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'Rescue fraud' leads to 2 dogs abandoned at a boarding facility in NC

Pat and Pattie are stuck in a boarding facility
Pat and Pattie are stuck in a boarding facility
Facebook: A Shelter Friend

These two beauties are being boarded, but are at risk of being returned to a high-kill shelter soon, thanks to a legitimate rescue letting them down. A Shelter Friend reported the story on March 6, and despite more than 2,500 shares, no home has been found.

Pat and Pattie are a pair of abandoned bulldogs who were scheduled to die at the Elizabethtown, North Carolina shelter. They were contacted by rescue representative Angela, who not only agreed to save both dogs, but to also keep them together.

They were pulled by A Shelter Friend the day before they would have been euthanized, and placed in boarding while Angela worked on transport arrangements.

Angela contacted the boarding facility a few times, saying thing were moving along as planned. Unfortunately, that wasn't true. It was all a scam that left A Shelter Friend in a bad position.

When A Shelter Friend tried to contact Angela by phone, they learned Angela's phone was a magic jack phone that doesn't take messages.

When the rescue Angela was a representative of was contacted, they said they'd never heard of her.

A Shelter Friend is desperately seeking a new home for Pat and Pattie. It's hoped the two of them can stay together.

A Shelter Friend is made up of dedicated volunteers who work between county shelter and rescue groups nationwide, coordinating rescue efforts and assisting with the logistics, including veterinary care and transportation. They work primarily with Bladen County Animal Shelter in Elizabethtown.

Right now, Pat and Pattie need either a rescue group or an adopter to step up for them, because they can't stay in boarding much longer. The only other alternative is to return them to the high kill shelter.

A Shelter Friend will be extra cautious, not only in finding a home for these two precious souls, but also with any rescues asking them to help coordinate a dog rescue in the future.

Angela has placed doubt in their minds that should never have been placed there. A rescue is only as good as it's word, and most can be trusted and are true animal heroes to the cause of saving lives.

If you can offer Pat and Pattie a forever loving home, or you're with a legitimate rescue, please contact Silvia 910-876- 0539 or Debbie 339-832-0806 or by email at

As for now, boarding is $750 a month, or $25 a day. If you'd like to make a pledge toward their care, their PayPal is

No webpage fundraiser has been set up in their name, although that is something that perhaps should be considered.

Please share Pat and Pattie with your friends, especially those in the North Carolina area.

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