A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation is a non-profit dog rescue operating in the Northern VA / Washington Metro area. We have no facility as we use only foster homes.

AForeverHome.org is a non-profit, all-breed dog rescue that works to find loving new Forever Homes for dogs in need. We are a group of experienced rescuers that can help you find just the right pet to fit your lifestyle - whether you're a couch potato, an avid runner or anything in between. Visit us at one of our adoption events and see what a difference experience can make!

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Timeline Photos 11/04/2021

PUP TIP: Daylight Savings ends on Sunday and we get our hour back. Prepare your dog for later dinner by pushing it off 15 minutes more each day for the next few days. #daylightsavings

PUP TIP: Daylight Savings ends on Sunday and we get our hour back. Prepare your dog for later dinner by pushing it off 15 minutes more each day for the next few days. #daylightsavings

Timeline Photos 11/04/2021

Jax is a 12 week old Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. He was found stray on a dirt road in rural Mississippi. Let's find this little guy a home! #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #australiancattledog #blueheeler #puppyadoption #heeler #adoptapuppy #fosterpup

Jax is a 12 week old Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. He was found stray on a dirt road in rural Mississippi. Let's find this little guy a home! #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #australiancattledog #blueheeler #puppyadoption #heeler #adoptapuppy #fosterpup

KarmaKarma 11/04/2021

KarmaKarma

KARMAKARMA offers you the chance to make an impact through micro-donations. Go to www.karmakarma.com and register. Once you log in, click on Get Karmapoints to see how to get points and/or click on Make an Impact and then Animals to navigate to A Forever Home Rescue Foundation’s page to make a donation.

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11/03/2021
Timeline Photos 11/03/2021

Here is the Addam's Fam pups! These cuties are not spooky at all! They are 8 week old terrier mixes. The owner was trying to dump them on a vet in Louisiana. Available for adoption! #rescuepuppies #terrierpups #adoptdontshop #fosterpuppies #puppyadoption #addamsfamily

Here is the Addam's Fam pups! These cuties are not spooky at all! They are 8 week old terrier mixes. The owner was trying to dump them on a vet in Louisiana. Available for adoption! #rescuepuppies #terrierpups #adoptdontshop #fosterpuppies #puppyadoption #addamsfamily

11/02/2021

Please be careful. A lot of dogs like to sleep on these vents.

Please be careful. A lot of dogs like to sleep on these vents.

11/02/2021

Please consider the seniors, the ones with medical conditions, the ones who need a little help adjusting.

Please consider the seniors, the ones with medical conditions, the ones who need a little help adjusting.

[11/02/21]   For the month of November 2021, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation, Inc. will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Giant Food store located at 13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax VA.

If you're near there, please stop by, do some shopping, and purchase a Community Bag or two! You can help the environment and AFH.

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need 11/02/2021

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need

Do you shop at Amazon? You can donate to AFH at no cost to you!

Shop at Amazon through our website. Simply go to www.aforeverhome.org, scroll down to Support AFH by shopping at Amazon (on the right side of the screen) and click the link. You have just generated a donation for AFH at no cost to you!

Once on Amazon, enter smile.amazon.com in the address bar and start shopping! If you are not already enrolled in Amazon Smile, you will be prompted to sign up.

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need Honoring Native American peoples, Their Histories, and Cultures Silver Award Gift A Forever Home received a gift of 24 leashes made by Girl Scouts Aurora and Serafina as part of their Silver Award. They “…wanted to do something that would help dogs and those charitable groups who work so hard to...

Timeline Photos 11/02/2021

Pixie is a 10 week old pit bull mix. She was abandoned at a convenience store in Louisiana as a wee one. She walks at the heels of her foster family, all the while looking up as if to say, please don't leave me. Do you have room for her in your home? #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #pitbull #pibbles #puppyadoption

Pixie is a 10 week old pit bull mix. She was abandoned at a convenience store in Louisiana as a wee one. She walks at the heels of her foster family, all the while looking up as if to say, please don't leave me. Do you have room for her in your home? #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #pitbull #pibbles #puppyadoption

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 11/01/2021

Lexie is a 10 month old hound mix. She's a sweet, curious, playful and energetic young girl from Mississippi trying to find a home in the DC area. She loves kisses and belly rubs. Inquire about her at [email protected]. #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #houndmix #fosterdog

10/31/2021

Happy Halloween! #afhalumni #rescuedog #dragoncostume #adoptdontshop

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/31/2021

Ealy Road Coley is a 7 month old Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. She is friendly and a moderate energy dog. She is goofy and cuddly. Just a sweet girl ready for a forever home! #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #blueheeler #cattledog #fosterdog

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/30/2021

Bell pups Lenny (brown) and Lottie (white) are 7 month old hound mixes. Lenny is a love bug who loves his crate and plays well with people and other dogs. Lottie is very amiable, compassionate, trusting and gentle. Both would make excellent pets! #rescuedogs #fosterdogs #adopt

Timeline Photos 10/29/2021

Stella (listed under Anna/Stella) is a sweet 11 month old hound/pit mix. She likes other dogs and is good in the crate. She loves walks and can't wait to find a family of her very own! #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #fosterdog #dogadoption #houndmix #pitmix

Stella (listed under Anna/Stella) is a sweet 11 month old hound/pit mix. She likes other dogs and is good in the crate. She loves walks and can't wait to find a family of her very own! #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #fosterdog #dogadoption #houndmix #pitmix

Timeline Photos 10/29/2021

#fridayfunny #tgif #guiltydog #adoptdontshop #rescuedogs

#fridayfunny #tgif #guiltydog #adoptdontshop #rescuedogs

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/28/2021

Hound Girl Ella is a 10 month old hound mix. She was found in Mississippi by animal control. She is very friendly and gets along with other dogs. #rescuedog #fosterdog #adoptdontshop #dogadoption #hound #goodgirl #dcdog #novadog

Timeline Photos 10/27/2021

Thorben is a 9 year old miniature schnauzer. He’s sweet, calm and quite the gentleman. He has a lot of love to give. #adoptme #seniordog #miniatureschnauzer #adoptdontshop #dogadoption #rescuedog

Thorben is a 9 year old miniature schnauzer. He’s sweet, calm and quite the gentleman. He has a lot of love to give. #adoptme #seniordog #miniatureschnauzer #adoptdontshop #dogadoption #rescuedog

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/26/2021

Max is our goofy, handsome sweet hound mix. He’s 12 months old and was found as a stray. He wants to be your companion! #rescuedog #hound #adoptdontshop #fosterdog #goodboy #dcdogs #novadogs #adoptme

Timeline Photos 10/25/2021

Rascal is a 10 month old lab mix. He is house broken, neutered, sleeps soundly all night (snores a little) and takes food gently from your hand. He is friendly and snuggly. Can he be part of your family? #rescuedog #fosterdog #adoptdontshop #dogadoption

Rascal is a 10 month old lab mix. He is house broken, neutered, sleeps soundly all night (snores a little) and takes food gently from your hand. He is friendly and snuggly. Can he be part of your family? #rescuedog #fosterdog #adoptdontshop #dogadoption

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/25/2021

Looking for a poodle? Even though these girls are senior dogs (10 years old) they can still fill your lives with love! Shana (gray) is a standard poodle. Sophia (white) is a toy or teacup poodle. Does someone have a big heart that would take in one of these sweet girls? #adopt

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need 10/24/2021

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need

We are only able to continue our lifesaving work with your support. Can you make a donation to help us help even more puppies and dogs?

Visit www.aforeverhome.org to donate online or mail a check to AFH, PO Box 222801, Chantilly, VA 20153

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Finding Forever Homes for Dogs in Need Forever Tails August 2021 Our latest newsletter has so many great stories, we hope you will enjoy it. To read it, please click here. In this issue: ANNALISE TO THE RESCUE and her Puppy Pops FundraiserIN MEMORY: Colin, Isis, Petey, WranglerPETEY’S STORY OF SURVIVAL in the Florida EvergladesQUICK TI...

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/24/2021

Penny is a 16 month old hound mix. She’s a sweet girl that was found as a stray from rural Mississippi. She’s hoping for a family of her very own! #dcmetro #northernvirginia #rescuedog #fosterdog #adoptme #dogadoption #foreverhome #hound #blackdog #findapennypickitup

Timeline Photos 10/23/2021

Your moment of cuteness! This is Hemi of the Sarepta pups. Hemi and his siblings are 8 week old lab hound mixes. These adorable puppies are available for adoption! #rescuepuppies #puppyadoption #labmix #houndmix #adoptdontshop #dogadoption #momentofcuteness

Your moment of cuteness! This is Hemi of the Sarepta pups. Hemi and his siblings are 8 week old lab hound mixes. These adorable puppies are available for adoption! #rescuepuppies #puppyadoption #labmix #houndmix #adoptdontshop #dogadoption #momentofcuteness

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/22/2021

Scott Lake Nova is a 9 month old female lab mix. She’s about 30 lbs and loves to give kisses! She’s a fun pup! #rescuedog #fosterdog #labmix #goodgirl #dogadoption #dcdog #novadog #adoptdontshop

Timeline Photos 10/22/2021

#fridayfunny #tgif #fridaychicken #adoptdontshop #rescuedogs #followme

#fridayfunny #tgif #fridaychicken #adoptdontshop #rescuedogs #followme

[10/22/21]   🛇 Use your Manners! 🛇

The Sniff test - Stop doing that!
The sniff test - a badly engrained habit that society has been taught, without a clear understanding of what they're actually doing.

🚩When you reach out towards a dog, you are using body pressure AT them, giving them no time to assess whether you are safe & whether they require further investigation to pick up your information. You are forcing an interaction of a relationship that hasn't had time to develop. To some dogs, this is quite rude & the reason a lot of dogs snap at or bite people. This can cause alot of behavioral issues because of layered stress due to forced interactions.

🚩If they are on lead, they have no where to go if they are sensitive to spacial pressure, so can end up shutting down, shying away or snapping at your hand so you back off. This is an example of how a dog is now using pressure to turn off pressure & make you back off so they aren't so stressed.

🚩People think by offering your hand it can give the dog time to sniff to know you're friendly... they can sniff without being forced to sniff your hand. Their noses are far more superior than ours & they don't need close contact forced upon them to smell you.

🚩Some dogs might not want to know you. You have no relationship with them and that's perfectly fine. They aren't your dog so you don't need to touch them or steal pats for your own satisfaction.

🤔 If you are meeting a dog, what should you do?

Ask the owner if you can interact with their dog. Not all people want strangers touching their dogs, especially strangers who you are unlikely to see again.

Stand up straight & relaxed, with your hands at your side.

Ignore the dog & talk to the owner.

Don't stare at the dog & don't try to force an interaction by going in for a pat. If the dog wants to know you, it will come up to you & sniff around. Usually they will move away & then come back for a second sniffathon. Some dogs will touch your hands & wag their tails, which are good signs that you're likely an accepted new friend. Give them a few slow pats down their back (NOT THEIR HEAD) & then stop. Is the dog happy? Has it accepted your interaction? This will determine whether you can give it more pats.

🐶This is a more stress free option for dogs & a reason why in consultations we can develop a good level of trust, especially with fearful dogs & aggressive dogs, without a bunch of negative side effects from forced interactions

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/21/2021

Some S girls you should give a glance - Sylvie and Shirlee. They are sweet, smart and spayed! Sylvie is a 10 month old hound mix. Shirlee is an 11 month old lab pit. Both have great markings and are looking to be adopted into a great family! #girldogs #dogadoption

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/21/2021

Ford and Joey are looking for their forever homes. Ford is an 8 month old hound/shepherd mix. Joey is an 8 month old Australian Shepherd mix. Check them out on our website! aforeverhome.org

Timeline Photos 10/20/2021

Hillsboro pups Jericho and Muffi are available for adoption. They are 7 month old Australian Shepherd mixes. Housetrained! Ask about them: [email protected]. #rescuedogs #australianshepherd #fosterdog #adoptdontshop #dogadoption

Hillsboro pups Jericho and Muffi are available for adoption. They are 7 month old Australian Shepherd mixes. Housetrained! Ask about them: [email protected]. #rescuedogs #australianshepherd #fosterdog #adoptdontshop #dogadoption

BarkBox 10/19/2021

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Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/19/2021

Morton pups Summer and Autumn are 6 month old shepherd mixes. Both these girls are doing great with crate and house training. Great with kids! #rescuedogs #puppies #adoptdontshop

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/18/2021

Do you want a dog with a 4 letter name? How about Oreo, Nova or Indy? They are great dogs looking for their forever homes! Check them out on our website aforeverhome.org. #rescuedogs #fosterdogs #adoptdontshop #dogadoption

Photos from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation's post 10/18/2021

EC Road Elroy and Eastwood are 11 week old terrier/black mouth cur mixes. Eastwood loves to play and run around and then collapse on his human's lap. Elroy is a loving, chill, sit in your lap and watch TV, cuddle bug. They are almost completely crate trained and potty trained.

Timeline Photos 10/17/2021

Your moment of cuteness! Sayers pups Sarah and Sam - 15 week old black mouth cur/lab mix. Available! #rescuedogs #puppyadoption #fosterpups #blackmouthcur #labmix #adopt #adoptdontshop #momentofcuteness

Your moment of cuteness! Sayers pups Sarah and Sam - 15 week old black mouth cur/lab mix. Available! #rescuedogs #puppyadoption #fosterpups #blackmouthcur #labmix #adopt #adoptdontshop #momentofcuteness

Our Story

AFH was founded in 2002 by a small group of experienced rescuers. Our goal was to change the idea of rescue from just finding and placing dogs in homes to finding A Forever Home for every dog and pup in need.

We started our rescue with a single foster home, a yard sale, and a personal credit card. We spent countless hours transporting and caring for our dogs; running adoption events and our website. We conducted home checks, vet checks and interviewed adopters for each and every dog. Our rescue takes pride in ensuring that each of our pets receives all medical care needed regardless of costs. We also focus on educating adopters about the needs of their dogs, including medical care, socialization and training.

We have now matured to over 2,000 volunteers who do a variety of jobs - conduct home-checks and interviews, drive transports, run adoption events, hold fundraisers, do community outreach, run our social media and website, foster dogs, and manage our finances and paperwork. Yet, our dedication to "Forever" has never changed. We remain a foster home only rescue and have placed over 17,000 needy pets into loving, forever homes! In addition, over the years we have helped countless rural shelters, transported thousands of homeless pets to safety, provided assistance during major disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, helped reform shelters, and assisted in shutting down puppy mills and hoarding situations.

We are grateful for volunteers, adopters, donors, collaborators and supporters - and welcome you to join our organization! If you have a love of animals and a place in your heart for dogs - come enhance the lives of those left behind and help them find their forever homes. It will enrich your life, too!

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