Adoption Information

Thank you for choosing Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue for your rescued Golden. We try very hard to ensure our rescued Goldens are in foster homes prior to adoption so we can learn more about their temperament, their habits, their likes, and dislikes.  We make every effort to place our rescued Goldens in their forever home that is appropriate for their needs.  

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a rescued Golden, please fill out the TVGRR Adoption Application online. The application fee is $20 and can be paid via PayPal or check (sent to our PO Box). If you are interested in fostering, please read the information in Getting Involved.

Both foster and adoptive families must go through the same approval process. This entails a vet check (if you have a vet) and a home visit. If you are out of the East TN area, we try to work with other local rescues to complete the home visit. We do not adopt to residents of Hawaii or out of the United States.  

Once we receive the application and complete the vet check, an applications coordinator will be in touch with you either by phone or email (please make sure both are correct!).  Please allow up to 3-5 days for the coordinator to contact you as we are all volunteers with full time jobs. Rescue is our hobby because we love the dogs!

Every dog that is adopted is current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, tested for heartworms, and given a general checkup. If the dog has tested positive for heartworms, TVGRR will treat the dog. We do not x-ray hips, nor do we guarantee the age of the dog, or the health status. Many of the dogs we rescue are strays, consequently we do not have a history for the dog.


Once you adopt a dog, we have a 7-day return policy and your adoption fee will be refunded if you decide this is not the right dog for you. To return the dog you must contact your applications coordinator.

Upon adoption, you will be asked to sign a contract. If you would like to review a sample of the adoption contract please use this link: TVGRR Adoption Contract.

About 2-3 months after adoption, one of our volunteers will contact you to make sure everything is going well.

We do encourage you to stay in contact with us and let us know how your new furry friend is doing! We love pictures and happy endings!


Our adoption fees are as follows:

*Effective October 1st our Adoption Fees under each age range will increase by $50. This increase was necessary due to increased veterinary costs for new mandated shots.


 Dogs under 4 years
 $300.00
 Dogs 4-7 years  $250.00
 Dogs 8-10 years  $175.00
 Dogs over 10 years  $100.00

If you have any questions, please contact
Karin Jessen

Please click on this link for the TVGRR Adoption Application.

Contact Information

  • Email: rescue@tvgrr.com
  • Telephone: 855-558-3100
  • Address:  P.O. Box 32973
  •                Knoxville, TN 37930