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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.

 green_paw Adoption Application - Online
 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 bike ride 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 Ė 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 youíve made the big decision to adopt a golden retriever. You probably have a million questions and hopefully we have a million and one answers.

So how does the process work from your perspective and that of your potential new family member? Please read this entire pageÖ



How The Application Process Works


Things you need to know about adopting from GRRMF:

  1. AREA OF COVERAGE: 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. 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 of coverage, please do not hesitate to email us at

  2. IF YOU RENT: Before we start to review your application we need you to submit either a letter from your landlord or a copy of the specific section in your lease allowing you to have a big dog (70 pounds or over). We canít process an application from a renter without this.

  3. FENCES: We require a fenced yard for dogs under 5. If you have young children we require a fence for any age dog. If you have an electronic/invisible fence or intend to install one, we are unable to adopt a dog to your family.

  4. YOUNG DOGS: If you want a young dog (under 4) we require that adopters attend obedience training with their dog. Training must be with the adopter in attendance; sending your dog off to boot camp is not an option.

  5. FOR SENIORS WANTING TO ADOPT: Please review this information on adopting for senior applicants.


When we receive your application the review process unfolds in a series of steps:

  1. VET CHECK: First we will contact the veterinarian you list, so please alert them to the fact you have submitted an application and they have your approval to release any information on care of past and current pets.

  2. PHONE INTERVIEW: After an initial review, your application is passed on to one of our phone interviewers who will call you. Depending on questions we have about your application, the call may take a few minutes or 30 minutes or more.

  3. HOME VISIT: If all goes well with the phone interview, the next step is the home visit. You will be contacted by one of our home visit teams to arrange the visit at a time convenient for you. Please know that the whole family needs to be present for this visit. During the visit, as during the phone screen, you are encouraged to ask any questions. Since the home visit is an essential step in the process, and since we are an all-volunteer organization, there are very rare occasions where we may not have a team near enough to you to conduct this visit. That determination is made during the initial screening process and, if thatís the case, we will inform you that we cannot process your application and refund your application fee.

  4. APPROVAL: Once we have the results of your application review, phone screen and home visit, our applications committee will make a final evaluation. If you are approved, you will receive an email approval letter. If you are not approved, we will send you a letter via the USPS explaining the reasons why


What happens if my application to adopt is approved?

  • Our Adoption Administrator will contact you to let you know you are approved and serve as your initial point of contact while we work to find a dog for your family. If there is a specific dog on our website you are interested in, please let us know. Usually the dogs on the site are not the only the dogs we have at any given time, as some may still being readied for adoption. Matchmaking is what we do best Ė and sometimes it takes time to find the perfect dog for your family situation. Presently we have a waiting list to adopt young healthy dogs. If you are interested in adopting an older golden retriever, or a golden retriever mix, you may have a perfect companion sooner rather than later.


Finding an ideal pup for your family.

  • Each GRRMF dog has an Adoption Coordinator assigned to handle their adoption. If we think we have a pup for you, the Adoption Coordinator will contact you with further information on the pup. You will be put in contact with the foster family where you will have a chance to learn more about the dog. If it seems like a match made in heaven, you can arrange with the foster family to meet the dog in their home. And, if it is indeed that special match, you will be able to take your new dog home with you. We do not have facility; all our dogs are in private foster homes. As a matter of practical logistics, we will only have you view one dog at a time. If the first one we suggest does not meet your needs, then we will work to find you another match.


Happy endings!

  • You may be saying to yourself, wow, this is an involved process that takes time. Please understand that once we take a dog in, it is our dog. Our goal now is to find that dog its special forever home. It is the same as if you needed to find a home for a dog you could no longer keep. You would want only the best. We have adopted out over 3200 dogs to happy families over time and love working with each and every adoptive family to make more happy endings for our goldens (and you!)



The Story From the Dog's Side


  1. OUR DOGS: So where does your new pup come from? The number one source for our dogs is owner turn-ins. The top reasons people turn dogs in are because a family is moving, experiencing financial distress, have no time for the dog, or owner health issues. Our second source is dogs from shelters. Lastly, we are called on directly at times to take in strays. On some occasions, we receive calls from contacts outside of Florida needing assistance with re-homing dogs from other shelters or rescue situations.

  2. VETRINARY REQUIREMENTS: The first stop for your prospective new family member is to one of our vets. The dogs are checked out, nose to tail, and any problems noted. They are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. As the microchip registry will list GRRMF, it means you have an ally in locating a lost dog if that should happen. Any known physical problems will be dealt with and any continuing health issues will be disclosed to you prior to you making a decision on adopting.

  3. FOSTER HOMES: The next step for this lucky pup is to live with one of our foster families. All our dogs go to foster homes. These homes are located throughout the area we serve. This is one reason we ask on the application how far you are willing to travel to meet a prospective dog. It is also the reason there is no central facility you can visit to view all the dogs. The foster parents provide a loving and caring environment in an actual home. They will evaluate the dogís temperament. One request we frequently get is that you have a cat or cats and need a dog that gets along with cats. By using a system of foster homes, we can evaluate a dog under various circumstances, like behavior around cats or other dogs.



In Conclusion

We highly recommend you read the Caring for Goldens section on our website prior to submitting your application. This will not only answer more of your questions, but also give you some insight into the care we want our dogs to receive.

Yes, this all takes time. But look at it from your pupís viewpoint. It is not unusual for one of our goldens to have more than one home during its lifetime. At the very least, its original home and a foster home means the dog will be uprooted at least twice. It is confusing enough for the poor pup to have to start over at each home.

The extra time and care we take helps ensure that this will be the last such experience and they can finally settle in to their forever home.

And one more thing, we do charge an adoption fee. Our average expense for dogs in our program amount to about $800-$1000 per dog. Adoption fees only defray part of the costs; donations by individuals help to fund our program.



Adoption Fees

Age Range Golden Retrievers
& Golden Doodles
Golden Blends
Under 1 year old $450 $250
1 year up to 4 years old $400 $225
> 4 up to 8 years old $350 $200
> 8 up to 10 years old $300 $175
> 10 years old $225 $150

Note: Fees may be adjusted on a case by case basis for special needs dogs.



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.