Signed adoption forms and paid $450 adoption fee with this rescue in the middle of October 2017 for an expected delivery date 1 week out. Transportation was for a large group of puppies from Alabama to NY. That was canceled last minute & rescheduled for the next week which was also canceled last minute. This confirmed assumptions that something was not right. Wanted to pull out of adoption but was committed to the animal and decided to ride it out.
The owner/manager of the operation bold faced lied several times about what was going on. I believe she was trying to SELL as many puppies as possible before she transported any of them. I would have been OK with this if they were up front about it.....transportation is expensive, need to make sure we have enough adoptions to justify costs. Instead we got lies. Some members of the adoption group were traveling several hours to the pick up location only to be informed an hour before scheduled delivery time that the transportation had been canceled. During this time period the owner openly solicited for additional cash donations which she apparently need to deliver our puppies that we had already donated $450 + to adopt.
After several weeks we were finally told that our puppies were being transported and would arrive at the pickup location. No one in the group really believed any of it having been let down several times at this point. Once again the transportation was canceled last minute. According to the owner the transportation vehicle (an ill equipped retrofitted school bus) was involved in a accident in Ohio. When one member of the adoption group who had traveled several hours from PA to NY and booked a hotel room began to openly question what was going the owner got nasty and canceled his adoption with no conversation. She removed him from the private facebook adoption group she was using to communicate. She threatened that if any one else in the group wanted to be "As&%@les" she would cancel their adoption as well. She concocted a partial truth story that the bus was in an accident, all the puppies were okay but the bus was totaled and the driver was in the hospital. The puppies were staying at a farm with a nice fireman and the driver was going to rent a u-haul and finish transporting the puppies to NY the next morning once released from the hospital. Of course they needed more cash donations to rent the U-Haul.
At this point the member of the adoption group who was kicked out began digging to find out what was really going on. My wife and I began communicating with him directly to try and get to the bottom of it. He was able to confirm that there was an accident in Ohio involving a school bus transporting several puppies. A fireman did take the puppies to his house so the humane society could pick them up and they weren't on the side of the highway. We played nice in her facebook group while we began to communicate with the human society. At this point we began to realize the horror of the situation. There we 16+ puppies crammed into rusty cages filled with poop on the school bus. Several cages contained multiple puppies. When the accident occurred all the cages were thrown all over the bus because they were not restrained in anyway. All of the dogs were sick and under weight. Most had coccidia and a few had parvo. The humane society seized all the dogs and they were being held in quarantine for 10 days. We began working with the humane society to figure out how we could get our puppy.
During this time the owner continued with her story that they were renting a uhaul but none were available in the area so they had to wait a few days to get one. At this point we were in regular contact with the nice people at the humane society and they informed us that under no circumstances were they going to release the animals back to the rescue. In fact they were pursuing federal animal cruelty charges against the owner. We made arrangements to pick up our puppy on the morning that the quarantine period ended. My wife had to drive 6 hours one way to get to the humane society.
At this point the owner let up a little bit and said that she was getting a lawyer involved to get the puppies back from the humane society. She also said that she was going to refund all adopters their donation fee. When my wife got to the humane society to pick up the puppy someone from the rescue was there trying to claim him and the puppy of the other adopter who had been kicked out. Police were involved. Two of the puppies that had parvo died while in quarantine.
Our $450 adoption fee was supposed to include: the puppy, transportation, microchip, shots, a neuter voucher and clean bill of health with a collar and leash. All we got was the puppy and we were lucky to get him. Luckily he was relatively healthy except for a fairly decent amount of coccidia. Once the owner realized we had got our puppy from the humane society she began to try and play nice with us again. I had completely stopped communicating with her at this point.
She obviously never issued any refund. We tried to dispute the charge on the credit card but she fought it and won based on the fact that we did get the puppy in the end. As part of the dispute process we contacted the vet who she was supposedly working with. He was in canada and we live in the US which is obviously an issue. As soon as he heard we were part of this adoption group he wanted nothing to do with it. Apparently she had screwed him over several times before.
We wanted a rescue dog, however we didn't realize that we would be recusing him from the recuse organization itself! This rescue organization has a long history of doing things like this. It often changes its name and location to throw people off their trail. Soldiers for Strays, Global K9 Rescue etc... They are all run by the same terrible person. Please stay as far away as possible from this organization. They are terrible people and do not care about the animals. Please spread the word if you can. I believe that many of the positive reviews you will find are either fake or are from associates of the organization. I think she had associates in our adoption group to try and spread fake communication to people so they wouldn't realize what was going on.
On a positive note. Meet Henry, he is a great dog and we are happy to have rescued him from such an awful person.
Nikole is an amazing rescuer who continues to check on & contribute to my beautiful Penny's life. She came to my house to "investigate" & make sure my home was truly a safe & acceptable home for Penny before she would let me adopt her. And she continues to be there for Penny whenever I have any questions or concerns about her or her health & it has been over 2 years. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a reputable rescue
When our English mastiff passed, we knew that our Tank would want us to continue giving the love we gave to him to another mastiff, and after research we found Nikole with Soldiers for Strays Rescue & Rehab. We knew we wanted a mastiff breed, and we knew we wanted a rescue. We loves how detailed Nikole was in her screening for finding the right home for the right dog. Basati/Drogo was our true match and we couldn't be happier! Nikole made sure we had all of the resources that we could possibly need and is a continued support years later.
Thanks to S4S I have the greatest love of my life, Churchill. There are too many abandoned, abused and overbred dogs in our country that are in need of help. Nikole and her team take those cases on. These dogs aren’t “perfect” or the easiest to rehabilitate but they are no less deserving of love than any other dog. I couldn’t be more grateful that she rescued my Churchy. Giving him the best life is my main motivation. Thank you and I’m forever indebted to Soldiers for Strays.
After we lost our 11 year old rescued mastiff, we had determined that we couldn't bear the heartbreak and probably wouldn't get any more dogs. That lasted about 3 months. I began researching Mastiff Rescue again and came across Soldiers for Strays and found a litter of mixed breed puppies with a Mastiff mom. After much communication, we asked to be allowed to rescue the last female that was available. Nikole communicated with our veterinarian and we were approved. As we expected, standards for rescuing a dog/puppy are often much more rigorous than buying one from a 'puppy mill' or pet store. Rescues understand that matching the right dog with the right human prevents the need for even more rescues when things don't work out.
As we were planning transportation for our new baby with Nikole, my husband asked if there were any of the litter left. There was one. A male. My husband said, 'We should take him , too'. :) Fortunately, Nikole agreed and the story of Stella and Sam as the most loved puppies in the world began.
Nikole was so helpful in providing us the names and contact info of a couple who drove Sam and Stella from Alabama to Kansas. The dogs have been healthy and good tempered. They were already kennel trained and responded quickly to house training. From day one, they have been a joy. I attribute that to the care they received as very young puppies, socializing and health wise.
I would recommend S4S to anyone considering rescue.
Thanks Nikole! We talk literally every day about how much we love these two. You truly are the dogs best friend
My husband and I could not say more about the caring nature of Nikole and her efficiency. We contacted her about learning more about Sophie and very quickly we all realized we would be perfect for each other. Nikole kept us updated with getting Sophie to us and is extremely responsive. She cares for all the dogs she’s rescued and regimes far after they have found their forever home. We highly recommend her and her mission.
The owner of this rescue (Nikole) is one of the most caring, dog-loving, knowlegable, and truly good hearted people I have ever come in contact with in my experience. This rescue is everything that a dog rescue should be. My Belgian Malinois "Dax" was first adopted by a family who saw him as just a pet, and with the inherent high energy of his breed, overwhelmed them. They tied him up in a backyard and ignored him because of it. After taking him to a shelter, Nikole picked him up and posted him online to find his forever home. I came across him and absolutely fell in love with him. This rescue goes out of their way in every category to provide the best home for their dogs. Not only did they completely make sure he was 100% healthy before they turned him over to me, they drove him almost 500 miles to drop him off to me, outside of their regular transport schedule. Dax is now a little over a year old and is now being trained as a Search and Rescue dog, just as his brother is also. This rescue goes above and beyond, and is run by TRUE dog lovers. There aren't enough stars allowed for what I would give them. They've been nothing but the most pleasant people to interact with, and I only wish that I had more space to adopt dogs from them. Thank you for all you guys do!
This rescue saved my Lena Lu from her previous owners, whom were hoarders that never gave her the socialization or attention she so desperately wanted. She is glued to my side and constantly begs for attention. She thinks she is a lap dog and will often lay down on my face ignoring my pleas for her to move. She came into my life during a rough time when I needed a companion most. I love my Lena Lu so much. Nikol, who runs the rescue, was always there to answer training and vet questions. She even answered in the middle of the night when we had an emergency and helped us through the problem. She truly cares about every dog that she saves.
Soldiers for Strays has helped us every way with our adoption. They were always there to help with questions and even training. It has been a year now and I know if we had a need, they would be right there for us. We love Lena Lou and she loves us.
Nikole was very helpful during the adoption process. Responded quickly whenever you needed to get ahold of her and even after we adopted our handsome boy puppy, if you ever need anything she is there to help.