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Promises Animal Rescue, Inc

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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: 80

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.

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73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer at adoption events with Promises Animal Rescue this year, and after a few months I knew I wanted to be a foster mom as well. P.A.R.'s Debbie Thomas is an amazing lady who works non-stop and is completely devoted to finding that forever home for each dog rescued. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of an organization so dedicated to rescuing dogs from high risk shelters, are in an abused situation, or from owners who can no longer provide the proper care. Fostering has been a rewarding experience, caring for these dogs and puppies who may not have had the opportunity to be loved and cared for. Though a bit sad, it has been a joy to see my fosters with their new families. I admit, I was taken by surprise when my husband and I recently adopted one of our fosters. We had no intention of looking for a second family dog when I brought in the fosters. However, after watching this puppy's interaction with our older dog, we see how he has helped her overcome her shyness. We fell in love with this puppy and knew we wanted him to become one our family members and a companion for dog Hope. Thank you P.A.R. for sending us this bundle of joy! I look forward to continue fostering with P.A.R.

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promisesrescue Having you in our rescue means the world to us. You have been a great foster home for such wonderful pups. Thank you for giving Ace the loving home that he has with you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAR is a great organization! We have a GSD at home and felt he needed a friend. We decided to go thru a rescue organization and are ever so glad we did. We added Sage to our family and she is such a great dog! She looks up to her big brother Jethro and they get along like two peas in a pod! Erica and Debbie made the transition a enjoyable journey. We are delighted to have Sage as part of our family

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promisesrescue 10/13/2017

We are so very happy for Sage. They say there is a home for every dog. There was a reason she was with us this long. She has found true love with you and Jethro. Thank you for making her life so complete

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an excellent experience with Promises Animal Rescue! I describe the type of dog we were looking for and they were able to match Maddie to our family perfectly!! The people I met, who have fostered and cared for Maddie along the way, were such warm and carrying people. Maddie is so loving and calm and gets along very well with our 12 yr old cat. We couldn't be happier with our new addition to our family. :) We adopted her about a month ago, have already bonded and receive her unconditional love and lab tail wagging!!!

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promisesrescue 10/13/2017

Maddie had such a hard life before giving birth to litters after litters. She never really had a home, we are so very thankful that you opened your home to this beautiful girl.

mcelhaneyleah

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to have adopted three dogs from PAR and help my Mom to adopt a puppy. My one adopted dog was a senior who was my first rescue and although I only had her for one year I know in my heart it was her best year and it made me know I will always adopt and never shop for a dog. PAR helps you to make the process painless and quickly unlike many rescues they keep you up to date where you are in the process and if your references are not responding they will call you so you can call them and get them to respond. If you have an issue with your adopted dog they will help you. Their goal is to adopt all dogs so they can save more dogs. Love this place and you will too!!!!

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promisesrescue 08/02/2017

Thank you for adopting a senior dog. Not many people would have. And thank you for making the last year of her life so special and loved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue I have adopted two shepherds one was a senior who sadly only lived one year but it was the best year for her I am sure. Recently I adopted another and she is young and loving so happy to have her in my life. Debbie Thomas is an inspiration to everyone she truly cares and goes on and above for dogs and those who adopt from her.

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promisesrescue 06/03/2016

Thank you for adopting Lenny. You gave her the best year of her life!! Sue

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Dani Raynor

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an 8 week old pup named Chloe for Promises Animal Rescue. We changed her name to Maggie Mae now. We live in Southern Maryland and were worried that the distance would make it hard to meet Maggie. The wonderful woman, Joanne, who is in charge of setting up the home visit and checking references, went the extra mile for us. She did everything she could to make sure we got our home visit done so we could meet our girl. I had been wanting to adopt for a while after fostering several dogs for another rescue. When I saw Chloe/Maggie's picture online I fell in love with her instantly. I cannot say enough good things about Joanne and how far above and beyond she went for me. Wonderful people here at Promises! They really make you feel like apart of their Promises family when you adopt a dog from them. We love our little Maggie Mae and couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. If you are looking to adopt, I highly recommend this rescue!

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promisesrescue 07/16/2017

Dani, We are so very happy to hear from you . When we have an awesome applicant like yourself we strive to make things happen. Please keep in touch we would love to see updated pics as she grows.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Promises Animal Rescue is a wonderful and caring organization that put the dogs first. Debbie is an amazing person and the volunteers all work together to help as many dogs in need as they can. I do try and help out whenever I can. This truly is how a rescue should be!

Katie120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got in contact with Promises Animal Rescue in February 2015. I fostered (and failed) when I adopted my first foster dog in April 2015. Tyson (now known as Nitro) was my first introduction to Megaesophagus and during his time with us, we fed him from a bailey chair, monitored his intake, etc. It was probably one of the greatest learning experiences from working with a dog with special needs. Now, over a year later, I have one of the best companions that I could have ever dreamed of with his megaesophagus being completely dormant. We lucked out with our guy, but Promises taught my family and myself that Mega-E is not a death sentence. With love and a little extra work, these dogs can be the most faithful and loving pet and family members. I'd like to thank Debbie Thomas and Sue Shank for helping us along our journey. Seeing all of the other reviews has made me so incredibly proud to be a volunteer with this rescue.

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promisesrescue 06/03/2016

Thank you Katie!! Nitro has grown into such a handsome man. Debbie and I have a true passion for megaesophagus dogs. Most vets still recommend euthanasia for these dogs, but you and many other owners have proved them wrong!!! Sue

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this rescue when I was being visited for a home inspection from another rescue. When the volunteer came to our house, she brought an 8 week old puppy named Tyson. We immediately fell in love with Tyson and wanted to know more about him. I filled out my application for Promises and I was approved to foster within the week! During this time, I also discovered the condition called MegaEsophagus and it broke my heart to hear that so many dogs were put down each year to a seemingly easy-to-treat condition. It was also then that we discovered that Tyson, the puppy, had MegaE. We knew then that we had to help! With the assistance of Debbie (the Rescue's President) and her wonderful rescue team, we were able to adopt Tyson and adjust well enough to care for a dog with Mega E. I would not have known about this condition nor would I have such a great puppy if it wasn't for Promises Animal Rescue. All members are very willing to answer any questions that you might have! Debbie even told me that there is no question too small when it comes to these dogs. Everyone involved cares so much for the dogs and I am very thankful to be surrounded by such MegaE/Rescue support! Above all else, I love that the mission of this rescue is to help ALL dogs; no matter the condition!

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promisesrescue 04/22/2015

Katie, Thank you so much for the words of praise!! Besides rescuing healthy GSDs and Labs, we also rescue/support MegaE dogs and their owners. Not many people are willing to take the little extra time it takes to feed these dogs in their "chairs." Thank you to you for being someone who IS willing to take the time. Although Tyson's feeding regimen is a little different than other dogs', he is otherwise a typical, normal, GSD puppy. Growing and active!! We are always here to answer any questions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Promises Animal Rescue always puts the dogs first!! And I believe that is what a rescue is all about!! I am very proud to work with them anytime I can!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with Promises Animal Rescue as a volunteer transporter, I was amazed at how wonderful this organization is. They truly care about and love these dogs! Taking in dogs that are in need regardless of how severe their treatment and care are takes a very special team. This is Promises!!! Cant thank them enough for all they do for these dogs! Hearts of Gold!!!

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promisesrescue 06/03/2016

Thank you too for your help. Your boy Major is guarding his baby chicks again this year. It is so cute. He loves his babies!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Promises Animal Rescue has truly been a life saver for dogs at Hardin County Animal Shelter in Elizabethtown, Ky. The rescue is efficient and very professional in their interactions and their intent. Promises has taken HW +'dogs who would have lost their lives in an open intake shelter without the help of Promises. They have taken fearful dogs worked to socialize the dogs and teach them to become loved pets. Promises has been a much appreciated rescue partner.

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promisesrescue 06/03/2016

We love you too!! Sue and Debbie