Adopt A Golden
GRRACE adopts our Golden Retrievers to Indiana residents. If you are not an Indiana resident, please visit our Resources Page to locate a state-by-state listing of Golden Retriever rescue groups.
In addition, the GRRACE Board of Directors has determined that we cannot adopt Goldens where there is a child under the age of 5 years in the household. We've found it is difficult for the adult members of a family with young children to find the considerable time needed to train a dog due to the family's busy household.
GRRACE prefers to adopt our dogs to homes with structural fences, given that many of our dogs have been found as strays. However, we recognize that not all homes have structural fences and we review each case individually with best needs of each Golden in mind.
Attention Cat Owners: In accordance with Indiana Law, GRRACE requires that ALL pets in a prospective adoptive or foster home be up-to-date on required vaccinations. If you have cat, please ensure your cats are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations before submitting an application. GRRACE does verify vaccination statuses for all household pets with veterinarians as part of the application review process.
There are several steps in adopting our Goldens:
Complete our Adoption Application. Please note, in order to help offset the costs of processing applications, we require a $15 Application Donation Fee. This fee is non-refundable regardless of approval, denial, or future adoption of a GRRACE dog. As you complete the adoption application, you will be prompted to make your donation through our secure payment processing system. You will receive a donation receipt via email. After your donation has been made, your application will be reviewed and processed by GRRACE's Application Committee.
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your "safe" senders list in your email client. Emails regarding your application will come from that address.
Applications are reviewed and processed within 2 weeks of receipt.
You will recieve an email from email@example.com advising you whether your application is approved or denied. It may take up to 2 weeks for us to process your application.
AFTER your application is accepted, you may email contacts listed on our Available Goldens for further information. Due to the number of applications we receive, it is not feasible for us to contact individual applicants about specific dogs on a regular basis.
If you find a dog who may be a potential match, you will have the opportunity to meet the dog and talk with the foster family. Please understand that our priority is to match our dogs with families that best meet the needs of the dogs. How long you have had your application on file is not indicative of whether you are the best match for a particular dog.
The final step before any adoption is completed is a home visit. One of our trained volunteers comes to your home and discusses the adoption process with you. Home visits are done after you are matched with a dog because it is not feasible for us to conduct home visits for each applicant or for each possible match. The home visit is a good opportunity for you and your family, and for GRRACE, to discuss any remaining questions and talk about the process of bringing a new Golden into your family.
After a Golden arrives at his or her new home, follow-up phone calls or visits are scheduled to ensure that all is going well for both the Golden and the family. After a two week period, the adoption is considered final. We strongly encourage you to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Additionally, we are always glad to hear from our adoptive homes in the future with updates.
We often have families who wish to adopt a second dog from us. GRRACE requires a 6-12 month waiting period before adopting another dog. This gives the first Golden ample time to settle in, bond with, and become familiar with the routine of the family. Exceptions are made in some circumstances, such as where a pair of Goldens who’ve lived together prior to rescue are adopted to a new home together to best serve the dogs’ needs. For families wishing to adopt a second Golden, we require that you provide us any changes of information since the completion of your adoption application and we’ll conduct a veterinary reference check. If you have moved to a new home since your past GRRACE adoption, we’ll complete a new home visit, too.
Our current adoption fees are:
- Puppies up to 6 months old: $350
- Dogs 6 months to 8 years: $300
- Dogs 8 years and older: $200
Adoption fees offset the $450 average veterinary bill for each dog. This includes spay/neuter fees, heartworm testing, fecal specimen testing, vaccines, vet exam and the evaluation and treatment of any issues we find, as well as heartworm and flea/tick prevention medication.
All Goldens are adopted on a two week trial period. If, for any reason, the match between Golden and family does not work out, the Golden can be returned to GRRACE for a full refund of the adoption fee during that period. Additionally, one term of the adoption contract is that if you cannot keep your GRRACE Golden for any reason, the dog must be returned to GRRACE.
Should you have any questions or comments about GRRACE or the adoption process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
GRRACE Adoption Application
The link above will take you to an online adoption application. Please fill out the application entirely. You have the option to save a copy of the application as a PDF before submitting, if you wish to do so. Please note, in order to help offset the costs of processing applications, we require a $15 Application Donation Fee. This fee is non-refundable regardless of approval, denial, or future adoption of a GRRACE dog. As you complete the adoption application, you will be prompted to make your donation through our secure payment processing system. You will receive a donation receipt via email. After your donation has been made, your application will be reviewed and processed by GRRACE's Application Committee.
You may inquire about an available dog after you have an APPROVED application on file with GRRACE. Because we are entirely run by volunteers, requests for information from non-approved applicants will likely not be answered. If you'd like to adopt from GRRACE in the future, we encourage you to submit an application as the approval process can take 1-3 weeks. Applications are kept on file after approval, so you only need to submit ONE application.