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Pound Hounds Res-Q

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in 2014, Pound Hounds ResQ is an all-volunteer based 501(c)3 animal welfare non-profit, committed to supporting animal rescue in our own backyard of New York City and the tri-state area (PA included). Our mission is rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs that come through theses shelters, with a focus on Pit Bulls. We have several initiatives that help us in our endeavors such as pet adoption events that bring about public awareness and education about animal welfare. The PHR program consists of behavioral training, obedience training, and vetting to get these dogs in adoptable condition. PHR saves hundreds of dogs every year that otherwise would have been euthanized either for lack of space and/or lack of veterinary care at the NYC Shelter System. OUR PHILOSOPHY Pound Hounds Res-Q believes that every animal deserves a loving home. How that happens takes lots of work. We try to pair the animal with the best possible foster or adopter home available. We take into consideration the initial behavior evaluation and volunteer evaluation. We also consider the animal's environment at the shelter. It's not science, but it helps us pair us with the best possible pets/people. Furthermore, we then look at family dynamics. Are they active, are they quiet, etc? This gives us a better perspective of what animals would be right for them and their lifestyle. We look at the total environment, kids, other pets, etc. It's not perfect, but it helps enormously in placing every animal with the right family. It's truly a challenge, but it's something that we don't take lightly. It's a big effort but so rewarding in the long run. We do not have a facility but rather rely on a network of committed loving foster homes that see these animals through to adoption. It is a selfless act and every single one of our fosters helps us save another precious life.

Results: We save approximately 200 animals from the NYCACC annually. We keep on saving as our rescue expands.

Target demographics: Dogs slated for Euthanasia that are in the New York Animal Care Centers (NYACC)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 dogs

Geographic areas served: The Northeastern states

Programs: We are the number one rescue saving dogs lives from the NYC municipal shelter. NYACC.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have one of the greatest Dogs they rescued. She was going to be euthanized within hours and they saved her. They do so much for these fur babies. I can’t say enough about their kindness and compassion toward these babies.

1 Cheryll Melbourn W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've fostered 6 dogs over the past 7 years with Pound Hounds. Donna is always available for support with any training questions as well as help with choosing the right dog to foster that will fit within our family. Anytime medical assistance is needed, she is open and willing. The dogs come first. It's such a pleasure being part of this Rescue Group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fostering with Pound Hounds since the organization started 5 years ago. They’ve always been great helping out with any of my fosters needs and any questions I may have. The dogs are always their first priority. I blessed to be part of such an amazing organization.

Kim Santucci P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow!!! I have nothing but wonderful things to say. I got a rescue from them. The dog was doomed, they pulled him evaluated, and I requested to foster. Home checked, delivered, info, support just the best!! They SAVE FOGS NO ONE WANTS!! Kudos to POUND HOUNDS!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This dog rescue organization has genuine superpowers. They are all action. They rescue as many dogs as possible from the local kill shelter, and they particularly work with pitbulls, who can be unfairly pegged and are more apt to end up in shelters in the first place. From the leadership to PHR's wide pool of volunteers, these folks are the real deal. They're caring, honest, forthright, and they want to make great matches with fosters and adopters. What more could you want?

Desiree N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering as a foster mom through Pound Hounds has been one if my greatest accomplishments. I have saved lives and seen them off to loving forever homes. I will continue to foster for this rescue

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had several excellent experiences with Pound Hounds Res-Q. Because of these experiences, I volunteered with them when I could, I have also been a foster parent. Their love and compassion for the animals they save made it an honor to support their rescue in any way I could. I have fostered through other rescues and not one can compare to Pound Hounds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 special pups from NYC acc through pound hounds rescue they pulled Ruby for me 12/30/14 Donna Darrell has found a home for a special circumstance pup in need for me with just a phone call. I called pound hounds and spoke with Donna Darrell when I spotted Wapo on the kill list it was 10 pm she was at the airport leaving for Italy. But she took the time to make arrangements and I picked up Wapo the next morning. Great rescue,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about how wonderful Pound Hounds has been!

1 Elizabeth O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for a doggie to foster and were hoping to do the most good by choosing a dog from a kill shelter. Donna was instrumental in helping to choose the best dog for our pack and coordinating with the ACC to make the transition. Even when we hit roadblocks and communication fails with ACC, Donna was very positive and communicative.

The follow up has been great and we have received regular contact to make sure our pup has acclimated well and is thriving in his new home. Donna has offered training services and support should the need ever arise. We have been thrilled with the responsiveness, support and work that Pound Hounds is doing with shelter dogs. We are so thrilled that we have officially adopted our foster pup, Mason!

1 jblana

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have watched Pound Hounds save so many at risk dogs and cats over the course of the past several years. They find great homes for these animals, get them any medical treatment needed as well as training as needed. They have literally saved the lives of so many dogs that were so close to dying. Difficult medical cases and seniors with medical issues are Pound Hound favorites!! They are a Godsend! I had the pleasure of working with Pound Hounds to save a dog off the At Risk list last year. This dog was in trouble. He was only a year old and on the list for the second time and had no interest. Donna pulled him for me, got me a trainer to help me work on his behavioral difficulties and I ended up adopting him!! Donna and Pound Hounds supports her fosters as well as her adopters. Once a Pound Hounder, Always a Pound Hounder.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently fostering a dog that Pound Hounds pulled for me. He needed some training and they found me a fantastic trainer to work with. So supportive every step of the way in helping this guy be the best he can be! Great to work with!

1 Carolyn G.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do a lot with ACC to help get the dogs in need out of the shelter

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Pound Hounds and all they do! So many lives have been saved because of Donna.

Thank you, Donna. You make such a difference!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Have worked with Pound Hounds Res-Q for about a year. I have adopted and fostered through them. Very accessible. It’s amazing to see all of the success stories and the number of dogs that have been helped and are safe because of them.

1 Nicole P.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Pound Hounds Rescue! Donna/PHR was the quickest rescue to assist when I inquired about fostering a dog at Brooklyn ACC about to be euthanized. The PHR team is ready to jump in to save all the dogs possible. Working with PHR to foster a dog from the ACC was an amazing experience- Donna was a quick call away when we needed anything! We ended up becoming foster failures to this same pup! We’re so grateful for Donna and the amazing PHR Team!

1 Stephanie L.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love pounds hounds and have fostered for them! We pulled a pitbull off the kill list with medical issues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fostered a dog off of the ACC kill list that was on the list for alleged fractures and Pounds Hounds pulled her off the list for us. They were awesome to work with and so helpful! They went above and beyond for the dog and covered all medical and anything she needed. I would highly recommend working with this rescue to save a four legged life!

1 kobibeast

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with PoundHound ResQ for several years. I have found them to be very responsive to all my questions and concerns. I like that they fully vet potential adopters/fosters so any animal they pull will be placed in a good home. If there is a problem after the animal is placed they do everything possible to resolve the problem including removing the animal. Donna Darrell responds ASAP to questions or concerns and does follow ups to make sure the animal and adopter/foster are doing well. I have gotten several dogs from them over the years and have never had a problem getting anything resolved if there are problems. I will continue to use PoundHound ResQ for as long as I continue to adopt/foster dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Pound Hound ResQ for several years. They have always been professional, caring and responsive to any questions or needs I have for any of the animals I have gotten from them. They care deeply about the animals they rescue and do in-depth checks and home studies on all their fosters and adopters to make sure their animals get placed in loving homes. If an animal needs to be re-homed they will work tirelessly to find another home for the animal so it is not returned to a shelter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a foster for Pound Hounds. I have fostered 5 dogs for them. All of them have found wonderful homes, one is a foster failure (I adopted him) and one is still waiting for his home I have always experienced good communication, a special understanding that they care what happens to each dog and have felt valued as a foster...my opinion matters. As a group they are thoroughly committed to their mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have now adopted two dogs through this great rescue. The latest, Ross, came to me when his original foster reached out to me for help. I accepted him and adopted him. He has severe separation anxiety, and the rescue has been very helpful and supportive.

1 Allison D.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Champion for the unwanted !!!!!!
Crusader for the forgotten!!!

Thank you Pound Hounds Res-Q

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels on Earth. This rescue saves as many lives as possible. Working round the clock
to pull dogs off the kill list. Working tirelessly and selflessly to give second chances
to animals that have been given up on.
5 Stars are not nearly enough to rate this Pound Hounds Res-Q

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Donna and company patiently entertained my sob story of losing our pit bull to cancer, and our wishy washy informal search.

They patiently waited for us to decide if we would potentially channel our grief into something useful like fostering a rescue. Pound Hounds listened intently to our family dynamic, and what our environment was like; from the kids to our existing dogs to our home and landscape, they took it all into account.

A month later, an urgent dog came to light and Pound Hounds knew he was perfect for us. He arrived a week later, sight unseen, us having never met him.... And he was perfect. So perfect we knew we'd nevrler be able to let him go almost immediately.

PHR knows and cares so deeply about what they do, that they work tirelessly for not just any match, but the right match. We now simply can't imagine our lives without our foster failure, the Wonderful Mr. Butters.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted a dog good with other dogs and cats to foster, pound hounds resq a senior pit for me with medical issues and is paying for his ned

2 Rebecca Leigh B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this rescue. They give you so much information and support on how to make your fostering and/or adoption a success!

2 Yvonne P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is an amazingly caring and competent rescue. They want what’s best for every single dog that the pull out of the shelters. They go above and beyond to find medical attention if needed and the perfect forever home for each and every dog. This is my Bailey saved just hours before being put down. She is the sweetest old soul and grateful that she was rescued in time. Now she gets to live the rest of her life as a country dog and my side kick.

2 Jason H.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does so much good for the dogs in need, right here in the NYC area. They care about finding the best homes, making sure that each and every dog is getting the love that they need and deserve. They have been a pleasure to volunteer for as an animal transporter. I could not recommend them more sincerely.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started with pound Hounds Rescue about two years ago fostering Eden my death row baby and became a foster failure. I just again fostered another death row baby Max and it happened again another foster failure. Donna has been such a warrior in advocating and rescuing these babies. I couldn’t do it without Donna and have such great fur babies.

2 Tessa T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pound Hounds ResQ pulled two dogs off the NYC ACC euthanasia list for me. They made the whole process easy and were available with any questions/concerns I had during the transition process!

2 Christine E.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the help of this wonderful group, I've fostered over 30 death row dogs and was able to give them that second chance they deserved. I also had the fortune to meet my soul pup and give her over 7 years to show her all humans aren't bad. Thank you Donna for always being there! We love you!

2 Ellen S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Donna and PHRQ are the best... an awesome rescue group that really cares for and oversees every single pet they pull.
One of my favorite rescues to donate to
❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering dogs for Pound Hounds Res-q for almost 4 years now. I have also adopted two of my fosters. Donna has saved so many dogs from losing their lives and giving them the life they deserve. If you would like to adopt or foster a dog please check out the website!! Wonderful organization that deserves much accolades and donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster mommy for Pound Hounds for over two years now. I have fostered about 8 dogs and adopted one of my fosters!! Donna and Courtney have such big hearts and have saved so many lives. They are the best! Each and every dog gets the care it needs and as a foster, you know they are there to help you. All my fosters have gone to loving homes thanks to them :)

2 Kt Tier K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PoundHounds pulled my sweet Pluto from the ACC kill list in May of 2019. He was a terrified pup, scared of his own shadow, who had a neurological condition that caused his head to tilt and for him to run in circles. It turned out Pluto had a brain tumor on his brain stem, a very hard diagnosis to swallow. Donna and the Pound Hounds community provided all the support you could imagine to me and my sweet boy. Fast forward six months, Pluto is now doing so well, he is thriving in our home and he is what we call “a regular happy dog”, no longer terrified of the world but loving his life, chewing on one hedge hog toy at a time :) Thank you Pound Hounds for saving my Pluto’s life and helping him find a place he can call his FUREVER home.

2 Lynn P.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most awesome rescue this side of the Mississippi! They pull more dogs from NY ACC than any other rescue. They stand by there dogs and assist new fosters and adopters. Love this rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue! I was an app checker for about a year

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Found our 1st rescue 24 hours before his time was up... Loki (formally Zeus) is the sweetest GSD/lap dog ever. Later on I found Apollo (formally Six) on the ASPCA at risk site & e-mailed/made a call. POUND HOUNDS to the rescue & save both these boys who are so deserving of having a life like every other dog the pounds decide are undeserving of life.
I recommend them to everyone

1 Holly F.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a rescue save so many dogs from being euthanized than Pound Hounds
They are matched with perfect fosters or adopters and the rescue covers all costs of vetting or if the dog needs training
They don't just pull the dogs and turn their backs
They give every dog everything it needs
They are totally transparent
I love this rescue
I wish there were more like them
Every month they save about 20 lives from euthanasia and give them every chance at having the best life
I highly recommend anyone that wants to save a life from euthanasia to contact Pound Hounds

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have Bam Bam fostering a senior with younger siblings all from the Acc. Bam is 16. Donna the head of the rescue has been very helpful with his transition even when she has been busy. She knows first hand what needs to be done even when its tough

1 Katie Lee V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Group of volunteers and Donna Are literal advocate angels on earth for these dogs.. what they do Day and day out to help these beautiful babies is what gives me faith in humanity.

We fostered/ adopted our last dog from Pound Hounds and she is such a huge part of our family and we are grateful everyday. The work they put in for our girl to get her of death row and to us in Massachusetts is just overwhelmingly amazing. A Volunteer actually took the trip all the way from New York to us in a small town outside of Boston to bring our girl home. What they do is Pure love and they are Advocates for these souls that deserve to be in homes and giving a chance at life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
.. we will always rescue love the Vitale’s & Sky-Bird

3 Anja Wasauchimmer B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fostering a dog for pound Hound Resq for the past year when my foster dog needed training they paid for it when he needed medication they paid for it when I have a question they always there to answer it . They are very supportive and always there for you and your foster dog.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am fostering a dog for Pound Hounds they pulled him from a High kill shelter. This dog needed medical care and got it in a flash. They are very caring and knowledgeable what their rescue dogs need. Would recommend any day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue goes able and beyond in caring for every dog they have they work closely with the fosters are always available to the speak to fosters I would only get my digs from them❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This amazing rescue helped the beautiful dog dynasty when she was so sick and we didn’t know she was going to make it. She was in an emergency hospital in Connecticut for days and nights. If it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be back home with us, and when I say us I mean her forever home

4 Tori G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster within the organization and they've been patient, informative and given me everything I've needed to Care for my fosters. The people are motivated and passionate.

3 Tina W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great group, they rescued a momma and her 12 puppies!! My friend volunteered to foster them but wouldn't be ready to take them for a week so they stayed with me! All 12 puppies found furever homes and momma did too! They are just fantastic! The picture is one of the pups - Petey!

3 Melissa M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great rescue out of MY. They are very responsive in both saving kill listed dogs and helping foster homes with issues. The work they do is extraordinary! I gosterfor them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster for this organization and support their efforts to save lives. They work tirelessly everyday

3 Janice Mitchell L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my first experience with Pound Hounds Res-Q several weeks ago when they facilitated my adoption of an 11-year-old Shih Tzu on the euthanization list in New York City. Since time was of the essence (animals are euthanized within eighteen hours of going on the kill list), I completed the application about 10 p.m. and they reviewed it, checked my references and did a credit check, approved me, and called me to let me know I was approved by 10 a.m. the following morning. Then they took care of the adoption and facilitated the transportation of my little guy to my Vermont home. Since that time I have observed them on facebook beating the bushes for suitable fosters so that they can rescue more and more wonderful dogs who have had the misfortune to land in a NYC kill shelter where they inevitably progress to the kill list if they are there more than several days. This is a wonderful organization that is doing real good in the animal world. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to foster or adopt from NYC's shelters.

3 Bonnie M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was interested in becoming a foster & contacted Pound Houds. They answered all my questions & when I found that one face that I just couldn’t let die, they were right there helping me save him. Needless to say I was a foster fail-lol. Rocky has been part of our family for over 2 years. Puond Hounds truly saves lives!

4 Laura A. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my fourth rescue dog. First one thru pound hounds and they have by far exceeded all the others. Everyone who is considering buying a dog. Don't. So many need to be rescued from those slaughter shelters in new York city and they will help u.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my experience with Pound Hounds has been a very good one. they helped me choose a beautiful dog from a kill shelter in Manhattan. they saved her life plus countless others. i highly recommend working with them if you want to adopt or foster a dog.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw a dog on a friends fb page. He was to be killed that day. I fell in love with him before I ever met him. Pound hounds pulled him for me and helped me save his life. I was late paying the adoption fee and was never hounded. Pound hounds are all about the animals. I am forever grateful they saved my baby.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Saw a dog one hour from euthanasia at a local high kill shelter. The dog was rescue only and Pound Hounds agreed to sponsor her if we fostered. We had to go pick her up the next morning. Pound Hounds never laid eyes on her. They then were to come do a home inspection. Never happened. The dog was very dog aggressive (people friendly) and weighed 49 lbs. Quite a risk to walk should she get loose. We worked hard with her. She nipped a few people and tore up the house. We requested financial assistance from Pound Hounds which their site states is available along with any services a foster may need. They refused to help us They continued to state that unless we were adopting the dog the training was a waist of time? We actually found a trainer willing to discount the training. It was impossible for me to keep the dog because of her size and behavior issues but I wanted her to find the right home as she was a loving sweet girl. Upon needing to relocate we again contacted Pound Hounds as we were unsure we would be able to bring the dog. Again they could not help us but tried to make us feel guilty for asking them to take the dog back. (we told them we had never turned a pet into a shelter-true and that we had had dogs and other pets all our lives-true) We spent numerous amounts of money placing her in our kennel on weekends when we had plans-graduations, birthdays- and expected guests or had to be away from the house for long periods of time. The entire time we fostered the dog no contact was made to us by Pound Hounds, we always had to contact them. Found a new place and were able to keep the dog.We contacted Pound Hounds "Great you are going to keep her!!" Suddenly in October we are contacted by Pound Hounds Some one is interested in the dog. Well I say we are keeping her. Oh now we owe THEM $300 and they are threatening to sue us and ruin our credit. They also warn us that the dog has a micro chip in it with their name on it. Good I am opening the door now as we speak and she'll be there tomorrow. Hope you can dig up a foster who enjoys being bit. Also hope you have some insurance!! These people are all about money They had absolutely no interest in this dog until some one wanted to pay them $300 for her. A disgrace They should be shut down!!

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PoundHoundsResQ 10/10/2019

We have no idea who this person is. She's not part of our foster base. On a side note, all our fosters pick their OWN dogs they want to foster. We also vet our fosters thoroughly.