• Report: #475477

Complaint Review: Little Forgotten Friends Rescue

  • Submitted: Fri, July 31, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, July 31, 2009

  • Reported By:new city New York
Little Forgotten Friends Rescue
65 Ridge Dr Middletown, New York U.S.A.

Little Forgotten Friends Rescue BEWARE!!! Middletown New York

*Consumer Comment: Never write when you're angry.

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I am writing this to warn other people who are looking on Petfinder for a dog to rescue. I found this so-called rescue group on Petfinder. It wasn't long before I was approved. Looking back, there are a lot of red flags I should have picked up on. First off, the ad lists the organization being located in Fort Lee, NY, when it's actually located in Middletown NY. In addition, I was told to give a $100 deposit and pay $550 in CASH which is extremellllllyy high for a rescue dog.

When I arrived to pick the puppy up, I was NOT allowed inside at all! My puppy was dirty and smelled. I was told he was healthy, but shortly after picking him up, he had to be rushed to the vet. I found out that he had pneumonia, kennel cough, ear mites, parasites, and was anemic. The vet rushed frantically to save my puppy's life and several thousand dollars later, she did. I was told that my puppy was seen by a vet during his whole stay and before I picked my puppy up which is a COMPLETE LIE. The fact is, my puppy never received medical care and the individual who runs the "rescue" could care less whether my puppy died, she just wanted the cash.

It's so hard for me to believe that anyone can be so heartless and greedy. This place is not a rescue, you aren't even told where the puppy is from. I asked several times, but the subject was changed. Plus, when I had the puppy in my hands, the price was increased. There are tons of puppies running around outside and inside. This place seems to me more like a puppy mill that is disguised as a rescue group. The positive feedback you see about this organization is propaganda. It's pretty obvious it's from the same person and nothing that is said is true.

Bottom line, be aware!!!!

Jjbay
new city, New York
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Never write when you're angry.

AUTHOR: dosdedos - ()

As someone who works in communications, I know the number 1 rule is to never write when you're angry. This person, obviously encountered a situation where he/she had unreasonable expectations. I have adopted from this animal rescue knowing full well that the animals being adopted out were pulled from often times, horrific situations. While Maria (the owner) did her best to care for the animals and improve their health, you have to go into the adoption situation knowing that the dog may have health issues. Maria had a network of people, including vets, that worked with her, doing the best they could, with limited funds.

For one person to save as many neglected and abused animals, foster them, get them veterinary care and then carefully place them with loving homes - well, the woman is a saint in my eyes and did exactly what she set out to do. I can't believe someone would be so hostile launching internet tirades across various sites against Little Forgotten Friends Rescue? The claims that the rescue was purchasing dogs from mills and reselling them for profit is ludicrous. If that were the case, they would deal in only puppies! Not elderly and special needs dogs. Maria worked to find homes for the "less desirable" dogs that "lived" horrible lives in tiny cramped cages, forced to breed time and time again, without any care all for the profit of greedy people. Really? You think she's a scam artist?

The fees you paid at the time of adoption went to cover the care of all the animals there. Considering Maria often had 10s of dogs there, do you really think $500 is a lot of money? You think that funded a lavish lifestyle? No. It paid to keep the utilities on, the dogs fed, the vets paid, it bought the meds, the beds, the wee-wee pads, the treats, the blankets, etc. It's ridiculous how cruel people are to make such outlandish claims, giving no thought to the fact that they (and this person is alone in this, as i've checked around an NO OTHER SUCH CLAIMS EXIST) are ruining someone reputation. Way to go. Your irrational behavior is a hinderance to other dogs getting adopted. You should be ashamed of yourself.

I don't know Maria personally, but dealt with her for well over a month as I was screened and scrutinized, ensuring that IF I were allowed to adopt from her, the dog would have a great life. She does her homework and does her absolute best to ensure the poor dogs she has rescued end up knowing kindness, security and the love of a good home. Once I was approved for adoption I can tell you I (then 24 and living an avg middle-class life) was happy to donate $500 between my fiance and myself, to her rescue. If we had more, we would've given more because it truly is admirable what Maria did at Little Forgotten Friends Rescue. I really, sincerely wish Ripoff Report would screen the claims made by people like this better, because it is absolutely off-base and tragically something like this can keep others from re-homing these rescue dogs.

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