Do you have a Golden Retriever that you can no
longer keep? Although it may be a very
difficult choice, relinquishing your dog to
AZGRC (or any of the other golden retriever
rescue groups) gives him or her the best
opportunity for a second chance at a happy
life. Although it is a difficult choice, it is
also a gift of kindness and understanding.
Here are our tips on how to start the process
and what happens next for your dog .
should call us – Arizona Golden
– at 602-870-0037. Please provide us
with your name, phone number, reason for
surrendering the dog, and how soon you have
to give up the dog
If you prefer, you
can e-mail us at
your name, phone number, reason for surrendering
the dog, and how soon you have to give up the
dog. Include a digital photograph of the dog in
Did you know that we do not
have a central 'kennel' to take
the dog to? We are an all
organization and all our
'rescue' dogs go into foster
homes prior to being adopted.
When we call you back (normally 24 hours or
sooner) one of the 1st things we will need
is a digital photograph of the dog if you
have not already sent us one. Our policy is
for our board of directors to review all
photographs prior to any commitment to bring
the dog into our rescue.
Once we have agreed to take the dog, you
will get a call from us to give us more details
on the dog. This information goes to our
volunteers who will work on locating a
foster home for the dog.
Did you know that we normally
don't have foster families 'waiting
in the wings' for a dog?
Sometimes it can take up to 3-4
weeks to find an appropriate foster
home for your dog. If your dog
doesn't get along with cats we
cannot put him/her in a foster home
with cats. If your dog isn't house
trained we need to find a foster
home where someone is home all day
to start house training.
When we've found a foster home, we'll give
you a call to arrange a day/time for
pickup. This is when you will surrender
legal ownership of the dog to AZGRC.
Please understand that once you
sign the Surrender Form, you will
not be able to change your mind.
Be sure you have fully considered
all of the consequences of your
decision before signing this
document. There is no “grace
period” and the dog will not be
returned to you should you change
Your privacy as the surrendering
family will be respected.
Similarly, we will also respect the
confidentiality of the foster and
adoptive families and will not share
any of their contact information
Once we have picked up the dog, we will get
him/her a 'wellness' exam, get him/her
neutered/ spayed if needed, and get him/her a
micro chip. From there it's off to the
Did you know that we do not
'release' any dogs for adoption
unless they are completely healthy
as verified by our veterinary
settled in foster care, we post photos
of him/her on our website and have him/her
available for 'meet and greets' with
prospective adopters. Our foster families
have 1st chance to adopt the
goldens they foster.
Did you know that all our fosters
undergone a screening process?
It includes a written application,
personal interview, vet reference
check, and home visit by an AZGRC
member/volunteer, all ensuring that
the person/family is ready for the
lifelong commitment of caring for a
Conducting 'meet and greets' is next – with
any prospective adopters, we watch the
interaction of everyone involved (dog and
human) and look for the 'best' match.
In some cases we even allow 'sleep-overs' to help
everyone decide yes or no.
Once your dog has moved to his/her 'new' forever
home, you might think that this ends any
involvement by AZGRC, but not so. Our
dedication lasts long after adoption day. We
follow up each placement to assist the adopter
with any problems or concerns during the
'settling in' process.
All adopters sign a comprehensive adoption
contract that includes a clause prohibiting the
sale or transfer of ownership of the dog to
ensure that he or she stays in the home or comes
back to AZGRC.