ADOPT A GOLDEN ATLANTA INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 420256 % Lark Oneal Atlanta GA 30342 USA

Mission: Mission: Adopt a Golden Atlanta is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for Golden Retrievers in order to prevent them from becoming strays or adding to the shelter overpopulation Golden Retrievers, regardless of medical needs or age, will receive comprehensive evaluation; spay/neutering services, veterinary care, behavioral training if required, and safe passage into a permanent loving home

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Rating: 5 stars  

Several years ago I called rescue groups in order to adopt a dog and the only group responding was Adopt A Golden Atlanta. From the first phone conversation I knew I had found an incredible caring and very professional organization. As much as they wanted to please me, they were equally concerned about placing a dog in the best home for the dog. In the preceding years that philosophy has never changed.........the care and love for their Golden Retrievers come first. I'm most happy and proud to be a volunteer for this wonderful organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The adoption of my golden retriever, Duke, who has give me reason to go on after the death of my husband.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes because AGA is always improving and making changes to better the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am retired about 5 years, and had been searching for an organization to volunteer with for some time. After adopting a golden from AGA, I knew that I had found the right group. That was 2.5 years ago. I am continually amazed at the truly kind heart of this organization. When a situation calls for someone to go the extra mile, someone always steps up. Time, money, transport, foster...someone always steps up. The volunteers are wonderful, bar none. "Management" is efficient, consistent, and most supportive of the volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fabulous companion (golden) that they helped me locate, and in my activities as a member of the Applications team.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

compel more timely updates of information by volunteers to the webtool.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

more timely information updates to the webtool.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I enjoy "giving back" for the golden I adopted. Love the people contact. And I am thrilled every time one of my applicants finds the right dog. Proud to be part of a well-run volunteer organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been volunteering with AGA for just about two years. I so appreciate the leaderships' devotion to dogs in general and to golden retrievers in particular. Adopting a dog through AGA is much more difficult, appropriately so, than I would have anticipated - I am thankful that there are many guidelines in place to assure, as much as possible, that dogs go to homes that will be a great place for the dog. Much time and effort goes into vetting the potential applicants and making good matches. I'm also amazed by the generosity of the organization in taking excellent physical care of each dog that enters the program, often at great monetary cost. The volunteers who head the organization don't hesitate to spend hours each week looking after GR welfare. Animal welfare sometimes trumps all to the point that human communications seem gruff, but the heart underlying the organization is always to do what's best for the dogs - and that's why AGA exists! My particular heroes are the fosters, who welcome dogs of every variety into their homes, often train them, clean up after them, etc., and are then willing to have their hearts broken gladly when their charge finds his or her forever home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing orphan dogs placed in the homes of ecstatic adopters and seeing how much both the dog and the new family benefit from a well-made match

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

really not change a thing. It's a fabulous organization and I'm grateful to have a small role in it.

Rating: 5 stars  

Adopt a Golden/Atlanta sets a high standard for itself and for other resuces resulting in consistantly successful rescue and placement of Goldens in meticulously screened homes with post-adoptive follow-up. No Golden is turned away, no Golden is denied medical treatment, rehabilitative services or training, if needed. The organization's oversight is professional, caring and responsive to every need from fundraising to volunteer satisfaction to genuine concern for each dog in the program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having both fostered and adopted,

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No suggestions

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering as a foster for a year and a half. This organization will go the extra mile to save a dog in need. Our intake and transport team will drive hundreds of miles to pick up a dog to prevent them from being euthanized. The volunteers dedicate numerous hours to training and loving these dogs. I've never met a group of more devoted fans than we are of Golden Retrievers. The organization is professional, fair, and truly want to make a difference in the lives of goldens and golden owners.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fostering.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more volunteers if possible!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I lost my 2 goldens about 5 years ago there was a new organization starting to form in Atlanta called Adopt A Golden Atlanta.
I immediately signed up to be a volunteer at this organization and never realized I would be in the beginning of a wonderful group forming this organization.

We were a small group at the time and everyone did everything to save the goldens in the Atlanta area and beyond. I remember putting an extraordinary amount of miles on my car the first year, picking up dogs from owners, shelters and various other types and getting them to vets or new fosters. There were even the times a group of us would meet transports coming in from Missouri from breeders.

Since those early years the organization has grown with great volunteers who go about and beyond the task of rescuing a golden retriever.

Our organization has developed a reputation that can be identified as "Superlative". No matter how bad the situation or condition of the golden, we will do our best to improve it and make a better life for the golden.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All the above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about the lengths the people in this group go to in order to help Goldens in need. I adopted a dog from them and was impressed by their professional processes and immediately volunteered.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering as well as adoption.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted 2 dogs from AGA, and am also a volunteer. I have been involved with AGA since day one and can honestly say it’s been a privilege to work with this organization, and the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done. The leadership of AGA has been rock steady since day one, and has thankfully run this non-profit like a successful business, which means that there are policies and procedures that guide the volunteers and adopters. These policies and procedures are not onerous, but help guide everyone to keep the best interest of the dogs in mind at all times. AGA really does make an incredible effort to place dogs in their “forever” homes. A lucky golden retriever is one that gets into this program, because if it takes a week or a year, AGA will find a good home for every dog they take into their program. Their contract requires that if for whatever reason the adoption doesn’t work out, the dog MUST be returned to AGA—the ultimate protection for the dogs. The foster program insures that dog savy people have lived with these dogs and can insure that a good “match” is made between the dog and their new family. AGA is there for adopters after the dog goes home, happy to help with transition questions, training and the like. Incredibly, this is an all volunteer organization, and it speaks volumes to see the same volunteers year after year supporting this organization. It has been a pleasure to watch AGA grow into such a successful organization. The leadership should be very proud, as most volunteers are incredibly proud to be part of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Diesel and Tyler were both adopted from AGA. I watched a breeder dog who lived outdoors for 6 years become a wonderful family member. Tyler who was found on the street is now the most loyal pet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really can't think of any suggestions.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How did you find this group?

Through another Golden Retriever rescue

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group has reminded me that there are a lot of selfless people willing to come together for the common cause of saving these dogs. Its refreshing to see people from all walks of life come together for this cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have known about Adopt A Golden Atlanta for more than 5 years now. My experience with them started when my sister-in-law had lost her golden to cancer and the family was finally ready for to add a furry member. We attended an Adoption Day Event and were amazed at how organized and knowledgeable the volunteers were. She ended up adopting from AGA. Next, my co-worker adopted a senior golden from AGA. She would bring Buddy to the office and talk so positively about her experience with AGA. Wanting to help the cause, I began volunteering at Adoption Day events and helped screen applicants. Then, as we lost our senior dogs, we turned to AGA to help us find a new family member. The fosters were wonderful to work with - giving us not just the "selling points" of the dogs we were meeting, but also telling us about any special needs that he/she might have. We adopted our current 11 year old male golden 3 years ago and our 3 year old female golden 2 years ago.

AGA has always been there for us when a question came up or advice was needed. They have a wonderful staff and are always acting in the best interest of the dogs that they have rescued.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Going through the adoption process with them and in volunteering with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them greater presence on the south side of Atlanta.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through word-of-mouth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I was looking for a golden to come into my family's life when I stumbled upon Adopt A Golden's website back in 2007. We went to adoption day and the tremedous amount of volunteers that explained what their goal was stole my family's heart. After going through the adoption process with our Cabot and realized that this organization truly believed in what they said. We have never been happier with Adopt A Golden and all their goldens are well taken care of when they come into their system. We now have 2 goldens in our home and 1 Great Pyranees. All of them have been rescues from Adopt AGolden Atlanta. A couple of years back AGA realized that there were Great Pyranees that needed rescuing and started helping them also until last year when they found a person that wanted to start a rescue for them. Now through my newsletter's from them and volunteering for them ,Adopt A golden Atlanta has saved Goldens all through out the southeast. They truly have the foundation and people who love these dogs as much as my family does. I will be indebted to them for bringing such inspiration to my 3 children,who truly love everyone of my other 3 kids(goldens and great pyranees). Second chances really happen for their goldens that are brought into the system!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting,fostering,and understanding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

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