• 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.

The first step is to complete an adoption application. Once your application is received, it will be forwarded to a Placement volunteer in your area. Within a week or so, you should receive a call from the volunteer, who will ask you some questions and schedule a home visit (virtually or by photos at this time). Once you have been approved to adopt, we will begin looking for a match. If you see a dog on the website that interests you, you can call us as well after you have been approved. During this pandemic, we will be reaching out to you to schedule an appointment with special precautions in place. Please note that most of our volunteers work full time, in addition to having family commitments. They do not get paid and they do this work out of love for the dogs. So please be patient with us if we don’t contact you right away. If you have completed an online application and haven’t heard from your Placement volunteer, you may email our Placement Coordinator at

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.

Once your application has been reviewed and your home visit successfully completed, we will begin searching for your match. You should keep an eye on the Available Dogs list on the website. If you see a dog there that interests you, you can also call us to let us know. Some of our dogs are in foster homes. If you are interested in a dog that is foster care, we can arrange for you to go to the foster home to meet the dog.

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.