Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Adoption Application

Thank you for considering a Neuse River dog. The decision to place one of our dogs into an adoptive home is our most important work. We do not operate on a first-come, first served basis. Our goal is to find the absolute best forever homes for our dogs.

We are a nonprofit organization with the mission of finding loving, “forever” families for homeless golden retrievers and golden-hearted dogs. Our dogs come from a variety of backgrounds – saved from shelters, found as strays, or surrendered by their owners.

The dogs accepted into our rescue receive medical care before being placed in foster homes for adoption. The adoption fee helps defray the medical expenses of the dog – which include a physical exam by our vet, spay/neuter, shots/vaccines, a heartworm test and other medical treatments, as needed. Prospective adopters are screened to ensure our dogs are placed in the best possible environment. NRGRR adopters must sign a contract agreeing to various requirements, which includes a clause for the return of the adopted dog to NRGRR in the event the family is no longer able to care for the rescued dog.

Please review the application before you begin so you can gather information you will need to fill out the form. Be ready to fill out the form in its entirety in one session (45 minutes). If you must step away before you complete the process, your process will "time out."


NRGRR Application Form

NOTE: Your application information is NEVER shared outside of our organization.

Have you previously adopted from NRGRR?


If you do not have small children living in your home, will your adopted dog come into regular contact with children such as grandchildren, neighbors, etc?
Does anyone in your household have allergies to animals?
Will this be your first dog as an individual/family (not including previous family pets as a child)?
Please list all current pets in your household:
(Include pet's name, breed, sex, age, and if they are spayed or neutered)
If you currently do not have a dog, have you ever owned one before?
Have you ever owned a golden retriever?
Have you ever sold, given away or surrendered a pet?
Do ALL members of your family want to adopt a rescued dog?


Do you own or rent your home?
If you rent your home, do you have permission to have a dog over 50 pounds?
Will your dog ever be kept in an unfinished basement or garage?
Will your dog ever be kept outside in a yard or outdoor kennel?

Exercise and Care

Are you willing to pay for obedience school for your golden?
Will the dog be walked daily?

How Familiar Are You With the Golden Retriever Breed?

Are you aware that golden retrievers are very active dogs as they were originally bred as a sporting/working dog?
Are you aware that they shed year round?
Are you aware that golden retrievers are large dogs and can unintentionally knock down children, the elderly, or even an adult?
Are you aware that routine costs of maintaining a dog, including vet care, food, heartworm preventative and flea/tick control average $1200-$1500 per year?


Have you contacted your most recent veterinarian to authorize the release of information to NRGRR for the purposes of processing this application? If not, please do so before submitting this application to avoid a delay in processing.

Year round heartworm prevention is critical. Are you willing to provide this for your dog?

Puppy Daily Plan (If Applicable)


Please specify any preferences you have to adopt a rescued dog (age, sex, etc.).

Age Range: Please check any or all.

Activity level:

How would you categorize yourself?

Would you consider adopting a dog with special needs?
If yes please indicate type of special need:
How will you pay your $30.00 application fee? (Pay Pal accepts credit cards - mailing a check will delay your approval by as much as two weeks).


Application does not guarantee adoption of a NRGRR dog. Once we have reviewed the application and have contacted vet references, a volunteer will be in contact to discuss the results with you. The application fee is nonrefundable.  Thank you!


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