Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

In order to help you better understand what you can expect, we have provided responses to the most frequently asked questions below. If we have not answered all of your questions here, please email your question to info@goldenretrievers.org and you will be contacted by one of our volunteers.

How much will it cost?

In 2015, the average dog cost GRRNT $1,106 to fully vet and prepare for adoption. For 2016, adoption fees per dog are:

  • $350 for dogs under twelve (12) months old when adopted.
  • $300 for dogs between one (1) and seven (7) years old when adopted.
  • $200 for dogs eight (8) and older when adopted. We call them Golden Oldies.

What does GRRNT do with each dog when they are brought in and before being adopted?

By the time a Golden Retriever gets adopted from GRRNT, one of our professional veterinarians has indicated that the dog’s health is stable, that the dog is up to date on vaccinations, and the dog has been spayed or neutered. Many times additional tests and treatments are performed on the dogs to ensure stable health. This can include heartworm treatment, various surgeries, Cushing’s disease treatment, behavioral assessments, skin treatments, and various treatments for infections amongst other issues.

Why do I need to complete the Adoption Application?

The Adoption Application is designed to give GRRNT information about your family and lifestyle. The more information we have, the better job we can do in finding a dog that should fit well into your home. If you have seen a dog on the Available Now Dogs page of the website that you would like to meet, please let us know on your application. We thoroughly screen all applications in order to find the family best suited for each of our uniquely wonderful dogs so please be prepared for the process to take some time. Keep in mind that we get hundreds of applications every month and we typically get four to five excellent applications for each dog.

Does submitting an application guarantee me a dog?

No; it is very important to note that simply submitting an application in no way guarantees you a dog. Demand for dogs far exceeds the number we can rescue.

How long does the adoption process take?

Because we thoroughly screen the applications in order to find the families best suited for each of our uniquely wonderful dogs, the process tends to take some time. Typically, the Adoption Coordinator will call or email you within one to two weeks of your application being submitted. The Adoption Coordinator can answer your questions about the adoption process or a particular dog. In some instances, you will be interviewed by phone once your application has been reviewed and accepted.

We share your enthusiasm for Golden Retrievers. They are truly loving creatures that deserve equally caring adoptive families and we are eager to facilitate these matches as quickly as possible. Please understand that the process is more art than science. We never know when we’ll receive another Golden Retriever in need of a home and it might take some time to find your perfect match. Also, we have an all-volunteer staff and it can take some time to process your application. On average, our full adoption process generally takes three to four weeks. You can certainly work with other shelters and resources while you are waiting, just please let us know if you should adopt from another organization before we are able to place a dog in your home.

What are some reasons my adoption application may be declined?

There are several reasons why an adoption application may be declined, including the following:

You live outside the North Texas area.  GRRNT focuses on finding forever homes for Golden Retrievers in North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. You may be able to find a Golden Retriever rescue group in your area by visiting the GRCA National Rescue Committee website.

You have children under the age of 5.  We generally do not adopt Goldens to families with children under the age of five. 

You have never owned a dog.  Golden Retrievers are sensitive, high-energy dogs that often require an experienced owner.  Also, never owning a dog makes it impossible for us to get a favorable vet check, which is a policy requirement.  Because of the large number of applicants we receive, our fosters tend to gravitate to current or recent dog owners that can provide a favorable vet report.

You live in an apartment.  Golden Retrievers are very active dogs and need space.  They do best in homes with a fenced yard.  We may grant exceptions in special cases -- i.e., adopting older or disabled dogs.

You do not want an inside dog.  Goldens typically do not make good outside dogs.  Because of that, we do not adopt our Goldens to homes that will keep the dog outside a majority of the time. 

Your lifestyle does not fit a Golden’s needs.  People who travel frequently, live in transient home situations (i.e., with several roommates) or who we feel cannot give a Golden the attention they need are not good candidates for adoption.

Your vet check was unsatisfactory

What can I do if I my Adoption Application gets declined?

If you have received a rejection email but believe your case is an exception, please contact us at info@goldenretrievers.org.

What is the point of the Meet & Greets?

Please make sure that you've submitted an application and received notice that,"pending a home visit, you meet our preliminary criteria as a potential GRRNT adopter," prior to coming to the Meet & Greet.

Most foster families want to meet potential adopters in person at a Meet & Greet, which is one of the reasons we encourage you to attend. At Meet & Greets, you can meet the dogs and see which dog might fit your family. When you arrive, please check in at the front table and pick up a numbered card, then go and visit with the dogs and their foster parents that are present. Your card number will be called out when it is your turn to speak with the Adoption Coordinator. The Adoption Coordinator will visit with you briefly to discuss what type of dog you are looking for, and which dogs might be a good fit for your family, and you can also let her know if you met a dog you especially liked. Please make sure that you've submitted an application and received notice that,"pending a home visit, you meet our preliminary criteria as a potential GRRNT adopter," prior to coming to the Meet & Greet.

Why would I want an old dog when young ones are available?

While many of our potential adopters look first at puppies or young adult dogs, it is not uncommon for them to fall in love at first sight with a Golden Oldie, a dog older than eight years of age – simply because the charming nature of mature Golden Retrievers is virtually irresistible. Click here to learn more about Golden Oldies.

Can you find a good service/therapy dog for me?

No; since we only have a short history with the dogs we take in, we cannot recommend any for therapy or service purposes.  While some of our dogs have gone on to be very successful service dogs, we do not as an organization recommend a particular dog for this purpose as we are not professionally trained to do so. 

There is a dog I want on the Available Now page on your website. When can I have him or her?

If you have seen a dog on the Available Dogs page of the website that you would like to meet, let us know by filling out the Adoption Application and indicate that dog’s name on your application. Please realize that we are continually working with other applicants and therefore, that particular dog is likely being considered by other applicants. For that reason we strongly encourage you to attend an upcoming Meet & Greet so you can meet more of our dogs and become more acquainted with our foster families.

Why is GRRNT so serious about all of this “stuff”?

Adopting a Golden from GRRNT is a commitment to treat the dog like a member of your family for the dog’s lifetime. Loving and gentle, Golden Retrievers tend to crave attention, a condition that is often heightened with rescued animals. Their desire to become an integral part of your family would, by itself, place them in the “high maintenance” category, without even considering their extensive exercise needs, the sensitive skin typically associated with this breed, and the immense amount of hair that Goldens lovingly share as they shed throughout the year. Read more about Goldens before making this commitment to make sure this breed is right for you.

Who makes the decision about whether I can have the dog I want?

The foster family makes the decision as to which family they feel will be best for that dog. We believe that the foster families know their foster dogs better than any other person, and that is why the foster family has the final decision on the FOREVER home for their foster dog. It is not uncommon for an applicant to attend several Meet & Greets before they get matched up with a dog. You will find our process less frustrating if you understand in advance that we cannot guarantee that you will be adopting the first dog you are interested in.

How long are dogs listed as Available Soon before they are ready for adoption?

Available Soon dogs are typically undergoing some type of medical treatment. When their medical treatment is complete, they will move to Available Now, signaling that they are now ready for adoption. Dogs that are undergoing medical treatment are typically not shown at Meet & Greets until they are medically cleared. That being said, if there is a dog that you are interested in on the Available Soon list, please feel free to mention the dog by name on your Adoption Application.

I have adopted from GRRNT before but received a rejection email on my latest Adoption Application. What gives?

Please email us at adopt@goldenretrievers.org

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Am I immediately rejected if I do not live in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW)?

As you might have guessed from our name and mission statement, GRRNT focuses on finding forever homes for Golden Retrievers in North Texas and the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) including Dallas, Fort Worth, Allen, Arlington, Burleson, Carrollton, Cleburne, Colleyville, Denton, DeSoto, Flower Mound, Garland, Grapevine, Irving, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Weatherford, Benbrook, Mansfield, Keller, Southlake, North Richland Hills, Forest Hill, Terrell, Waxahachie, Ennis, and others. Because of the large quantity of highly qualified potential adopters in our area, we do not adopt outside of North Texas. If you are outside of the North Texas area, we would encourage you to search out a Golden Retriever rescue that serves your local area. You can find a listing by state at this link GRCA National Rescue Committee. We also encourage you to check your local animal shelter, the SPCA, or Petfinder.com. There are many excellent rescues and shelters across the country and there is likely one that serves your specific area.

Am I immediately rejected if I have a child under the age of 5?

We generally do not adopt Goldens to families with children under the age of five. This is because Goldens are typically large, active dogs and may inadvertently bump into or knock down small children. Also, because we do not have background and history information on the majority of our dogs, we don't know if they have experience with small children, so we don't know how they will behave around them. We understand and appreciate that this is not the response you were hoping to receive. The Adoption Coordinator can make exceptions to this general policy on a case-by-case basis. If you have received a rejection email but believe your case is an exception, please contact us at info@goldenretrievers.org.

Am I immediately rejected if I don’t have a fenced in yard?

No; although applicants will not be automatically rejected for not having a fence, GRRNT reserves the right to deny adoption if it appears that the dog would be at risk due to lack of fencing. The rescued dogs in our program are all inside dogs and must have daily exercise. The foster family and Adoption Coordinator can make exceptions to this general policy on a case-by-case basis. If you have received a rejection email but believe your case is an exception, please contact us at info@goldenretrievers.org.

Am I immediately rejected if I live in an Apartment?

Generally, yes. While all our Goldens are indoor dogs, they do require a lot of daily exercise and time to enjoy the outdoors. The foster family and Adoption Coordinator can make exceptions to this general policy on a case-by-case basis. If you have received a rejection email but believe your case is an exception, please contact us at info@goldenretrievers.org.

Am I immediately rejected if I rent instead of own my dwelling?

No; just make sure that you get written permission from your landlord and proof of your pet deposit, if required by landlord, and then forward that information on to the Adoption Coordinator.

What if we prefer to keep our animals outside during the day and bring them in at night?

Goldens tend to crave attention and this condition is often heightened with rescued dogs. Goldens typically do not make good outside dogs. Because of that, we do not adopt our Goldens to homes that will keep the dog outside a majority of the time.

What if the adoption doesn't work out?

If there is a problem with the adoption, please contact the Adoption Coordinator and discuss the issue. Many times there are growing pains when integrating a new dog into the home. Check out this link for some useful tips for the first 30 days after bringing a new dog home. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to the foster family or Foster Coordinator as they can be great resources to help ensure the adoption is successful. Many great friendships have started between foster families and adopters.

If it is determined that the dog wasn't a good fit, the Adoption Coordinator will facilitate the transfer of the dog back to GRRNT. Under no circumstances should you give the dog to someone else, release the dog to another rescue, or release the dog to a shelter. Even after adoption, GRRNT retains a life-long interest in the dog, and resumes ownership if the adopter violates the Terms and Conditions of Adoption or is unable to keep the dog for any reason.

Please also know that returning a dog doesn't mean you will lose your chance to adopt from GRRNT. Sometimes what seems like a perfect fit just doesn't work out. In those situations, GRRNT may work with you to identify a new dog that would be a better fit in your home. Contact the Adoption Coordinator to discuss your options.