Before You Start

ADOPTION RATES:

Standard Adoptions:

  • Dogs one year old or younger: $450 + $35 microchip fee
  • Dogs two to four years old: $350 + $35 microchip fee
  • Dogs five to eight years old: $300 + $35 microchip fee
  • Dogs nine years and older and Special Needs: $200 + $35 microchip fee
  • Pairs: $100 off the full cost of the two dogs if the total is over $400.00 + $70 microchip fee

Our adoption fees for rescues from China are*:

  • Dogs one year old or younger: $750 + $35 microchip fee
  • 2 to 4 years of age: $650.00 + $35 microchip fee
  • 5 to 8 years of age: $600.00 + $35 microchip fee
  • 9 years and older and special needs: $500.00 + $35 microchip fee
  • Pairs: $100 off the full cost of the two dogs if the total is over $1,000.00 + $70 microchip fee

* The dogs rescued from China’s dog meat trade carry a higher cost because of the funds needed not only to pay for their medical needs but also for transporting them to the U.S.A.


Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from Golden Bond Rescue. Reading the information below is your first step in the process of adopting a Golden from Golden Bond Rescue.

Where to Start

If you are interested in adopting a Golden from Golden Bond Rescue,  complete the online Adoption Application or download, complete, and send it to the address listed at the top of the first page of the application. If you download the application, please print neatly using only black ink or type your application. Each application received will be scanned and distributed to an Adoption Manager.  Ink other than black does not scan well. Applications must be complete in order to be considered. Please fill in all information requested. We reserve the right to decline applicants who cannot meet the needs of our second chance Goldens. 

After your application is received and reviewed by our Adoption team, the adoption manager assigned to your application will call you to discuss the process involved in adopting one of our dogs.  After that conversation, if applicable, the adoption manager will order a home visit for you.  We are an organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Many of us have full time jobs and families, plus dedicate our free time to helping needy Goldens. Thank you in advance for your patience with this process.

The adoption process can take anywhere from one to six months, depending on the needs of the Goldens we have in rescue and the specifics of your family situation. The more flexible you are about the kind of Golden you want to adopt, the less time the process may take. For example, if your preference is for a female Golden less than 3 years old, the wait will be considerably longer than if you are open to a male and are flexible on the Golden’s age. Please remember that we place dogs with people; we are looking for the best situation for the dog, not necessarily your wish list.

Male vs. Female

Many people interested in adopting a Golden express a desire for a specific gender.  In many breeds, the differences between males and females are striking, with notable behavior differences. (All of our Goldens have been spayed or neutered, so behavior issues such as marking and wandering are less of a problem.)

In the Golden Retriever, the difference between males and females is primarily one of size. Males are generally larger, weighing between 65 and 80 pounds, while females tend to weigh between 50 to 60 pounds. Both sexes vary in color and coat length.

Goldens are known for their friendly nature and devotion to humans. Each Golden is unique, and their personalities can vary as widely as it does in the human world.  In making a match between new family and Golden, personality and temperament are the most important factors to consider in finding the newest member of your family. Either gender will steal your heart with their endearing ways!

Average Waiting Time

Golden Bond Rescue works very hard to find the right placement for all of the Goldens in our care. It is a process that can vary from a few weeks to several months depending on the circumstances. Placements are made according to what will be best for the Golden. It is not a first-come first-served basis, but rather which family is the best match for the dog. Each Golden comes to us under unique circumstances and has individual needs that we strive to meet. In addition, each family also has individual circumstances which are taken into account in making a placement.

Fencing Requirements at a Glance

We feel that every adoptive home must have a fenced yard of adequate size for a Golden. A 5′ minimum is required, except in certain circumstances where a 4′ fence would be considered. Wood, welded metal or chain link are acceptable. We do not accept in-ground electronic fencing as a means of confining a dog to property. Fencing is intended to provide a safe and secure place for the Golden to exercise.

We will consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from families who meet certain stringent requirements for a fencing exception. Please see our Fence Requirements section for complete details.

Goldens are highly social dogs and need to be part of a family. We do not place Goldens into homes where they would be “outside dogs.” We realize that these criteria may eliminate some potentially good and loving families from adopting through our program. However, we are charged with the health and well-being of these dogs, and it has been our experience that homes which do not meet our fencing requirements often do not work out for our Goldens.

Please see Fence Requirements for more detail.

Home Ownership

Home ownership is as must. Sorry, we do not adopt to families renting apartments or houses.

Geographical Location for Adoptions

The majority of our adoptions are made within our geographical area — Oregon and Washington; however, exceptions have been made. If you’re willing to travel to wherever the foster dog is located, we will consider you as a potential adopter. Or, we will happily refer you to one of our fellow Rescue Groups. There are Goldens everywhere looking for loving families. Please refer to Other Rescue Organizations for a list of other Golden Retriever rescue groups.

Adopting to Families with Children

Golden Bond Rescue will not adopt to families with children under the age of 10 years old.

The demand for rescue Goldens with “child experience” is high, so the wait to adopt for a family with children (ages 10 and older) can be long — up to six months or more. We do not want to discourage you from considering the adoption of one of our wonderful rescue Goldens, but we do want you to have a realistic understanding of the probable delay. If you are willing to consider one of our senior Goldens whose easy-going, gentle natures are well suited to children, your wait may be shorter.

Safety is one of our top concerns. We are very careful about the Goldens we will place into families with children. Unfortunately, we have seen the temperament of Goldens changing. More and more of the Goldens released to us by owners or shelters are less like the Goldens of the past; they can be high-strung and/or kid intolerant. We feel it would be inappropriate of us to accept applications from families knowing the chances of placing a dog with them would be slim.  Generally, we will not place the following types of Rescue Goldens into families with children who are 10-14 years old:

  1. Goldens who have had no exposure to children;
  2. Goldens who were given up because of characteristics that are incompatible with children (for example, too energetic or mouthy);
  3. Goldens who have no documented history (stray Goldens) with children;
  4. Very young, exuberant Goldens which might inadvertently harm children in rough play.

Please see Kids and Dogs for more information.

About Housebreaking

Although most rescue Goldens are housetrained, they still require time, patience and training to fit into their new families and be good citizens. This training is an ongoing process. People who want to adopt a rescue Golden because they “don’t have time to train a dog” should think carefully about the time and commitment they have to give to any dog. Many of our Goldens have “rough edges” which need to be smoothed out with patience and time. For example, some need obedience training, are shy in new situations, or need to be in a family where someone is home much of the time due to separation issues.  Senior Goldens are often the best choice for individuals or families with busy schedules. A quiet, gentle walk morning and evening and a restful day spent snoozing and waiting for their owners to return are often all a senior desires.

You Are Nearing the End!

Once your application for adoption has been approved, we will work diligently to match the right Golden with you. Adopting a Golden will change your life forever! We would like to remind anyone interested in adopting a Golden Retriever that there is no source (including breeders, kennels, humane societies, rescue organizations) that can provide you with a guaranteed perfect or pre-trained dog — even if they are Goldens! Like many rescue organizations, we offer the benefits of being able to provide Goldens who are already spayed or neutered, who have had a sound fundamental health examination, and whose temperament is fairly well known (since they have all lived with our foster families). Some of our dogs have not had a loving family in the past — but some have. Some may have behavioral problems — but some do not, and some need special medical care — just as all dogs will eventually.  Most of our Goldens need some level of training. All of our Goldens need significant amounts of time, attention, patience, and love to adjust to their forever homes. Golden Bond Rescue is a resource for people who would like to give Golden Retrievers (or dogs that are mostly Golden) a second chance in life.

Thank You.

Golden Bond Rescue Volunteer Family