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Our Featured New Canaan, CT Partner:

Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. We have volunteers located in the Southern states as well.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are a network of volunteers based in New England who are dedicated to saving and finding homes for Golden Retrievers and Retriever Mixes in need. We have volunteers throughout the North East including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont; as well as volunteers in the South East.

We work to save homeless Golden Retrievers and Retriever Mixes from shelters, municipal pounds, and dogs released directly from owners who can no longer care for them.

We do our best to assess each dog's medical needs, temperment, behavior, habits, and exercise needs. Each dog receives necessary vet care including all vaccinations and are spay/neutered before adoption if old enough. Heartworm testing is performed and if positive, the dog is treated. We then carefully select homes based on the needs of each individual Golden.

Everyone of our volunteers has a desire to save as many homeless dogs that we can. Individually, we can only rescue so many dogs in need. As a group, working together, we can help more Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes find their forever home.

Our common thread may be our appreciation for the Golden Retriever, but if we could, we would save all dogs in need.

Our group is always in need of additional volunteers and fosters to help in the process which can be extremely rewarding. Other ways to help would be to make a monetary donation. For information on volunteer work, fostering, or to make a donation, please go to our website Your help will be extremely appreciated!!

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Come Meet our Pets:

Our available Goldens and Golden Mixes are listed on our website,

Anyone interested in adopting one of our available dogs must complete an application online.

We do not have a facility to visit our dogs, but once an applicant is approved and a possible match is determined, approved applicants will be given information on how to contact the rescue's foster for details or to schedule a meeting.

Our Adoption Process:

The application process helps us determine what type of Golden would be best suited for the applicants'life style.

The process includes the completion of an online application, a reference from the applicants' vet, a phone interview, and a visit to the applicants' home. A contract is signed the day of adoption.

Under the terms of the contract, all adopters are required to bring the rescue to a vet within 7 business days. As stated above, the dogs receive basic veterinary care. If your vet identifies an illness that an adopter is not willing to treat, then the dog is returned and a full refund is provided.

We are committed to our dogs before, during, and after adoption! The rescue retains title to the dog and can never be released or sold. Should the adopters no longer be able to keep the dog, SGRR must be notified so that we can take the dog back into rescue and place it into another home. We reserve the right to remove a dog at any time should we find the adopter is no longer caring for their Golden in a way we see fit. Adopters then have to agree to follow up visits as needed.

Applicants with no dog ownership experience may not find they are a good match for one of our Rescues. Rescue Goldens come with 'baggage' and very little training so they require people that have an understanding of the nature of dogs and a willingness to work and seek help with one of our Golden Rescues if needed.

The adoption process has proven to be very successful for all. Our goal is to place rescues in their 'forever' homes and to do so, we need to determine is the best match not only for the dog but for the adopters. The Rescue's Committee determines what type of home the Golden needs and what type of dog would fit best in the applicants' homes. This has proven to make all involved very happy.

For more details or to complete an application, please visit our website at

For those applicants that are willing to wait for the right 'match' and not shopping around, please feel free to apply and get pre-approved.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.