Our Adoption Process

Our primary mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Golden Retrievers in Wisconsin.

We match our Goldens in foster care to each applicant based on criteria noted on your application and home visit report. It is very easy to fall in love with a picture or a story but that may not truly match what you are looking for in a dog. For this reason, we do not allow potential adopters to select the dog they would like to apply for.  We appreciate your understanding of this policy and hope that we can assist you in adopting a Golden through our process.

Before you decide to adopt…

Before you decide to adopt, take a minute to consider your options and assess what type of dog would fit your family and your lifestyle.  By doing so, you'll ensure a successful outcome for yourself and your potential dog.  Note: The wait time for a dog could be from 6 months to 1 year.

What Golden Fits Your Lifestyle?

Determine if the Golden Retriever is the right breed of dog for you and your family's lifestyle. Goldens are loving and gentle by nature. They are very people-oriented and are unhappy when left alone for extended periods of time. Prior to applying to adopt, be sure a Golden is the right dog for you.  Adoption is a life-long commitment.

Consider what age Golden may be the best fit for you and your family's lifestyle. If you are looking for a quiet, easy going companion who doesn't require intense hard exercise daily, a senior Golden may be the best choice. Most senior Goldens require less or no training and are easily adaptable.

What Expenses can I Expect?

An important part of adopting a golden is the ongoing financial responsibility for the dog.  Routine veterinary care and food range from $800 to $1,200 per year for one dog that has no health issues. The costs of annual vaccinations, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative, grooming, and feeding a premium food add up quickly. This does not include emergency medical treatments or surgeries that a dog may need at some point in his/her life.

All GRRoW Goldens are behaviorally assessed prior to coming in to GRRoW, have had thorough examinations by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered prior to adoption, and are up-to-date with vaccinations. All veterinary records are released to the adoptive family.

Adoption Fees:

Puppy through 7-years-old: $350
8+ years-old: $125

Senior Dog Adoption Program: 

The adoption fee for a senior Golden adopted from GRRoW is $125. Any subsequent senior Golden adopted from GRRoW by the same individual or family is $75.

Expectations of the Adoption Process:

We continue to have an urgent need for applicants interested in senior and/or special needs dogs.Once an application and fee have been processed, a volunteer will contact you to coordinate a home visit. This typically takes less than 2 weeks.  After your home visit has been completed and your application has been approved, you will be put on a waiting list to receive a Golden that best fits your needs as well as the dog's needs.

Note: The wait time for young dogs could be 6 months to 1 year. Once a potential match is found, a foster family will contact the applicant for a meeting with the foster dog.