Thank you for inquiring about our Dogs available for adoption. Almost Heaven is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) (non-profit) organization, active on the East Coast of the U.S. Our goal is to find "forever homes" for orphaned Dogs of all breeds, genders, and ages. We specialize in rehoming Senior and Special Needs Dogs. We also provide hospice and sanctuary for those who enter our program and do not find their forever home. Though it is our goal to help as many dogs as absolutely possible, we remain true to our roots, and no purebred Golden Retriever is ever turned away from our program.
Our orphans come from a
variety of sources, including shelters and owner give-ups.
We may have adults, and senior Dogs available for adoption.
(There are advantages to a Senior dog. With a Senior, you
get an older, more settled dog, one that is frequently housebroken,
past the chewing age, and usually has had some training.)
We rarely ever have puppies for adoption. Please do not
apply if you are looking for a dog younger than 6 months
of age - unless you see one listed on our adoption sites.
It is not our usual policy to rehome puppies as we just
are not set up to do so.
POLICIES AND FEES
All dogs adopted from Almost
Heaven are spayed or neutered. All dogs are current on vaccinations,
have had fecal and heartworm test and are on heartworm preventative.
We request a minimum adoption fee at the time of adoption
to help offset our expenses, which currently average in
excess of $400 for each dog we rescue. The minimum adoption
fees range between $275 - $650, depending on the age and
breed (or mix of breeds) the dog may be and are not negotiable
unless individually noted on the animal's write-up (AHGRRS
may request more for young purebred Goldens and for those
dogs graduating from our obedience program). As we frequently
do not actually know a dog's ancestry or age, we make our
best estimate of both, usually with the help of our veterinarian.
The adoption fees we charge help to cover the following
expenses that dogs adopted from us may incur for veterinary
care, grooming, and supplies:
Value $225 - $350
for Rabies $20
for Distemper/Parvo $50 (Dependent
on the length of time the dog is with us, for maximum
protection from these diseases, this vaccination is
done in series of 2 or 3 vaccinations given at 3 -
4 week intervals)
& Lymes Tested $45
Collar & New Leash $20
& Grooming $50
expenses may include the following care, depending on
the health of the dog when received at Almost Heaven:
Treatment $300 - $500
Disease Treatment $50
for common problems, such as ear infections, upset
tummies, etc. $75
We also treat
all dogs received for any obvious lumps and bumps, skin
issues, eye issues, arthritis, etc.
Each dog is crate trained
- so, the dogs are used to crating (which makes training
and housebreaking a breeze), and we are willing to take
the dog back (no adoption fee refunded), at any time an
adopter is unable to continue caring for it - and we are
available for questions, health and training tips, etc for
the life of the dog.
We are not funded by the
government, we are funded by donations, grants, and adoption
fees. We think our fees are very reasonable - in fact, they
are probably the best deal in town!
Please complete our adoption
application so we can get to know you, your family and your
lifestyle. The application must be completed in full to
be evaluated properly. Incomplete applications will not
be considered. We may require a home visit, and we do check
references. (We will accept letters of approval from other
reputable Rescue Groups.) The information you give us on
your application will be helpful in determining the compatibility
of the dog you have requested (or desire) with your life-style.
Some dogs require specific circumstances and the needs of
each individual dog are evaluated. A fence may be required
for more active dogs or dogs who have had little or no obedience
training or a tendency to roam. These dogs may need a safe,
enclosed area for proper exercise and safe release of energy.
Please understand that we have an ever changing population
of dogs that are looking for homes. Dogs are placed with
the home that best meets the dog's needs, NOT on a "first
come, first served" basis. Your application may be
mailed or for faster response - emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
POLICIES REGARDING CHILDREN, FAMILY MEMBERS, PETS
Due to some very unfortunate
circumstances in the past - we will no longer routinely
adopt to families with children under age 8 years
- or those families with regular visitors to their home
under 6 years of age. We may make a
special exception to this policy for an experienced, responsible
adopter or adopting family. ALL members of the adopting
family household must participate in the adoption/interview
process (that means everyone must come out
to meet the dog and be interviewed ). ALL members means
spouse, children, and/or other household residents.
Please be prepared to adopt
when you come out to visit. When you are approved, we expect
that you are coming out in anticipation of adopting a dog.
We understand you want to meet the dogs and that you may
not find THE dog you are looking for here, but please don't
come out if you really don't want to adopt until sometime
in the future, or are "shopping" for just the right dog,
etc. We just cannot hold the dog for you and it takes time
away from other adopters who may be ready to adopt that
day. And, depending on our time available - you may not
be invited back a second time.
Should you be selected to
adopt a dog from Almost Heaven, you must understand that
you are making a COMMITMENT to that dog, and that
you are prepared to give that animal at LEAST 2 weeks
of your time, energy, and love in order to transition/settle
into your home and lifestyle. If you cannot guarantee at
least 2 weeks "transition and training time", you are NOT
ready to adopt. Dogs are not sent home on a "TRIAL" basis.
We know you love your current
dog, but we would really prefer that you leave your dog
at home when visiting the Sanctuary. We will not place a
dog with a home with other pets if we are not sure it gets
along with other pets.
PURCHASING A PUPPY
The health and temperament
of the dogs have suffered because of indiscriminate and
irresponsible breeding practices, so if you decide to purchase
a puppy, we encourage you to research the breeders and avoid
the pitfalls and dangers of backyard breeders and the puppy
mills that flourish throughout the U.S.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility,
one that you should be prepared to honor for the life of your dog. Careful
consideration and planning should go into choosing the correct dog for
you and your lifestyle. Almost Heaven successfully places many dogs
each year, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to estimate how long
it will take for you to find "just the right Golden". Many variables
are involved, including the number of dogs in need. The more flexible
you are to gender and other particulars, the more likely you are to
quickly find the right dog for you. Please remember, our primary consideration
is for the welfare of our dogs.
Return your application to: (Emailing
your application speeds up the Adoption process)
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.
P.O. Box 648
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue
& Sanctuary allows "out-of-state" adoptions. However, prompt transportation
arrangements are the sole responsibility of the adopter.
Hours: By appointment
**NO one will be admitted
unless they are approved adopters - NO exceptions.