Our Adoption Process

A Note About the Adoption Process…and Patience.

In the past decade, Golden Retriever breed-specific rescues and educational outreach have helped to dramatically reduce the number of homeless Goldens. That’s good news…unless you want to find the perfect dog today. Homeward Bound typically receives dogs weekly. During this pandemic, however, most of our dogs are coming to us as surrenders or strays as most shelters remain closed or operating minimally.

We have been overwhelmed with applications during this time. As we work through this backlog, we are temporarily pausing our adoption applications.

If you absolutely can’t wait for that Golden to be in your life and are considering purchase, we want to direct you to our information on selecting a responsible breeder. By educating yourself and selecting a responsible breeder, you are still contributing to our mission.

Note: Homeward Bound generally adopts dogs to applicants within Northern California and Northern Nevada. Some exceptions may be made in special situations. If you live in another state, we can refer you to The Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee website to see a listing of state by state rescue contacts.

Golden Touch Program: A Senior-to-Senior Connection A program to match our “Golden Oldies” with retired persons and couples who are at least 60 years of age, not working, and on a limited income. Click here to learn more about our Golden Touch Program.