Horrible experience with these people- don't even waste your time with them. Today, we drove an hour to the Petsmart in Falls Church to adopt one of their puppies. We recently lost our beloved 17 year old dog who had been ill for over a year and our children were ready for another dog. We got there promptly at 12:00 when they began the event and after finding the dog we bonded with, we signed our name to be interviewed. Even though we came prepared with our application already filled out, the volunteers would not interview me until my husband, who was volunteering as a coach in a game, showed up. This is NOT part of their requirements, yet I said that that was no problem and that I could wait. I told 3 of the volunteers, including the nasty woman making the interviews which dog we were interested in. After an 1 1/2 hours of waiting, this couple comes in and also shows interest in the same dog we were interested in. As they are filling out the application, my husband comes into the store. Before I was able to tell the interviewer that we were ready, she goes to the back with the new couple to do their interview. When she comes out, we found out that she had already given the dog away to the people who came 1 1/2 hours AFTER us! When I politely tried to remind her that we were also waiting for that dog, she completely blows up like a madwoman yelling and telling us that the other couple was ready first and that if we want a dog we would have to pick one of the others. We were taken aback by her incredibly unprofessional behavior and tried to explain to her that we had, indeed been there first and waiting for her to finish the interview, assuming that we would be next. She would not even let us talk, much less listen to us; clearly she was never going to admit that this was her mistake and that she had not read the list AT ALL. Our children were miserable, especially our daughter who had been bonding with the dog for over an hour. We were so upset by the horrible treatment that we just walked out, vowing to never again waste our time with a rescue group. From now on, it will be a shelter or a breeder for us.
Stay tuned for full details - so angry now that I'm incoherent regarding yet another FLAWED volunteer BAD decision early January that has resulted in broken hearts of children - they fulfilled requirements for the dog of their choice, looked online, came very early to meet, first in line, first submitting ap, first interview, perfection a to z until VOLUNTEER drew straws because she felt only fair to second in line. This is the FOURTH time I've experienced the ignorance, insensitivity and indifference of LDCR volunteers and board and this time I'm blogging, facebooking, twittering and filing complaints with county, nonprofit vetting groups. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR LACK OF GUIDELINES, MANAGEMENT, AND OVERSIGHT. Your sad little group will get not one more penny or good will from me, my experiences (all fact based with dates, events, etc.- not one bit of heresay) will be shared at every opportunity. WaNt to talk about this??? Sure! Gillian 703 232-7184
I adopted my dog, Bailey, from LDCRF in the fall of 2008, when she was ~12 weeks old. The rescue had only had her for about a week, but she had already been neutered and given other basic veterinary treatment, and she was in excellent condition on adoption day. I saw Bailey's picture on Petfinder.com, called LDCRF to find out when she would be available, and went to the adoption event -- and brought her home with me -- two days after seeing the ad. The adoption application was thorough without being ridiculous, and the person who interviewed me was friendly and knowledgeable. These days, whenever Bailey and I are at a charity dog event we always make sure to stop by the LCDRF booth to say hi, and I support them as much as I can.
I nominate Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation: http://www.lostdogrescue.org/ & Twitter: @lostdogrescue . Established in 2001 this non-profit organization saves the lives of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets each year. They rescue dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters, and place them for adoption in loving homes. ALL of their animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. I have attended their adoption events several times and communicated with staff by phone and email, and all are very courteous and well informed.
As the mother of a long-time LDCRF volunteer, I've had a close look at how the volunteers handle animals and prospective adopters of these animals. I've seen how dedicated they are to the organization and the people and animals it serves. The volunteers are extremely generous in giving their time, money, and energy to the cause of finding just the right home for each animal and in providing loving foster care until that happens. They work hard to match each animal with the right caregiver so that both the animal and the family adopting will be happy together. It's inspiring to see such kindness and such expertise in action.