MAGRR understands circumstances arise where owners can no longer care for their dogs. The decision to give your Golden a second chance at a happy life is applauded and respected! As a safe and reassuring alternative to internet listings, newspaper advertisements or shelter abandonment, MAGRR has successfully placed over 2,000 Golden Retrievers in loving homes since 2001.

All MAGRR adopters are carefully screened and matched according to the individual needs of each dog. Having every Golden’s best interest in mind is at the heart of our cause, which also means we never release any of our dogs to shelters. You can feel confident that MAGRR will find the best possible home for your Golden.

Upon entry into our program, a MAGRR Golden receives a thorough examination from our veterinarians, including blood work, vaccinations, treatment, medication, and any necessary surgeries before going to a foster home. We supply monthly heartworm and flea preventative for every dog in our care. On average, MAGRR spends $1,022 per Golden to ensure that each is healthy, happy and prepared for adoption. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization; if at all possible, please consider making a (tax-deductible) donation before turning your dog over to us. This will help defray some of the expenses and enable us to continue saving Goldens in Memphis and surrounding areas.

MAGRR has never refused a Golden when the owner could not afford a donation, pay for veterinary care or provide proof of vaccinations, but please remember that it is the generosity of our donors that allows us to rescue, provide care and find happy homes for these Goldens. If you cannot make a donation at the time of surrender, perhaps you will remember us in the future.

It is important for MAGRR to have as much knowledge as possible regarding the needs of your Golden. Any information or documentation pertaining to your dog’s health and behavior will allow for a smoother transition into our program.


  • Email the intake team – Follow the link to get started. Include a brief description of your Golden, upload a photo and include a phone number where you can be reached.

  • Intake Profile Form – Fill out and print this document. Be as detailed as possible and present at the time of surrender.

  • Phone call – A MAGRR volunteer will call you and confirm arrangements to pick up your dog.

  • Transferring the dog – Please provide the intake volunteer with any previous vet records, current rabies certificate, present medications (including dosage instructions) and a completed profile form.