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Review for Guardian Angel Dog Rescue Inc, Tampa, FL, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

PLEASE READ if you are considering adopting.

I don’t typically write reviews, but I had such a horrific experience with this rescue that I wanted to share for future adopters—especially since I learned a lot about adopting in general.

I adopted a sweet dog that they said was about 4-5 years old and healthy except for a little cold. We were so happy to welcome this adorable guy into his forever home, and we trusted them that it was just a cold, so we took him home. Within hours of the adoption it was obvious he was very sick and getting sicker. I told them that evening that I was very concerned and they actively discouraged me from taking him to the vet (I have emails to prove it). Luckily, I ignored them. By the next day, he could barely breathe. I learned that the dog was not 4-5 years old, but most likely 8-10, with a list of health concerns, including a serious upper respiratory infection, a bacterial infection, most likely pneumonia (for starters). We did our very best to treat all these illnesses, as we wanted so badly for our new little guy to get better, spending so much money, staying up all night and praying our hearts out—but he just got sicker and sicker, until we were forced to end his suffering. We only had him for 5 days.

Though there’s a chance they didn’t realize how sick he was when they gave him to me, THE WORST PART is that over the next four days after I adopted him, while I tried in absolute desperation to save this dog, they absolutely would not help me. They kept insisting that he would be fine and not to worry, that it was “just” a simple cold, they kept insisting he wasn’t contagious to my other dog (he was—I'm worried she’s already showing signs of an upper respiratory infection) and when I contacted them at one point, begging them to consider taking him back if they thought they could save his life, because I was terrified he was dying, they told me to “rehome him” myself. I learned afterwards that they had rescued him sick and on death row from animal services only 4 days before they gave him to me. They could not possibly have adequately cared for him in that time. When we told them of Cooper’s passing, they did not even say “I’m sorry” or “That’s sad.” We were horrified by their treatment of the matter.

We’ve shed a lot of tears over this experience and our heart breaks for this poor dog. We’ve also learned a lot.

If you adopt from this rescue or another one, make sure you know when they got the animal, how long they’ve had it (I’ve since learned that most reputable rescues foster for at least a month). Also, don’t take home a sick animal—any rescue that isn’t willing to completely treat an animal before giving it to you is bad news. I would not recommend using this rescue.

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