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My name is Mary Jane!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mary Jane
Photo 1 - Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mary Jane
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Photo 3 - Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mary Jane
Photo 4 - Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mary Jane
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Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Facts about Mary Jane

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 2017-17
7/18/17 Update: Sweet Mary Jane (MJ) is still waiting for her forever home, and we are amazed! She is a great dog who is smart and loves to learn, and training with her forever family to help her gain confidence would make her so happy! MJ would be a wonderful candidate for agility training or as your running partner, and she also loves to play fetch. Then she settles down nicely. MJ can be left alone for hours and sleeps or plays with her toys in her crate with the door open. Mary Jane is a beautiful dog with a happy spirit. She is in CT waiting for her home.

7/18/17 Update: Sweet Mary Jane (MJ) is still waiting for her forever home, and we are amazed! She is a great dog who is smart and loves to learn, and training with her forever family to help her gain confidence would make her so happy! MJ would be a wonderful candidate for agility training or as your running partner, and she also loves to play fetch. Then she settles down nicely. MJ can be left alone for hours and sleeps or plays with her toys in her crate with the door open. Mary Jane is a beautiful dog with a happy spirit. She is in CT waiting for her home.

7/18/17 Update: Sweet Mary Jane (MJ) is still waiting for her forever home, and we are amazed! She is a great dog who is smart and loves to learn, and training with her forever family to help her gain confidence would make her so happy! MJ would be a wonderful candidate for agility training or as your running partner, and she also loves to play fetch. Then she settles down nicely. MJ can be left alone for hours and sleeps or plays with her toys in her crate with the door open. Mary Jane is a beautiful dog with a happy spirit. She is in CT waiting for her home.

7/10/17 Foster Update: Mary Jane loves all humans, most dogs, and is a ball fanatic. This sweet and lively Lab may be younger than first thought, as her energy level is more that of a 3-year old dog than a senior. Yet, she is not destructive, never chews anything inappropriate, and is trustworthy when left alone. Best of both worlds!! Mary Jane is curious and loves to be included in her humans’ activities, and she will play fetch for as long as you are willing. Mary Jane has become such a good girl! She is very smart and likes to practice the new commands she has learned from her Foster parents.

Mary Jane has shown that she will love an active home. A fenced yard to run and/or a dog park, hikes or swimming, and possibly older children to play with would make this sweet, active Lab a very happy girl. She gets along fine meeting dogs at the dog park. She needs a slow introduction to some dogs, but has done great going away for weekends and spending time with family dogs. If she meets a dog she feels unsure about, she just needs a little extra time and is easily redirected. Mary Jane loves to hang out on the deck or in the grass and plays nicely by herself with her toys, inside or outside. Car rides are a joy to her. If you are looking for a lively and adoring companion to share an active lifestyle, please consider Mary Jane. We feel Mary Jane had a very sad past where no one taught her life could be good, and fun, and she wants to experience all of it!

Be sure to check out Mary Jane in her 2 videos. You can see what a happy dog Mary Jane is. In the
first video she is kissing her Golden Foster Sister.
The other shows Mary Jane’s second trip to the dog park, comfortable and happily carrying around
her tennis ball.

Mary Jane's Story: Mary Jane was in a rural LA shelter being treated for terrible neck wounds. No one could determine with certainty how she had been injured so badly. One vet suspected an animal had injured her, and another wondered about knife wounds! With courage and spirit, Mary Jane began her recovery with an AL vet. Her wounds healed nicely and we have found her to be a lovely, affectionate dog who will become a loving companion.

Mary Jane is a 7 year old female Labrador Retriever who is beautiful and almost always has a smile on her face. She is a classic lab with her gorgeous cream coat and gold ears, as well as her body structure, stance, and social personality. She has behaved well at the vet clinic when out in the yard, not barking or showing negative behavior toward other dogs. She loves to play with squeaky toys and Nylabones, and has a good amount of energy. Her favorite toy is a ball with holes in it that has treats stuffed inside. Oh, and now that she has discovered treats, they are a favorite of hers, and she takes them gently. She went on a car ride, jumping right in and riding like a princess, settling down and eventually falling asleep, relaxed in the back.

Mary Jane is a diamond in the rough who is just beginning to learn a dog’s life can be good. She deserves someone who will take time to teach her basic obedience and leash skills, and she will love a good amount of daily exercise. Being food motivated, we believe she will enjoy obedience training. She is a smart dog who wants to learn and please her humans. If you would like a walking partner who will turn heads, she is your girl!! This happy, social girl will be an amazing dog for someone who will help her grow to her full potential.

Mary Jane is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, has completed heartworm treatment, and is micro-chipped. At 65 lbs. she is still a little on the thin side. Don’t miss out on this pretty girl with the cream coat and joyous personality! She is being fostered in CT and would love to meet you.

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

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.