- Report: #894136
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Complaint Review: Wasatch Animal Rescue
Wasatch Animal RescueSalt Lake City, Utah United States of America
Wasatch Animal Rescue Animal Rescue/Adoption Scammers!! Salt Lake City Utah
*General Comment: AGREED
*Consumer Comment: From an Actual Adopter--Wasatch Animal Rescue is Great
*Consumer Comment: Wasatch Animal Rescue - Deal Fair
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My personal reference is my veterinarian, and I was willing to drive 6 hrs (one way) to pick up Thumper, so I was really diligent about continuing to try and get through their adoption process. I sent several emails to Heather trying to make arrangements to come to Salt Lake to pick up Thumper, and she refuses to answer my emails although Thumper is still listed on their website as up for adoption.
Why would a rescue facility fail to work with an applicant that has stellar references and an easily verifiable background?
So, I did a quick internet search for reviews of Wasatch Animal Rescue, and found several negative things. One report has already been filed against them on RipOffReport.com because they stole pictures from an Australian Terrier breeders website. Additionally, Yuppie Puppy documents a bad transaction with Wasatch Animal Rescue, and another potential adopter couldn't find out anyone that had heard of this rescue and reported that that were not a registered not-for-profit, even though their web page states that they are.
I think it is suspect, that they don't provide an address or phone number on their webpage. Our local animal shelter is run by volunteers, and is on an appointment basis, but you can still call them. The only thing that seems to work on the Wasatch Animal Rescue website is their donation button.
There website describes a terrible case of abuse for a little dog named Hope. It sounds to me like the kindest thing to do would be to euthanize Hope because of her severe and debilitating injuries, but they are using her as a fundraising mechanism. But wait......there's more.....even though they can load pictures of everything else on their website, the picture of Hope doesn't actually appear.
I also find their puppy mill story suspect....Supposedly, they travel to the midwest to rescue dogs from puppy mills. Unfortunately, there are a lot of abused/needy dogs a lot closer to Salt Lake than the "mid-west." Wouldn't it be a better expenditure of funds, to take care of local dogs, instead of spending all that money on travel?? I think they use the "mid-west puppy mill story" as a smoke screen, and excuse as to when local people aren't familar with them.
Unfortunately, my husband and I have invested a lot of emotion in this situation, because we were so excited to find the breed of dog that we wanted, and then to be able to provide a fantastic home for an abused animal was really going to be fulfilling for us. I now believe that Thumper is a complete fabrication, and that Wasatch Animal Rescue has created a shell of an organization to trick people into donating to their website.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/07/2012 08:14 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Wasatch-Animal-Rescue/Salt-Lake-City-Utah-/Wasatch-Animal-Rescue-Animal-RescueAdoption-Scammers-Salt-Lake-City-Utah-894136. 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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