We adopted our puppy Baylee exactly 2 years ago. She and her 3 brothers came overnight on a transport from North Carolina. We were so fortunate as she is just such a loving appreciative doggie. We love her so much! We would love to find her brothers, she looks like a terrier mix, they were from the B group. She loves playing with other dogs and know she would love to see her family. If anyone knows of terrier mix about 2 years old. From home at last,about 10-14 lbs, stayed little. Love our girl, call us 610-256-9619 we lucked out! Thanks Home at Last!
We adopted from here with a dog that we were told very little about. Fell in love with the dog at the first meet and greet, home visit went well. When we brought the dog home, the first week went well. After one week, the dog showed serious signs of aggression and all of us were bit by the dog. We made the sad decision to return this dog to the foster and it was brutally hard. The contract clearly said that they would return the animal without question; however, when I made that call, I was accused of not wanting to work with the dog. The foster wouldn't pick up the phone and rarely returned text messages. Perhaps the foster was just super busy but it was very off-putting.
The entire process leading up to us adopting this dog was challenging at best. We sent an inquiry about the dog and did not receive a response for about one week. When I responded to the foster, the response took another few days to hear back about our questions. We received the available medical records that the foster had after we met with the dog the first time. We could go a few days with no response from the foster, and then the information was limited at best. Just a very haphazard communication style that left us with more questions than answers.
We were told our adoption fee included some training. What isn't clear is that the training is merely a brief phone call with an "expert" who is also best friends with the foster who had the dog. No in-person training and we were told we were "pretty far" away from their staff so it was challenging I'm sure. But we felt as though we were set up for failure.
As someone who never had a dog before, admittedly, I was a novice and didn't know what questions to ask. I should have done more homework, I know. I thought I was doing a good thing and adopting an older dog who needed a forever home. They had no issues taking my $395 and all of the treats and goodies that we provided for the dog's caregiver until he came home with us.
I would not recommend using this rescue. Find your pet elsewhere. We may never adopt again based on the experiences that we had with this outfit.
I see the dog is again available for adoption with no mention of the dog's aggressive tendencies.
I adopted a 12 week old puppy, named Roxy, on May 20th from Home at Last Dog Rescue. She was a fun loving, happy lab husky mix. On Tuesday, May 23rd, I received a call from a rep stating that my dog may have distemper. She stated her sister tested positive and she needed to be tested. That night a volunteer came and took Roxy. She picked her up off of my floor and I watched her take her to her car. That was the last time I saw Roxy. I inquired about Roxy's well-being. On Friday, May 26th I received a text from that same rep stating that my dog tested positive and she was euthanized that morning. I wasn't told prior in order to say good-bye or options. I wasn't even told after. I didn't receive a call. I received a text. I have taken my complaints to social media because they have no phone numbers posted on their website or Facebook. I requested proof of the distemper and euthanasia. They told me someone would call me regarding the paperwork and my complaints. No one has contacted me. I'm reaching out to the news now because this was absolutely the wrong way to handle the situation. They continue to handle it badly. I don't want this to happen to anyone else.
I live in NJ in an apartment and was worried they may overlook me due to living far away AND the fact that I am a renter. The foster that I dealt with was very accommodating . I was very impressed since they are all volunteers and their response was fast. I did apply for one puppy but due to having an issue getting in touch with my landlord I was not able to be approved in time. After working with them for 2.5 months they matched me with the perfect puppy. I adopted a 10 week old puppy and she is AMAZING. Although I lost out on a few that I really liked the wait was well worth it. I now have a companion to keep me company and keep me busy! ( BOY Puppies are ALOT of work ) I would highly recommend this organization to anyone. Just keep the faith. There are lots of dogs that need homes and Home at last seems very popular. YOu may miss out on a few but eventually you will get your perfect match as I did with Abby!
I started out with Home at Last Dog Rescue, thinking they would be a great place to adopt a dog from. But little did I know they're not good at helping you find a dog or puppy. I have had dogs, and trained dog. They said I would be an amazing dog owner. Yet every time they got a dog I was interested in, they adopted them out without letting me meet them. And if I met them and felt it was a match, they still adopted it out to someone else. I understand that it needs to be the right home for the dog and human, and I understand adopting and rescuing and fostering dogs. But these people just play favorites and want to adopt puppies to families instead of people living alone or in apartments. They have a bunch of dogs that need homes and will continue to get dogs, but they're so damn picky that so many dogs do not have homes because of them. Someone who is young and single and lives in an apartment would be perfect for adopting a dog. Not everyone who is a young adult is irresponsible. They made me not want to adopt a dog or puppy. Also I came to a meet and greet and let them know what puppy fell in love and found a connection with. I was interested in and I waited almost 7 days before a response saying they gave the dog away, and I was the first one interested in it! You guys play favorites and just want your dogs in homes with families. Maybe if you weren't so damn picky more of your dogs would get adopted! Usually I do not get upset, but I am very disappointed in their service. You have an unhappy customer and I will be passing the word on to others to not adopt from you.
Disappointed in this rescue because they said they would help me, and they did not.
I really expected way more from them.
I think like any company, family, organization, there are all different personalities and people at Home At Last Rescue. For the most part, I find the volunteers (and yes, they volunteer their time, money, homes, cars) to be helpful and kind. I have been going to meet and greets and talking to them while I'm searching for the right dog. Yes, some of them are a little abrupt, but not all of them. I think it may take a while because I want a certain dog, but I will stick with them because I know they do good work.
I am so upset by the experience I just had with Home at Last Rescue. I fell in love with a little kitten this Saturday at the mobile adoption center. She was so sweet. I wanted my fiance to meet her!
If we adopted her, it would be my first time adopting a cat from a shelter, and I was super excited that it would be this little kitten!
My fiance spoke with someone from the center to get details about adoptions. She said we would have to adopt 2 kittens, which didn't make any sense to me, since we were inheriting a young cat from my fiance's parents in about a month. He told the associate that he would talk with me and get back with her soon.
When I got in touch with this same associate, she made me feel like some kind of criminal or something... She was so rude to me and kept saying "I told this to your fiance already." At one point she said, "well...he didn't mention you were getting another cat, so I don't know why he wouldn't mention that." When she spoke to my fiance, she didn't ask if we had a cat or were planning to get one. So my fiance didn't think the shelter would consider that.
She was questioning me like I was lying or something. In desperation, I tried to explain to her the connection I had formed with the kitten. However, she cut me off to say "well you didn't mention you had any connection in the voicemail" (I had called previously about the kitten). I was flabbergasted; that was a stab in the gut. It was as though she didn't care at all. She made it clear that we would be unable to adopt the kitten that I had so quickly fallen in love with at the mobile adoption center She was extremely unaccommodating, unprofessional, and rude. When we got off of the phone, I literally cried for 20 minutes.
Thanks for nothing, Home at Last Rescue. I could never recommend you after this experience. My only hope is that this kitten gets a great home, even if that home is not mine.
My wife and I lost our 15 year old dog in July '15. We knew we were going to adopt again but we were not finding the right organization. We eventually found Home at Last in November.
We of course wanted to adopt all of the dogs, as most dog lovers would. We saw a few pictures and requested that they be available at the next meet and greet. We drove to North Wales from Delaware County. One of the dogs we were interested in was there. Her name at that time was Marlee. We instantly knew that she was the one. The foster mom ( Laura ) explained that she had been on the streets for a long time and would do better having another dog as company, to show her how to be a dog. Penny found us.......and we started the application process. The rescue and Laura, were extremely responsive. They asked questions, we asked questions. We got answers, they got answers. They did a very through review of our application, and contacted both our Vet and the references. All this was done in a little over a week. Friday November 13th was the home visit. Both dogs were welcomed with open arms. Marlee was timid and scared , but they had prepared us for that. In time she responded to the love and began to trust, possibly for the first time in her life. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I only hope that they are around when the time comes to adopt again.
I have to say that myself, friends, family and co workers have all adopted from here. I adopted all 3 of my dogs thru Home At Last. 7 of my co-workers have, 3 family members and 3 friends. Overall we all have had a GREAT experience.
I would like to point out that every person in Home At Last is a volunteer. I would recommend you attend events. ( They seem to hold two a week ) and meet the volunteers face to face so they get to know you. I know they receive a ton of applications. ( I can tell from how successful the adoption events are and from my personal experience with adopting my own dogs through them).
I would also like to point out from the negative review in December ... LOL Cracks me up. " They were asking to many questions while at work" Ummmmm I would not want to adopt from anywhere that did not do their due diligence. Yes they do ask alot of questions. They screen your application, check references and conduct a home visit.
Additionally another negative review regarding adopting a puppy promised to be cuddly. Is your 4 year old child consistent with how much they like to cuddle or play? REALLY?????? Wow a puppy that is not cuddly enough? Heres a suggestion purchase a stuffed animal. Then she can cuddle it all day long!
I have attended many of their events. I have thought of volunteering or fostering with them, but honestly its to much work. Its alot of dedication. I respect all the people in this group for their commitment, dedication and hardwork! Volunteering and taking care of living animals I imagine is NOT easy
EXTREMELY pushy people. The one girl we were dealing with, I believe her name was Ashley, seemed nice but was so pushy that it was just downright rude. Would call and immediately start rattling off asking questions and talking, despite the fact that it was in THE MIDDLE of the work day... you can't just call someone to talk about something like this and not ask if it's the right time to talk. Our references that she called said the same thing.. whoa that girl is rude!!
Also, we are flexible people but they made us feel like terrible, awful people for having to reschedule on something. The level of aggression and pushiness turned us off from adopting from this place. This should be a pleasant interaction not feel like a drug deal gone wrong. I work in the veterinary field and have adopted MANY dogs from shelters, and none have left such a bad taste in my mouth as this one.
I just adopted this perfect little dog that they specifically recommended for me. they were very easy to talk to and was very nice.
100% agree with jackaroe23! These guys are awful! They don't care about the dogs and they DO NOT care at all about the families adopting them. We adopted a puppy for our 4 year old daughter and we were concerned he wasn't the right fit. Not only were we rushed to take him but were provided incorrect information on what he was like. We were told he was a "cuddler" but it turns out "cuddler" really meant he did nothing, NOTHING! He is like a cat but worse, all he wants is to be held. Also the day off the home visit I was informed he had mange. Nothing like last minute information. It breaks my heart that my daughter will not get to experience having a puppy which is the reason we got him in the first place. He should be with a single person who needs as much love as him not with a family. BAD placement by them since they knew what I was looking for. I said I wasn't sure the day of the home visit and I was told give it some time. Ok so I am giving it time but after a few days I was still feeling worried so mentioned my concerns and wanted to find out my options. I was told oh well you could have said no so return him if you don't want him but you can't get a different puppy and you will not get a refund. I told them I didn't want a refund it wasn't about the money and I did want him I wanted to try to help him open up but wanted to be sure if nothing changed and he was not good a fit for our family we would be able to get a puppy that was the right fit. They said to bad, that's not an option, you will not get a different puppy, "dogs aren't like jeans you want to return because they don't fit" If you aren't happy then return him but you will not get another puppy from us and you will not get a refund. SURE no problem I will return him so my daughter has nothing and you get to sell him to someone else for another amount of money and chances are you will place him wrong again! Screw you! They are awful, I thought it was what was best for the animal but SURPRISE they have my money so they no longer care! I really HATE this place, they have no clue and the VP is rude and nasty! Not to mention it turns out they lied about him being a puppy, per one of their own vets he is not 5 months he is actually closer to 1 1/2 years!!!!!! I hate this place. What a waste of my time and money
I have been looking for a dog for a long time. I applied for a few dogs with Home At Last and the one dog I really was interested in I found out was probbaly not the best match for me. The volunteer that I worked with explained why and helped match me up to the right dog. These volunteers really work round the clock to help dogds in need. I was impressed with the dedication of the volunteers. Sometimes you do need to be patient for a response as these great people have their own pets, foster dogs and families. However my experience with Home AT Last was GREAT! I recommend that you go to their events to meet their dogs and volunteers face to face. I think its easier to make that connection.
Very unresponsive.... I applied for a couple dogs and one someone had applied before me. The last one I applied for the foster responded right away, but then never returned follow up calls, emails and we were supposed to meet.... This went on for over a month. I emailed the rescue several times of which about half were answered. I never heard anymore and found a really sweet girl from another rescue.... Still after 3 months that poor pup I had been interested in is still looking for his furever home. Such a shame, they could adopt out so many more animals if they didn't operate like that. I was understanding at first as it is volunteer work, but after the last response I received, I would never recommend to anyone, which is a shame since so many animals need good homes.
Because of allergies and special needs in our family, we needed to be careful about the type of dog we adopted, HAL found us a perfect match! Our wonderful foster mom brought her over on Thanksgiving Day and we really could not be more thankful. I highly recommend this organization for the time they take to get to know families and the dogs that are rescued in order to ensure the best matches.
We adopted Indigo from Home At Last Dog Rescue and we could not be any happier, she is such a great dog, thank you HOME AT LAST DOG RESCUE for all that you do!
We have adopted 3 dogs from HAL. The first dog we adopted was an adult with a traumatic history, Daisy. HAL offered a ton of support to us as we made her a part of our family. We were so pleased with them and their mission that we adopted a puppy a year later, Hazel. After only a year, our rebellious Hazel found her way out of our fenced in yard and was hit by a car and killed. Heartbroken, we contacted HAL and again they offered support. Our house was quiet, too quiet with just Daisy. We knew we wanted another dog but were scared about our busy road, the adjustment for daisy, and introducing a new dog to our baby. HAL worked with us and the knowledge they had of the dogs being pulled or with a foster and found us Bailey. They even put us in contact with a trainer to help with our concerns of introducing another adult dog in the home.
This is an organization that loves the dogs that they pull from shelters. They really go out of their way to find good homes for them. We love our pups and are so happy to support HAL, just as they have been an ongoing support to us!
We adopted our dog a year ago from Home at Last and the process for the adoption was very easy and it is so wonderful to have learned that the people that are running this rescue all take there own time to care for these dogs and to spend Sunday's showing the dogs. It makes it so easy when you can go and visit the dogs and not just see them on a website. The dog we got was a mixed and we still don't know what she is mixed with and we really don't care she is a wonderful and loveable dog. I have and will continue to recommend Home at Last to others.
The Grant Family
Home At Last is a wonderful non-profit dedicated to finding homes for dogs in need. They really take the time to make it a good experience for all involved. From the caring individuals who open up their homes to foster the dogs, to the care/health of the pets done by their vets and volunteers. My family and I were so fortunate to have stumbled upon them. We adopted a puppy (Charlie) last year. He has been a fantastic addition to our family! I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else to search for a family dog again! Thanks Home At Last!!!
We started fostering dogs with Home at Last (HAL) in Summer 2013 after we met many great volunteers at a local community event. We got great information from the volunteer there and were really impressed with how highly she spoke of the rescue. Once approved for fostering we were able to see just how well of a organization this is and how great it is ran. The board members put some much of their time and effort in making sure the volunteers always have what they need. All dogs receive all needed vet care before being adopted. I rescued my first dog from a small rescue locally and my dog had not been vetted at all it seemed because he had parasites and severe ear infections in both his ears. I have never seen HAL turn down a dog because medical issues I have also never seen HAL deny a dog of care when a medical issue arose. HAL is a special group of people making the lives of dogs special as well. We adopted our one foster we had through HAL and he is a great dog that we love dearly. Everyone should experience the great work HAL does. Please don't shop, adopt!
My family started fostering with HAL in summer 2013. I have never met such an amazing group of people that truly care about saving dogs. This orginization is truly one of a kind and I don't think there is another one out there quite like HAL. I have had the privelage to meet and save many dogs and the wonderful people that open up their hearts and homes to them. Not only do we have great people within the orginization but our adopters are one of a kind as well.
We started fostering dogs with Home At Last Dog Rescue (HAL) in August 2013 and I have to say that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Being new to the foster/dog rescue world, I am very impressed with how HAL is run behind the scenes. This rescue is very well managed by its board members and volunteers and fosters feel like they are part of a community. The board members and other volunteers/fosters are the most supportive and caring group of people I have ever met. Everyone at HAL shares a love for these dogs, who by no fault of their own, are faced with the real and unfortunate possibility of being euthanized, unless someone steps up for them. HAL has relationships with over populated shelters that do not euthanize dogs humanely and each dog that HAL rescues was on a list to be euthanized. HAL tries to do its part in stopping overpopulation and breeding by ensuring that every dog rescued by HAL is neutered or spayed and brought up to date on vaccines prior to its adoption. If a foster dog requires specialized vet care, it is referred to experienced and highly recommended local vets. It’s very gratifying to know that HAL saves dogs that other rescues pass over because their medical care is too costly, and HAL ensures that the dog is given the proper medical treatments. Since August, my family has fostered and adopted out more than 15 dogs. My husband, myself and each of my 4 children have truly loved being involved with each of the dogs care and being part of such a wonderful volunteer organization. Every dog that we have saved through HAL has been a joy to have in our home and we can’t imagine why any of them would have been abandoned, and neither can their adoptive families who have thanked us countless times for saving their precious furry family member. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. Do we fall in love with these dogs? Yes, absolutely!! Is it hard to love them and let them go? Yes, when you see their tails wagging when they are being snuggled and kissed by their new forever family, you realize that loving them and letting them go is all worth it!! And, without HAL and its fosters and volunteers, they wouldn’t have had the chance at their new, wonderful life! I highly recommend getting involved with HAL, as a foster we are given everything we need to care for the dogs, such as a collar, leash, crate, food, bowls, toys, training, etc… Or, if you are looking for a new furry family member, you can’t go wrong by adopting a dog from HAL!!
In January 2013, we adopted our beautiful boy, Julius. He is a black lab/shepherd mix and one of the best pets we have ever had. Every day, he brings us joy and I regularly look at him and thank God so much for Home At Last Dog rescue because if it wasn't for their caring and compassionate voluteers, he would not be here with us.
They are so great at rescuing dogs and bringing them to the Philadelphia area for adoption. I was stunned when I went to an adoption event and it was fully packed with people who wanted to adopt dogs.
I highly recommend this group to anyone who is looking to adopt a dog.
We are truly blessed.
Through the diligent research and kind assistance of a volunteer for H.A.L, we were able to take home our newest family member this past Saturday. Captain is a sweet and remarkable puppy and we never would have found him without the efforts of Home At Last. Not only has our family been fortunate for finding him, but we are so happy to know that we were able to save a dog from an horrific fate. Rescue is far more valuable than buying from a breeder or pet store. Captain came neutered and was up-to-date on his shots. You can certainly tell that the volunteers truly love what they do. The process was easy! Mary Kate and crew went above and beyond to help us locate the perfect dog for our family. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. They are noticed and appreciated by those you serve (both human and canine!).
My family and I have been fostering dogs with Home at Last for more than two years. In that time we have fostered more than 100 puppies and dogs! We have been so impressed with the way the rescue is set up and the way it is run, the support the foster families give each other and the dogs, and the responsiveness of the board members whenever we need help. Any time we feel a dog needs veterinary care it gets that care. We are given everything we need to care for the dogs, from food to crates and bowls, and professional trainers to help when we have a behavior issue we don't yet have the experience to address on our own. The rescue has great relationships with a number of shelters, so we often are able to get some insight into the dogs before they even arrive in our homes. And the best part, of course, is when we are able to match the right dog to the right family, and everyone falls in love.
I have been a volunteer with Home At Last Dog Rescue for 16 months. I have fostered 16 dogs. I am so impressed with the dedication of all of the volunteers and the board members of this rescue. Home At Last goes above and beyond when caring for the rescue dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep. Wonderful organization to be with!!
Adopted a puppy last year. After a week the puppy got sick and Home at last had me take her to their vet and took care of everything.
They were great to work with and great to continue to work with. We plan on adopting another adult dog next year and will definitely use them
Review from Guidestar
Love this Rescue! Every weekend I see them at their adoption events. ll the dogs are well cared for and the volunteers and foster famlies seem really happy. Although I have not personally adopted a dog from there; I have referred them to 7 of my friends and family. All were very happy with their adoptions. I will say that this rescue is very popular so it can be hard to get a puppy or a popular breed dog. They seem to realize that though and appear to thry their best gdetting back to everyone. They are volunteers though so you cannot get to upset with them.
Review from Guidestar
This organization is very well run. I waited several months to find the right dog for my family and found Home At Last to be better then the other local rescues I tried dealing with. For the most part the fosters know their dogs and seemed to be very knowledgeable. I thought the board members ran a we organized rescue and volunteers and fosters were great to
Work with. The dog we adopted had some health issues prior to us receiving her. Home at last provided vet records that clearly they had put alot if work into her and she was well cared for. They actually did more for her medically then most rescues would have done. I was very happy with them
I have watched this rescue grow tremendously over the past few years, I am a former foster for them. Anyone in rescue knows that different groups have their strengths and weaknesses and you can only hope that they learn from their mistakes and improve. For quite some time I looked the other way because this group has saved thousands of dogs from death row, however, their weaknesses are beginning to outweigh their strengths they are certainly not learning from their mistakes! Please note, any negative publicity on this rescue could mean that dogs die so even though I agree 100% with the first reviewer, I'd like to give anyone reading this some "pointers" when dealing with this rescue because they DO save wonderful dogs and THAT is what rescue is all about! I have adopted out so many great dogs with this rescue and others so if you take my advice your chances of a successful adoption with HAL are good. Obviously this is not a guarantee...more like a "heads up." I would also like to mention that the majority of the board members and fosters are wonderful, well intentioned animal lovers who take their volunteer positions very seriously and if you do adopt from this rescue, thank their foster family because THEY literally saved your dog's life!
1. The biggest complaint about this rescue is lack of communication. I could not agree more. If you see a pup on their site, fill out the app AND email the rescue with a request for a read receipt. Any specific emails about a dog are sent to the foster by the rescue, so wait a bit and email again if you don't get a response in 24 hours. Be patient though, some fosters are busier than you so be courteous even if they're delayed responding.
2. Be flexible, honest, and courteous with the foster family and their schedules. It goes a long way, trust me. Some are robot like and have no emotion, they just want that dog OUT of their house to either get the next one or because there are problems. If you sense that they seem exceptionally "eager" or they avoid answering specific questions about pups behavior/housebroken questions, make a mental note. +++++++ASK HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN FOSTERING THIS PARTICULAR DOG+++++ If the pup came in on transport the evening prior, this foster knows nothing about this dog and if you have small children, do not assume this dog has been assessed either by the shelter OR the rescue. Every dog has a bite, even tea cup yorkies. With that being said, I love rescue dogs, especially the older ones who just arrive off transport. 99% of them are so happy to be alive and are grateful to the humans who saved them. Some come in the house and have never seen stairs, they walk right through the screen door because they have no idea what a screen door is and once they sniff every single room of the house they plop down on their new beds and sleep so soundly because they finally can. It's truly amazing and they deserve to be adopted to the RIGHT family, not just any family with a checkbook!
3. If you apply for a puppy, don't tell your kids. Not trying to break any hearts. Ask everyone you know if they have a contact at the rescue, that may help. If you're not in a rush, fill out the pre-approval app and go to their meet and greets. MAKE FRIENDS with the fosters!
4. If you're getting a home visit, you're probably getting the dog. BE READY. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure if the dog is the best fit, SPEAK UP. This rescue has a high return rate. NOT because it's the dog's fault and we will leave it at that. Don't feel obligated to sign the contract if you are unsure. This is a lifelong decision and unfortunately, there is one board member/foster in particular who does not care about "the best fit" or your many questions. This person (in my opinion) is the reason why this rescue has so many returns. Again, NOT the dog's fault.
5. Try to ONLY deal with the actual foster family and not the "man behind the curtain" answering your initial emails. Hopefully this person is not also the foster family.
6. I know dog trainers are expensive, but if at all possible, try to have one at your home visit (not necessary for puppies) If a trainer is not feasible, ask a knowledgeable dog friend to be there to give an outside perspective. If you express any concern or hesitation and ask for a day or two to decide, don't be surprised if they adopt the dog to someone else.
7. Ask for a "foster to adopt" situation if you are not 100% sure. This may or may not be an option. If you are 50% sure, then don't agree to adopt the dog at your home visit.
8. READ THE CONTRACT THOROUGHLY!!
9. Do your research and know which breed is best for your family. This rescue pulls SO many dogs of almost every breed so that's one of the benefits of working with a large rescue. The down side is that just because they are a large rescue, doesn't mean that they know much about the breeds they are saving. It's your job to be an informed adopter... now GO ADOPT!!