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resolved to the customer's satisfactionResolved Good Dog Rescue — puppy bait and switch SCAM suspected
resolved to the customer's satisfaction
Gooddogrescue.com consistently posts an 8-10 week old golden puppy — healthy, happy, well behaved, trained and 'too good to be true', etc. — on petfinder.com. 'Maddie', then 'Cody', now 'Dakota', three nearly identical puppies in nearly as many months. No matter how often I check or how fast my inquiry, the response is also always the same. '______ (the puppy) has an application nearing completion'.
I find this very suspect.
1) Healthy, happy, well behaved purebred puppies are not given up or away by breeders. And puppies are not separated from the mother before 7-8 weeks. This does not allow time for the puppy to be given up, adopted, abandoned, taken in by a rescue and already nearly adopted out!
2) In the rare case puppies do come up, it is usually because of an accidental litter. Yet, these puppies have no litter mates?
3) I have asked to be notified of and considered for new puppies meeting the description. Instead, the puppies come up and have several applications, or are nearing adoption as soon as posted and I am not notified?
4) The photos and descriptions are nearly identical, down to the tag and the person playing with them. Even the use of ALL CAPS to say 'AMAZING' or 'AWESOME' puppy.
Once on the site, there is no adoption fee listed (standard), puppies are all in the South? (there are no adoptable homes in the South) and the adoptions run out of Enfield, Connecticut. There are no abandoned dogs in New England? Adoptions need to be paid for and dogs accepted 'sight unseen'. There is no phone number on the website.
This has all the signs of a bait and switch. Puppies that are not even available at Good Dog Rescue and falsely posted in order to drive people to the site. It may sound like a harmless idea to drive people to a resuce site which purports to have good intentions, but if true:
a) it wastes people's time filling out applications
b) puts them on an emotional roller coaster of hope and disappointment.
c) makes them suspect of all rescues and Petfinder
d) frustrates them with the rescue process
e) potentially drives them away from ALL rescues and sites as they lose credibility and forces good people looking for a dog, who wanted to rescue one that IS real and available, to go to breeders or pet shops. instead, leaving the real dogs in rescues without homes.
Since, suspecting this, I have done research on them, and they in fact have several complaints against them. Please investigate. If my suspicions are correct, they doing a disservice to all animal