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Adoption Application

(If you haven’t already done so, please be certain to read how to complete the application process to be approved to adopt.)

We appreciate your interest in our organization and should you choose to apply with DVGRR, please keep in mind that, as a rescue, we don’t often have perfect dogs. We have dogs that have been rescued… but these dogs can become perfect with love, patience, training and exercise!

The dogs available for adoption are contingent upon those relinquished to us, so there is an ongoing ebb and flow of dogs in our program. If you decide to purchase a Golden Retriever puppy instead, please visit for reputable breeders. Puppies that are sold at pet stores and from backyard breeders often do not have genetic clearances for conditions inherent to Golden Retrievers (or similar breeds) such as hip or elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, heart conditions, and bleeding disorders.

Before completing this application, be sure you have familiarized yourself with our Eligibility Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Adoption, current adoption fees, and Adoption FAQs. You will be asked to confirm that you have reviewed these items at the end of the application. If you have any questions about our adoption policies and procedures, please feel free to contact us ( or 717-484-4799) before proceeding further with the application.
Note: There is a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee to help offset administrative costs, which you will be prompted to remit after successful submission of your online application. Should your application be decline or withdrawn by you for any reason, your application fee will not be refunded. Payment must be received before your application is reviewed. Upon clicking “Submit,” if you are returned to the top of this page, there is a problem with your application. Please scroll down to find missing field(s) (highlighted) and complete it/them. When your application is correctly completed, you will automatically be re-directed to remit the processing fee. If you have any other problems with the online form submission, please email to request a PDF version that you can complete.

The completion of this form does not guarantee adoption of a dog from DVGRR. Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for processing.

DVGRR requests what may seem to be a lot of information, but our goal is to find the right fit for you and for our dog. We ask about your home, interests, and lifestyle and then work to have that coincide with our dog’s social, exercise, and training needs. We want to bring you and a dog together through education and discovery, and accomplish this through our conversations (email and telephone) to make this a positive experience and a permanent home for one of our great dogs.

Adoption Application Form