Goldens come into our program from private owners who can no longer keep them, from animal shelters, or from people who have found a stray Golden that has not been claimed.
Most dogs who enter our program are in the 2-4 year old range, but we do sometimes get dogs as young as 4-6 months as well as "senior" Goldens aged 8 years or more.
Yes. Groups like ours exist precisely because there are too many dogs being bred by people who are not reputable, professional breeders or because owners don't spay/neuter their dogs and allow unplanned breedings to take place. So many good dogs are already unwanted or not cared for that we do not encourage any breeding with the Goldens in our program.
Yes, most Goldens are well-tempered and eager to please their human companions. BUT it is important to remember that a Golden Retriever is an animal, not a human, and any animal can display behaviors that can be dangerous if not understood. For this reason, we encourage families to learn as much as possible about the breed and especially to enroll in an obedience training class. We caution all our families that small children should never be left unattended with a dog (for the sake of child and dog alike).
If you want a dog that will be happy outside most of the time, you should look for a different breed. Most Goldens want to be with people and will be unhappy if left outside, no matter how nice a dog house is provided. Many Goldens come into our program precisely because they have been living as primarily outside dogs and have begun to bark, dig, jump fences, etc. Follow the link to ChainFree Asheville for a good information on this issue.
In most cases we do require a fenced yard or other secure area within a yard, but we will consider homes without fences if we have dogs for whom such a situation is appropriate.
Effective September 13, 2010 the adoption fee is on a sliding scale as follows:
This fee includes a 6 month supply of Interceptor (heartworm preventative), any current medications the dog may have, and a complimentary membership in TGRR for one year.
Yes, but when we have more families than dogs, we give priority to those in our own area where we have been able to do a home visit.