Adoption Eligibility

Thank you for your interest and caring to adopt! The first step in the adoption process is to complete the online adopter application. GRCGLARescue does require a non-refundable $25 donation at the time your application is submitted; this donation helps to offset the costs associated with making our dogs ready to meet adopters, including providing veterinary care, boarding, and other needs.  After your application is received, one of our volunteers will contact you. It may take 7-10 days to be contacted, as we receive many applications and volunteers are spread across many duties. The volunteer will schedule a home visit with you.
Our current inventory of dogs is lower than prior years. And the level of applications continues at robust levels. Thus, it may take a little bit longer to find a dog that matches the dog’s needs and your interests. The application and home visit is held open for 2 years.
Please carefully review this eligibility information prior to submitting your adoption application and donation:
GRCGLARescue does adopt dogs to homes with children under 7 years old when we know that a particular dog has a solid, positive history living successfully with kids of a similar age to those in the potential adopter's home.  As a rescue we receive very few dogs that meet this criterion. Finding a dog who is going to be safe with your kids will likely make your adoption process longer. This policy is for the safety and well-being of your families and our dogs. If you're patient and have realistic expectations about adoption, we'll be very happy to work with you. 
GRCGLARescue adopts within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Because we do require pre-adoption screening and post-adoption follow-up, we cannot support adoptions outside of this service area. If you have any question about whether your city is part of our service area, please email us at [email protected]
GRCGLARescue cannot adopt dogs into homes where the number of pets currently meets or exceeds the limits set by your local municipal authority (city or county) or your HOA. If you’re not sure about the limits in your area, please contact your city hall, animal control authority and/or HOA to get that information.

​GRCGLA Rescue cannot adopt dogs to homes that have an invisible/electric fence as a source of containment.

GRCGLARescue does not adopt dogs to rental applicants without written proof that the landlord will permit a dog the size of a Golden Retriever in their rental abode. This proof can be a copy of the lease having a clause allowing such a dog, or a separate written document of landlord approval and must be provided to one of our volunteers prior to a home visit being scheduled. Verbal assurances or “contingent” clauses requiring the identification of a specific dog prior to the landlord granting approval are not accepted. Additionally, we will require written proof of any additional pet security deposit required by the landlord being paid.
GRCGLARescue does not guarantee that every prospective adopter/applicant will adopt a dog from us. Our goal is to find each of our dogs a well-matched home, and we cannot provide any assurance to prospective adopters that we’ll be able to make a placement with them. We recognize that you may be working with other rescues, as well as breeders, and visiting animal shelters too. In the event you adopt or acquire a dog elsewhere, your application donation cannot be refunded to you.

​No dogs can be certified as “service” or “comfort” by GRCGLARescue.
All dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and vet-checked prior to adoption. 

Adoption fee (effective October 1, 2018): 
Youngsters under 1 year - $600
Dogs 1-4 years - $500
Dogs 5-8 years - $350
Dogs 9+ years - $250
You may apply in one of two ways:

  Click the button below to begin the Instant Application process. First you will be taken through a process to generate a $25 application donation through a secure online payment system. Please have your credit card or your PayPal information handy for that. Once done, click the ‘Return to Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue’ button that takes you to the online ‘Instant Application’ form.  

Submit Application Fee
Once submitted your application will be activated and  you will be contacted by a local volunteer within 7-10 days to schedule a home visit, after which you’ll be eligible to adopt a dog who is well-matched to your home and family.
Apply Online/Send Fee by Mail!
For those who prefer to mail in the $25 application donation, you can submit an application online and send the donation by mail. Your application will be activated within 48 hours after we receive your application donation. Please  click here to access the ‘Donate by Mail Application ’, then mail a check or money order donation to:
PO Box 491209
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Please add a note of adopter surname(s), city and application date to the check.