Due to the circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that is allowing families to be home and looking to adopt a dog, we are seeing a dramatic influx in adoption applications. Currently, the adoption application approval process may take up to 4 weeks. Our Adoption Team is continuing to work with approved adopters to make potential matches with the dogs currently in our program.
Your family should first discuss the responsibilities and extra time involved with adding a new dog to the household. Review our Adoption FAQs and research to familiarize yourself with the breed(s). You may even want to attend one of our Monthly Open House events before proceeding with the adoption process to familiarize yourself with the types of dogs we get. If everyone in the family is committed to adopting a DVGRR dog, follow these steps:
- Read the Adoption FAQs. You’ll find the answer to almost every question right here!
- Carefully review our Eligibility Requirements. To avoid disappointment later, be sure you can meet all of the requirements before continuing with the application process.
- Carefully review our Terms and Conditions of Adoption. In order to adopt from DVGRR, applicants must be able, and willing, to comply with all Terms and Conditions of Adoption. If you have questions about any of the items, please contact Zack Morgan, Director of Adoption (or Jessica Berrier) to clarify.
- Complete the online application and remit the non-refundable $35 processing fee. (NOTE: We do not accept American Express.) If you prefer to complete a handwritten application, contact us to have one sent to you. Please note that the application fee is $40 for a handwritten application to cover the additional processing and postage. Should your application be declined or withdrawn by you for any reason, the application fee will not be refunded.
- Have your veterinarian complete our online Veterinarian Information Request. If your vet cannot do this online, print the form and have your vet mail or fax it to DVGRR. This form is waived if you have no current or former pets.
- Help DVGRR by becoming a supporter. Although we encourage your support, it is not required for adoption.
After your application is received, we’ll review it to ensure that you meet our Eligibility Requirements and determine if we have any initial questions. Since we primarily contact applicants via email, please be sure to check your email regularly for any important messages we may send.
If the initial review is favorable, we will contact you to schedule a home visit conducted by one of our Home Visit Team volunteers. The volunteer will go through a set of standardized questions, review your past experience as a dog owner, and your expectations for adoption. They will also note the layout of your home and how it might impact a dog, and visually inspect any fencing that surrounds the yard. If you have an underground (invisible) fencing system, the volunteer will need to see the transmitter and verify that the system is operational. All members of the family must be present for the home visit; we will make every effort to schedule it at a mutually convenient time. (Note: Many home visits are handled virtually via photos/videos.)
Following the home visit, we’ll review all application materials and advise you of your approval status. In some cases, approval of your application will be conditional on one or more factors – typically making necessary fence repairs or having an actual fence installed if required (depending on a specific dog’s requirements).
Other than during the Monthly Open House events, dogs can only be seen by approved applicants with an appointment. Please note: We are located in Reinholds, PA (approx. 65 miles northwest of Philadelphia) and while we do not require adopters to be Pennsylvania residents, we do require that all family members (and existing family dog(s)) come to Golden Gateway for the adoption meeting. We do not ship dogs.
Many of our applicants have adopted from us previously – we take it as a compliment that they come back to DVGRR for a second (or third!) dog. Prior adopters will be asked to fill out a new application if it has been more than a year since their last one was completed. We’ll also arrange for a home visit unless waived by the Adoption Manager, since this really helps us with the matching process.
If you decide to purchase a puppy, adopt a dog elsewhere, or simply change your mind, we ask that you contact Zack Morgan, Director of Adoption, immediately in order for us to work with the next family waiting to adopt.
Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our DVGRR dogs!