Adopting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly – he or she will be a part of your family for a long time, providing years of enjoyment and wonderful memories.
Our goal is to ensure that all our dogs are placed in loving forever homes.
We have a large number of approved adoption applications, in addition to many applications pending approval. Our application coordinators are much appreciated volunteers who work hard to review each application as soon as they can.
Many Golden Retriever rescue groups have seen a steep decline in the number of goldens needing rescue and this includes ECGRR. Puppies and well-behaved/healthy young dogs coming into our organization are rare. The current trend is towards seniors and dogs with behavioral and medical issues. In short, we seldom have dogs in our program that fit the desires of families and individuals wanting a younger purebred golden with no major issues.
Do you have a central facility where the dogs can be met?
No. With the exception of dogs undergoing medical treatments or behavioral training, all are homed with foster families.
Why are there non-goldens listed here?
In some cases, ECGRR may take in a golden mix or labrador retriever depending on temperament, adaptability of the dog and the availability of a foster. We consider them “honorary” goldens!
How do I start the adoption process?
Our online adoption application form consists of basic questions in regards to your contact information, history with dogs, lifestyle, and type of golden you are interested in. This is the first required step to start the process.
Do you have any restrictions?
Not many. Our main emphasis are that adoptions by ECGRR are made to loving homes that have the capability of caring and providing the best environment for dogs in our care. All placements are on a case-by-case basis. IMPORTANT: Due to safety concerns, we are unable to adopt dogs to families with children under the age of 6 years old.
Steps after an application is submittted
ECGRR matches dogs in our care with the the home that is best for the dog. This includes a home visit.
Any references you list (i.e. vet) will be checked an then one of our volunteers will call you to arrange an interview and home visit. We will be looking for information on where the dog will spending it’s day and evening along with it there is adequate space. Our volunteer will discuss and be sure you (and your family) understand the needs of a Golden. All available dogs are considered “inside dogs”. Goldens make terrible outside dogs! We’ll work with you to find the best adoption match.
We do adopt to homes/families outside of the Florida panhandle. We may rely on the services of a “sister” rescue to conduct a home check. Please note that it would be the adopter’s responsibility to travel to the Florida panhandle area to meet the potential adoptee as well as transport back to your home.
Are dogs ECGRR places for adoption healthy?
Dogs that enter our program range from young, healthy “kids” to seniors that may have age related issues. All dogs receive full vaccinations and vet treatment/care as needed. Medical care (i.e., spay/neutering, heartworm treatment, etc…) accounts for over 90 percent of our operating expenditures. ECGRR will disclose any known health issues prior to adoption.
The costs of adopting from ECGRR
In developing our Adoption Program Donation Structure we carefully balance our commitment to returning these gentle goldens to good health and providing forever homes with the goal of making adoptions affordable to deserving and qualified families. The not-for-profit context of the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue (ECGRR) requires us to collect donations and organize fund raisers to complete our stated mission. All funds collected are used exclusively for these gentle dogs. ECGRR members volunteer their time, transportation and administration services; they receive no compensation.
The following donation structure represents the minimum donation required to complete our mission; however, we greatly appreciate any donation beyond the minimum! We accept cash, money orders or Pay Pal.
AGE DONATION Puppies up to 12 Months $500 13 to 24 Months $450 Over two Years $350 Special Needs TBD*
* To be determined on a case-by-case basis