Good Homes for Dogs is a very busy rescue shelter

Pumpkin is a 10 month old Labrador Retriever up for adoption
Pumpkin is a 10 month old Labrador Retriever up for adoption

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Since the pandemic, Good Homes for Dogs, located in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, has nearly quadrupled its number in adoptions with approximately 100 applications per dog according to the rescue’s communication coordinator, Thomas White.

“Some things are the same,” said White. “We’ve had to change the way we do things.”
Working for the rescue for two years, White shares that the rescue is struggling due to COVID-19. Although adoptions are up, Good Homes for Dogs relies heavily on their donors. “Adoption fees only cover a portion of the medical costs,” said White.

The Berkley Heights rescue had to cancel their two largest fundraisers for the year, Woofstock, which delivers a lot of live music, and their Bow Wow brunch.

Good Homes for Dogs has been around for the last 10 years and started out of the living room of eight volunteers from Summit, New Jersey. The rescue saves dogs from Georgia and South Carolina. The locations are specified by locating high populations of unwanted dogs, euthanasia, and need for rescue. After all dogs are cleared medically and socialized, they are groomed and transported to stay with a foster family before adoption.

In this time of pandemic and financial struggle, Homes for Good Dogs continues to work for the sake of the animals. White reminds those looking to adopt to ask themselves if they are ready for a 15 year commitment. “Make sure you are getting a dog for the right reasons,” said White. The communications coordinator says this because he has seen dogs returned when the adopter no longer has the time to care for the pet.

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Meet the playful, Pumpkin! This silly and goofy girl is a 10-month-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix weighing in at the perfect medium size of 44 lbs. almost fully grown!

Pumpkin is a 10 month old Labrador Retriever up for adoption
Pumpkin is a 10 month old Labrador Retriever up for adoption

Pumpkin is a goofy, social pooch who loves to play at your feet to get your attention. She is fun, energetic and bouncy. Pumpkin takes correction very well, and is learning the proper way to walk on a leash in her foster home. She is doing so great! She is food motivated, which makes training a breeze. She sleeps through the night like the good girl she is and adores fun, energetic playmates. She would love a canine sibling who enjoys playtime as much as she does. Older kids who can handle her exuberant and active attitude would be best. Pumpkin cannot wait to meet and play with her FUR-ever parents!

This is the story of the beautiful, willful and inspiring, Cortana. Cortana was originally rescued from a shelter in Millen, Georgia. At the time of rescue, Cortana was pregnant, alone, and in desperate need of our help to deliver her puppies. Now, Cortana has beaten all the odds.

Cortana is 1.5 years old and is up for adoption
Cortana is 1.5 years old and is up for adoption

When Cortana is not lounging in her plush dog bed she absolutely LOVES to go on long walks and run laps in her fosters fenced-in backyard. She would do great in an active family .Cortana also sleeps through the night on a dog bed, walks well on a leash, and has yet to have an accident in her foster home. She is such a smart girl, eats like a champ, and has gained all her strength back. Cortana is a healthy, beautiful dog She is 1.5 years old, and fully grown at approximately 50 pounds, and is awaiting a forever home of her very own.

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