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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation is a non-profit, all-breed dog rescue that works to find loving new "Forever Homes" for dogs that have found themselves in a situation where they need help. We are a group of experienced rescuers that can help you find just the right pet to fit your lifestyle - whether you're a couch potato, an avid runner or anything in between.

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.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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AForeverHome 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an A Forever Home foster failure. I fostered two adorable schnoodles that we fell in love with and made them part of our family. Everyone at A Forever Home was so happy we were adopting and really great during the adoption process. A big thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AFH since 2003 and have adopted several dogs. The adoption process is clear and fair. It is important to note that the negative reviews are either from disgruntled adopters who have been turned down (for good reasons) or volunteers who didn't follow our policies and procedures and think they know more than we do. Senior volunteers and the board of directors have 15-25 years of experience in rescue. Too many volunteers sign up, have their own agenda, and get angry when we won't change policies and procedures to match what they think rescue is. . Like any responsible company, AFH has procedures in place that everyone must follow, and if volunteers choose not to follow them, they have the right to go elsewhere but they don't have the right to tarnish our reputation because they are angry. It is childish and unfair. As far as the adopters who have been turned down - there is a reason for every one of them (and there are not many of them). We have thousands of wonderful adopters - repeat adopters - who can attest to our dedication and professionalism. Don't put your faith in someone who was turned down to adopt - there is a reason why they were turned down.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simply the best! AFH is professional, thorough, ethical, and fiscally responsible. It's interesting to note that the people giving poor ratings were primarily people whose applications were denied. That speaks volumes about them - not AFH. They were turned down for any number of good reasons, such as wanting a dog when their landlord won't allow one (they would sneak them in), wanting a dog that is inappropriate for their lifestyle, or wanting a dog "for the kids" (it's the responsibility of the adult and ALL family members must want a dog - not just the kids).

Some rescue groups in the area kill puppies that come down with parvo because they don't want to pay the exorbitant fees to treat them - not AFH - we treat them.

Some rescue groups in the area kill dogs with behavior issues - AFH has a professional trainer on our team (she was trained by Cesar Milan - the dog whisperer). Dogs needing a little extra help spend time with our trainer to be rehabilitated.

Some rescue groups don't think home visits are important. Home visit are a crucial step in placing a dog into a new home. Would you put your kids with a daycare provider you haven't check out? Would you go to a doctor you haven't checked out? Why would you place a dog into a home you haven't check out. Home visits are a CRITICAL part of rescue. Rescues who don't do home visits are lazy and irresponsible.

Some rescue groups don't pay their vet bills - AFH pays, in full, $25,000 - $30,000 EVERY MONTH in vet bills.

Some rescue groups and SPCAs don't believe in foster homes. They think it's ok to board dogs in cold metal kennels for months at a time. It's not ok. Every AFH dog goes into a loving foster home that provides love, socialization, and basic training.

Like I said earlier - SIMPLY THE BEST!




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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A forever home is such an amazing and beneficial organization! They are so dedicated to finding animals their future owners and providing safe and nurturing environment for them! I have volunteered with them a few times and the adoption events are so welcoming. The people at AFH are always willing to help anyone interested in adopting, or simply learning more about the organization.

1 acainelli

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, we adopted an 8 month old Rottie pup named Heidi from AFH. Her parents and 2 litter mates were found in the backyard of a foreclosed home when the pups were 6 months old. They were very malnourished and the poor mama had sheet rock and patio furniture in her stomach. AFH paid the surgery for the mom and nursed the pups back to health. I’m proud to say we have a very healthy 11 year old rottie, that’s outside the average life span for the breed! Thank you AFH for saving the best dog we’ve ever had!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first got involved with AFH through a friend who was a foster. We adopted our first dog from them in 2009, and she is the most perfect dog in the universe! A few years ago I became a volunteer and periodic foster. Rather, a foster failure, I adopted my last foster! I conduct home visits for them and am alway very impressed with the amount of work the primary 4 people do. There’s lots of moving parts! But they have a good system and manage to get it all done. It’s a labor of love for them, I wish everyone realized that we’re all volunteers doing the best we can to save dogs and put them in appropriate, good homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs (years apart) through A Forever Home. The organization was fantastic from start to finish. In both cases, the dogs were listed on the website with accurate pictures/descriptions; the fosters facilitated my visits to their homes to see the dogs, and they answered my questions. The adoption process ran smoothly and professionally. The organization clearly cares about the dogs’ wellbeing and wants to place them in good and permanent homes. I received good background and medical information for both dogs. And most importantly, I got GREAT dogs. Highly recommend AFH. I have adopted dogs through other rescues and AFH ranks high.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I have been disappointed with the lack of transparency and client-focus with A Forever Home, Chantilly.
The criteria for adopting a dog is not clear and is based on the personal opinion of a few old-school women who believe they know everything about dog and the universe.

My advice would be - be very careful using this group, do not get your heart set on a dog as they turn down so many families for ad hoc reasons (meanwhile hundreds of dogs are euthanized every day) .
You never know if you will be "selected" as a good enough adopter. And don't let you children fall in love with a dog only to be disappointed later. Good luck!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I volunteered here I adopted my first furry friend from this organization. Currently I am fostering another one. I found the adoption process is simple and well verified. AFH makes sure the adopted one gets the right place and care. They rescue quite a lot of abandon dogs and cats. AFH does pretty good job of finding fosters/forever home for new dogs and cats.
I am impressed by the work of this self organized and independent volunteers contribution.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am not one to usually leave reviews but this organization is extremely unprofessional. The lack of communication after you have been through half of the adoption process is incredible. My daughter and I did the interview signed the application and have been waiting for a home visit. We were told AFH doesnt adopt certain breeds to renters which is fine and understandable- (Bethany) was amazing helping me find a few other dogs that I could adopt. I found one we loved and sent 6 messages inquiring about the dog just to be told that someone will get back to me. I never heard from the dogs foster or AFH.

I looked at Homeward Trails- found a puppy Thursday, filled out my application, got a call from the organization and foster, met by puppy Saturday and brought him home. I feel like adopting a dog should be an easy and fun process all the way around and AFH didnt make that experience happen.

I hope the dogs under their care find loving homes, because from the looks of it there are many people (including myself) that were ready and willing to be those homes. I am not bashing the organization just a little disappointed and hurt that no one could take the time to aide in this process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It sounds corny but I really don't know if I rescued my fur baby or she rescued me. I adopted Tater from A Forever Home almost 10 years ago and have been recommending them ever since. please don't hesitate to adopt from them or give them donations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from AFH in the span of 11 years and volunteered with them as well. They do everything they can to make sure a dog is a good fit for a home. They provide exceptional medical care for their fosters, even when a dog needs multiple surgeries or procedures. For being run solely by volunteers, they can get overwhelmed with work but they do a great job of rescuing dogs and placing them in good homes.

Steve S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted two rescue dogs from AFH, one at a time over several years. They were always up front about any issues each had, and each was a blessing to us. We look forward, as our last has passed, to adopting another (or a pair) of companions to love.

They are a volunteer organization, yet they reach out (recently Texas and Florida) to help out other rescues in need. Our first rescue came from Garret County, MD, in fact. Adoption events can be hectic and crowded, and patience is recommended. You’re not going to a store that wants to unload merchandise, but to filks who want to put a pet in the right home the first time.

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1 Norman C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

So our family went back to the local Petco in Chantilly, VA Nov. 12 2017 to check out the rescues as we have on several occasions. We finally found a puppy we absolutely adored. We went and filled the application, and did the interview on the spot. Discussions went well, and we were told we would be contacted by Wednesday to schedule a home visit. To our surprise we get an email less than 24 hours later say we have been DENIED due to not meeting their guidelines. Funny thing is we've been dog owners for over 10 years, both dogs since they were puppies. One just passed this year due to health reasons...RIP :(

We are tenured dog owners, and to get a response like that was a COMPLETE shock. I've written the Board of Directors asking for a response on how they came to this conclusion, other than using a cookie cutter template they sent us. Its been a 4-5 business days with no response. I've tried calling their phone # which if you call states this voicemail is unattended. I left them a review on their Facebook page, which they FLAGGED and had deleted with the reason saying "it was not a personal experience" Oh you better believe this was a real experience, we were there!! we have a copy of the paperwork you gave us.

I'd really like to see some transparency with this organization, they seem to be hiding from the general public. I couldn't find them on Yelp, only google to write a review. The only other place I left a review (on their Facebook page) was deleted to hide the truth. I've also tried messaging them on Facebook, guess what? They BLOCKED ME!

Obviously I'm not interested in dealing with this shady organization to obtain a pet, but because I believe in transparency, here are some screenshots...

Maybe AFH will chime in, or will they try to have this review deleted as well? I wish I can give them zero stars...from what I perceive this a shady organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This company will not help other rescues in need. They will only go out of their way to do what is best for them. If you don't believe me, ask them what organizations they have helped in the past that needed assistance. There answer: "We are a small foundation that works off supplies, monetary and other donations from the general public." Yet, if you look at their history they will go out of their way to puppy mills to take dogs in need, but have even denied helping other organizations who have reached out to them. There are plenty of other great rescues in this area. Go support them instead. This company is tragically run.

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AForeverHome 09/11/2017

Honestly, I have no idea what this person is talking about. AFH works with other organizations on a regular basis. We partner with many other rescues and businesses to do all we can to benefit the community in impacted areas. Do we help with puppy mills, you bet! We've worked with authorities to shut down a number of puppy mills and disreputable breeders. Do we work with disadvantaged rescues in areas where they frequently have no option but to euthanize dogs? Yes. We partner with a large number of rescues who have significant intake volumes and near zero chance of placement. Do we help out in natural disasters? Yes. We made five trips to the Gulf Coast following Katrina. We purchased and had installed a new heating system for a New England shelter whose system was destroyed by the storm. We just returned from another Gulf trip to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and we're planning a trip to help with relief following Hurricane Irma. In short, we help many orgs!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Recently, my husband and I decided that it is time for our family to get a dog, so we began looking for a puppy that could grow old with our children. I spent weeks searching rescues and researching breeds. I found 6 puppies at A Forever Home that I was interested in, and all 6 were going to be at an adoption event on Sunday 8/6. I took my 7-year-old twins to the event and told them that we’d know if we found a puppy we couldn’t live without. Well, we fell in love with a puppy named Faye, filled out an adoption application and had our on-the-spot interview. I was told that the next step was a home visit which was a formality to ensure that we’re not “running a puppy mill or having dog fights in the backyard.” Faye was given a collar with our name on it. My children were told that we could rename Faye and that they should start thinking of what her new name would be. Confident that the home visit would go well, we were told that we’d attend a briefing on 8/13 where we’d sign the contract, pay the adoption fee, and take Faye home.

Filled with excitement, we were at the adoption event for 2 hours after we knew that Faye was “our puppy.” We held her and took pictures with her. Although my husband had taken an early cross-country flight that morning, he came to meet Faye so he could share our excitement during the week while we waited for her. When Faye was loaded into a car at the end of the event, we were taken to her so that we could say bye. She whimpered when we left. We spent the rest of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday getting ready for Faye and our home visit. We chose a new name for her. By Wednesday evening 8/9, we had not yet been contacted about our home visit. I sent an email to A Forever Home to let them know and provided my contact info. No response. On Friday morning 8/10, I noticed that someone was uploading photos to the Facebook page, so I sent a message saying that I hadn’t heard anything. That person (Maribel) gave me her email so I could message my info to her directly and said she’d look into it. Two hours later, I received a generic email from the Board of Directors denying my adoption application. I replied to that email and sent another to Maribel requesting clarification for what I could only see as a mistake. My husband left a message on the rescue’s voicemail as well. No response. Friday evening, I noticed someone on Facebook again so I messaged, concerned that I hadn’t received any responses. I was told to direct all inquiries to the info@ address, so I sent another email at 6:30pm. No response. I left a pleading message on the rescue’s voicemail Saturday afternoon, hoping that somehow we might still be able to get Faye on Sunday 8/13. I sent one final email on Tuesday 8/15. Again…no response.

It’s now Wednesday 8/16, and we are extremely hurt. Even more so, we are confused. We are confused by the denial with no explanation. We are confused by the denial with no home visit and no further communication. We are confused as to why we (especially my children) were given so much hope and were allowed to bond with a puppy and told to name her, only to be crushed.

I had initially been so impressed with A Forever Home. The website and Facebook page are great—filled with photos and information. The adoption event was organized and well run. But somewhere after the event, the level of professionalism previously exhibited was lost. We are left with a crate, food and toys for a puppy that we didn’t bring home. We are left with unanswered questions while at the same time trying to find answers to give our children. While I typically would not write a negative review, our experience has been nothing short of heartbreaking. I can only hope to spare another family the same experience.

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AForeverHome 09/11/2017

libbymeurer - thanks for your review, even though it's not the kind we like to receive! We apologize that you didn't have a positive experience with AFH. There are several things that played into your experience: - The week you applied, several of our key members were away (not a justification - just an explanation) - The interviewers (and everyone else at the adoption event) are volunteers and don't always relay the correct information or set appropriate expectations. Clearly, we need to work on this. - When applications are denied, we don't typically reveal the reason. We recognize that this often causes confusion for the prospective adopters. It is a policy that many other rescues also employ. Again, we apologize we didn't live up to your expectations. We will strive to improve our adopter interactions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rescue is HORRIBLE at communicating if you're trying to return a pet adopted from them, which is stipulated as a requirement in the contract you sign. My family and I adopted a lovely dog almost a month ago, but came to the difficult decision over two weeks ago that it was not meant to be and we should return him.

It has now been 16 days since my initial email, requesting initiation of the return process and during this entire time, I have only received one email in response - this came 9 days after my initial email. In 16 days I have sent approximately 10 emails, left 4 voicemails, pinged their FB page via messenger, and left a review on their FB page and Google. A friend of mine successfully made contact with them via FB on my behalf given my inability to do so, but while they would tell her a limited amount of info about MY process (just that they started the process), they continue to ignore messages from me. So, they'll talk to other people about my process, but not me. I am being deliberately and purposefully ignored, I can only assume is because I'm trying to return a dog.

It is of course not the desired outcome when running a rescue, that an animal comes back. However, not all adoptions are perfect matches and are in the best interest of both parties (family and dog) in the end. AFH is disrespecting me and my family by deliberately prolonging this process and making it hard on us, as well as the dog we adopted.

I've reached the point where I am at a loss for words. So, if you're looking for a rescue that REALLY cares for the dogs, this one is not the one. If they really cared, they'd do all they can in the best interest of the dogs - even those being returned.

7 Jennifer594

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would give this company a ZERO if it was allowed! We should have looked at the reviews because they are HORRIBLE! We told them we were from an apartment and that we wanted the Shepard mix and our lease only says no GERMAN shepards. They said doesnt matter THEY wont let us have him and its THEIR right to refuse us. I asked tp see where that was written and was told it was a "verbal" policy. ALL because they said there was a CHANCE the apartment complex could say no and refused to call to ask if the complex would allow it.

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AForeverHome 01/12/2017

We apologize that you were dissatisfied with your interaction with our organization. It is true that we do limit adoptions of various breeds to those who rent, and yes, we limit based on our policies, not those of a particular apartment complex. This policy was developed after many, many renting adopters moved and were forced to return their pet because their new rental provider did not allow a particular breed. While we recognize that our policy causes hardship for some people, we genuinely feel that it is in the best interest of the dogs. We hope that you were successful in finding a new furry companion. A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

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Client Served

Rating: 1

We had a horrible experience with them.
They misrepresented the breed of the dog we got, which is not a big deal until we realized that they bring physically abused dogs from Puerto-Rico hence with a slue of difficult behavior problems and aggression. When you have a problem, they offer no help and makes you feel that you are the problem, even with an aggressive dog that we totally believe that he was medicated with sedatives when we saw him.
The safety of the families including children is not on their radar at all.
It's a business, if they truly cared about the animals they would have been available to help the families or take the animal back if it is not the right fit and match it with someone more equipped to handle an abused aggressive dog with no small children in the house.
Research and read the reviews carefully, for us it was too late.

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AForeverHome 01/12/2017

We regret that you had a bad experience with our organization. We strive to ensure that all dogs we adopt out are placed into appropriate homes where they will be able to stay forever ... their "forever home." To accomplish this, we ensure that we divulge as much information as we have about each dog prior to its adoption. In your case, you should have been informed that your dog was from Puerto Rico so that you could have taken that under advisement as you made your decision to adopt or not. We'd also like to stress that, while some dogs from Puerto Rico are abused, the same can be said of everywhere. Being from Puerto Rico does not "doom a dog to failure" With regard to the misrepresentation of a dog's breed, we do the best we can. In the greatest majority of cases, we rely on the assessment of the surrendering entity (shelter, rescue, owner) for breed identity. This is for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is common that the dogs will come with treatment sheets that become part of their "permanent record." These sheets will have a breed identification on them, and if we use something else then first, we're guessing, and second, it causes confusion. As for the dog being "medicated with sedatives" when you saw him ... that was most assuredly not the case. We don't believe in misrepresenting our dogs like that. It does no one any good! And for returning a dog, we always accept returns of dogs adopted through our organization. In fact, that is a condition of adoption and explicitly called out in your contract that you must return the dog to us (see the text of our contract here: http://www.aforeverhome.org/forms/sample-adoption-contract/). There is a process that you must go through when returning your dog. This process ensures that we are able to place the dog into an appropriate foster home when one is available. Returns may not happen immediately because we do not have a facility where dogs are housed, but rather rely on foster care providers. While this doesn't change the fact that you were (and probably still are) dissatisfied with the rescue, hopefully, it helps understand why things happened as they did.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Do your homework before selecting this organization. It would be nice to finally get through and talk with the person in charge. I find it interesting they they don't list any of that information on the website only to say a group of experienced rescuers. Certainly do not have any experience with the process of fixing errors of pets placed in the wrong home environment. Even if they pride themselves on making a good forever home match. They don't even take safety of children into consideration when every attempt has been made to consider the pet and the children by the family. Do your homework... even if you think nothing will go wrong in the process. It's these situations that really brings to light the true nature and intent of an organization. This has a process that needs to be fixed and not at the expense of children or families that have gone beyond trying to make it work...not when harm has been done. It's a difficult decision to have to make and a strong organization would be supportive and there to help make it easier for the families and the pets....not prolong and be difficult.

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AForeverHome 01/12/2017

We regret that you had a bad experience working with AFH. We really do try to make things work out, but it can be difficult. We do not publish phone numbers for our volunteers. Most of our volunteers work full-time jobs, have families, and other obligations in addition to the rescue. All contact with the rescue is initiated through our info@aforeverhome.org email address. When it comes to returning a dog, we always accept returns of dogs adopted through our organization. In fact, that is a condition of adoption and explicitly called out in your contract that you must return the dog to us (see the text of our contract here: http://www.aforeverhome.org/forms/sample-adoption-contract/). There is a process that you must go through when returning your dog. This process ensures that we are able to place the dog into an appropriate foster home when one is available. Returns may not happen immediately because we do not have a facility where dogs are housed, but rather rely on foster care providers. Just as you are concerned for the safety of your family, we are concerned for the safety of ours (our fosters and volunteers). We have to find an appropriate foster before we can bring a dog back into the organization. For a dog with behavioral issues, that may take a while. The rescue is here to help, but please remember that when you adopted the dog, you assumed responsibility for the dog. We will do what we can, when we can, but sometimes that isn't enough to meet your needs. All the best, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It is my opinion that this so call non profit is helping only themself to realize their dream to " boss" somebody. The leaders are people who probably feel less important that they wish to be so they show they "authority " to potential adopters in full splendor. They even want to comand potential adopters what they may and may not to do in their own home. Please believe me after many years working and now volunteering at vet clinics and shelters I now how important it is to explain people what to do and not to do with and for adopted animals. I support free training for adopters and their dog , brochures, hot lines, mentors, children and pet classes and all possible ways how to teach public to take good care of adopted animals. But I do not support arogancy, invasion of privacy. And extreme like house check. There is to many animals waiting for adoption and sadly too many animals to be put down every months, every year. So I would like to beg people who can donate things, food money to choose a non kill shelter that really work hard, really strive to place animals to good home without playing around like this non profit does.

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AForeverHome 01/12/2017

We regret that you did not like your interaction with our rescue. We strive to make everyone's experience pleasurable, but sometimes that's just not possible. As for your feeling that a pre-adoption home visit is overly intrusive, we will simply have to disagree. It is our policy that we must conduct a thorough home inspection visit prior to approving anyone for adoption. If an adopter finds that too invasive, there are many organizations who do not have such a policy and you are welcome to adopt from any one of them. Regards, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived in Fairfax County Community of VA for 20 years. A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation is a well-respected rescue group. I found out about them when I first moved there, after losing my beloved dog, and really want to help them while I dealt with the loss of my pet. I donated money, items of need and always stopped by their adoption events to see the animals and wish them encouragement. When I was ready to adopt again, I went to their website immediately and found the love of my life. I adopted Chloe 10 years ago, and I still have her. Maribel, one of the leaders, was very thoughtful, helped me answer so many questions, did a thorough tour of our home, and really made sure we were personally ready to take on this responsibility. I never felt pressured by the group. I also want to acknowledge them for their dedication to these animals once they leave AFH. If an owner changes his mind or if the animal turns up at a shelter, AFH is notified and they will pick up the dog. That's true dedication. Also, each of the animals before it is adopted, it spayed/neutered and up-to-date on all vaccinations. They also take the time to train the animals before they are adopted out. That's true dedication. I always recommend AFH to people looking for animals and will always support them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I'd give no stars if I could. What a joke of an organization. Read their comments and news letter, putting blame on people. This organization is known for telling lies about breeds that are available and not helping out when something goes wrong. That is exactly why it is only an answering machine and a P.O. Box when trying to get in touch with someone. BUYER BEWARE....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was once a volunteer with this organization. I was dropped as a volunteer because I have an unaltered pet and was accused of running a breeding operation. This is not a foster from their organization and he is not a rescue pet either it is my very own personal pet a part of my family. I understand that they can dictate what happens to the animals that they bring in as rescues but to tell volunteers what they can do with their own personal pets I think is just wrong. If I would have known that was a "rule" I would have saved myself the heartache. So to this organization I want to say thank you for your judgement. For a company that claims to do so much good you are some of the most judgemental people. I really would give no stars if I could. But here is your one star. I wish I could get my year back of volunteer service back and invest it in a organization that would appreciate it but I can't do that either. Lesson learned.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an incredible experience adopting our dog from A Forever Home. They we professional, well organized and took great care of the animals in foster homes. Our dog, Bentley became ill with parvovirus between the time we picked him out and were allowed to take him home. They did everything possible to get him the medical care he needed and save his life. Everyone we interacted with was just wonderful. They even went out of their way to help my parents adopt Bentley's sister. They love each other so much and are able to play together all the time. Two years later and there isn't a day that goes by that we aren't thankful for our amazing fur baby.

3 Debbie163

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Greg59

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

John C.
Volunteer

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1 Crystal68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Thank you,

Brenda Schmidlen

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with AFH to adopt our beloved dog in Sept. 2011. The staff was responsive, respectful and informative about the process, every step of the way. The foster mom continued to contact me for updates and pictures well after we had picked up our pup, showing their true concern and commitment to ensuring their dogs are placed in loving homes.

I have worked/contacted other rescue organization that I can not speak highly about and actually had me thinking about contacting breeders instead of a rescue organization. AFH changed my perspective on rescue organizations and made me realize a few bad apples doesn't spoil the bunch! AFH is a wonderful organization, working hard to place pets with their forever homes.

We are currently exploring adopting a second dog from AFH because the experience we had was so wonderful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My family applied to adopt a pair of bonded shorkies, completed the paperwork, and participated in the interview. The interviewer enthusiastically told us everything looked good and that we'd next go through a home inspection, and then we'd adopt the dog the following weekend. Our 9 and 11 year old kids were so excited they couldn't sleep, and we took them to buy dog toys, dog treats, etc. in preparation for our new family members.

Then, completely out of the blue, we received an email that we were not qualified to adopt dogs from A Forever Home. The email was a generic, form letter, with no information explaining the decision. We responded to the rejection email asking for any possible explanation, or better yet, a chance to talk through whatever concerns had been raised. But the only response we got was that our emails were being 'sent to the board for a response', and the board (whoever they are) have refused to respond in any way.

Over the next week we called everyone we had spoken with -- interviewer, foster mom of the dogs, etc -- but they were all shocked and had no idea why we were rejected. We even went to an adoption event in hopes of speaking with someone, anyone, who could help us understand what had happened. However, the adoption event volunteers explained that no one from the leadership of the organization ever attends the adoption events, and the volunteers didn't know any names of the people who make the adoption decisions. They said that the organization is 'compartmentalized', though they had no idea why. The only path forward they could offer was to ... wait for it ... send an email to a "info@aforeverhome" mailbox.

We've sent numerous emails, absolutely begging for information, and the board refuses to respond. Our kids cried for days, and at this point we can only assume that the bureaucrats behind the scenes at this dump don't give a flip. Scanning through the reviews on this site, I found a half dozen other cases just like ours -- random rejections, with consistent refusal to give any explanation, even when the interviewers from their own organization agreed that there was no issue with their applications.

Our experience at 'A Forever Home' brought nothing but dismay. There are a lot of other dog rescue organizations in the Northern VA area. To avoid a broken heart and a huge amount of frustration, donate to and/or apply for dogs at one of the others. We certainly will.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Forever Rescue is a criminal non profit involved in theft of dogs. They stole my dog and refused to return him to me after being appraised by the microchip company that the dog belonged to me. They engaged in defamation by fabricating false allegations of neglect and abuse to justify the kidnapping. And they conspired with Milo Rescue to keep this dog away from the lawful owner despite being warned they will be sued.

The matter is currently being investigated by law enforcement and a large San Francisco law firm. The dog, named Buddy, was stolen from a disabled veteran, injured in the middle east and unable to walk without assistance. Forever Thieves ignored the sales information from the microchip company and allowed the dog to be transferred to the home of a friend from sister non-profit, Milo, in violation of State law.

False claims of abuse and neglect were contrived in an attempt to circumvent compliance with State laws. The disabled veteran informed Forever Thieves that his pet has a medical condition which temporarily causes him to lose his bearings and become disoriented.

This condition was caused by abusive treatment and neglect at sister Rescue ("Thieves at Milo"); where Buddy was kept in a small metal cage for about 3 months. The cage was so small he could not stand up all the way (approximately 2 feet high and 3' X3' wide. The dog is not being kept at the Rescue as required by State laws to ascertain true ownership and alert authorities to investigate any abusive and neglectful conduct. Instead, it was taken to the home of the Director thief of the Milo Rescue, who wants the dog as her own.

Buddy was labeled as "uncontrollable" at Milo, and "Do not take off-leash", because you will never see him again." Milo was preparing to send Buddy to a sanctuary for un-adoptable dogs, when the Veteran saw something in him and took him home.

After 2 and-a-half months of intensive training and love, Buddy successfully transitioned from a wild animal to a loveable family pet -- prompting the theft. Prior to the training Buddy was there, at Milo, for the taking. Anyone, including the thieves, could have taken him for free, without paying anything. Nobody would take him, however, because of the amount of work and attention Buddy required. The thieves were aware of Buddy's disorder and problems ("uncontrollable"), but later used that as the pretext for circumventing State law and stealing him. He is at the Director's house, not at Milo. He is an exceptional animal, beautiful, intelligent, fiercely loyal and a very loving pet who will wrap his arms around you and kiss you. He is good with children, seniors, other pets, including cats and is a super athlete (Australian Cattle Dog -- Blue Heeler, and Border Collie). He needs a lot of attention but the rewards are great.

Forever Thieves should loose their non-profit status, and be forever barred from trading animals. Do not deal with them, you may loose your pet and your sweat and tears, and money.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Definitely beware of this horrible organization. You can be the most qualified person or family yet the pinheads on their review board can vote you down for no reason at all. My uncle, who was in law enforcement for over 20 years, worked with therapy dogs & dogs for people with disabilities, and also owned a dog the past 15+ years, recently applied for a dog at Forever-home. At the interview my uncle and the dog really hit it off, and he was told there were no other applicants at the time for the pooch. At the conclusion of the interview he was told he should get a call as early as that night and that the next step would be the procedure for picking up and payment. So this was a slam dunk right? Nope! 3 days later he gets an email from the tyrants on the review board , who for reasons UNKNOWN, denied my uncle the dog. In their denial email they stated that they had concerns and that they concluded that my uncles status lies outside of their guidelines for adoption. Well, what concerns?? What status??Their wasn't anything in the contract or discussed in the interview that caused any concerns. The gutless board has refused to answer numerous emails and phone messages. Funny that my uncle has passed reviews by 2 other rescues and is on a waiting list for the breed he requested. Guess its just our bad luck that Forever-home had the breed he wanted. If any other rescue would have been able to get this dog, she would now be in a loving forever home being spoiled with treats and toys. However she is still in the hands of of an organization that in my opinion is shameful & deplorable... and apparently, from reading other reviews, this type of incident has happened numerous times with Forever- home.
One more thing - I have noticed that on some of the reviews on this site that forever-home has written a reply....well golly gee, apparently a bad review gets you people to respond. If you have time to write a sugar coated response here, then why don't you have time to CALL people and tell them why they were denied and if possible work out the issue ??? Probably because, as one other person wrote, " You are discriminating, rude and heartless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization with seamless processes and leadership. And they are fast given the complication of the process they follow for each and every dog. We have been to many rescues but unlike many other rescues this organization is very respectful to its clients. Everyone cares for their animals and they stand behind their animals. They have great resources in case at any point in time after adopting the dog has some behavioral issues. We got great advise on choosing our vet and our trainer.. Even some secret tips on puppy chewing ( I am going to disclose that here-- it's vicks veporub on your favorite coffee table corner that you absolutely do not want your puppy to chew:)). We have not found our fur baby yet, but hopefully within early next year we will. We will be looking forward to it. Like us you believe that there is a dog for every willing family. Kids under 10 years, first time dog owners, full time workers or all of the above are not an automatic disqualification if you understand the challenge and willing to work around them. And that makes sense. There are 3-4 million dogs euthanized every year in US. If someone says you can't be the dream parent of even one of them, they are incorrect. You just need to find the right one. Thank you for being so awesome organization, thank you for treating us as your friends. Your organization proves that being an animal lover does not mean you need to be a human hater (I felt like that in many other rescues).

8 Shelby8

Client Served

Rating: 1

First off, the adoption process is very long and tedious, and it feels like a test. When I emailed the organization regarding my interest in a dog I was told to fill out an application online and submit it by email. I did so then was told there might be an issue with my location (AFH states they serve the Washington Metropolitan area, which my county is located within), because I lived in southern Maryland. Once I was approved for a home check, the following Sunday I went to the adoption event (had to fill out another application) to meet the dog and was interviewed by a representative, with no issues; all signs pointing to our approval. Then Tuesday night got an email saying the board of directors had deemed my "status" outside of their adoption guidelines. I responded requesting an explanation, got an email saying my message would be forwarded to the b.o.d, no response. Called their number, it's a voice mail box. Emailed the corporate email saying I hoped I could resolve what ever confusion that resulted in our rejection, no response.
I'm an avid dog lover with two very happy and spoiled dogs already, my application met all discussed guidelines. From my perspective AFH had a problem with coming all the way to Charles County, MD (where I live, which is within the Washington Metropolitan area [which is where they state they serve]) and denied me a furry companion because of it.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

At first I thought A Forever Home was a stand up organization. I adopted a puppy I named Toby from them on October 12, 2014 after having an application reviewed, my references check, and my home inspected. I had never seen the puppy standing since he had not received all of his vaccines. When I got him home and put him down I realized he was extremely malnourished and within three days that he was ill and not just adjusting to new food. I took him to the vet by day 4 and he was dewormed and on day 5 received medications for a severe ear infection that he must have had for a very long time and an intestinal infection. By day 5 he started to display neurological problems. I took him back to the vet and she referred me to a neurologist which I took Toby to the following day. He prescribed some additional antibiotics because it appeared the ear infection had ruptured his ear drum and spread to his inner ear. I contacted A Forever Home to express my concern over the lack of care Toby received in his foster home. It appeared by the paperwork that he may have been there between 4 to 6 weeks and had been to a vet - but because of his condition - we questioned if he had actually received the medications listed on the form. I asked several questions the vet requested I ask - such as did he have any reactions to the medications that may have caused them to stop giving it to him, did he have any reactions to his vaccines. He had a brother adopted out through A Forever Home, were they aware of any neurological problems his brother was having. I said that any information they provide could only help us save Toby's life. They NEVER acknowledged or responded to my e-mail. Toby may not have been in their care as long as I thought he had but since they didn't bother to respond to me - I can only assume that he was.

Unfortunately, Toby continued to decline and the vet believes the infection had spread to Toby's brain and changed his medications to stronger antibiotics and steriods which are not normally prescribed to puppies but it was our desperate attempt to save him. Despite all of my vet's efforts - he lost his ability to stand and walk, lost his vision, and we believe was losing his hearing. Since he was not responding to even the super strong medications and he was continuing to deteriorate and was suffering greatly, he was euthanized on October 29, 2014. Despite the fact that he was dying the whole time I had him - he still managed to gain 9 pounds in 14 days.

I am aware that any time you adopt a rescue there are health risks and I am willing to take them. But in my opinion, Toby was neglected while in the foster home of A Forever Home and that neglect led to his suffering and death. The fact that the organization never responded to my e-mail and made no attempt to answer any of our questions to help Toby leads me to believe that they don't care about the animals after they are adopted out. I was not trying to give him back or get a refund - I fell in love with the puppy and I was going to keep him and take care of him. I spent well over $1,000 in medical bills in the two weeks I had him. All I wanted from A Forever Home was information to help Toby and to alert them to a possible problem with one of their foster homes.

Shame on A Forever Home. If you do adopt from them, take your pet to the vet the very next day and don't trust the paperwork they give you.

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AForeverHome 11/21/2014

We at AFH are very sorry for your experience with our organization. It's very difficult to bring a new life into your family, only to have it extinguished so quickly. We hope this doesn't come across as making excuses, that's not how it's meant, but we must rely on our fosters to provide us with information about the condition of our animals. We have checked with Colin/Toby's foster, and they have assured us that they did not notice anything unusual about him during the time he was with them. Unfortunately, that does you no good. While we understand that there's really nothing that we can do to rectify this situation, we will be refunding your adoption fee. It's not much, but we hope that it helps a little. Please accept our sincere apology for the pain this must have caused you. The Board of Directors A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

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Rating: 1

Not such a good experience with A Forever Home.
The puppy we were looking at was listed as a Norwegian Elk Hound/Husky mix. Things were going well, and the Foster Mom actually brought him to our house for him to meet the kids after we had seem him at an event at a local pet supply store.
The following weekend, when we went to pick up the puppy, the Foster Mom was 2 hours late, causing our kids to miss a weekend event.
When we did get him home, we noticed that his stools were not healthy looking, so when he went to the vet, they discovered he had worms.
Now, all of this we could live with. A pain, no doubt, but nothing that won't fade over time. However, at a later trip to the vet, they asked "You say he's Norwegian Elk Hound and Husky?" Our reply was "That's what they told us". After looking him over, the vet said, "No, I think you have a Belgian Malinois here." We had never even hear of the breed, but he has every marking and the disposition of a Mal, except he's a bit shorter than normal. If you don't know anything about Mals, these are aggressive, military and police working dogs, usually used as attack dogs. I have 4 young kids. This is not good at all!!!
So beware of what these people tell you about the breed of the dog you are considering, as well as the health of the dog. They could just be making stuff up in hopes to pawn off another dog that they are not willing to give back to a kill-shelter.

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AForeverHome 11/21/2014

We're sorry that you were disappointed in your experience with our rescue. We really do strive to live up to our volunteers', supporters', and adopters' expectations; sometimes it's a challenge! You've raised several issues in your review, we'll address each one: 1) The foster mom was late: we confirm with the foster parents that they are able to bring the dogs to the contract signing event on time. You, as the adopter, received the same confirmation email (which we ask BOTH the adopter and the foster to respond to ... and if they don't we call them to make sure they'll be there). Sometimes things don't go according to plan. Apparently, that's what happened this time, and for that, we apologize. 2) The puppy had worms: every puppy has worms. We have a medical treatment protocol that we follow with every puppy that comes into the organization. A key component of this protocol is treatment with Fenbendazole (Panacur), which is a broad-spectrum parasiticide that should kill pretty much any worm in the animal's system at the time of administration. The problem is, worms have a pretty extensive life cycle and go through a variety of stages during development. During the presentation you were given when you signed your adoption contract, you were informed that we had begun a deworming protocol, but that you would need to continue it with your vet to ensure that all parasites were eliminated from the dog's system. 3) Breed identification: It's hard. So hard, in fact, that we typically don't even try. We rely on the information that is given to us by the surrendering entity (original owner, shelter, etc.) from which we got the dog. The truth is, your vet is most likely only guessing at the breed, too. Even dog DNA tests aren't accurate. A quote from the Wisdom Panel DNA test site: "Your report will show, through text and illustration, the most likely combination of pure and mixed breed dogs in your dog’s last two ancestral generations." -- notice it says "most likely combination". If modern science can't be sure, how can we? We're sorry that you feel that we gave you "bad information". 4) Your dog with your kids: If you are ever uncomfortable having a dog you adopted from AFH with your children (or if you can't or don't want to keep your dog for any reason), you are not only encouraged, but are bound by the adoption contract you signed, to return the dog to AFH. We ALWAYS stand behind our dogs, period. That includes your dog, today. If you would like to return your dog, please contact us at info@aforeverhome.org and we will begin the process. 5) "They could just be making stuff up in hopes to pawn off another dog that they are not willing to give back to a kill-shelter": WRONG! As stated above, we provided you with the information that was given to us. If you feel we mis-identified the breed, we apologize. But, we will NEVER give a dog back to the shelter: kill-shelter or otherwise. Once an animal is accepted into the AFH program, it is a member of our family for life. It may get adopted, it may not. In any case, it will ALWAYS be an AFH dog. Respectfully, The Board of Directors A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter in law has been a rescue for over 100 dogs. We live just down the street and get to see the dogs that she fosters, 6 years ago she got a mom and her 2 puppies (dachshund). I remberance the day we saw our cutie, it was a very nice group,to work with. The dogs that they save is wonderful. This the way to bring a dog into your family and home. They all work very hard. 5 stars to A Forever Home Foundation Visit there adoption day and you will be happy you did

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AForeverHome 11/21/2014

Thanks for the kind words, and it's wonderful to hear that you were able to find the perfect fur-friend to add to your family!

2 Catherine Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster with AFH and I have been so impressed by how much care and compassion goes into every single dog. The organization takes care of every medical need these little ones have no matter how much it may cost. And they are committed to not only find a home for each one but to find a safe and happy home for them where they can live as a loved part of the family. They are all so precious that I always want to adopt every foster I receive but when I see the smiles on the adopters faces when they pick up their new pet, I'm always happy I get to give them that gift of a new friend!!

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Thanks so much, Catherine! The kind words are great, but the time, energy, and compassion you dedicate through fostering mean so much more. Handing over your foster dog to the new owner can be such a bittersweet moment -- you hate to let them go because they have worked their way into your heart, but you know that it is exactly this moment that you've been working toward since you accepted the responsibility of fostering. The knowledge that you have had a positive impact on so many lives (the dog's, you & your family's, and the adoptive family's) serves as a wonderful reward for the investment you've made. Thanks again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted our dog from A Forever-Home Rescue. It was love at first sight when we saw Ginny but there was four families ahead of us filling out forms. We were so glad that they did such a thorough screening of applicants because they ended up picking us! After we brought her home, I was in touch with her Diane, the woman who fostered her and sent her pictures. She was so dedicated to the dogs she fostered and it was such an easy transition. She even gave us the bedding she slept on in her home so it would feel familiar to her.

We would love to eventually adopt another dog. Thank you to A Forever-Home Rescue.

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Thanks for the kind words. We really appreciate when you recognize our fosters, they are the heart and soul of the organization! We're so happy you found your perfect match!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AFH for more than 10 years, fostering both cats and dogs. My choice is to foster older animals who probably don't have much of a chance to get adopted, but still need lots of love and affection. AFH has always worked with me on this...more often than not I have the foster right up to their walk over the rainbow bridge. It can be heartbreaking, but it is also very rewarding knowing that I was able to give love an affection to an animal in their later years when the alternatives were probably horrible. AFH has always accepted responsibility for the animals vet care right to the very end...and, more recently, even getting ashes for them. They truly are there for the good (and happiness) of their rescues (and their volunteers).

Debbie Bourn
Chantilly, VA

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Thanks Debbie! Yes, you've been around nearly as long as we have. It takes a very special person to knowingly share the journey across the Rainbow Bridge, and we're very lucky to have you and the few others who are up to the task. As you mention, our commitment to the dogs is unending - they give so much of themselves, it's the least we can do.

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2 Julie172

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Starting from a necessary school project for my daughter to gain volunteer hours came a life changing experience and MUCH more. I found a part of this world that I did not know existed. Joining the AFH family I got to experience first hand how much cruelty goes on and just what a fantastic organization this really is.Every single person involved is a dedicated volunteer and strives for the one goal- to give each animal its FOREVER HOME - whatever the cost. Not only financial but total - medical and emotional too. Each and every cherished rescue receives love and dedication from the minute they arrive until the moment they pass to their new family and even beyond -with many wonderful relationships forged between foster and adopter and we continue to see them flourish. Many adopters return for another buddy and many recommend to friends, family and colleagues and some even open their hearts and homes and join us in the fight. This group is an exceptional band of friends that gave me personally a chance to blossom in myself and bring forth skills I never knew I had. I am very proud to have the opportunity to continue to volunteer for them and would welcome anyone that would like to assist in any way at all. Please consider adopting or volunteering with them - I promise you that you will not regret it.

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Julie, you (and your whole family!) were a Godsend to AFH! Yes, we roped you in with that first litter of puppies, and you became a valuable member of the AFH family. We could always depend on you to help in any way that was needed - and you found some great ways that we never considered! We were heartbroken when you had to move away, and we're so excited and thankful that we (jointly) figured out a way that you can still help the Rescue, even though you're thousands of miles away. If only we could clone you ...

Kathy161

Client Served

Rating: 5

We looked at many organizations for the right puppy to join our family. We found the process to be overwhelming until coming across A Forever Home! There a foster walked us through the process, even though we weren't even adopting one of the pets she fostered! We have now had our little guy almost six month the and can't imagine life without him! I live the organization so much that I now volunteer for it!!!

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Woohoo! Another sucker (oops, satisfied client turned volunteer...) We're excited to hear that you had a great encounter with our volunteers, that's what we strive for! It's also great that you're now volunteering with the rescue ... welcome to the family!

ams1031

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Forever Home Rescue truly puts animals in need as a top priority. We owe our dog, Savannah's life to AFH and will be forever grateful. Thank you to all the hard work and dedication of the volunteers of AFH. Highly recommend AFH if you want to volunteer to help animals or adopt a rescue dog!

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AForeverHome 06/13/2014

Thanks for the kind words - and for giving Savannah her forever home!

Kathleen67

Donor

Rating: 5

The woman who edits the newsletter is wonderful! She travels the entire USA to save an animal!

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Patti is one of our hardest working volunteers! We don't know what we'd do without her. We'll make sure she sees this review!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My last dog we got through AFH. He was the best thing to ever happen to me. I guess you can "luck" out with any rescue organization but AFH also made sure the dog was in good health -- really good health and gave me the full history. When he got sick and had to be put to sleep, I was devastated. After a time of recovery, I knew I needed another dog and started watching the AFH website. I saw a dog that was the size we wanted (small) and much younger than our last dog. It was definitely meant to be. I feel like AFH "matches" adoptees with adopters. This little guy is, again, healthy and so happy. The adoption was seamless and he must have been very happy with his foster because he adapted so well to us. It was as if he was always part of our family. I think it is a wonderful thing that AFH takes in last-minute emergency rescues as well as animals from rural areas where the animals have little chance for adoption. This is a great organization.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Having to let go of a dog who has given so much joy is one of the hardest things you have to do in this life. Know that, as difficult as it is to make that choice, if it is the right decision, it's a blessing to relieve the suffering and let them cross the Rainbow Bridge in peace. We're so glad that we were able to help you with your new dog! Hopefully, he will bring you as much happiness as your first AFH pet. At least we know for sure that he has landed in his forever home!

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Rating: 5

AFH is the gold standard of rescue. I have been volunteering with them for 11 years and can't imagine being anywhere else. They are ethical, well-run, financially responsible, and the hardest working group of people I have ever met. Our volunteers rock!

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Aw, shucks! Now you're going to make us turn red in the face ... Thanks for the kind words!

Annette20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a person who adopted a dog from AFH and also a foster of puppies for AFH, I highly recommend this organization. Getting dogs out of kill shelters, getting them healthy and getting proper placement of dogs in loving forever homes is their goal.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

One of our "failed fosters!" Sometimes you make the choice to share your home as a foster for one of our "fur friends" and they wind up embedding themselves so deeply into your heart that you just can't let them go. No worries! Our volunteers & fosters are amazing people who put themselves out to help the dogs, we know you'll find other ways to support us :)

1 Felicia10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't believe that in exactly 1 month we will have had Parker for a year already! Parker is a Maltese rescued during the Valentine's Day Breeder rescue mission last year. When they found him this little dog had only known the cold confines of the metal cage he was living in. The amazing volunteers from A Forever Home pulled him from that darkness and the love and support he received from his amazing foster family showed him what it means to be a good dog in a loving home. No more cold or darkness.

This year has flown by and I can't remember what my life was like without Parker in it. It has been amazing to watch this little dog's personality and confidence emerge. He has brought so much joy to my family and I can't thank A Forever Home and Parker's amazing foster family enough.

It amazes me to think that this organization is funded solely through donations and run by an all volunteer staff. The lives they have saved and the joy they have brought not just to me but to so many families is inspiring.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Thanks for the review! We love to hear that our work makes a difference, and even more so, that the dogs that we've rescued are now happy and healthy in their new forever homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a foster parent after hearing about AFH and them getting a large number of dogs from a hoarders home. Since becoming a volunteer I have been so impressed how the organization is operated, the dedication of the volunteers in leadership roles and the wonderful feeling one gets from helping these wonderful animals find a forever home. I only wish I could do more when the urgent requests come. God bless everyone at AFH.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Oh, wow! The hoarding cases can be rough. The dogs are often in terrible shape and sometimes not very well socialized. Becoming a foster during one of our "hoarder take-downs" takes a special person, and we can't express our appreciation enough! Watching as the scared, dirty, sickly dogs when they enter the foster home and then seeing the end result of a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog going to their forever homes lets us know that our fosters do an amazing job!

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Jennifer305

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the AFH Rescue Foundation I have had a very positive experience. I've volunteered with several different animal rescue organizations over the years, and AFH stands tall as one of the most well-run animal rescue groups I know. The volunteers and staff are organized, responsible, and knowledgeable about the world of animal rescue. There is great support for each other within the organization and they do a fantastic job of matching dogs with fosters and new owners. I highly recommend AFH as an organization for anyone to volunteer with or donate time, money or materials to. They are a great rescue group to adopt from, as well, and they give continuing, follow-up support/help to people who adopt from their group.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Oh golly! You're giving us goosebumps :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I decided to adopt a dog I visited many different rescue organizations and shelters. I was most impressed with AFH's organization. Their dogs were healthy, happy, and well cared for by fosters. Every dog is already in a home, so they have lots of information about the dog's personality before it is adopted. This means they can make sure the dog is a good fit for it's new home. They also have stringent standards and make sure the dog is going to a good home where it has a good chance to live out it's life in health and happiness. Unlike many other organizations, they're also willing to take care of any medical needs that a dog or puppy may have when it comes into AFH. Dogs are not put down because they're sick. They are taken care of and loved until they find their forever home. Since my first dog I've adopted two more dogs from AFH and would never go anywhere else.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Oh, wow, you hit on lots of things in this review! The most important is our philosophy of keeping dogs in foster homes where we can make sure they're fully healthy, and also get to know them as individuals. This knowledge helps us to make sure that the person adopting understands the characteristics of the dog they're interested in -- and sometimes, it enables us to help them make a more appropriate choice. Thanks for the review!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFH is a truly wonderful organization! My family adopted our dog from AFH and we were so happy with the organization and it's mission that I later decided to become a Foster. They take their mission very seriously and tirelessly run adoption events, campaigns and fund raisers to help dogs and cats find their forever homes.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Another convert! Since you're now an AFH volunteer/foster, it's no longer "their mission," it's now "our mission!" We're glad you're here!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFH is a wonderful organization. They go above and beyond in rescuing animals. I've only volunteered a short time with AFH but I've been impressed by how much the organization is willing to do to rescue animals, make sure the pet is in good health and then find the best possible "forever home" for each animal. The commitment and dedication to rescued pets demonstrated by the volunteers in this organization is exemplary.

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AForeverHome 06/11/2014

Thanks for the kind words, and for volunteering your time! Without our volunteers, we could not exist ... and that's a fact!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 dogs from AFH. I am now a volunteer. Since being a volunteer, I've gained a tremendous amount of respect for the organization, they genuinely believe in their cause, and wil go out of their way to save lives.

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brad.aefsky

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 dogs from this rescue organization. I love the dogs, they are so great!. AFH does a great job researching potential adopters to ensure they are right for the dogs. I'm going to start volunteering with them soon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a driver to transport dogs several times and always feel like I've really saved several animals' lives every time I do. I've also adopted a dog from AFH and she's an amazing part of our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are honored to be able to sing the praises of this wonderful organization and all their great people who help make it so. Because of them we found our beloved "Ozzie" and are Forever grateful that they helped save him for us to love and care for. Because of this special organization many others can be saved. Thank You so very much for being there.

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flashmanbissell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with AFH after following them via emails and watched them rescue van after van of dogs and cats from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. By the time they were sending down their two vans with food and equipment for the rescue efforts, I was signed up to foster whatever dog they gave me, when they returned. I have been fostering for them ever since.
The care taken in interviewing adoption applicants, reviewing their applications for particular dogs, performing home checks and veterinarian checks are all done in the effort to provide the best possible home for each dog's particular needs. A job that none of their volunteers takes lightly.
The commitment to providing whatever veterinarian care the animal needs before they are made available for adoption is nothing short of amazing. And to this end, they are constantly seeking more ways to raise funds for this not-for-profit group.
If I had to describe the efforts of many, many volunteers it would be compassionate and bottomless. Again and again they find dogs from puppy mills and hoarding situations, facing death row when they end up at kill shelters, and again and again their volunteers step up to the plate to help.

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jpcharlt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of A Forever Home (AFH) about 5 years ago after the loss of our beloved little dog. It was only about a month and my wife and I were still grieving when I found AFH at the PetCo in Chantilly Va. Jen, a foster was picking up 7 little puppies. I told her about our loss and she willingly came to our house with "our" puppy and three of her siblings for us to meet. We picked "Midge" that was and still is her name, because she found the basket of toys our dog had. She climbed in the basket and sat down. We were hooked. The application process was simple and well worth it, Within a week we had a new puppy to love. I have been volunteering with AFH ever since. The organizers and volunteers at AFH are a friendly, loving, and dedicated group of people. We are dedicated to saving as many dogs and puppies as we can and getting them their very own "forever" home.

Suzanne50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted a puppy from AFH over two years ago and we just started fostering for them less than 2 months ago. It is a great organization that will take any dog from anywhere and keep the dog (or cat) until a permanent home is found. They perform a great service and we are proud to help out as we can.

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