I want to share my story in the hopes that it will save at least one family from the emotional heartache and financial troubles Craig Sokol Sapp Rescue (also goes by Sapp Rescue) put me through, and the false hopes that he would help after months of unfulfilled promises.
I was interested in adopting a puppy for myself and my girlfriend, specifically to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday. I thought I found the perfect pup (an 8 week old lab/terrier mix) through Craig Sapp Rescue off http://adoptapet.com. Mr. Sapp and I spoke of the adoption and he gave me all the information, including the meeting place and the fee of $360. I told him the money was an issue and I would either have to wait until the following week when it was closer to my girlfriend's birthday and I would have the money or pass on this opportunity. I received a call from him the next day stating he would take $80 off the adoption fee and the new price would be $280 if I would adopt the next day, which he asked me not to share this discount with anyone. I thought this was a sign that it was meant to be.
I adopted our new puppy Bailey (Labeled SR-801 on the site) on Sunday March 3rd and surprised my girlfriend early. The first two days were great, and we bonded with our Bailey instantly. 2 days later we took her to the vet as she was not acting right and we were informed she had Parvovirus, which symptoms don't show for 5-7 days. If you are not familiar with Parvovirus, also called Parvo, it is a deadly virus that attacks the immune system and white blood cells of dogs, particularly puppies that come from the South (Here is a link with further info: http://pets.webmd.com/do… ). After research and discussing with our vet, we came to the conclusion she was given to us when she already had Parvo. Our vet gave us our options, either put her down or try around the clock treatment with only a 50% chance of survival. This being our first puppy, I wanted to do whatever it took and we chose the option to try and save her. Our Bailey passed away 4 days later on March 9th (my girlfriend's birthday) after being on fluids and medication in a 24 hour facility for 4 days.
I contacted Mr. Sapp regarding this, as our adoption contract stated he is not responsible for any incurring vet bills, but may be held responsible for reimbursement if the pet passes away from illness within 7 days. Our initial phone conversations were reassuring, stating he would reimburse me for the adoption fee of $280 and even try to help with some vet bills. He stated he would need some time to come up with the money, as he would need to take care of the Parvovirus on his premises as it is highly contagious. I told him that wouldn't be an issue and respected what he was doing and how he was handling this.
To make a long story short, weeks went by then months went by, and the excuses kept coming in. At this point all I was asking for was the initial $280 adoption fee (which now I see the reduction in price he gave me was a ploy to get rid of the dog, perhaps knowing she was sick). He seemed genuine on the phone, but I now realize he was telling me whatever I wanted to hear. He spoke to me about "his word" that he was not dodging the situation and the reimbursement would come. All lies. In our last conversation over a week ago, he stated he was mailing a $100 check and if I don't receive it he stated "...You can sue me or whatever". I live in New Jersey, he lives in South Carolina, and we made the exchange in Delaware so hopefully you see what my issue is there (suing out of state in small claims court is nearly impossible or costs a fortune in time, money, and travel).
I Emailed http://adoptapet.com regarding this, and have not heard a thing. The only thing I feel I can do at this point is share my story in the hopes that it helps other be more cautious with who you deal with when adopting, particular Mr. Craig Sokol Sapp. I respect the whole adoption thing, but the way Mr Sapp runs his adoption agency is highly unethical and I just don't want anybody else to go through what I went through. Not only being out over $1300 between the adoption fee and the vet bills, but also the emotional toll this placed on my girlfriend and I.
Please do your research and if you are reading this because you may be considering doing business with Mr Sapp (And I say business because there is no doubt in my mind he makes profit off pushing these puppies on people). His "Rescue" is stationed in Belton, South Carolina, but he advertises in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Delaware, and occasionally Gibbsboro, NJ.
I invite Mr Sapp to respond to this, as I am no longer hearing from him.
Monetary Loss: $1500.