Frequently Asked Questions
What is Golden
We are a group of volunteers that
find unwanted, abused, and neglected Golden Retrievers and give them a
chance to live in a loving home.
IEGRR get Golden Retrievers?
get Goldens from shelters that have received them. We also get them from
families that must relinquish ownership due to personal hardship. In 1997
we received and placed over 25 Golden Retrievers from a raid on a local
How do I adopt a Golden Retriever?
First you contact IEGRR. Then if we have a dog in the program that we think is right for
you, we will visit with you at your house. We will bring the dog to see
how it gets along with you and your family and at the same time we will
inspect the house to make sure it meets our criteria. If everything is ok,
we will ask you to sign a contract outlining our requirements for
What should I know about Golden Retrievers?
They are part of
the Sporting Group. Males weigh from 70 to 85 lbs. Females weigh from 55
to 70 lbs. Their long hair requires brushing and yes, they shed. Goldens
are eager to please and they learn quickly. Training classes are fun for
both the dog and handler
How long does a Golden Retriever live?
They can live up to
15 years, however 10 to 12 is average
Why does IEGRR charge a fee?
We charge $150.00
as a rule. This covers our medical and foster expenses. We make sure each
dog is up to date on its shots and microchiped. Obviously we must feed and
house each dog. The fee covers our expenses, although sometimes we end up
putting out more than the fee.
What if I canít keep my adopted Golden Retriever?
This is rare, but
if it happens we require that the dog be surrendered back to the IEGRR.
This is also part of our adoption contract.
Do you ever get puppies?
Usually not. Most
dogs are at least 3 years old. But we do sometimes get dogs as young as 1
year. The only time we received puppies was after the raid on the Bergman
Are the dogs sterilized?
Yes. If dogs come
to us intact, we always spay or neuter them prior to adoption. We believe
that breeding dogs by other than reputable breeders just adds to the
problems that lead to unwanted and neglected dogs.
Are Goldens good with kids?
Yes. Most Goldens
are well tempered and love interacting with people. We do, however,
encourage adoptive families to enroll in obedience training. Besides
ensuring the dogs behavior, it is a great way to have fun with the dog.
Do you have to have a fenced yard to adopt a Golden
Yes. Goldens are
extremely friendly and some want to meet everyone in the neighborhood.
Rescue dogs may have come from a home where they were not well treated and
therefore, may have a tendency to wander. We are always willing to
consider each situation individually, however.
What should I consider prior to adoption?
Size Ė some people
donít realize how large a Golden can get. The dogs need to be in an
environment where they can run and play. Goldens require grooming and they
shed their long hair all year. Any pet will cost money, you must consider
the cost of shelter, food, vet bills, dog toys, and equipment.