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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta



Out of State Adoption Policy

We adopt within the Atlanta and State of Georgia Territory. We will consider out of state applications for special needs Goldens and those 9 years of age and older, or to former GRRA Adopters. If you are seeking Golden Retriever rescue groups in your state, the Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee website has a list of rescues organized by state.

Please direct all questions regarding the application process to placement@grra.com.

Things to Consider Before Adopting

  • Golden Retrievers and most GRRA dogs are very active dogs (especially when young) and will require significant daily exercise and ongoing training.
  • Goldens shed year-round.
  • Goldens are large dogs and may jump and knock down children or the elderly.
  • Good dog care in our area can cost $1200 annually. This includes annual vet care, inoculations, parasite testing, monthly heartworm & flea preventative, quality dog food, toys, miscellaneous equipment, boarding/kennel fees, grooming and other supplies. This does not include any injuries, or illnesses the dog may incur.

About the Adoption Process

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from GRRA. If you are able to provide the special home a rescued Golden Retriever deserves, we hope to be able to match you with the right dog.

Please complete the application form below and submit a $25 application fee payment. This fee is non-refundable and all proceeds directly benefit the GRRA rescue dogs.

The fastest way to activate your application is to pay using a credit card or PayPal. You can submit an on-line payment by visiting our donation page.

A GRRA Adoption Consultant will contact you to explain the adoption process and help you determine what dog attributes and personalities are best suited for your home.

The Adoption Consultant will also arrange for a GRRA volunteer to visit your home. This step is required and further helps us make perfect matches between people and rescued dogs. Reference checks may also be conducted.

The GRRA Foster Volunteers carefully review applications and other relevant information to identify applicants who are potential matches for the dogs in their care.

Your Adoption Consultant will inform you of GRRA dogs that may be potential matches for you, and coordinate meetings when appropriate.

Adoption Fees*

Current GRRA adoption fees are as follows:

  • 12 months or younger - $500
  • 12 months to less than 10 years - $375
  • 10 years and older - $125

* The average cost to GRRA for vetting dogs and the medical care given to each dog to prepare them for adoption is significantly more than the adoption fees. The difference is subsidized by donations and grants. Over 95% of all monies received directly benefit the dogs, mostly for medical procedures and behavioral training. The remainder covers necessary business expenses such as licenses, permits and volunteer insurance. Any and all additional contributions are very much appreciated!

If there are exceptions to this fee schedule for a specific dog, that information will be posted on the dog’s web bio.

About You and Your Family

Note: We adopt primarily within the state of Georgia. We will consider out of state applicants for seniors, dogs 9+ years of age, special needs dogs, and previous GRRA adopters.

About Your Home
Caring for Your Dog
Dog Ownership and Experience
Breed Information and Preferences
Other Information
Veterinarian Contact Information

Please advise your vet that we will be calling for references. Your application may be held up if you do not advise the vet to release this information to us.

Terms and Conditions

The information I have provided in this Adoption Application Form is accurate and complete.

I understand that the completion of this application does not in any way guarantee that GRRA will adopt a dog to me.

If I adopt a dog from GRRA, it will reside in my home as a pet. I will provide it with adequate shelter, food, water, training, affection and medical care, including monthly heartworm preventatives.

I understand that I must consent to an interview and a home visit before approval to adopt a GRRA dog is granted. Reference checks may also be required.

I understand and agree that GRRA may refuse my application for any reason at its sole discretion, and I hereby agree not to sue or take legal action against GRRA in the event my application is not approved or I am not able to adopt a GRRA dog.

If my application is approved, I understand that there may be several meetings with rescue dogs and their fosters before an adoption is finalized.

I understand that prior to adopting any dog from GRRA, I must sign a mutually acceptable Adoption Certificate and Indemnification Agreement, which shall be provided by GRRA.