All dogs in the MAGRR program have received:
If this is your first time adopting from a rescue group, you may find the procedure to be a bit intimidating. Don’t sweat it! By filling out our adoption application, you are simply providing information that will give us insight as to what type of Golden will be suitable for your family; submitting the application does not obligate you to adopt from us. Once you have been approved, MAGRR will make suggestions and let you know which Goldens are appropriate matches for your home, but ultimately, the decision to proceed with an adoption is yours. Who knew rescuing a dog could be so complicated? Yes, there are certain eligibility requirements that an applicant must meet before they can be matched with one of our Goldens.
Please do not let these policies discourage you from rescue, our eligibility requirements are established out of love and concern for our sweet dogs, whose lives have been turned upside down, largely due to the carelessness of others. MAGRR is responsible for making the best possible decisions for their well-being; in short, we only allow them to leave good foster homes for the promise of even better forever homes. MAGRR is a non-profit organization; we are not out to make money off our Goldens. You will find that our adoption fee and policies are comparable with other reputable rescues. The adoption fee covers only a small fraction of our veterinary expenses.
Our website is updated frequently, however we cannot guarantee that all of the Goldens pictured are still available, as some are already being considered by other adopters. We make every effort to place each dog with the most suitable family, case by case, so we suggest providing as much detail as possible in your application before submitting it. Please double check to make sure your email address and phone number are correct on your application. We will begin reviewing your information and working to find the best possible match for your home!
- Is a Golden Right for You?
MAGRR only adopts dogs in Western Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and surrounding areas. We also adopt throughout the Northeast, because we have a support group. If you are not within these boundaries, please find a Golden rescue in your area.
Is a Golden Right for You?
Your Time & Companionship Goldens are outgoing “people” dogs. They need to be with, around, near, on the lap or underfoot of humans because they thrive on love and attention. In second hand Goldens these traits are often exaggerated. Consider your life-style and household schedule — do you travel a lot, do you work long hours, are you busy with your children’s activities? In other words, do you have time to give the love and attention a Golden needs?
Goldens need to have hard, consistent exercise daily (20-30 minutes twice daily) or they may have trouble adjusting to the calm housepet role expected by most owners. Dogs will not exercise by themselves. Their owners must interact with them. Goldens that do not get enough exercise can exhibit behavior problems such as inappropriate chewing, excessive barking, unruly behavior and digging. Fenced areas for safe exercise are a must! Senior Goldens also require daily exercise.
Goldens are active, exuberant, inquisitive, busy, nosy, large energetic dogs that need structure, consistency and clear rules to become well behaved. We highly recommend obedience classes or private lessons to teach your dog the skills needed so he/she can participate in family activities. A good beginner’s course costs between $100 and $150. Training is an essential investment for a fulfilling relationship.
Goldens should be brushed every other day and professional grooming costs $45 to $65 every 6-8 weeks. Goldens need to have their toenails cut regularly and most Goldens need to have their ears cleaned frequently; both tasks are simple for the dog owner to learn.
- Are Extremely tolerant of children but, like any other dog, teased, frustrated or physically harmed Goldens will growl and can bite. Goldens can be good family dogs but no dog should be left alone with young children.
- Have an average life span of 12 to 13 years although 15 year olds are not uncommon. Consider what your plans might be in five to twelve years. Will you still welcome the responsibility of a highly social dog when you have a baby, go back to work, have an “empty nest” when the kids go to college or when you retire and want to travel?
Don’t Get a Golden if
You want a fastidiously kept home. Goldens are a long, double-coated breed and they shed constantly. You will always find some dog hair around, especially on rugs, furniture, nicest clothes and, oh yes, occasionally in your food. Like any other dog, Goldens can get ticks and fleas and their paws will track dirt, mud and snow into the house. Goldens possess active tails, making clean sweeps of coffee tables.
You object to a dog having your personal or household articles in his mouth. Goldens are retrievers—genetically programmed to carry laundry, shoes, kids’ toys, socks, under-wear, etc., in the mouths.
You want a guard dog. Thought they may bark and growl defensively, when it comes to brass tacks, they’d just as soon kiss the intruder and show him to the silver cabinet!
Financial Commitment Goldens are not inexpensive to own. Are you prepared, in addition to the normal $1200 per year that it costs to own a Golden, to pay for any unexpected emergency medical bills. These could be up in the thousands.
Area of Adoption
MAGRR only adopts to applicants in the Mid-South Area (West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and Northern Mississippi) or the New England States and the State of New York.
MAGRR prefers that the applicant have a fenced yard attached to the house; however, each is dealt with on a case by case basis.
You must be willing to take your Golden to obedience training and/or work with a trainer if it is the recommendation of MAGRR as a condition of adopting.
Applications must be in the name of the person who will actually own the Golden MAGRR will not accept applications from one person on behalf of a second party. We do not adopt Goldens as gifts. The actual owner must be involved in the adoption process.
Email and Computer Access
You must have an email address and access to a computer because we are an all volunteer organization and do not have a facility. As much communication is done via email prior to the telephone interview.
- Mid-South Adopters
Adopting a Golden from MAGRR is very special…for you, for us, and for the dogs! From the moment they enter our program, until the day they reach your loving arms, these Goldens are our babies, so we have taken many precautions to ensure that the right dog is matched with the right family. Here is how our adoption process works:
- We ask that you first fill out, with as much detail as possible, the online or printable adoption application. We must have an application on file before we can discuss any of our Goldens. Our application is lengthy, but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to help you select the appropriate dog for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
- Next, we check your veterinarian references and review your application. Vet references are important because they are an indicator as to how a perspective adopter will care for their new Golden. Heartworm preventative is extremely important, as approximately 40% of the Goldens entering the MAGRR program are heartworm positive. The treatment is very expensive to MAGRR as well as painful and stressful for the dogs. We do check your references so please notify your vet’s office that a representative from MAGRR will be calling and give your permission to release the information to us.
- After reviewing the application and talking with your vet, we will call you for a brief phone interview, and to schedule a time for one of our volunteers to do a home visit. These take anywhere from 1/2 to one hour, and this helps us get to know you better. Often, a volunteer will bring one of their personal dogs to observe your interaction and to give you an idea of the commitment that you are making. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions.
- Once the home visit is complete, the volunteer will discuss the visit with our adoption team. Our adoption coordinator will contact you to discuss the various Goldens in our program and which ones would fit your lifestyle. You will then be put in contact with some of the foster families.
- Once you and the foster team have agreed on an appropriate dog, you will be required to pay the adoption fee and sign our MAGRR contract. This process takes time so please don’t get in a hurry. We won’t hurry the process.
- Then, you begin to love that angel wrapped in golden fur, and the new life begins!
- Northeast Adopters
Pet overpopulation is a tragic problem in the South, where there are no spay and neuter laws and dogs are often left to roam. High kill shelters have been known to gas stray animals within days of receiving them, just to make room for more.
The Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue works with shelters in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas to save Goldens on “death row” and provide them with a second chance at a happy life. Since there are not enough homes for the ever-growing number of homeless animals in the Memphis area, MAGRR looks to New England for help with adoptions.
Over the last few years, our network of support in the Northeast has grown tremendously! Each month, more and more of our Goldens are being adopted to New England. We are forever grateful to these wonderful families who put their faith in our “blind adoptions” and continue to help us by promoting MAGRR in their hometowns.
“From Memphis with Love”
A Note from Phyl Simmons
Board member, Bev Hart, was driving up to visit her family and agreed to allow Sadie and Nash along for the ride. It was the start of something wonderful on that historic day in 2002! MAGRR was less than a year old and so began her long and rewarding association with New England.
Not many Goldens made their way north until GRROWLS Board Member, Jenny O’Brien, found her way to Memphis. MAGRR quickly recruited her to help locally and she became a wonderful addition to our group here; little did we know that she would also be that catalyst for a great association with the Northeast! With her contacts, we were on our way. We have worked with GRROWLS and Peppertree in NY and thus begin the migration in earnest. Lise Kirk helped us get started in Maine and from there news of our special organization spread across the New England states. Since that time we have forged a wonderful working relationship with Delaware Valley Golden Rescue in PA.
In 2006, MAGRR New England was born, spreading Golden love across the New England states and even a couple of our Goldens have made it over the border into Canada. MAGRR New England can now use our own people to perform the onsite visit which others graciously did for us in the beginning. As of January 2010, 262 Southern charmers have gone to their forever homes in the North.
It is with love in our hearts and tears in our eyes that we put these special friends on the transport for their journey to their new families. The only way that our foster families can say goodbye to them is because they know that they are starting their new and amazing lives. I am always anxious until I get that phone call saying, “we have him/her and we are in love.” After all, it truly is about the Golden. MAGRR has always had the attitude that we are here to find the perfect home for our Goldens, and not a Golden for every applicant. It takes a special love and trust for our applicants to love these Goldens, sight unseen, and trust us to send them their new and special family member. This is an awesome responsibility that we do not take lightly. To all of our special and awesome adopters, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our Goldens are loved from the very minute that we even know about their need. Each Foster sends a piece of their heart along with their charge.
Thank you to all who make this mission possible from our fabulous Intake Team, to the chatty and always introspective telephone interviewers and the wonderful MAGRR adopters who visit applicants in the North. This allows our very competent and hardworking Adoption Coordinator, Carole Scruggs, to place these angels in the right home.
When we say “From Memphis with Love” we truly mean LOVE.
Very Important information
Please take the time to read and understand it.
If you have any questions about our adoption policy, please ask! Please remember that we are volunteers, who, in addition to doing our best to find homes for these precious dogs, have families, homes, and careers that we are trying to maintain as well. For obvious reasons, a Long Distance Adoption takes more time than a local adoption, but the outcome is definitely worth the wait! Our procedures are as much for your benefit as they are for the Golden’s. A MAGRR adoption requires patience and cannot be rushed!
This is a Blind Adoption …meaning, you are adopting a Golden that you have never met.
Unless you personally choose to make travel arrangements, you will only get to know this dog through pictures, email, and by speaking with the foster family. If you have any reservations about this, then a long distance adoption is probably not for you. You must be committed to the Golden before he travels 1000+ miles to get to you. The journey can be confusing and stressful for the Golden, so before we put him/her on the transport, you MUST be absolutely certain that this is your new family member.
MAGRR always has the Golden’s best interest at heart and will provide you with as much detail as possible when describing the personality, habits, and behavior of the dog that you are considering. We will NEVER intentionally mislead you. Once your Golden arrives, it may take a few days for him/her to get acclimated. You can expect panting, pacing, and possibly even an accident in the house as he/she adjusts to the changes of a new environment. These are normal signs of stress and should subside within a few days as your Golden begins to feel at home.
If you have carefully considered all of this information and would like to proceed with a MAGRR adoption, continue reading the information below. Be aware that these procedures are based on legal requirements to protect everyone concerned.
MAGRR does not adopt to first time dog owners with children under the age of 8.
- Adoption Fee- $300
- Health Certificate- $50
- Transport- $125
- Alpha Dog Transport, LLC
- USDA approved
- Dogs travel with US Health Certificate
- 2-Week minimum foster requirement
Sending us an Application
- Application received by MAGRR
- If you currently own/owned a pet within the last 3 years, we will call your veterinarian for verification. Please inform your vet that a representative from MAGRR will be calling and give permission to release your information.
- Telephone Interview — You can anticipate a phone call from one of our Adoption Team members to discuss MAGRR and the long distance adoption process. Do not feel intimidated, this is a good opportunity for you to ask questions or address any concerns. (And southerners just love to chat!)
- Home Visit — We will notify you via email when your Home Visitor has been selected. It may take a while for us to find a previous adopter in your area. In some cases, another rescue group will perform this task for us. The Home Visitor will contact you directly to schedule the visit.
- After the home visit, your application will be passed to our Adoption Coordinator who will begin the search for the perfect Golden for your family.
- Click here to begin the application
Once an appropriate match has been agreed upon, the Adoption Process is as follows.
- Adoption– An “Adoption Instruction” email will be sent to you with the proper way to complete the paperwork to finalize the adoption.
- Transport– The ground transportation company has an air conditioned/heated trailer with secured crates. It is a safe way for the doggies to travel.
- Transport Leaves Memphis on Friday Morning & arrives in the Northeast on Saturday
See Alpha Dog Transport for schedules and stops. You must meet the transport at the appropriate stop and phone a MAGRR representative when your new Golden arrives. More instructions will be provided once your adoption has been finalized.
Follow-Up You are now part of the MAGRR Family! We will love pictures and periodic updates on how your Golden is doing. We are very attached to our sweet Goldens, even those who travel far to begin their new lives, and want only the best possible homes for them. We expect to keep up with them throughout their lives. We will smile at the pictures that you send, laugh at the stories that you tell, and someday, a very long time from now, weep with you when your Golden is gone. Your updates are our sweetest rewards.