The founder/executive director made an agreement with my family through a volunteer to kennel my beloved golden retrievers only to later refuse to return them to us. It has been a 6 month or more nightmare. I reached out to this organization as a domestic violence/stalking victim in hiding. I was deceived and threatened legally for trying to have my dogs returned. Not moved by the threats. My babies were stolen by a group of thieves who misrepresented their mission. Adopt-A-Golden is Sell-A-Golden. The organization didn't care that these pets were not pets. They are family and "emotional support" animals as I am also disabled. Will continue to fight for justice, reunification and restitution......Pray for babies and that we secure the best attorney for our mission. DON'T BE DECEIVED BY SO- CALLED RESCUE GROUPS. Do your homework!!!!!!!!!!!
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 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.
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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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 was so impressed with this organization while attending a fundraiser they were holding, I signed up on the spot to get involved. Within days, I was contacted, very thoroughly and professionally interviewed, and assigned a job that best suited my skills. That was followed up with training and an ongoing contact with my trainer and Director anytime I had a question or input.
My role is one of "quality control", following up on adoptions. AGA does not end its interest when an adopter walks out the door with a dog. I am part of a team that contacts the new owner @ 30 days after the adoption to be certain that health, behavior, and overall match of dog to family are optimal. We seek feedback on the general experience and process in an effort to make improvements that will help in our mission.
In the event that there may be a health or behavior issue, we immediately contact the individual within AGA that is responsible for that area to react. Roles and responsibilities are well-defined, and expectations and standards for adopters are quite high, all in the interest of the breed. AGA will do whatever is necessary if a Golden will benefit .
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I have been an active volunteer with AGA for 6 of their 7 years. I have adopted 4 Goldens of the 30 or so i have fostered, and currently serve on the Intake team. AGA rescues dogs from shelters and also owner surrenders. They respond quickly to help the dogs, but take their time in finding the perfect home for the dogs and the best match for the human adopters. AGA is constantly fundraising and spent over a quarter of a million dollars on medical bills for the Goldens last year. I have never worked with such a professional caring bunch of volunteers.
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