Adoption Application











"Due to a large volume of foster and adoption applications and a reduced number of incoming dogs, we are temporarily not accepting new applications. Please check back as the status will change.”
"Due to a large volume of foster and adoption applications and a reduced number of incoming dogs, we are temporarily not accepting new applications. Please check back as the status will change.”

"Due to a large volume of foster and adoption applications and a reduced number of incoming dogs, we are temporarily not accepting new applications. Please check back as the status will change.”

Please read these Gold Ribbon Rescue policies carefully before you fill out your application.

Age Eligibilty: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Fees: There is a $25 non-refundable Application Fee, we reserve the right to deny an application for any reason. The application fee does not apply to fostering. There is an adoption fee of $400.00 ($250.00 for a Senior Dog) less the application fee for approved applicants. If you are fostering and you decide to adopt that dog, the total adoption fee will be $400.00 or $250.00 for a senior dog.

Fences: GRR requires a fenced yard (dog parks do not qualify). If GRR makes an exception to allow an apartment dweller to adopt (or foster) without a fence; you must live on the ground floor or have access to an elevator for the dog. GRR does not accept an invisible fence as an appropriate fence. Additionally, GRR may consider placing a dog age 8 or older in a residence without a fence. Note: a slightly younger dog may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Children: Golden Ribbon Rescue no longer adopts dogs to families with children under the age of 8 years old (repeat adopters will be considered on a case by case basis). This also applies to fostering. This policy is for the benefit and safety of your children. Our goal is to set realistic expectations for prospective applicants.

Availability: We currently have a waiting list so the process can take from a week to several months depending on the type of dog you want. Please remember the more specific your criteria the longer it may take to find a dog for you. Factors such as young children, work schedules and lack of a fence may make some dogs unavailable to you. If you are looking for a dog quickly, then our program may not be right for you.

Resident Dog(s): Resident dogs must be neutered/spayed unless there is a legitimate medical reason.

Puppies: Dogs under 6 months old should not be left longer than 4-hour increments.

Service dogs: GRR does not place adoptive dogs to be service dogs for physical, mobility or psychological reasons.

Previous adopters: Require a new interview and/or home visit if 5 years have passed since last adoption (address change, new pets or family members will initiate new phone interview and/or home visit). Otherwise no interview or home visit needed up to 5 years, but there is an “at our discretion” clause that may require one or both to be completed sooner.

Out of state applicants: We cannot consider applicants outside the state of Texas due to the inability to complete the home visit portion of our interview process. We do not ship or transport dogs. If you are from Texas but outside of the Austin or San Antonio areas, and wish to work with us, you must be willing to drive to meet and adopt a dog. We must have a GRR Volunteer in your area who will be able to complete the home visit portion of the application process.

The agreement you sign when you adopt: This is a voided contract for an adult dog. Similar contracts are fashioned to meets the needs of a puppy and to a senior dog.

Important Note: Please be very careful to answer each question, should you skip an answer, you will need to press the back button on your browser to complete the question. You may keep typing at the end of a line to complete an answer if needed.

Note: Due to the reduced number of dogs in our system, there may be a lengthy wait. It may take us longer than "normal" to process your application due to restrictions for distancing, particularly in getting home visits assigned.
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