Save a Golden’s Life
GoldHeart (GH) Adoption Process
We are a small all-volunteer rescue group that takes in about 30-40 goldens and golden mixes per year and approves around 75-100 new applications to adopt annually. Absent any major changes in a home, an application approval is generally good for three years from the date of issuance.
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 these areas, please DO NOT APPLY. You may find another Golden Retriever rescue online; and here is one site that lists rescues by state. https://www.absolutelygolden.com/rescue-clubs-by-state/
As discussed in the video below, GH strives to place all dogs we rescue in forever homes. Since they have been through at least one prior home, we want their next permanent home to be their forever home, and our success rate proves that our adoption process works. This process consists of six steps.
The fee to adopt a dog from GH follows below. All GH dogs are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, micro-chipped, and on heartworm and flea preventative medications. All dogs under 12 months of age are adopted under a GoldHeart Puppy Contract.
Note: Refundable deposits of $150 for training may be required during the adoption process.