We at YGRR are grateful to have been making excellent matches of wonderful dogs with loving homes for over 30 years and are excited to be exploring new ways to be of even better service.
In the interests of expediting our matching process, we have created this private page to allow you, our Approved Applicants, to view our dogs as they complete their health screenings and behavioral assessments and become available for adoption.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER GOLDEN RETRIEVERS: Due to the high transport costs associated with our International Golden rescue initiative, effective immediately there will be a $400.00 Transport Fee added to the normal Adoption Fee for an International Golden. This fee represents a small fraction of the expense YGRR incurs, but will hopefully help us to continue this program which has made so many dogs and adopters so very happy.
To learn more about a dog you see here, click on the dog’s picture and a brief description will appear. If a dog interests you, we would be happy to discuss in greater detail that dog’s likelihood of being a match for your goals and lifestyle. Dogs are made available for adoption after we assess their behavior and medical needs. Some dogs may be matched with applicants before being listed on this page.
You can reach a YGRR Adoption Counselor by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 978-568-9738.
We look forward to helping you find a great match and helping these lovely dogs find their forever family!
5 year old spayed female Golden-At-Heart (89 pounds)
Wink-wink! I’m totally a golden! Can’t you tell!? No? Well you must be blind!! I mean, I do have a shorter coat…but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to grow a fluffy coat. What I lack in fluff, I make up for in love and I can’t wait to have a family that loves me back. I was from a tough situation where I was yelled at a lot, wasn’t exercised enough, and was the mother of a couple litters. Sometimes I can be a little skeptical of meeting strangers, but it’s because I’m not sure what they’re going to do to me. Are they going to be nice? Are they going to yell? I’d like somebody that can support me and show me that people are okay. Once I get to know you, I’m a total love muffin. I could just hang out with you all day!
I love to go for long walks in the woods, I love to eat treats (counter-productive for the whole weight thing, I know) and I love to take pictures! I am advocating for today’s girls! You don’t all have to look like a skinny little barbie ladies! Curves are IN!
You know what I think I’m mixed with? A FISH! Or a dolphin maybe? No…probably a beluga whale. That’s more fitting. Either way…I LOVE to swim!
If you already have another dog in your home, that’s fine with me. I’ve been pretty good with the dogs I’ve met so far. Playing helps me shed some LB’s! I didn’t used to be a player, but I realized…if I want my summer body by next year, I must start doing SOMETHING! I hang out with another dog here everyday and we have fun together. Maybe my new home can have a buddy for me?
Contact the adoption office so we can start working on our beach bodies together! I’ll be here hanging out and looking cute.
Lacey & Tally:
12 year old spayed females, Golden Mix (80 pounds) and Lab Mix (65 pounds)
You won’t find another pair quite like us! We may be older, but we both have our goofy moments that will keep a smile on your face. True to our age though, we are pretty mellow and enjoy regular naps so if you’re looking for some low-key girls, we are the choice for you!
You see, our owner passed away and we were brought to the MSPCA. YGRR is known for going above and beyond for senior golden care so the MSPCA didn’t hesitate to call them so we could get the best care possible! Since arriving, we’ve had senior x-rays and bloodwork done, vaccines taken care of, and of course, a spa day! We even had some dental work done so our smiles are extra pretty. Besides being overweight, Lacey has a clean bill of health. Tally is on a prescription diet for her kidneys and a couple pills, but is otherwise in good shape.
We are looking for a home together to live out our retirement days. We won’t ask for much in new home, just somebody that will love us for whatever time we have left. Since we are seniors, keep in mind that lots of stairs or uncarpeted floors may be harder for us navigate as we continue to age. Other than that, we are content with a loving hand and a soft place to sleep.
7 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (98 pounds)
Hello, my name is Bobo and I am a big ol’ doofus of a dog – there’s no hiding that. Not in the dumb way, but in the fun, silly kind of way! Do you like tennis balls? Well, I love them. And food. Food is great! And people too, people are just awesome! I’m a happy-go-lucky boy and I want a family to share my love with.
It’s hard to tell in my photo, but I’m missing an essential golden feature – a fluffy tail. I had one once, but sadly it got caught on something while was in Turkey and…well…no more tail. It’s fun to watch my little stub wiggle back and forth though! When I’m really excited, my whole body starts wiggle waggle too – it adds to my dopiness.
I’m not going to be picky about my new family. In fact, I’m just so excited to finally have one of my own. Like I said, I love everybody. I’m polite when I meet dogs, but I must say, I’m not much in to playing. Being the big doofus I am, I mostly just do a quick sniff to say hello then go about my business. By the way, I’ve never met a cat before, but I can meet the resident kitty here and let you know how I did if you have some of those at home.
Okay, enough about me, what about you? Are you going to be my new family? I can’t wait to meet you!
Shimmer & Shine:
2 year old spayed female Golden Retriever & 1 year old spayed female Husky-mix
Need some Shimmer & Shine in your life? These little divas may be just for you! Shine may not be a golden, but she is super pretty and is just as sweet. In fact, we think we’re both stunningly beautiful if we do say so ourselves. We’re not your average local surrender. Nope – we traveled all the way from Texas! We didn’t get turned in together, but the shelter in Texas quickly discovered we love playing with each other and now we’re best buds.
Before we came here we had never seen snow before, but it sure is fun! We both love rolling around in that chilly white stuff! We are young and act our age so we are seeking a family that will be able to provide enough exercise for us. If you have a nice fenced in yard, we actually do quite of bit of our exercise just chasing each around and wrestling together. Walks are always good too though! If you have dogs at home, we are both open to new friends. Shine can be a little bit shy at first, but once she has a few minutes to warm up, she’s up and about and ready for play!
We are hoping to go home together since we’ve grown close, but we also don’t want to spend too much time here so we are willing to split if each of us are able to interact with other dogs regularly or have a doggie sibling.
1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (60 pounds)
You may have seen me posted before, but I was taken down for a bit while I lived in foster and now I’m ready for my forever home!
They say life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get! Well, I got good looks, a great personality, and I even got the uncontrolled “butt scratch dance” to go with it!
I LOVE you humans! You are the best thing on this Earth! You give food, you cuddle, you love to toss tennis balls to me! Well, if you get ME in YOUR box of chocolates, you will be one happy hooman! I’m like finding the ONE chocolate that has the cherry in the middle! It is the most exquisite and the most mouthwatering one in the whole box! That’s me! I’m hoping my new house will have hoomans that are home most of the time because I just get so sad when they are gone.
I loves to play with other dogs but I am a bit like a pogo stick upon first greeting! So I need a doggie friend that doesn’t mind a bouncy friend! I could also be the only dog and just have doggie friends to visit!
I enjoy playing with toys and tennis balls and I am great at entertaining myself (and whoever is watching me) as I play! I also love to cuddle on the couch, on top of your lap, where you can’t see anything, but the hair on my back, which forces you to pet me. You get the point.
I do have a heart condition that I need to take my meds for each day, and I will need to continue these into any new home! It has gotten a bit better since being on the meds, so that is GREAT! But I will still need the meds probably forever. I hope that doesn’t slow you down from emailing about me right now! I’m sure you take medication too! Let me be the next chocolate you pick out of the box!
2 year old female Golden Retriever (45 pounds)
HELLO!! I’m spazzy…I mean my Mazzy. Sometimes I come on a little too strong, sorry. I’ve been working really hard on my manners though! My story is a wild one so get the popcorn and tissues ready. As you may be able to see in my photo, there’s a shaved area on my face. Well, that’s because I had the most miraculous, life-changing surgery done.
You see, a couple months ago YGRR received a call from a woman that needed to surrender me immediately. I’m not your average surrender though. For the vast majority of my life, my mouth had been fused shut from an injury I sustained as a puppy. Yeah, you read that right. I couldn’t open my mouth at all. All I could do was stick my tongue out the side of my snout, just enough to scoop smalls bites of food into my mouth. I even taught myself how to hold my breath so I could drink water in my own special way. While I could “survive” like this, that’s really no way for a dog to enjoy life.
In addition to not being able to open my mouth, I became an accidental mommy a while back when me and one of the other males in the home were left unattended. Giving birth was tough because I couldn’t pant like a normal dog, but I’m a strong lady and I made it through. Enough about my tough past though, let’s talk about my future!
I am like a puppy in many ways. For starters, I’m actually a pretty small girl and since I’m two I’m not going to get any bigger. And remember that surgery I was talking about? Well, guess what?! I can open my mouth now! Being able to play with toys is so fun. I had never been able to pick up toys before so now I like to play with each one I see. I especially like chew toys…and sometimes chair legs. What do you expect? I was never trained otherwise because, well, it was impossible for me to do that. So, you may need to “puppy-proof” the house until I learn what’s okay to chew and what isn’t. I’m also still working on how to properly greet dogs. Having my face locked shut in a place with lots of other dogs in my previous home meant I was easy to push around and all I could do was throw my body in their face…so that’s still what I do. I can be a bit too forward when I meet dogs, then don’t quite know what to do if they want to play. I might be able to live with a social, mellow dog in my new home, but being the only dog would be preferred! I think I deserve to be the center of attention after all I’ve been through.
Will you be the one to give me all the attention in the world? I can’t wait to have my forever home!
1 year old female Golden Retriever (65 pounds)
Okay…I think I’m finally ready to put myself out there so here goes. My name is Mabel – it’s short for Mabeline because I’m so pretty. Just kidding! It’s actually short for Abel Mae, but nobody really calls me that. I’m a very sweet girl, but I’m going to need some time to warm up to new people before making friends. We aren’t quite sure what my life was like as a puppy, but it probably didn’t include a lot of socialization so I tend to be a bit nervous.
Before I was surrendered to YGRR, I tried living with another family for a couple months that thought they could help me out of my shyness, but the situation just wasn’t right for me to thrive. In general, I tend to be more scared of men than women. My mom tried her best, but unfortunately you can’t just kick your husband out of the house so that’s how I ended up here.
Luckily for me, I was only in the kennel for a couple days before I landed myself in a wonderful foster home. I share this temporary home with a “mom,” and two other dogs, and weekend visits from “dad” when he’s not on pilot duty. I’m still a bit nervous with new people, but I think I’m starting to come out of my shell more and more each day. I enjoy my doggie pals so I think I should definitely continue living with one as they help me feel more comfortable. I lived with kids in my previous home so I can try that again, but they would have to be old enough to understand that I need time and patience, nothing too rambunctious.
Once I gain your trust, I LOVE to snuggle so I’m hoping maybe I can share the bed with you? I’m also very content in may crate too…it’s my “safe zone.” Oh, and be sure to get me some squeaky toys; those ones are my favorite. My foster mom just washed some of mine and I was yelling for help, trying to save them from drowning. Don’t worry, they are dry and back safe with me.
Please be sure to contact the adoption office soon! I’ll be the patiently waiting for inquires!
3 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (65 pounds)
Hello everybody! I’m so excited to see you! Even though I have a dark past, I still miraculously love people. Get the tissues ready because here’s my story. As you may have guessed, I’m one of those street dogs from Turkey. My story is a little different though.
Yeah, I got rescued from the street, but not without injury. When I was found, I was walking funny. It was discovered that I had been hit by a car, but the people who hit me didn’t come out to check if I was okay. I was left to suffer all alone. My spine was broken, but by the time I was found, it had fused back together incorrectly. To this day, I still walk funny. Of course, YGRR took me to a specialist to see if they could fix anything, but it turns out that’s just how my body will be from now on. Don’t worry, I’m not in any pain, but there is an embarrassing side effect to having your rear end all messed up. I uh…well…I can’t control my bladder or my bowels. There, I said it. I wish I could do my business like a normal dog, but I just can’t. The people here are too kind. They clean my blankets all the time and even wipe my bum for me. I feel pathetic, but I am forever grateful!
I know it might be asking a lot, but will you take a chance on me? I’m really sweet and I want a family so bad. I know those other doggies seem great, but I’m a really good girl too! Please, please, please give me a chance. Besides my physical issues, I’m your typical perfect golden that loves just about everything. I’m full of spunk, I love playing with toys, and enjoy playing with my doggie friends. Most of all, I love you!
**TARCIN’S ADOPTION FEE WILL BE WAIVED, GIVEN HER PHYSICAL ISSUES**
1 year old spayed female Golden Retriever Mix (50 pounds)
HELLO WORLD!!! I’m so excited to finally be added to this Adoptable Dogs page. I cannot wait until I get to have a family of my own. I’m just so happy, I can’t contain myself!! What do we get to do first? Play fetch? Go for a walk? Snuggle? Boy, oh boy, I can’t believe this is really happening!
Hmmm…I don’t even know what to say about myself?? Why can’t I just jump in your lap and live happily ever after? Well, we know I’m a very happy girl. I’m young and active so I’ll need a family that wants to include me in all sorts of activities. I LOVE to play with other dogs, but I’m still learning how to share toys with them so maybe being an only child to start would be best. I would really enjoy playdates though!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I’m from China! That being said, I don’t know too many commands yet, but I’m super food motivated and bet I would excel in classes. I’ll bet you a hundred Milkbones that I’ll graduate at the top of my class!
Please inquire about me soon! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you!
1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (83 pounds)
Hello world! I’m a special boy looking for a special home. What’s my story, you ask? Well, it starts off in England. Yep, I’m an English cream that’s actually from England! That’s where I was raised as a young pup until my family and I moved to America. Something horrible happened when we landed though. There I was, in my crate and all alone, stuck on the tarmac for the whole day. I was supposed to be reunited with my family right when we landed, but something happened and I wasn’t let off the plane for 24 hours. My family was really worried about me and I was terrified. After the longest day of my life, I was with my family again once more! But something was different about me. For starters, I don’t care for crates anymore.
There’s something more complex about me though. You see, when we moved into our new house, I started getting really mouthy. Maybe I was stressed, maybe I was traumatized…either way, I needed some help. My family had little kids and they were worried that my new behaviors might be too much for the little ones, so after a lot of thought and sorrow, they made the ultimate decision to surrender me so I could have a better life.
Here’s where the happy news comes into play! When I arrived to YGRR, they started my on some anti-anxiety meds so I could feel more comfortable with life and so far, so good! The meds haven’t made my anxiety go away completely, but they are definitely helping. A few special staff members have been working really hard with me so I can learn to feel more comfortable in over-stimulating situations. In my new home, I will need somebody who can commit to continuing my training so I can have the best shot at a new beginning! Even though I lived with children in my previous home, I’m thinking a kid-free home would be best for me at this point so they don’t push me over the edge. To all the parents out there, you know what I mean! What I’m going to need is a calm, quiet house that won’t over-stimulate me, and an owner that really knows their dog stuff. The more experience you have with dog behavior challenges, the better! For now, I will need to be the only pet in the home because, you guessed it, I get overstimulated and start playing too rough.
I’m a wonderful boy, I really am, but I need your help. So, I’m not going to lie, it’s not going to be easy-peasy lemon squeezy on those first few days home. But with consistent, positive based training, it will all be worth it in the end! You will be able to see what a truly incredible dog I am!
So, what do you say? Will you be the one to help me take on this journey called life?
Alex & Ani:
9 year old neutered male Golden Retriever & 4 year old female Yorkie Mix (87 pounds & 25 pounds, both overweight)
You’ve heard of the Odd Couple. Well, you have now been introduced to Yankee’s odd couple! I will do all the talking cause I rule this roost. Yeah, not Alex…it’s me. Ani. I’m the one that’s talking!
Alex and I have been buddies for as long as I can remember and we were taken from a pretty bad situation and wound up at Yankee! Since we are bonded and Alex needs me by his side, we have to go home together. He’s just a big baby and might cry a lot if we go split up. So that ain’t happening!
I’ll admit, sometimes I take advantage of how nice Alex is to me. I even steal his bed, like all the time…so then he goes and tries to fit into my bed. Even if he curls up as tight as he can…he just doesn’t fit. But he gets an A for effort!
I can be a little pushy for attention but I have to be! If you weighed 25 pounds you would have to set some standards somewhere too! Alex loves the attention too though. We BOTH love to be petted and scratched!
We both like toys and Alex likes to fetch them. Sometimes I do it too, but it depends on my mood. We both are OK with other dogs, but we just were never around any other dogs but each other growing up. So I bark at them sometimes, and then Alex just runs me over to see what I’m barking at! Big dummy! I think we would like to live in a home as the only dogs but we don’t mind passing dogs on walks and whatnot.
We would love a home where we can be treated with love and TLC every day! We haven’t had that yet and cannot wait to experience it in a nice and cozy house! You can even buy us Pats jerseys if you want to… Alex would love to wear one. I will deal with it if it means I get a home outta the deal!
5 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (70 pounds)
Confused about how to say my name? Don’t worry, the staff is too LOL. Sometimes they call me Guru or Gur, but mostly they just call me Good Boy! I am a pretty awesome guy if I do say so myself. Some people would even describe me as goofy because I like to talk to you. No, I don’t mean barking in your face, I mean I make all sorts of silly grumbly noises. The more excited I get, the more sounds I make.
My all-time favorite thing is simply getting attention. Yeah, I like toys, but if you are ready to give me a belly rub, that trumps everything. Heck with your ball, just start scratching! I’ll shower you in kisses in return.
To many people’s surprise, I actually know a few commands so maybe I did have a home at some point. I think a class would be fun though so I can perfect my English cues. It’ll be great! Wanna know my favorite part about learning? Well, pleasing you is a given, but I’m talking about the treats! What’s not to love about that?! We can work on my whole “not jumping on people when I’m excited” thing together!
Now I know a lot of you have dogs at home already so to answer your question, yes, I’d be okay to live with another dog. Sometimes I’m playful, sometimes I just do my own thing so I guess it depends on the dog. You’ll have to come here with your furry pal to meet me and find out!