Adoption Application Form

The adoption process for GoldHeart GRR requires you to complete this application and submit the required non-refundable $30 application processing fee donation. Goldheart volunteers first check your vet reference and will then schedule a home visit and check your personal references. A Home Visit Volunteer will contact you to set up a convenient time to come to your home, meet with you and your family, and answer any questions you may have about adopting a dog from GoldHeart.


(1) SERVICE AREA: GoldHeart routinely operates in parts of Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Please visit GH Service Area  for a complete listing of the counties we serve.  If you live outside our area, NO NOT APPLY. You may find a Golden Retriever rescue through  If you submit an application, and are not in an area we service, your $30 processing fee donation will not be returned.

(2) Goldheart supports the importance of altering (spay/neuter) of pets, and generally, will not adopt, foster-to-adopt, or place fosters in homes with intact dogs. If your home has an intact dog, and there is a veterinary supported reason not to neuter/spay, please check with GoldHeart for an exception decision prior to submitting an adoption/foster-to-adopt/foster application by sending an email to [email protected]. If you proceed to submit an application without exception approval from GoldHeart’s Adoption Application Coordinator, your processing fee donation will not be returned.

(3) Processing Time: GoldHeart’s all-volunteer team periodically faces application backlogs, and may result in a 6-12 week processing time. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and apologize in advance, but it may be many weeks before we get to your application.

Note: Please check your Spam/Junk email folder for communications from GoldHeart if you haven’t heard from us within 6 weeks of submitting your application.  We have no control over your Internet provider and how they block/filter incoming email. 

If you prefer to submit a hard copy application, click here for a pdf fillable version of the application, and submit, along with your $30.00 processing fee to GoldHeart @ PO BOX 394, Chester, MD 21619-0394.   Also, if you have additional information you want to provide as part of your online application, please email to [email protected] and reference the date of your online application. 

Applicants must be at least 21 years old.   Note: Click on the small block symbol  to right to add a line in some of the questions (pets in home, references).