- Report: #807592
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Good Dog Rescue
Good Dog RescueInternet United States of America
Good Dog Rescue Mike McHann Questionable Adoption Practices Internet
*General Comment: Thanks, Dawg Mom
*Consumer Comment: Lucky you did not BUY from them
*General Comment: JZ, hope you and yours are safe
*Consumer Comment: Response to JZ: I get it!
*General Comment: Too many puppies...
*General Comment: Too Many Purebreds Being Offered
*General Comment: Puppy Mill Concerns
*General Comment: judy from long Island
*Consumer Comment: DEBBIE MITTLEMAN HAS TOO MUCH TIME ON HER HANDS
*Consumer Comment: "NOT LIKES" ALL POSTED BY DEBBIE
*Consumer Comment: Happy to be associated with Good Dog Rescue
*Consumer Comment: HAPPY ADOPTER
*Consumer Comment: Another Happy GDR Foster Family
*Consumer Comment: I'm a happy GDR foster mom
*Consumer Comment: SO WHAT?
*Consumer Comment: SOUR GRAPES
*Consumer Comment: FROM A GDR SUPPORTER
*Consumer Comment: DISGRUNTLED FORMER FOSTER MOM
*General Comment: Deb Mittleman says: check facts please :)
*General Comment: We are not in 8th grade anymore
*UPDATE Employee: DEBORAH MITTLEMAN WAS A BAD FOSTER MOM
*UPDATE Employee: DEBBIE MITTERAND WAS A BAD FOSTER MOM
*General Comment: From a Former Foster: RIght To Be Concerned
*Consumer Comment: Don't Fear Good Dog Rescue!!!!
*Consumer Comment: Mike McHann - Kudos for caring about dogs
*Consumer Comment: Good Dog Rescue is really GOOD!
*Consumer Comment: Don't understand rebuttal
*Consumer Comment: Get over it
One of the questions on the app was would I be enrolling my dog in obedience training, to which I answered 'no'. I've had two Goldens, I've never had any behavior problems. I would not expect them this time either.
To my amazement, Mike McHann called me later that day. He said he review my application, told me a little about the process. Told me I was to call the 'foster mom' keeping 'Mandy'. He gave me the name Margo Syndor and number 901 413-3896. So I called her, we had a lovely conversation. After the fact, I found out Margo Syndor is actually Margo McHann, Mike's wife, and employee of Peterson Transport Company.
Later, Mike called me to verify I wanted to adopt 'Mandy', that he had to submit my app to 'the board'. He DID call my references. Of COURSE I wanted the dog. I DID try to find info on them, feverishly googling different combinations of words. But seemed pretty up and up to me. So Mike sent me a contract to sign. Thing is, on the contract #12 states 'Adopter agrees that puppies younger that 1 year will be enrolled in Obedience Training within 30 days of adoption'. Since I had already said on the app, I would not be doing this, I sent Mike an email, asking where do we go from here? Of course I want 'Mandy', but I can't sign this contract because I would be lying. And #13 goes on to say how if I breached the contract, my dog could be taken away, I could be sued, I would be agreeing to pay Good Dog's legal and court fees, etc, in very legally formal language.
I am a smart girl and it makes me uncomfortable to deliberately breach a contract. I asked if he could send me another contract without #12, or if he could write and sign something acknowedging the situation that I would sign too. Mike got very irrate, said I was being 'nit picky', all his OTHER adoptees signed it even though they had no attention of enrolling in Obedience Training. I asked why I would even be called, investigated, and APPROVED BY 'THE BOARD' if on the original application I should've been disqualified by my answer to that one question.
By this time he was yelling at me, DO YOU WANT THIS DOG OR NOT?!! I said again, yes I want the dog, and he yelled THEN YOU NEED TO SIGN THE CONTRACT AS IT IS. I said, wow, I'm very sorry, I cannot deliberately lie in a contract.
This was yesterday. I have been looking and looking for anything at all on them. I feel a legit organization would not request it's approved adopters to do this. I have found a few interesting things, but am unable to piece it all together.
I believe they DO actually successfully match rescues with owners to a large degree. But they have some extremely unethical practices.
I plan to put a call in this week to someone I know who is an investigative reporter for our local news channel. I am hoping she will be able to dig a little further then I have.
If I HAD signed the contract, and PayPalled my $1150, I THINK I would have been given a Golden Retriever puppy. It's unlikely it would've been the puppy whose picture and video and 'story' were under the title Mandy.
I have tried to call both Mike and Margo, they have not answered or returned my messages. I'm just at a complete loss at what to do next.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/10/2011 10:39 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Good-Dog-Rescue/internet/Good-Dog-Rescue-Mike-McHann-Questionable-Adoption-Practices-Internet-807592. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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