Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We are located 35 miles west of Atlanta, GA.
The entire operation was the dream of Joie and Kristie Wilder. When Joie completed veterinary school in 2007. the plan was to eventually open a one-stop shop facility where people could come and adopt a dog and have a lifelong relationship of veterinary care, boarding, training, grooming, activities and more. Sadly, Joie passed away less than a year after completing school. In 2010, Kristie decided it was time to renew the dream. With the help of family, friends and volunteers, enough grant money and donations have been raised to start a new facility on 24 acres. It will have enough room to accomplish all the goals and dreams for the rescue.
We are a Petsmart adoption partner and we also do special events at Orvis in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA).
Please contact us for upcoming events or to set up an appointment to visit the dogs.
Our adoption process:
1. Complete an adoption application that is submitted with a $20 donation.
2. We do a pre-cursory review of your application, checking vet and personal references. At this time, we will address any concerns we may have and get detailed information from you so that we can help find a perfect match. If there are no issues with the application at this time, we proceed.
3. We set up a time for you to come out and visit any dogs that you have selected as well as ones that we feel may be a good fit based on your application, if you are willing to consider additional dogs.
4. Once you have selected a dog, we then set up a home visit WITH THE DOG. This involves a comprehensive checklist that we discuss with you and, if applicable, your family during the visit. Any concerns are addressed at this time.
5. If the home visit goes well, we complete the adoption.
6. Once the dog is adopted, it remains in our care for typically 2-3 weeks. During this time, the adoptive family must come out for three or more training sessions with their new dog. This allows the family and dog to bond over time and also allows the family to learn the training so that the transition home is very smooth.
7. Once the family feels comfortable with understanding the training and behavior of their new dog, the dog is released from our program to their new home.
8. We keep in touch and are available any time our adoptive families have any questions or concerns with their new family members.
Our adoption fee includes:
b) current vaccines (distemper/parvo/bordatella/lepto)
e) current on flea/tick/heartworm prevention
f) complete off-leash training (which otherwise costs $1375)
g) lifetime private lessons as needed
h) lifetime half-priced boarding at our beautiful country retreat
i) assistance with any questions or concerns at any time
Our adoption fee is $937.50. This price is a standard adoption fee of $250 plus the training program at half price ($687.50, which is half of $1375).
Although this may seem shocking to potential adopters, we have had incredible success with combining our training program with our rescue dogs. We originally offered the training at half price at the time of adoption and most adopters took advantage of it. Over time, we found that the trained dogs had incredibly smooth transitions into their new homes and were immediately able to enjoy freedom and fun with their new families.
Most of our rescue dogs are with us at least two months as we work through training and behavior issues. Many are great dogs that just need a little bit of training. But quite a few are, understandably, out of control. The results are amazing and we are thrilled to provide this service to adopters who understand the value of taking home a well-trained dog.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.