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Adoption Info

We receive far more applications than we have dogs in our program.  If you are beginning your application process today and you are interested in a specific dog on our website, chances are, the dog will have been adopted by the time we complete your application process.  Be patient.  Our volunteers are committed to ensuring that every dog finds the perfect home. 

If you live more than three hours from the Raleigh-Durham area, adopting from us will be challenging.  We do not do same day adoptions nor do we allow our dogs to be commercially transported.  You may have to make numerous trips to the Raleigh- Durham area to visit dogs and their fosters. Additionally, we may ask for videos and photos of your home, and/or ask another rescue in your area to make a home visit for us. 
The decision to place one of our dogs into an adoptive home is our most important work. We reserve the right to deny any application and we do not operate on a first-come, first-served basis.   Our goal is to find the absolute best forever home for our dogs with the best adoptive family. 
Our application fees are non-refundable. Start your search by paying the $30 non-refundable processing fee. There are two ways to submit the $30 application fee:

Pay the $30 application fee via our online store.  

Click here to make your payment.

Or, mail a $30 check payable to:

P.O. Box 37156
Raleigh, NC 27606

Note: Use the Paypal option for quicker turn around.  You do not need a Paypal account to pay your application fee.  Paypal accepts credit cards.  Alternately, the fee can be sent to our P.O. Box address listed above.  But, this method will add at least a week to the time for approval.

Depending on the volume of applications we receive, the processing time to approve an application may take a week to two weeks after receipt of the adoption application and the non-refundable processing fee. Submitting a complete application and application fee does not guarantee adoption of a NRGRR dog.  There is no refund if you do not adopt a dog from us.

Our application asks questions regarding your history with dogs, your lifestyle, and what you are looking for in a golden retriever.

Once your payment and application have been received, it will be reviewed.  Vet and personal references will be contacted.  A home visit by one of our volunteers may be needed.  ALL family members must be present for the home visit.

Upon approval of your application, your adoption coordinator will work with you to identify an appropriate dog for your family and contact the dog’s foster family for you. Your application coordinator will be your link to NRGRR throughout your search.  If you are patient, we will help you find the right dog for your family.

Approved applications are good for one year from the date of approval.  If you obtain a dog elsewhere, please let us know, so we can remove your application from our files.

We host an adoption event on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Animall store at the Cary Town Center Mall.  Check the Our Dogs page for available dogs. The page is updated daily. Come to our adoption events to meet our volunteers and our dogs.

If you do not have access to email, call us at (919) 676-7144 and leave your contact information. A volunteer will call you back within a few days and send an application to you and you can mail it to us.  Please be aware that this lengthens the time for approval.  

Our application and adoption fees (Effective May 1, 2015):

Application fee:  $30  

Adoption fees:

8 weeks - 1 year  $400 Adoption fees help cover expenses, averaging over $800 per dog. This includes vet care, vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, heart worm and flea and tick preventatives and other care as needed such as heart worm treatment, diagnostics, surgery, medications or training costs as required by individual dogs.

1 year, 1 day - 4 years  $350
4 years, 1 day - 9 years  $300
Senior 9 years, +1 day  $150
Seniors to seniors*  No fee  *Senior dogs 9 years, + 1 day for approved applicants who are 65 years and older

Click here to fill out and submit your application.  Please be prepared to fill out the form in one sitting.  It will take approximately 45 minutes to fill out the form, so please have appropriate phone numbers and reference check information with you before you begin. Bconcise when you are answering questions on the form - no more than 20 words to your answers.  If you have problems filling out the form, let us know by contacting 
us at: nrgrrapplications@hotmail.com

Thank you again for your interest in adopting one of our dogs. 

After you have been matched with your perfect dog, please click here to learn more about the adoption contract.