Golden Retriever Puppy Rescue
Check out a Golden Retriever puppy rescue in your area. It’s a great place to buy one of these precious pups. Golden Retriever PuppyAlthough most rescued Golden Retrievers are adults, you’ll sometimes find puppies in the mix, too.
The numbers increase if you consider a puppy to be anything less than a year old. Almost every Golden Retriever dog rescue will eventually have puppies to adopt if you’re willing to wait patiently after you submit an application.
Where Do Adoptable Puppies Come From?
Knowing how adorable Golden Retriever puppies are, how could anyone possibly give them up for adoption? Where do rescue puppies come from?
Occasionally, a rescue group will be called to take part in puppy mill rescues when legal authorities step in. That’s great news for the puppies–and for people wanting to adopt a puppy.
A puppy mill may even have an occasional “stock reduction sale,” allowing rescue groups to buy pups at a lower price. This provides more opportunities for the adoption of Golden Retriever puppies.
Sometimes, a breeder will shut down operations, forcing him to arrange for puppy adoptions in a hurry. The ideal situation is when a pregnant Golden Retriever is found wandering the streets or relinquished to an animal shelter.
That provides the rescue group with a litter of Golden Retriever puppies for adoption in a few weeks–along with finding Mom a home, of course. Individuals may relinquish their new pups to a Golden Retriever puppy rescue for many reasons:
•They found out that somebody in the family is allergic to dogs.
•They didn’t realize that their busy lifestyle just doesn’t allow time for a puppy.
•A divorce or a job change required the family to move to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets.
•Parents got tired of having their kids nipped by a mouthy pup, but didn’t want to take the time to train him in appropriate behavior.
•They agreed to help a neighbor, friend or relative (who should’ve had their dog spayed), who accidentally ended up with a litter of pups, and it’s not working out.
•They thought they wanted a puppy, but the novelty wore off. It wasn’t fun to get up during the night to take the puppy outside to potty, arrange for potty breaks during the day while everybody’s at work or school, and salvage chewed-up stuff. In other words, they didn’t know anything about normal puppy behavior, and they don’t want to deal with it.
•Golden Retriever PuppyThe parent(s) decided the kids should have a puppy, but nobody discussed it beforehand. It turns out the kids don’t really want the extra work, and neither do the parents.
•A veterinarian may be helping out a client who hadn’t planned on puppies from the family Golden Retriever. (There’s that thing about spaying, again.)
•Too often getting a puppy is an emotional, spur-of-the-moment decision and it’s the dog that winds up paying the price.
What Happens At a Golden Retriever Puppy Rescue?
When a Golden puppy enters a rescue program, he’s typically given a medical exam, brought up to date on all vaccinations, goes through a de-worming process, gets tested for heartworms, and then bathed.
Golden Retriever PuppyIf the pup hasn’t been spayed or neutered, the procedure will be scheduled. That’s an important part of responsible pet ownership, as there are already too many homeless and unwanted dogs.
Some rescues even microchip their dogs to help in their return should they become lost or stolen. The pups are then placed in foster care where they’ll be loved as a member of the family until a permanent home can be found.
Rescue volunteers supervise the process of adopting puppies as carefully as responsible breeders. Consequently, these dogs are not available to just anybody. A secure and reliable home is a strict requirement for anyone considering a Golden Retriever puppy adoption.
Every Golden Retriever puppy rescue has an adoption process they follow. Generally, they’ll start by studying the application you filled out, and then conduct a phone interview, followed by a home visit. They’re concerned about many factors:
•Me & My Peaches at 5 monthsWhy are you interested in puppy rescue adoption (instead of a breeder)?
•Is anybody home during the day?
•If everybody’s gone during the day, what’s the longest period of time?
•Number of adults and children in the family, and ages of children
•Allergies in the household
•Security and safety of fencing
•Dog’s living and sleeping arrangements
Of course, each Golden Retriever puppy rescue has its own set of adoption guidelines and procedures, but these will give you an idea of how serious they are.
They know that puppy rescues can provide folks with the Golden Retriever puppy of their dreams–like Peaches was for us (seen here in my lap the night we brought her home at five months of age).
They just want to do everything they can to make sure it’s a story with a happy ending for people and puppies.