Congratulations on considering adding a
Rescued Golden Retriever to your family!!
1. Read about the process, numbers 2-9 immediately below.
2. Submit an
application (click on application form below).
3. A volunteer
will contact you in a few days to set up a visit to your home to
discuss adopting a Rescued Golden.
4. Home visit
(less than an hour of your time).
5. Approval for
adoption by the LAGR Adoption Committee.
6. Matching your
family with one of our Rescued Goldens.
7. Placement of
your Golden in your home; completion of an adoption contract;
submit placement donation. Click here to see the minimal adoption donation for our dogs.
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.
below for more details.
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 you.
a Golden right for me?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
do I apply to adopt a Golden?
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
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.
you’re 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.
generally REQUIRE that:
|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
|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 chronic
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!
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