"We adopted Duke August 1st, 2017. His mom saw his picture on facebook, and was immediately drawn to him. We went one day to meet him, and ended up taking him home that day. I remember the day like it was yesterday- meeting Kelly and Jill and watching Duke roll around in the leaves/grass and play with Emma.
We were told that Duke was roaming the streets of Chester for about 3 weeks. He was found by train tracks.We took him home that night and Duke peed in my husband’s car (probably because he was scared!) We didn’t plan on taking him home that day so we had nothing for him besides the collar and leash we were given. So, we set up some blankets on the floor for him to sleep on that night. At first, I remember it being difficult and a lot of work. But he quickly became apart of the family.
I remember being obsessed with him (still am), taking him on car rides to the dog park, playing with him outside in the grass, etc. Looking back at old pictures, you can find him cuddling up with us very soon after we got him. We had to do some house training with him, and some crate training until he caught on. He adjusted to a new setting and new parents very well.
I chose delco dawgs #1 because they rescued the cutest pup in the world. But also because you can tell they are people with huge hearts who put their heart and soul into the job. They work hard and use their own dime to rescue. This was our first pup and we got SO lucky. He’s the perfect addition to our family and we love him so much!" - Lexi V
"I adopted Squirt 3 days after loosing our family chihuahua Minnie to old age. We had her since birth and it devastated my kids. I contacted a good friend of mine hoping to find a puppy and through DD she found us Squirt. He was 10 weeks old and being surrendered by his owner due to allergies. We’ve had him a year now and absolutely love him. DD is an amazing group and everyone involved are very loving. Thank you so much DD!!" - Robin E
"I am a supporter of Delco Dawgs and that is when we first laid eyes on Pete. In the picture he looked just like our Yorkie we had lost at the age of 17yrs 2 years prior. What really gave the final push was the the write up on Pete and how he was cranky and a biter. We found that funny because our yorkie , Shaggy had the same temperament.
We contacted Mary and Lorie and set up a time to meet Pete. We already have 4 Westies, 3 of the 4 adopted, and we wanted to make sure Pete was able to blend in with everyone. We went to meet Pete and we fell in love. We agreed to start out as a foster just in case there were any issues with him blending in with the other pups at home. When we took Pete home he was the sweetest boy. I was able to give him a bath and put a collar on him. 5 days later we signed the adoption papers!
Pete had adopted our family!! You would never know this was the same dog ! Pete had laid in bed with me like he had been here forever. He showed trust in me and the other pups. He has his own pen, his bed and many hand made blankets that he loves. Pete has quite a fan base on Facebook and from my co workers! Pete can have his moments if you pick him up and he does not want to be bothered, and he means business LOL!! My current groomer would not groom Pete because he would not let her pick him up and take him out of the tub !
Pete and the rest of the pack now have a new groomer and she is awesome with all of them!! Pete has never had an accident in the house. He is very well mannered around house guests and his pup siblings. He has gained some weight but he is healthy and happy. He and one of my female westie's, Tisha are the best of buds. They sleep next to one another and lean on each other!" - Wendy W
"I was introduced to Jill, Mary, Lori and the rest of the Delco Dawgs team when my mom did a story on them several years ago for the local newspaper. As an animal lover, I was moved by their dedication and compassion for every dog, cat etc. that they welcomed into their rescue. Delco Dawgs is often the only thing standing between a life of pain, neglect and abuse for these animals. In some communities, these women (along with other private rescue groups) are the sole resource for animal welfare.
I am a self decribed, "crazy frenchie lady." My husband and I have 2 french bulldogs and we were pretty set on no more considering we also have a 15 month old human baby! But in March, when the ladies posted about a chubby blue pied frenchie in need, my heart exploded.
Bella was born and raised in a barn in Lancaster county, PA. She was used to produce much sought after blue pied frenchie puppies for 2 or 3 years and then discarded like trash after she was no longer a money making commodity for her "breeder". Bella came to us sick, scared and had no idea in the world how to be a dog. She didn't know how to walk on a leash, wouldn't sit on the couch and was clueless as to what a toy was.
Over the first few weeks, she opened up and changed into a happy, silly girl who adores her brother and sisters. She loves blueberries, peanut butter and taking naps by the window in the sun. It became pretty apparent that we would have a hard time rehoming her. We tried a meet and greet with another family but that only shed more light on the fact that Bella was already home.
Long gone are her days of living in a barn sick and scared. Bella has a family now like she was always meant to have and it's all because Delco Dawgs cared enough to rescue her. We will be life long supporters and are forever grateful." - Lisa R
"We unexpectedly lost our previous rescue pup tragically the summer of 2019, I was pretty adamant I wouldn't be getting a new dog for a while. However, a friend of ours who is a vet tech had told us about this pup that she had been helping care for. He was found by ACCT in Philly and Delco Dawgs wanted to give this guy a chance or he would have been euthanized. He was found in pretty rough shape, pretty similar to how my old pup was found. He was severely emaciated, had an embedded collar, all 4 paws were deformed from either malnutrition or being stuck in a small cage left alone outside. He had most likely been surviving by eating his own feces. They honestly weren't sure he would survive surgery, but this strong little guy did and despite how he probably never knew love, he was so sweet and very trusting.
When I heard his story, it stuck with me...almost like a sign I needed to care for this pup just like my last one. My husband and I went to meet him that week after he came out of his surgery. He hopped out of his little blanket with his floppy paws and came over into my lap. I was so in love. I didn't care how long it would take to get this little guy healthy again, I knew we had to. He had to know what love is. He originally was named Bronx, but when we brought him home we renamed him Pancho. We knew he had a long road, but he had so much love and support from the community.
We were able to get him through months of physical therapy with lots of love and cuddles and you would never even know he had endured any of the abuse he did. He now enjoys life lounging around, getting belly rubs, going on hikes, camping, and picking on his kitty brothers and sisters.
If it wasn't for the Delco Dawgs team and community, we never would have had this guy come into our lives. We owe them so much. Pancho has helped me heal and feel the love and companionship of a dog again. We are so thankful!" - Kara R