Surrender a Golden

Please note:  This page contains information for owners needing to relinquish their Goldens. Please read the entire page.  If you are a shelter, rescue group, or veterinary clinic and have found a lost or stray Golden, please contact us at as soon as possible.

Why Surrender Your Golden to GRRAND?

As you most likely know, there are several alternatives to re-home your Golden. Some folks relinquish their dog to a local shelter or Humane Society. Others place ads in a newspaper or give the dog to friends or family. None of these options compare to the comprehensive process that GRRAND deploys to place your dog into a loving and lasting home.

Shelters are generally overburdened with dogs and cats and typically have placement limitations as a result. They do their best, but sadly a good number of these animals are eventually euthanized.

Placement with a stranger can be very dangerous for your dog. “Free to good home” advertisements may attract persons who pose as caring adopters but who actually intend to sell your dog for experimentation, breeding stock at puppy mills, or fighting. Did you know that Golden Retrievers are desirable as warm up bait for fighting dogs?

Giving your dog to well-meaning friends or family members who are just trying to help you out may also result in a mismatch. Proper screening of potential adopters is an arduous, time consuming task that most folks have never experienced. GRRAND has 20 years of experience finding the perfect home for each of the dogs in our program.

GRRAND Intake and Surrender Information

Surrendering your Golden may be a very difficult, emotional decision. The goal of the GRRAND surrender program is to make the best of such a difficult decision. Since 1994 we have placed well over 4,000 Golden Retrievers, giving us vast experience in the adoption process. You can feel confident that through our rigorous adoption process, the Goldens in our program are placed with carefully screened adopters who match the dog’s personality, activity level, and training needs.

GRRAND is an all-volunteer organization supported entirely through donations, supporters, and fundraising. If you are surrendering your Golden Retriever, we ask that, if at all possible, your dog be current on all immunizations, tested for heartworm and intestinal parasites, and spayed/neutered. In addition, we encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation to help defray some of the cost of caring for your Golden until we find the perfect adoptive family. We understand that in some cases this is not possible and we will NOT refuse a surrender due to a lack of financial support.

We evaluate Goldens of all ages and treatable medical conditions including those who are blind, deaf, or have disabling conditions such as heartworm disease, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, broken bones, and tumors. Pregnant females and senior citizens will also be considered.  Exceptions include dogs with bite wounds of unknown origin and dogs with a history of aggression (biting, snapping, growling) or who are currently showing aggressive behaviors.

GRRAND Surrender Application 

If you would like GRRAND to evaluate your Golden for surrender, fill out the online Request to Surrender a Golden Application below or print the Surrender Application and mail to GRRAND, P.O. Box 6132, Louisville, KY 40206.  The Surrender Application is not a contract for legal release, nor is it assurance that GRRAND will accept your dog into its rescue program. Our intake coordinator will use the general information on the application to determine the next steps in the process and will then contact you. (NOTE: Most of the time the intake coordinator will contact you via email.  Please check your “inbox” and “spam” folder on a regular basis.)

  * Submitting the application by postal mail will result in a 1-2 week contact delay.

If your Golden is accepted into the GRRAND rescue program our intake coordinator will send GRRAND’s Surrender Contract to you via email or by postal mail.  This contract must be signed by the owner(s) and returned to GRRAND in order to finalize the surrender.

If you need additional information or have questions, contact us.

Privacy Statement – It is GRRAND’s policy to maintain confidentiality over your information. We will not sell, rent or give your information to any other company or organization.


Monetary contributions to this fund will be used to support the GRRAND Affair Live and Silent Auction, our largest and most profitable fundraiser.
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