Did you know?

Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into overburdened shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

Did you know that Black Dogs are the last to be adopted in shelters all over the world . . . and the first to be put down? Click here to learn about BLACK DOG SYNDROME

who we are

We are located in Vermont and adopt to surrounding New England States.  We have long-standing relationships with rescues in the south where there is an abundance of wonderful dogs who are on death row or who are simply abandoned and stray.

We work closely with our colleagues in the south who assess the dog's temperament so that we understand fully the type of home each dog will require. All our dogs are fostered in private homes. We do not have a facility to visit.  We make arrangements with approved applicants only to meet the dog we feel is their best match IF the dog is being fostered in the northeast.  However, the majority of our adoptions occur through “direct adoption”

Direct adoption means just that- you will adopt the dog directly from its southern foster, without benefit of a physical meeting.  During this process, approved applicants will get to know the dog through pictures, email, and the Golden Huggs Rescue adoption coordinator with whom they are working.  If the dog is with a southern foster, the adopter will have an opportunity to speak with that  foster to learn about the dog.  Our desire is for you to know everything we know about that dog before you decide to adopt.  If you have any  reservations about this, then a long distance adoption is probably not for you.  

Golden Huggs Rescue uses Peterson Express Transport  www.petsllc.net a licensed animal transport carrier and must travel with a health certificate.  The ground transportation company has an air conditioned/heated trailer with secured crates. It is a safe way for the doggies to travel.   You must meet the transport at the designated stop to pick up your new family member.

what we consider

To make the best match possible, an interested applicant should be able to provide proper care, exercise and training for the lifetime of a dog, AND :

  • Be over 25 years of age.

  • If there are children in the home they must be 5 years of age and over.

  • The needs of young dogs for exercise, socialization and companionship cannot be filled if their family is gone all day.  Young pups need someone home more often than not. Long hours in a crate are not acceptable.

  • Fencing is required if you live on or near a main road

  • We do not approve the use of outdoor pens, tie outs, or runners as a means of containment

  • For safety reasons we require that all dogs adopted from GHR be on a leash at all times except in a securely fenced area

  • The adoption fee includes the cost of transportation and each dog is completely vetted (spayed or neutered, brought current on all vaccines, given a heartworm test, micro chipped and provided with treatment for any obvious medical issues).   Note that the medical history of most of our dogs is unknown but we will provide you with everything we have.  Our role is to get the dogs out of their current situation and into a stable home environment, vetted and healthy enough for adoption.  When you rescue a dog it means it is your responsibility to complete the training and acclimation of your dog to your home. We cannot guarantee the temperament or the health of any dog. 

    Please give careful consideration to adopting an animal. Animals are not toys or short-term commitments. Make sure your lifestyle allows the time, patience and expense this animal will need over the years.
    We understand that there are many wonderful homes that may not meet the criteria above but we applaud their interest in a rescue dog.   


how to apply

The first step in the process is filling out an application which you can reach here. We then schedule a phone interview during which we are each able to ask all our questions of each other. 

We then schedule a home visit. This is an integral part of our process and placement is directly related to whether we have a home visit volunteer in your area.

Our thorough application process is intended to help us place each dog in its final, loving home.  The process helps us learn about you and helps us work with you to find the best match for you and for the dog.  The Adoption Committee determines if the application should be approved, and once approved, works with applicants to find the most suitable match.

We review applications in the order in which we receive them.  Since we are all volunteers, it can take weeks to process your application.   If you are looking to adopt immediately, we are probably not the rescue for you.