Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of Golden Retriever adoption. The dogs are available for a variety of reasons.
Typically, they come from homes where they were loved and well-cared for but the family situation has changed. They may have moved and couldn’t take their dog. They might be having financial difficulties. Sometimes the owner’s health is such that they can no longer care for their loving Golden or possibly the owner is deceased.
In rare instances, a dog comes from an abusive family. However, he may have been injured or neglected. Rescue organizations have programs in place to work with the abused, injured or neglected animal to help him recover and prepared for adoption.
In general, Golden Retrievers are very adoptable. They love all people. Unless they were poorly socialized as puppies or poorly trained, they adapt well to almost any new environment. This is particularly true if they are in a happy household.
There are exceptions to all rules of course. But most Golden Retrievers are good with children and other pets. They make excellent family companions. Their gentle nature makes them a natural for organizations that will give them training to work as guide dogs..
If adoption is a possibility for you then it is import for you to consider the size of a Golden Retriever. Some apartment and condominium complexes have rules concerning maximum weight. Male Goldens can weigh as much as 75 pounds. The standard female size is 55-65 pounds. While they are a gentle dog, in a small place they can become a little prone to tail swipes that take off knick-knacks and other things placed on tables.
Goldens need space to run and play. They make excellent jogging companions and love to play fetch. Retrieving is a natural instinct. Still they can be happy in apartments if they get enough exercise and their owners have enough time to spend with them each day.
When it comes to paperwork, the ins and outs of Golden Retriever adoption surprise some applicants. While the dogs definitely need a home, the rescue organization’s responsibility is to ensure they are placed in good homes. Most adoption agencies charge a non-refundable application fee. Once the application is received and paid, the organization will schedule a volunteer to visit your home. If you are approved and a Golden is not readily available, you will be placed on a waiting list. That’s the usual process. Complaints about waiting and about the fees are rare but do happen.
The fees associated with adoptions are usually less than what reputable breeders charge for puppies. Occasionally you will see a “free to a good home” advertisement. But if you adopt from a rescue or shelter, you should expect to pay a fee. These fees are not meant to discourage adoptions. Their purpose is to offset the costs of feeding and veterinary care. Rescues are non-profit organizations staffed by volunteers, this helps to hold down their cost and the fees they charge. It is good to remember that the proceeds from adoptions, after the costs, go to rescue more Goldens.
The ins and outs of Golden Retriever adoption are nothing to be concerned about as long as you understand the process and the results – giving a Golden a good and happy home. Finally, use the internet, I’m sure that an online search will help you locate and rescue a great Golden Retriever quickly.