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WAGS activities in part are stated in our mission statement. We believe that more substance is needed to fully appreciate our dedicated work to these endeavors. First, our goal is to rescue, provide immediate medical care, spay or neuter, vaccinate, rehabilitate, socialize, and place in "forever" homes, orphan golden retrievers, and in some cases, golden retriever combinations. The orphans come to WAGS through several sources. The orphan is a stray that is picked up by animal control. The orphan is surrendered to a shelter, and subsequently through our partnership program with shelters, surrendered to WAGS. The orphan is surrendered to WAGS directly by the owner. The orphan is a stray that is picked up by the police. And lastly, through another partnership program with rescue organizations, an orphan is surrendered to WAGS. The orphan, once in the care of WAGS is immediately taken to our veterinarian for an examination, spay or neuter, vaccination and other required services as directed by the veterinarian. Once in the care of WAGS, the orphan in some cases is rehabilitated based on observed behavior. If the behavior is something that we have not encountered, we seek the advice and services of a trained animal psychologist. The orphan is not kenneled. They are part of the WAGS family meaning that the orphan lives in our home with other orphans and our family of pets. All orphans are walked a minimum of three miles a day, groomed daily and taught basic obedience, such as sit and stay. This is coupled with housetraining the orphan. All adopters are required to complete a two page application. This is the basis of our internal evaluation which includes a verification of references supplied. Subsequent to this process, WAGS performs a home visit. This gives us an opportunity to personally meet the adopter, and in turn meet us, and generally conclude of what was described in the application is factual. When the orphan is placed, the adopter is required to sign an adoption agreement. At a minimum, annually WAGS will follow up with the adopter to inquire about how the orphan is doing. Apart from golden retriever rescue, WAGS is very much involved with the rescue of other breeds. In the event that another breed requires help, we will temporary foster the orphan and seek the help of a rescue organization that performs similar actives to WAGS. The orphan is then transferred to that organization. Furthermore, WAGS will help in the transport of orphan animals that are 'passing through' the Pittsburgh are to points north, south, east and west. In our effort to educate the public, WAGS has given presentations to individuals, groups and community organizations on animal issues. The platform for these presentations is based on the audience.
Our goal is to rescue, provide immediate medical care, spay or neuter, vaccinate, rehabilitate, socialize, and place in "forever" homes, orphan golden retrievers, and in some cases, golden retriever combinations.