Before moving to FL, my husband and I had 2 rescue dogs that died. We were ready to adopt an small Havanese. After searching the internet, I came across JBAR and was very pleased that they fostered the dogs rather than cage them. It was important for me to have a dog that was in a home because the foster parent knew the dog well. When we found our dog, my husband and I fell in love with him. We were willing to drive and hour to get him. After speaking with the foster mom, she was honest enough to let me know that she wasn't comfortable to release him, yet. We continued to talk until she felt it was ok for us to bring him home. She was a bit nervous not knowing if we knew how to handle him. When we took him home, he jump on my lap as we drove away. Both the foster mom and I knew it was a forever home for Corey. We were aware that rescue dogs can have issues, mostly due to fear and trust. All they need is tons of love and patience, like little children. A year later, Corey is the best dog we have ever had. He is loving, funny, super smart and so obedient. He is always by our side and makes sure he knows where my husband and I are at all the times. I would recommend JBAR at a heart beat. It all start at the beginning with their love for the dogs.
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I adopted my dog from them and they were great. After looking into other rescues that required a lot of paperwork, home visits and what not, I was happy to find the process there was simple and fast. I had to wait for the dog to be spayed, while I waited i was anxious and called a couple of times to check on that and never had a problem reaching and employee. I picked up Boo a week after I adopted and yes, he was sick with kennel cough but I have been told that is common in boarding places. After he got over I returned to work regular hours and he started having separation anxiety issues. I contacted them again and I think I had to leave a voicemail to the behaviour specialist but he contacted me right away. He gave me advice and sent materials that were very helpful and with patience and time Boo got used to the routine of me going to the office daily and going out sometimes in the weekend and I owed it to them (and some friend gave wise advice too). I don't take Boo there for his health care because we don't live in the area, but my experience with them throughout the adoption process and adjustment period has been great.
We decided we wanted to rescue a third dog and we found a beautiful female jack russell/ chihuahua mix named Onya. She was found in Miami and had some scars. You could tell she had been through a lot. Several of JBAR's fosters worked with her for months to get her to be less aggressive. We finally set up a meet and greet with our other 2 dogs one weekend at one of the adoption events. While at first we weren't sure, they spent over an hour with us off to the side until all the dogs warmed up to each other. We decided to give it a shot and are glad we did. 6 months later she is a happy member of the pack. All she needed was some love. It feels so good to rescue an animal! The application process was extensive but you can tell they really care. They even followed up several times just to see how Onya is doing. Highly recommended!