Will a Golden Retriever Adoption Work for You?

david - Posted on 02 December 2010

You may be thinking of adopting a golden retriever from a Rescue organization, and although this is a noble deed, the question naturally arises, will a golden retriever adoption work for you? This question can only be answered by what you are looking for in a dog.

If you are looking for a young puppy rather than a young adult dog, then you are probably better advised to buy one rather than look to Rescue if your heart is truly set on a pup. This is not to say that people have not gotten excellent puppies from Rescue, because they have. However, most of the dogs in Rescue are between one and two years old.

Puppies seldom end up there, and for this reason, if you request a pup, then the personnel will place you on a waiting list. There are undoubtedly other people looking for a free Rescue puppy, and their names are naturally on the list ahead of yours. There is a small chance that you will get lucky and an as-yet unclaimed puppy will be available, so it is worth a try to call Rescue and see if one is there before you contact a breeder.

If getting a young adult dog is no problem for you, then you may want to consider the Rescue option seriously. Most rescue dogs were either given up to Rescue because their owner could no longer keep them (because of moving, divorce, or massive lifestyle changes caused by serious illness), or because they were abused or neglected.

Although the latter dogs came away from their experience with some psychological baggage, the canine nature is generally very resilient once someone treats them well and is nice to them, and the Rescue people will not burden you with a genuinely neurotic dog. Generally, they keep the animals long enough to iron out any large issues, including physical ones that might have resulting from beatings, torture, or starvation.

The dog you get will be in need of affection – as all dogs are – but they will be good-natured, companionable, and eager to please like all golden retrievers.

In short, golden retriever adoption will work for you as long as you don’t mind probably getting a young adult dog rather than a pup, and having a volunteer come out to your house to do a quick evaluation of you. This is nothing personal, it is simply a sign the people are conscientious and want to put their charges in a good environment – an environment you are no doubt ready to provide.