• Youngsters Up to 3 years old – $350
  • Adults 4 to 7 years old – $300
  • Adults 8 to 10 years old – $250
  • Golden Oldies 11 years and older – $200

Adoption fees may vary for SPECIAL NEEDS GOLDENS and some GOLDEN OLDIES.

Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. We rescue Goldens of any age and in any medical condition from all over California and beyond. This results in significant veterinary bills each month. We recoup some of those costs through adoption fees. We exist on donations, and we must collect fees in order to offset some of our expenses. The adoption fee that you pay allows us to continue doing what we do; saving golden lives and finding wonderful new homes for them.
Each dog that comes into our program is given a basic vet exam. It is brought current on vaccinations (rabies, DHPP and bordatella). If they are intact, they are spayed or neutered. They are also tested for heartworm. If they are given a clean bill of health, they are made available for adoption. We treat any medical issues which are identified.

As a result of the overwhelming number of applications we have received during the Coronavirus pandemic, we are temporarily pausing our adoption applications. We thank you for your patience and hope that we all find our “normal” again soon!

For our out-of-area applicants, we require a reference from your veterinarian and photos of your house and yard. Your information will be reviewed and a determination will be made about whether we can place a Golden with you.

To ensure the health and safety of all during the Coronavirus pandemic, we will call families to schedule appointments when we believe we have a match. Appointments will be spread out to limit the number of people on-site at any time. Masks will be required. Details will be provided when we schedule your appointment.

Homeward Bound has made a lifetime commitment to each dog that comes into our program. If you adopt a dog, then decide it is not the right one for your household, it must come back to Homeward Bound. If, at any time during the dog’s life, you find that you must surrender the dog, he/she must be returned to Homeward Bound.
The majority of our Goldens come from shelters. We also receive Goldens directly from their owners who, for a variety of reasons, cannot keep them. We also occasionally take in a Golden that has been running stray, and whose owners cannot be found.
No. Only a few of the Goldens we take in have obviously been the victim of physical abuse. Many of the Goldens, however, have been the victims of neglect, usually in the form of improper diet, health related issues such as ear infections, inadequate food supply, and lack of grooming and flea control, or lack of training. It is amazing just how resilient these wonderful creatures are and how quickly they can bounce back with just a little TLC.
Occasionally. However, the vast majority of Goldens that enter our program are at least a year old. The ages range from one year to thirteen!
In nearly all circumstances, we will require that the yard be fenced. On rare occasions, exceptions can be made if we have a Golden for whom such a situation is appropriate.
On the average, male Goldens normally weigh from 70 to 85 pounds. Females usually weigh from 50 to 70 pounds.
Goldens can live to 15 or 16 years of age. The average life expectancy is around 11-12 years old.