Give One of Our Golden Retrievers a Forever Home

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, DO 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

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 and reference the date of your online application. 

Applicants must be at least 21 years old.