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My name is Dena and Doc!

Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Dena and Doc
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Dena and Doc's Info...

I am already spayed, housetrained, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.

Dena and Doc's Story...
We have an Adoption Pending but hope you will consider one of our other great dogs. Thank you!

Doc & Dena are a pair of Golden mixes from Baton Rouge, LA. The individual who relinquished this pair claims to have “found” them during the flooding back in August 2016. Why they kept the dogs for 7 months, we have no idea. We suspect their story may not be entirely true as they turned in 6 dogs at the same time, to the shelter. The dogs had all been kept in an outside pen and were all in horrid shape when they first arrived. In fact, 2-year-old Dena was in such terrible condition that the vets initially thought that she was a senior dog! Since coming to our rescue in early March, both Dena and Doc have been receiving a ton of TLC and are nearly ready to find their forever homes.

Estimated to be about 2 years old and weighing in at 44 lbs., Dena is adorable and sweet, and she is very bonded to Doc. When the pair initially came to SGRR, they spent some time in a foster home before beginning heartworm treatment, at our vet's office. The foster family shared that while both dogs were afraid to come inside at first, Dena quickly adjusted to being allowed to come in and up on the couch to cuddle! She would also follow the humans around as they moved from room to room.

Doc is estimated to be about 5 years old and weighs about 53 lbs.. He is shy and reserved when first meeting new people and needs time to gain trust in the humans caring for him. Despite that he was living in less-than-ideal conditions, there is something in his former life that he is missing terribly, be it a human or canine friend. When Doc goes to his forever home, we suspect that he will have a transitional period of settling in. His humans must be relaxed and patient, and need to give Doc the time he needs to adjust. Once a relationship based on trust, respect, and understanding is established, he will progress and unpack his baggage. What a beautiful thing that will be to experience!

Doc & Dena are good with other dogs, spayed/neutered, up to date on their vaccinations, and micro-chipped. They are finishing up their heart worm treatment and will be ready to travel north to their forever home in late June. If you are approved to adopt through SGRR and would like a wonderfully, sweet pair of companions, please contact Donna to be considered to adopt Dena and Doc.

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 Dena and Doc

  • Breed: Golden Retriever Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 2017-14 and 2017-13

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Dena and Doc, 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.