Not every family is suited for a puppy. There are many adult Golden Retrievers that are already house trained, have learned some obedience, and are ready for a new home!
Rescue organizations rescue, evaluate, and re-home Golden Retrievers. They can be an excellent alternative to purchasing a puppy from a breeder. Rescue organizations evaluate the dogs they take in, and carefully screen potential homes to make sure a good match is made.
Rescue goldens can range in age, anywhere from puppyhood through to older adults.
There are also All-Breed rescues in Canada which will take in various breeds, including goldens, for evaluation and placement.
Rescue organizations are always in need of volunteers, donations of cash and dog equipment (crates, leashes, etc). Contact your local organization to see how you may help.
- The Golden Retriever Club of British Columbia – Rescue and Adult Placement service
- Secours Golden Retriever Rescue Quebec
- The Canadian Golden Retriever Adoption Service – Toronto and Southern Ontario
- Golden Retriever Club of Manitoba
- Saskatchewan Golden Retriever Rescue Contact
- Alberta Golden Club and Rescue
- GRIN – Golden Retrievers in Need (Canada) Inc. – Eastern Ontario
- All Heart Pet Rescue is an all breed rescue located near North Bay, Ontario.
- B.A.R.K. – The Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines is an all-breed rescue in Ottawa, ON.
- Nova Scotia Golden Retriever Rescue
- USA Rescue Organizations If you are unable to find a rescue golden for your family in Canada, this PDF file from the Golden Retriever Club of America contains a listing of all the American golden rescue organizations by state. In some situations, cross border adoptions might be possible.