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How To Adopt

Adopting a rescued Golden Retriever could be one of the most rewarding things you do in life! It’s also a big decision with many considerations. It’s a long-term commitment requiring the support and help of all members of your family. 

As a rescue organization, we help Goldens who need a second chance.   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.

Our adoption area is SE Florida, Cocoa Beach to Key West.   There are times when we will make exceptions to our adoption area, when it is right for the dog.   Applicants in our adoption area receive priority.  


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.

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You will sign an adoption agreement stipulating, among other items:


  • 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.


Adoption Donation

Adoption Agreement

Home Visit

Lastly, a donation will be required for all adoptions. As an all-volunteer, foster based non-profit 501(c)3 organization we rely on donations, 100% of donations goes towards rescuing and rehoming goldens.  Adoption donations are determined by several factors to include the need of the dog and the expense of the rescue.  The average expense for GRSF to rescue and rehome a golden is $2,108.85*. 


As a general guideline, puppies, 6 months or younger range between $800 - $1200.    Adults range $400 - $600.   Asian Meat Trade mission is $2200.   


Cost for Global Goldens and Goldens rescued as part of our Breeder Rescue Mission are higher due to the cost of transport.  ​

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How about sharing your love and home with a Golden in need?  Fostering a Golden from a few days to a few weeks (sometimes longer…you can specify your time commitment) and helping them through a transitional phase is an incredibly rewarding feeling because you’re the first step towards their new life. Watching a wonderful Golden go from frightened and confused to feeling safe and cared for is so gratifying. Then watching them go to a forever home with people who will love and keep them safe is life changing.   Many times our fosters are truly life savers. Dogs surrendered to Miami Dade Animal Shelter only have 24 hours to live. So we must run to the shelter and get the dog out. Often the issue is...where can the dog go? If we have fosters available....we know we can save them. Fostering is probably the most important job in the Rescue.   Ready to help?

Complete the application, indicating your desire to FOSTER

"HIGH FIVE" for Rescue




Rescued/rehomed 118 goldens.  62 were from the US, 36 were from Puerto Rico, and 20 were from China.  


General expenses $141,659, medical bills $74,583.   


Average cost per dog $1,832.55. 

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Rescued/rehomed 178 goldens, 114 were Global Goldens from Bahamas, Canada, China, Puerto Rico, and Turkey.  


General expenses $308,031, medical bills $85,694.30.  


Average cost per dog $3453.00.


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Rescued/rehomed 126 goldens. 


General expenses $11,135, medical bills $131,229.  


Average cost per dog $1041.00

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