Our adoption process ensures that dogs are matched appropriately and is based on mutual decision-making between you and our adoption team.
Like so many key decisions in life, matching dogs with new families tends to be part science and part art. The science involves looking at each dog’s specific needs and comparing them with the adopter’s lifestyle, work schedule, family structure and such. The art centers on the intuition that our adoption coordinator and the dog’s foster have after conversations with the applicant and each other. Once individuals or families have gone through our application process and have been approved, they can potentially be matched with a dog in our program via two avenues:
Once a prospective match is identified, local applicants will then go and meet the dog at the foster’s home.
Northeast adopters will receive additional pictures and further detailed conversations with the foster before determining if that is the dog for them.
One of the key phrases to keep in mind is “mutual decision-making.” Our adopters are sometimes very disappointed if the dog they hoped to adopt is not one that they are ultimately matched with. Our goal when we work with each family or individual is to find the dog or dogs that all parties agree is “the one,” and most of the time that happens smoothly.
In some cases, however, differences of opinion may arise that need discussion and resolution. Sometimes we suggest a dog that we think could be a good match, but the adopter is not comfortable for one reason or another. Or, the opposite can happen — the adopter may want a particular dog but from our knowledge of that dog’s needs or our observation of the interaction we are not comfortable finalizing the adoption for that family. In all cases, we are always striving to maximize the chances for a successful adoption, which is the outcome that will bring happiness and joy to the dogs AND the humans
Disappointment is a very strong emotion and we know that it can be very hard to have your heart set on a particular dog and not have that match approved. Please know that if we decide against sending a specific dog home with you, it is not a reflection of your ability to love and care for a rescued Golden; it is simply our belief that the match is not the right one for that dog. We have a 100 percent commitment to every dog in our program and take our responsibility to the dogs very seriously, as does any other responsible rescue or shelter. We would never claim to be infallible or all-knowing, but our success rate is very high, largely because we work so hard to make both the art and science mesh for a great match.