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.

Bruce Wayne

Bruce is a 7-year-old sweetheart who is looking for a forever home. Don’t let his age fool you, he still loves to play fetch and go for long walks. He loves to go for car rides and is completely housebroken.

This perfect gentleman knows basic commands and just wants a loving home where he can cuddle next to his family at night. The rescue said his transition into a new home would be easier if he was the only dog but he is learning that other dogs mean him no harm.

Bruce loves everyone he meets but will bark to alert his family someone is there. If this faithful pup sounds like the perfect match for you, you can find out more by clicking here.

Photos: Petfinder/Golden Retriever Rescue Resource


This 9-month-old energetic pup is looking for an active family who will teach her how to be a well-behaved dog. She loves to learn and is a “blank slate” according to the rescue. The playful girl will need a home with a fenced in yard to play fetch and run around. Does Layla sound like the perfect dog for you? Adopt her.

Photo: Petfinder/Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue Inc


This special needs puppy arrived at a rescue from a commercial breeder due to paralysis of his back legs. He has the biggest heart and just wants to find a family who will love him the way he is. He gets around just fine thanks to a custom wheelchair. If you are ready to experience unconditional love – adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest


This girl is as sweet as her name. The six-year-old loves attention and looking at herself in the mirror. She would do best in a home with another dog as she is unsure of loud noises and new things. A patient family with a fenced in yard would be perfect for Peaches. If she’s is the one for you, adopt her here.

Photo: Petfinder/Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest

Bowie & Birdie

Bowie and Birdie are 10-week-old bonded puppies. They arrived with three other siblings but these two would love to find a home together. They are incredibly smart, eager to learn, and ready for a forever home. If you are able to open your heart and home to two adorable puppies click here.

Photo: Petfinder/Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue


Bubba is a golden retriever mix that is ready for a loving home of his own. The seven-year-old gentle giant loves children and people. He does not do well with other male dogs but could live in a home with a female dog. If this handsome boy caught your eye, you can adopt him here.

Photo: Petfinder/All Humane Animal Rescue


A big laidback fella is the best way to describe Helios. He is a golden retriever/great pyrenees mix that loves to cuddle on the couch. While he still has bursts of energy, he prefers attention over play and has not shown any interest in playing fetch.

His foster family says he is a “velcro dog” and isn’t afraid to ask for attention. Adopt him here.

Photo: Petfinder/Pyr Paws N Fluffy Tails Rescue


This 5-year-old golden mix loves attention but is very protective over his family. He can be a bit bossy so a home with older children or no children would be best. Rocko is too interested in cats to live with them but can live with another dog, after a meet-and-greet.

If he would complete your family, adopt him here.

Photo: Petfinder/Rockwall Animal Adoption Center

Marley Mae

A young golden is looking for a family that is ready to have some fun. She’s a typical golden who loves everyone she meets, including other animals. Looking for an adventure buddy? Marley Mae is your girl and she loves car rides.

Let the adventure begin by adopting her here.

Photo: Petfinder/Furry Friendzy


The five-year-old is seeking an active family to help him lose some weight. Daily walks will be required but fresh air and exercise is good for everyone. Oliver is a love bug and just wants a family of his own. If you are willing to spoil him with attention and cuddles, apply to adopt him here.

Photo: Petfinder/Lone Star Animal Welfare League Lab Rescue


Tall, dark, and handsome…what more do you need? Boyd is currently in Texas looking for a loving forever home. He’s a golden mix that promises to love you unconditionally. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Corinne T. Smith Animal Center


Sweet Asher is a 5-month-old golden/poodle mix. The gorgeous pup will shed and is still learning to walk on a leash. He needs a family who will teach him basic commands and house train him. If you are ready for a lifetime of fun and learning, apply to adopt Asher here.

Photo: Petfinder/Homeward Bound Dog Rescue


An oldie but a goodie. Missy is a friendly gal (rescue estimates she is 18!) looking for a loving home to spend her golden years. She prefers a home without children. Let her show you how to enjoy the little things in life, like a relaxing care ride.

If she is the dog you have been looking for, adopt her here.

Photo: Petfinder/Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida


Who can resist this face?! Colin is 7 years young and a total sweetheart. He enjoys walks and meeting new people but also loves cuddling. The affectionate boy does have separation anxiety so he would do best with a homebody. Adopt him here.

Photo: Petfinder/Houston Chow Chow Connection


Bubbles is a laidback gal who enjoys going for walks and napping on the couch. She is 5-years-old and gets along well with other dogs. This loving girl is looking for a forever home. Adopt her!

Photo: Petfinder/Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio


This adorable puppy loves to play. He needs a family that will take the time to teach him how to be a good boy. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society


If you like going on strolls more than hikes, Ace is the dog for you. He is a 12-year-old boy who loves other dogs, cats, and children. He is looking to enjoy his golden years with a loving family. Bring him home!

Photo: Petfinder/Truth or Consequences Animal Shelter


This sweet 5-year-old walks well on a leash and gets along with cats and dogs. He loves swimming in his foster family’s pool and getting belly rubs. He is missing hair due to a skin infection that is being treated by a vet. This good boy is ready for his forever home. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/The Little Red Dog


Sadie arrived as a stray but is a total sweetheart. She has “a heart of gold” and promises to be a loyal friend. She just wants a family of her own to go on walks and cuddle with. Anyone ready to give her a life of luxury and love her unconditionally can adopt her here.

Photo: Petfinder/Pacific Animal Welfare Society (PAWS of Coronado)


Pasha was rescued from Turkey and is waiting for his forever home. The young boy loves to play with a ball and will do so for hours. He loves people and would do best with a family that prefers to stay in or take him along on adventures.

He’s ready for the next chapter of his life to begin. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue


Samson is a playful one-year-old who is still perfecting basic commands. He loves treats and is a quick learner. An active family would be the best fit for Samson as he needs to go on a couple mile walk every day. He gets along well with other dogs and just wants a home of his own. Does he sound like the perfect dog for you? Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Fetchin’ Retrievers Rescue


This mellow guy came all the way from Turkey to find a forever home. He loves going for walks and to the beach. As soon as he sees his leash his tail starts to wag. While he is always up for adventure, the big fella also loves to relax and cuddle.

If you are looking for a best friend who will never leave your side, then look no further. Adopt Harlow here!

Photo: Petfinder/Rover’s Retreat Dog Rescue


Cute puppy alert! The golden mix boy is inquisitive and energetic. He needs a patient family who will teach him how to be a good boy and watch him grow into his huge paws. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Great Pyrenees Rescue Society

Daisy Mae

This three-year-old knows what she wants – a loving forever home. She walks well on a leash and is as sweet as can be. She enjoys playing with other dogs but can be a bit bossy.

Adopt her!

Photo: Petfinder/Animal Protection League


This senior will never leave your side, especially if you are in the kitchen making food. The sweet dog is looking for a calm and quiet home to enjoy his golden years. He enjoys cuddling and going for short walks. Adopt him!

Photo: Petfinder/Gray Face Acres

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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