Important Notice: Effective December 1, 2020 we are temporarily not accepting any more adoption applications. We expect to open up the application process again during the early part of 2021 and hope that if you are still interested in adopting, you will visit the site in late winter/early spring. Thank you for your interest!
Where Our Goldens Come From: Most Goldens come to GRRI-NJ directly from owners who have chosen to give up their dogs up due to allergies, divorce, or death; or because they didn’t give enough thought to the realities of Golden Retriever ownership and find themselves unprepared for the level of responsibility required. GRRI-NJ also occasionally helps Goldens that have been removed from abusive environments or that have been found as strays. Our service area is New Jersey, Westchester County NY and Rockland County NY.
Golden Retriever rescue groups across the country have seen declining numbers of owner surrendered dogs over the past several years. We are no exception. Most of our adoptable dogs these days are Golden Retrievers from Turkey. We have specific requirements for adopting one of these dogs, and there will be no exceptions made. These requirements can be found under the tab for Adopting a Golden from Turkey. If you do not meet these requirements, you may have a very long wait to adopt from our organization, if at all.
How Goldens Enter Our Program: Before ANY Golden can be accepted into the program, GRRI-NJ carefully evaluates the dog’s temperament, reviews the dog’s health status, and arranges for necessary veterinary and foster care. Once all of these steps have been completed, the acceptance process is complete and GRRI-NJ begins the process of matching the Golden with a suitable loving family.
Our Adoption Process: The first step is to obtain a GRRI-NJ adoption application, which must be completed in full. It includes important questions that GRRI-NJ uses to match a dog to your lifestyle and family routine.
Once your completed application and application fee has been received by GRRI-NJ, a GRRI-NJ volunteer will call you to review your adoption needs in detail. Some applicants are approved at this point, others are denied. If your application review is approved, you will be contacted by a GRRI-NJ volunteer who will arrange for your home visit. Pending a favorable visit, your application will then be forwarded to our Adoption Coordinator. If your application is selected for a particular dog, you will be given the opportunity to meet the dog. Since our volunteers are located throughout New Jersey as well as in neighboring states, this may mean a drive of up to 3 hours each way to meet a dog.
Note to Adopters
**UPDATE 6/18: Due to a lack of volunteers in the southern most part of New Jersey, GRRI will no longer be able to accept adoption applications from the following counties: Salem County, Cumberland County, Cape May County, Atlantic County, Gloucester County, and Camden County.**
Most of our adoptable dogs these days are Golden Retrievers from Turkey. We have specific requirements for adopting one of these dogs, and there will be no exceptions made. These requirements can be found under the tab for Adopting a Golden from Turkey. If you do not meet these requirements, you may have a very long wait to adopt from our organization, if at all. Golden Retriever rescue groups across the country have seen declining numbers of owner surrendered dogs over the past several years. Even if you do qualify to adopt one of the dogs from Turkey, there is no guarantee that one will be available for you. Also, please note that it is NOT possible to meet the dogs from Turkey before making a decision whether or not to adopt. In fact, we require a commitment from our adopters before these dogs even leave Turkey. If you would like to be considered to adopt a Golden Retriever from Turkey, please note this in the comments section at the end of the application.
While we would love to help you find a new Golden member for your family, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, so please carefully consider your qualifications and our wait time before applying to adopt from us.
Our Fees: GRRI-NJ is a self supporting — and fully volunteer staffed — non profit group. We receive no governmental funding or private sector endowments, and rely on our own fundraising efforts, donations, and adoption fees to continue the work we do. The cost to GRRI-NJ to rescue just one healthy Golden can be $350-$400. A complete physical, vaccinations, spays and neuters, and heartworm testing are the most common expenses. Many of our Goldens require even more substantial veterinary care and some require specialized professional training before placement to help them become better pets. We work hard to keep administrative costs exceedingly low, but costs for postage, our hotline phone number, and insurance are unavoidable.
To partially cover these costs, GRRI-NJ has the following fees:
Non Refundable Adoption Application Fee: $10
Submitted along with application, prior to application being processed.
Payment of this fee does not guarantee that the application will be approved, nor does it guarantee that you will be given a dog by GRRI-NJ.
The adoption application fee is not applied towards any adoption fee.
Non Refundable Adoption Fee:
Payable at time of adoption.
Puppies to 1 year: $700
2 to 7 years: $500
Seniors (8+): $300
Special Needs: considered on a case by case basis, depending on the issue(s)
Adoption Fees for International Goldens:
Because of the significant cost of rescuing these dogs and bringing them to America, we’ve established the following adoption fee.
Turkey Dogs: $800.00
China Dogs: $900.00
The higher cost for the international dogs is to help offset the travel costs for these dogs coming from China and Turkey. GRRI-NJ is still underwriting a large portion of this travel cost as well as the medical expenses upon their arrival prior to adoption.
* Puppies and (rarely) adult dogs are sometimes placed intact due to health or other concerns that prevent altering before adoption. In those instances, adopters must also remit a $100 Spay/Neuter Deposit which is refunded upon GRRI-NJ’s receipt of documentary proof that the respective procedure has been performed. Such proof must be submitted to GRRI-NJ within 30 days of adoption unless otherwise agreed by GRRI -NJ in writing at the time of adoption.
NOTE: Please be advised that GRRI-NJ RARELY has puppies available for adoption. The vast majority of the Goldens GRRI helps are adults. For information about local breeder referral, please visit Golden Retriever Club of America’s website https://www.grca.org/find-a-golden/where-to-find-a-golden/ You will find a lot of good information there on the breed and on breeders and rescue’s. There is information for New Jersey and surrounding states.
Are you interested in adopting one of the Turkish goldens? We want all our dogs to find loving forever homes. Because they’ve spent so much time either on the streets, in the forests, or in shelters, we’ve had to set mandatory adoption criteria.
- Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time. These dogs will need patience and understanding as they adjust to living in a new country and a new home. Although we have had no problems so far, we have to assume that these dogs are not housebroken. Therefore, an adopter who is not home during the day must be able to make arrangements for frequent visits to the home to let the dog out.
- A fenced yard – no invisible fences. These dogs are used to roaming and need to be kept safe and secure
- No children under 8 years old
- Adoptees must have an approved application on file, including a home visit. We will consider out of area applications IF we can get a home visit done.
- The adoptees must be able to travel to Pleasantville, NY to adopt their golden.
To submit an application to adopt, visit our website and click on Adoption Application. Normal adoption application processing will apply. There will be a non- refundable $10 application processing fee; a phone interview will be conducted, a home visit may be required. And there is no guarantee that you will be able to adopt one of these dogs.
Why Our Goldens Can’t Be Bred: Golden Retrievers are now the second most popular breed in the US. One result of that popularity has been a major up-tick in genetic health and temperament problems due to careless breeding practices. Another result has been a steady increase in the number of Goldens being surrendered to shelters and rescue groups each year. The sad truth is, every year, THOUSANDS of pure bred Goldens become homeless across the country. For all these reasons, GRRI-NJ requires that all of our Goldens be spayed or neutered.
We Stand Behind Every Adoption: You can adopt from GRRI-NJ with confidence — because we’ve already successfully placed hundreds of Goldens with new loving families. One reason for GRRI-NJ’s exceptional success has been the careful screening process we employ every step of the way. Another is that if adopters ever have questions or problems — or just want to brag about their GRRI-NJ Golden –we’re just a phone call or an email away. We also want every potential adopter to know that if a GRRI-NJ golden can no longer be kept by an adoptive family — at any time, and for any reason — GRRI-NJ not only WANTS the Golden to come back to GRRI-NJ, but REQUIRES that the Golden come back to GRRI-NJ. This is stipulated in the GRRI-NJ adoption contract, which we fully enforce. GRRI-NJ stands behind every Golden we place — for the life of the dog!