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. Though we specialize in finding
"forever homes" for Senior and Special Needs Golden Retrievers,
and providing hospice and sanctuary for those that cannot
be placed in adoptive homes.
Our orphans come from a
variety of sources, including shelters and owner give-ups.
We may have puppies, 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.)
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 donation at the time of adoption to help offset our expenses, which currently average in excess of $300 for each dog we rescue. The minimum donation requested can be as low as $200-$300 (we may request more for young purebred Goldens and for those dogs graduating from our obedience program). As we frequently do not actually know a dogs ancestry or age, we make our best estimate of both, usually with the help of our veterinarian.
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 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. A volunteer will contact you to arrange an appointment for
your home visit. Then, if your application is approved your name will
be placed on our waiting list for available dogs (unless you have already
chosen a dog from our orphans currently available). The final adoption
decision is made based on Almost Heaven's guidelines and our assessment
of the needs of the dog in question. Our goal is to place each dog in
a home where the dog and new family will complement each other. 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 emailed
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. The best way to insure that you won't miss that "special" dog when he/she becomes available for adoption is to have an approved application on file with us.
PURCHASING A PUPPY
The health and temperament of Goldens
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. Drawer D
Delray, WV 26714
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.