|Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club|
|Other Texas Golden Retriever
serves central Texas
serves north and east Texas, Oklahoma
serves west Texas, east Texas, north Texas,
the Panhandle and parts of Louisiana
serves west Texas, El Paso,
Las Cruces, NM and surrounding areas
To aid you in your search for a Golden Retriever, GHGRC provides these listings of Golden Retriever rescues. GHGRC supports the dedicated volunteers who work hard to help Goldens in need and find them new homes. We thank all those who adopt dogs from rescue, bringing them into their homes and hearts. GHGRC does not endorse or recommend any particular rescue organization. Please take your time to evaluate the practices of any organization before adopting from them. Please take your time to carefully consider any specific dog before adopting.
|The Golden Retriever Club of America National
provides additional information on adopting
from rescue, and nation-wide listings of
Golden Retriever rescue groups.
When adopting from a rescue, you should expect to be required to complete and submit a detailed adoption application. Some organizations may require a home visit before approval to adopt. Organizations vary in their policies regarding adoption to families with young children; some may make exceptions, others will not.
Rescue organizations make every effort to carefully match potential adopters with dogs needing homes. Dogs are often promoted on a group's web site. While you may find a particular dog appealing, please respect the experience and knowledge of the rescue if they determine that dog is not well suited for your situation or visa versa.
Dogs in breed-specific rescue programs are generally fostered in volunteer's
homes. Once a rescue organization determines you may be a potential match, you can expect to visit with the dog and its foster
"parent." The foster should be able to answer many of your questions about
the dog, including any training needs or behavioral issues. While dogs
land in rescue through human error and no fault of the dog, many are young
adults that had not previously been given sufficient time, socialization or
training. They may need time and attention and basic
obedience training. Some rescues focus on pure-bred Golden Retrievers.
Others with have both pure-bred and Golden mixes. You should NOT
expect to adopt a puppy (purebred Golden puppies are very rare in rescue and
generally spoken for quickly). You should not expect to adopt a young
adult with perfect training and perfect housemanners ... they do come into
rescue at times, but are quickly adopted. Please consider adopting a
senior (8 yrs or older) or special needs dog. Their time with you
may not be long, but it can be rich in love and very rewarding.