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Lisa De J.

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Review for Southern States Rescued Rottweilers Inc, White Hall, AR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was first a client, then a volunteer (foster), and now also a (small) donor when I can. This group is selfless, passionate, compassionate, and work tirelessly to save sweet innocent souls that do not have a voice & have huge odds against them because they are a misunderstood breed. Their #1 focus is saving as many lives possible while also giving them a safe and loving home. Their adoption application form is extensive & asked insightful questions. They called my vet & had a detailed discussion with him. They did a home visit & met my other dogs and checked out where he would sleep. They made it very clear not only in writing but also verbally during many discussions that the Rottie I would adopt would be considered as part of the family and would be kept indoors with the rest. The adoption paperwork was also extensive in not only providing expectations but also setting the tone of how seriously they took the welfare of their adoptees.
When I wanted to adopt my beloved Buddy, the foster parent expressed concern because I had 2 younger males (non- Rotties) & he didn't want Buddy to be in peril. Cathy, who did the home inspection, vouched for me & I also had an extensive conversation with the foster parent. This is an example of how much they care about the welfare of their Rotties.
I fell in love with Buddy as soon as I saw him. He was kind, sweet, and a soulful gentleman. My pittie mix worshipped him. He was at least 10 years old & how awesome of this organization not to see age but instead, to see a sweet soul that needed rescuing. I lost him this past March & there isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry for him. He loved me as much as I loved him and I miss his smiles, his big paw asking for affection, and I miss our slow walks. I miss looking into his deep eyes and seeing pure love and pure innocence. If it wasn't for SSRR, he wouldn't have had a chance & I wouldn't have had him as part of my heart until I die.
After losing him, I decided to foster as my heart couldn't take another loss. They were in dire need of finding fosters for 3 Rotties. They sent out countless emails and tried different avenues to find homes for them & I volunteered to take Taylor. Even before I had her, I knew I would adopt her. It took approx 15 volunteers, coordinated tirelessly by Cheryl, & 2 days to get her from GA to Tx. She had clearly been abused, underweight, and used for breeding. Her name is now Cupcake & she has blossomed & feels love & affection that she never knew existed.
I am now also fostering Rocky who is a mixed Rottie & pulled from euthanasia the day of. Tori worked for weeks to get him fostered & when I volunteered, she worked with me and patiently helped me with questions I had about him as he was heartworm positive. The entire group, to also include Bill, Dee, Denise, Tori, and Cathy answered my endless questions about his care. I can't fanthom killing Rocky just simply because he had no choice in his circumstances & thanks to SSRR, he has been given a 2nd chance & his first real family. I could tell he had never been indoors & had no concept of human affection & so you can understand the elation the 1st time he kissed me. As much as it will emotionally devastate me, I can't wait for him to have his forever home and give endless joy and love to whomever is lucky enough to have him. He is delightful in so many ways that I could write pages about him, and again, thanks to SSRR, he will be given a chance to thrive-- something he clearly deserves.
Rotties have an undeserved reputation for being vicious and are often victimized and are quickly killed because of their markings. Or, if adopted, the adopters are not carefully screened which can lead to a life of misery and torture for them. SSRR fights against these odds tirelessly and engage in numerous efforts to find fosters, adopters, medical assistance, and to try to find funding to support the costs behind medically caring for the fosters. As I write this, they have taken in 2 Rotties (one that to an unfamiliar person would seem aggressive-- but turned out was just scared) & an 11 year old that was poorly taken care of & potentially needs hospice care. Their web page shows all ages, personality types, and needs. Every single person I have interacted with has been amazing and quite frankly, I don't know how they do it. I think they are very humble super heroes.
Laslty, as a result of how passionate they are and how awesome they are, I am now a part of this group. I have always loved dogs and have always adopted dogs that were going to be euthanized or were on the streets. But now thanks to this group, I can help in a concentrated fashion. I will be forever grateful not only for the Rotties they have given me, but for their dedication, their professionalism, their compassion & because of them, I feel I have become a better person.

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