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    Having just purchased a dog from a pet rescue 'dealer', I am prompted to warn others contemplating rescuing a dog via this web site.
    I located my new dog via the pet rescue website. I was impressed that the organization boasted all dogs would be sold desexed, microchipped and vaccinated. The dog I liked the look of ticked all the boxes and the modest $300 fee seemed reasonable for the vet fees and seller's costs. Arrangment was made to view and I subsequently liked the dog enough to give it the 2 week trial........
    Well, got the dog home and it was full of surprises. Apparently it loved kids(except mine), preferred outdoors(except my indoors), was very quiet(except when barking the house down), got on well with other animals(except when trying to eat them). It could climb 8 foot fences(not jump but climb!!!) and didn't mind being alone(except when around other people). It slept continuously, was underweight with ribs and hips obvious and was full of fleas.
    We trialled her but she just wasn't making it in our rural area. With lambs and baby deer nearby, she had to go back because we couldn't keep her in. When we contacted the seller, she wasn't to be found. Refused to return our calls and even answer the door when we went to her house. Luckily, we insisted on the seller desexing the dog before we took her for trial as the seller was more than happy to let her go without(we could do it later apparently).
    2 months on now, we have never received the promised vaccination papers or microchipping details.
    Nice little earner for the seller. Single mum on a pension skimming around $100 a dog. Not bad money. She sold 4 dogs in the few days we dealt with her and one of the other puchasers is still chasing her for their stuff.


    Let the buyer beware!

    Anyone else had similar experience?

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    Hey, first welcome to the forum

    I see that you mentioned a website in your post what was the link?

    Also im sorry to hear about your story keep trying to get onto her, maybe camp out the front of her house?

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    Hi there

    Firstly let me say sorry on behalf of the majrity of 'good' recuers out here.
    To most of us the first rule of rescue ( behind desexing ) is being 100 percent sure of a compatible home and being there should problems arise.

    Now, Pet Rescue is only a site. Many think it is an organisation on its own but it isn't. Any Rescue can advertise on it though dogs are supposed to be desexed and vaccinated to appear on it.

    I would be very interested in knowing the name of the Rescue Organisation you got your dog off . Rescue do it hard enough without people like this adding more grief.
    PM me if you would prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anjeroo View Post
    Having just purchased a dog from a pet rescue 'dealer', I am prompted to warn others contemplating rescuing a dog via this web site.
    I located my new dog via the pet rescue website. I was impressed that the organization boasted all dogs would be sold desexed, microchipped and vaccinated. The dog I liked the look of ticked all the boxes and the modest $300 fee seemed reasonable for the vet fees and seller's costs. Arrangment was made to view and I subsequently liked the dog enough to give it the 2 week trial........
    Well, got the dog home and it was full of surprises. Apparently it loved kids(except mine), preferred outdoors(except my indoors), was very quiet(except when barking the house down), got on well with other animals(except when trying to eat them). It could climb 8 foot fences(not jump but climb!!!) and didn't mind being alone(except when around other people). It slept continuously, was underweight with ribs and hips obvious and was full of fleas.
    We trialled her but she just wasn't making it in our rural area. With lambs and baby deer nearby, she had to go back because we couldn't keep her in. When we contacted the seller, she wasn't to be found. Refused to return our calls and even answer the door when we went to her house. Luckily, we insisted on the seller desexing the dog before we took her for trial as the seller was more than happy to let her go without(we could do it later apparently).
    2 months on now, we have never received the promised vaccination papers or microchipping details.
    Nice little earner for the seller. Single mum on a pension skimming around $100 a dog. Not bad money. She sold 4 dogs in the few days we dealt with her and one of the other puchasers is still chasing her for their stuff.


    Let the buyer beware!

    Anyone else had similar experience?
    Hello,

    I am intrigued by your post and would like to ask if you have contacted the Pet Rescue team with your concerns? I would think Pet Rescue would be your first course of action for actual results other than a public forum if you really want to make a difference.

    Considering all you have posted and further to that your one and only first post i am sceptical, and for good reason.

    Forgive me but puppy farmers, BYB, pet shops and the rest are ruthless, cruel, wicked AND loosing buisness to rescued pets.

    I hope you are not a one and only poster on this forum, and you are prepared to follow through but I suspect not.

    I do genuinely hope you prove me wrong.

    Nothing you are stating adds up...sorry, but i am forced to be blunt here.

    This dog sounds extremely active, yet you state it sleeps all day.

    I wonder how on earth you have personal details of the adopting persons life?
    When people adopt dogs from me the dog is my only concern. I never share details of my personal life, nor should I......that is simply not relevant.

    How do you know a profit has been made of a round figure of $100? Look forward to knowing that one....

    It is mandatory that all dogs advertised on Pet Rescue and in foster care are desexed, they are not able to be advertised otherwise.

    Who are the other adopters who have dealt with this person, have they contacted Pet Rescue?

    How do you know this person has adopted 4 dogs in one week?! I find that VERY hard to believe as a busy rescuer!

    If what you are saying is true and correct this person should be stopped in their tracks, and if you are serious they certainly will be.

    I suggest you contact Pet Rescue urgently with your concerns and the details of the person responsible for the adoptions.

    I have contacted Shel who has founded Pet Rescue and is responsible for brilliantly rehoming over 30,000 companion animals. I have forwarded her this link.

    Shel has recently been nominated for "Young Woman Of The Year" as a direct result of her success, and is the Holy Grail of Rescue.

    The challenge is on! Prove me wrong please.

    B
    Last edited by Billy; 02-13-2009 at 07:36 PM.

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    I have requested this to be posted in the general forum.

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    *Moved as per request.*

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    Thanks Morgan, you are a star!

    Lets get to it!

    B

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    Hey all!

    shel from PetRescue here *waves*

    We're really, really sorry that this has been anjeroo's experience of rescue. He has contacted us privately, but he is obviously still very upset and would love him to contact us again with any feedback on things we do to help him further (info@petrescue.com.au).

    It's worth noting that the person anjeroo dealt with was a volunteer run, foster group who had one 'bad egg volunteer' cause them all sorts of grief, which we've been helping them to sort out. It's a very sad situation for a great group, doing great work in the community.

    But! he raises a very, very good point. PetRescue, buyer beware. Adoption is a great option if you follow a few simple steps to ensure you're dealing with someone reputable and whom is going to help you find a great new pet!

    So, how to pick a great rescue?

    1. Desexed animals only!

    A reputable group desex their animals as it's just so, so, so, so, so important. I'll say it again, genuine rescuers desex their animals. Full stop.

    2. They're screening you.
    They should want to know all about you. They should want to know about your lifestyle, family and all about your expectations of what a pet will bring to your family. This is a good thing and while it might seem a bit peculiar to give all your person information to a stranger, being honest at this point will help them, help you make a great pet match!

    3. You're screening them.

    This person is going to be responsible for helping you find your next family member - so you gotta like them, feel comfortable with them and they should be the kind of person who you'll want to have an ongoing relationship with. If you don't feel 'good' about them, move on. Just as important as the kind of pet you choose is the relationship you have with your rescue group.

    And that's it really! Three steps to a great adoption! Not all rescuers are created equal, so take the time to meet a few, talk to a few and then carefully adopt your perfect rescuer!

    For more information, please check out our Why Adopt information pages.

    Cheers,
    shel

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    I am eating my words and am sorry this experience has been so terrible for you.

    Rest assured this person will be outed by repuatable rescue groups/individuals.

    I do hope your next experience in finding a new companion is positive in every way.

    It is disapointing beyond belife to know that someone can be so destructive for animals in great need and the families who welcome them into their hearts and home.

    Wishing you luck and for all your dreams to come true

    B

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    *waves to shel *

    Thanks for helping clear things a little
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