What is the process for adopting a dog?

First, you need to fill out an Application online or you can print the application and mail it in. We conduct phone interviews and home visits on all of our applicants. Because we are a 100% volunteer-based organization, it could take 2-4 weeks or longer to complete the process. GRFR reserves the right to reject any application for placement at any given time.

Once we have a Golden or a Mixed breed that is right for you, prior to the adoption approval, you must agree that the Golden/Mixed Breed will live inside your home and will be exercised daily. You must also agree that you will spend the amount of money necessary (between $1200 and $2200/year) to care for your Golden/Mixed Breed Dog and that you are willing to take care of the Pet for the rest of its life.

Special Note: Applicants must have a Physical Fence to adopt a dog under 8 years.

**If for any reason you are unable to care for your ADOPTED GRFR DOG, they must be returned to GRFR.

When will I be contacted about a dog?

Dogs stay in foster care for a minimum of 5 days and most stay longer as the foster home gets to know them better. The foster home notifies the Adoption Coordinator when the dog is ready to be adopted and provides an updated bio and photos. The foster home is given 3-4 names of potential adopters, based on matching the dog’s bio to the notes on the application. Since the foster home knows their dog the best, they decide which applicant to call first.  
Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue is dedicated to finding the best placements possible for each of our dogs and our adopters.  We appreciate your patience with our process.   

What do I do if I see a dog I am interested in?

We do not discuss specific dogs with applicants until the home visit has been approved. We want to be fair to all of our applicants and there is no guarantee that a specific dog will be available once your application has been approved.If you have had a home visit and are approved to adopt, please email us at Staff let us know what dog, or dogs, you are interested in. We will notify the Adoption Coordinator and she will review the application to see if you are a match.

Is there a waiting list for adoption?

Yes, we generally have a waiting list that varies greatly. At any given time, we have 30+ applicants waiting to be matched with their perfect dog. If we have dogs that are immediately available, they are listed under Available Goldens on our site.

Is there an adoption fee?

Yes.  The adoption fees vary depending on the age of the dog.

  • Yes.  The adoption fees vary depending on the age of the dog.
    • The placement fee is $200 for senior dogs age 8 years and older.
    • The placement fee is $350 for dogs over 1 year through 7 years.
    • The placement fee is $550 for Puppies under 1 year.

Are the dogs kept in kennels while awaiting adoption?

No, our dogs are placed in Foster Care. We accept volunteers to serve as foster families while our Goldens are awaiting placement in their permanent homes.

Do you accept donations?

Yes, we accept monetary Donations as well as donations of dog food, toys, and supplies.

Can I volunteer for GRFR?

Yes, you can Volunteer to provide a foster home, to transport Goldens to their foster homes, to perform home visits to prospective applicants’ homes, to assist in fundraising, or to provide clerical support. Even as little as one hour a week would help.

To learn more visit our Volunteer page.

Can I join the GRFR Organization?

Yes, you can mail in our Membership Form along with the $20.00 annual membership fee and the proceeds will be used to assist in caring for our Goldens. It is greatly appreciated!


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