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Recent Animal Shelter Reviews in Sun City West

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    Deer Valley pet services
    He was wonderful. Helpful and kind. When he heard I had to have my dog put down he burst into tears. He is someone who could help many people.
    - Pauline W.
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    Pet Express Transport Service LLC
    Due to my Dad's somewhat lengthy hospitalization, we needed to relocate his two elderly dogs rather quickly. Mike and his crew were helpful and kind throughout the entire process. Bob and his wife (I'm terribly embarrassed to admit I've forgotten her name) made the long trip as easy as possible for old Duncan and Maggie. We are very grateful!
    - Jim M.
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    101 Spay-Neuter & Dental Clinic
    These people are absolutely terrific.  I can’t recommend them higher!  They helped me with a momma cat who decided to adopt us as parents for her litter of babies.  She had her litter right in our back yard!  We had no idea what to do and the shelters put them down, so we had to do everything for these tiny babies.  They gave so much advice and were so helpful.  We went and picked up 4 traps so that we could get the cat in to be fixed.  They made an appointment with us.  Then we trapped the kitties and they fixed them as well.  They are so helpful, walked us through the whole thing, and were very considerate!  They walked us through the whole process of feeding and nursing the kitties.  We don’t have a porch or patio, so they gave us the best possible advice on what to do.  Now, we have a small family of great cats!  The babies are beautiful and we are so thankful that this clinic helped us.
    - Theresa B.
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    Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue Inc
    They were very accommodating and very helpful. I had gone to another rescue organization and they could not help me. I was looking for an additional rabbit as I already had one. They did not have any individual rabbits and basically told me to go to them. They were a lot cheaper than a lot of other places.
    - Rachael E.
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    Arizona Equine Rescue Organization Inc
    A lot of times because of the economy hay is so expensive some people can't afford the horse so what AERO does is the people there take the horse and try to adopt it back out to re-home it basically. Then, some horses are also used for therapy for kids. 
    - Jill V.
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    It went excellent. It's the best place. I would recommend them to anyone. It's the easiest most straightforward adoption process we have gone through. The prices are better than most adoption rescue groups.
    - RON K.
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    Scottsdale Pet Hotel
    My husband and I, along with our 5 month old daughter and 13 year old rat terrier, adopted Walter - a spunky, energetic rottweiler mix, just a few weeks ago from Scottsdale Pet Hotel for a fee of $250.  Luke was a rescue from the Maricopa County Shelter and the facility did not have any history or information on him.  'Walter' was given that name by the Scottsdale Pet Hotel staff (and we renamed him Luke).  I do not recall exactly what his online profile said, but I believe it inferred that he was friendly with dogs and children.   We visited Luke twice, asked the staff about his temperament, and introduced him to our rat terrier who he seemed largely disinterested in.  After we got Luke home, he began to act odd.  He would snarl and snap at us sometimes when we pet him, but most of the time he was quite agreeable.  I suggested that my husband take him to our veterinarian (Ingleside Animal Hospital) because dogs can often lash out when they are sick or in pain, and we scheduled an appointment for him immediately the next day.   We also put him on a home-made, grain-free diet with bone broth and added some (human) infant probiotics to his food because he had a course of antibiotics recently.  I've had many rottweiler experts tell me that rotties don't do well with grains (like most dogs), and I suspected some of his behavioral issues and/or health problems might be diet-related., as he appeared underweight and I suspect was fed dog food.    The veterinarian had to sedate him in order to examine him (because 3 technicians could not restrain him), and she discovered that he had a very severe ear infection in his right ear and his left ear was extremely dirty.  She cleaned, and treated both ears and sent us home with medicine and instructions to administer everyday.  Within a few days on the new diet/meds, Luke's demeanor seemed to improve dramatically...mystery solved!  About a week after we adopted Luke, we had our first in-home training session with dog trainer Mark Siebel of Doggie Steps.  He met Luke in the driveway outside our home and proceeded to walk us through how to address the various behavioral issues Luke seemed to have (including counter surfing and peeing inside the house).  We bought a large crate for Luke and kept him in there at night or when we left the house.    The following day my mother and stepfather visited us from Tucson to see our daughter and I penned up Luke in the hallway behind the doggie gate because I was unsure how he would react to strangers.  After some time had passed I let Luke out and, though he seemed a bit unsure about the visitors, he eventually settled down and was laying on the ground while we visited.  Awhile later, I heard my stepfather speaking friendly to Luke and petting him.  Suddenly I heard a snarl and the picture you see here was the result.  I immediately rushed Luke into his crate and began to treat my stepfather's injury.  I was absolutely shocked that Luke had done what he did, and my husband and I decided to sleep on it before we made any decisions about how to proceed.  (Lucky for us my stepfather is a HUGE fan of all dogs, and in spite of the ferocious attack did not seek medical help or financial reimbursement because he was concerned they would insist he report the bite and Luke would be euthanized.  Luke was already vaccinated and my stepfather had a recent tetanus shot on record.)   The following day, I came to the conclusion that Luke must have been kept exclusively outside and used in a predominantly 'guard' capacity.  It explained so many of his bizarre behaviors and perhaps also explained how he had developed such a severe ear condition.  I surmised that he lashed out at my stepfather because he still perceived them as 'intruders', and he takes his job of guard dog VERY seriously.  We also reached out to the trainer, Mark, and Shelly who runs the Rotten Rottie Rescue to tell them the situation. We decided to keep Luke and impose some safety precautions; he would ALWAYS be crated when company came over, there would always be a physical barrier between him and the baby, we would keep a choke collar and leash on him at all times, and he would be muzzled for medication administration.  Things seemed to be going along okay after that, but his behavior seemed to be regressing a bit so I suggested we take him back to the veterinarian because he was still scratching his ears often.  The vet had to sedate him again, and she said his ears looked better (as did his teeth), but she cleaned them again and said to continue with the medication and diet. Shortly after my husband arrived home from the veterinarian's office, he was preparing dinner for us and I attempted to 'shoo' Luke from the kitchen (like I had done a hundred times before).  Luke snarled and lunged at me.  He had never before done that to me, and had it not been for the fact that I was cautiously using my body to back him up, rather than my hand/arm, I am certain I would have been bitten.     Yesterday we took Luke to the shelter to be quarantined (they require a 10 day quarantine after a dog bites someone) and afterwards he will be euthanized.  We debated returning him to The Scottsdale Pet Hotel, especially considering the 1000's of dollars we have now invested in him, but we are both worried the staff there may chose to 're-home' Luke and not be forthcoming about his unpredictable aggressive behavior.    My husband is absolutely heart broken.  He is the one who had to drive Luke to the shelter to be put down.  He seems to be the one person Luke bonded most with and trusted.  He obeyed my husband better than anyone, and never lashed out at him like he did other people.  I have since learned from both the trainer and other rescue members that the county shelters are not always forthcoming about the behavioral/aggression issues of their adoptable dogs because of criticism over the number of dogs they euthanize.  I am also concerned with the lack of legitimate evaluation these dogs at the Scottsdale Pet Hotel receive after being given no history on the dogs they rescue from the shelters.  The Rotten Rottie Rescue (as well as many of the other local rescues) place their dogs in a domestic foster environment before they go up for adoption, where their interaction with children, dogs, and other people can be more effectively evaluated.  Most of them charge a fee within the range of the $250 charged by Scottsdale Pet Hotel or even less.  Laura, the owner of Scottsdale Pet Hotel, insists that they screen each of the dogs they retrieve from the shelter by interacting them with other dogs as well as her own children.  I'm certain she is being dishonest about that fact because we explicitly asked her staff members about his behavior with children and neither of them volunteered that information.  In addition, it took us less than 3 hours to realize that something was very wrong with this dog the day that we brought him home.  I suspect the extent of their 'evaluation' for most of their rescues includes shuttling the dogs to/from their boarding kennels for potty breaks, feeding, and minimal dog play time.  I attempted to post this information to her Facebook page where she announces all the 'happy endings', but she continuously deleted my posting each time I submitted it.
    - Tracy S.
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