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Adopting a Golden
The process for adopting one of our Golden Retriever starts with completing
an application and submitting a non-refundable $25 application fee.
The adoption donation fee (which is tax deductible) varies according to the age of the dog. See application for specifics. Adoption fees go to help offset the medical costs we incur for our dogs. All dogs are spayed/neutered, given all vaccines and are treated for infections and allergies if needed. Serious medical problems are also treated. Fees also are used for behavioral training and boarding facilities.
application asks questions regarding your history with dogs, your lifestyle,
and what you are looking for in a Golden Retriever. Once your payment
and application have been received, it will be reviewed, and references
will be contacted. You will be called for a phone interview and a home
visit by one of our volunteers. ALL family members must be present for
the home visit.
The volunteer will be looking for information on where the dog will spend the day and evening, and whether you have adequate space as well as an understanding of the needs of a Golden. We require that all of our dogs be “inside dogs”. Goldens are very unhappy if left outside unattended, even if they are with another dog. After your home check, one of our volunteers will work with you to match your family to the perfect dog.
We do adopt to out-of-state residents, however, in-state applicants receive priority. If you live outside Georgia and an AGA volunteer is not in your area to conduct a home visit, we will request photos and/or video of your home. You must come to Atlanta and meet the dog(s) you are interested in adopting and if you want to adopt, you will have to drive your new golden home with you. We do not allow shipping or transport of our dogs.
The decision to place one of our Goldens into an adoptive home is not one that we take lightly. We reserve the right to deny any application and may not disclose the reason for denial. We do not operate on a first-come first-served basis, as it is our goal to find the absolute best fit for both our dog and the adoptive family.
If you are 65 years +, we have a special program you may be interested in – The AGA Seniors for Seniors Program. If you adopt one of our orphans who is 10 years +, we will waive the adoption fee. It’s a win-win for you and a senior golden retriever. If you need convincing, just go to the Orphans section on this website and click on the Why Adopt a Senior heart.
Adopting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Your dog will be a part of your family for a long time, and can provide you with years of enjoyment and wonderful memories. Our goal is to ensure that all our dogs find permanent loving homes and each applicant finds the perfect dog.
an adoption application, please click below. Or, simply call 404-DOGLESS
(404-364-5377) and provide your name and address and an application
form will be sent to you!
Thank you for interest in giving a wonderful home to one of our deserving dogs!