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Review for A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc., Chantilly, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Halifax Dog Squad Inc, South Boston, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We (www.aforeverhome.org) have been working with Halifax for several years. They work in an area where a lot of people don't care about their dogs and dump them without regard to where they will end up. Halifax takes these dogs in, gets them vetted, and markets them to reputable rescues in areas where there are good adopters available. Together we have saved a lot of lives.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc., Chantilly, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!




Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc., Chantilly, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization. They are ethical, honest, and fiscally responsible. They are the gold standard of rescue.

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

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer