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Review for Villalobos Rescue Center Pets in the Hood Inc, New Orleans, LA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I was going to adopt a senior dog from Villalobos Rescue Center, by the name of Joan Rivers. My understand was that I would adopt her and they would pay medical expenses. Although there was mention of transportation costs on their adoption page, I was under the impression that I would not be required to provide said costs because she was a senior dog and I would be providing her with a home for her final days. Initially I was told on the phone that I would be getting her sometime around the end of July (2 weeks). I called one more time and emailed about 3 times asking for progress on her transportation. I even offered to donate as much as I could to defray costs but only if the money could be earmarked for her transportation. The response I received back was that the donation could not be earmarked and they were not coming up with the money. In essence, I am supposed to donate money to transport a dog I wanted to adopt but there was no guarantee that the monies would be used that reason. I was told in an email that getting her out to me suddenly was going to be over $600 but there was still no guarantee the money would get earmarked for her transportation. I felt like this had turned into a hostage situation where I would get the dog only after giving up $600 now and who knows how much in the future for 'transportation costs'. Once they had deemed that I had given them enough would I still not have the dog? I started to question the motivation behind this so-called adoption and my previous donation for a memorial for my dog, Sister. It was obvious the dog was not coming. I requested return of my memorial donation and gave up the idea that I would ever getting this dog. Well, today I got a nasty gram from Tia Torres herself telling me it would cost $1,500 to transport this dog! Tia also threatened me with criminal charges and civil litigation. She is claiming that the publication of my protestations is illegal and further postings on my part will be followed by communication from their attorney. Since she lives in one state and I another my criminal violation would have to be federal and while I am no expert on federal statutes, I doubt if there is precedent for criminal charges. Civil litigation would entail her probably retaining a lawyer in her state and mine. I find it interesting and curious that she has enough money to sue someone on disability but not enough to transport a dog weighing under 20 lbs. This is beyond ridiculous to be treated this way and I want others to know about it so they don't get victimized too. Therefore, I am making extra effort to publish my experience in more venues than I previously planned because I really feel this is gone beyond the pale.

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Review for Villalobos Rescue Center Pets in the Hood Inc, New Orleans, LA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently had reason to interact with this organization. I had become a fan through watching their series, "Pitbulls and Parolees" so after watching for awhile I ordered some merchandise; specifically some sunglasses. Although there was a slight glitch in getting them, I did get them and all was made right about the mix up. I have my sunglasses now which I enjoy wearing when I take my dog outside. They fit very well and block out our high altitude sun quite nicely.

I am now on good terms with this organization. So much so that recently when they had an influx of puppies and had other unforeseen circumstances a plea for help went out to the general public. I answered this call by purchasing and having shipped to their facility in New Orleans, LA a few items on their wish list.

Although I traced the shipments step-by-step from my end, it turned out that it was unnecessary because Becky contacted me via email the moment the articles arrived.

So I thank you, Becky, for the updates.

Mariah, a big thanks to you for making things right about my sunglasses.

Tia keep up the good work.

Greetings to all.

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Review for Temple Beth Or Reno, Reno, NV, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Rabbi Beyer encourages her congregation to learn and thus to practice Judaism in their lives as a product of their learning. Thus from learning comes observance with kavanah. She is also doing a great job of pulling the great Reno-Tahoe area together as one greater Jewish community rather than being members of diverse congregations.

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Classes and individual counseling.

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Role:  General Member of the Public & Retired.