How to Adopt a Golden Retriever from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA)
The GRRA application process is as follows:
1. Complete the adoption application form on the GRRA website and submit a $20 application fee payment. This fee is non-refundable and all proceeds directly benefit the GRRA rescue dogs.
2. A GRRA volunteer 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.
3. 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.
4. The GRRA Foster Volunteers carefully review applications and other relevant information to identify applicants who are potential matches for the dogs in their care.
5. Your assigned Adoption Consultant will inform you of GRRA dogs that may be potential matches for you, and coordinate meetings when appropriate.
Below are answers to frequent questions we receive about the GRRA adoption process. Additional information can be found on the Adoption Application page.
Q. Are all of the dogs on the website available for adoption?
A. Dogs appearing on Petfinder or the GRRA website are either currently available for adoption or will be in the future. As soon as a dog is matched with an applicant or adopted their bio is removed. Please note that some dogs may already be in the final stages of the adoption process, and new applications may not be processed before a particular dog is adopted.
Q. Where can I meet the adoptable dogs?
A. GRRA rescue dogs are in foster homes throughout North Georgia, and we do not have a central facility. If you are interested in adopting a Golden Retriever, please complete the on-line application and a GRRA Adoption Consultant will guide you through the entire process. We do have public adoption days, however adoptions are not finalized at these events. Dates and locations can be found on the GRRA home page. For the safety of volunteers and visitors, we ask that you kindly refrain from bringing your pets to adoption day events. Home and privately scheduled visits are much better environments for canine "meet and greets".
Q. How can I get more details about a particular dog?
A. The dog bios are initially written when a dog enters the GRRA program. Until the dogs are fully vetted and evaluated, details such as age, health and personality traits may be unknown. Adoption Consultants and Fosters work together to provide GRRA adoption applicants with accurate and relevant information during the matching process.
Q. Will I be required to install a fence before adopting?
A. GRRA does not disqualify applicants who do not have a fenced yard. Some dogs do need fences and are placed in homes where appropriate barriers are installed. Many dogs do not require physical fences and can be placed in homes without them. Invisible fences may acceptable for dogs that are properly trained and supervised.
Q. Can I adopt a GRRA dog if I have small children?
A. Yes, most Golden Retrievers love children, however, there are exceptions where a dog needs to be placed in a home without small children. As with other personality traits that need to be considered, the GRRA volunteers work hard to ensure dogs are matched to the right home environments.
Q. Will GRRA transport / adopt dogs out of state?
A. GRRA does not ship or transport animals for out of state adoptions, nor do we adopt dogs before applicants have met the dogs.
About Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
Atlanta's original Golden Retriever rescue organization, founded in 1991. GRRA is an all-volunteer, tax-deductible IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluations, veterinary care, and foster homes to Golden Retrievers who are unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, neglected, or left in shelters throughout Georgia.
We specialize in finding Golden Retrievers new, loving forever homes and are here to help individuals and families who are no longer able to properly care for their beloved pets. All of our rescue dogs live in foster homes until they are adopted.