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We were very disappointed in Atlanta Pet Rescue. We consider ourselves an excellent family for a dog. In addition to providing a warm home, loving children, and regular vet care, we give our dog a... 2 mile walk everyday. They wouldn't even consider us for an adoption because we let our dog stay outside during the daytime in a lovely fenced-in yard (no tethering or anything like that) even though our work days are short and dog sleeps on our children's beds at night. It makes me wonder how much they really care about placing their animals in desirable homes. I think our family would be a happy home for any dog but so much better than anything the dog had seen before. Ridiculous and sad!VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
They have a ridiculous interview process that is a little too scrupulous for its own good. I mean really, do I have to fill out paper work just to get hands on time with the dogs? The lady i worked... with was rude and actually tried to convince me I couldn't handle a dog, seemingly because I was in my twenties and putting myself through college. Whatever, they turned me down and next week i adopted a dog from small dog adoption. Dont be fooled by the name on the building, there are so many options and pets that need homes that its not really worth the trouble of dealing with this place, or the bias they display towards young individuals and couples that want pets. I recommend the furkids small dog pet adoption; they even gave me a week trial period to see if the pet worked for me.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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We were very disappointed in Atlanta Pet Rescue. We consider ourselves an excellent family for a dog. In addition to providing a warm home, loving children, and regular vet care, we give our dog a 2 mile walk everyday. They wouldn't even consider us for an adoption because we let our dog stay outside during the daytime in a lovely fenced-in yard (no tethering or anything like that) even though our work days are short and dog sleeps on our children's beds at night. It makes me wonder how much they really care about placing their animals in desirable homes. I think our family would be a happy home for any dog but so much better than anything the dog had seen before. Ridiculous and sad!
They have a ridiculous interview process that is a little too scrupulous for its own good. I mean really, do I have to fill out paper work just to get hands on time with the dogs? The lady i worked with was rude and actually tried to convince me I couldn't handle a dog, seemingly because I was in my twenties and putting myself through college. Whatever, they turned me down and next week i adopted a dog from small dog adoption. Dont be fooled by the name on the building, there are so many options and pets that need homes that its not really worth the trouble of dealing with this place, or the bias they display towards young individuals and couples that want pets. I recommend the furkids small dog pet adoption; they even gave me a week trial period to see if the pet worked for me.
APR ended up with our Schnauzer after a cross up with the microchip company and the animal shelter. We were not notified she was found because the microchip was in transfer. We called and explained the situation to APR and at first they acted like they really wanted to help us get our baby back. Then even with the microchip company verifying we were the owners they said we were not getting her and we needed to contact Gwinnett animal control where they got her from. I know they are not obligated to give her back but I think it's bad business. They told us how much it would be up front and we agreed so we are not trying to snatch a freebie. We were also told she was being housed with 8 other dogs. I feel for the low dog in the pack. To me it seems like organized hoarding. Attitudes like theirs is what makes the freebie and the mill market flourish. I don't see how they can think making her live with a hoard of other dogs is better than sleeping on her mommy and daddy's bed, going for walks, cuddling in our lap ect.. I also don't understand why people would permit themselves to be grilled like a toasted cheese sandwich and pay outrageous adoption fees when there are so many other places out there to adopt.
My family and I visited the Atlanta Pet Rescue on 14th Street in Atlanta after the counselor interviewed us she mentioned she liked us and granted us the opportunity to spend time with the dog of our choice. We were there first for this particular dog therefore was interviewed first. The interview went great we've done our research and were well prepared to take our dog home. A counselor interviewing another family talked with our counselor in private and everything changed. Apparently, the other family who was also interested in the same dog. However we were first. When our counselor returned she informed us that another family wanted to adopt both dogs given them the opportunity to keep the dogs together. We could have also adopted both dogs! However, I have been following APR for three months and I've noticed that consistently this type of request is usually stated on their web site. In this case it was not. Our counselor added at the last minute that the other family previously put an application in to adopt the dog before my family. According to their policy that is against the rules. My children were in tears confused as to why the dishonesty and unfairness. Further, if it were indeed true that the other family put an application in for the same dog prior to our visiting APR why didn't the counselor mention this prior to both the interview of my family and more importantly prior to her bringing the dog in to spend time with my young children. Disgraceful!
Last edited on 10/30/2011
We adopted from APRA four years ago, and had a completely positive experience. They take great care of the pets they have, making sure that each one is in good health before letting them be adopted, and their standards for pet adoption are very fair. The shelter is clean and the website for looking at pets is fantastic. I felt completely confident about the little guy we brought home (and he has turned out to be more wonderful than we could ever have dreamed!). Lyndel helped us through the process and was so friendly and sweet. I have sent several friends to APRA and will continue to recommend and support them - and as soon as I have the space for another pet, I'll be going back!
If you are in a stable position in life and have a place in your home and heart for a pet, I highly recommend a Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. I adopted my dog there in October 2009. I had submitted my application via the Internet and arrived just prior to noon on Saturday to see one of the dogs I had spotted on their website. Like all quality rescue groups, APR wants to be sure their animals go to "forever homes." My dog had already been through a week in animal control and 7 weeks in the shelter. She needed to find a secure place in the world, not more instability, and that is why APR is very careful with their adoptions. I know some reviewers have been upset with APR, but I can only say that my experience was easy and rewarding. Everyone was friendly. They brought our dog into a fenced area so we could spend time alone with her and we were able to take her outside on the leash. I was also able to have her microchipped on the spot. On Monday I received a followup call to make sure everything was going well. My dog came housebroken and crate-trained (I am baffled how she ever ended up homeless). She's still learning to differentiate between HER toys and MY slippers, but she is in obedience school and very eager to please. I am very happy with my APR adoption and recommend them to anyone interested in rescuing a pet
I am dumbfounded by how I was treated at my interview on Saturday. I was basically told before the interview began that I would not be getting the dog I had applied to adopt. That fine but why drag me down for an interview? It was clear that they did not care for some of my answers on my application. Again, that is fine but there is no reason to bring me in for an "interview" to lecture me on why my views are incorrect. (We have differing views I crating dogs. I think it is unnecessary in most situations.) But that is not the worst of it. A comment was made after I was asked to recount how my last dog got hit by a car. I don't have enough space to give all the details but lets just say I was in tears when I got back to my car. I think it is admirable that they are a no kill shelter but I think their volunteers need a reality check. I agree with the elitist comments that have been made. It's really unfortunate because they could be doing so much good by placing more animals in good homes. Save yourself the heartache, go somewhere else to adopt.
Volunteer Debra acted as if my husband and I were stupid. We have a wonderful dog and wanted to adopt a playmate for her. During the interview, Debra was telling us that everything we do for our dog is wrong. She says Eukanuba is bad food and our heartworm medication (that our vet recommends) is poison. Our dog tags weren't good enough because they only had the dog's name and our phone number, but no address. Then she tells us that our dog will only get along with one of the fifty they have. Our dog is very playful, submissive and loves other dogs. (and how would she know since she doesn't live with our dog?) Puzzler. She yelled at me and my husband twice when we were trying to pet another dog. What?! She was extremely condescending and rude and makes this wonderful organization look bad. APR as a whole is great and they do great work and are thorough for finding homes their animals. But Debra's gotta go.
I've read a few reviews calling them "eilitist" and "snobby". And that's just fine with me... I'm glad they are! Their main focus is on arranging the best 'forever home' for their animals that they possibly can, not on pandering to the people who come in. The animals are what their priority should be, and they are. I can't help but suspect that some of the complainers are people who didn't meet APR's qualifications for adoption.
Last edited on 5/23/2012
The people that work here are very stuck up! If it was not for the fact that I think it is very important to help animals that need help, I would complain and very much boycott this place. I will not be looking for a dog here anymore because they obviously have very high slandered as to who they think deserves a dog from them. The dogs here have a great life compared to the ones at Animal Control who are at risk of being put to sleep. And there adoption fees are far to high, they make the process for adoption ridiculous. I say go around the corner to the Atlanta Humane Society, or even Animal Control (all three are within a mile of each other. They desperately need homes, you will feel better helping dogs that are need of a loving home and family.
Last edited on 1/5/2009
I recently adopted a dog from Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. They were terrific. The staff (volunteers) were attentive and informative. They helped me consider which pet would be "best" for me. Although the adoption fee is a little high, I think it's a bargain when you consider all the care (both medical and emotional) they give to all of the dogs. I would recommend them to anyone who's looking for a pet.
Last edited on 6/24/2008
My mom had been watching this certain dog for 3 months! She had sent them email after email asking for updates on her condition, due to the fact that it was suspected she had femural-head necrosis and would not allow her to be adopted until it was either determined that she didn't have it or she did and begin treatment. However, we received few responses that eventually tapered off to none at all. This past wednesday we decided to drop by to possibly ask about the dog and begin looking at other possible dogs. But unfortunately, since I don't get out of school until 2:10, we weren't able to make it there until 3:05, and only to find out that tues.-thurs. they close at 3. So we decided to play with the dogs through the fence for awhile and guess who showed up? Roxy! the dog we had been asking about for the past 3 months! however she seemed to dislike walking on the gravel that was in the fenced area, so we didn't get to really interact with her. but we did meet another sweetheart named Sabrina that i absolutely fell for and my mom did also. So we tried again the next day, me sprinting out of the school after the bell, but traffic held us up and so we didn't get there until 3:05 AGAIN. and once again met the closed sign. another woman came to adopt a dog and after talking with us for awhile and showing us the dog she wanted and playing with it, she decided to try her luck and walked inside. but they turned her away, no dog adoptions after hours. (con't in 2nd review)
Last edited on 1/5/2009
I applied to adopt a small dog from these folks, and with a perfect vet record for my current pets, they turned me down. I wouldn't promise to keep all my pets in the house, in a crate, anytime I wasn't home, so I was refused. So if you ever leave your dogs in your secure, fenced yard when not home, you better lie if you want a dog from them. The application was many, many pages,(with several blatant 'trick' questions) and the price they charge ($300) is more than any of the other rescue organizations I checked out. I went on a Saturday, and found out 2 other people wanted to adopt the same dog. NONE of us was deemed worthy, and I watched their web page for weeks to see how this dog fared. He was there for at least another month, and I suspect he was adopted by his foster family. I saw many folks leaving in tears. I decided I really didn't want people like this in my life, and went elsewhere. I found a great little dog that is the light of my life, spoiled and loved, even goes to daycare on some of my work days.
I volunteer here on a regular basis! It is a place filled with love. The people and volunteers really care about giving these mistreated or unwanted animals amazing homes. They take the time to help you find the animal that fits you, and do background checks on everyone to make sure when an animal leaves he/she is in good hands. Also if you are wanting to get a particular breed of animal, this is your place to adopt! A lot of the animals that we get are pure-bred they are just unwanted. So this is a better alternative to spending thousands of dollars. Instead you only spend maybe a hundred and it sits well knowing that it was put toward the organization itself not some breeders pocket. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such and organization. And to be able to find great homes for these great companions.
Last edited on 1/2/2008
I got a dog here. very nice people
Last edited on 1/2/2008