How to Adopt


How do I adopt a Golden? First, please contact the person whose name is listed with the dog you are interested in adopting (on the Available Dogs page). It is especially important that you give all the information listed in red graphic to the left in your email, if you want to get a reply.   That person will tell you all about the dog and then will arrange a home visit.  A volunteer from Golden Rescue comes to your home to provide information about our dogs and help you decide what type, or even if, a Golden Retriever is right for you.

When we visit your home, we are looking for a safe, loving and healthy environment for your new Golden. We suggest you arrange for the home visit even if there is not a specific dog available at the moment. That way, when your special dog comes along...the home visit is already completed.
Once approved to adopt, you are matched with a Golden that is
likely to fit best with your family.  After the adoption, a volunteer from Golden Rescue follows up with you

to make sure things are working out.

You must sign a contract, stipulating:


          You agree to care for your new dog and ensure that your Golden is a happy member of your family. This means that the Golden will be a house dog. The dog must not be left outside alone, chained, penned, or kept in the garage.

           If, for whatever reason, you decide not to keep your Golden, the contract states that the dog must be returned to the Rescue (not given to a friend, sold, or taken to a shelter).

           The Rescue retains the right to reclaim the dog if the contract is not adhered to.

            Lastly, a donation will be required for all adoptions. This money goes to cover our massive vet bills and the care of the dogs while they are being fostered. Golden Rescue South Florida is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations go toward caring for Goldens in need.



At this time the donations for dogs from the US and Puerto Rico 

begin at $350 for dogs over 13 months and

begin at $450 for dogs 13 months and under.


Donations for our Global Goldens are higher

primarily due to higher travel costs.


Tips for bringing a rescue dog home...

  • Before you bring the new dog (or puppy) home, bring home his/her scent so your resident pets can be introduced to his/her smell first. Leave your new dog in the car or outside on a leash with a trusted adult.  Rub the new dog with a cloth or use a blanket s/he has slept on and bring it into your home.  Pet the new dog before you go inside and as soon as you get in the door, let your resident dog smell you. Then let him/her smell the bed/blanket.  Pet your resident dog while s/he sniffs, reassure with words, and treats.   Place the blanket/bed where the new dog will be sleeping.

  • Introduce in a Neutral Location/Start outside. Each dog should be on a loosely held six-foot leash and handled by a separate person. Try to stay relaxed so the dogs do not pick up on any tension you might be feeling.

  • Do not force an interaction between the dogs. Just walk near each other for a few minutes. One or both dogs may ignore each other, which is fine. Just stay upbeat and give the dogs time to get comfortable with the situation.

  • Allow the dogs to sniff each other for just a few seconds, with the handlers offering lots of happy praise if there are positive signs from the dogs. Then lead the dogs away from each other. Do several more sets of brief introductions, which prevent the dogs from focusing too hard and escalating to an aggressive response. Refocus each dog’s attention with obedience commands or short walks.

More tips for our adopters....

Whether this is your first dog or your fifth,  there maybe information below that you may be glad to know.

Golden Retrievers (all dogs, really) should be eating and drinking from elevated bowls.

It will help eliminate the possibility of “bloat”. That is when a dogs stomach twists. It’s painful and deadly. Letting your dog chill for  half an hour after eating will also help to avoid bloat.


Goldens should eat 2 meals a day. It helps stabilize their blood sugar.


A quality grain free food is highly recommended. Dogs don’t tolerate grain filled food well. It often causes skin and ear issues. Another way to prevent ear issues is to use an ear wash once a week to clean out their ear canals.


Lastly, if your dog is a swimmer:  After swimming, apply Swim Ear to each ear. This is a “human” product you can purchase at any drugstore. It helps dry out the deep crevices of their ears.

It is essential that your dog be treated for flea, tick and Heartworm prevention. We STRONGLY recommend a topical flea and tick treatment. Please do NOT use TRIFEXIS or SIMPARICA as they are both associated with seizures.  We are comfortable with recommending chewable Heart Guard. Heartworm is easy to prevent but very difficult to cure.

When your new dog first comes to you. They may be anxious or stressed. They may pant and may not want to eat. Be cautious about opening doors, as they might “bolt”.  But patience... in  no time they’ll figure out how to be a part of your Family. Remember all Goldens really want is to please. Once your dog figures out what will make you happy…you will have the dog of your dreams.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the person you’ve been working with. We care about the dogs we place and want to be sure it’s a “love match.” That is always our goal.