Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Adopt a Senior Dog from NRGRR

NOTE: To adopt one of our dogs, you must be a resident of North Carolina.  If you live more than three hours from the Raleigh-Durham area, adopting from us may be challenging. 

We are so glad you are choosing to adopt a rescue dog and have found NRGRR. Because of the popularity of this breed 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.

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.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog From NRGRR

Image courtesy of RAGZofAZ

  1. When senior goldens are adopted, they seem to understand that they've been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it. 

  2. You can teach an old dog new tricks! Seniors have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

  3. A senior golden won't grow any larger, so you'll know exactly how much pet you're getting.

  4. Older dogs have learned what “no” means.

  1. Older goldens settle in easily, because they’ve earned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

  2. You know what energy level you are bringing into your home.  If you walk or jog, you have a companion; or if you love to sit on the couch and watch movies, you have a couch mate.  With a senior dog you won’t be surprised by what you get. 

  3. Seniors are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they're bored.     

  4. Consider a senior golden a retiree, rather than a high-energy young dog who will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require any exercise, they do, but they're not going to need, or want, to run a marathon.

  5. Seniors let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

  6. You can make the world a better place by adopting a senior dog because no old dog should be abandoned or afraid.      

You can print a copy of the "10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior from NRGRR" here. 

You can download and review a sample copy of the NRGRR Placement Contract here.


Rescue a Golden Gold Standard of Care for All Seniors

Senior goldens receive the same or more "gold standard" of care that all dogs receive when they come into Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Micro-chipped
  • Full exam
  • Given vaccinations(rabies, DHPP, Lepto and bordetella)
  • Heartworm and tick disease testing and treatment as needed
  • Evaluation and treatment for parasites
  • Orthopedic and cardiac care if needed
  • Evaluated and matched with a loving family

Additional treatment is considered on a case-by-case basis

Are you considering adopting "Old Gold"?  Let us know!

  • Fill out the application form available at the end of this page.
  • If you are already approved, call or email us so we can update your records.
  • If you are interested in an available senior golden on our website, send a note to:

Our available senior dogs can be found on the Our Dogs webpage.


Seniors we have loved!

  • Gracie Luv
    Gracie Luv
  • Macey May
    Macey May
  • tiff-in-the-roses
  • posing-for-my-treats
  • sam
  • freddy-march-2016-too


Application and Adoption Fees (Effective March 2, 2020):

Application Fee:  $40

Adoption Fees:
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.

Adoption fees help cover expenses, averaging over $1000 per dog. Most recently NRGRR has brought Golden Retrievers to the Triangle from China. Our fees include travel, vet care, vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, heartworm, 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.

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 complete, so please have appropriate phone numbers and reference check information with you before you begin. Be concise when you are answering questions on the form. If you have problems with the form, let us know by contacting us at: Thank you again for your interest in adopting one of our dogs.
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