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Golden Retriever Rescue
Why Golden Retriever Rescue?
If you want to adopt a dog, then a golden retriever rescue just might be the perfect place to find the best canine pet ever. Learn here why goldens make excellent pets AND about how to find and adopt one from a golden retriever rescue organization.
Goldens are extremely intelligent and well-known for their loving, affectionate temperament. They make excellent companions and tend to be quite gentle around children and other animals. Spend some time training your golden and you won't find a better canine buddy for participating in almost any dog sport.
Golden Retriever Rescue Centers exist literally all over the US. Golden retriever rescue organizations are reliable to be very honest and caring toward finding the best match for both the golden and for you. You might consider a golden retriever rescue organization to adopt a golden rather than going to an expensive breeder. While there are many responsible breeders, please do not even THINK of bringing home a golden from your local pet shop. You will find reasons for that below, and much better ways to adopt a dog.
Here you'll learn all about how to find a golden retriever rescue when you adopt a dog, about crate training golden retrievers and retriever training books and a very unique collection of pictures of golden retrievers.
What to Expect at a Golden Retriever Rescue
The 'adopt a dog' process for rescued goldens
You fill out an application, letting them know you have interest in being a forever home for a golden retriever. There is a screening process which includes at least one home visit from one of their volunteers. They will want to know about other pets and family members, type of home you live in, etc. Unlike breeders or pet stores, they are very careful about placing these dogs. There is a $25 application fee. This is not refundable but does apply toward fees for adoption when that is complete. It is a process that may take awhile, especially if you want a specific type of golden, for example a female puppy. If you are willing to adopt an older dog or have no preference male or female, that will likely shorten the process by quite a bit.
Finding Golden Retriever Rescue Orgs - How to Find Retriever Rescue - It's EASY!
Just click any of the links below to search golden retriever rescue organizations all across the United States. The websites links below are maintained by the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America, a not for profit organization.
- US Map - Golden Retriever Rescue Organizations
Easy search! Click closest to your community right on this US map. You will then be taken to a retriever rescue organization near you.
- Search by State - Regional Lists of Golden Rescue Organizations
Regional Lists. Here you can look up Golden Retriever Rescue Organizations by scanning lists categorized by state.
- ABC Order Search. If You Already know the Name of a Retriever Rescue Organization, Use This Link
If you'd rather search by the NAME of the golden rescue organization, here's the place to search.
Raising Golden Retrievers - What to Expect
Your life with a golden retriever...
A full grown golden might weigh anywhere from 70-90 pounds, which is NOT exactly a small dog, yet there are certainly bigger breeds. Males generally weigh more than females and might be a bit more of a challenge to train. When it comes to dog training, there may be no breed that responds to training easier and more quickly than a golden retriever.
Devoted golden retriever lovers would agree that the only potential issue with being owned by a golden is the fact that they do shed a lot. However there are remedies for that. See below for remedies for shedding and excess animal hair.
Golden Retrievers and Family Life
A golden retriever can make a perfect family dog!
Golden retrievers are often used as Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs, and the main reason for this is that they are so highly intelligent. While this intelligence is a very good thing, you still must invest the time to take your golden through a basic obedience class and train him or her as a well mannered member of your family.
Even if the dog come to you already obedience trained, it is best to repeat this program so that you can communicate and build a bond of trust with your dog. Obedience training is as much for the owner as it is for the dog. Goldens also tend to be very gentle and loyal. They are great with small children and a loved family member.
Golden Retrievers are devoted to family life so when you adopt a dog, consider a golden retriever only if you plan to keep this sweet canine inside your home. They are not good outdoor kennel dogs.
A kennel is good to use indoors while training, but with consistent training you will soon be able to trust your golden in your home. It is up to you whether you want to allow your golden in your bed or on your sofa (I don't), but inside your home and among the family is a must.
Watch this Golden JAM! - Priceless! Guitar lovin' golden retriever
Golden Retriever Adopts Tiger Babies - Incredible TRUE STORY on this video
Golden nurses baby white tiger cubs!
They were abandoned when mom died.
True Stories about Golden Retriever Rescue
Heart-warming true stories about goldens who were rescued and about the people who love them. This collection of stories will clarify the unconditional love and forgiveness capable of a golden retriever rescue dog. If you are considering a rescued golden, you might really enjoy this read. A portion of proceeds from every sale of this book is donated back to golden retriever rescue groups.
Why You Should Avoid Pet Stores for Getting a Golden Retriever
Before you go to a pet store to adopt a dog...consider this:
The cost of providing veterinary care for an animal kept in a pet shop usually will exceed the animal's commercial value. So the animals may be left to suffer or even die from untreated illnesses or injuries.
Pet shops that sell animals contribute to the already overwhelming problem of overpopulation in shelters and rescue groups. Very often the conditions that seem cruel and inappropriate in pet stores do not actually violate any laws of the state in which the store is located.
Buying a puppy from a pet shop at the local mall is supporting puppy mills that raise goldens for profit only. Please consider another alternative.
Is a Golden Retriever Rescue Free?
No, but MUCH cheaper than elsewhere
A golden from a rescue organization will cost a very small fraction of what you would pay to a breeder. The rescues are not for profit organizations, and most are operated totally by volunteers. The golden retriever rescue organizations may do some fund raising, but that alone does not cover their costs for such things as food, boarding and medical care for the rescued dogs.
The average cost to adopt a dog from a rescue might be around $200, compared to about $1500. for a golden retriever puppy from a breeder. A reduced fee may be requested for senior goldens (over age 9) at a rescue organization. All fees or donations to rescues are tax-deductible toward this not for profit organization.
Golden Retriever Dance Video!!! - A favorite video among our collection of pictures of golden retrievers
Priceless! Gotta SEE this!
Who'd have thought
that training a dog to dance like this was even possible?
Reasons NOT to Adopt a Golden Retriever!
Yes, there are a few...
1) You want a dog who will stay outside.
2) You cannot stand dog hair or you are a clean freak. A well-trained golden is quite clean, but they DO shed a lot (find an easy solution to shedding below).
3) You are a couch potato and hope your dog will just be the same.
4) You are searching for a guard dog. Goldens are friendly almost to a fault, and might even want to play with an intruder.
5) You see that tiny 10 pound puppy and pray he will stay that same size. Not!
6) You think dogs make great nannies for small children and/or a lesson in responsibility for older kids.
7) You think maybe the ideal place to get a golden is the pet shop at your neighborhood mall. Definitely not!
The Perfect Tool to Eliminate Excess Hair in Your Golden - No More Shedding!
Pricing on Amazon for a FURminator tends to be about half or less than some retail stores.
How to Deal with Excess Shedding
Goldens DO shed a lot, but there's a simple solution. After being owned by two goldens for over 20 years, I've tried MANY ways to deal with excess dog hair.
For one thing, I give my golden haircuts regularly. If not, your dog will grow LONG hair around the belly area that will sweep floors and yards, gathering everything in sight. If not brushed regularly, this hair can also become very tangled and matted. So a few times each year, I trim this hair off of the belly and legs, especially in hot weather.
If you don't want to trim your own dog, visiting a good dog groomer regularly can solve the shedding problem, too. However that can be expensive and inconvenient. Also beware that many groomers use chemicals that are harmful to your dog. They may stop shedding, but are NOT worth the risk to your pet's health.
The FURminator gets to the undercoat and will pull FAR out more hair than other grooming tools. It was designed to reach the skin below the hair, releasing oils in the skin that benefits your dog and also results in a shinier coat of hair.
Furminator is preferred by groomers and recommended by vets for brushing all kinds of animals. It removes MUCH more fur in less time than any brush, rake or comb and without pain nor harm to the topcoat. The FURminator tool comes in 3 sizes, the large size best for an adult golden retriever.
Brushing with a regular wire brush helps some, but the BEST solution is to brush your dog with a FURminator. This tool is by FAR the best available.
"I Rescued a Human Today" Poem
Golden Rescues Human
I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.
Got a Golden Retriever Question??? - Find Answers at the Links Below
- Golden Retriever Forum
Here's a GREAT place to find answers to questions about golden retrievers. This forum is ONLY about goldens, and if you'd enjoy belonging to an online community of golden retriever lovers, this is THE place to be. Now this forum is not necessarily ab
- Golden Retriever Rescue Organizations in the USA
Learn more about golden retriever rescue organizations. How they work, why they work and why the choice to adopt a golden retriever from a rescue just might be one of the best decisions you ever made.
Let's Duel about Golden Retrievers - Sound off!
Where is the best place to adopt a golden retriever?
Golden Retriever Breeder
Golden Retrievers LOVE Water!
Did you know golden retrievers are bred to be strong swimmers? and that they even have webbed toes? Yep, like a duck.
Get your golden to a pond, lake, pool or beach - and do it often. They'll LOVE it and will benefit much from the exercise. Throw a tennis ball or a stick and that dog will chase, swim and retrieve it, over and over and over... the dog will likely last longer than your arm! :-)
Goldens and Other Pets
Goldens tend to get along fine with other animals.
There may be some stand offs at first, but in the end it is most likely that a golden will warm to your other furry friends.
Watch this video to see a perfect example of just that. It is only about 3 minutes long and set to soothing music.
Golden Retrievers are Bird Dogs
Goldens are bred as bird dogs, and have a natural ability and inclination to chase down birds and ducks. So don't be surprised if your golden goes NUTS at the sight of a bird.
That is just nature taking its course. Many golden retrievers are bred specifically for field trials from champion canine winners at this popular sport.
Golden Retriever Fancy Dancer
Dancing With the Stars?
About Older Golden Retrievers
Golden Retriever Pictures: A Golden Oldie
Goldens just get gentler and more loyal and affectionate with age. Around age 7 or 8 their golden muzzle (nose) will turn white, maybe not as attractive as that young gorgeous golden sheen, but nothing to worry about. In human years, your dog is now 50 or 60 years old, so some grey hair is showing up is all. They'll get more laid back, sleep more.
About going for walks...even though the heart is definitely INTO it, the legs might not be able to take as much as in earlier years. After a few blocks, the dog might need a rest, especially if not used to walks on a daily basis, same as a human.
That's my Sheba over there in the photo at age 13. She died shortly afterward, is deeply missed but is now surrounded by other angels. :-)
Darcy, the Golden Retriever
Watch the gentleness of this golden around young kids.
These are children who have never met Darcy before.
The unconditional love of a dog
reduces our stress levels
and increases our serotonin intake.
Buckhawk Animal Rescue - Buckhawk is a wonderful animal rescue in Missouri.
- Buckhawk Animal Rescue
Buckhawk is a very special animal rescue located in the Ozark Mountains in Southern Missouri. They do not specialize in golden retrievers nor any specific breed. Buckhawk is a non-profit organization who gives homes to rescue dogs as though they are
Poem Dedicated to Golden Retriever Rescue
One by one, they file past my cage. Too old, too worn, too broken, no way
Way past his time, he can't run and play. They shake their heads slowly and go on their way
A little old man, arthritic and sore, seems I am not wanted anymore
I once had a home, I once had a bed, place that was warm, and where I was fed
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail. Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong. I got in their way; my attitude was wrong
Whatever excuse they made in their head. Can't justify how they left me for dead
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day. The younger dogs all get adopted away
When I had almost come to the end of my rope. You saw my face, and I finally had hope
You saw through the grey and the legs bent with age. And felt that I still had life beyond this cage
You took me home, gave me food and a bed, shared your own pillow with my poor tired head
We snuggle and play and you talk to me low. You love me so dearly, you want me to know
I may have lived most of my life with another, but you outshine them with a love so much stronger
And I promise to return all the love I can give, To you, my dear person, as long as I live
I may be with you for a week or for years. We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave. I know you will cry and your heart it will grieve
And when I arrive at the Bridge all brand new. My thoughts and my heart will still be with you
And I will brag to all that will hear, of the person who made my last days oh, so dear
A house without a dog
is like a garden without flowers.
True Story of a Golden who Saved a Soldier
This touching story will make your heart leap and convince you of the power of love to heal.
Golden retriever saves a life amidst the chaos of war. Touching true story of a golden retriever and a soldier.
The incredible bond they form shows us an unforgettable reality not only the ravages of war, but the utterly astounding capacity of the human spirit to strengthen and rebound.
Considerations about Adopting a Dog
How to be sure you are ready to adopt a dog.
Unfortunately less than half of family pets live out their lives with their original owner. That's about 7 million animals entering shelters or rescues every year, many simply through the irresponsibility of careless owners.
- Avoid an impulse decision. Don't be swayed by a cute canine without prior planning and consideration of this decision. Think about what's important to you in a pet. Before even going out to look for a dog, make a list of what you want (and do NOT want) and what things you can compromise on.
- Listen to the rescue staff for advice and knowledge. While most pet stores simply view each dog as a potential sale, rescue workers are much more invested in every dog and sincerely want to find the placement that will work best for both the dog and the owner.
- Do your research. Maybe you live in an apartment, and so think you cannot adopt. However many large breed dogs (especially older ones) will do just fine in apartment life. Older dogs tend to be sedentary and will be fine with just a short walk or two daily.
- Prepare yourself for lifestyle changes. If you've never been owned by a dog, be realistic about changes in lifestyle that go along with becoming a dog owner. While it is much simpler than becoming a parent of a human baby, that dog will need some attention from you - daily.
- Consider all pros and cons until you are sure you are ready for both the responsibility and the rewards involved when you adopt a dog.