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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was all set to visit brbr and start the ball rolling on adopting my son his first dog. I have called several times to ask some questions as this is my first time going thru a rescue center. After leaving numerous messages and getting no response from them at all I decided to look for reviews on the organization. After seeing the reviews I am so glad I didn't tell my son ( I wanted to surprise him with the visit ) . Thanks for not returning my calls and making me wonder why reading the reviews opened my eyes ..... I will be searching for another rescue center.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

When we submitted our adoption application, I noted that we were interested in a particular dog. Our application was approved so we had a home visit, which was also approved. I was later emailed by a coordinator, and she told me the dog I wanted had already been adopted. I told her that she must be mistaken because I had been watching their website and the dog is still listed as available. She then told me that the dog was still available but another family was interested in the dog and besides she and another coordinator did not feel like we were a good fit for this particular dog. She then offered two other dogs. A female and a male. This made absolutely no sense because I specifically stated that we could not take a male because we already have a male and he does not get along with other males.
We were good enough for the dog(s) they wanted us to have but not good enough for the dog we wanted. Keep in mind, that these two coordinators never met us; all they knew about us is what they read from our application.
It is unfortunate for these sweet babies, but I would not recommend anybody waste their time with these people.
My dogs are well taken care of, spoiled rotten, and showered with love.
All of this took place in December 2015, and it is now March 2016, and the dog we wanted has just been listed as "adoption pending" which, to me, confirms that she was still available when we wanted her. I just hope she was placed with someone who will love and care for her as much as I know we would have.

2 Bunny M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is a misguided organization. The adoption "contract" they want you to sign is not even a contract and not enforceable in any court of law. You cannot adopt out and then retain superior title and hold the adoptive family responsible for all financial--that is called fostering but having the foster family pay for it. The manner in which they run their adoptive organization really deters smart, good dog owners from adopting because no one in their educated right mind would sign this so called contract. I feel sorry for the dogs because then they are not placed in the best situations. I was also told that they will chase you down if they do not get updates from you. That is called harassment. They misuse their resources. It is no wonder they are always in the red. All of it is unethical and not legal. It is a sham.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Never ceases to amaze me how bad this organization is.

Don't foster or volunteer for them unless you have very deep pockets - because you'll probably never really get reimbursed for those medical expenses they made you pay for for your foster. And you really will need to have a lot of excess money with everything this group expects their fosters to pay for. Monthly flea meds, a new collar and leash to go with them when they are adopted. Medications they don't stock (sometimes you'll get your money back, but don't count on it).

They continually take in dogs when they can't even fully vet the dogs they have in their program. They'll have a dog that needs special surgery but they can't pay for it - but will still continue to take in other dogs. Shouldn't your priority be the dogs you already rescued? And I use the word "rescue" lightly.

They browbeat their volunteers and heap guilt upon them if a dog the coordinators want to pull can't be pulled because "no one stepped up". It's not a matter of stepping up, it's a matter of some foster homes actually knowing their limitations and knowing that they need to be able to care for the dogs they already foster and not take on any more.