Dog Adoption Certification Program

The Mission:

Keep More Dogs In Their Forever Homes

“Since 2001 I have owned and worked with dogs and volunteered in dog rescue, and over and over again I see families struggle with the dog in their home. I am asked regularly to help people because they are overwhelmed and living with a dog that they don’t know how to handle. Sometimes it is the wrong breed or age of dog, and sometimes people just aren’t ready for the changes to their lives when they adopt a dog. I just kept thinking that there has to be a better way to make the adoption experience better for both people and dogs! There has to be a way to end the heartbreak for families needing to re-home their dog and reduce the number of dogs going into rescue. With all of my knowledge of dogs and adoption and the rescue world, I’ve developed Happy Hearts!” – Cheryl Caswell, Founder

Making the wrong choice and being unprepared can lead to
unhappy dogs and unhappy owners.
Happy Hearts Dog Adoption Services can help make your connection the right one.

Our programs will help you on your journey to
happy dog ownership.

Go In Prepared!

Start Off Right

We will help you determine the type of dog that best suits your lifestyle, and will prepare you for the changes ahead. This program will result in a Happy Hearts Certification!

Matching Hearts

Let us navigate the rescue world and do the work for you. Once Happy Hearts certified, we’ll introduce you to matches in our adoption network.

Smooth Transition

This program will help guide you through the ups and downs of welcoming home your newest family member with confidence.

Start Off Right

We will help you determine the type of dog that best suits your lifestyle, and will prepare you for the changes ahead. This program will result in a Happy Hearts Certification!

Matching Hearts

Let us navigate the rescue world and do the work for you. Once Happy Hearts certified, we’ll introduce you to matches in our adoption network.

Smooth Transition

This program will help guide you through the ups and downs of welcoming home your newest family member with confidence.

Experience, Skills and Support!

“Ensuring that families are set up for success when purchasing or adopting a dog is one of the most crucial elements to keeping dogs from entering or returning to the shelter system.  I highly recommend using Cheryl from Happy Hearts Dog Adoption Services to help find your next dog companion. Her impressive experience and skill set will help ensure you find the right match for you and your family while also providing the support you need to be successful.

– Ashley Ladouceur
Chair, Sit with Me Rescue

Proudly Supporting Rescues

My goal is to help the adopter make an informed, educated and thoughtful decision, improve their initial connection, and keep more dogs in their forever homes.

I know that for most dog rescues, their goals are the same.

That’s why we give back to our rescue partners in a few ways. Learn more about our Rescue Give Back program or become a rescue partner!

Become a Happy Hearts Insider

In-Depth Guide

Cheryl's insights on What to Expect when Adopting a Dog.

Exclusive Discount

Happy Hearts Insiders get $10 off the Start Off Right program