PO BOX 299
Directions Waitsfield, VT 05673

How To Adopt

Most of our rescued dogs come to us from our rescue partners in Kentucky and Tennessee.  We do not have a facility that you can visit.  Generally the dogs are rescued from kill shelters in the South, where they have landed due to no fault of their own, many stray, some turned in by their owners.  Because most of our dogs are strays, we rarely have any history on the dogs.  We place our dogs via long distance adoption or what is known as "direct adoption."  Our procedure is to ask for a completed application, followed by a phone interview, vet reference check and home visit.  If we are unable to conduct a home visit, we likely will be unable to adopt to you as this is one of the most integral parts of the process. Approved applicants only will then move on to speak to the Southern Foster (or if we have a Northern Foster to speak to and then meet the dog) and through conversation, photo and video get to know the dog.  Making a match long distance does require a thorough process and if you are not committed, then this type of adoption is not for you.  We encourage you to adopt wherever you feel the most comfortable and understand and support that some people need to meet their dog.  Please note, the more flexible and applicant is to a dog's gender, age, and individual characteristics, the more quickly a dog may be matched.  

All of our dogs travel with a USDA certified transport company (www.petsllc.net) and require a license to cross state lines (aka a health certificate) to travel.  Adopters are responsible for picking up their dogs at various stops which are made on scheduled Saturdays.  Once approved, an adoption coordinator will work with you to schedule transport.  

All of our dogs are vetted age appropriate meaning they are spay or neutered and given all necessary vaccines.  The medical history of our dogs is generally unknown and together with our vet we will treat for medical issues that are diagnosed.  We do the very best we can but sometimes there are unforeseen medical concerns that arise.  These are the responsibility of the adopter and this is what it means to rescue.  Most of our dogs have not had the fortune to be raised by someone who monitors their health. While our dogs do live in homes with other dogs and sometimes cats, we cannot guarantee the health or temperament of any dog. 

Golden Huggs Adoption Fees (subject to change)

Adoption Fee - $500

Senior Dogs (9 and Up) - $350

*The adoption fee paid to a rescue which has 501c non-profit status cannot be claimed as a deductible charitable donation on the adopter's income tax return.  However, any additional donation made over and above the standard fee is deductible.