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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Promises Animal Rescue, Inc is a volunteer dog rescue organization dedicated to rescuing german shepherds and labs in shelters where they are at high risk of euthanasia, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect. Promises Animal Rescue, Inc is also dedicated to teaching awareness, education, help and mentoring public and veterinarians the skills on caring for special need dogs with mega esophagus. We place dogs in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process and will continue to be a helpful resource after you have welcomed your new pets into your life... We are determined to keep administrative expenses extremely low so that virtually every dollar taken in goes directly to the care of the dogs. Our group remains interested in and committed to the welfare of the dog beyond the adoption process, with regards to care, education, resources, training

Target demographics: German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers

Direct beneficiaries per year: in less then 10 months we've saved 66 dogs

Geographic areas served: Commonwealth of Virginia

Programs: Rescuing, Rehabilitate, Re-home German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers who are in danger of euthanasia. We strive to help those families who may be struggling with giving up their pets. Most of time this is fixable, guidance, support or mentoring them thru the most difficult time. We also provide support, information, guidance to owners whose dogs have a condition called megaesophagus.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Promises Animal Rescue was able to rise above all other adoption options we had. They were easy to communicate with and very accommodating of the life style my wife and I have when it came to finding the right dog for us. Throughout the adoption process and beyond, the loving people at PAR took great interest in our dogs future and we have remained in touch ever since. They are great people to work with and they helped add a kind and sweet soul into our family. We couldn't be happier with the outcome.

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promisesrescue 02/21/2017

We are so very lucky to have found the right home for our precious Ricky. You both have been wonderful for him, you continue to bring out the best in him. We are ever so grateful to have found you. Debbie

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My boyfriend Jacob and I started looking to rescue early into the summer of 2016 with the hopes of in no time having a new friend. We hit many roadblocks with other agencies and quickly became discouraged with the process of adoption. We applied for Promises Animal Rescue, as we were very interested in one of the dogs from there, and from that moment on everything turned around! We were moving through the process much faster than other agencies and quickly learned we had been approved to adopt. The owner, Debbie Thomas, did everything to make sure we were finding the right fit for our lives. After a couple of visits with different available dogs, our hearts were set on one. Debbie was so accommodating through the entire process and without her we would not have had such as successful adoption. Promises Animal Rescue has far exceeded our expectations and we are truly blessed with our new friend Talon (Previously Reeva). She brings so much joy to our lives and was well worth the wait! If you are considering adopting, we definitely recommend Promises Animal Rescue!

-Jacob and Cori

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beginning our 9th week with Hardy now Marty. He has become a necessary part of our family and continues to improve his behavior and health. PAR was thorough and looked out for the dogs best interests which we applaud.

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promisesrescue 09/08/2016

Marty l.k.a. Hardy holds a special place in all of our hearts. This young man has come along way. He is one lucky boy to find his special home who understands his behavior and is willing to work with this more. We can't wait to hear more about him. Thank you so very much for sharing your review of the rescue. Debbie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Promises Animal Rescue for over two years. They are the most wonderful and caring group of people. Many lives have been saved because of them. Animals who are rescued by Promises are lucky. Some arrive, unfortunately, not ready for their furever homes due to health issues. They are in loving foster homes and treated with the best medical care. We have adopted twice from them. We first adopted Chip (now Cody) and he has been such a fun addition to our family and quite an entertaining character. We just adopted Swiffer (now Jake) and we were supposed to foster him. One day in our home and we lost our hearts. He is a great pup. I can't say enough about Promises other than they are the best!

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promisesrescue 09/05/2016

This means to world to us that you opened your home to foster for this once scared little boy, with your love and patients you brought him out of his shell. Swiffer n.k.a. Jake is one lucky boy to have such a wonderful family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say I have been a volunteer with Promises Animal Rescue for over a year. Promises is a wonderful group of dedicated people helping rescue German Shepherds and Labs from shelters and bad situations. I can't say enough good things about them. I thoroughly enjoy working with them and helping the animals. I also adopted a puppy from them and he is a total delight. I would like to see them get all the recognition they deserve and I hope to volunteer with them for a long time.

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promisesrescue 09/30/2015

Thank you. We are so glad you are volunteering for us! And congratulations on your foster failure adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Claus (now Spicoli) about 2 weeks ago and couldn't be happier with our decision! Promises Animal Rescue was wonderful to work with. They were quick to respond to our application and questions, and the overall process moved very quickly and smoothly. I appreciate the extra detail and photos that Promises posts for their available dogs versus other rescue organizations - that made finding the right dog much easier and insured a better match for all involved. We also enjoyed meeting his Foster, Dari, and appreciated the advice and follow-up that she has shown over the last two weeks. Promises truly has its dogs best interests at heart. We will look to Promises first should we decide to grow our family again!

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promisesrescue 09/05/2016

We want to first thank you for taking the time to give us a review, but most of all thank you so much for being that special home that Claus n.k.a. Spicoli was so looking for. I sure hope that you keep us updated with family pics. He is one special boy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When you make the decision to add an animal to your family, it's important, when you choose to get that animal from a rescue it's life changing, not as much for you but for that dog who is getting a new chance in life. This will be our second adoption with Debbie Thomas, and we couldn't be happier. By explaining our lives and her observing our family she has matched us up perfectly with the best dogs suited for us and in turn suited for them. Every form of communication is met with experience and patience. Her dogs are well cared for, in foster homes of her choosing, with detailed progress and follow ups. Every dog is careful cared to and thoroughly gone over by caring professionals that see the effort that goes into this animals finding them a new family. We couldn't be happier with our newest southern gentleman, I know when your ready to make that decision to bring that new family member in remember with this rescue it's quality over quantity!

Terry85

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know people from Promises Animal Rescue and see the good work they have and are doing. Definitely a volunteer organization that cares for the wellbeing of our four-legged companion animals!!! Top of my list. Future volunteer and foster too...

Jenna G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Promises is the best! We have joined with them at adoption events and have fostered for them! They're honest, caring, and just all around great people! Debbie is FABULOUS! Can't say enough about how wonderful they are!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for shelters, etc before and I can't say enough about PAR. Debbie Thomas has some much passion and love for rescuing it is amazing. She truly is an inspiration. These dogs are in such great hands when their lives are saved by her.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have contacted Promises Animal Rescue out of desperation regarding a dog in a high kill shelter in Alabama. Not only did they help one dog but they saved the life of two dogs. They work so quickly through contacting different resources to help complete a life saving rescue. I am completely impressed by the professionalism and networking of this rescue. They get the job done while maintaining a fabulous reputation while doing it. I highly trust and recommend this rescue to anyone.