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My name is Nellie!

Labrador Retriever/Pointer Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Nellie
Photo 1 - Labrador Retriever/Pointer Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Nellie
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Photo 4 - Labrador Retriever/Pointer Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Nellie
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Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Facts about Nellie

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Pointer Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 2017-48
7/26/17 Foster Update: Nellie is doing so well in foster care! Her Foster Mom tells us, “Nellie is settling into our routine. She is such a gentle, easy girl! No accidents, sleeps and eats well. She has selected a special and most-private corner of the yard as her ‘big business’ bathroom. She is interested in toys and balls but we are not playing much due to her restricted activity from heartworm treatment right now. She reminds me of my previous Golden, wanting to stay close to you. She has started to trust that she will be fed and she gets along fine with resident dog Skyler. Someone will be very lucky to adopt her.”

* Introducing Nellie, a gentle and friendly senior girl with a sweet senior sugar face who found herself in the Central Baldwin County Shelter in AL. Nellie is a Lab mix estimated to be 7-8 years old. We suspect she may have some pointer in her family. She has subtle freckling on her legs, and she proudly prances around her foster’s yard in a nice rhythm, her tail straight out like a pointer. Nellie is oblivious to the fact that her tail currently has very little fur from a flea allergy, and her tail’s appearance does not concern her in the least.

Nellie is very friendly and affectionate, and we believe she once had her own family. She looks at the back door when she needs to go out for potty, then comes back in and sits looking at her foster, as if to say, “I was a good girl, where is my treat?” She is getting along well with the resident dog after some initial guarding of her dinner, but by the second day in her foster home this had stopped and the two are now hanging out together. Nellie enjoys sleeping on a dog bed, rides well in the car, and loves every kindness and bit of attention she receives.

Nellie is painfully thin, weighing 38 lbs. when she should be about 50 lbs. Her teeth are worn down and her coat is in poor condition. But with a medicated bath, good food, and her foster’s pampering she is looking and feeling better each day. She may be a little hard of hearing, or she may have selective hearing. We’re not yet sure. Nellie is receiving heartworm treatment and has already been vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed. She will be ready to head to her forever home in mid September. Nellie will be a sweet, gentle companion to the lucky human who wants to include her in daily activities, errands, and walks.

Rescued dogs come with a range of needs - from behavioral to emotional to medical. When approved applicants adopt such dogs, they agree to continue the rehabilitation we have begun. If you would like to be part of Nellie’s rescue story, and you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact the Adoption Committee to be considered to adopt Nellie.

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.