DASH wants to share with you all some of the letters that we get from some of our Happy Adopters.
March 17, 2012
I would like to start by thanking DASH for being such a wonderful organization. The work that you and all of your group do is just amazing. I am very impressed and very happy with everything thing I have seen and learned.
Now I would like to take a moment to tell you about our encounter with DASH. I was first introduced to the DASH web site by the company I work for. Dash was picked to be who we were donating to for the month. I was excited to be able to donate to help dogs that needed help. I on the other hand had no plan to adopt a new dog. You see I had adopted a cute little dog that we fell in love with from a local shelter. Two and a half weeks later that cute little dog attacked my son and ripped his face apart. Thank God for a wonderful oral/facial surgeon because you can barely tell this happened to him. I thought we would never have a dog again which hurt very much because I have always loved all animals. Especially dogs because they are normally always loving. Even after that dog attacked my son he still loved dogs. Seeing people walking there dogs and wanting to go and pet them. Just loving every dog he saw. His fear was gone but Mine was not. I never wanted to see that happen again.
As I looked through the web site my heart just melted. I told everyone about the beautiful dogs. I found My favorite and her name was Pepper. I tried to get different people that I thought would be great for her to adopt her because there was no way I was going to take a chance on my son getting hurt again. No one would listen. They didn't want to adopt her because she had to take anxiety medicine and the site said she barked a lot. I watched her every day. My heart breaking every day. I knew she would be perfect for us but was to scared to even take a chance. Then one day my son saw me looking at her picture on the web site and he said "mommy can we have her"? I said no. I am just not ready. He said why mommy? I explained to him and being sweet and innocent as he is he said mommy all dogs aren't going to hurt me. PLEASE....can we get her? I said no. I am not ready.
Meanwhile, everyday I watched the site and continued to tell everyone that would listen about the site. Everyday I was hoping Pepper would be adopted and at the same time was hoping she wouldn't be adopted. I was so torn on what to do. We have so much love and life just didn't feel complete without a dog but I was so scared. I got a friend of mine interested in a different dog on the site. She didn't like to talk on the phone but wanted more information. I found a phone number and got in contact with a very nice lady that told me all about the dog my friend was interested in and answered all of the questions that she had. I asked her name and she told me Rachel. I told Rachel how felt about Pepper and then told her my whole story about what had happened. She was very patient and caring and understanding. She explained to me that the dog I had adopted from the shelter had probably never been temperament tested. She assured me that the dogs with DASH are completely different. They are in a foster home living in love and care. They live there for a while and tested for everything before they are sent to a forever home. As luck would have it Pepper was actually living in Rachel's home. She knew every detail about Pepper and I could tell she really loved Pepper. She told me I could fill out an application if I wanted to adopt her. Rachel went above and beyond what I would think anyone would do. She really loves all of her babies. She really takes the time to be sure that her babies are going to the perfect home for each of them. I was at work so I decided to call my husband and ask if it was o.k. to adopt Pepper. At first he said no. He had the same fears as I did because of what happened. I continued to talk about the wonderful encounter I had with Rachel on the phone and I felt very comfortable that Pepper would be the perfect dog for our family. He then said yes, go ahead and put in the application. I went online and put in the application. Then I was nervous. I was hoping no one else would get the baby I wanted before I could be approved. Rachel said my application was approved now was for the home visit. Again I was very nervous. What if Pepper didn't want to be our baby?
Well, I must tell you the visit went great. We now have a beautiful baby girl. We love her very much and she loves us very much. She is my sons best friend and he loves her very much. My husband said our family is now complete. She is just perfect. She is a total love bug and she makes us all very happy. Please see her new pictures attached.
Thank you DASH and Thank you Rachel, You have made such a wonderful difference in our lives.
"Dash Rescue turned our looking for a new family member into a positive experience. Their web site gave us a listing of pets up for adoption with their stories and how they were looking for forever homes, including photos. Their adoption process was very thorough. We stayed in touch with the foster family and Dash Rescue utilizing phone calls and emails. The process went quickly and smoothly. We chose a Yorkie named Darcy. We just celebrated our one year anniversary on July 11th. Many thanks to Rachel Vaughn and Darcy's foster mother Aaron Adkins."
Rose Ann and Ronnie Bowden
We are thrilled with Mocha! She is such a sweet girl. Each day she settles in a bit more and is becoming more and more at home. She and Hanz are getting along quite well. They love to chase each other around the table and play together. I am so happy about that, because Hanz was not himself after the death of our 12 year old dachshund on Jan.9. He was exhibiting destructive behavior when we had to leave him alone. He had never done that before. Since Mocha's arrival, he is back to his old self again.
...She is enjoying her daily walks with Ed and Hanz and sometimes me, when I get home from school in time! Our local dog park has recently reopened for the spring and summer, and we will be taking them there to socialize with the other dogs. I know that will be great for her. Mocha did quite a bit of visiting for Easter and did quite well meeting new people!! I was proud of her...
I look forward to many years of companionship with Mocha. I am so glad we found her. We are also thankful for all you do to help these animals!!! We will keep you posted on her progress!
Happy tails! Thought I would share a quick "Happy Tail" with you. I recently lost my dog due to an illness and it just killed me. I swore I wasn't going to get another dog. Finally decided my house was way to empty and just not a home without that happy little dog waiting for me when I came home. I was actually searching for a puppy when I came across Oliver’s picture. Just something about his picture drew me to him. After reading his profile, I was hooked. I was even offered great deals on puppies from a couple different friends but could not get Oliver off my mind. After 3 days of getting online and going over and over his profile, I finally submitted an application. A couple weeks later, I picked him up! I fell in love instantly and think he did too:) he has really warmed my heart and I just wanted to say thanks to DASH Rescue and his foster mom Joyce. It is a wonderful thing you guys do saving these animals and giving them the second chance at the happy lives full of love that they all deserve. And a big thank you for letting Oliver "pick me"! I always said my dog that passed picked me and I felt a bond with Oliver as soon as I saw his picture online. I also felt a great bond when I finally got to meet him. He has settled in here very well. He has already claimed my recliner as his chair! Lol. He is so goofy and quirky and that makes us the perfect duo! I love how he nibbles my nose affectionately and gets excited and pokes my nose with his when I ask him if he's ready for his walks. He REALLY enjoys our daily walks. He is starting to play a little more and we are really getting to know one another. I truly believe he was meant for me. Thank you again for the opportunity to have the wonderful love of another dog in my home. I promise to always take care of him and give him all the love he deserves. I will also send updates to keep everyone informed of his progress. Thanks again
To say the DASH Rescue, NY is a wonderful agency would be completely underselling it as an organization, and certainly wouldn’t be giving enough credit to the staff and volunteers involved in the process of adopting our year-old Puggle, Angus.
Our experience began as any other adoption would – with the obligatory application, reference and home visit approvals, and we were extremely pleased that we qualified to rescue a dog. We preferred a young male Puggle, which are somewhat rare finds in the world of rescue processing, so we were prepared to wait while DASH combed their network to fulfill our request.
When our DASH contact, Linda Fadden, called to say we had only hours to rescue a young male Puggle from euthanization in Ohio, we jumped at the opportunity to save this animal. A myriad of complications followed, as this dog became entangled in a processing and transfer glitch on the Ohio end of the procedure (through no fault of DASH), and he also became very ill while temporarily housed in a kennel. DASH kept us informed of every detail along the way, and worked very hard to find out exactly what was delaying delivery of this dog from Ohio to Syracuse.
When DASH finally found out the details of what was going on, the news was not good – we had indeed saved this dog, but in the process of preparing him for transfer through this kennel, a foster host and vet, his initial kennel cough developed into pneumonia, and the DASH staff learned he actually might not survive much longer. Short of traveling to Ohio to personally inquire about this dog, our DASH representative Linda , Lois & Rachel worked very hard to find out the details, and kept us informed of all they could find out along the way. We finally decided, with Linda’s experienced advisement and assistance, that we could no longer emotionally, or financially, pursue this particular dog. However, Linda and DASH were absolutely prepared to go the extra mile for us if we had decided we wanted to continue our pursuit.
Linda was now as emotionally invested in our case as we were, and she was even more determined to help us. After deciding to pass on the first dog, we had prepared for a worst-case scenario, and had a list of other dogs we might pursue in case we did have to take that pass. Upon that decision, we submitted listings of other dogs DASH might help us pursue, and said they would do what they could to make sure our unique first attempt wouldn’t happen again.
We made that decision to pass on the first dog on a Friday. Three days later, the following Monday morning, we received an excited phone call from Linda, who was returning from Sandusky, Ohio, with a young male Puggle for us. Linda & Lois worked on our request list behind the scenes, and unbeknownst to us, Linda drove over night to Sandusky, which is seven hours from Syracuse! She returned Monday afternoon, and after spending all night and day driving to and from Ohio with no sleep, wanted to introduce us to our new dog at her foster host home in Fulton. Simply put – AMAZING!
We can not thank Linda enough - nor can we give nearly enough credit for the dedication Linda and the DASH organization showed us and our rescued Puggle, Angus. Not only do they provide a wonderful service for the rescue of animals, but they treat their clients (both human and four-legged) with respect and care. Ours was a special case that ended up needing unique attention, but DASH will pay special attention to every case and client, no matter the hurdle(s) in the process.
We wish Linda and DASH all the best in continuing their unheralded and heroic work, and we know all their clients will be as happy and satisfied as we are with both their service as an organization, and the resulting acquisition of an animal you have saved, providing a comfortable, safe and loving home.
Good luck – and many happy days together with your rescue animal!
- Kate, Keith – and Angus!
October 26, 2009
We have had such a positive experience working with your organization that I felt the need to write a letter of gratitude and appreciation! My husband and I both grew up with pets in our homes and wanted to provide the same loving experience for our daughters. We were searching the Petfinder website when we came across the most wonderful description of our future pet, Gracie! The detailed and loving description provided by her foster family, the Faddens, drew us to her immediately. I contacted Linda Fadden right away and she was absolutely wonderful in leading me through the process. The Faddens even allowed us to come and visit Gracie before starting the whole application process to make sure she was a good match for our young children. It was love at first sight! Linda and her husband Ed took the time to explain the whole rescue process to us and answered our numerous questions. They provided us with helpful tips regarding nutrition, nail care, training, and healthy toys for our new pet. We felt instantly comfortable with the Faddens and truly appreciated their help and guidance. EVERY one of our references contacted us later and had wonderful things to say about their conversation with Linda! Your organization provides a comfortable atmosphere for future pet owners and really does a great service for the fortunate (and can I say, blessed!) dogs you are rescuing! You have a valuable resource in the Fadden family and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to have worked with them!