A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc.
Rating: 4.41 stars 70 70 reviews 2,005
Location: PO Box 222801 Chantilly VA 20153 USA
Results: AFH helps over 1,500 dogs every year. We directly place into new homes nearly 1,000 and facilitate the transport of many more to other rescues we work with throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England states.
Target demographics: find great new "forever homes" for dogs in need
Direct beneficiaries per year: 890 dogs, 17 goats, two donkeys, and seven horses!
Geographic areas served: the Washington, DC metro area
Programs: adoption services, transport services, and fundraisers.
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4 people found this review helpful
I am a small dog rescue owner, having owned 3 rescues in the past. Having recently lost my lead dog, and with one senior dog remaining, I began researching adopting another rescue. Several other organizations did not have favorable reviews &consistently negative comments. AFH had generally high ratings. They had a small rescue pup of 7 months of age that I was interested in. I am an above average dog owner, I have been an assistant obedience instructor for over 6 yrs at a local Maryland training club so I have practical knowledge of dogs, their behavior, and certainly training. Since my retirement, I have become a part time pet sitter/walker as well. So my life very much revolves around interacting with dogs. I can say 100% that my interaction with AFH was top notch from start to finish. I emailed the foster first to meet the dog. I was able to bring my current dog to meet the puppy at the foster's residence and was able to observe their interaction and ask questions. I submitted my application online (scanned) and received a response in 6 hrs. I was contacted for a phone interview in a timely fashion. I then had a home inspection at a mutually agreeable time. At every step I was told clearly what/when to expect the next step to occur. Each meeting was on time and as promised. For such a complex application process, this moved along like a well organized unit. Everyone was helpful, courteous, and they all seemed to care about what they were doing...saving pets and making sure they went to good homes. When a rescue goes to such lengths to vet it's potential adopters, it means they care about who they are adopting out to, not just statistics and numbers to "impress" sponsors etc. They want to make sure it works out for the life of the dog. One unique quality of this rescue is they DO NOT spay/neuter a puppy at 3 months of age like some other rescues. I have done some research and I personally believe super early spay/neuters have potential health issues(urinary incontinence in females, possible joint issues). Ideal is 5-6 months to spay a female before her first heat, and around 6 months for a male is best. I completely understand the need to eliminate unwanted litters thus the need to insure sterility of dogs going to new homes, but AFH accomplishes this without compromising the health of the dog in later life. They make you sign a contract that your young puppy has to be spayed'neutered by 6 months of age and they have to have proof or else they come after you. If your dog is more than 6 months of age when adopted, they will be fixed prior to leaving AFH. This is a win win, the dog is not sterilize at too young an age, no unwanted pet litters, and the organization can make sure owners do what they are supposed to do. Super arrangement. Highly recommend this rescue organization.
Oh, wow! What a wonderful review :) Thank you so much! Coming from someone with your background, it's really nice to hear such compliments. I don't think we could have said it better ourselves.
I am a volunteer foster of A Forever-Home Rescue. I currently have three (3) dogs that I am fostering. I love this organization because I know they truly care about animals. All dogs are given health checks and are either spay or neutered and if there is any health issues they take care of it. Food and collars and leases are also providing so that these animals can thrive in their new environment and therefore will make wonderful family additional. Don't Shop! Adopt!
I first became aware of AFH in 2009 when my daughter was looking for a 60-70 pound female black lab mix. Despite the fact that we ended up with a 120 pound male Great Pyrenees mix, and later, his sister, I was impressed with the dedication of the volunteers and organizers with whom we interacted during the process. Six years later we are still volunteering with the group. Our activities have included helping to whelp a litter of Great Pyr pups, fostering both puppies and large breed adults and transporting dogs and puppies to their foster families, typically from much more rural areas of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. Driving through the New River Valley in late spring and fall provides some amazing vistas. Winter, not so much.
In any event, I encourage anyone looking for a companion animal to consider rescue groups like AFH. When the animals are in foster care, you have a much better assessment of the animal's personality and idiosyncrasies which, in turn, tends to support a better fit with the needs and lifestyle of the adopter(s) for a happy and safe forever home.
And if you are on the fence about an animal, fostering can be a great way to evaluate your readiness for a companion animal without a substantial commitment. And should that temporary fostering turn into something more permanent (aka, a foster failure), you will just be joining a large and happy club.
I learned about AFH in 2008 when my wife and I adopted Midge. Our little furry girl. We had just lost our beloved dog Nutmeg and we're looking for another dog to love. We met Jen, a volunteer who was picking up a litter of puppies to foster. We told Jen our story and she was wonderful enough to bring over 4 puppies to our home (Midge and 3 of her siblings). Midge stole our hearts. She climbed into the toy basket of Nutmeg's toys and sat down. Jen did our home check on the spot. The following week, Midge was home. We'll needless to say, I been volunteering with them ever since. AFH is a non profit rescue that finds "Forever Homes" for dogs and puppies, and even some cats. AFH is one of the few rescues that will take in puppies. If you are looking for a puppy, AFH is the place to go. AFH is 100% dedicated to ensuring that our adopted dogs and puppies go to loving and safe homes. You will never find more dedicated, friendly, and helpful volunteers than those of AFH. Our dogs and puppies are in foster homes (NEVER in cages.) They stay with our fosters until they find their "Forever Home". AFH will do whatever it takes to save the life of a dog or puppy, no matter the cost.
I started fostering for Aforeverhome.org about 2 years ago and this was first time so I was very nervous but they were vert reassuring and gave me several handouts to read and emergency phone numbers. They did a home check and only gave me dogs I felt comfortable fostering. They made sure the pups were dewormied and got their shots in a timely fashion. I have had several litters of pups that were rescued with anything from mange to parvo and they made sure all the pups received the care they needed. All my litters have found their forever home and we still keep in contact with some on facebook. They are good about making sure that the pups and the new home iare a good fit so there are no return pups. They also rescue several dogs that others would never take. Best volunteer experience ever! I now do dog sitting and transport to help other dogs from being put down thanks to them.
1 person found this review helpful
I started volunteering for AFH after becoming disenchanted with other rescues. Too much politics, too many judgmental people not enough emphasis on rescuing animals. They were such a pleasant surprise! I have been in rescue for over 30 years so I have seen it all. AFH is without a doubt the most caring and well organized rescue I have seen in many years. The volunteers are unbelievable in their willingness to come forward every time, regardless of how many dogs we are trying to save! AFH is run by people that are always available to you, no matter what the problem, there they are ready to help, no matter how much they have on their plate. If you tell them you know of a dog that needs rescue or a new home they are there and ready to help. I cannot say enough about this wonderful rescue, I for one sleep better at night knowing they are there.
I first learned of AFH when I adopted our wonderful Rottie, Heidi, from AFH. I went to several foster homes as well as to the adoption events to look at dogs before Heidi picked us. I was impressed with the devotion and love each foster family had for their wards. The process is very streamlined without missing crucial steps (application, interview, home checks etc) and soon Heidi was ours.
I then became a volunteer for AFH, and I frequent the adoption events to get my puppy snuggling time fix! The leaders of AFH are always there and they are tireless in their dedication. I also see some of the same foster parents there week after week with their new wards, again, tireless devotion and love for each pup. The events and fundraisers are very well run and enjoyable as well.
I love this organization and just wish that I could do more but working full time, I do what I can. I get my first foster in May, all the way from Thailand! I just hope he does not adopt me :-)
2 people found this review helpful
I have been fostering for A Forever home for 3 years now and I can't say enough how great this rescue is. They never let a dog in need go and work so hard to make sure every dog finds its new forever home. Fostering has been such an excellent experience and I have felt so rewarded volunteering and helping these pups find their amazing new forever homes.
1 person found this review helpful
I have been a foster for over a year now, and I can't say enough how great this rescue is! They do so much for so many dogs looking for their forever homes! I'm just glad I get to help out.
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A Forever Home has helped me adopt 2 wonderful puppies who are now members of our family. I love that they help you find the right dog for your home and are not just pushing dogs out the door. I plan to get any future dogs from them, and am hoping to help foster for this great group of people!
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We adopted our beloved toy poodle in March 2008. This was our first experience with a rescue adoption. We had direct access (email) to the foster to ask questions. The adoption process was straightforward and we were able to take home our poodle shortly after she was spayed. She had all her shots and received the medication she was taking. She was a special member of our family for 6 wonderful years. Sadly, she passed away this past September. We are forever grateful to AFH for saving her life so she could be a part of ours. We miss her dearly.
Last February, we decided to become fosters for AFH. This has been a rewarding experience. We have been impressed by the number of dogs the organization has been able to save and the tireless dedication of the founders to ensure their mission. An amazing amount of coordination and selflessness occurs in order to save animals and bring them into the adopters loving hearts. The adoption process is straightforward and can take as little as 1 week from adoption approval.