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Marija W.

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Review for Dogs Unlimited Rescue, Beachwood, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been volunteering / fostering with various dog rescues over the past 17 years and NOT all rescues are equal to Dogs Unlimited. All rescue work is very worthwhile and everyone has good intentions but rescue is not an easy business and requires a lot of dedication, we feel very fortunate to be a part of Dogs Unlimited because they are STARS in our eyes. I work in the medical field and so for me the healthcare aspect of each and every dog is a “very important” aspect of rescue. I could not in good conscience continue to volunteer for DUR if they did not also share that vision. It is not just a matter of rehoming each dog but caring for them both physically and emotionally in preparation for their forever homes. Yes sometimes the cost of doing so can be tremendous and sometimes a great deal of time is required but that is where this rescue shines, everyone pulls together to make it happen. We never feel rushed to move the dog out before they are really ready, each dog is different and they are given however much time they need to heal and feel safe. I feel honored to be a part of a rescue that I respect as much as I do Dogs Unlimited and its founder Gina Lutes.
We adopted our special needs foster Kaden who clearly came from puppy mill situation and was thought to be a piece of trash on the street until someone attempted to pick him up. He came to us with a terrible fear of human touch, he didn’t know what grass was and his first experience with sunlight amazed him, he would raise his little face the light and squint. Due to his previous living conditions he continued to develop health issues, he went blind from his diabetes, required daily insulin injections and had much hearing loss from untreated ear infections. BUT Kaden became a happy active dog and lived out his last few years thoroughly enjoying human cuddle time and exploring the outdoors in a comfortable controlled setting, he became a spunky little boy once he knew what it was like to be truly loved and to feel safe. RIP sweet Kaden. Thank you Dogs Unlimited!

Role:  Volunteer