Yesterday sources alerted me that the worst dog rescue in Washington recently changed its name and phone number in an attempt to prevent potential dog adopters from discovering its sketchy past.
Sharon Gold’s Furever Homes Rescue is now operating as Heavenly Friends and claims to be located in Olympia (Gold ran Furever Homes out of her house in Tumwater).
How do I know this?
The phone number listed on its Petfinder site is for CruZin Auto Sales which is the former used car business for Gold’s husband Justin Cruz.
Here are some examples that show why Gold doesn’t want potential dog adopters to discover Furever Homes’ past.
Dog Rescue Has a Sordid History
You don’t have to look far to understand why Sharon Gold changed the name of Furever Homes Rescue.
Two years ago I wrote that Furever Homes rescue had over 100 incident reports on file with Joint Animal Services in Lacey from 2010.
Here are just a few of them:
1/15/2013 – Gold brought in a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Chance that she took back from a recent adopter because of excessive chewing. Gold said Chance “LOVES other dogs, good with cats, housebroken and good with kids.” However, a note on the intake form by JAS staff said the dog was “unpredictable, aggressive without warning” and “not…safe” for adoption,” so JAS had to euthanize him.
The officer also noted that Gold “put down false info on the paperwork.” It appears she gave a false name when she brought in the dog because the officer crossed out the name on the form and wrote in Gold’s name.
5/22/13 – Someone found an injured dachshund in the middle of the road. It was dead by the time animal control officers arrived. JAS determined it was one of Sharon Gold’s dogs.
11/14/2015 – Claiming a male pit bull was a stray she didn’t want, Gold surrendered it to animal control. She signed a form saying she didn’t own the dog and didn’t know the owner.
But a note on the report dated 11/20 says, “left vm for Sharon regarding her lying about the dog being stray.”
The dog’s profile on adoptapet.com and messages from Gold on screenshots show unequivocally that Forever Homes brought him up from Tijuana at least a month earlier.
3/1/16 – A woman brought a dog to JAS that she adopted from Gold about a month earlier. She said the dog had kennel cough when she adopted it.
JAS had to euthanize the dog because it had distemper. JAS also reported that the dog had a staph infection and herpes.
The officer who took the dog noted in the report that she was “concerned about the health of the animal in this rescue and worried that diseases are being brought up from Mexico.”
This is just a small sample of the confrontations between Sharon Gold/Furever Rescue and Joint Animal Services. Gold used the agency as a dumping ground for her sick dogs and dogs with behavior problems that she couldn’t adopt out.
Sharon Gold Threatens Animal Control Officer
Gold’s hostile relationship with Joint Animal Services culminated in May 2017 confrontation in which Gold and a minor who was with her threatened to kill Animal Control Officer Erika Johnson last year.
Joint Animal Services subsequently banned Gold and the minor from the property.
In addition, after the mom of the military family reported Gold to the police, Gold harassed her to the point where a Thurston County judge approved a restraining order to keep Gold away from her.
Sharon Gold Makes Big Money Selling Dogs
Both companies subsequently removed Furever Homes from their websites.
With no effective outlets to sell her dogs and cats, Gold created a new rescue with her husband’s phone number.
Creating Heavenly Friends allowed her to mislead Petfinder and get a listing on its site.
This gave Gold an aura of legitimacy that enabled her to start selling a high volume of dogs again (she sells cats, too).
And selling high volumes of animal is critical for Gold because it’s a huge cash cow for her.
She charges about $350 to adopt a dog, so Furever Homes makes about $84,000 – $168,000 a year.
Get The Word Out: Heavenly Friends is Not a Legitimate Dog Rescue
If you know anyone who plans to adopt a dog from a rescue, please warn them that, like Furever Homes, Heavenly Friends is run by Sharon Gold and is not a legitimate animal rescue group.
Not only is it more of a cash generating business than a real animal rescue group, I haven’t found any evidence that it is even registered to do business in Washington state.
Here are articles I’ve written about Sharon Gold and Furever Homes. They clearly show why no one should adopt dogs from Sharon Gold or any rescue groups connected to her:
- Furever Homes rescue illegally brought puppies from Mexico into Washington (2/6/16)
- Furever Homes Rescue Illegally Brought Puppies from Mexico into Washington (2/8/16)
- Furever Homes rescue is operating in violation of Thurston County codes (2/12/16)
- Thurston County dog rescue turns military family’s fostering experience into a nightmare (2/20/16)
- Thurston County cracks down on Furever Homes Dog Rescue (2/27/16)
- Judge issues restraining order against Furever Homes rescue director Sharon Gold (3/9/16)
- After 3+ months, Furever Homes dog rescue still has too many dogs (6/14/16)
- Furever Homes Dog Rescue: 100+ cases with Thurston County Animal Control since 2010 (7/29/16)
- Fire Kills 18 Dogs at Furever Homes Dog Rescue Near Tumwater (1/6/17)
- Furever Homes Dog Rescue Continued to Lose Dogs in 2016 (2/17/17)
- Furever Homes Founder Banned from Joint Animal Services After Threats Against Staff (3/20/17)
- Adopt-a-Pet Boots Furever Homes Rescue from Its Website (8/20/18)
Many thanks to the people who alerted me about Furever Homes’ name change. I could not have reported it without their help.