My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Secondhand Hounds, Minnetonka, MN, USA
I'm experienced with rescue dogs. I've owned four rescue dogs and have never had a negative experience outside of challenging behaviors. I've fostered for Second Hand Hounds since June and have had 3 different foster pups. Initially, it was such an awesome and rewarding experience The second foster I got came to me with an ear infection, obvious skin wounds, and allergies. My third foster came home with horrible diarrhea and appeared underweight. I reported this to SHH and instead of having me bring him to the vet, they had me pick up meds for him. Within a few days, my own dog was sick with diarrhea and when I asked SHH's "vet" about this, they ignored me. I made the mistake of bringing my own dog to SHH's vet, Burnsville Parkway Vet, and they did not answer my questions about possible contagious disease or provide a diagnosis for my dog, though I paid $250 for her treatment and she is better now. Recently I requested that since I have to bring my foster in for a neuter, that SHH bring his preventative treatments so that I don't have to drive 30 minutes to pick them up, which is the usual practice. The staff were incredibly rude in their response to this request and complained that it would cost them $2 to send it. With the amount of time I've taken off from work, driving to and from vet appointments, to and from spay and an upcoming neuter appointment, picking up a midnight foster animals, shoes that have been chewed up, my own dog ill, driving to and from meet and greets and adoptions, I was stunned by their response. I asked them for information about their "non-profit" and staff pay as I have seen one too many "non-profits" that are really paying themselves hefty salaries, while relying on the charity of others. I called them "rude", "lacking in communication skills", and "stingy". They responded by calling me "combative" and threatening to remove my foster via animal control, the police, bringing me to court. My foster is due to be adopted next week. I will never foster or adopt from this organization again and I am so saddened by what was once a very positive experience turned very negative.
SHH sent two of their henchmen here to try to remove my foster. They banged on my door and windows and stood in my driveway staring into my windows trying to intimidate me. I told them repeatedly that they were trespassing and I was going to call the police. When the police arrived, they stood on my sidewalk and told me that they weren't leaving until I gave them the dog. I've violated no foster agreements other than questioning the organization's practices. I will not back down to intimidation and harassment.