Most of the Goldens that will need rescuing come from private owners; some will be rescued from county shelters or from the Humane Society. Some come to AGR through veterinary referrals, others from Good Samaritans who have found wandering dogs. The majority of the dogs we will accept into the rescue program and adopt out will be purebred Golden Retrievers, although we will also accept mostly-Golden mixes. The adoption fee is the same for a purebred or a mix, as we do the same veterinary work-up regardless of purebred status.

 In an attempt to weed out dogs with known aggressive tendencies, a member of our Intake Team does a preliminary evaluation before a  Golden is accepted into the program. While not foolproof, the evaluation helps protect all concerned. Once accepted, the Golden is placed into one of our foster or foster-with-intent-to-adopt (FWITA) homes. The foster or FWITA family further evaluates the dog’s personality in a home environment and provides some basic obedience training. The Golden also receives a veterinary examination. The  Golden is then ready for adoption. If the foster family chooses not to adopt, another potential adoptive family is matched with the dog from our list of approved applicants.