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BEST PET ADOPTION Minneapolis 2008 - Safe Hands Animal Rescue

In February, the folks at Safe Hands Animal Rescue got into a car accident, their van crashing into a guard rail and cement pole on Interstate 90/39 near Edgerton, and the only thing on volunteer Lynne Bengtson's mind was what would happen to their precious cargo. Earlier that week, the Minneapolis-based no-kill volunteer shelter had sent representatives nearly 350 miles to assist a shelter in Iowa that was preparing to euthanize a load of puppies. After stopping to help another shelter in Wisconsin, Safe Hands volunteers found themselves in the middle of a blizzard with some 50 dogs on board. At first, Bengtson refused to get out of the car and leave the animals in the blizzard, afraid they would die in the winter chill. Even when rescue workers promised her that the dogs would be safe, Bengtson was reluctant, putting several of the puppies under her sweatshirt so she could ensure their survival. It is this kind of dedication to a cause that shows how grassroots activism can make a difference.

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Karen Driessen
Karen Driessen

Well. I'm not so sure about the rating on this animal rescue group. You should be very careful dealing with this organization, which is very DIS-organized. We were approved for a dog, drove a long way to see the dog, fell in love with the dog, and then the "foster" lady decided to keep the dog. AFTER she told us that she couldn't afford to keep another dog and that she keeps her dogs in crates for as long as 12 hours per day while she is at work. Our emails to SafeHands Rescue have gone unanswered. What a way to play with peoples' emotions. Also, what a way to care for animals!!! What a home we would have given that dog!!! Our dogs are with us for their entire lives and live a rich life. We just lost our older dog to cancer at age 12! How cruel was this, to both us and the dog. Outrageous. I do not recommend this animal rescue group until they make some serious changes. And, I am going to report them to every agency that I possibly can.

p.h.kach
p.h.kach

Our experience with Safe Hands Animal Rescue was absolutely top-notch. The website was perfect for our needs, from looking at our little girl to learning about the rescue to applying for adoption, and our contacts with the people fostering our dog were professional and yet very personal. We were able to learn so much about our new baby when we visited their home and fell in love with her, and when they brought her to survey our home they were most helpful. They took great care to assure that our little dog would be entering a situation that was mutually beneficial not only for us but also (perhaps even more importantly) for the dog. That was most impressive. The whole process felt effortless and we have been so pleased with the wonderful addition to our family. I would recommend Safe Hands Animal Rescue to anyone in search of a new lifetime friend.

Jennifer Moser
Jennifer Moser

We recently adopted a puppy from Safe Hands and had a very positive experience. You know they care about the animals that they're trying to find homes for. They were all very friendly and very knowledgable about each animal. We're honored to have added a member to our family from the wonderful people at Safe Hands!

Marlene
Marlene

Our first contact with Safe Hands Animal Rescue was April 27. We immediately received a reply with an application. Within six hours of completing the application we heard from the foster parents giving us all the important information about our inquiry. They invited us to their home on April 30 to meet the dog whose picture we fell in love with on the website. We talked about all the responsibilities of bringing a dog into our 'forever home', e-mailed her foster parents with questions to which we received very timely answers in spite of their busy schedules. She was spayed on May 4, micro-chipped, immunized, and had post-op meds by a vet (who is now her official vet)who volunteers her time and talent to do this. Her foster parents brought her to our home on May 7, made sure we were still a good match, and it's been a 'happily ever after' story. We can't say enough good things about this organization. Lynn has even taken time to comment when we send pictures. These people are so selfless in their efforts to rescue and love these precious gifts.

Lindsay
Lindsay

My experience with Safe Hands Animal Rescue has been wonderful! I have been a long-time dog lover, but I was very excited/nervous to get my first dog. I wanted to wait until I was absolutely ready. I got to know the rescue before adopting: I volunteered, donated, and really got to know how the process worked. I let them know months in advance when I planned to adopt. I told them what I was looking for, and I inquired about a few of the dogs, but the suggestion they made could not have been a more perfect match! They really knew my personality, and my new pup’s personality. It was definitely a love-connection. The Safe Hands volunteers were just as excited as I was! He is so amazing, and I’m so happy that Safe Hands was able to help me find him!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Let me first say I am in no way affiliated with safe hands animal rescue but am in the animal profession and have seen many rescue groups turn down perfectly "qualified" and interested families, including vet techs. To assume you are the right fit for an animal you have never met is exactly that, an assumption. You do not know the animal, its personality or the circumstances it is in or has been in. Id like to make the rest of this comment as a blanket statement for all rescue groups. It is unfortunate that some people obviously do not understand the meaning of a volunteer rescue group. All of the people involved in saving animals from high kill shelters in other states, transporting, fostering and adoption do it ALL in ADDITION to their busy lives. They all have jobs, families, etc. and they do this life saving service in their free time out of the goodness of their hearts, with no compensation, and then they get to deal with ridicule and idiots. Think about all the animals they have and all the applications they get on a daily basis. Do you work 40 hours, have children and a life and then spend all your free time reading through applications from people, each one of whom feel they are the best home for a dog they've never met? Obviously not, otherwise you would understand. Then people get upset when they arent responded to immediately. Realize the great thing all these people do and be patient. On another note, many people think they are satisfactory parents and are indeed not the right fit for a certain family. The point of a rescue group is to place animals in forever homes. They foster these dogs to get to know their personalities and what type of family they need. Just because you apply for a dog because it is cute doesnt mean it is the right fit for you. Apparently people dont understand this.Lastly, I just want to say kudos to all rescue groups. What you do is greatly under appreciated by the general public. But each life you save makes a difference in so many lives, so keep it up!!And to those of you who are offended by this comment, I encourage you to join a rescue group and volunteer your time, see what it is all about.

max rosen
max rosen

Similar to Maggie our experience with Safe Hands was quite poor. After 2 months of unresponsive requests to find out the status of our adoption, we were given an opportunity to meet our potential puppy. Shortly after being told we were approved, the foster mother decided to keep the dog for herself. Subsequent emails regarding her affiliation with the shelter unearthed the fact that she was being pushed out of the organization for unsatisfactory service. We were then told that we were unfit for any other Safe Hands pets because of our stern emails regarding the situation. This organization though good intentioned, has significant internal issues which have caused fantastic pet owners to be left out in the cold so to speak. Make sure when dealing with Safe Hands that you avoid contact with janine as she will potentially decide (single-handedly) to keep your dog/cat for herself.

maggie stewart
maggie stewart

Just wanted to let you know of the situation I had with Safe HAnds Rescue. They don't know how to respond to people who are truly interested in adoption. I sent four emails and only after I was rude did I get a response back after a whole week. Also we were turned down as satisfactory "parents" with no explanation. Just think before you recommend an organization or business a total background check should be made. They said they weren't a business but a rescue, no response for over a week,no reason why we were denied adoption rights, just to name a few pieces that I can't understand. Sorry to say that Safe Hands REscue has lost some mighty fine people who would like to adopt and give a loving home to a puppy.

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