How to Adopt

Please note, we have been inundated with adoption applications since reinstating the link on July 1st. We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications versus a significant lack of volunteer coverage due to the current health crisis and ask for your patience and understanding while we assess our situation and determine how to proceed in the most efficient and effective way while keeping our dogs' best interest in mind

For your health and ours, due to the significant health crisis, there are changes to our typical interview process. Further information will be supplied once an Adoption Application has been submitted and a volunteer is in touch. Unfortunately, some areas may lack adequate coverage because of this pandemic. If this affects your Adoption Application, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.


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. Press right here!  Please be aware that we only adopt to homes in the Southern California area.

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 $25 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.

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.

We strive to find the best family match for each of our dogs in rescue based on their individual needs regardless of when the application process is completed. We have a lot more applicants than dogs, so not everyone who applies will be selected as a match for one of our dogs.

Thank You for your interest in opening your home and heart to a Golden. We look forward to working with you. SCGRRescue adopts to homes throughout the Southern California region.

If you agree to these policies and procedures, please Press right here to fill out the application!

Effective August 1, 2019 adoption fees will be modified to the following:

  • * $600 for puppies 8 weeks to dogs 2 years of age
  • * $500 for dogs 2 to 7 years of age
  • * $350 for dogs 7 to 10 years of age
  • * $300 for our super seniors, ages 10 years and older 

International dogs will incur higher adoption fees due to cost of transport:

  • * $1500 per dog under 7 years of age
  • * $800 for dogs 7 years of age or older, or dogs with known long-term medical needs.

NOTE: Ages for rescue dogs is best estimate based on veterinary consult. Pricing exceptions for individuals may occur based on SCGRR's discretion from time to time.