How to Adopt

Before completing your online adoption application, please read the following information:

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. SCGR Rescue is grateful for people with hearts large enough to help a dog that needs a loving home. The information on this web page should answer many of your questions about our adoption process.

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, you will need to complete this online application. After your application is received and reviewed by our Placement team, a volunteer will be in touch with you to schedule an in-home interview. At the time of the interview, we request a minimum $20 donation.

Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue works very hard to find the right home for each Golden in our care. It is a process that can vary from a few days to several months depending on the circumstances.

Placements are made according to what will be best for the dog. The more flexible you are about the kind of dog you are willing to adopt, the less time the process may take. It is not a first-come first-served basis, but rather which family is the best match for the dog.

Each dog comes to us under unique circumstances and has individual needs that we strive to meet. In addition, each family also has individual circumstances which are taken into account when making a placement.

If you are a family with children under the age of seven please consider the following: Because of our emphasis on safety, we are very careful about the Goldens we will place into families with young children.

Generally, we will not place the following types of rescue Goldens into families with young children:

  • Goldens who have no exposure to children;
  • Goldens who were given up because of characteristics that are incompatible with children (for example, too energetic);
  • Goldens who have no documented history (stray Goldens) with children;
  • Exuberant dogs who might inadvertently harm children in rough play.

The demand for Rescue Goldens with “child experience” is high, so the wait to adopt for a family with young children could be a bit longer. We do not want to discourage you from considering the adoption of one of our wonderful rescue Goldens, but we do want you to have a realistic understanding of the probable delay. If you are willing to consider one of our senior goldens whose easy-going, gentle natures are well suited to children, your wait may be shorter.

Although most rescue Goldens are housetrained they still require time, patience and training to fit into their new families and be good citizens. People who want to adopt a rescue Golden because they “don’t have time to train a dog” should think carefully about the time and commitment they have to give to any dog. Many of our dogs have “rough edges” which need to be smoothed out with patience and time.

Senior goldens are often the best choice for individuals or families with busy schedules. A quiet, gentle walk morning and evening and a restful day spent snoozing and waiting for their owners to return are often all a senior desires. Once your application for adoption has been approved we will work diligently to match you with the right Golden. Adopting a Golden will change your life forever!

Like many rescue organizations, we offer the benefits of being able to provide dogs who are already spayed or neutered, who have been fully vaccinated and microchipped, who have had a sound fundamental health examination, and whose temperament is fairly well known, since most of them have lived with our foster families.

We reserve the right to decline applicants who cannot meet the needs of our second chance Goldens.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE WE DO OUR BEST TO HELP EACH APPLICANT FIND A DOG, NOT EVERYONE WHO APPLIES WILL.

Thank You for your interest in opening your home and heart to a Golden. We look forward to working with you.

If you agree to these policies and procedures, please click here to fill out the application.

SCGRRescue adopts to homes throughout the Southern California region.

To help cover expenses, SCGRRescue requests a donation at the time of adoption of:

  • $250 for dogs 7 years and over
  • $300 for dogs 4 years up to 7 years
  • $350 for dogs 1 year up to 4 years
  • $400 for puppies over 6 months to 1 year old
  • $450 for puppies 6 months and under

If you agree to these policies and procedures, please click here to fill out the application.