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My name is Nova!

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

Nova's Info...

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

Nova's Story...
Update from Foster in MA: "Oh, this boy is just the most awesome dog ever! I am enjoying him so much! I think he is more golden than my Goldens! :)

I don't think I've heard him bark yet. He is sweet and docile, yet spirited when he wants to be. At first, he seemed kind of indifferent to the tennis ball, but now he's going after it with my two dogs, and he is just a joy to watch in his exuberance. He runs like the wind, and boy, can he jump! When he manages to get the ball first, he brings it back and drops it at my feet. I guess he knows he will get to chase it again! :)

He has a tremendous appetite and eats fast, so he needs something to slow him down. He is such a doll baby, such fun, and absolutely gorgeous to boot. And he is quite a cuddle bug! He snuggles right up to me on the couch. Oh, be still, my heart! I have to keep telling myself, "Sue, you're only babysitting!" Someone is going to be SO lucky to adopt him!"

Nova's Story: Nova is a handsome Golden mix who was an owner turn in at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, a high kill shelter in MS. Knowing owner turn-ins are the first to be euthanized in overcrowded shelters, the poor woman was hysterical dropping him off, but her landlord told her to get rid of the dogs or be evicted. SUPER NOVA lived with cats, another dog, and kids. His foster mom tested him herself while at the shelter to confirm his behavior since dogs, cats and kids were all there. Nova was actually afraid of the cats and very respectful. And he was the same way with both big dogs and little dogs.

On the way to his foster home, Tammy stopped with Nova to get him something to eat. She reported that he ate his hamburger very gently. She had to lift him into the car but he rode very nicely once they got going. “He is a sweet, tender, GORGEOUS dog. He loves to be petted. He loved playing with a ball but it was like he hadn't been paid much attention because he was awkward and clumsy with it. At the vet’s office, he stared at himself in the reflective window on the way in and was scared. But looked back at me for reassurance, and when I said his name, he walked on in with me. Nova makes GREAT eye contact! He needs work on his leash skills but he minds very well and will respond quickly to training. He is just so awesome!"

We estimate Nova to be about 18-24 months old and he weighs about 50 pounds, but needs to gain a few pounds. If you have lots of love and time to dedicate to help Nova learn the ropes, he will repay you with a lifetime of devotion! He really just wants to please. He would do well in a home with a self-assured dog who he can learn from. Nova has been neutered, brought up-to-date on vaccinations, and is micro-chipped. Since he tested positive for heartworm, he is under heartworm treatment and will be ready to go to his forever home in mid-to-late July. Our teenage volunteer who walks the dogs at the vet clinic, where Nova is being treated told us, " Casanova is a doll. I am in love with him! He has a great personality and he likes to give hugs! He does have a lot of energy, but he is so sweet and so loving!

His foster mom tells us, “NOVA is the most spectacular and loving dog ever! He is my favorite of all my fosters dogs, but don't tell the others!”

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

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

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 Nova

  • Breed: Golden Retriever Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2016-65

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Nova, a New Canaan Golden Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Golden Retriever for sale in New Canaan, or seeking a Golden 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 Golden Retriever breeders who help with Golden Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in New Canaan paves the way for another one to be saved.