GRROWLS-NY is an all volunteer group active throughout New York State. We take in Goldens and “almost-Goldens” that have been abandoned, lost or given up by their owners. After receiving any necessary medical attention (including spaying or neutering), rescued dogs begin their journey to a new life in a GRROWLS foster home where we get to know the dog’s temperament and work with her/him on any training or behavioral modification needs.
|Age of Dog||Adoption Fee|
|Dogs under 7 years old||$350|
|Dog age 7 years up to 10 years||$300|
|Dog age 11 and older||Donation|
(Adoption Fee Schedule as of April 17, 2016)
The Goldens who come to us include males and females of all ages. As a rule, our orphans make wonderful pets and adjust well to their new families. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, we have included information here about breed characteristics. We also want our applicants to know that rescued dogs come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are older dogs, including well-behaved and cared for pets whose owners have died or become ill. However, many dogs will require continued behavioral work due to a lack of training or neglect or abuse in the dog’s previous environment. A patient and loving owner can make all the difference and the rewards of seeing such Goldens become the loyal and happy pets they were meant to be is unforgettable. Our job is to match the dog’s needs with the best home among our applicants. We encourage our applicants to keep open minds in terms of their preferences; as owners of GRROWLS dogs will tell you, their “ideal” Golden turned out to be the one to whom they opened their hearts and homes for a second chance in life.
Please download and submit our adoption application so that we know a little bit about you and your home environment. This information will assist us in matching one of our rescued dogs with your family. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by phone for a home visit. We will then contact you if a potentially well-matched Golden is available for adoption. Thank you again for your inquiry and we look forward to helping you find a special Golden to adopt.
Some Things to Consider
Goldens make ideal pets, but they do have some disadvantages! Please consider those listed below before you decide to share your life with a Golden.
Size: Goldens are considered medium size. However, males range between 23” – 24” at the shoulder and weigh between 75-95 pounds. Females range from 21” – 22” and usually weigh 55-75 pounds. Their very active tails are best known for clearing low tables of all adornments.
Exercise: Goldens require constant, hard exercise to allow them to become the calm housepets most owners expect. Fenced yard and twice daily walks are highly recommended.
Shedding: Goldens have long, beautiful coats that shed at least twice a year. Regular brushing and professional grooming can keep the amount of hair lost to a minimum; however, you will always have some dog hair on furniture, rugs, clothing, and oh yes, occasionally in your food!
Health/ Care: Most breeds are prone to certain problems. Although Goldens have only a few, we feel it is best for you to know the worst: Goldens may develop skin allergies, dry coats and occasionally hip or eye problems. However, many never experience any of these problems. Feeding one dog a good quality dog food will cost $400.00 – $600.00 per year. Veterinary expenses have been estimated at $300.00 – $500.00 per year. Also keep in mind such expenses as food dishes, leashes, toys, collars, brushes, shampoo, toys, etc.!
Training: We highly recommend basic obedience training both for the dogs and their owners. Guard dog training is a waste of time; although they may growl and bark defensively, the bottom line is that they would just as soon kiss the intruder and trade your silver for a few good ball tosses!
Time: Goldens are “people” dogs. They thrive on attention and need to be with, around and near humans. Consider your lifestyle and how busy your schedule now is. Do you have time to give the love and attention to a Golden’s needs? Many of our dogs have come from less than ideal first homes and it is very important that their permanent homes provide al the love and caring they deserved to begin with but did not get
A special note about Rescued Goldens: Although it does happen, we rarely have “perfect” dogs in rescue. Most come to us because they have problems. Those problems could be related to abuse but are more often related to neglect. They simply have not been taught how to be good canine citizens. Often, we get young, strong dogs who are physically full grown but who have received no training. From experience, we know that these dogs can learn as long as their new family gives them the necessary guidance and direction. Love is important, but love alone is not enough. Boundaries must be set and expectations established. Strong human leadership is required
If you are still interested, and up to the challenge (and we hope you are), welcome to the family of Rescued Golden Lovers and Admirers!!!