We found some puppies on Petfinder available through Critter Care Adoptions. We submitted the application the same day. We had a terrible time actually making contact with someone from the rescue. We were told the vet in charge would get in touch with us. She did text and ask how late she could call. I stayed up waiting and received no call. This continued for about a week before we finally got in touch and they set up an appointment for a "meet and greet." We had to bring our dog along, which was okay with us. We drove four hours round trip to meet these pups. Our big dog has never been around puppies, so we were curious to see how she would react. We thought she handled it very well. First, the meeting was in a vet hospital. Our dog does not enjoy going to the vet. So I'm sure the smells of the clinic made her uneasy. There were three puppies, the mother dog and three people from the rescue present for the meet and greet. Our dog mostly stepped around the puppies to get a drink of water, then went around the room to meet all the people and get some attention, then sniffed the puppies some more, etc. At one point, one of the pups stood on her hind legs and swatted our dog in the nose. Our dog bared her teeth and backed away. That's all she did. Her way of communicating, "Don't do that." I think that is normal behavior for a dog. We have had dogs for 25 years and adult dogs need to teach pups how to treat them. That 10 second interaction is apparently the reason we were declined to adopt from Critter Care. We were at the meet and greet for approximately one hour and the rest of the time went fine. I had a bad feeling before we even left that they were going to decline us. The vet was critical of the food we feed (Purina) and the flea and tick preventative we use. (My daughter raises money for animal shelters -- almost $8000 in the past four years -- by making homemade pet products and selling them. She make an all-natural flea and tick spray with essential oils. She even brought a bottle to share with Critter Care. The vet's only response was to point out that my daughter spelled "scent" wrong on the label. She's 12. We try to focus on the good she's doing rather than the spelling.)
As I said, we have had dogs for 25 years, adopted from two different shelters in the past, never given up a pet, provided vet records dating back over 14 years . . . and we were declined. So I'm not sure who is actually able to get approved.
My biggest disappointment is not even that they declined us. It's that they strung us along for so long. I had a feeling the day we met the pups they were going to say no. I wish they had just said it instead of stringing us along and making our three kids wait so anxiously to see if they were getting a new pup.
Fortunately, we have already applied to and been approved by another rescue group and we will be going to choose a dog that's a good fit for our family next weekend.
My best advice would be not to waste your time. It's unfortunate because a rescue group obviously has animals that need homes, but it's hard to meet their standards.
I just wanted to take this time to thank Cheryl from Critter Care Adoptions for her hard work in helping to rescue Snickers, a German Shepherd mix. He belonged to a client of mine, but she was unable to keep him due to complications with her living arrangements. Snickers was 2 years old and was not the most well-behaved dog, but was very sweet and just needed some love and attention. My client was going to forfeit him to a shelter, but my fear was that most shelters would immediately put him down due to his behavioral issues. I therefore turned to social media as well as calling every rescue in the area in hopes of locating someone that could help find a home for this sweet boy. Unfortunately, I received very few responses on social media, and was not having any success with rescues calling me back. I then received a call from Cheryl and I immediately could tell from talking with her that she was someone that truly cared about this animal’s safety and well-being. I discussed Snickers’ situation with her at length, and she assured me that she would do everything in her power to help find Snickers a home. Through her relentless efforts, she was able to help find a no-kill shelter that was willing to take Snickers in. While we could not find him his forever home, with Cheryl’s help, Snickers now has a home at a shelter that will take care of him and make sure he is safe until he can be adopted one day. I am truly appreciative of Cheryl’s assistance, which saved Snickers’ life. I can’t thank her enough for all of her help, and would recommend this rescue to anyone trying to help an animal in need. Thank you again for your help Cheryl! I am forever grateful! Kara Burdelski.
Cheryl rigorously reviews adoption applicants, which I believe all shelters wish they had the capacity to do. She works full time as a vet and commits her free time to caring for and finding homes for abandoned and anused animals. Every step of her process was worth having Willie and Scout come in our lives.
I adopted a lovely and absolutely delightful puppy from Critter Care. While the process was rigorous, I could not be more delighted with my little Stella. I applaud and admire Doc Cheryl and her team for finding ideal environments for these abused and abandoned animals.
My wife and I recently adopted an adorable, sweet dog through Critter Care, and have been extremely pleased with the entire process.
Dr. Cheryl has been very kind and thorough, has treated little Willie with incredible kindness and care, and has given us a tremendous amount of guidance and help.
We are very grateful to Dr. Cheryl and Critter care for doing so much to bring this new family member into our lives.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Cheryl from Critter Care Adoptions Inc. There are so many shelters and rescues, but she went above and beyond to interview myself to make sure that we were the right family for Merlin! She was very honest and pleasant during our meet and greet and did an extensive work up with my references pending the adoption process. My older dog has renal failure and she took time to give me advice and even gave me tips and renal diet dog food. She encouraged different foods and gave me feedback on how I could even further help him with his illness. I was fortunate and adopted a 2 year old Shihtzu/Maltese male who was named Merlin. Her biography on Merlin was absolutely correct! He got along very well with my 5 year old Shihtzu, Beemer, loves car rides, is always by my side and does like to be the top dog in the house. The minute that they hung out, you can see that they would be best buddies:). Cheryl was very kind and drove over an hour an a half to bring Merlin to our home. I know that Cheryl has a special place in her heart caring for all of these animals. Her focus and main goal is to place the animal in the proper care that is best for the pet. I am very appreciative that I found Critter Care Adoptions, Inc. by Google searching what I exactly was looking for. I will absolutely 100% look to Critter Care to adopt another dog from Cheryl in the future. Thanks Cheryl for our follow up conversations and giving me this special little boy, we all just love him!!!!
DO NOT ADOPT FROM THIS LADY!! We filled an application with references and vet information. A week goes by and she calls saying we have been approved and to meet her at her house the next evening at 7:30 to pick the kitten we wanted. We show up right on time. Her husband answers the door and tells us she is not here and to wait in our car. As we sat in our car for another half hour waiting she finally pulls in ( no phone call or text saying she will be late). We finally get inside the house. Let me tell you....the smell is so horrible, I had to hide back puking. She has 15 dogs and 14 cats....yes a total of 29 animals. We end up picking the kitten we wanted (to save it from the smell). She says she will be at our house Friday at 6pm to bring the kitten over. She finally arrived at 8:30. She sits on our catch for more than an hour and tells us she can't leave the kitten with us!!!! Our house is clean and tidy. She has hoarding issues and doesn't want to get rid of any of her animals! This lady is a joke....
We, too, wanted to adopt a dog from this organization (adoption fee was $250). I did several phone interviews in which I was told that we were good candidates so far, filled out the adoption application which was five pages long, including several references. I received another phone call telling me to check my calendar as we had passed and were now allowed to come see the dog. My husband plows snow and so I wanted to wait a day or so to see what the weather was going to be as this would be a fairly long drive and my husband might not be available. Upon checking my e-mail, just ONE day after the "check my calendar" call, I received an e-mail (not a phone call as before) telling me that we were not a good fit for the dog. Now, this particular foster mom has eight dogs in her house waiting to be adopted, but we were deemed unfit to adopt. What's wrong with this picture? I would never consider adoption from this organization again. I gave it one star only because that's as low as I could go. Don't waste your time.