In 2008, I responded to a beagle that was posted on Petfinder.com. This beagle was from Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue. After being interviewed,they accepted my application and let me adopt my Mia. She is a very sweet,smart beagle and quickly made friends with my other beagle, Sammy. She went to classes to become a Pet Therapy dog. She does pet therapy at Wayne View Care Center, where I work. When I received Mia, she was very shy around other people but was slowly warming up to the residents. In April of 2010, I had her at Wayne View, when she slipped her collar and got loose. She was gone for over a week. During this time, Safe Hound Rescue was there every step of the way. Karen Philhower who runs the rescue, told me everything to do and set up a humane trap to get her back. But the most important thing she did was to keep my spirits up and kept me going. She went way beyond just a simple adoption. She truly cares about each and every animal she has and continues to care even after the adoption. She is definately an angel.
Karen, Philhower, operator of www.safehounds.come, made my beagle adoption process a smooth and safe one. She is very careful because she wants to find permanent and loving homes for her rescue beagles. She is very through. After my written application we were in touch via email on what type of personality I was looking for in a beagle as a good match for my family. She then paid a home visit to me and also did a thorough check of my back yard, where the beagles would be spending a lot of time. She showed me some weak areas of my fence that needed to be repaired so they would stay safe and secure inside (they are notorious escape artists). We then had a meet and greet, and she requests all of the family to attend, of our potential beagle. Since we had a match with our first one, we were able to take her home not long after. During the first few weeks, I was a little nervous and she was never more than an email away for my questions and concerns. Even months later, she still checks up periodically to see how the dogs are doing. Not everyone is like this, some rescue organizations can just chuck dogs at you, you don't have their current health history/habits/personality or any knowledge of them. She also makes sure her new rescues they get a complete vet check, they are up to date with shots such as rabies and lyme disease, makes sure they are fixed/spayed and also treats them for heartworm (they will not be eligible for adoption until all infections clear up). She also has the vet do dental care if they need it. She runs a tight ship and is someone I would highly recommend to use as an adoptive beagle organization.