Last March I wrote about Zena, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois with severe reactivity to other dogs that was adopted out by Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue to a family in British Columbia that had 2 other dogs (Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Lies to Another Family About the Dog They Adopted).
Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue is, in my opinion, the worst fake dog rescue in Washington. A woman named Trish Porter (this is just one of names she uses) runs it as a money making operation, so her only concern is finding dogs wherever she can and adopting them out as quickly as possible without addressing any health or behavioral problems they have.
That’s why many of the dogs people adopted from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue had significant behavior and/or health problems (Dozens Say Dogs They Adopted from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Were Sick, Emaciated).
Rising Phoenix adopted out Zena to a British Columbia family without mentioning her reactivity to other dogs (Zena also had an untreated laceration on her hip that wasn’t disclosed).
Zena repeatedly tried to attack the 2 dogs they already had and went after other dogs she saw when they walked her.
Dealing with Zena but an incredible amount of pressure and stress on their household, and eventually they decided they had to find another home for her. They could have returned Zena to Rising Phoenix but they refused to return her to the rescue that treated the her so badly and lied to them about the her health and temperament.
Instead, the family did what Rising Phoenix should have done – they kept Zena until they found an appropriate family with no other dogs.
Zena’s new family now works with a trainer familiar with Belgian Malinois. They also take her on nature walks and give her the run of the house (her other family had to keep her crated to keep her away from their other dogs).
Zena was extremely lucky that the family who initially adopted her was conscientious enough to find loving home for her instead of sending back to Rising Phoenix or dumping her at a shelter.
Rescuing dogs and finding appropriate homes for them shouldn’t be a crapshoot. Washington has many dog rescues run by people whose sole concern is finding the best possible homes for their dogs instead of using them as products to generate cash like Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue.
Many thanks to the family who found a great home for Zena when they realized they couldn’t keep her. They still visit her when they can.
And congratulations to Zena for finding her forever home!