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My name is Ebony!

Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Ebony
Photo 1 - Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Ebony
Photo 2 - Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Ebony
Photo 3 - Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Ebony
Photo 4 - Flat-Coated Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Ebony
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Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Facts about Ebony

  • Breed: Flat-Coated Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 2016-121
Ebony was found roaming around in Baldwin County AL, along with her 6 puppies. A humane trap was set to capture the little family and they were brought to the local shelter. The dogs were all in fairly good condition and at good weights so it does not seem like they were out on their own long. When she first came to our rescue, sweet Ebony was very depressed and did not eat for several days. We wondered if she was possibly missing her person as it surely seems that she was once someone’s pet. We can't help but wonder… where was Ebony’s family and why was there no one frantically searching for their beloved pal and her puppies? Had they worn out their welcome? This tender soul was in a very scary and dangerous situation, in a southern shelter with a high euthanasia rate. And, being black in coloring, the color least adopted, Ebony's life was in danger. Although Ebony did not deserve this disloyalty from her family, she holds no grudge and is is ready to move on to the next chapter in her life.

Ebony's advocate at the vet's office shares, "She's doing so good now! She's eating for us and letting us love on her. Every morning she wags her tail and is looking for her breakfast when we get here! I even caught her eating with food on her nose - it was the cutest thing so I took a picture! She is shy and timid at first, but warms up when she gets to know you. She is walking around and following us everywhere! She hates the leash and won't move at all when she has a leash on her, but she will follow us out to the yard, do her business outside, and follow us back inside. A fenced yard would definitely be her best bet! I think she would do great in a calmer environment, but with time, she'll be an amazing pet for anyone in most any situation! It takes her some time to get used to things, so as long as the adopters are patient, work with her, and take their time, it will work out great!"

Ebony weighs about 55 pounds, is about 3 years old, and is believed to be a Flat Coated Retriever mix. Since she was abandoned by her "mate" and left to raise a brood of pups on her own, Ebony now wants to be the center of her humans' world. She will happily share her home with kitties, but she would do best as an only dog. She has been fully vetted, spayed, micro-chipped and is now under treatment for heartworm. Ebony will be ready to travel north to be directly adopted in mid-November.

If you are approved to adopt through SGRR and your specialty is TLC, please contact Donna to be considered to adopt Ebony.

Note: 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!

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.