We match our Goldens in foster care to each applicant based on criteria noted on your application and the home visit report. It is very easy to fall in love with a picture or a story, but that may not match what you are looking for in a dog. For this reason, we do not allow applicants to select the dog they want to adopt. A great testament to this policy is the low rate of returned Goldens that were adopted from GRRoW.

Adoption Fees:

A non-refundable fee of $25 is required with each adoption application.

Puppy through one year old - $450, plus applicable tax

One year to  five years old - $400, plus applicable tax

Five years to nine years old - $350, plus applicable tax

nine years old and older - $150, plus applicable tax

Families, or individuals, adopting a senior dog who have adopted a senior dog from GRRoW in the past, may adopt another senior dog from the rescue for $75, plus tax.

Adoption Process:

Welcome to GRRoW! Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our rescued Golden Retrievers. Rescue dogs are rarely perfect—they may come with medical or behavioral special needs and financial costs. Please understand that these dogs will have a huge capacity to love, and will require love and patience in return.

Many people want to choose a dog from our website— we use a matching system when selecting adoptive families for our Goldens. This system is focused on matching the dog's needs rather than the human’s. Once we find a dog whose needs are best met by your home life, you'll be contacted by a GRRoW volunteer

Approved adoption applications will expire in one year. Applicants will be given ample notice and opportunity to renew.

We are only able to accept applications from Wisconsin residents. Children living in the adoptive home must be at least nine years old.

More information about our process can be found on our FAQ Page.