25 Golden Retrievers That Need A Home Now

There are hundreds of benefits to owning a dog. If you are looking to add to your fur family, consider adopting a dog. You will save the life of that dog and allow another to come into the shelter to be saved.

Golden retrievers are well-mannered, loyal companions that love to play. They love meeting new people, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Goldens make great family dogs and hiking partners.

Check out all 25 golden retrievers looking for their forever homes and share with a friend.

Clifford

“Oh! Well, hello. My name is Clifford. I’m quite a handsome old man, at 10 years old and I weigh a whopping 110 pounds. It’s assumed that I was a very loved companion at one point in my life. I’m well behaved and a very loyal dog. I’m completely house-trained, never have to be crated (good thing too! I’d need an awfully big crate!),” wrote dog rescue, Albert’s Dog Lounge.

Clifford does well with other dogs, cats, and children and just wants to find a loving home to spend his golden years. If you are interested in adopting him, you can click here.

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Melissa

This golden retriever/great pyrenees mix is an energetic pup that enjoys 5 mile daily walks and chasing squirrels in her foster family’s backyard. She is a silly girl who talks to her reflection in the mirror and just needs a family to love. Adopt her.

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Tylen

The 5-year-old golden retriever/Chow mix was found lying in the middle of the road. He is a perfect gentleman on a leash and enjoys walks. He’s a little shy at first but quickly warms up to people and shares his adorable smile. Are you the perfect fit for him? Adopt him!

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Gracie

This sweet girl spent the first six years of her life at a puppy mill. She was rescued from the horrible conditions and longs for a loving home with another dog to play with. If she’s is the one for you, adopt her here.

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Mya

Mya had a rough start to life. She was confiscated during a drug bust as a puppy and found a new home, but the owner fell ill and Mya returned to the shelter. She is just a year old and needs someone who will take the time to teach her how to be a good girl. Can you show Mya the love she deserves? This young dog is ready to adopt here.

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Rex

“OMGoodness… he is something else!So Rex was turned into a shelter for chasing ducks on a golf course! He is an amazing boy but he has a little resource guarding, so he definitely needs an experienced adult household, with no kids under 16, and an above ground fenced yard (no apartments).” If this beautiful boy caught your eye, you can adopt him here.

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Tarzan

This 3-year-old is looking for a loving home with children over the age of 12. He knows basic commands and walks nicely on a leash. He must be an only pet, but promises to love you unconditionally. Adopt him here.

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Harry

Harry is a special needs golden retriever mix that was badly beaten and then brought to a shelter to be euthanized. Instead, the 3-year-old was fitted for a wheelchair and is enjoying life in his foster home.

“Harry has a strong personality. He is confident in his adorableness and rightly believes that everyone should love him at first sight. He is a strong believer in getting kisses and hugs before being put to bed and insists on it.” If he would complete your family, adopt him here.

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Marley

If you love the smell of puppy breath, Marley may be the dog for you. He is a sweet pup who loves everyone. Watch him grow into his large paws. Adopt him here.

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Nanna

This 6-year-old golden is looking for a forever home without cats. “She loves your attention and ability to give belly rubs. She’s pretty easy going and loves to play with her tennis balls. She can fit two of them in her mouth at the same time! She gets along with other dogs but doesn’t need a canine friend,” said Dirk’s Fund Shelter. Adopt her!

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Jasper

Jasper is searching for a home without children but other dogs and cats are fine. In his own words, “I do not like the mailman and I do not like being hugged. I am a lovely boy and enjoy companionship and attention, but I like things on my terms!” Adopt him!

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Riley

Sweet Riley was abandoned by her owner who had her since she was a puppy. Although she is 8-years-old, she still loves to go for walks and play with toys. She loves treats and just wants a soft bed and loving home to spend her golden years. Adopt her here.

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Lexi

This young golden retriever was found abandoned and starving in a cemetery but has fully recovered. She loves to be near her humans and will demand attention. Her foster mom says, “Lexi is a pint-sized diva and likes to get a lot of attention. She prefers to sleep in bed with her humans and snuggle on the furniture on lazy evenings–so being allowed on furniture is a must for her in her furever home.” If she is the dog you have been looking for, adopt her here.

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Bear

Bear is just a puppy who needs a patient family that will teach him basic commands and manners. He will win your heart with his sweet eyes and playful personality. Adopt him here.

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Layla

Layla is a laidback gal who enjoys going for walks and napping on the couch. She is around 8 years old and gets along well with other dogs. This loving girl is looking for a forever home. Adopt her!

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Poppy

Poppy is still a puppy at just a year old and loves to play. She was found as a stray and needs a family that will take the time to teach her how to be a good girl. Adopt her!

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Alice

If you like going on strolls more than hikes, Alice is the dog for you. She is a 12-year-old girl who loves her food and tolerates other dogs. She is looking to enjoy her golden years with a loving family. Bring her home!

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Stallone

Stallone has spent most of his life outside in a small yard. The 7-year-old is called a “Diamond in the rough with a little dirt on it,” but is friendly and outgoing. He just needs someone to teach him the proper way to greet people and other dogs. Adopt him!

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Luna

Luna, a Great Pyrenees and golden mix, is a sweetheart that loves to go on adventures and cuddle. She is great with other dogs and children. She loves to play with balls but needs a big fenced in yard. Adopt her!

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Kenzie

She is a sweet 10-month-old puppy who is already house trained. She enjoys playing with other dogs but needs a home without cats. She is looking for an active family who will include her on their adventures. Adopt her!

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Star

This golden retriever and collie mix girl is a bit shy at first and needs some reassurance to come out of her shell. She needs a patient person and a loving home. Does she sound like the perfect dog for you? Adopt her!

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Scruffy

This senior is a huge couch potato and loves to cuddle. He still enjoys short walks and will carry his favorite toys around the house. He’s been waiting for years to find the perfect home without children or cats. Adopt him!

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Moe

Are you a person who loves to run and hike? Moe is you in dog form. He loves adventures and needs another dog to play with. This boy is a country dog and needs space to run. Adopt him!

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Becca

This young girl just arrived from Turkey and is adjusting well in her foster home. She loves to play fetch and will tell you when she needs to go outside and when it’s time to eat. She enjoys napping in the sun and just wants a family of her own. Adopt her!

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Harvey

This senior likes to go for short strolls and needs daily medication to help with his arthritis. The sweet dog is looking for a calm and quiet home to enjoy his golden years. He enjoys cuddling and will be your shadow. Adopt him!

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FAQ about golden retrievers and how to start the process of adoption.

What is the lifespan of a golden retriever?

Golden retrievers are active dogs with a life span of 10-12 years.

How much exercise does a golden retriever need?

The breed is part of the sporting group and was originally bred to retrieve ducks and fowls for hunters. They need daily exercise consisting of a walk, a game of fetch, or a trip to the beach. Ideally, they should have 60 minutes of intense exercise a day and a great way to achieve that is through hiking.

How to adopt a golden retriever?

If you think a golden retriever is the right dog for you, contact your local shelter. There are countless golden retriever rescues across the country if your heart is set on the breed and your local shelter doesn’t have one. Be sure that your lifestyle is a fit for a golden and consider adopting an older dog.

You won’t find a more loyal friend than a dog. No matter what type of companion you are looking for, you can find a perfect fit in a rescue pet. Adopt don’t shop!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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