I recently posted an introduction to myself and my dog in the new members forum, but wasn't receiving responses. I realized later that not many people view that topic, so I wanted to re-post here because I would really appreciate some opinions on this matter. I hope that it isn't uncouth to re-post a similar note, but I thought it might be OK since no one was looking at the other one.
About a month ago I adopted Bruno, a ~12 week old Catahoula mix from a rescue. It's the first dog I've owned myself as an adult and so far everything is much smoother than I expected/remembered from my lab growing up. It is definitely the best decision I have ever made.
My biggest concern has been my disappointment in the rescue organization. The foster mom had 5 puppies in her basement and was just letting them pee and poop in their crates. I thought the idea of the rescue was to get the dogs out of those conditions! He ended up with kennel cough the 2nd day I had him and still had worms and giardia even though they claimed he had been dewormed twice. I was glad I got him out of there! I felt like I was rescuing him from the rescue.
The only thing I have done at this point is tell my vet that I wouldn't recommend this rescue organization. I'm worried about tainting the reputation of an organization that is otherwise doing great things for dogs. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I should call attention to this issue without dragging their name through the mud unnecessarily? I know that the woman in charge has a personal relationship with the foster mom, so I have been avoidant about writing her a letter but I know that is the first thing I need to do. Any other thoughts? Thoughts on wording this letter so it won't make her defensive and therefore deaf to my legitimate concerns?
Thanks in advance!