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Worthy Tails Animal Rescue / Fraud - deceptive business practices

1 1424 Main StreetMechanicsburg, PA, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 717-766-3203

This animal "rescue" engages in fraud, including false and misleading advertising and deceptive business practices. The owner of this rescue contacted me and asked me to apply for one of her puppies. After completing the application, and releasing private information from two of my vets, along with allowing her to contact my business colleague and family member, I drove close to 70 miles to meet with her. I signed the contract and contributed an additional $50 to her rescue. Just as I went to pick up the puppy, this woman literally stepped in front of me, grabbed the pup, and told me that she had "changed her mind" and could not go through with this adoption because I own "too many houses" and "work long hours." Note that neither of these ridiculous conditions are mentioned in any of her application materials, policies or procedures. As a lifetime contributor to multiple organizations dedicated to actually helping animals, I am deeply sorry for the animals in this rescue and for anyone who wastes their time and money trying to adopt one of them.

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  • Re
      14th of Dec, 2010
    0 Votes

    We have developed to stop animal rescue scammers and those organizations that are SELLING animals for their own profit under the disguise of "animal rescue". Please, if this is your interest support by submitting your own profile and passing the information on to your friends/fellow rescuers. "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem". It is time we do something towards legitimizing the good rescues.

  • An
      22nd of Feb, 2011
    0 Votes

    Worthy Tails, or any other animal rescue, has not only the right but a responsibility to place animals in homes they feel are in the best interest of the pet. It sounds like this applicant did not qualify to adopt a pet at that time and for good reasons. What an easy way to get revenge. I have had a relationship with Worthy Tails Rescue for several years and have never had any complaints to make. Worthy Tails Rescue is certainly a reputable rescue which is respected by many other rescues and shelters across the state, and beyond, who regularly work with them to save lives.

  • Pa
      1st of Mar, 2011
    0 Votes

    After my parents went thru a mess with a rescue - Paw Prints - I do believe that a rescue could have had a great reputation at one time but all it takes is greed or bad volunteers to ruin what was once a great.

    I don't know all the details this woman went thru. I don't understand why she was pre-approved for an animal, got there, paid extra money and then was told no. Could it have been that someone else said they would pay more money? Possibly. Sadly, we'll never know all of the details.

    People that try to do the right thing and go to rescues to get their new pets are doing what they think is best. When you get screwed over, it makes it harder to use any kind of rescue in the future...making the animals in need suffer. It's sad.

  • Em
      26th of Jul, 2011
    +1 Votes

    I totally agree with your complaint! We filled out an application over two months ago for a puppy, and they never called us back. Even if the puppies we liked were given to other homes they still could have called us back. That would have been the decent thing to do. I have never dealt with a more rude rescue center in my life. The foster parents of the puppies had the nerve to email me and say that I would most likely not get any dog from them because I live with my boyfriend, and according to her we weren't responsible and we weren't going to stay together and we would be a bad home. I would have to disagree.For one we already have a two year old dog, and we were just looking for a companion. And second we do plan on getting married we just dont have the finances for that right now. She had no right to judge us that way.

  • Em
      15th of Sep, 2011
    0 Votes

    My fiancé And I were invited to the rescue after our application was approved. We absolutely fell in love with the puppy. We set up a day and time to pick him up, discussed payment, and the woman said he was ours. Afterwards, we bought toys, leash, collar, everything we would need for the puppy. The next day I saw she had updated the pictures o our puppy, which I found odd since we were going to take him. We called her to ask why and she said she had a gut feeling it wouldn't work out and hung up the phone. I tried calling her back and she wouldn't answer my calls or emails. I cried for an hour, completely heartbroken and now we have to take the stuff we bought back. She is a terrible person who took our puppy away after telling us he was ours. It was not fair and he had no reason to do so. Beware of this woman who only has a bunch of dogs in her mansion...saying it is a rescue is a joke.

  • Ka
      22nd of Jan, 2015
    0 Votes

    I inquired numerous times both by telephone and by e-mail and not once did I received a response back. I wanted to adopt a puppy named "James" from a supposed Ohio hoarding case. He was one of a litter of puppies. Below is the last e-mail that I just sent to them:

    "I am extremely disappointed and beyond upset regarding your business practices!

    I telephoned and e-mailed you numerous times with questions in regards to adopting James, the Beagle/Spinger Spaniel Mix from the Ohio hoarding case.

    You however, never responded once! You need to change the message on your answering machine from "I'll return your call" to one that says "I will not return your call."

    If your sole purpose is to find respectable adoptive "forever" homes for animals, then the most you could have done was to let me know that he had already been adopted as were his litter mates. I'm assuming that is the case since none of them are no longer listed on your website. Had you taken the time to respond, I would have considered adopting another puppy from you instead. I will adopt a puppy but not from your facility, not now, not ever.

    By your failure to respond to any of my inquiries, regarding James, it really makes me wonder if you are indeed a reputable and licensed operation.

    I have learned from this experience to check with the State and the BBB for bad facility reviews and to check the reviews of others who adopted from the facility in question. I will also have to give you bad reviews on pet websites, the BBB, Facebook, etc., and with other family's who ask me for a recommendation when seeking to adopt a pet.

    I wish James and his litter mates well and I will now take my adoptive search elsewhere.

    Again, thank you for not taking the time to respond as it has opened my eyes to the fact that not every so called rescue truly cares about the animals and their "forever" home.

    Thank you for the disappointment!"

    Worthy Tails needs to be shut down and I will make every effort to see that it happens or at least is investigated. I have contacted all of the local newspapers, television stations, etc. in regards to the horrible business practices of the "so-called" rescue and my concern for the animals it has. And moreover, I have placed my complaint on social media...if there is one way to make people aware of this "fake" rescue, social media is the way to go.

  • Lo
      23rd of Jan, 2015
    0 Votes

    This woman is a nutjob and a FRAUD. She needs to be stopped. Anyone who is so mentally unstable is quite likely an animal abuser.

  • Kk
      15th of Jun, 2015
    0 Votes

    I put an application in on May 14 2015 and they questioned my indoor only cats vaccine history on May 22nd. After taking him to get his vaccines on May 23rd I have heard nothing back from them at all. I have called, left messages and emailed quite a bit looking for information about approval or anything and have had no reply. Today is June 15 2015 and after falling in love with the puppy we wanted I fear we will have to look elsewhere.

  • Ho
      22nd of Nov, 2015
    0 Votes

    I had a great experience with this rescue! I completed an application, met the puppies and fell in love. She was responsible, checked my references and contacted our vet. She is trying to find good homes for these animals and is doing a great job in my opinion. We adopted our puppy and couldn't be happier 6 months later.

  • Dy
      18th of Jan, 2016
    0 Votes

    I adopted a puppy from Worthy Tails and have been very happy with the support and follow up I have received.
    So glad I chose to adopt my puppy through them. They truly care about the pups and where they are going to be raised. If you need some questions answered afterwards they are very helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will adopt through Worthy Tails again and recommend them to friends Thank you for trusting me with my sweet baby !!

  • An
      20th of May, 2018
    0 Votes

    I applied an application on May 6, 2018. I did the application via the website, which also stated that it takes approximately one week for an application to be approved.

    It is now May 20, 2018, and they have

    a) Not responding to any of my e-mails
    b) Have not contacted me about the status my application
    c) Have not contacted any of my references

    I believe that the reason they were thrown off was that I had no previous experience with dogs (even though that should barely be a problem and the dog I was adopting was quite manageable). However, I still do not believe that not responding to any of my e-mails is completely and totally rude, improper, and unacceptable.

    I would not recommend going to this rescue if you are looking to adopt.

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