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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

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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Client Served

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!

Volunteer

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful to AFH for the dog I rescued 7 years ago....she was the best companion. Unfortunately she passed late last year which has now allowed me to be a foster which has been very rewarding. ..my first was a very badly abused yorkie from a puppy mill...he is now in his forever home. This organization cares so much for the dogs they rescue and I am glad they are so diligent in making sure the placements are the right match for human and dog. Now that I volunteer I see how much goes into this organization and I am thankful for the organizers.

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Dale11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became aware of A Forever Home Rescue when I was looking online to adopt. I showed up at the adoption event and was greeted with happy, friendly volunteers and happy, friendly dogs. The volunteers could not have been more helpful and upfront. The application process was not complicated and the home check was thorough yet not judgmental. I am still astounded by how hard all the volunteers work and how they care about each and every animal.

My dog, Petey, is one of the best, well-rounded dogs I have ever owned and I do believe a lot of his confidence came from those weeks he was in the care of this organization. The fostering program for Petey was a gentle introduction from being out on the streets for 2 years to a loving, safe environment.

I cannot say enough to praise them.

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Marybeth H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family started volunteering with A Forever Home over 7 years ago. We started by fostering dogs until they could be adopted, but along the way, we adopted two of our own -- both beautiful mixed breeds that give us overwhelming love and affection. A Forever Home works hard to make sure the dogs are matched with families (or individuals) that will give the best fit, and they make sure every dog that comes through the organization gets any and all help it needs, from simple grooming, to a good foster home to expensive medical procedures. AFH gets calls from shelters weekly asking us to save their dogs and even little puppies. But perhaps most importantly, AFH helps fight puppy mills and helps hundreds of dogs every year find a home where they will be loved for who they are and not how they breed. We love AFH and recommend everyone we know to them for adoptions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with A Forever Home as a volunteer for a number of years. I have fostered dogs, followed up on adopted dogs to make sure they had been neutered by their new owners, I have donated services to the silent auction, and I adopted three of their little dogs. This is an organization with exceptional volunteers who are truly dedicated to the welfare of the animals and spare neither time nor expense to help them. In the future I plan to help with their adoption events.

Judith Higgins

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 Golden retriever mixes. Both were rescued by AFH from a shelter in WV where they would have been killed, even as puppies! They are now 11 and have been wonderful companions to our family. I am grateful to all the volunteers in this organization.

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Stephanie130

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Forever Home is an amazing rescue group! They have a true love for dogs, from the people running the group to the volunteers. They take great care of the dogs and do everything they can to get them in wonderful forever homes. I have volunteered, fostered, and adopted from this group and it has been one of the best experiences of my life.

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