Adoption Application

  • Keep in mind that preferences such as age and gender can also lengthen the wait time. Rest assured, however, that once your adoption application is approved, GRR will contact you when a suitable match is found.
  • Currently, we are in need of adoptive families wanting to adopt a senior Golden, or a Golden with a special need, e.g. those needing maintenance medication for thyroid issues, joint and diabetic medications, or with storm phobia. Those dogs currently outweigh the number of younger dogs that we have in foster care. Please consider opening your heart and home to them - just like our young dogs, they too are looking for their forever homes.
  • We also are in desperate need of foster homes - opening your home to a Golden in need.
  • Due to the holidays, and our volunteers' need to spend time with their families, there may be an additional delay in processing applications. We appreciate your patience.
  • GRR policy only allows placing senior Goldens in homes without a fence.

Golden Ribbon Rescue no longer adopts dogs to families with children under the age of 8 years old (repeat adopters will be considered on a case by case basis). This policy is for the benefit and safety of your children. Our goal is to set realistic expectations for prospective applicants.

Expect the adoption process to take from one to eight months. Placements are made according to what is best for the Golden. It is not a first-come first-served basis, but rather which family is the best match for the dog. Each Golden comes to us under unique circumstances and has individual needs that we strive to meet. In addition, each family also has individual circumstances which are taken into account when making a placement. The more specific your requirements, the harder it will be to find just the right dog for you from our rescue group, as we can never predict what dogs we will have available at any given time.

There is a $10 non-refundable Application Fee, we reserve the right to deny an application for any reason. Application Fee does not apply to fostering.

There is an adoption fee of $350.00 ($200.00 for a Senior Dog) less the application fee for approved applicants. If you are fostering and you decide to adopt that dog, the total adoption fee will be $350 or $200 for a senior dog.

For dogs from Turkey, the adoption fee is $600.00, less the application fee of $10.00, and with the additional criteria for adoption:

  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.
  • A fenced yard - no invisible fences.
  • Children in the household must be 8 years or over.
  • One or more friendly dogs in the home is desirable, but we will consider an only-dog home.
  • Adoptees must live in central or south Texas.

We generally have a waiting list so the process can take from a week to several months depending on the type of dog you want. Please remember the more specific your criteria the longer it may take to find a dog for you. Factors such as young children, work schedules and lack of a fence may make some dogs unavailable to you. Dogs come in and are adopted almost daily, so if you are patient, an appropriate dog should become available. If you are looking for a dog quickly, then our program may not be right for you.

NOTE: We can not consider applicants outside the state of Texas due to the inability to complete the home visit portion of our interview process. We do not ship or transport dogs. If you are from Texas but outside the Austin area, and wish to work with us, you must be willing to drive to Austin to meet and adopt a dog. We must have a GRR Volunteer in your area who will be able to complete the home visit portion of the application process.

Important Note: Please be very careful to answer each question, should you skip an answer, you will need to press your back button to complete the question. You may keep typing at the end of a line to complete an answer if needed.

Name and Address
Last Name(s) of Applicant (Please list all adults living in the home): *
First Name(s) of Applicant (Please list all adults living in the home): *
Address: *
City: *
Zip: *
Home Phone with Area Code (please use format xxx-xxx-xxxx)
Work Phone
Other Phone
E-mail: *
I am interested in
Are you former adopters or fosters from Gold Ribbon Rescue? *
Yes   No
If you are a former adopter/foster, how long ago was this?
If you are a former adopter/foster, please list all new adults, children and pets who reside in the home and their ages.
Have you changed your residence since you adopted or fostered?
Yes   No
What are your typical work hours? *
Type of dwelling: *
Do you Own or Rent your home, if Rent do you have the landlords permission to have a dog over 50 pounds? *
Do you have stairs, if yes, how many flights of stairs?
Do you have an elevator?
Landlord's Name:
Landlord's Email Address:
Landlord's Phone:
Do you have a fenced yard?
(GRR policy only allows placing senior Goldens in homes without a fence.) *
Number of Adults living in household *
Ages and sex of adults living in household *
Number of children living in household *
What are the ages and sex of children living with you or frequently visiting?
Are any residents allergic to animals or dander? *
Do any residents have asthma? *
If Yes, how is it controlled?
Type of Golden
Why do you want a Golden Retriever? *
What type of dog are you looking for?
(check all that apply or No Preference)
Age Preference:
0-6 Months 6-12 Months 1-2 Years 3-4 Years 4-5 Years
5-7 Years Senior (8+) years No Preference
Energy Level Preference: Couch Potato Average High No Preference
Sex Preference: Only Male Prefer Male Only Female Prefer Female No Preference
Have you ever bred dogs? *
Do you plan to breed dogs? *
What pets do you currently own? List the type, age, and sex of each pet:
Pet #1 Name
Male Female
How long have you owned this pet?
Spayed or Neutered
Pet #2 Name
Male Female
How long have you owned this pet?
Spayed or Neutered
Pet #3 Name
Male Female
How long have you owned this pet?
Spayed or Neutered
Pet #4 Name
Male Female
How long have you owned this pet?
Spayed or Neutered
Dog's Lifestyle
Have you ever owned a dog? *
If yes, please list the dog(s) breed, ages, sex and what happened to them:
Where will the dog be during the day while you are at home? *
Where will the dog be during the night? *
Where will the dog be when left home alone (example: at work, running errands, etc.)? *
Number of hours dog will be alone each day? *
How will the dog be exercised? *
Who will care for your pet when you and your family are out of town? *
Are there any special activities the dog would participate in (Hunting, Running, Hiking, Swimming, Camping, etc.)? *
Are you willing to consider a special needs dog (i.e. blind, deaf, thyroid medication, etc.)? *
Have any of your pets ever been diagnosed positive for heartworms? (if this does not apply, please answer no) *
Are your current pets on heartworm preventative? What brand? *
If you move what will you do with your pet? *
Do you have a current Veterinarian? *
If yes, Please provide the following information:
Clinic Name
  CityST Zip
Phone (format 512-xxx-xxxx)
Other Information
Is there anything else you would like us to know in considering your application?
What other rescue groups are you currently working with? *
What other rescue groups have you worked with in the past? *
Are you working with a service dog program (yes or no)
If Yes, the name of the organization(s)
Are you prepared to provide for the dog for the next 10 or more years? * Yes
Good dog care in our area can cost $1200 annually. This includes annual vet care, inoculations, parasite testing, monthly heartworm & flea preventative, quality dog food, toys, miscellaneous equipment, boarding/kennel fees, grooming and other supplies. This does not include any injuries, or illnesses the dog may incur.
Will you spend this to support a dog? If not, please do not submit this application.
How did you hear about Gold Ribbon Rescue? *
If Internet or Other please describe:

Pressing the submit button below will begin the application review process. GRR reserves the right to refuse any applicant.

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