Adoption Territory

Our service territory includes the six New England States (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut) along with New York and New Jersey within the New York City Metro area. Our Mid-south territory includes West Tennessee, most of Arkansas — including Little Rock and the surrounding area — and North Mississippi — including the Jackson area. If you are interested in adopting a Golden Retriever and you are out of our service territory, please visit GRCA-NRC to find a rescue near you.

Waiting Period

Each adoption is different, causing the process to range from several months to less than a week. We understand how anxious our applicants are to adopt, and we make every effort to keep our process as smooth and efficient as possible. At the same time, however, we believe that little to be gained by cutting corners and rushing through the matching and adoption process. Adopting a dog is a major lifetime commitment and should be undertaken carefully and thoughtfully. If you feel that you must have a dog immediately, adopting from MAGRR may not be the best option for you to pursue.

On average, the time frame from filling out an application to being approved by MAGRR is four to six weeks depending on the availability of volunteers and number of applications.  Once approved, you can expect to be matched with a dog in about two – four months depending on availability.  Again, this can vary significantly due to an assortment of factors, including the following:

Home visit scheduling – Our volunteers work hard to be flexible, but often work schedules on both ends require visits to be held on weekends or evenings

Applicant readiness – Some of our applicants are not quite ready (emotionally or logistically) to bring a new dog home but want to be on our approved list for when the time is right. Others are just waiting for us to say the word, and they will be at our doorstep in a heartbeat!

Age, gender, and personality preferences – If you restrict yourself to waiting for the dog that meets your ideal specifications, you will most likely need to be patient.  Realistically, the “ideal” dogs do not come along all that frequently in rescue. Reducing your waiting period can be achieved if you are more willing to consider a male or female; an age range that may be a little older or younger than you originally had planned, or even a dog with some special TLC needs.

Adoption Fees

Because MAGRR has lost its largest corporate sponsor (due to new practices beyond the donor’s control) and is incurring rapidly rising medical costs, we regret that we must increase our adoption fees in order to continue to save our precious Golden Retrievers.  Because of the corporate sponsor, we have not had to increase fees since 2008.   After considerable research we believe our new adoption fees are now comparable to other Golden Retriever rescues as well as all-breed rescues. We accept credit cards through PayPal; however, all extra fees charged (usually between $10 – $25) will be passed along to the adopter.


Single Adoption$475
Bonded Pair$850
Seniors (8+) and Special Needs$300

Northeast (includes transportation-related fees)

Single Adoption$665
Bonded Pair$1115
Senior (8+) and Special Needs$465
Puppies up to 4 months:$925*

*This includes a $250 fee which will be refunded once we have proof of spay/neuter.

Typical Expenses** for Each Golden Retriever

**These costs are based on the average price of each item from six metro Memphis veterinary clinics.

Examination by a veterinarian$46.85
Vaccinations + Rabies$85.00
Wellness Blood Profile$106.17
Heartworm Treatment$819.17
Single dose of heartworm preventative$21.30

MAGRR also does special surgeries when indicated, for example, orthopedic, eye, tumor removal, dental or any other that is indicated.  MAGRR also provides hospital care and medication for any Golden Retrievers who come to us that are ill.  If other testing is indicated, that is also provided.  MAGRR spends an average of $1021.22 on each Golden Retriever, which includes monthly heartworm prevention for those in foster care and any special diet that is required.  This cost per dog also includes rechecks and extra medication that is needed.