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Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida, Inc
PO Box 1449, Goldenrod, FL 32733-1449
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How to Adopt




Adopt a Golden

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from GRRMF. The Online Adoption Application expedites the process, but if you prefer, you can mail or fax the application using the PDF form.

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 green_paw Adoption Application - Print PDF Form
  Mail or fax to:
PO Box 1449
Goldenrod FL 32733
FAX: [Toll-Free]


In the best interest of the dogs, we sometimes must deny prospective adopters, especially if they have unsafe activities in mind. Please read the letter below as an example:

"Thank you for considering our family's application.

We received your card that we would not be able to adopt a golden as 'it is not safe to bikeride with a golden, for the person or the dog. We see how right you are!

We had already adopted a lovely golden girl from a rescue prior to getting your postcard, and we agree with your comment. Now that we are proud owners we see how fast and potentially unpredictable an animal can be. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we promise to never attempt a bike ride with her.

Your website is very informative and I can truly say how much I have learned by reading -reading - reading. We would have hated to have done something to harm our girl out of our own ignorance.

Thank you for providing a valuable service to our community. If we had not already adopted, I would ask that you reconsider our application based on our 're-education'. I guess owners need training too!


GRRMF is a nonprofit charitable organization staffed 100% by volunteers. Please keep this in mind when corresponding with us, and above all, be patient – we work and have families, too. If you are unhappy with how long it takes, consider volunteering! Your time will help us find wonderful homes for even more precious golden retrievers!


So you’ve made the decision to adopt a golden retriever. Please review the following information and submit your application.



Why should you adopt from GRRMF?

Placement Expertise

GRRMF has been adopting goldens out for over 20 years and we pride ourselves on finding the perfect match for your home. We’ve done almost 3000 placements! We have many happy customers and some that adopt from us again and again over many years. We must be doing something right after all this time.

We Stand By Our Dogs for Life

Once you are approved for adoption, we will work to match you with the perfect dog for your family. GRRMF will always stand by your dog. If at any time you are unable to take care of your golden, it comes back to us. If the adoption does not work out initially, there is a 30 day window within which we refund your adoption fee. For the remainder of the dog’s life we will always take it back no questions asked. This provides extra peace of mind for our adopters. Should adopters ever have a life experience that means they can not care for their dog, such as a health crisis, you can rest assured we will see it gets a good home. We stand by our dogs for life!

Assistance in Locating Lost Dogs

All our dogs are micro-chipped and if at any time your dog is lost and we are called by the microchip registry, we will mobilize our volunteers to get your dog to safety until you can be contacted. Sometimes owners are out of town and can not receive notification that their dog is missing. We will do everything in our power to get your dog to safety.

Veterinary Health Screening and Treatment

All GRRMF dogs receive high quality veterinary care with the excellent vets that many of our own volunteers use for their personal dogs. Each dog is admitted to one of our veterinarian offices and receives a full exam and any necessary veterinary care. We will fully disclose all known medical conditions prior to adoption. While no one can guarantee a goldens health into the future, we do our best to provide our dogs with the best veterinary care that we can prior to adoption. Your golden will be fully up to date on shots, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and tested for heartworms. When one of our golden requires surgery, we use the best surgeons available.

Temperament Assessment in Foster Homes

Our goldens are housed in private foster homes to assess their temperament and provide loving, personalized care prior to adoption.



Things you need to know about adopting from GRRMF

The Adoption Area We Serve

We only adopt to homes in the Mid-Florida area from coast to coast. We cover the west coast down to approximately the Sarasota area, the entire central and north-central Florida area, and the entire east coast down to approximately Vero Beach / Ft. Pierce. We cover Tampa / St. Pete and all the surrounding areas including Bradenton. We do not cover south Florida or the Panhandle.If you have questions about your area coveage, please do not hesitate to email us at If you are out of state, please visit the Golden Retriever Club of America listing for rescue groups.

Requesting a Specific Dog

You may request to adopt a specific dog on our website but please be aware that we must make sure your home is a good match for any dog before we place him or her in your home. All of our golden retrievers are housed in private foster homes, so it is not possible to view all available goldens in one location. Applicants will be invited to meet potential matches only after they are approved for adoption.

Adoption Screening Process

Your application will be screened in a multi-step process by our 100% volunteer team. All applicants that pass the initial screening phase will be forwarded on for a home visit. If you want to adopt, you will need to be willing to have a volunteer visit your home with all family members present so we can get to know you a little better. This helps our match making process when we go to place a dog in your home.

Some applications are not approved. We take into consideration the special needs of rescue dogs and base decisions on information you provide in your application, so please be as thorough as possible. If you feel you have been rejected inappropriately and would like to provide additional information to be reconsidered, you may write us at our PO Box or via email us at

Time Required to Receive a Dog

Once approved, one of our experienced adoption counselors will contact you to arrange an adoption. Some adoptions happen quickly, others take time. Factors that impact the speed of adoption mainly have to do with your family situation and the type of golden you desire. For example, if you have small children in your home, we will be very careful to place a dog that is good with children. If you want a dog that is in high demand, for example a young blonde female, you may experience a little longer waiting time to adopt.


Adoption Fees

  • $375 golden retrievers under 1 year old
  • $350 golden retrievers 1-5 years old
  • $300 golden retrievers 6-7 years old
  • $250 golden retrievers 8-9 years old
  • $150 golden retrievers 9-10 years old
  • Fees are adjusted on a case by case basis for dogs over 10 1/2 years old and special needs dogs
  • $225 golden retriever / mixes under 1 year old
  • $150 golden retriever / mixes 1-8 years old
  • Fees are adjusted for golden retriever / mixes over 8 years old


Adopting a Young Dog (Under 4 years old)

Be sure you are up for a young golden! They are very active and require much more work to meet their exercise and training needs. If you do not have the time and energy to meet their needs, please consider adopting an older dog.

Post-adoption obedience classes will be required for adoption of many young goldens.

A securely fenced yard is required for young goldens due to their exercise requirements. Click to read more about suitable fences. We do not adopt to homes with electronic fences.

We do not tend to get many puppies although it does happen. If you want a puppy, once you are approved you will be placed on a waiting list if we do not currently have one available.

Adopting to Families with Children

For safety reasons, GRRMF will only place dogs that have a known history of having lived with young children with applicants that have young children. We do this for the safety of your children.

A fence is required for adoption to a family with young children so everyone has a safe place to play together.

Adopting a golden is like adding another child to your household. Please be sure you have enough time, especially if both parents work full time. If you’ve never had a large sporting dog, please read all the material on our website about the traits of golden retrievers. Click to read more about kids and dogs.

Adopting to Families Renting a Home or Apartment

You will have to provide documentation from your landlord that you are allowed to keep a large dog in the home.

Adopting to Senior Citizens

GRRMF will adopt to senior citizens, however, certain circumstances must be met. We try to balance the needs of our golden retrievers with the needs of the human caregivers. Click to read more about our policies regarding senior applicants.

Consider Adopting a Senior Golden

Older goldens are usually easier to handle. As long as the family has a plan to adequately exercise the dog on a leash, we do not always require a fenced in yard. The time frame to adopt an older golden is usually much shorter than young dogs which are in higher demand.



How to Start the Adoption Process

To start the application process, all you need to do is fill out an adoption application. We do ask that you help us by donating a $10 non-refundable application fee to help cover our administrative costs. We will start processing your application when the application fee and the application are received.

Pay the Application Fee

You may pay the $10 application fee via PAYPAL using a credit card.

If you cannot use PAYPAL, please mail a check to:

PO Box 1449
Goldenrod FL 32733

Complete and Submit the Adoption Application

Complete and submit an Online Application Form


Print and complete a PDF Application Form and Fax or mail it to:

PO Box 1449
Goldenrod, FL 32733

FAX: [Toll-Free] 1-888-408-5520


We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you very much for your interest in Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida.