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My name is Mate!

Golden Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mate
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Mate's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, and not good with cats.

Mate's Story...
9/6/17 Foster Update: Dear Mate has settled into his foster home after several days of being stressed by the recent upheaval in his life. He is now sleeping through the night and is a very good boy if left alone in the house, which happens for a couple hours at most. His favorite thing is to be near his humans. He is very content with short walks and being near his people, in the yard or house. He has met the neighborhood children and sits happily while being petted, and has met several dogs amicably. He had one meeting with a potential adopter’s younger, large male Golden that did not go well. Mate showed us that he really does not like other male dogs too up-close-and-personal and will stand his ground. Sadly, Mate had a vet checkup and tested positive for heartworm, after testing negative in the South. This happens occasionally and so Mate is beginning heartworm treatment with his caring foster family in CT. If you would like to give Mate his forever home as soon as he is ready, please ask for him. He is a handsome, loving Golden who deserves all the attention he craves.

Mate's Story: Mate is a 10-year old Golden Retriever whose personality is classic Golden through and through. He is a tall and handsome Southern gentleman at 70 lbs. He loves to be near his humans and is as sweet, affectionate, and trusting as a Golden can be. He has lived most of his life with one family in AL, having been adopted as a rescue when he was 1-1/2 years old. He has been well cared for and needs a forever family for his retirement years only because his current family’s circumstances have changed and he is alone too much. In fairness to Mate, they knew the best thing for him would be to move to a home where he will receive the love and attention he has known. Mate is hoping for a home where his humans will be home with him most of the time.

Mate is as easy in his personality as he is easy to love. He is great with kids. He has lived with the family’s children age 5-19, as well as several foster children in a group home where he has spent much time. He knows commands sit, come, stay and walks well on a leash. He is accustomed to a fenced yard but not lots of car rides as he will stand in the car while riding. He does not care for large dominant dogs getting in his face and will stand up to them rather than be submissive, although he lived amicably with a small dog as well as a female Golden at one point. Mate stayed briefly with an adopter in New England but he and the resident small dog did not get along, especially when the little dog was allowed to sleep on the bed but Mate was not! Cats are not an option for Mate as he chases them with glee. Mate is crate trained and will spend time in a crate if he must, although he does not love a crate and we feel he would be just fine without one. He is afraid of thunder but not destructive. If he can be close to his person and get some hugs he feels comforted.

Mate is vaccinated, neutered, and micro-chipped and being fostered in CT, and would love to meet you!

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 Mate's rescue story, and you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact the Adoption Committee to be considered to adopt Mate.

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 Mate

  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2017-45

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Mate, 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.