My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Labrador Rescuers, San Diego, CA, USA
My husband and I first contacted Labrador Rescuers 3 years ago, after our black lab Dulce passed away around her 15th birthday. Our 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd Kara, cried for 8 months missing her sister. Maria Goldman was assigned to us, and scheduled an appointment to come to our home. She was not only there to meet us, but to see how we interacted with our dog. We found LR to be dutiful guardians of their rescues, and genuinely interested in the connection and commitment that we had in continuing to move forward in the adoption process. A few days after our meeting, we went to a LR adoption fair at Petco. We went home with Brando. He was the spitting image of our beloved Dulce, but he was a boy. Kara actually picked him to be her buddy.
We contacted LR for the second time right around the first of this year. It had come to our attention that Kara is becoming a senior citizen, and Brando is still a young dog, very attached to Kara, and he has separation anxiety. We shared our concerns with Maria, and why this adoption was different. We were very hopeful with the first two dogs she had suggested. After speaking with each individual dogs foster parents, neither were a match for our family. The first dog had a strong fear of men, and the second had a medical condition that suggested that her life may not have the longevity of a companionship for Brando.
Then along came a young pup named Heidi. I came across her profile on the website. We were not interested in a dog as young as 8 month old Heidi. However, her story and pictures just pulled us in. I checked with our veterinarian to see if Heidi's medical condition would be treatable and acceptable to bringing her into our home with Kara and Brando. Maria called immediately to see if we had seen Heidi's profile and to see if we were interested. I volunteered to go to the hospital to see her. Maria informed me that Heidi went out to foster, and she passed our application along to Heidi's foster parents.
A week later we received a phone call. The foster mom Rebecca was very informative and honest regarding Heidi's challenges. From her descriptions and examples, we knew right away that Heidi's personality and quirks were a mix of Kara's and Brando's. From that phone call, we knew there was a connection. This was to be our newest family member. We felt it.
During Heidi's medical hold and treatment for demodectic mange, Rebecca did an amazing job at keeping us updated and sending pictures.
As soon as we were given permission, we picked up Heidi and brought her home. It's only been a week since her arrival, but she fits in beautifully. Now we are the ones sharing pictures with Rebecca and Maria. We have a full house, and full hearts!