Adoption Application

This application is required to adopt or to foster a dog.  We do not adopt out of state. We typically adopt from Naples to north of Tampa, and Pinellas to Orlando. We will consider some other areas in Florida for seniors over 9 or hard-to-place dogs.

We charge a non-refundable processing fee of $25.00 for all adoption and foster applications. At the time you click "SUBMIT" you will be prompted to pay the processing fee through PayPal (it will be dropped in your cart). If you do not have a PayPal account, please contact GRRSWF's Adoption Team at You will be contacted to take your credit card payment. Your application cannot be processed without confirmation of payment. Email us for more info at

Please bear in mind that there are no right or wrong answers to the questions in this application. Our goal is to find the most suitable dog for your home, family and lifestyle; the more we know about your preferences, the better we are able to make the perfect match.

The Golden Retriever is a wonderful dog; however, they are predisposed to several conditions: ear infections, hot spots, food and environmental allergies, excessive shedding, and generally a need for lots of exercise in order to be good house pets.  They are not outside dogs to be tied or enclosed away from their families and can become quite loud, destructive, and even self-mutilating if made to live in these conditions.  These dogs are excellent obedience candidates and can be easily trained to be wonderful companions – if you will work with them. 

You should assume that this pet will cost approximately $600.00 a year in vet bills, heartworm & flea preventative (this does not include treatment for illness/injury) and at least $500.00 to feed, more if they are special needs or have ongoing issues such as allergies.  Additional expenses may include grooming, collars, leashes, bowls, and toys. We do recommend that you research pet health insurance options and purchase, at the very least, a policy for catastrophic injury and illness.

Adoption fees for all dogs from GRRSWF:

Under 6 months:                           $900

6 months to 1 year:                      $700

1 to 3 years:                                $450

3 to 7 years:                                $400    

7 to 10 years:                               $375    

10 and older:                               $275    

Additionally, there is a $200 surcharge for the adoption of all dogs rescued internationally. This helps to defray the cost of overseas transport.

Adoption fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Adoption fees are payable in full at time of adoption by cashier’s check, personal check, or money order which should be made payable to: Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, Inc., or GRRSWF, Inc

Our dogs have been examined by one of our network veterinarians and all their individual medical needs are addressed. Additionally, each dog has had vaccinations, a heartworm and fecal test, spay or neuter, if needed, and microchip registration.

Thank you for your application.  Please be aware that GRRSWF is run solely by volunteers. We will process your application as fast as possible, but please allow us up to two weeks to do so. If you would like to contact us after one week to inquire as to the status of your application then we will be happy to update you.

GRRSWF will make every effort to contact you as soon as we believe we have a suitable dog available for you, however once you are an approved home, we strongly encourage you to regularly monitor our website for available dogs and to contact us if you see a dog that you believe might be an excellent addition to your family.