Surrender Process: If You Have a Golden Who Needs a New Home

Homeward Bound rescues Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes from shelters all over California and from owners who can no longer keep them. If you need to find a new home for your dog, please review our surrender process here.

When you surrender your Golden to Homeward Bound, you relinquish ownership and all rights to the dog. We require that you sign a Surrender Contract, and that you disclose any medical problems and/or behavior problems that your dog has had. Please complete the online Intake Checklist in advance of your visit.

All dogs who come to us are examined by a veterinarian, are tested for heartworm, are spayed/neutered if they are intact, and are brought current on their vaccinations. We treat any identified medical condition. Because we exist on donations, we ask that you make a surrender donation to help cover these costs. We will not refuse your dog if you are unable to make a donation.

The more information you can give us about your Golden, the better job we can do in placing him/her in an appropriate new home where he or she feels secure and welcome. The Dog Profile Form provides this much-needed information.  You can download it, complete it using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program and email it to the contact on the form. If you prefer, you can print it, complete it by hand, and bring it with you and the dog. We recommend completing both the online Intake Checklist and the Dog Profile Form before your visit as this can be a very emotional and difficult time for you and your dog. We want the transition to be as smooth as possible for both of you.

Your dog will be evaluated, and when we deem the dog ready, he or she will be made available for adoption. We do our best to match our dogs with the perfect applicant based on the temperament, characteristics, and the behavior of the dog.

If you see a Golden advertised in the newspaper, in a shelter or on an internet list, please call us at 916-655-1410. If the dog is in a shelter, please give us the dog’s impound number if possible, and let us know the shelter location. We prefer that you do not contact the shelter yourself, because the shelter may get numerous calls about the same dog. We work with specific individuals at many shelters, and they often call us when they have Goldens who need our help.

If you know someone who needs to surrender their golden:

Please refer them to our website to learn about our Surrender Process and have them complete our Intake Checklist. This goes directly to our teammates for the fastest response. If they cannot complete the Intake Checklist online, have them call us at 916-655-1410. We will call them back as soon as possible.