• Report: #770161

Complaint Review: PAWS for Pets

  • Submitted: Sun, August 28, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, February 23, 2013

  • Reported By: Jennifer — Orange Texas United States of America
PAWS for Pets
Internet United States of America

PAWS for Pets Pineywoods Animal Welfare Society When my dog went missing, PAWs found and re-sold my dog without my knowledge. Internet

*Consumer Comment: PAWS...

*Consumer Comment: PAWS

*Consumer Comment: Owner was negligent in letting dog escape from unsecured yard

*Author of original report: Lies

*Consumer Comment: Rant on Jennifer

*Author of original report: Dear "volunteer"...

*Consumer Comment: The Whole Truth

*Consumer Comment: Adoption

*UPDATE Employee: Violation

*Consumer Comment: SCUMBAGS!

*Consumer Comment: Doesn't make sense

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I adopted a dog through PAWs for Pets program that adopts animals out every Saturday at Petco in Beaumont, Texas. When my dog got loose, I informed PAWs and they told me they would alert volunteers to be on the lookout. 2 weeks went by and I received a phone call from a man claiming he found my dog and brought it to a woman at a local business in my town. This woman just happens to be a volunteer with PAWs. I was NEVER informed from the volunteer or PAWs that my dog had been found. The only way I knew she was found was when the man called to tell me who had her. When I approached the woman, she claimed that she was now the legal owner of my dog and that I had breached my contract. No proof of her accusations, no proof of her "legal" ownership, just confirmation that she did in fact have my dog. I had the dog micro-chipped, and the police confirmed that I am the legal owner of the animal, but said they couldn't get the dog back because of the womans claims and that I should seek the advice of an attorney. I was informed that no person can possess legal ownership of my dog without me signing my rights over, but this organization is corrupt and and misleading. When I called them about my missing dog, they saw an opportnity to find and re-sell my dog to make more money, and they did just that. No amount of legal documentation will stop these people from doing what they wish with these animals. I have alerted media outlets, newspapers, and the general public in any way I can to let people know that this organization is SCAMMING people. They are called PAWs for Pets, also known as Pineywood Animal Welfare Society. Please be warned that if you are looking to adopt an animal, do not adopt from this organization because they will take full advantage of you and your money.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/28/2011 11:08 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/PAWS-for-Pets/internet/PAWS-for-Pets-Pineywoods-Animal-Welfare-Society-When-my-dog-went-missing-PAWs-found-and-770161. 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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#1 Consumer Comment

PAWS...

AUTHOR: LoverOfDogs - (United States of America)

I think all of you are idiots...Are ANY of you LISTENING? It's a sad thing to happen and I DO believe her story. I live in Fort Walton Beach Fl and the PAWS here isn't much better, if any at all. I have had a few encounters with PAWS and only one so far has been good. I do NOT like to bash a rescue service because I feel that the intent to do good is there however, if you do not good competent staff, all good efforts are lost. For the person that said you didn't have a secure fence/yard...HOW DO YOU KNOW? Have you seen this women's yard? Does anyone know the facts to just how the dog got out? And YES, unfortunately, the "PAWS" guidelines do say that however, UNLESS you have a covered steel fence that goes 20' below the ground, then there is no way that ANY fencing is secure under those guidelines. Dogs do dig, and anyone that believes in those guidelines are complete idiots!!!! REALLY PEOPLE?? Please stop showing your ignorance by making these statements. Unfortunately, incidents like these, turn people off using rescue services. The whole point of rescuing a dog is to give them a great home where before they would have just been euthanized. The whole reason for the PAWS organization, is to help good dogs find loving homes. This women seems to really care for this dog and sounds VERY heart broken. Has ANYONE from PAWS reached out to her and tried to make it right?
 
The first step to ANY good business or organization, is great customer service. It sounds like PAWS has dropped the ball in this department however, they can make it right simply by contacting this women and to do everything they can to make it right. Things happen, no one person is EVER going to be 100% secure. I thoroughly believe in adopting a rescue dog, I have an awesome Chihuahua that I would die if anything ever happened to however, from time to time he finds a way to slip out the door, this does NOT mean that I or anyone else (where their dogs have gotten loose) are bad people. It sounds like she did everything INCLUDING contacting PAWS, to help find her little dog. Any one of you, would feel the same way and you know it, stop being so ignorant to your ways. IF you are representing PAWS, then NONE of you should be making ANY statements on PAWS behalf UNLESS you are the spokesperson or Facility manager.  My heart goes out to you and your family. Unfortunately, people as ignorant as these, are in charge of these facilities. At which they are being of no good help or use to the organization on which this organiztion was founded on, and the many dogs they are letting down. My suggestion to you in the future, is to adopt a dog through a reputable breeder. Until I encountered PAWS, I never believed I would ever hear myself say that. I believed  100% in rescuing dogs from shelters. God Bless...
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#2 Consumer Comment

PAWS

AUTHOR: loverofthetruth - (United States of America)

***To all reading the rants of this woman, there is a public file at the Orange County Sherriff's Department, 409-883-7574, Detective John Tarbar, where she called them and they investigated and interviewed PAWS and found Jennifer Marshall to be at fault for the loss of her dog!!!***
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#3 Consumer Comment

Owner was negligent in letting dog escape from unsecured yard

AUTHOR: AnimalAngels - (United States of America)

Anyone familiar with animal rescue knows that the fact that "your dog got loose" violates almost any adoption agreement. You most certainly had to sign something saying that you had a secure backyard. If your dog got out of your yard then it is not a secure backyard.

If I adopted a dog to someone who lost it within 4 months, I would not find them to be a suitable owner for a dog and would put them on a do not adopt list. The dog is lucky to be alive. You are supposed to supervise your dog, secure the fence and all gates, provide locks on gates, etc. If your fence is not secure, a responsible pet owner would take their dog out on a leash. Clearly the dog was unsupervised and not in a secure backyard. Therefore, the dog should not have been returned to you or it would be at risk of a horrible death, such as being hit by a car.

Based on how you sound here, I can understand why your calls have not been returned.

The fact that you are bad mouthing an animal rescue group because of your own negligence....well, you should be more concerned with how God sees that instead of how he sees someone who is simply looking out for the well being of one of God's creatures by not wanting him to be in the wrong hands.

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#4 Author of original report

Lies

AUTHOR: Jennifer - (United States of America)

Hmm...maybe Wendy then? Doesn't really matter anyway because there are SO many people who are aware of what has happened and will continue to find out in the months and years ahead. I'd love for Tina to call me and explain herself. Maybe answer as to why she lied to me and my husband about having our dog in the first place, just to change her story once we had the man who found our dog walk in and confront her. All this comes down to is pure selfishness because she wanted the dog for herself, especially since she knew the dog from before I adopted her, and the man who brought her the dog had no idea who the dog belonged to. If I were guilty of anything, why would she have hesitated to tell me she had the dog in the first place?
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#5 Consumer Comment

Rant on Jennifer

AUTHOR: loverofthetruth - (United States of America)

That is NOT Tina you are talking to. I promise you that. As a matter of fact I am certain that she will be on here soon and introduce herself to you. Seriously, why won't they give you your dog back? I have checked on the background of this group and they do not sell dogs. And, please can't you just state the facts. Dang you are long winded and I have to admit it's too much ranting. Do something about it. Stop talking smack.
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#6 Author of original report

Dear "volunteer"...

AUTHOR: Jennifer - (United States of America)

 I find it very ironic that you (and I'm well aware of exactly "who" I'm talking to here) being a volunteer will take the time to defend yourself online but never actually pick up the phone and call me, the owner, who paid YOU and never heard from you again. All this "talk" of violations but no proof. Threats of legal action, but nothing to back it up with. Why did I never have my calls returned or answered, explaining to me anything? Why was I never mailed copies of anything proving my contract to be void? I paid you the adoption fee to take the dog home for a "trial" week and 2 weeks went by and no one ever called to check on the dog. I had to call YOU in order to let you know I wanted to keep her and have her micro chipped. It also states in the contract that that adoption isn't complete until someone from the shelter comes to see how the dog is coping in his/her new environment. I had the dog for just at 4 months and that never happened. So apparently you are taking people's money for these animals but without notice or warning will snatch them back up whenever you please and make up stories in order to try and convince the OWNER that they did something wrong? I also am fully aware of how long it takes for a dog to become infected with heart worms and show up on a blood test and you know just as well as I do that I did not have that dog long enough for her to have gotten it from me, so if your accusation is true, that simply means you sold me a dog that was positive for heart worms and you neglected to inform me. I signed a contract that stated the dog was up to date on all shots and if there was any indication that she needed treatment for heart worms that she already HAD that was not made aware to either my husband or me. I'm sure you are also aware that heart worm monthly preventative will not cure a dog that already has heart worms. So, I am still waiting to receive your phone call letting me, the owner, know that my dog is found and alive, (since I had to find out from a complete stranger that my dog was not dead in a ditch somewhere after getting loose from my yard) and also explaining to me exactly how it is that I am in violation of my contract when you have chosen not to come forward with paperwork proving anything. Until that happens, I will continue to make the public aware of what could happen if they decide to open their home to an animal in need from your organization. Don't think for a second that your selfishness and lack of compassion has gone unnoticed by God. I tried to do something good for an animal in need, and unfortunately I picked the wrong organization to go with and not only was I taken advantage of, but so was that sweet puppy. Thanks to you, my other adopted dog is now without her companion. Don't think I have not seen the pictures and comments about my dog on your personal facebook page. I guess dog hoarding chihuahuas is the new thing now. 
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#7 Consumer Comment

The Whole Truth

AUTHOR: loverofthetruth - (United States of America)

I agree with consumer #1. You aren't telling everything. Is there something you are leaving out?
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#8 Consumer Comment

Adoption

AUTHOR: loverofthetruth - (United States of America)

It has been my experience that when you adopt a dog through a non-profit organization there are certain guidelines that must be followed. You must have violated something or they wouldn't be so adament to not return your dog to you. Was there something you missed? Have you talked to an Attorney? If you are truly not in any violation then why won't they return your dog. Reading about this organization and asking questions tells me that they do not sell dogs. They adopt dogs. Is that what you did? Or did you buy a dog? If you are just a lonely house-wife, sitting at home with nothing else to do but rant at this non-profit then you must be really bored. Get to the bottom of the truth. Where are they? Go to them. Ask them, nicely, what happened instead of being full of a bunch of hot air. You would probably have your dog if you did absolutely nothing wrong. How long has it been? Let it go.
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#9 UPDATE Employee

Violation

AUTHOR: gr8ful - (United States of America)

I am a volunteer with PAWS and know for a fact that this lady is in violation of her contract.  She has threatened to sue us over and over again.  We are patiently waiting to hear from her lawyer.  I believe everyone has their right to voice their opinion on certain matters but to slander an organization that is out to help animals is just to much.  We do NOT make profit off any of our dogs that we adopt out.  We do this for the animals NOT for the MONEY.  
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#10 Consumer Comment

SCUMBAGS!

AUTHOR: mr rik - (USA)

Wanna know how else these scum make money?
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#11 Consumer Comment

Doesn't make sense

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Why would a guy who found your dog, and apparently had your information, give your dog to a woman at some random business.  Then AFTER he gives up the dog take the time to call you?
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