Adoption Eligibility

We have successfully placed thousands of dogs into wonderful homes. There are some simple, but important requirements to be eligible to adopt from Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue.

We are looking for safe, happy, healthy, loving, committed homes. We are looking for individuals and families who wish to make the dog a member of the family. The dog must be allowed to sleep inside and spend most of its time inside with the family. We are looking for homes with lots of love to give and time to spend with the dog.

We generally require that you have a fenced yard (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Dogs need room to exercise and play. We are looking for individuals and families who are committed to providing excellent care to the dog, including monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative treatment.

We work hard to make good matches for the dogs and our families. We ask that you are realistic about the right dog for your lifestyle, and that you trust in our experience in making these matches.

Finally, we ask that you understand that while some of our dogs come from loving homes, all have been unexpectedly uprooted and many come with needs for training, confidence-building or care needs that should be delivered with loving patience and ample time to bring out the best in your new companion.

Homeward Bound supports the use of science-based positive reinforcement training practices.  Dog training is an unregulated industry and there are many practices that can be harmful to your relationship with your new companion. If you need recommendations for trainers in your area, we are happy to help. If you are local, you may wish to attend Golden Rule Training.

Why we ask if your pet is spayed or neutered:

From a health and well-being perspective:

An intact male will do almost anything to find a mate which can lead to roaming and behavioral issues. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion can help prevent testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

Unspayed female dogs attract unwanted attention every six months. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be fatal.

From a humane perspective:

We see the results of pet-overpopulation every single day and it is heart-breaking. Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year. Spaying or neutering your dog is an important part of responsible pet ownership and it saves lives. Talking to you about it is an important educational component of our mission. So if your answer is “no,” please don’t be surprised if we ask “why?” Because saving lives is what we do.


Family with Golden Retriever