considering adding a
Rescued Golden Retriever to your family!!
Read about the process, numbers 2-9 immediately below.
Submit an application (click on application form below).
A volunteer will contact you in a few days to set up a visit to your
home to discuss adopting a Rescued Golden.
Home visit (less than an hour of your time).
Approval for adoption by the LAGR Adoption Committee.
Matching your family with one of our Rescued Goldens.
Placement of your Golden in your home; completion of an adoption
contract; submit placement donation. Click here to see the minimal adoption donation for
Applicant should be at least 18 years old and have a yard with a physical
fence. Children in the home should be at least 6 years old.
Love A Golden rescue dogs are up to date on vaccinations and monthly
Heartworm Treatment when adopted and the adopting families are expected
to be committed to continue this protocol.
Read material below for more details.
Goldens are wonderful
dogs who have a lot of love to give and who crave love in return. But Goldens are not the best choice for every
family so please take time to think about whether a Golden is right for
Is a Golden right for me?
Individual Goldens vary
in size, color (including blondes, reds, and goldens), personality, and
life experiences. Generally Goldens are
large dogs and need lots of attention and exercise.
They love people and want to be with their family as
much as possible. They do best as house
dogs who are fully integrated into the family.
Goldens are joyful and
exuberant dogs. It’s been said that to a
Golden, life is a party with them as the guest of honor.
They do not make good guard dogs — even though they
may bark at a stranger, they are likely to greet new people like old
friends. They may mellow as they grow
older, but they often stay puppies in everything but size until they
are 3 years old or perhaps even older.
Jumping on people is
common for Goldens although they can be trained to sit for petting. A young Golden who is excited at your arrival
home can jump and play for quite a bit before settling down. A Golden can accidentally knock down a child
or even an adult and has been known to knock over an occasional piece
of furniture. Then there is that tail! Some Goldens seem to have a knack for cleaning
off the top of a coffee table with a few tail wags.
Goldens are intelligent
dogs. We strongly recommend obedience
classes or similar training to help you and your dog learn how to
communicate better. Because of their
exuberance, many Goldens pull on the leash until they learn not to do
so. You and your Golden will also probably
enjoy participating in fun dog sports like agility or tracking. Goldens love to learn, and the training
process can help build the bond between you and your dog.
Many Goldens like to
relax around the house. But please
remember that Goldens were originally bred to retrieve ducks from icy
water—all day long. Some young Goldens can
retrieve a tennis ball for hours. All that
energy has to go somewhere and so some Goldens need a lot of exercise. If you would like a quiet, easy-going couch
potato for a companion, then a senior Golden may be the dog for you.
A senior Golden can still
have more than enough energy for walks, swimming, and playing without
the problems of puppy antics. For example,
Merlot, one of our senior Goldens, is more than happy to go on a mile
walk. When she gets home, she likes to lie
down close to us.
You can have many
wonderful years with an adopted senior Golden. Plus
you will have the inherent rewards of giving a senior citizen a home. The seniors often seem particularly grateful
for the love and respect you provide and for a caring home. If you’re thinking that a senior might be for
you but are not quite sure, we will be happy to put you in touch with
people who have adopted older dogs.
Many Goldens like to
carry things in their mouths. Until they
learn otherwise, they will not know the difference between the sofa
cushion and their stuffed toy. Golden
puppies can go through periods of chewing when they can destroy
furniture, woodwork or anything else they can reach within minutes.
If there is water
anywhere in the vicinity, most Goldens will find it.
If the water is muddy, so much the better! You can expect to have a wet dog who wants
nothing more than for you to pet him.
If you are concerned
about dog hair in your house or on your clothes, then a Golden may not
be the dog for you. Brushing may help, but
you can expect to find Golden dog hair (or fur bunnies) throughout your
house, in your car, and on your clothes.
Also you can expect that
sooner or later your Golden will have an accident in the house and will
throw up in the most inopportune spot. We
recommend having a good carpet cleaner!
Owning a Golden can be
expensive. Goldens should eat a
well-balanced premium dog food, not a grocery store dog food. Then there are the vet visits, doggie supplies
and toys, and grooming. A rough estimate
of the total cost is $700-1200 per year with higher costs possible if
there is a veterinary emergency.
How do I apply to
adopt a Golden?
There are a number of
different Golden Retriever rescue groups and sometimes all-breed
rescues or shelters offer Goldens for adoption. You
may want to check with several groups to see what each is like and what
dogs are available. Some may be
located in another geographic area but be willing to adopt a dog “long
distance” to a home approved by a local Golden Retriever lover.
If you’d like to apply to
adopt a dog from us, please remember that we are a small rescue group
composed entirely of volunteers. Even
after you are approved to adopt a dog from our group, there may be a
wait for the right dog. However, we’re
happy to work with you and hope that we can help you find a dog. We are all volunteers who love Goldens and
take very seriously the responsibility of finding a caring and loving
home for each individual Golden in our care.
considering adopting a Golden, please think about fostering. FOSTERING a
Golden may well save a dog’s life. If you
happen to fall in love with your foster dog, then we’ll work with you
to make the adoption happen.
||You take your adopted
Golden to a veterinarian within a month of adoption for an introductory
visit and to transfer your Golden’s records. We
suggest that your adopted Golden has a fecal test for intestinal
parasites at this time. Although we will
have had the Golden tested while in our care, some intestinal parasites
are difficult to detect. Also you should
pick up your heartworm preventative at this time.
||You keep your adopted
Golden current on shots and provide other necessary veterinary care.
||You give your adopted
Golden a monthly heartworm preventative and an annual heartworm test. Please be aware that our heartworm testing
will most likely not detect any heartworm infestation, which occurred
in the immediately preceding six months.
||If for any reason you can
no longer keep your adopted Golden, you either return the dog to us or
transfer the dog to a home approved by us.
||You make a suggested
adoption donation of $300. These donations help defray the cost
associated with veterinary care, spaying or neutering, and fostering
the dogs and help us care for Goldens who have serious illnesses or
don’t want to discourage you from adopting a Golden, but we do want you
to think about the responsibilities of doing so. We
hope that we have the Golden for you!
For more information