My dogs have recently passed away from old age, and my mom has been extremely upset about it. We have adopted three dogs in the past 14 years, and my family has loved and cared for them. My mom was trying to adopt a poodle from this site, with her hopes high that she could love another dog, after our dog Piper passed away two weeks ago at the age of 15. This woman asked my mom a bunch of questions about whether we vaccinate our dogs (yes) and whether we put a tick collar on them (yes). She then yelled at my mom, saying that she is the reason our dogs died. She told my mom that because of us trusting vets with MEDICAL DEGREES, we essentially killed our dogs. I cannot believe how rude, accusing, and cruel this woman was to my mother. To tell someone who's whole life is their pets that they killed their animals by listening to vets is the sign of a psychopath. I feel bad for the animals she has in her shelter, and I hope they find homes away from this woman.
When I discovered Toy Poodle Rescue I was in disarray and deflated. I was trying to rehome my dog Luke, due to family reasons. He is not good with other dogs, so shelters and fosters would not take him. I was at my tail end, and from the moment I spoke to Sue, I felt reassurance that no other shelter or rescue provided. Sue worked diligently on finding Luke the perfect home. She cared about the welfare of Luke more than adopters that wanted Luke, but would not be a good fit. Sue went above and beyond and reviewed applications with Luke's best interest at heart. Her goal was to rehome Luke to a happy home meant for him. Luke is now flourishing and receiving so much love in an environment that is safe and clean. After reading some of the negative reviews, I thought to myself they are such rubbish. They sound like angry people that probably weren't qualified or had the means to adopt a rescue dog. A lot of shelters will give the dogs away to anyone with a pulse. If you ever need to surrender your dog or adopt Sue is the most hard-working, knowledgeable person and you can put your trust in her and feel confident that your pet/family member is in the best hands. I highly recommend Toy Poodle Rescue-without them Luke could have euthanized and because of them, Luke is in his forever home.
I called about a dog profiled on their site (a cockapoo). I matched all of the extreme requirements listed (no children, older, stay at home, proper fence, no other pets...). There were many issues to take this sweet dog. Then, the rude woman from the shelter said I would not be considered since I had not had a pet in many years. The background check is from a vet, nothing else. She said dog fighter send "grandmothers" to adopt these dogs to use. Seriously?
Even if her belief was true, a check on the individual would make sense. Discriminating against age or making a broad assumption is insulting and bizarre. After reading all of the other reviews, I am not taking it personally. Lovely this woman cares for animals, she should show a little of that kindness towards other humans.
I won’t even both to reiterate exactly every negative thing these below listed reviews have said about this Sue character! I CONCUR.!!!!! SUE IS THE RUDEST CLOWN EVER!!
I called on 12/13/2020 to enquirer about a dog on petfinder.com,the woman that
returned my call had me in tears. After questioning me about my Maltipoo who will be 2 in February, she asked if I give heart worm medicine and flea medicine to my dog, which I truthfully answer yes to both,she continued to ask about the vaccines I got for my dog. Then she told me I was killing my dog with all the vaccines and heart wormer. She told me she would not allow one of her dogs to people that were killing dogs. I was so upset, she was so mean and accusing. She can’t get away with speaking to people like this,I’ve owned poodles my whole life and know exactly what to do and not do, my poodles lived to be 18-19 years old. That woman needs to be spoken to and not be dealing with the public like this at all.
I think Sue is using the organization and her poodles for an opportunity to express her ideas and beliefs and enjoys being rude as well as the authority of having these dogs gives her over people that are looking to adopt them. Talking to her was one of the worse and craziest calls I've ever had in my life. I have no idea how or who actually gets to adopt from her! Based on all her crazy requirements and threats, I find it hard to believe she actually approves any adoption applications at all!
Save yourself some time and aggravation - it is not worth it!
Holy cow! The 30 mins I was on the phone with, I assume is, Sue, I came away with a migraine. I was belittled, demeaned and pretty much accused of being a horrible dog mom to my current dog because I don't subscribe to her way of thinking. I told her, or tried to, I was constantly told to stop talking so that she could continue her diatribe, that if her rules required certain care, we would happily accommodate them if it was the right dog for us. And, we would certainly consider that for our current dog, too. We met all the requirements for fenced yard, current dog at right weight, all adults in the home (I work from home full time and not just due to covid) but she would have none of that. I had to pull the phone away from my ear because she was on volume 11 out of 10. My daughter thought I was on speaker phone because she could hear it in another room. I get that it's her organization, so her rules, but this woman is militant nuts. What a shame. A dog could have had a wonderful life living in our home. I won't subject myself to her again.
The poor lady that runs this rescue had denied adoption of a 7 pound poodle to a woman who had a pitbull. She posted on the rescue Facebook page and was totally attacked by the crazy pitbull people. Her life was threatened and the online attacks were horrible. So much so that Tia from Villalobos pitbull rescue (pitbull and paroles) wrote a post about the people who were harassing her that the humans are the actual bullies. https://www.facebook.com/VillalobosRescueCenter/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
You really have to see that all of the 1 star reviews are from people who have not been able to adopt from this rescue or just want revenge and the people that have adopted, have had wonderful experiences and 5 star reviews. If they write a bad review and don't say the name of the dog they adopted DO NOT BELIEVE IT! This happens all the time when a rescue will not adopt to someone, they look to see how they can get revenge and this site, due to not demanding real names and throw away email addresses, allows such dishonest and misrepresentative reviews. People are very revengeful when they can't get what they want. I am a supporter of this rescue for the great work they do and in the professional field I work as a trainer.
I wish I'd have read these reviews before trying to help this woman after she created drama on her Facebook page and appeared very overwhelmed. Her history of threatening people is disturbing - especially considering the threats that came to my family after she slandered me on Facebook. She told me to call her instead of emailing, and I waited a day bc I was still angry after reading her slander as well as watching her delete any reasonable comment and believe it was an attack. I called today, and she's insisting I apologize for saying something I didn't say. She threatens to expose me, and I'm basically begging her to post the things I've said because people that she's lied to will know the truth. She's clearly unstable. I attempted to call tonight, and she emails me telling me I've had one chance and I can only email her, but that now I'm not allowed to contact her. How does that make any sense? I've deactivated Facebook due to the threats from her people. I'm considering contacting an attorney in Massachusetts related to the slander. Unfortunately, I don't have screenshots of the things she thinks I said bc I didn't feel they were controversial when I made the one Facebook post on her page (she claims there are many) as I was just trying to help her.
Incredibly unprofessional and rude, bordering on harassment levels. The person running this organization cannot seriously expect to get far as an organization with their attitude.
I'm sure their dogs are great but look elsewhere to adopt. The fact that they have so few stars in their reviews say enough- let these people live their lives as miserably as they wish to.
This was the worst experience I have had trying to adopt a dog. The same dogs have been on the site for years. The woman I talked to screamed and berated me. She was condescending and rude. I question whether this is a true adoption site or a platform to cram her unusual views down your throat. I hung up. I just wanted to give an older dog a good home. BEWARE!!!!!
Be cautious of Sue. She is extremely shady and will lie to get any advantage. She also has zero respect for people who don’t share the same views as her and has zero respect and does not support any military personnel.
I would travel thousands of miles before working with her to adopt a dog.
Review from Guidestar
Sue at TPR is the best. We adopted Rocket 8 1/2 years ago. Sue has been so supportive. Any issues that have arisen she is more than willing to help. I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge that she has for this breed of dogs. No one like her.
As to the negative reviews....anyone who knows Sue has come to realize that Sue cares for the well-being of her dogs above everything else. I used to think like many people that if you are willing to take a dog that’s all that matters. Well it isn’t about you it is about the dog. Sue evaluates the dogs when she first takes them - and she is very good at it! She keeps the dogs in foster care as long as it takes to find just the right fit. For example she will not place a really young dog with an elderly person because she wants her dogs to be in forever homes. They have already been displaced at least once.
If you want a true testament of how this rescue operates, read the stories from those who have adopted and not those who didn’t qualify for whatever reason.
I adopted my little guy from TPR 7 years ago. I was so impressed with Sue’s vast knowledge of every aspect of caring for our poodle. I have had a few issues over the past years and she has always been there for me and for my little guy. I have called with questions and she has put me at ease with such good advice. She has also come to me when I needed her. It is so comforting to know that I have a place to go for answers when things come up. I am so greatful to Sue for all the help she has given me and also for being so dedicated to all those in her care. There isn’t a better rescue out there.
I met Sue 10 years ago when I applied to be a foster. At the time I had a miniature poodle who I had vaccinated way too much out of ignorance.
Sue taught me all about vaccines and much more including food and general care. She provided me with invaluable information that I never would have known if not for her. When I became a foster Mom she called me frequently to make sure things were going smoothly and I was totally supported.
I have read the negative reviews on this site and am appalled that people would write these things out of spite and because they or their family member were denied adoption.
Don't believe them!
Sue is one of the most caring individuals, especially when it comes to her rescue dogs. She has spent thousands of her own money when a dog needs acute medical care... and most of them do. Many of the dogs come to her because the owner can’t afford their care and medical needs and with little or no previous care and it is up to her to fix them. And she does.
Anyone reading these reviews have to think why anyone would bother to write a bad review if not for pure revenge because they were not allowed to adopt.
I have never interacted with an individual like Sue; it was truly terrifying. She has displayed deeply troubling and scary behavior. She is still posting about those who left her one-star reviews years after the reviews. You can see that she has replied to all of the one-star reviews, trying undermine them. At first, she posted the full names, employment information and additional identifying, personal details of every reviewer who left one star with the threat: "We are no longer going to allow people to write revengeful reviews...We will expose you! " Parts of her messages were written in all capital letters (need I say more?). Her messages were so nasty and filled with ad hominem attacks that they were deleted by this website for violating its standard of conduct, so she revised and "softened" her replies this time. However, do not believe her comments that all negative reviews are from people who are just upset / angry they didn't get a dog. This is a straw man attack. A few months after my disturbing experience with Sue, I adopted from a wonderful local shelter and met a dog trainer who had a client that had also interacted with her and had a near identical experience to mine. (what are the chances?) That person found their exchange with her so disconcerting that they reported her to a Massachusetts government agency (I don't remember which one) and was told that they were not the first to call about Toy Poodle Rescue. (again, what are the chances?) I think the issue was that the agency only handles cases with evidence of animal mistreatment, not troubling behavior towards potential adopters.
Sue is now even angry at this website (greatnonprofits.org) because they flagged her replies for violating their standards of conduct (see her reply to reviewer NancyCC). So basically, the reviewers, this website--everyone is out to get her? She clearly has issues. As others have said here, Sue carries a lot of hate and anger, seems emotionally troubled (I don't say that lightly), explodes, has an intense need to have the last word and insults others as stupid. Most of the one-star reviews here describe similarly disturbing, nasty behavior...
This is really scary. We heard some horrible things about this rescue while doing some research (we saw one of their poodles online and fell in love) and it appears to be very true. The owner/person who runs this rescue is off her rocker and mentally unstable. Trust the negative reviews. As you can see, she likes to comment on the “negative” reviews and continue to attack people and use their personal information. Doesn’t this violate the guidelines? Stay FAR away. There are too many good, reputable, well-meaning rescues that need fosters and adopters to bother with this special kind of crazy.
I wish I could give a -5 stars. Never in my life have I experienced the foolishness then dealing with this sue lady.
So lets begin, my mom decided she would be the advocate for my grandparents who are really looking into adopting a poodle.
My mom calls to follow up on the application and gets verbally abused by this lady! I think she is completely bonkers! I could hear this lady yelling, using f bombs, through the phone. Apparently my mom made a few mistakes on the application and sue did not bother to help her fix those mistakes, because it’s “not her problem.” Not only did she explode on my mom when all she wanted was some guidance, she calls my grandmother to badmouth my mom! Absolutely unprofessional, there is no excuse! Everyone in my family is livid! How can someone carry so much hate in their heart that they want to make others feel stupid and weak? My sister and I both leave comments on her facebook telling people our experience, she proceeded to block us and delete the comments. Of course being the adult-baby she is, she writes a lengthy facebook post insinuating that we are stupid, can’t get jobs because of how stupid we are, and that costumer problems are not HER problems. This lady is absolutely wacko, I don’t know whats wrong with her but she must live a VERY sad, lonely, ugly life.
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
Revengeful reviews is only the purpose to discredit me and damage the rescue name is a despicable act. Our pre-application page CLEARLY states that we cannot process incomplete applications because it is a legal document, we cannot add or take away from it. So people get very upset when they have filled it out and we then have to tell them that they have left off information that we need. So common sense must apply, we have no reason to be upset, but the lady who filled out the application incomplete, knowing she would now have to fill it out again was VERY upset. So her daughters immediately went onto our Facebook page and started posting very rude and dishonest posts, just like this review. The only thing on our Facebook page is a post reminding people that we cannot process incomplete applications. I or any volunteer have never swore at anyone. It is so dishonest, but what happens when we can't work or adopt to someone.
Sue is absolutely out of her mind. My mom was trying to help my grandparents find a new companion, long story short she called to explain why she filled out the application the way she did and she was BERRATED by this horrible woman running this “rescue”. Talked over her and wouldn’t let her speak so my mom hung up. Then she called my grandparents to talk badly about my mom!!!! She is DISGUSTING. My sister and I wrote on her FB page and she deleted our comments, blocked us and wrote a super long post slandering my family. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
This is the same family member of the review from Jackiemary99. We didn't deal or speak with either of these people, but they are allowed by this website to come on and say anything they want, true or dishonest. It's shameful. It is not their direct information as we did not speak with them. This is hearsay. Again don't have to use a real name or email. They can say anything they want, don't have to prove anything. We have the incomplete application. We have no reason to be upset, only the person who now has to fill it out again would be upset and that is exactly what happened. We don't adopt to people who behave like this, if this is how they treat other human beings how do they treat animals?
I have adopted three dogs from Toy Poodle Rescue. What I admire about TPR is the dog’s well being comes first! Unfortunately some rescues it’s about the money, not the case here. My veterinarian and my groomer were contacted to make sure that I made regular visits to both. My dog’s were beautifully groomed when I got them and I received calls frequently to see how everything was going and if I had any questions. Top Notch organization!
I have adopted 3 amazing little poodles from Sue. The experience was wonderful. My first baby was special needs and Sue worked with us to make sure it was the “right fit”. I would NEVER expect a rescue to bend or change their rules just because I wanted the dog. Of course I fell in love with the dog but I wanted to make sure that our home would be the type where the dog would be happy and thrive. I knew Sue was working with this dog and knew her personally inside and out. When she started to ask questions about my home and lifestyle I didn’t feel like I was being judged I felt like “wow she really loves this dog and wants to ensure I will love her like she does”. When the worst thing ever happened and my little girl was diagnose with cancer Sue was right there. She answered every call she came and sat with us for hours and help us make decisions. She doesn’t just adopt them out and never look back. Her rescue is not about the volume of dogs she can take in and adopt but about finding the best home possible. So when people are told “No” for one reason or another they go on and write a bad review. It’s not fair!!! She treats these dogs as her own. She is always putting the dogs interest first . It’s the promise she makes to the people who surrender their dogs to her and more importantly it’s the promise she makes to the dog.
Sue did us the tremendous honor of allowing us to permanently foster Lacey, the sweetest little 15 year old toy poodle and the love of our lives. Her time was just about up when Sue was told about her and made arrangements to rescue her from the shelter. Lacey had a large tumor on her face, and heart problems. Before Sue brought her to visit us and see if we and our home would be appropriate for Lacey, she had the tumor on her face surgically removed, had her teeth cleaned, and had her evaluated by a canine cardiologist. All at considerable expense. All this for a 15 year old dog who had been "thrown away" by the heirs of her former elderly owner, one might ask. To Sue, the life and well being of any poodle is worth whatever expense there might be. And she knew that Lacey had the possibility of almost ten more years of a happy life, since some poodles live to their early to mid twenties.
Sue did trust us to give Lacey a second chance at a safe, happy life, for which we will forever be grateful. She called us daily to see how Lacey was doing, if we needed anything, if there was anything she could help us with. Then as time went on, I was calling her with questions about feeding her, safe flea and tick prevention, safe immunization practices, etc. She was always available, and always had the answers. Sometimes sending me things she thought would be helpful. And they were.
When Lacey developed grand mal seizures a year and a half after she became the princess of our home, Sue was as worried as I was. Our veterinarian was able to manage her seizures, but she was never the same little joyful girl again. We loved her just as much, and she knew it. Our routines just changed. When we lost her to heart failure and kidney failure six months later, Sue cried with me when I told her.
All this might sound "over the top" to some, but not to those who realize that these are very small, vulnerable dogs who can't even be left outdoors in a fenced yard without supervision - they are very easily stolen, and vulnerable to attack by hawks and other predators and larger dogs. They need to have all the planning and protection possible, and Sue does it admirably.
I adopted my Andie Rose 8 years ago from TPR. Sue was thorough and a champion for this little creature. Sue made sure Andie was going to the best possible home and I totally appreciate her concerns. Sue was informative, helpful and sincere. I have read many reviews and the bad ones are those who aren’t truthful about the environment the animals would be living in. These dogs are rescues and come with issues and health concern. Sue ensures that these dogs go to places better than where they came from and healthier than when she received them. If someone thinks Sue is too controlling then don’t try to adopt from her, Sue has to be to protect these animals. I have never seen a bad review from someone who adopted from TPR. Keep doing what you do Sue, Andie Rose and I are grateful!
I have known Sue at TPR for about 8-9 yrs. She has always given 100 percent to help us deal with a difficult time our family and our little poodle was having. She told us her first concern was always to protect the dog first but in reality she showed us great kindness and understanding. Sue always returns calls and offers her help no matter how many times I might ask the same question over and over. If you are lucky enough to adopt a dog from TPR know that you will always have Sue and TPR in your corner with your pup’s well being first in their mind. My family and I love TPR!! They make home visits to every home they adopt to! Come on, not many rescues do that! Now if we could just get people to tell the truth in their applications Toy Poodle Rescue would have an easier job and more poodles would be in their forever homes. Nicky McDermid
The owner, Sue, is a control freak who seems to enjoy pulling people's strings, from my experience and the reviews I've read. She is irrational and illogical, creating requirements that nobody can truly meet - as if the all of the dog-owning public is neglectful to the point of abuse. I think it's telling that she keeps these dogs for YEARS in "foster" care. You won't meet her standards. There's an atom (and not much more) of truth in each insane requirement, which she holds onto. You'll drive yourself crazy and get your heart broken.
How can I say thank you enough to Toy Poodle Rescue! This rescue specializes in the care and attention to the poodle bred. The proprietor of this refuge in her expertise in the handling, grooming, precision to the knowledge of this breed is remarkable. The most outstanding characteristic of this rescue is the compassion, kindness and empathetic heart No matter where there is a need, Toy Poodle is there with open arms and hearts to ensure the safety and well-being of all poodles that are taken into their rescue given all the necessary medical care but most of all the pure heart of love and concern given to each and every fur-doll relinquished into Toy Poodle Rescue. If it were not for this rescue hundreds that have been abandoned, abused, dumped or thrown away would surely be killed. Toy Poodle rescue provides a refuge from the harshness of what these fur-babies have experienced from humans, they are provided hope for a second chance at a fur-ever home and the love of a real caring human family that will treat them with respect and as a member of their family.
In Italian we say " Multi Graci" for being there for Sunny and me. You will forever be our Guardian Angel.
Review from Guidestar
I also had a negative experience with Toy Poodle Rescue, so I believe all the reviews on this page and that I've seen on other other websites, especially the one on how she went "ballistic" and "used the F-bomb" on a potential adoptee. Based on my own experience and from the other reviews I've read, it seems she has a pattern of trying to discredit individuals who file a complaint and undermine their credibility by dismissing them as disgruntled people who must have had their applications denied. Beware of this organization. Here's my story:
I completed an online application, then immediately received a rude and belittling email response: "You should have read the bio. It clearly states we only adopt to a 75 mile radius of Dover, MA. We don’t adopt that far away."
I politely replied that I had read the the bio and that my address (Cambridge) was only 22 miles away.
It turns out there was also a misunderstanding about my application that she later raised, and I didn't even bother to clarify because at that point I was no longer interested in adopting from her organization after she had been so rude.
It only escalated from there, with me finally pointing out how rude she had been from the beginning and stating that I was no longer interested in adopting from her organization because of how "rude and unprofessional" she had been (note: coincidence that other reviewers here and on other sites also described her as "rude " and "unprofessional"?)
She (to quote another reviewer on this site) then went "ballistic" on me, telling me she filed a complaint with all the local shelters that I "get an attitude" when I get rejected for an adoption, closing with "I’m sure they will be rushing to get back to you if you try applying." So basically, she threatened to blacklist me from adopting from other rescues because she did not like that I communicated that interactions with her had been rude and unprofessional. To top it off, when I replied that I would likewise be reporting Toy Poodle Rescue, she wrote back "Lol"....I wouldn't even expect such an insolent and unprofessional response from a pre-teen. I then asked her to stop contacting me and to please remove me from any email lists / communications.
The review on here defending her is about her treatment of the dogs, which I find irrelevant because not one person has complained about or accused her of mistreating them. The complaints are all regarding what seems to be a pattern of rude, aggressive, and eccentric behavior. She could be the messiah of the dog world, but that does not excuse a disgusting attitude towards humans.
I'm sure she'll try to discredit me the way she has tried to do so to others who have complained, so all I can say is reviews speak for themselves and there is clearly a pattern of people describing rude, aggressive, insulting, unprofessional, petty, and "ballistic" behavior from her. I'm glad that my application was denied and that I did not meet her in person. I regret that I had not read reviews of Toy Poodle Rescue before engaging.
Just because you believe you can offer the perfect home, and you are highly experienced with Poodles, and you are highly experienced with rescue dogs, and you are an incredibly responsible and safety-conscious person--that does not mean you will get one of her dogs.
Start by studying her contract (we didn't); my impression is that it is confiscatory. In fact, she told us that she had actually placed a little dog the day before, but apparently on his first night in his new home he was disruptive, and the unsuspecting new Poodle "owner" set him up in the kitchen for the night. Sue said she went to that home the next day and "reclaimed" the dog because he had been put in the kitchen. These are "her little girls" and "her little boys."
She called our vet. She did not call any of the other four references we provided. But we passed the fence test. We are both at home, one retired and one working at home. We are very active.
We were denied the dog who visited because she discovered our previous Poodle had been off leash in the middle of a park playing with her tennis ball. She was elderly, had a limp, couldn't run fast or far, (we'd finally bought a dog stroller for her). She was nowhere any cars or roads, and she was highly trained and responsive. Worse yet, we were accused of letting her "swim in ponds." This was because we let her play with her ball in clean clear shallow water at a beach in Ashland State Park--maybe a mile from a road. Our dog loved it! If that were not enough, we have stairs in our house! At first the visiting Poodle hesitated at them, but then she zipped up to the bedroom so Sue could see where the dog would sleep, whereupon the Poodle hopped up onto our high bed effortlessly!
This dog has been in foster care with Sue for three years.
The process caused us tremendous stress and heartache. That we are highly responsible adults with sound judgment did not seem to count.
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
The dog they were applying for needs a fenced in yard as she is young and runs like the wind, we have a video showing how fast she runs. So a fully fenced in yard is imperative for this dog. While we were at the home visit the gentleman asked if the dog liked to swim, as he used to take their old dog to the park and then played ball with her, their dog was old and had arthritis. So the dog was allowed to be off leash in a public park area. The problem we always have is people think a new dog is going to behave just like their old dog, these were also elderly people and could not have chased this dog, that they were clearly going to do the same routine as their old dog and exactly what they have stated in their review and let the dog off leash. We reserve the right to decline any adoption, and it was declined based on this issue. There is no point in us requiring a fenced in yard and they take the dog to a public park and let it off leash. We have a responsibility to protect the dog.
Review from Guidestar
I have been a volunteer and foster home for Toy Poodle Rescue for several years. The President-Sue is one of the most honest, caring, hard working people I know. I have fostered and volunteered before for several rescue groups and none compare to the way Sue runs TPR. The dogs want for nothing, if they need anything they get it with no questions asked, all foster homes are supplied with top grade food, supplements and anything else that is needed. Vet care is provided at the expense of the rescue and foster homes pay for nothing. Sue grooms all the dogs and I have never had a dog arrive
un-groomed, or infested, they are always, cleaned, de-infested and fully groomed before they go to a foster home. The only thing we are responsible for is to get our foster dogs to vet appointments and love, care and exercise them. If you cannot transport a dog another volunteer will be arranged to help or many times Sue will transport. Sue is an extremely hands on participant in TPR. She goes to every home visit with the foster parent. She is one of the most respectful people I have dealt with in rescue. Her approach is she wants to keep her volunteers happy and will jump through hoops to make sure everyone is not stressed or take on too much so they don't burn out.
Regarding the review from Hepdog, I was the foster who took your foster dog from the vet. You seem to have left out a lot of information in your post, so let me add to your review with some clarity and honesty which is certainly lacking. There is no vet or Dunkin Donuts in Dover, MA! You were willing to take two dogs but after your home visit it was decided ALONG WITH YOU that a singleton would be better because your house is small and your yard is not fenced and on a busy road. Fosters and adopters are called everyday for 7 days and then every other day for 7 days to check in and see how the dog is adjusting and for support. You were called twice a day for all the days you had the dog and the only issue you had was your husbands aggressive cat, the cat did not like the dog so you were separating them by a barrier in the living room and keeping the dog with you at your desk. You reassured Sue that it was fine and you were working it out, or Sue or a volunteer would have come and got the dog. Foster and adoptive homes are told and know that you can call Sue 24/7/365 with any issues. I have put this to the test several times, I have called Sue at 3am when I had to take a dog to emergency after having surgery, not only did Sue answer her phone she was at the emergency hospital waiting when we arrived and anything that dog needed it got, no expense spared.
The veterinary office TPR uses opens at 7:30am and any dog receiving an anesthetic MUST be there on time so bloodwork can be done and processed. You were not told 7am, but you also could not remember where the vet office was. This is the rule of the vet office not Sue, many rescue's I've had from other rescues don't even bother to do bloodwork due to the cost! I know you would not have been expected to take a dog to the vet if it was not discussed with you and you agreed. That morning at 11:30am you called Sue and burst into tears on the phone and said you could not do it because your husband was upset that his cat had to go into the basement, as the dog was trying to get over the barrier to play with the cat. At which point Sue said ok no problem, as she did not want you stressed out or the dog in that situation and called me and asked me to take the dog from the vet along with my foster dog and transport them back with me. You were relieved, it is obvious your husband was upset and did not want the dog there but you did not want to feel like a failure. That is not anyone's issue but yours.
Everything was fine and all moved on....until you called Sue and wanted to foster again. You still had the aggressive cat and your husband and nothing had changed. Why would ANYONE place a dog again with you when they had had the experience TPR had! When the dog and rescue needed you most, while the dog was in the vet office getting surgery, you were on the phone crying you couldn't do it, the reality is YOU want to foster a dog, your husband and his cat don't!
I was taking my foster dog to the same vet that day and could easily have picked up your foster dog. Transporting the dog to the vet was absolutely discussed with you and you absolutely agreed to take the dog. So VERY dishonest to say this was not prearranged.
It was just lucky I was at the vet that day and could transport your foster dog or Sue would have been running around looking for someone to get the dog, or would have had to left her work and done it herself. It's very dishonest of you to post only HALF the truth, the sad thing is you have been allowed to write this review anonymously with no accountability or proof.
Thankfully TPR keep ALL correspondents and your emails (posted below) will show your dishonesty.
If any dog is removed from a foster or adoptive home it is for the well being of the dog, that is the job of a rescue group, these dogs have been through enough, no one in their right mind would leave a dog in a situation that is stressful, they are not wanted or the home is not providing them with what they need.
I notice that the negative reviews are from people who have either failed at fostering or adopting and the dog removed from their home or from people TPR wouldn't adopt to! TPR is NOT registered with this site, due to the fact that no accountability is required to the honesty of the reviews and no real names used. That is a very skewed approach to honest and fair reviews. If you want to see reviews from people who have actually adopted from TPR, go to their website and read the happy tails page. Thank you. http://www.toypoodlerescue.net/happy-tails
Please see the email correspondents below from Hepdog with TPR.
From: Kathleen H thehepdog@
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 3:14 PM
To: Sue - Toy Poodle Rescue
Subject: available for fostering
Thank you for being so understanding when I called you that day about Pookie being too much for me to handle. His puppy energy, and his ability to hop over our gates so easily, made it hard for me to manage him plus the cat, and I ended up very stressed out. I'm so happy to see Pookie has been adopted!
I wanted to let you know I've built a better fence for my driveway (please see attached photos) in order to have a more secure yard for very small dogs. I'd like to try to foster again. Our household would be perfect for a low-key senior dog -- it's very peaceful and calm, and we're here all day and almost every evening. Please let me know if you need such a home for one of your rescues.
I still have the food and toys you left for Pookie because I was hoping I'd foster again soon. Let me know if I should send them back to you as we originally talked about.
Kathy then called Sue and wanted to foster again and Sue explained she did not feel that Kathy's demeanor, home, other pet and her husband were conducive to successful fostering and was denied any further participation with TPR. This was Kathy's response.
From: Kathleen H thehepdog@
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:57 PM
To: Sue - Toy Poodle Rescue
Subject: future fostering
After some thought, I think it would be best if I not foster through your organization. Not because I don't think I am an excellent and committed caregiver for dogs, and could provide your dogs a loving and safe temporary home, but because our communications thus far do not bode well for a healthy collaboration in the future.
I am emotional, and not a fast talker. I just wasn't able to get my points across to you effectively on the phone, and instead I got extremely upset. It's taken me until now to really calm down. While you questioned my commitment and ability to handle fostering, I disagreed strongly with your observations and characterization of the situation, but I was not able to convince you otherwise. I just got more upset.
If you want more specifics, I'll be happy to send you the long version of this email, but for now I'll just say that's it's probably for the best that I look for fostering opportunities closer to Medford.
From: Toy Poodle Rescue [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:17 PM
To: Kathleen H thehepdog@
Subject: Re: future fostering
I totally agree. If you are incapable of picking up the phone and having a conversation that will not work for anyone.
The day we took Pookie back you called me at 11:30am crying saying you were stressed out. I don't want anyone of my dogs being in that situation and I had to jump Into action and make sure I had a back up plan.
Pookie, although young, was a well behaved boy with good manners and totally potty trained. He has gone into a new home with a cat with absolutely NO issue. So you have to ask yourself why was there such an issue at your home? Please don't try to shift blame to the dog or me. I addressed the situation immediately and rendered you, dog and responsibility free right away.
When you contacted me again to foster the only thing that has changed was the fencing, hence I had to address the situation and you don't like it. With 9 dogs surrendered in less than two weeks I need solid fosters who are not going to bail on me at critical times. Plus if you have a cat that can be aggressive that is just not conducive to a harmonious situation and the cause of your stress.
Please mail back Pookies bag to:
Dover, MA 02030
Thank you. Sue.
Toy Poodle Rescue
The fall out of a failed adoption or fostering is they retaliate by posting dishonest, negative reviews and sites like this allow it.
These people- the President and her Treasurer husband, turned a dream come true into an absolute nightmare for me. I waited for 3 months after my application was approved to get the dog I wanted to adopt, which was 10 yrs old and blind. I was and he was part of Senior to Senior program so no adoption fees, but they absolutely broke my heart and I'm sure it was traumatic for the dog as well. They brought him down on a Thursday and took him back/demanded him back the following Tuesday. I had signed a 9 page contract to which I didn't read because who would think something could go wrong with a dog adoption? I've owned toy poodles for 40 years! Per the contract you never really own the dog and the husband and wife are in your life forever. The reason(s) she demanded "her" dog back was because: I didn't follow her instructions, the dog had a few pee accidents (which I did not care about - he was 8 lbs) and pee'd in MY house! She accused me of teaching him bad habits. She went ballistic on the phone several times and hung up on me as well, even dropped the "F bomb". She even went as far as telling me that I had a memory issue! She even threatened me with the police if I did not give them MY copies of the paperwork - so I called the police. These are mean people who, based on my personal experience, do NOT have the dogs' welfare at heart nor the potential adopters. Very mean people whom I was tempted to follow up on with legal action; however, THERE IS ALWAYS KARMA. Be careful if you decide to deal with them.
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
We placed a blind Poodle in this home, we have a 14 day trial period, this is so the adopter can make sure the dog is working in their home and we also have the same option. We call several times to check on the dog. The lady kept moving the water, food dish and pee pee pad so the BLIND dog was very confused and kept having accidents on the carpet. This lady fails to state that she lives in rental accommodation and the dog has to be approved. The management company would have had an issue with the dog peeing on their carpet. So we insisted she take the dog out on a leash to go potty. We received a call from her neighbor that she was letting the dog outside from her slider onto the grass in front of her unit OFF LEASH next to the parking lot. We immediately went to get back the dog and she refused to give us the dog, so we called the police. The police agreed with our decision and also spoke with the neighbor as well, we got back our dog. Dishonest!
The owner called to deny my application which is okay but she proceeded to question me and was emotionally charged making me feel like I was going to abuse or neglect the animal. She tried to scare me by making claimed that I will "loose my house" if my dog but a client of mine. Unprofessional, rude.. Here's the letter I wrote her: Hi Sue, Thank you for considering my application. When you called today it was clear that I was not going to be a candidate for your dogs, which is fine with me however when you asked me what if I "could stand not go to the bathroom for 9 hours" to make a point that the dogs couldn't either, I felt like you thought I would abuse/neglect my animal. Also, claiming that I will "loose my house!" if my dogs bites one of my clients I felt was presumptuous, emotionally charged, and unprofessional. Clearly you care about your animals and I'm certainly okay if I'm not a fit, but I didn't appreciate being treated like this.
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
We keep all our correspondents, this lady works as a therapist in a troubled boys school. She works 9 hours a day so the dog would be crated, or she can take the dog to school her application states. We would not approve a dog being left alone for 9 hours in a crate. We called the school and they do not have insurance to cover any dog of a staff member. She planned to have this dog interact with the children, but if one of the children were to hurt the dog in anyway and it bit in response, the dogs life would be in jeopardy. If that happened and the parents were to sue, I explained if you have no insurance covering, they can personally sue her and she could lose her house. If you want to use a dog in this situation you have to have a certified therapy dog that is insured through a service like Therapy Dogs International. It's funny how the information we supplied has been twisted to be negative rather than informative. Due to us denying adoption this is her response, a negative review!
Review from Guidestar
They were not truthful or honest in what they stated. An experience I would never want anyone to go through.
Toy Poodle Rescue 01/19/2019
So dishonest. She surrendered a dog to us, she had doctored the Rabies certificate, hiding she had another dog. When we got the original Rabies certificate we see she has another dog she did not disclose. It's important to know that incase the other dog has a disease we are not aware of and it is illegal to change any vaccination certificate. We had to have our lawyer write to her regarding this as it was such a violation of the law. This is her revenge. She was issued a cease and desist. We have all our correspondents for anyone to view. This site allows reviews without any proof, so anyone can write anything. This site could ask us for proof, because we can provide that. They don't! Great Nonprofits, should be made to make anyone who wants to write a review provide proof of what they are stating. We can't sue LittleLadyBug, we can only sue people that have to produce their real names. VERY DISHONEST all around.