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Unfortunately, some families are unable to keep their golden retrievers for a variety of reasons. We offer two alternatives for helping owners who cannot keep their dogs...
- We can put a picture, description, and contact information on our website and interested adopters can contact the owners directly about these dogs. These dogs do not need to be pure bred golden retrievers. We provide listings for referral dogs as a service to the community, but we do not screen dogs to determine their suitability for adoption. We make no representations regarding the accuracy of the information provided by the owners and assume no responsibility for the actual condition or behavior of the dogs.
- A second option is for us to take ownership of the dog and place the dog in a foster home until we find the right adopter. Once your golden retriever is in our program, we provide it with a high quality diet, socialization, exercise, any beginning or continuing training that may be necessary, as well as any additional medical care and a microchip. They are treated with love, affection and encouragement.
Great care is given to finding a perfect match between your dog’s personality and the lifestyle of the adopting family. It is our goal to find permanent, loving homes for each of our foster dogs. While we wish we could take any and all golden retrievers into our program, we are realistic about what we can achieve. There are times that we have no available foster homes and owner surrenders may be asked to wait for a few weeks or months after approval to come into our program until a foster home is available. This will depend on the status of our foster homes and current dogs in program.
Our surrender criteria are listed below:
- We accept purebred golden retrievers who can be responsibly placed into loving, permanent homes.
- We do not accept any dog that has a history of aggression. Aggression includes, but is not limited to, biting or attempting to bite, snapping, growling, or snarling at any person. If you’ve had an incident in which your dog has bitten a person or has shown aggression towards a human, then we cannot accept the dog into our program.
We also ask that you provide the following prior to relinquishing your dog to us:
- All veterinary records including current rabies certificate and tag, and also on-going HW preventative
- Completed and signed NRGRR Ownership Transfer Form
- AKC and/or other registration papers (if available)
- A photo of your dog
- Microchip registration information (if applicable)
We may waive any of the above requirements if the relinquishing family lacks the ability to meet them, or if leaving the dog in the current home would present a threat to the welfare of the dog.
Because we are a non-profit organization, we request a donation to cover expenses for owner surrendered dogs when the owner is financially able.