Sanford >Public Order & Safety > Pet Rescue By Judy
2620 Iroquois Ave, Sanford, FL | Directions 3277328.779921 -81.275230
My partner had been a foster carer for PRBJ and had already seen the good work done by the team. When we decided the time was right for us to have a permanent addition to our home there was no doubt in our minds that PRBJ was the best place to start.
We soon found a great puppy on the website and expressed an interest. The team took the time to make sure it was a good match all around and never once made us feel pressured.
Watson has been with us a little while now and we couldn't be happier!
I recently adopted an older dog from PRBJ and the experience was very positive for both me and the dog. My application was processed quickly and thoroughly. Immediately after approval, my appointment to see the two dogs I was interested in was coordinated in a timely manner - even though the two fosters involved traveled long distances to meet me. I was given all the information regarding the dogs in advance of the meeting. Both fosters talked to me at length about their knowledge of the dogs. I was given all the time I needed to make a decision. I have also been offered follow-up support. The staff and the fosters have a very taxing job, both physically and emotionally, for no money. I am in awe of them and their successes.
We recently adopted a young pup from PRBJ. I am so impressed with everyone I worked with who made our adoption possible. From the person who I was assigned to after I filled out my applicaton on line, to the volunteers at the store in the Oviedo mall...everyone was fantastic and obviously cares a great deal about each and every animal that they come across and care for. The cats and dogs in the Sanford shelter are more than just "animals" to these people! While in the shelter every volunteer I saw there used the animals names and treated them with nothing but respect and love. Through the whole process I really felt that our puppies well being was the their number one concern. I felt as though that if they didn't think a dog was a good fit for our family they would tell me without hesitation. I would recommend PRBJ to everyone and anyone I know that want to get an animal!
I found this site when I did a search to find the address for Pet Rescue by Judy -- and when I read the first 2 "tips" I felt compelled to comment. Both mention that they think this rescue is run by an animal 'hoarder' ..... Are you people for real? Do you know the definition of an animal hoarder? There's a nifty little tv show with that exact name that might could help y'all out!!
Here's my story: I stopped by the rescues location at the Oviedo Mall just because I was walking by and saw it. It was my first time at the mall and I was killing time and thought - why not? I played with the puppies for a bit and actually saw 2 getting adopted ( some hoarders they are!! ) as I was leaving I overheard a volunteer telling someone how the shelter could really use old towels, sheets, blankets etc.
So I stopped to listen and the young volunteer continued talking to both of us. Since my aunt had recently passed away and we were cleaning out her house the next day (Monday) I said I would bring any of those items I found into the shelter for the animals. Hence the web search for the shelter address.
Next day I did go to the shelter in Sanford to drop off 4 garbage bags of towels, etc.
There were crates of dogs everywhere and a whole mess of volunteers walking and feeding and brushing and playing with dogs. It was obvious this place took in every possible animal it could until there was literally no space available at all. For the person complaining that they didn't take her cat or dog or whatever -- what were they supposed to do if they were FULL? If you had truly gone there it was pretty obvious that there was not a lot of eexcess space. How can you complain because they had already helped everyone they could and had no room? Maybe if more people had visited that mall and adopted they'd have more spots.
All I know is everyone I met was kind, nice , professional and it was obvious to me that this group was doing the best they could to help the animals. Personally I respect their good work and would never tear down folks that were trying to make a difference
crazy people – VERY RUDE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE SO OVER PACKED WITH ANIMALS YOU MIGHT AS WELL STOP BECAUSE IT IS NOT RIGHT!!!!! HOARDERS NOT RESCUE. NAME SHOULD BE PET HOARDER BY JUDY.........YOU PICK AND CHOOSE THE ANIMALS YOU WANT TO KEEP AND REFER PEOPLE TO KILL SHELTERS. WHAT KIND OF CRACK HEAD MICKEY MOUSE OPERATION YOU GOT GOING ON?
This Place Is A Joke – I was wondering how this is a pet rescue when I was told that you do not take dogs and my friend was just there trying to drop off 2 cats because their owner had passed away and was also told they don't take cats in. What pets do you rescue if you don't take dogs and cats? My dad has health issues and is out of work and could not afford to care for the dog anymore, so I thought that since this is a pet rescue they would care for the dog and not put her to sleep. When I get there I was told by 2 very rude girls that they do not take dogs and to take her to the pound where they kill pets. You can not be a no kill pet rescue if you tell people to take their pets to a place that kills animals. I guess if you don't have a cat or dog in need a rescue you can count on Pet Rescue by Judy. THIS PLACE IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a good organization – I felt compelled to write a note in defense of the negative comments on this site. I was a volunteer for Judy for about a year several years ago so I do have first hand experience regarding all of the operations by Judy.
First and foremost, and take this into strong consideration, you have no idea how overwhelmed this organization is. They "receive" dozens of animals a week, just "dropped off." Never is a one turned away, no matter how sick or old. The Humane Society will take them, but most are put to sleep. I do support the Humane Society, but they have funding beyond anything that this organization has. As far as I know, unless the case is severe, no animal is put to sleep.
Judy LOVES animals, to a fault! She works 24/7 without complaint. She keeps going under the most difficult circumstances because to her, it IS all about the animals. Judy is, most of the time rough around the edges. No doubt. But you must try to put yourself in her shoes. She is overwhelmed. The reason the applications are so long is that they really are trying to find out the most that they can about a potential adoptee, as they should. While you yourself may have great intentions, I can't tell you how many people do not!
Her volunteers also have their hearts in the right places and work very hard. Many of them are fostering a dozen animals themselves at their own home. If I had to deal with just half of what they did I would be cranky at times too. I had just happened to be in a store one Saturday and went over to see the animals and they were bombarded. I simply asked if I could help and immediately jumped right in. As someone said on this site, don't be the additional problem, be the solution.
I went to pick up a dog one day from an elderly owner who could no longer care for her 12 year old Golden.
The woman was in tears. The Golden was overweight and had some health issues. I thought to myself, "well, this is one they will never be able to adopt out."
Six weeks later I was in a store and saw the same Golden up for adoption. She didn't even look the same! She had lost weight, her fur had filled in and was beautifully groomed, she was on medication for her diabetes. I was shocked. Not too long after that, I was told the Golden had been adopted. Who else would even attempt to find this lovely older animal a new home?
That is simply one of many stories.
Someone mentioned that she was nothing more than a glorified pet hoarder. That is far from the truth. Is is ok that these animals are taken to a shelter and put to sleep? Or given a chance? Only you can decide the answer to that. The same also mentioned that she would tell everyone about her experience and that no one should donate money to this organization. I would challenge this person to go volunteer for a week. Take in a few fosters go to their shelter and see what they have to deal with, then come back and write a review. I
can guarantee you that it would not be the same review. And if your opinion remains the same, please, for the animals sake that she is saving, do no harm. Because right now, that is what you are doing and the animals suffer due to your uninformed and short sighted opinion.
I you are looking to really make a difference,
please adopt from Judy. Or sponosr a pet, or foster a pet or volunteer. You may not always feel you had the best customer service experience, many times you will. But the LIFE you are saving is worth it.
They are doing the best they can under extremely difficult circumstances.
Their's is an impossible job which few would ever undertake. Very emotionally and financially draining.
Judy has little time to always be bright and cheery nor train every volunteer, nor be on top of all the paperwork, but her heart is beyond in the right place and she IS saving animals. And THAT is what this organization is all about!
Happy AGAIN! – It is disappointing to hear that everyone has not had a great experience with Pet Rescue By Judy (PRBJ). We on the other hand, have had nothing but great experiences -- most recently, on Friday December 30th -- we adopted our 4th puppy from PRBJ, in about 15 years -- "Casablanca the Big City Pup".
We filled out an adoption application (on-line) and were asked a few follow-up questions and were then notified that the puppy we were interested in was available. We took our dog and daughter to meet the puppy to see how they would interact. The meeting went well and we went home with Casablanca (now Jessie) that afternoon.
The staff were friendly, courteous, and very helpful -- all the while, tending to other adults and children interested in adopting pets and still allowing us time to acquaint ourselves with the puppy we were interested in. My daughter is so in love with this puppy and it has brought so much joy to our home in just a few days.
Judy and her staff are constantly busy yet they are able to provide the individual love and attention that each of these animals so much deserve.
Judy and the entire Pet Rescue by Judy staff, thank you so much for your tireless efforts and thank you for making our family very happy, once again!
BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – My family and I had a HORRENDOUS experience with PRBJ and I urge everyone to stay away and support a legitmate rescue run by qualified individuals!
My mother and I found a group of abandoned kittens- we took them in and bottle fed them for several days, and then realized we were not experienced enough to provide them with the care they truly needed. After researching several pet rescues in the area we called PRBJ and spoke with Judy herself and were told that we could absolutely drop the kittens off, that they would be well cared for and adopted out once they were old enough. The next day my mother and I dropped off the kittens and were once again assured they would be provided with the best care...this turned out to be further from the truth!
The day after the kittens were dropped off we called Judy to see how their first night was and if there was anything she needed us to provide them with---we were HORRIFIED when Judy did NOT even remember who we were or who the kittens were!!!!!!! She told us she would call us right back. When we did not hear from her 5 hours later we called her back again and she told us that one of the kittens had DIED! We were so distraught that we immediately called Animal Control to tell them about this situation and started calling many of the donors here in the Orlando area that we know avidly support her.
I have heard horror stories from MANY people in the area saying that she is no more than a glorified animal hoarder, and sadly I have to agree with this notion.
We will continue to inform the community about this woman masking as a rescue and hopefully word will quickly spread so that she can no longer con individuals and businesses alike for support.!
I would give PRBJ "0" stars if this site allowed it!
Adopt Out Violent Animals – I adopted a dog from PRBJ and was told she is a sweet heart, but her only issue was that she does not like cats.
About a week later she killed my neighbor's Yorkie.
Upon speaking with some past volunteers she had been previously adopted by a family but they returned her after only a few days because she killed their cat (which was not disclosed to me).
According to several Animal Control/Humane Societies in the area this is not the first time PRBJ has adopted out an animal without fully disclosing serious information. Not to mention that it is the least professional group I have ever seen.
I would hope they are not in business much longer for the animals sake.
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