finding homes for goldens in need … call 855.477.3728 for more information

Adopt a Golden


We are a small rescue group that takes in about 50 goldens and golden mixes per year. Please apply for a specific dog. If, for some reason, that dog is no longer available or is not a good match for you, we will hold on to your application for six months.

How do I adopt a golden

If you’d like to adopt a golden retriever and live outside of Southern Maryland go to Golden Retriever Club of America and click on rescue to find the golden rescue group nearest you.

Please review our  Adoption Guide to learn more about adopting from us.

Adoption Fees

It typically costs over $1,000 to rehome a golden retriever. Adoption fees are one way we fund our efforts:

  • $500 for an altered golden retriever under the age of one year.
  • $800 for an unaltered golden retriever under the age of one year. Up to $300 will be reimbursed upon proof of alter.
  • $400 for a golden age one to ten.
  • $700 for a golden over age one adopted prior to alter. Up to $300 will be reimbursed upon proof of alter.
  • $250 for a golden mix
  • $100 for a senior or special needs golden
  • Please add a $200 donation to the adoption fee to help defray the cost of dogs coming from overseas

Dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, provided with flea/tick/heartworm prevention and medical needs are addressed. Adoptions are not final until proof of altering no later than age two years or as recommended in writing by your veterinarian. Failure to alter may result in reclamation of the golden. You will be provided with a collar, a 6 ft leash and a golden rescue ID tag. You should bring a tag with your contact information when you pick up your dog.


Complete and return an application MS Word 2003, MS Word 2007 , or PDF; (FYI OpenOffice is free and can import all 3 formats). Email to the Adoption Coordinator or regular mail to Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland, PO Box 6, Great Mills, MD 20634.

Home Visit

A volunteer will contact you to schedule a time to come to your home to ensure you can provide a safe environment for a golden retriever and to answer any questions you might have

Ask about our Foster to Adopt Program which allows a dog to be placed directly in your home.


You will be notified by email once you are approved to adopt. Our Adoption Coordinator will provide the contact information for the dog you are interested in learning more about.

If we do not have a golden who is a good match for you we will hold your application for 6 months.

Please note that we require a physical fence, a canine companion and someone home part of the day for most young goldens under the age of 3 years.

Follow Up

We will contact you periodically to ensure you and your new fur family member  are doing well together. Please contact us if you ever have questions or concerns.

April and Bennie


If you have questions about the adoption process email the Adoption Coordinator or call 855-477-3728.