Annual Survey Results
Last fall GRRI mailed 364 adoption
survey forms to families that adopted Goldens from our
organization. The adoption timeframe ranged from 1997
through September 2006. Only 10 survey forms were returned
due to no forwarding address. This was a
surprisingly low number - thank you for keeping us informed
of your whereabouts! 39% of the forms were completed and
returned to us. We read each and every one of them. To
those of you who did return the survey, we appreciate your
thoroughness and candidness in helping us improve our
We’re happy to report that the majority
of you were extremely pleased with our operation and
wouldn’t have us change a thing. You felt we matched you
with the perfect dog for your needs; you were given an
accurate description of your dog, and the information that
we provided to you was helpful.
When feedback was provided that we felt
needed further discussion, i.e., conflicting information
provided by our volunteers, or behavioral issues that have
developed with one of our dogs, a Board member followed up
with that issue. We take these matters seriously!
We were sad to learn that three of our
adopters’ dogs had died over the past year, and our
condolences are with each of you.
And last but not least, thank you for
the pictures. We LOVE getting pictures and notes about
our dogs! Following are some of the comments that we
received, and some of the pictures that were returned along
with the surveys.
- Very thorough
- The whole process is very
appropriate. We feel it really protects and is in the best
interest of the dog. It also helps make a good match!
- I think you take all necessary steps
to ensure a good fit and safe environment for the dogs
- This tremendous support system
reflects the caring group at GRRI
- I really enjoy the reunions that you
have every year. It’s nice to meet others who have also
adopted a Golden. It’s great to see so many Goldens in
- Foster is the BEST! Clone him and I
will take 5 more!
- Thank you again for a great pal – we
- Great job by all! Still stay in
contact with foster mom. KC loves his life for sure. Real
affectionate to the utmost degree.
- I think GRRI does a wonderful job in
all respects. We thank God for people like you that rescue
this wonderful breed.
- We really lucked out getting this
dog. She is great! We love her to death!
- Superb interview/home visit/really
knowledgeable young woman
- GRRI is a wonderful organization.
Love the picnics too!
- We love our Max! Thank you!
- The only thing we can suggest is to
update the success story page
- There were conflicts of opinion
regarding crating and training between the interviewer and
the home visitor. We feel it is individual to the dog.
Reese hated the crate. Her foster mother used one, but we
had to coax her in each time. We gave it up after 4 weeks
much to her delight. (Editor’s Note: The volunteers
involved in this adoption process have been made aware of
our policy regarding crate training and obedience
training. We feel that both are beneficial to the dog
when they are in our foster care and when they first enter
their new forever home.)
- We originally put in an application
to foster, but were called about an adoption. No home
visit was done but would recommend for future adoptions.
(Editor’s Note: Due to limited volunteer resources, we
were unable to conduct home visits prior to 2003. We’re
happy to report that they were implemented as an integral
part of our adoption application process and well as our
foster home application process in March 2003.)
- The adoption process is very
thorough and professional
- I am grateful for Brodie, she’s a
sweet, gentle, loving Golden. I lucked out, thanks.
- Every year we look forward to the
reunion picnic. It is one of our favorite days of the
- We were surprised at the thorough
application process and after we got Scooby we were
thankful for the process and know that the best interest
of the animal was first and foremost with GRRI
- Professional, supportive of adopting
family and protective of Goldens. All very positive.
- Wonderful program and wonderful
foster parents. Thanks for all you do.
- Disappointed that you no longer
adopt dogs to people in Pennsylvania. We are lovers of
Golden Retrievers and give them a loving, forever home.
Even though we currently have a dog from your rescue we
are unable to adopt from you in the future. Why is
Pennsylvania excluded from your adoption area? (Editor’s
Note: Our geographic coverage area has to be limited to
those areas where we have active volunteers available to
conduct the home visit portion of our adoption application
process. We did have a volunteer who lives in this
particular area of Pennsylvania but the applicant declined
to allow us to conduct a home visit for any future
adoptions so we will be unable to accept any future
adoption applications. The applicant was referred to
- We would definitely adopt through
you again! Thanks
- Keep up the good work!
- All of your volunteers are wonderful
- I had to wait for first response and
began to consider breeders. I am grateful to you all.
Sandi is the light of my life.
- Thank you for saving my angel
- I found GRRI to be a good, thorough,
caring agency and genuinely dedicated to finding homes for
these loving, beautiful, gentle Goldens. The home
interviewer and the foster home were great reflections of
- All things considered, Chrissie is
perfect – thank you!
- You are all excellent. We luv you
- I like the adoption process as it is
– it worked.
- We are delighted with your adoption
program and delighted with Dickens
- Your thoroughness and business like
organization is commendable
- You’re doing a terrific job!
- Excellent experience! Thank you so
- GRRI’s caring and professionalism is
unmatched. I recently had an experience with a local
shelter that was so well meaning, but sadly, missed the
mark. I am not close enough to them to define the
problems, but I can say that in the end, the dogs do not
receive the kind of care and placement GRRI offers. From
the application interview process to the follow up, GRRI
is exemplary. All “shelters” could use some lessons from
you. We are grateful parents of a GRRI rescue and feel Meg
is just perfect for us!
- This is a great program!