posted 2 years ago
We have owned boxers in the past and my husband really wants another one, they are great family dogs! I suggusted he look at rescues. Go Boxer Rescue was the first one we applied to. We were denied because we have an unneutered Pomeranian that we said we were possibly going to breed.
We received the letter of denial that did NOT simply state it is their policy not to place dogs in homes with other intact animals. It told us that we should not be breeding unless the dog is a champion show dog. So the letter left my husband and I both with a feeling of being judged. We were being judged and they didn't even ask for any specifics on the dog in question. So my husband wrote a letter telling how he felt about that. We have shown that letter to several people who believe he had every right to reply the way he did. They replied with an EXTREMELY rude letter that among other things called us back yard breeders. As I said, they have no info on my dog or what the plans were for breeding and here they are labeling us. She also outright insulted my husband's intelligence. Now, after this I tried to call the Director to voice a complaint with the unprofessional response. When I called, I wasn't sure I had the right number as she just answered "Hello?" So I had to ask if it was GOBR and who I was speaking to. I understand they operate out of their homes but that is no way to answer a phone when running a business. Even at that point her tone of voice gave me the impression she was being bothered by a phone call. When I proceeded to explain why I was calling she cut me off and said she had seen my husbands letter, "it was rude and he got a rude response back". I had started out trying to apologize for my husbands letter as it obviously rubbed them the wrong way. She would not listen to my apology and talked over me the entire time I was on the phone. I was merely trying to state that if we were denied because of their policy that was fine, that's all that needed to be said. I tried to explain we felt judged without them knowing about our dog. As I said she kept talking over me, going on about why only show dogs are worthy of breeding. In the end she said "we have the facts about your dog, goodbye" and hung up on me! She thinks because we did not put on the application that my dog was a show dog that they had all the info they needed. They didn't care that he is an AKC pomeranian and his mom is from champion bloodline. Because I have never shown him he is not worthy of breeding. And even though we have NEVER bred any dog before intentionally or unintentionally, we are backyard breeders because we want to breed our purebred AKC Pom.
I can't believe that an organization that is supposed to care about animals is so narrow minded and prejudiced against any dog that is not a "show dog". She actually said "papers don't mean anything" when I was trying to tell her about my pom. Well if you don't feel AKC means something then why are they advertised on AKC website under rescues? That's hypocritical in my book.
Overall it shouldn't have mattered if my pom is intact or not because as a rescue dog, any boxer that we may have adopted from them would've had to have been spayed or neutered by us if it wasn't when we got it. Our dog was no threat to any dog we adopted, therefore none of their business.
We have family that does have show boxers and we showed them all of the correspondence and they feel the same way we do and said GOBR was way out of line.
So as our first experience with a rescue it left a very bad impression. Rescues are supposed to find loving homes for these animals, not judge the homes based on their beliefs about who is worthy of breeding.
How can you run a business by being rude and hanging up on people? If they were a profit organization they wouldn't make it at all. It doesn't matter if they considered my husband's letter rude (he was just stating how he felt), it was very unprofessional to be even ruder back!
Pros: Large selection
Cons: Very rude and unprofessional
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