I recently contacted The Great Pyrenees Rescue Group in San Bernadino California. I was unable to care for them any longer and rather than sending them to a shelter, I thought a specialty group would be the best choice. I spoke to a lady named Dotty (Dorothy Sisco) and she told me that she could take my dogs and that they would have 26 acres to run and play and that they would be very well taken care of.
They came to my home in Nevada and picked up the dogs and took them to TGPR. I called later that day to ask her if my dogs had made if safely and how were they doing.
She said that they had just lost their home and how did I think they were? She also said to me that I abandoned my dogs and basically that I was a horrible person. She told me that they didn't wake up that day expecting to move to California. So how would I feel if someone "got rid of me" (her words). She even hung up on me! She made me feel worse than I already had. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do and she showed no compassion.
She is a heartless woman and if I would've known this before hand, she would not have my dogs.
I would warn anyone who is thinking of TGPR in California for the rescue of their dogs. This woman is unfit herself to handle any kind of animal or human for that fact. This again was and still is a very said time for me and I regret relinquishing owner ship to this gutless woman.
I am sorry and I do think you should vent... BUT...
Think it again as a "scolding" appropriated from a "mother" when a child did something wrong that it is an "honest mistake" to learn from.
I know economic circumstances cannot be foreseen nor predicted and giving up your pyr is very painful... I am a very dedicatde pyr owner... but will only have one & concentrate on only one to give the best quality attention I can give.
Why one only for me??? = Manageable. Totally focused on quality care = not divide $ between 2 or more "mouths to care for" etc...
But, I am only a regular dog owner, with land but no farm. So I will never need extras Pyrs or dogs for help.
And my heart do go out to farm owners who had to give up their dogs because they lost their farms... I have families who owns dairy farm and know the hard work, bad pay etc. that goes into running a small farm.
So that said, culturally I like to "keep my word" & promise to providing a "forever home" (one owner family) to the breeder I got my Pyr from.... so did prepare an alternate strategy in keeping my Pyr inside of "my" family (direct & indirect) and will most likely never ever need aid from a rescue to take my dog.
My Pyr is first & foremost my spouse's dog... so he got "me" to fall back on and I love that dog. After that, our second generation, our daughter. After that, the family member who has the farm... so he becomes a "working" LGD if need be (Pyr tested to be a good LGD by breeder, his dam is a working LGD on site and he was with her till almost 12 weeks old).
So plan "B" is firmly in place for my Pyr. Will most probably not need a rescue.
And all this planning is because I truely cannot bear that "alternate".
So if it happens and I were to be in your position... I would take the "scolding" graciously and generously.
Why??? You do relise it is a "good deed" the rescue has done and you do know that the rescue will be taking over the lives and expenses (food & vet bills etc.) plus providing care & shelter for your dogs right??? And that is also directly "for YOU" too.
What would a "grateful" owner truely do from the bottom of their heart???
I knew Dottie Sisco for many years. Haven't seen or talked to her in about 25 years, but I can attest to her great love, loyalty and support of the Pyr breed. Yes, she speaks her mind, but she has genuine compassion and empathy, and I have always agreed with her about irresponsible owners who decide one day that they no longer want their pets, and "dump" them on a rescue. The average person has no idea how often this happens, and Dottie, who has dedicated her life to the Pyr breed is one of those rare individuals who never tires of trying to help every dog that is in need of it, if she possibly can. I've never seen the kind of dedication she has. I agree with Dottie that these dogs were no doubt heart broken at losing their home. If you aren't prepared to keep a dog for LIFE, then don't buy! IT's that simple.