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My name is Murphy!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Murphy
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Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Facts about Murphy

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2016-97
I am going to be Fostered With Intent to Adopt!

9/25/16 Update : Almost finished with heartworm treatment, handsome Murphy is getting lots of TLC and cuddles in his Foster home. He has been cat tested and did well — he gently licked the kitty. He gets along with the resident senior dog, and rides very nicely in the car. Murphy has a nice energy level and bounds up and down the 5 steps of the deck to the back yard, even with three legs. You can see Murphy watching a squirrel and easily trotting around and happily exploring in the back yard, in his video!

Murphy's Story: Murphy is as sweet as a Yellow Lab can be. He was found as a stray in AL in early August and brought to a shelter. No one came to claim him and so Sunshine was called to help him. Murphy is about 8 years old and was very underweight when we first met him. He was wearing a collar that must have been from his time as someone’s pet, but it was hanging loosely around his neck, indicating he had been on his own quite a while. Murphy has three legs, suggesting that someone also cared enough to have one leg surgically removed for something that happened in his past. Anyone who has known a “tripod dog” knows that this is not a big problem for a dog (some say dogs have three legs and a spare). Murphy looks a little clumsy at times, but he gets around just fine and is in no pain.

Murphy is not saddened by anything that might have happened in his past though. This boy is happy and smiling and always in good spirits. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him, whether it be at the shelter, vet clinic, or foster home. He has great house manners and can be left on his own when alone without crating. He likes to talk to you at times, enjoys his food and treats, and he especially likes a soft dog bed or the sofa, if invited up.

Because Murphy was in poor condition and quite underweight when we first knew him, he had to gain some weight and then go through slow heartworm treatment with the oversight of a cardiologist. He is now up to a perfect 65 lbs, is neutered, and doing very well! He is recovering nicely and will be ready to go to his forever home in mid to late October. If you would like to add a loving, happy, well-behaved Lab who will capture your heart to your life, please consider Murphy.

If you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact the Adoption Committee to be considered to adopt Murphy.

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!

About Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

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 www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com Your help will be extremely appreciated!!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our available Goldens and Golden Mixes are listed on our website, www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com

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 www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com

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.