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I just want to express my disappointment of Monika's rescue. We wanted to adopt a one of the Staffy Crosss that needed adoption. A form was filled out as requested and then a phone call from Monika where all the questions on the form were re-asked. We currently have a 3 year old Staffy with the kindest, sweetest tempremant I have ever seen in a dog. This was relayed on to Monika and we expressed we had no concern on how well he would adapt to a little sister. We are a loving family, someone is always home, in a quiet culdesac with a garden that is fully fenced in. Her first reasoning was we dont want to put a rescue staffy with another staffy as we do not know how the rescue staffy will react (The staffy was 8 or so weeks old, a baby, no time for bad behavioural issue to be learnt or memories of any termoil causing her to be aggressive in nature) Monika said "you don't know what it's like to adopt a rescue dog becuase you have never had one before so you can't adopt her" With all due respect, how will we ever know what its like to have a rescue dog if we are not given the opportunity to do so. My fear is that this little staffy, rather than coming home to a loving family with a loving big brother staffy, will go to a home where it is reared to be aggressive due to some people having an idealogy of the breed. She ended the call with thesse are MY DOGS, my dogs. I appreciate that there are some steps to be taken in consideration of finding a dog its forever home, although over the course of the last 4-5 years I have seen the number of dogs at this shelter triple. I will now have to buy a puppy from a petstore or breeder off gumtree, rather than being able to rescue one which I was so desperately looking forward to doing.
After watching a story on TV about Monika's doggie rescue, I was compelled to do something to help. I adore all animals and felt that I needed to help in any way I could. On the 158/05/2016 I signed up to do a monthly donation of $29 which would apparently give a rescue dog food and shelter each month. About 2 weeks later I received a very large envelope in the mail from Monika, containing a thank you letter, a glossy doggie rescue bumper sticker, a glossy magazine and all other sorts of advertising material. I was shocked to sy the least. Not only would this all have cost $29 to produce and post, but the cost to the environment was also a factor. I was very disappointed to say the least. It seems to me a lot of donations are being swept up in administration, advertising and probably Monika's upkeep as well. I emailed Monika to voice my concerns and also to ask the big question, "just how much of my monthly donation is actually benefiting the dog?" As yet I have not received a reply. It seems avoidance is the key here for Monika. I am considering cancelling my monthly donation as I don't feel I can trust that my donation is going to where it's supposed to be. amazing how on TV people present as one thing but in actual fact are the opposite. Although I am very happy that these poor animals are being saved, I wonder just how sincere the whole operation is. Not happy Monika!
Monika's Rescue do an amazing job, all those poor dogs rescued from death row from shelters and pounds. I found that they were excellent in vetting people to ensure they have the right dog for the right family. We recently wanted to adopt a puppy , the one we really wanted was just not suitable for our age of children and that was made clear and the other little personality traits were pointed out to us. I am still looking and waiting for the right one for our family to come along. If you are thinking of getting a puppy or dog I would recommend to go to Monika's Dog Rescue , you can also go along and help out there for a day and get to know the dogs! Highly recommend!
Monkias Rescue Centre is a disgrace to humans and animals. For my whole life i have been surrounded by animals, birds, insects and wildlife and for the past month of my life i have been in tears. My family and I bought a Jack Russel Terrier X from Monikas Rescue Center and it was horrible. When we first organised to go see two dogs the day before we went to visit them both they told us that both had been adopted, so we chose another 2. One dog was so attached to Monkia that the dog did not want to leave and cried the entire time we had her, the second was no where to be seen. We saw this dog who was adorable, and quite. Which was perfect for what we were looking for. We took him home the next day to see weather he was okay with our cats, turns out he was perfectly fine. That afternoon, we went back to adopt him and the questions were endless, however, non of these questions were on the dogs well being. They were about what our lives consisted of and what type of life we would have and how we would change it. Today, my sister and mum called Monkias Rescue to let them know about the outcome of this dog and their reaction was dreadful. The whole time, my family and i were getting blamed for the fact that we took him for too many walks too quickly, that we changed our life too much and that we mistreated this dog. But let me tell you that this is not the case. When we got the dog he was from what we now know heavily sedated from what we believe to be 'anti anxiety' medication of which this dog does not have. I am writing this report to let everyone know to never get a dog from Monikas, yes! it is a no kill shelter however i have spoken to over 20 different shelter and behavioral experts and they all say they do not believe anything that Monkia does with their dogs is right. A Jack Russell Specialist said that the dogs that are kept their just get put into a pen and fight for anything that they want. They have no supervision or expertise on how to handle any dogs.
Hey, do you have any suggestions on other places to adopt a dog? I had wanted to adopt a dog from Monika's but so far communication has been frustrating. I was asked to fill out several forms (which I've been happy to do) but was given the runaround before finally being told that since I haven't owned a dog as an adult I would have to volunteer first. I'm fine with volunteering, but a bit put off at how I was shuttled from e-mail to text to phone call (with several follow-ups from my end in betwen) only to be told that I'd have to volunteer first -- couldn't they have said that from the beginning instead of wasting both mine and their time? Reading some of these stories makes me want to look elsewhere...
Fostered a sweet Aussie Terrier named Finn who had been at the shelter for 4, yes FOUR years, after he was initially rescued from death row at Blacktown Pound. I had initially chosen a number of dogs and Monika's personal knowledge of each dog was shown as she said that this dog needed daily eye drops, or that one snaps-so are there children in my home; this other one had another issue etc. As I work full time and already have other pets-doing these extra administrations of various medications etc would have have added more madness to my schedule. It made me realise that other animals adopted at the RSPCA or elsewhere are adopted just on looks etc and people could create real problems for themselves and the poor dog could be returned to the RSPCA etc which increases its chances of being killed. So this meticulous matching of the dog to people that Monika does is really worthwhile thought it may be irritating to some people. Finn suites our family perfectly as he is an independent little dog who definitely wants to be the sole dog in the family. We are hoping to use the Karen Pryor clicker training method to try and teach Finn some basic training-as he is a smart dog and so needs to be kept active and challenged. My cats are getting used to him....and he is ignoring them...so long as they do not run, for then he thinks they want to play chase! I worked out the best time to ring Monika is when she actually sends you the text message-call right then or in the afternoon, say at 5pm. As usually the shelter is full on as soon as it opens, phones going, people turning up unannounced, 100+ dogs barking etc etc. So...I can truly encourage anyone interested in adopting a dog to please make the time and effort to check out Monika's Doggie Rescue Facebook page, go online etc and see which dog they could adopt as part of their family. These dogs are so deserving of their 'Forever Family'.' Sorry for the ramble but...just had to share.