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Review for Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue Inc, Blairstown, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Karen, Philhower, operator of www.safehounds.come, made my beagle adoption process a smooth and safe one. She is very careful because she wants to find permanent and loving homes for her rescue beagles. She is very through. After my written application we were in touch via email on what type of personality I was looking for in a beagle as a good match for my family. She then paid a home visit to me and also did a thorough check of my back yard, where the beagles would be spending a lot of time. She showed me some weak areas of my fence that needed to be repaired so they would stay safe and secure inside (they are notorious escape artists). We then had a meet and greet, and she requests all of the family to attend, of our potential beagle. Since we had a match with our first one, we were able to take her home not long after. During the first few weeks, I was a little nervous and she was never more than an email away for my questions and concerns. Even months later, she still checks up periodically to see how the dogs are doing. Not everyone is like this, some rescue organizations can just chuck dogs at you, you don't have their current health history/habits/personality or any knowledge of them. She also makes sure her new rescues they get a complete vet check, they are up to date with shots such as rabies and lyme disease, makes sure they are fixed/spayed and also treats them for heartworm (they will not be eligible for adoption until all infections clear up). She also has the vet do dental care if they need it. She runs a tight ship and is someone I would highly recommend to use as an adoptive beagle organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Using safehounds. come gave my family a smooth adoption process of our two beagles. Safehounds was efficent, smooth and knowledgeable about what I need to know about dog adoption. Highly recommended for adoption purposes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None, they were excellent. They have had over 100 beagles adopted in the last few years--they are doing things the right way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the smooth execution and the care they take of their dogs. I visited the beagle compound and it is a lovely sprawling area for them to be in until they find their "forever" home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

quite devoted. I never realized what a time consuming thing dog rescue is. The amount of paperwork alone is pretty staggering.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get all the dogs in the world adopted! I don't know, you'd have to ask the safehounds chief of staff!

Ways to make it better...

I could adopt all the beagles! But alas...two is working for me right now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I guess like all rescues, trying to find the right matches for their dogs; as they really want to find forever homes and not have to have their dogs be in a rescue position again, if possible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so glad she took the time to ask me what I was looking for in a beagle personality. It was a huge factor I didn't consider and it made, I feel, a significant factor in finding the right dog for us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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