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Fluffy Dog Rescue (Hartland) Reviews


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3.5
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A Compassionate Director 2.9 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:18:54
Lori Marchek is very short and rude
1 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:37
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4 posted by LisaLilesBlaski, on 2017-04-04 18:51:35
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1 posted by LindseyM, on 2016-06-20 11:01:10
This rescue refused to consider my partner and me for a puppy under the age of 1 because, and I quote, we "both have full time jobs." This makes no sense in general, ESPECIALLY given that I can work from home as needed, my partner can bring dogs to work, and we use doggy daycare. I don't even think the director read my notes about how we planned to socialize and raise the puppy because her response literally said "Puppies need monitoring all day and going home on a lunch break will not suffice." Even her website is worded as though the people considering dogs are unworthy or have stupid desires or questions or concerns. They would be able to save a lot more pups if they realized that even hard working, employed individuals are able to care for them. A well rounded board of directors and a PR team would do wonders for this organization. I ended up adopting a PUPPY from another, very well run rescue in the area and have since fostered 5 additional puppies on their road to rescue. Thanks to everyone who does go above and beyond for these pups.
1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:35:00
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:58:58
Director Lori Marchek is awful. Though she knew absolutely nothing about us, she treated us with complete contempt from the moment we inquired about adoption, acting as if we were criminals for wanting to give a dog a home instead of what we really are: caring and dedicated pet owners for decades knowledgeable in all aspects of animal care. Don't expect any civility in her treatment of you at any point in the application process. What a monster. Now that we've met her, we can, in retrospect, see her diva attitude throughout the fluffy dog website. It says things such as: - "It may take weeks for a dog to adjust to a home. Are you prepared for this?" (Assumes we're negligent morons); - " Are you patient and will you allow months for things to settle in your home?" (Again she assumes we're incompetent) - "As the listings state, we have no idea what breed our dogs are." (What attitude! It's not our fault you choose to repeat yourself throughout your website. There are dozens of examples of her attitude on the FAQ page); -"We have done our best to make you feel comfortable throughout the process and because we do work through email, you will receive a response within hours of your inquiry." (We waited weeks and put in multiple inquiries before getting any response); - "Do you realize a dog may live 15 years?" (Thanks for assuming I'm stupid, Lori); " - "We send a volunteer to your home to discuss what you are looking for and expecting from this addition to your family" (This is a blatant lie. Lori decided what type of animal she felt we were qualified to have without anyone ever talking to us and based on very little information about us. She rejected our application even though we adhered to all her stated policies.) - "We will educate you on the proper care and training of your dog" (Who is she to educate anyone? I can find no credentials that qualify her whatsoever); - "we reserve the right to ask questions of our adopters and approve them based on the information provided to make the best lifelong matches for our dogs." (In reality, she makes up her mind about you before asking any questions --- your candidacy is based on her mood and whims).
1 posted by WendyHathcockColeman, on 2016-03-16 14:14:38
If you don't want to take care of them, don't pull them from the no kill shelters. By "take care", I mean don't allow them to sit around for months and months with heartwormsome while the animal and their heart is suffering.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-12-15 01:28:35
There are so many dogs that need homes that I would not take a chance in choosing this organization due to the Director Lori Marchek. She is disrespectful, unprofessional, and as others have mentioned plain rude. It's unfortunate because the volunteers are so helpful and compassionate towards the dogs, and are the same to humans.
4 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:24:59
Lori works very hard and puts in what I am sure are too many hours making her dream of rescuing dogs work. She is able to accomplish alot using an army of volunteers who also love dogs.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:43:26
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5 posted by CathyBartelme, on 2015-11-30 17:40:19
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:32:38
All of my communication with the director has been professional and courteous. I like that they take their time to ensure that the dogs are adopted by caring individuals.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:37:46
Fluffy Dog Rescue's Director is profoundly committed, very smart, *and* successful, and has designed the rescue to be strong for the long haul. She has my deepest respect and gratitude for her work.
5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:52:04
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:46:08
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4 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:40:39
One of Lori Marcheks primary goals is to find a true forever home for the dogs. She spends considerable time in reviewing each application to ensure it is a good fit for each individual dog.
1 posted by JoanneWeintraub, on 2015-11-02 12:16:12
Compassionate toward dogs? I have no idea. Compassionate toward potential adopters? Absolutely not. Please don't waste your time with them.
Proactive Redemptions 3.4 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:18:03
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4 posted by LisaLilesBlaski, on 2017-04-04 18:51:29
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1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:48
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:23:46
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5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:37:22
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5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:43:17
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5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:34:21
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4 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:02:50
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:52:01
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Volunteers 3.9 average
2 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:59
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5 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:29
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4 posted by LisaLilesBlaski, on 2017-04-04 18:51:08
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5 posted by mslv53, on 2017-04-03 12:57:14
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2 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:40
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:23:43
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1 posted by WendyHathcockColeman, on 2016-03-16 14:12:03
I can't speak for all volunteers but Lori Marchek gives this rescue a bad rap just by her communication style and rudeness.
5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:37:15
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5 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:20:29
Many volunteers give of their time, talents and money to help bring these dogs up from rural shelters in Alabama and give them a chance to find a forever home up here. My husband and I became involved back in 2011 and have met many wonderful people who feel as we do. Fluffy Dog Rescue gave us a wonderful family member and now we are giving back to help more dogs find their own families.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:43:06
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:31:20
Everyone has been absolutely outstanding!
5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:38:39
All our interactions with volunteers were top notch- from Lori, the owner, to the woman who did our home visit, and (most of all), the foster. Everyone is compassionate and has the best interests of these dogs at heart, which is really what it's all about.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:33:36
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5 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:02:19
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:56
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:45:42
Wonderful folks, truly caring.
5 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:38:09
Fluffy Dog Rescue has a network of wonderful dog loving volunteers.
1 posted by JoanneWeintraub, on 2015-11-02 12:28:46
The volunteer I dealt with could not have been nastier or less helpful, and I agree with the previous reviewer about the smug and condescending tone, which is also evident in their FAQs. I'm going back to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-09-20 14:10:29
If Volunteers are really a "dedicated army of compassion and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort" then you have really missed that mark. My rating is so low here because of the rude and condescending e-mail correspondence your Animal Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Lori Marchek, sends to people she doesn't even know. These are people who just might be the next good adoptive family for a rescued animal. The rude e-mail responses Ms. Marchek sends are not provoked so she provides a good example of how "no good deed goes unpunished." Unfortunately one experience with Ms. Marchek could turn someone off of adopting a rescue pet FOREVER!
5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-08-13 01:02:16
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 3.2 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:56
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1 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:25
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1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:33
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:23:39
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1 posted by WendyHathcockColeman, on 2016-03-16 14:10:33
Rude! Rude! Rude!
5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:37:13
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4 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:15:07
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5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:42:58
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:31:02
I have had nothing but professional communication with the owners and the foster family and I exchange emails to let them know how the dog is doing. Their Facebook page is great and so informative!
5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:37:45
Great online presence that helps promote dogs for adoption. Many of the foster homes blog about the dogs they foster, which helps contribute to faster adoptions. When we adopted our dog, reading all the additional detail about his personality, seeing various pictures and videos, etc. was so helpful in making us know he was the one for us!
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:33:24
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4 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:02:02
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:54
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4 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:37:38
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1 posted by JoanneWeintraub, on 2015-11-02 12:22:01
Their public relations couldn't be worse. If you don't enjoy being treated badly, go somewhere else.
Medical and Behavior Programs 3.9 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:50
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4 posted by LisaLilesBlaski, on 2017-04-04 18:50:56
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1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:30
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:20:08
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5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:37:10
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4 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:13:25
Many of the dogs who come through Fluffy Dog Rescue have needed expensive tests, treatments or even surgeries. All dogs are heartworm tested and on preventative, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, on flea/tick control, and wormed. Also have a chip placed. They are almost all in a foster home situation to work on manners and socialization.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:42:50
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5 posted by CathyBartelme, on 2015-11-30 17:40:03
I had adopted from another shelter in February Giovanni, unfortunately he was in poor health and had to be euthanized in May. We adopted Quigley in August and our veterinarian was impressed with the comprehensive exam Fluffy Dog did on him. Lori was great in the adoption process and Kathleen the foster mom. He is a healthy happy member of our family.
5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:29:36
Fluffy Dog Rescue provides excellent care through the fostering of animals and through providing the treatment necessary for the dogs to live a better life. The group has provided heartworm treatment, surgery, and more.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:33:14
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5 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:01:52
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:52
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:45:14
An A+ on this. Medical needs are never overlooked. Only rescue I know with a behaviorist on call.
4 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:37:30
This is one of the few rescue groups that will take a dog in need of surgery and pay for the surgery upon arrival to the rescue. Same is true for heartworm treatment.
Pet Retention 3.7 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:47
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2 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:21
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5 posted by mslv53, on 2017-04-03 12:57:08
We just adopted a fluffy dog and are so happy to have made the decision to rescue. This rescue does amazing things for their dogs and even the foster family we picked ours up from was so caring and attentive to the dogs needs. We were happy to abide by all the requirements, understanding that this rescue does this with their time and efforts, and after filling out the required information and going through the whole process, we received our dog within a little over a week. Would definitely consider for another adoption in the future. Our personal experience was great.
1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:24
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:20:05
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5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:37:06
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4 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:08:40
Fluffy Dog Rescue has you go through an application questionnaire and a home visit by one of their volunteers before placing a dog with you. They want to make sure the dog you want is a good fit. The plan is to never have these dogs loose another home as they have come from shelters in Alabama.If there are known behavior concerns or a dog who is shy because on being unsocialized they have advice for you.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:42:44
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:28:25
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5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:36:43
When we adopted our dog, we knew he had some behavioral issues that would need to be addressed. His foster mom provided some great resources and education on how to make our dog more comfortable as we re-settled him at home with us.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:33:00
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4 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:01:39
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:50
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4 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:37:18
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3.2 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:45
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1 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:15
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4 posted by LisaLilesBlaski, on 2017-04-04 18:49:11
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2 posted by LindseyM, on 2016-06-20 11:00:57
This rescue refused to consider my partner and me for a puppy under the age of 1 because, and I quote, we "both have full time jobs." This makes no sense in general, ESPECIALLY given that I can work from home as needed, my partner can bring dogs to work, and we use doggy daycare. I don't even think the director read my notes about how we planned to socialize and raise the puppy because her response literally said "Puppies need monitoring all day and going home on a lunch break will not suffice." Even her website is worded as though the people considering dogs are unworthy or have stupid desires or questions or concerns. They would be able to save a lot more pups if they realized that even hard working, employed individuals are able to care for them. A well rounded board of directors and a PR team would do wonders for this organization. I ended up adopting a PUPPY from another, very well run rescue in the area and have since fostered 5 additional puppies on their road to rescue. Thanks to everyone who does go above and beyond for these pups.
1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:19
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:20:00
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1 posted by WendyHathcockColeman, on 2016-03-16 14:09:59
I was told on numerous occasions that the dog I began fostering in early November had an adopter waiting on him. I continued to request to be considered for adopting him and turned down because "he has an adopter waiting on him". Fast forward 4 1/2 months later and he is still with me with little to no contact from the rescue. They have also refused to pay for any of his vetting bills because "I did authorize and we have no money" per Lori Marchek on 3-15-16. This vet bill also includes a health certificate for transport which I was told to get for his transport which never took place. This rescue/director is one of the most unorganized and basically heartless I have ever worked with. Because of this particular incident, I am not longer in the rescue, transport or fostering business. This is just some words of advice before committing to helping this organization out. There are plenty of appreciative, grateful, and foster supporting rescues needing help.
2 posted by SusanKalell, on 2016-03-09 10:37:52
Lori Marchek, their Animal Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, seems to reply to all applications and emails. She has a very abrupt and rude style that is very off-putting. I ended up adopting from somewhere else. She may be great with the animals - but for potential adopters - she's instantly condescending - every time I contacted her, I felt like I was getting yelled at. Gosh, I am just trying to give a rescue dog a good home.
5 posted by TaylorLeigh, on 2015-12-02 20:04:43
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4 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:36:53
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5 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 22:03:25
Fluffy Dog Rescue has information posted on each of their dogs up for adoption. Pictures and in many cases videos and a blog by the people fostering the dogs in their own homes. So helpful to know what their behavior is in a real world situation vs living in a shelter. Most of the correspondence we had before adopting was via e-mail so very convenient for us. The home visit was done promptly after our work day so no problems with that. We met our dog and his wonderful foster mom on a Saturday and brought him home. Very positive experience.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:42:27
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:28:08
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5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:35:46
Yes, in order to adopt a dog from Fluffy Dog, you need to fill out a questionnaire and get a home visit. As someone who cares very much for animals, I think this is extremely important. Adopting a pet (especially a rescue that may come with behavioral, medical, or other issues) is a serious commitment, and it is one that should not be undertaken lightly. The questions are those that you should know the answer to- e.g. what will you feed the dog, how long will the dog be left alone during the day, will you crate the dog, etc. If these are too personal or overwhelming for you to answer, you may not be ready for the commitment. The home visit was easy and was also an opportunity for us to ask more questions about the process, etc. This also ensures the organization knows the animal is going to a safe home and verify that all members of the household are comfortable with the decision to adopt. Fluffy Dog will also always take back a dog you adopted through them if for some reason it does not work out. In fact, the dog we adopted was previously adopted and returned. Fluffy Dog wants to be sure the dog is taken care of for the rest of its life, so if an adoption is not the "right" match, they will take the dog back vs. it ending up back in a shelter. I think this demonstrates such a commitment to these animals that is so important. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. The negative comments here seem to be someone's reaction to being rejected as adopters, which (based on my experience) must have been for a very valid reason.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:32:31
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4 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:00:56
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:48
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:44:03
Thorough adoption process, ensuring what is best for the dog.
5 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:37:02
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1 posted by JoanneWeintraub, on 2015-11-02 12:20:58
You won't enjoy dealing with these people. The reviewer who talked about their "smug" and "condescending" tone got it exactly right.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-09-20 13:51:58
I'd actually give you NO stars on this if I had that as an option. The ONLY reason my rating is so low is because the biggest thing you have working against you is your Animal Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Lori Marchek. She is rude and condescending in her e-mail correspondence to people she doesn't even know, people who just might be the next good adoptive family for one of your animals. If as it states above, "The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands" then YOUR management needs to revisit her value to your organization because one experience with Ms. Marchek could turn someone off of adopting a rescue pet FOREVER!
Rescue Groups 3.5 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:37
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1 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:08
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1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:08
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:19:53
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5 posted by TaylorLeigh, on 2015-12-02 20:04:36
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5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:36:30
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:26:10
I love that the Fluffy Dog group rescue animals from Alabama Kill Shelters. My dog was one that came to this area with heartworms. She was given the full treatment to cure her before I adopted her. She is now a thriving, well-loved dog.
5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:27:11
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5 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 09:58:28
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5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:42
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:42:33
Can't believe the negative comments. This is a wonderful group of hard working volunteers dedicated to saving animals.
5 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:36:34
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1 posted by JoanneWeintraub, on 2015-11-02 12:14:45
Please don't waste your time with this group of nasty, hypocritical people. As the previous reviewer said, they're smug and condescending. Very bad experience trying to deal with them.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3.3 average
1 posted by isbellamoore6, on 2017-06-06 12:17:32
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1 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:02
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:19:46
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5 posted by TaylorLeigh, on 2015-12-02 20:04:28
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4 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:35:58
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:24:29
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5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:30:12
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4 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 09:57:21
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Foster Care 4.1 average
5 posted by alexanderpaulrosenberg, on 2017-05-15 13:56:13
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1 posted by LindseyM, on 2016-06-20 11:00:38
This rescue doesn't allow fosters, who know the dogs the best, to have any input in the decisions about potential adopters. They are literally told "the adopters are coming on x day to get your dog" and have no say, even when it is immediately apparent that the adoptive family won't be a fit for the dog. Horrible policy that I'm sure leads to lots of returns.
2 posted by WilliamFelt, on 2016-05-29 01:34:15
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1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:19:56
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1 posted by WendyHathcockColeman, on 2016-03-16 13:59:08
I have actually been fostering an animal for Fluffy Dog through a third party. None of the transports over the last 3 months have ever taken place, very few of my messages are ever answered and when they are finally answered by the director Lori Marchek, she is very rude. I have spent or still owe over $1000 for this animal which I can not afford to pay. If Fluffy Dog did not want the financial responsibility of this animal, they should have NEVER pulled it from the shelter. I personally do not recommend fostering or becoming involved with this "rescue" in anyway! I also noticed there are many 5 star ratings with no comments attached dated on 11-30-2015 and all within a 2 hours span. I would be very hesitant to count those reviews.
5 posted by TaylorLeigh, on 2015-12-02 20:04:40
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5 posted by KimBrunner, on 2015-11-30 22:36:38
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5 posted by PamKarweik, on 2015-11-30 21:53:58
In order to be a foster for Fluffy Dog Rescue we had to go through the same process as an adopter. All of who foster may not do everything the same but we all are committed to helping save a life and to love our foster dog till a match can be found for their forever home.
5 posted by JeanetteHarttMackay, on 2015-11-30 19:41:57
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5 posted by KrisCampbell, on 2015-11-30 16:27:49
The foster care that is provided by volunteers for Fluffy Dog is astounding. My dog had heartworms when she arrived from Alabama. Her foster family provided excellent care and she was given the treatment before adoption. They took wonderful care of her and were the first step to a much better life.
5 posted by KristieHamilton, on 2015-11-30 10:32:10
Fluffy Dog vets its fosters with care and has developed an impressive network of experienced dedicated volunteers. I'm even thinking of becoming a foster person and not just an adopter of a Fluffy.
5 posted by JamieDavis, on 2015-11-30 10:29:17
We adopted our dog, Mugsy, from Fluffy Dog in March of 2014. Our dog's foster mom is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met in my life. The patience and care she showed to our pup to get him ready for his "forever" home cannot be understated. She was clearly trained to understand the needs of rescue dogs and has been working with the organization for years (since we adopted our dog, she has had about 34 more fosters go through her doors!).
5 posted by SilviaBlock, on 2015-11-30 10:00:04
I'm a foster for this group, I believe all Foster volunteers are wonderful people, I try my best
5 posted by AlyssaJohnson, on 2015-11-30 09:51:45
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5 posted by JuneWhitmore, on 2015-11-30 09:43:12
Excellent. Fosters are so giving with their time and love to these dogs,
5 posted by JulieMaslan, on 2015-11-30 09:36:47
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5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-08-13 01:00:39
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Feral Cat TNR Program 1 average
1 posted by trudith0, on 2016-04-13 19:19:43
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Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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