Surrendering

Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) accepts Golden Retrievers of all ages and conditions. Typically, we receive Goldens in one of three ways:

  1. from shelters
  2. owner releases
  3. strays

If you are calling from a shelter or rescue group:

Please call our voicemail box at (214) 750-4477 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call within 24 hours to obtain as much information as possible about the dog and determine next steps. The volunteer will then contact one of our intake coordinators who will make arrangements with the shelter for the care of the dog.

If you are an owner who needs to surrender your Golden:

Before you contact us, please consider the following: Golden Retrievers, as well as other animals, are living beings who deserve to be treated with decency and respect. The loss of their home and owner is extremely traumatic to most dogs. Surrendering your Golden to any rescue organization should occur only after all possibilities of keeping the dog in your home have been fully explored. Please consider consulting a trainer before surrendering your dog to determine if any behavioral issues may be remedied. The behavior problems dogs face often stem from a lack of consistent training on the owners’ part.

If keeping your Golden is not an option, please fill out the Owner Surrender Request form.  

A volunteer will respond within 24-48 hours to obtain as much information as possible about the dog. The volunteer will transfer your information to one of our intake coordinators who will contact you and make arrangements to come to your home and evaluate your dog. Please keep in mind that a volunteer coming to your home does not guarantee that GRRNT will accept your dog. We cannot accept a mix breed, or a dog which is unadoptable due to aggressive behavior. A lack of foster space can also limit our ability to take in a dog.

Owners looking to surrender a Golden should be aware that our first obligation is to dogs in shelters who face euthanasia. We accept owner releases as space permits and ask owners to help cover the expense for the care of the dog.

If your dog is a Golden mix or any other breed:

GRRNT’s focus is on full-blooded Golden Retrievers. Golden mixes or other dogs may be adopted through other rescue groups.

If you are a concerned citizen that noticed a stray dog:

Thank you for keeping an eye out for dogs that are in need. Please fill out the Stray Dog form as it is the fastest way for us to spread information between our volunteers. You can also call our voicemail box at (214) 750-4477 and leave a message. When you leave a message, a volunteer will return your call within 24 hours to obtain as much information as possible about the dog and talk about next steps. We also ask that you send pictures of the stray to info@goldenretrievers.org. If GRRNT is unable to bring the dog into the rescue, we can reach out to other rescues to assist with finding homes for the stray dog.