Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Adoption Info

You must be a resident of North Carolina to adopt one of our dogs.  If you live more than three hours from the Raleigh-Durham area, adopting from us may be challenging.

We are so glad you are choosing to adopt a rescue dog and have found NRGRR. Because of the popularity of this breed we receive far more applications than we have dogs in our program. If you are beginning your application process today and you are interested in a specific dog on our website, chances are, the dog will have been adopted by the time we complete your application process. Be patient. Our volunteers are committed to ensuring that every dog finds the perfect home.

The decision to place one of our dogs into an adoptive home is our most important work. We reserve the right to deny any application and we do not operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Our goal is to find the absolute best forever home for our dogs with the best adoptive family.

Our application fees are non-refundable. Start your search by completing the application. Once you submit your application, you will be directed to a payment link. Approved applications are good for one year from the date of approval.  
Once your payment and application have been received, it will be reviewed. Vet and personal references will be contacted. A home visit by one of our volunteers may be needed. ALL family members must be present for the home visit.

We host a Meet and Greet event on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the AniMall store in Cary Towne Center Mall. Check the Our Dogs page for available dogs. Come to our Meet and Greet events to meet our volunteers and our dogs.

If you do not have access to email, call us at (919) 676-7144 and leave your contact information. A volunteer will call you back within a few days and send an application to you and you can mail it to us. Please be aware that this extends the time for approval.

Our application and adoption fees (Effective May 1, 2015):

Application Fee:  $30

Adoption Fees:
8 weeks - 1 year  $400 
1 year, 1 day - 4 years  $350
4 years, 1 day - 9 years  $300
Senior - 9 years, + 1 day  $150
 Seniors to seniors* No Fee 

 *Senior dogs 9 years, + 1 day for approved applicants who are 65 years and older

Adoption fees help cover expenses, averaging over $800 per dog. This includes vet care, vaccinations, microchip, spay/neuter, heartworm and flea and tick preventatives and other care as needed such as heart worm treatment, diagnostics, surgery, medications or training costs as required by individual dogs.

Click here to fill out and submit your application. Please be prepared to fill out the form in one sitting. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, so please have appropriate phone numbers and reference check information with you before you begin. Be concise when you are answering questions on the form. If you have problems with the form, let us know by contacting us at:

Thank you again for your interest in adopting one of our dogs.


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P.O. Box 37156 Raleigh • NC 27627 • Phone: 919-676-7144