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. Placing rescue dogs involves special challenges. One of the most difficult is knowing when a dog is safe to be placed in a home with young children. Despite our best effort to evaluate our dogs, there is always a certain element of the unknown with some of the dogs who come to us with very little background history. For this reason, TGRR has made the decision not to place our dogs in families with children under the age of 5.
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.
Applicants must have a structural fence attached to their home in order to adopt from TGRR. On rare occasions, we have an older dog that does not need a fenced yard. In those cases, the dog's website description will indicate that a fence is not required.