Adopt Through Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
Through education, breed-specific rescues, and a shift in American’s favorite dog breeds, Golden Retriever rescues nationwide have seen a dramatic decline in Golden Retrievers needing to be rehomed. We continue our efforts to support Goldens in need including those from puppy mills and trusted international rescue partners.
If you are seeking a purebred Golden, you should expect a lengthy wait. Young, perfectly trained or puppy Goldens are even more rare. Many of the dogs we see have special needs and even these have many applicants. We value all of our previous adopters, donors, volunteers and interested families. However, we can only prioritize based on the best fit for the dog. Those families with children under 5 years old often have a longer wait as some of our dogs arrive with limited history on their ability to live with small children. We value the safety of our adopters and only those dogs with a known history with young children can be placed with families who have young children or frequent young visitors.
We understand and share your love of the Golden breed. If you decide to consider purchase over adoption, please be sure to read our information about how to choose a responsible breeder so you don’t inadvertently contribute to the horrors of puppy mills.
By the same token, we have always welcomed golden mixes and special dogs of golden hearts. Rescue is rescue, and we are blessed with a beautiful facility to provide dogs in urgent need with safety, security and care. So while Goldens will always be our first priority, the faces we happily support are yellow, black, brown, white, and spotted. Some are surrendered to us, some are from families that have passed away, and still others come from shelters or irresponsible breeders through no fault of their own.
Adopting a pet is a lifetime promise that requires patience and commitment. The joys and rewards are many. To ensure that we make the best possible matches, we ask all new adopters to complete our application and home visit.
And, of course, we welcome our previous adopters! Previous adopters should call us to let us know you are looking again, however if it has been 5 or more years since adopting, or your family – two and four – has changed, please complete an application to update our files. This does not require re-approval – just an update. This will help us to help you find your next Homeward Bound companion.
Our commitment to you is to evaluate each dog, ensure that it has a medical examination, test for heartworm, vaccinate, spay or neuter, and provide whatever medical care is needed.
Every dog adopted from Homeward Bound also comes with our lifetime promise. If, for any reason, you can no longer care for your dog, he or she should be returned to our care to ensure a good home.
Our Adoption Process
Frequently Asked Questions
Golden Touch Program