How to Adopt


How do I adopt a Golden?


Thank you for interest in giving a forever home to one of our Goldens/Golden "mixes". There are many factors that we must consider before matching a dog with a family.  Each story is different, some are mistreated or neglected, abandoned, or surrendered, some rescued from dire and horrific conditions. In all situations they have been let down by humans therefore we must prioritize finding the dog the best homes vs. finding the perfect pet for you.    The first step in the adoption process is to complete the ADOPTION APPLICATION.  


Please know we do not operate on a first-come first-served basis and reserve the right to deny any application without the disclosure of the reason for denial. Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed and if approved you will be contacted for a phone interview and a home visit by one of our volunteers. Home visits will be conducted in-person or virtually.  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.


Our adoption area is SE Florida, Cocoa Beach to Key West.  The adoption area for Global Goldens being fostered in Canada is the state of Florida. 

Adoption application :

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 puppies rescued out of state is $1000 allowing the rescue to cover transport and expenses, with  $300 DEPOSIT.


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.