Applying for Adoption

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The minimal qualifications for adoption considerations are:

  •   NO OUT OF STATE ADOPTIONS.

  •  Dogs will not be “Outside” dogs and there must be minimal exposed dirt on the property due to the high risk of Valley Fever.

  •  No accessible toxic or dangerous plants in the back yard i.e: oleander, cacti, lantana, sago palm, etc. Property has to be monitored for and precautions taken for poisonous snakes, poisonous toads, poisonous scorpions and spiders, etc.

  •  If requesting a dog under 5, fence must be at least 6 feet high and gates must be latched/lockable.

  •  Well kept, hazard-free environment safe for a Golden Retriever.
There is a nonrefundable $25.00 application fee required to submit an adoption application for processing. An application for adoption is not meant for any particular dog, as dogs are placed after review of all applications and home evaluations to make sure that the best suited home for the dog is selected. Upon submission of the adoption application, you will be taken to a payment page where you can pay the $25.00 fee via credit card (will actually cost you $25.75 by PayPal) or you can mail a check in the amount of $25.00 to:

Arizona Golden Rescue
5350 W. Bell Rd., Ste. C122-158
Glendale, AZ 85308.

If an adoption applicant has applied and adopted from Arizona Golden Rescue in the past and has maintained an active membership since the adoption, then the $25.00 fee will be waived as long as the applicant has not moved since their last adoption and home evaluation.

The Adoption Application Fee is not the adoption fee to adopt a Golden from Arizona Golden Rescue but will be deducted from the adoption fee if a Golden or Golden-Mix is placed with you within one year. If we are not able to place a Golden or Golden-Mix within one year, your fee will be considered a donation and you will receive a donation receipt letter for your tax purposes.

For more information on adoptions and adoption fees, please check out our Adoption/FWITA FAQ here.

Please note:

If your residence is a rental property, AGR requires you to get permission from your landlord in writing to have a Golden Retriever or Golden-Mix at your residence. We must receive this form prior to a home visit being scheduled. You should also keep a copy for your records. If your lease specifies that you can have a large dog at your residence then you may send us a copy of that instead.

Click on the link below to download the "Landlord Consent Form" in PDF format.

Landlord Consent Form

The consent form can be faxed to our toll free fax number 877-750-8168 or you can mail it along with your $25.00 adoption application fee.


If we do not receive the application fee and/or the Landlord Consent Form if applicable within 30 days of the submission of the application, we will delete the application from our database and you will have to fill out another application form if you decide to reapply after 30 days. Credit Card (PayPal) payments will begin the process that day and the Home Evaluation Coordinator will acknowledge your application and assign a home evaluator who will be in contact with you to set an appointment for your home visit.
Check payments will start the process as soon as we receive them in the mail.
We will not schedule the mandatory home evaluation until we receive payment and the Landlord Consent Form if you live in a rental property. The application fee will be deducted from the adoption fee if you adopt a Golden or Golden Mix from AGR. If a Golden is not placed with you within one year, the $25.00 will be considered a donation to AGR and you will be sent a letter of donation for tax purposes after the 1st of the following year.

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