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My name is Oscar!

Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Oscar
Photo 1 - Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Oscar
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I found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.

Oscar's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Oscar's Story...
Update from foster mom in CT - 6/30/16: He is doing well! Still high energy and would love to jump around and play all day. But he is so sweet one on one. He does awesome on his walks, does good with dogs in the neighborhood and people! He's met kids and done well with them too! He does love to be outside and run around! Inside, without our dog, he is calmer and actually lays down with us so he may do well as an only dog too, with doggy friends to play with.

While Oscar-the-Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, our Oscar is anything but grouchy! This stunning 2 year old black Retriever mix is a friendly and outgoing boy with a cheery personality! How he found himself in a high kill shelter in St Laundry’s Parish, Louisiana, we will never know. It surely seems that he was once someone’s pet, and we can't help but wonder… where was Oscar’s family and why was there no one frantically searching for their beloved pal? This tender soul was in a very scary and dangerous situation, in a southern shelter with a very high euthanasia rate. Not being a bouncy, bundle-of-fluff puppy and being black in coloring, the color least adopted, Oscar's life was in danger. Although Oscar did not deserve this disloyalty from his family, he holds no grudge and is happy and grateful for each day. He is the most loving fella you will ever meet, and the most wonderful thing about Oscar is his heart and spirit. This handsome boy will greet you with a look that seems to say "Hi, I’m Oscar – Let’s go play!"

Oscar loves the water and gets along nicely with other dogs and would do best in a home with a buddy to play with. He is fine with cats and likes children. He is an active and lively dog who seeks fun and adventures, riding nicely in the car too! A fenced in yard is a must for Oscar as he loves to run and run! He would make a wonderful companion for walks, runs, or hikes. Oscar will prance along, with his head held high, sniffing the air and taking in all the sites along the way. Whatever your day calls for, it is just fine with Oscar, just as long as he is with you. You can tell when you meet Oscar that he just longs to belong.

Oscar weighs about 65 lbs, and has been neutered, brought up-to-date on vaccinations, and is micro-chipped. Since Oscar tested positive for heartworm, he was treated for heartworm and is now in a foster home in CT. His foster mom reported, "He is adorable! (Foster sister) Maggie is starting to agree... She loves him until he's hyper, then she walks away! (haha!) He is a true retriever. He loves his tennis ball and will bring it back to you every time. He does not chew anything, not even the soft toys. He is housebroken, crate trained, and rides nicely in the car. He walks on a no-pull harness style lead very well. He is sweet and lovable and will be your best pal. He is very young and has training needs but also is very sweet".

Although we will never know Oscar’s full story, we do know that the adopter who opens their heart and makes this wonderful boy a part of their life will receive a very special gift - a pup who loves back with every fiber of his being. All he asks is to spend his days surrounded by the warmth of a loving owner. And he deserves nothing less!!!!

If you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact Donna to be considered to adopt Oscar.

If not yet approved, please visit our website to lean more and to submit an online application. Click here to visit our website.

Black "Goldens...?"
Since the early 2000’s, animal rescue workers have noticed an increasing phenomena called, “Black Dog Syndrome,” which is that black dogs tend to be adopted more slowly than dogs of other coloring. As a result, there are more black dogs in shelters, and black dogs have a higher euthanization rate – purely because of the color of their coat! In a recent survey done by the adoption website “Petfinder,” Petfinder member shelters and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for 12.5 weeks on Petfinder, whereas, less-adoptable pets (such as black, senior, and special needs pets) spend almost four times as long on Petfinder.

You may ask, "what does this have to do with a Golden Retriever rescue?" Our rescue often goes a step further than basic rescue, by taking in dogs that might be thought of as “less adoptable” because of their physical condition. We have expanded that to include these special black dogs, many often thought to be Golden mixes. Since doing so, we have seen an overwhelming interest in these “black goldens,” and note that we begin receiving inquiries about them as son as we publish their pictures on our website! Like all of our dogs, these pups are just looking for a family that can see beyond their coloring to their true “golden heartedness,” and to love them and make them their own! Those who can, will be glad they did!

Please contact us with any questions regarding your application status.


PLEASE APPLY by submitting an application via this online link: Click for Adoption Application




About Our Rescue

Before being approved to adopt, all potential adopters need to complete our online application and participate in our pre-adoption review process. 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. The application process helps us determine what type of Golden would be best suited for the applicants' life style. In some cases, the specific dog you are interested in may have found a home before this process is complete or further assessment may find that this dog is not the right match for your family. We are regularly getting new Goldens in need of a home, so we encourage you to apply and get approved so that when the right dog comes along you will be ready.



The information provided on each dog is based on observations of our vets, volunteers, fosters and when available, trainers. While we do our best to report any and all issues, SGRR does not make any guarantees as to the health or temperament of any dog. Dogs evolve differently in different environments and we cannot predict with any certainty how the dog you adopt will act in your home.



SGRR Adoption Fees (subject to change)**
Puppies under 6 months $650
Young dogs 6 months - 6 years $550
Young dogs - Special Needs $450
Senior dogs 7 - 9 years $450
Seniors dogs 10 years and older $350
Senior dogs - Special Needs $300
Young Bonded Pairs $850
Senior Bonded Pairs $750

**Please note: The fees listed represent a slight increase and are effective for applications received after June 1 2014. We regret the need to increase the fees for our dogs, but found it necessary due to the increased costs we are faced with for each dog's care and placement.



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. The dogs receive basic veterinary care prior to adoption. 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.



Many of our dogs are fostered in private homes and we do not have a facility to visit. 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.


Please be a ray of light for this Sunshine dog and make a tax deductible donation toward medical and other expenses. Every cent of your generosity goes directly toward the care of a Sunshine dog.


Please click on the Donation link below to support SGRR!

Facts about Oscar

  • Breed: Flat-Coated Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2016-51

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Oscar, a New Canaan Flat-Coated Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Flat-Coated Retriever for sale in New Canaan, or seeking a Flat-Coated Retriever dog from a breeder in New Canaan.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in New Canaan already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a New Canaan breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Flat-Coated Retriever breeders who help with Flat-Coated Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in New Canaan paves the way for another one to be saved.