Adoption Application

If you have never owned a Golden Retriever, we strongly encourage you to review our FAQ page which provides information on what a Golden is and what a Golden isn’t. These are active dogs that love water, shed like crazy – even with the required periodic grooming, and want lots of attention. You also need to be aware that the average cost of providing veterinary care, food, grooming, pet sitting/boarding and supplies for a healthy Golden Retriever is about $3,000 a year.

If you would like to adopt a Golden and are within our service area (see below), please fill out and submit the application. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before your approval process can be completed. This small fee will help defer a portion of the costs of preparing our rescued Goldens for adoption. Many of the dogs require vaccinations, need to be spayed or neutered, and may need grooming in the case of extremely matted coats. We encourage you to use PayPal to submit this processing fee. If you prefer, you may send a $30 check to the address at the top of this page.

Note: Effective January 1, 2017, each approved applicant will be granted a complimentary membership for the calendar year they are approved; and for those applicants approved during October – December of the calendar year, the applicant will receive a complimentary membership through the following calendar year.

It normally take our volunteers 2 to 3 weeks from the date we receive your application and processing fee to complete the application approval process. It takes 4-6 weeks to get approval to adopt.

Again, GoldHeart only operates in parts of Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Please click on the “GH Service Area” for a complete listing of the counties we serve.  If you live outside our area, you may find a Golden Retriever rescue through the National Rescue Committee.

Please fill out the form completely and email to or mail it to GoldHeart with your $30 application fee.

Note:  Please check your Spam/Junk email folder for communications from GoldHeart if you haven’t heard from us within 3 weeks of submitting your application.  We have no control over your Internet provider and how they block/filter incoming email. 

You can submit your $30 application fee via PayPal or Check/Money Order. For your convenience, the link below will direct you to PayPal.