Finding a Golden Retriever Rescue Shelter
A lot of people prefer the Golden Retriever breed because of its temperament and its looks. But instead of purchasing a Golden Retriever from a pet shop or a puppy mill, it’s much better for you to look for a golden retriever rescue shelter. If you purchase your new pet from puppy mills, you will only be encouraging them to breed more pets which no one can really afford to take care of. If you’re one of the few who can still afford to have a pet, don’t you think your home should give room to a golden retriever from a rescue shelter instead?
A very specific shelter?
The golden retriever is a popular enough breed that some shelters are actually focused on rescuing them, specifically. If you’re looking for a golden retriever to love, you should think about adopting one instead. There are ways for you to look for these shelters:
Personality match making?
- Online: these golden retriever shelters have websites and ads. You should be able to find a golden retriever shelter near your area if you haven’t found one yet. Just make sure that you’re actually contacting an animal rescue shelter and not a puppy mill or backyard breeder posing as a shelter.
- From local rescue shelters: If you can’t find a specific golden retriever shelter, you should ask your local rescue shelter for one that has this breed of dogs. Don’t worry because this is a very reasonable question to ask, and they won’t be surprised if you’re looking for a specific breed of dog already. Some shelters might not have golden retrievers not because the breed is rarely turned over to the shelter. Rather, some shelter groups distribute the animals according to breed to make taking care of them easier.
If you’re looking at a decent animal rescue shelter, you should look for one that will conduct a pet and owner match making test before they give away any dogs. This way, they can be sure that all rescue dogs go to a good home. Remember, although specific breeds have pretty generic temperaments, each dog still has its own personality. Some golden retrievers are born to be “leaders of the pack” while some are easier to train and are less aggressive. Shelters will only match a dog with an owner who can handle it well.
Once you’re in the shelter, you will also be asked a lot of questions that won’t necessarily have anything to do with your personality. This would include your lawn space, your work schedule, the number of kids you have at home, and your lifestyle. Shelters will need to know these things because golden retrievers are very active. They’re not meant to be contained in a small pen. Unless you have a big lawn and enough time to walk them every day, you might not be fit enough for this breed. Other Golden Retriever Dogs Care Needs
The golden retriever is a large breed, and it is also a long haired dog, which means that it would have dietary and grooming needs that may be more demanding compared to small dogs. Taking care of a large dog doesn’t just mean that you have to have a big lawn for your pet to move around. It also means that you have to have the budget to feed your pet. Your golden retriever will need two to three big servings of dry kibble alternated with home cooked dog food if you want your pet to be healthy. You also have to remember that some pets in the shelter have not grown into their adult years just yet. If you’re going to adopt a golden retriever as a puppy, you have to be sure that you’re prepared for vaccine shots, dog training (some may not even be potty trained yet) and special vitamin supplements. Does this sound like a lot of work for you?
As was said earlier, golden retrievers need to have a lot of exercise. If you live in an apartment, and you stay in that apartment all day long, you might not be fit to have a golden retriever as a pet. Golden retrievers are perfect for active families in big homes who have children. Retrievers are very good with children and they’re highly intelligent creatures with big hearts. If you’re worried that adopting a golden retriever might be harmful for the kids, think again. They might just be the perfect “extra family member” to balance the energies around the house out. If you have a son in grade school, giving him a golden retriever as a pet would let him stay out of trouble. You’d be able to teach him about responsibility without stripping off the fun in owning a pet dog. Retrievers are easy to train as pups and generally friendly and sociable dogs as adults. Why are retrievers popular, anyway?
Golden retrievers are popular guide dogs as well as family dogs. They usually reign in dog shows because their pick up is quick, but they’re not as possessive or arrogant as most German Shepherds. Unlike breeds that are usually used as police dogs, golden retrievers are “gentle protectors”. If you have a family member who is visually disabled, a golden retriever is the perfect companion for him/her. The retriever is also a very sensitive breed who is conscious of his/her master’s needs. Of course, a puppy golden retriever would not be good as a guide dog yet because it would be too active and distracted. If you’re out looking for good guide dogs, you should tell the shelter your needs. Sometimes, shelters take the initiative to train the dogs for special needs like this one. If the golden retriever is going to be a guide dog, the shelter might let you have it even if you don’t have a big yard. This is because the dog will be getting enough exercise, anyway, guiding its disabled master anywhere they need to go. Observation period
Be prepared to be under the lens, so to speak, for about two weeks after the adoption. If you’ve contacted a respectable animal shelter, they would make sure that you’re also doing your end by taking care of the dog well. They might ask to visit your home and check on the area where the dogs sleep or are allowed to play. Don’t get paranoid or be offended because this is only SOP for most shelters. Of course, they’d keep an eye on you. After all, they’ve rescued these dogs from very unsuitable owners in the past. They’re only responsible for finding a good home for it, now.