second couple. Annie arrived here on January 10, 2015, and we fell in love with her instantly! The home visit went extremely well and Annie was able to stay with us.

It has been three months since Annie joined our family and we still periodically hear from Terri checking in to see how Annie is doing. We are thrilled with Annie and how well she has adapted to living with our family. We have also been very impressed with the thoroughness and concern the rescuers from Poodle Rescue of Vermont, Inc. have displayed throughout the adoption process and follow-up contacts with us.

We highly recommend adopting from Poodle Rescue of Vermont, Inc., they are a wonderful organization!

Annie's moms
Biddeford, Maine

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my little guy, Max, through Poodle Rescue of Vermont after spotting him on a friend's Facebook page. It was love at first sight for me, and even more so after reading that he was given up after ten years by his owner. I am partial to the "geriatric dogs" after losing one who was 15 years old about a year prior to adopting Max. Anyway, the whole process of the adoption was quick, simple, very caring by all involved - the application process, an almost immediate call back to me, the involvement with Max's foster parent (who is wonderful), and everyone else. I've had Max now in our household for six months, and can't imagine life without him. He has fit in unbelievably with myself and my husband and our other poodle, Henry. My daughter absolutely adores him (whenever she can come home from college). Max is a sweetheart and a character! And there are so many of them out there ready and needing a home and to be loved. I wish I could take them all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Among the wonderful rescue organizations concerned with animal welfare, this one is stellar. I am a financial donor, and new volunteer. I have followed the website and Facebook page which I discovered as I searched for my first rescue pup a couple of years ago. ** Here's the crux of the matter: It is clear from all communications at all levels that the rescued pups are central - the goal being a best-match foster and/or permanent home for each one. The complete transparency at all times over medical issues and behavior attributes of the dogs-in-need engenders earned trust among all members of the team. ** When I have room, I will foster or rescue another dog. Until then, I couldn't be more delighted to help this organization lovingly and thoughtfully re-home dogs in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing a beloved pet I wanted to adopt a rescue dog and give something back to the breed that I have had a life long love of. That's how I found poodle rescue of Vermont. I can't believe how they do all they do. Dedication and hard work of this volunteer organization is amazing. The feats they accomplish and the lives they save. And, they walk the talk and make sure their rescues are going to a fully checked out suitable home and follow up insuring the adoption placement is working. I never seen anything quite like them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known of Poodle Rescue of Vermont since it's inception, and have watched this organization grow from a small group of committed volunteers to a network of active, dedicated individuals who truly make a difference. Our 9 year old black mini poodle Joe, came to live with us in November after an owner surrender. He had been medically cared for and lovingly fostered during the transition between his former and his now forever home. Joe and our 13 year old Macy are a perfect match. Although from different backgrounds, we could not ask for two dogs who love each other and play together so well. When together, both of them act much younger than their years would suggest. We hear from our friends at PRVT from time to time, always genuinely interested in how Joe is doing and eager to hear of his antics. They are supportive but not intrusive. Rescue dogs ROCK. PRVT does an awesome job of finding and caring fordogs who need help and connecting them with homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
Recently my wife and I contacted Poodle Rescue of Vermont searching for a poodle as we had lost our standard poodle, Chloe to kidney disease. I had never gone the rescue route before so I didn't know what to expect. All the people I spoke with and dealt with at this organization were the nicest, most knowledgeable, people I ever dealt with. I have owned dogs most all my life and dealt with breeders from different parts of the country, but Poodle Recue of Vermont listened to what I was looking for and delivered to me the best dog I've ever owned in my life. Brady is a rescue Bichon from Virginia and he is the sweetest, most intelligent and loving dog I could ever hope to have adopted. I've heard stories about how these dogs know they are getting a second chance and that they are grateful but I doubted that until Brady arrived and then I knew it was true. The people I dealt with were so professional and so dedicated to placing the dog in the right home that it made me feel very comfortable with the entire process. They asked the right questions, they asked for the right references and they never made me feel that I was under a microscope as other rescue agencies had, almost to the point of making you feel you were not good enough to provide a home to these dogs. My wife and I are so grateful for this most positive experience and are so happy with our Brady that he will have a forever loving home and be given all that we possibly can to make him a happy, healthy dog for the rest of his life.

Thanks Again to the Poodle Rescue of Vermont

Arnold and Anita Sacco

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bamboo

Let me start by saying I have the most fabulous silver/gray Labradoodle on earth. He was 8 years old when I decided I needed to get a friend for him to learn how to be a fabulous dog too. I was not in a hurry and I knew I would pick out the right dog if it came along. When I first saw Bamboo at Poodle Rescue of Vermont via Petfinder, his picture looked like a miniature Sterling. I was instantly on a mission to get this cutie pie into my life. I love poodles and poodle mixes. They are so smart and sweet. I had no reservations even though Bamboo should not go to a home with children. My grandson lives far away and I live alone with my two dogs in the town where I work. I contacted PRVT and went through all the steps to adopt Bamboo. The adoption fee was $500. At first I thought that was a little steep, however…they flew Bamboo up from Massachusetts to Vermont, put me and my sister (and my big dog) up in a hotel room for the night and also had me meet their trainer. They gave me an hour of training, training equipment and a pet carrier to bring my new baby home. I think I got the better deal! I only had to drive from Central NY to Vermont and back. Bamboo was a handful with his own set of problems, but I felt I was given the tools I needed to ease him into my little family. He is thriving now and a great little guy. Bamboo (Boo Boo) still has a few issues, but we are working on them constantly. It’s been less than a year and I think he has made great strides. He loves his big brother and follows him around trying to do everything Sterling is doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of Poodle Rescue of Vermont when I was looking to adopt a standard poodle when mine passed away. At the time PRVT was not seeing many standards come into rescue. So as I waited I said I would help in ways that I could. First it was picking up dogs and providing transportation to their foster homes. Time went by and still no standard. The president o PRVT, Terri contacted me and suggested that I get approved for fostering in the event a dog came in. I filled out the application, had my home site visit which included3d a thorough inspection of my house and yard to ensure a dog would have a safe environment. I passed and I waited. Then the call came from Terri that a poddle had just come into a shelter in the south and need to me moved asap north. He was not the size I was expecting but I told Terri we would hold him until they could find a suitable long term foster. I picked little Bernie The Brown from a very small airport in rural vermont on one of the coldest days of 2014. He was tiny (compared to my golden doodle) that I had at home. Well, Bernie moved in, Bailey (the doodle), fell in love and so did the rest of my family! We decided that Bernie should just live with us. He may not be the standard we were looking for but this little guy has the heart and spirit of a much larger poodle.
All along the way when we were "just fostering", I received frequent phone calls from the PRVT foster coordinator who was always there will answers to any questions I might have. I always felt through this whole process that they have ony the very best interest for each and every dog that comes through their rescue. It is always really about finding the proper, perfect, and forever home for these animals that have had misfortune thrown at them.
I continue to volunteer with PRVT, helping to move dogs, and doing some sewing for the new rescues needs. It is very rewarding and I am proud to help in my small way to see and know the very big difference this organization is making in the animals lives and the famlies they are creating.
Bernie The Brown, recused me on February 14th, 2014 (3 years to the day that my standard poodle Rory crossed the rainbow)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for PRV 6 months ago. This is a great rescue that goes beyond all limits to help a poodle in need. The compassion and caring for all the poodles is amazing! I always get excited to take in a new poodle. To see it improve and get healthier while I have it. Terri, pres. of PRVT is ALWAYS available to answer any questions and help in any way she can. The entire group of volunteers are supportive of one another. I also am a " foster failure " twice because I adopted two of my fosters. The dogs come completely vetted, micro-chipped, groomed , have harnesses and leashes. These dogs live in a home with a variety of other pets and people. It doesn't get any better than that! I hope I can continue to foster for many more years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such an amazing experience working with PRVT and are now the proud and delighted parents of an 8 year old poodle named Bella.

We worked closely with Terri to finds good match. She is such an incredible advocate for the animals!

The transition to doggie parenthood was smooth thanks to the entire PRVT Team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Poodle Rescue of Vermont is a great rescue! They rescued a senior poodle from the rescue I work at in Philadelphia. The poodle named Brian required extensive medical care and Poodle Rescue of Vermont quickly jumped into action by not only providing thousands of dollars for medical care but they also providing transport up to Vermont in bad weather over the winter. They are truly a wonderful rescue and do great things for animals in need.

Anthony

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in rescue for several years, but this is the first breed specific rescue I've worked with. I've always wanted to foster, and having two poodle mixes myself I was drawn to PRVT. I have been so impressed by this organization, the work they do and the care with which they do it. In my experience, PRVT does not turn away any poodles, and often takes in seniors and dogs with medical conditions that other rescues may shy away from. They do whatever it takes to get these dogs healthy and provide both the poodles and foster parents with whatever they need (supplies, training, medical care, advice etc) to make them as happy and healthy as possible while they wait for their forever homes. When an application does come in, a very thorough screening process helps ensure that it is a wonderful match for both the poodle and the new family. I am honored to work with such caring and devoted people, and to play a small role in creating happy families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Tia and Taz, two senior Toy Poodles, from Poodle Rescue of Vermont last year, and this experience led me to have the greatest admiration for the staff of volunteers and for Terri Gerard, President and founder of PRVT. She sets the tone with her kind manner, her sensitivity to others, her utter dedication to the work, and her deep compassion for the dogs that come to her in need. She works tirelessly to find Poodles—and Poodle mixes—in need and reaches beyond Vermont to rescue dogs. Often Poodles arrive by plane, thanks to Pilots N Paws, and are flown to PRVT by volunteer pilots across the country. They also arrive from small town shelters in other states and from New York Animal Care and Control (NYCACC) since PRVT became a New Hope Partner with the New York City shelters. Terri also leaves no stone unturned to save the lives of these dogs and to place them in new loving homes where they will continue to receive the care and love they deserve.

This experience led me to offer my time to help PRVT get the word out about the good work they do. I am now the volunteer editor of The Poodle Press, Poodle Rescue for Vermont’s quarterly newsletter. As editor, I am usually first to learn about all the complementary remarks made in honor of this organization. I am also in a position now to know how this organization operates behind the scenes, and simply stated, I could not be more impressed!

What I find to be most unique about PRVT is the way both adopters and those who must surrender a dog are encouraged to join and remain part of the PRVT family. You can see this sense of loyalty to PRVT when you visit their Facebook page and read the many posts and heartwarming stories about how these once homeless and suffering animals are now adored by their new families.

The PRVT adoption process is carried out with respect and consideration for all concerned in the most professional manner. An applicant’s references are carefully checked and home visits are included to ensure that both the dog and a new owner will be happy together. PRVT also encourages senior citizens who wish for the companionship of a dog to apply to their Senior-to-Senior Program. Both Tia and Taz came to me through this program. No fee was charged, and they arrived after being professionally groomed with enough food for many months, clothing, and medications needed. They also had fully recovered from surgery and medical treatments paid for by PRVT and came with all their medical records and a letter from the attending veterinarian stating that they were up to date with all required immunizations. This organization recently decided to waive adoption fees to include eligible individuals of any age who wished to adopt a senior dog. Most assuring for me, was PRVT's request that the dogs be returned to their rescue organization if I were no longer able to care for them for any reason. In my view, PRVT is truly a 5-star non-profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was compelled to begin volunteering for Poodle Rescue of Vermont after we adopted our dog from them just over a year ago. I was impressed by the fact that the people involved with the organization value what's best for the dogs they rescue above all else. One of the first things I did as a volunteer was foster a senior dog who was quite sick. He had been on death row at a shelter in NYC, and PRVT rescued him. Many rescue groups would have overlooked a dog like him. He was not young, cute or happy. He was old, sick and sad. But because of the efforts made by PRVT on his behalf, he's living a happy, healthy life.
PRVT understands that every dog deserves a chance at life. That's why I volunteer for them.

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