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A Home away from Home
posted 5 years ago
We adopted our beautiful husky mix dog from Joyful Rescues in February of 2007. I cannot thank Joye & her staff at Joyful Rescues enough for rescueing our beautiful boy & giving us the privilege of giving him his "Forever" home. Not only am I greatful for all their hard work, dedication and true comapssion for animals,but I was truly impressed with the entire Joyful Rescues agency.The dogs are given tons of love & attention & you can truly see how greatful they are by their faces.The agency is at her home so they get 24/7 TLC. I was pleased to see that they were so through with their screening process. They make sure that every dog is going not only to a loving, caring enviroment, but one that is ready to take on the many other responsibilities of being a pet parent.This is a place where dogs can run & play & just be dogs again until they find their permanent homes. The animals care & welfare are first priority at Joyful rescues. I can honestly say that we have had no behavorial, health or other issues with our dog since we adopted him. We greatly attribute this to the love & care he got at Joyful Rescues.The community as well as all the hundreds of animals they have saved are very fortuniate to have Joyful rescues.
Pros: excellent care & "parent" screening process
11 of 23 people found this review helpful.
Best. Rescue. Ever!
posted 1 year ago
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Joyful Rescues. Last year, my husband and I fell in love with our Major on Petfinder. We were impressed with the application process - it was the most detailed we had seen, and felt that it would succeed in making applicants better consider their decision to adopt. Questions like "how much do you expect to spend monthly in food/treats/vet bills?" are important, especially for people who may be adopting for the first time.
When we got our approval email from JR, we were so happy we cried. We soon got a follow up call from Major's foster mom, Kari. Kari wanted to talk to us about Major - he had come from a puppy mill and was particularly shy, even scared, of people. Kari wanted to manage our expectations - it was possible that Major may never be very personable. Kari was making sure that he would be moving to his forever home - and that we were not going to return him. We applaud Kari and JR for keeping his interests first. Major came from a horrendous situation and deserves to live a beautiful and happy life. (And, I am happy to report that after a year with JR, and 18 months with us, Major is such a happy boy that he runs up to people on our walks, just begging to be petted! Such a wonderful change that would never have been possible without the work of the volunteers at JR!)
Before traveling to pick up Major, we told the volunteers that we were also considering adopting a second dog, and if they had any recommendations, to let us know. They recommended our Willis. Willis and Major had not only spent time together at the rescue, but also had play dates thanks to their foster moms. The day we picked them up, Major and Willis were curled up together - it was love at first sight! Willis' foster mom, Susan, was wonderful, and parted from her Willis with very little notice. We are constantly amazed with the strength of the foster parents at JR (and every other rescue for that matter) - to give so much to these wonderful pups, and hand them over to their forever families.
In the months after adopting our boys, we heard from so many of the volunteers that had worked with Willis and Major during their time with JR. We've described JR to our family and friends as a rehab facility for dogs (and cats). At Joyful Rescues, the animals come first. Many of them have come from horrible situations, both mental and physical, and deserve all the love in the world. The volunteers give their time, and money, to make a better life for these animals, and to prepare them for life in a normal home. I believe they deserve every right to be judicious in their decisions. The volunteers have a strong bond with all of the animals they work with - we've kept in touch with each other over the past 18 months to let them know how our "Jersey Boys" are doing. We only wish they were closer (we live in southern New Jersey) so that we could bring the boys to visit all of the wonderful people at Joyful Rescues. We consider JR to be the village that raised (and rescued) our boys.
Pros: The animals come first and foremost.
Cons: Too far away to bring our boys back to visit.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
posted 3 months ago
I had to put a star rating because I couldn't submit my post. I DO NOT GIVE THEM THIS STAR!
After reading many reviews that had the same story as mine, denied, no reference checks, no response to emails.... quite disappointed. First, love, love, love their generic and rude denial letter especially the last paragraph that tells you to search another organization. How contradicting is that, if you denied me wouldn't I be denied by another?
I've been a dog lover and had them all my life and I have suitable conditions and home to raise another family member. Yes I call my dogs a family member because they are our children.
Secondly and this is the kicker...my neighbors adopted from them, they are pretty much matched with us, kids, no fenced in yard, had to put a dog down in the last year and yet they denied us? There is no rhyme or reason to there denial I do however think we all need to really think about their process. If they have so many dogs on the property don't they receive more funding from the state for their organization so maybe this week quite a few pets can't be adopted so you're denied, but maybe next week they can unload and adopt to you. What it comes down to is that you submitted your app at the wrong time. Sounds far fetched huh??? Then why would I be denied if I pretty much mirror my neighbors application and they were able to adopt and we weren't. I'm sure there are many people out there that don't want to bother posting, but you really should. And for all of you who have given joyful rescuse a good review and were able to adopt, congrats! As you must have submitted an application at the right time, they had to unload so many after receiving funding. Hmmmm maybe this organization needs to be held accountable to the state and provide them all the denial application before they cut a check and the reasons for why one application was accepted while another with pretty much the same info was denied. I can't deny that our neighbors received a really good puppy and healthy and happy but shame on Joyful rescues who denies other animals from being saved. No I am not a disgruntle person just because my app was turned down, just want you hear my story and have you really think about how their process goes. Usually a full process involves calling references and house visits, they don't even do that so how can they base there decisions on an application. Think about it....could it be funding and timing. Way to use the system Joyful rescues, glad you're putting the ANIMALS first!
Cons: Doesn't put animals first, only funding.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
My boy Fidel
posted 1 year ago
When I found Fidel on their website, I knew I found my new boy! I completed a relatively easy/standard application & contacted my vet advising them that Joyful Rescues may call them. There is enough room on the application to explain your answers & I highly suggest doing so. I was not able to supply my neighbors telephone #'s and I gave a very detailed explanation of why. Responses from the rescue were quick & informative. I actually thought the whole process was painless! I didn't even have to drive to pick up Fidel. The rescue brought him with them when they were doing an adoption event at PetSmart. How awesome was that? The gentleman that assisted me with Fidel's papers was great! He went through the information that I needed to know slowly and made sure I understood everything. He answered all of my questions. I got a bag of dog food, coupons and even a FREE vet visit! Fidel is even microchipped. My adoption fee did not even cover that cost. I paid for a microchip for my other dog so I'm aware of the cost. Speaking of adoption fees, I found them reasonable & in line with other rescues. These people are so helpful and wonderful. I was contacted a few days after the adoption to see how things were going with my new boy. If people have issues with the adoption process, maybe they should rethink adopting at all. There is nothing on the application that is not standard to the majority of rescues. Joyful Rescues does a wonderful job and I would not hesitate at all to recommend them to anyone! When the time comes that my boys cross the Rainbow Bridge, I will be back looking for my new family member.
Pros: Look for what's best for the animal, caring, helpful.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Don't waste your time with this horrible person
posted 9 months ago
I filled out an application the other day to adopt a dog. I sent Joye several email's explaining any questions she might have about my application. I got a generic email response telling me "sorry". Wow, I guess she should include on her application if you live in the city forget it! I called to speak to Joye and wow, what a nasty witch! I am going to call PetSmart and ask them why the let he bring these dogs into there stores and she has no interest in letting people adopt them. Going to the city pound saturday to adopt a dog who needs love and a good home.
Cons: Thinks she's God and very nasty
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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