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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
SHELLEY & SANDY [ADOPTED!]
20190328_141020(0)1 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (60 pounds)
Boy oh boy was this a trip! I have come a long way and still have some to go, but I hope this all ends up with me in a great home!
I am a very peculiar girl, but not in a bad way. I think I just haven’t experienced a lot of the things you American people do with your dogs!?
I would love to have a home as the only dog. I wouldn’t say I am completely against meeting other dogs, but I need more time and practice before I can feel completely comfortable. So living with one would probably be way too much. I would love to work on this in my new home and get better and better at it. I think my inexperience hinders me here.
I would love to get attention all day long. I'm really into playing with toys, especially the plushy squeaky kind. I even do this funny thing were I toss the toy into the air and play fetch with myself. Can I tell you a secret?? I think my favorite thing to play with is YOU! That’s right! I love it when my human friends jog around, playbow to me, get me all excited and run around some more. It is the most fun game I’ve ever played! I get the zoomies and start running around and will playbow back at you and then dodge and juke you out of your shoes!
I do have some sensitivities. The first being strangers. If you let me take the time to get to know you then I am much more comfortable than if you rush me. Believe or not, I'm actually a great snuggle buddy! I'm pretty comfy with the staff here and they love letting me snuggle into them! I'm adorable, what can I say? The second sensitivity is my ears. When I arrived at Yankee from Turkey, I had a pretty bad ear infection on top of a wounded and bloody ear. So I can be a little head shy and really am not sure about people touching my ears until I am comfortable with you. Then the last sensitivity is my skin. I have sensitive skin so keeping a consistent diet is best and also taking my daily meds for any itching is helping a lot!
I’m hoping that you will find me cute and fun to play with even though it means you have to play back! It is a fun game, I promise!
Carlie 7 sq
5 year old spayed female Golden-At-Heart (102 pounds)
Yeah, yeah, I know I’m not a golden. 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!
As you can see, I’m a little overweight…okay maybe a lot overweight, but that’s what happens when your people don’t take you for walks. I actually enjoy walks and the staff is able to bring me for longer walks each day. I’m probably not ready for a super long hike quite yet, but with your help, I bet I can get there some day. I also LOVE swimming! Swimming has already helped me lose 10 pounds. Between fun walks and swimming I will finally be able to enjoy what it truly means to be a dog!
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, though I’m not much of a player. Maybe it’s because of my size, but I mostly just like to hang around with other dogs and maybe join them on a walk
Contact the adoption office so we can start working on our beach bodies together! I’ll be here hanging out and looking cute.
1 year old neutered male Golden mix (45 pounds)
I know you probably already read the bio on my brother, Dustin, and Dustin is pretty cool, but I AM the MVP. Who could overlook that!?
Now, I may be a bit nervous and I need some time to adjust. This has been a big trip for me and I think I took it the hardest of all my brothers…but in time, and with the right home, I will be a confident pup! I just don’t understand how things are done here yet, so if you teach me, I am willing to learn! Any MVP is adaptable and will end up being the greatest by the end!
I think what makes me the MVP, honestly, is my adorable head tilt. When I hear sounds I have never heard before, I think I can hear it better if I listen to it with my head sideways, so I tilt my head! Everyone laughs and they all think it is the cutest thing ever. It gave me that extra push to get the MVP title!
I really enjoy the company of other dogs and they help me come out of my shell a bit. I would love a home where I can meet other dogs and interact with them on a regular basis! Maybe even have a doggie sibling at home?!
I am a smaller guy too, and I won’t get much bigger so I think I am the cutest little pocket -sized MVP ever!
IMG_34741.5 year old neutered male Golden Doodle (66 pounds)
Curly hair, don’t care! I think that my coat adds character. It adds some spice! And my personality, well that adds some fun and flair to anyone that knows me! Do you think that I could add something to your life??
I will only agree to go home with you under ONE condition! You have to keep soft toys, socks, and small clothing items away from me! They are my weakness. My addiction. My guilty pleasure, one could say. I have a history of eating them…and most come back out okay (not that I love this part of the experience...) but there was one that just didn’t come back out no matter how much I tried! So I needed surgery to get it out. You would have thought I would have learned…but that’s the thing about guilty pleasures. You do it anyway!!! So if you can keep your house picked up of those small, soft things, we should be good to go! Also, not to say that I can’t learn to not eat them. Maybe a little practice with a trainer and I won’t care as much!
I would love a home where I can go on lots of walks and be an active guy. I have long legs and a lean body and I love to use it! A fenced-in yard would make me one happy dude! So if your New Year’s resolution was to get into better shape, well maybe we can start a running routine this summer! I think I would love that!
I also seem to like other dogs, but I do need some time and practice to find good friends. I am not the type to be best friends right away and I need slow intros and practice meeting other dogs before I am buddies with them. I am not sure yet if I would want to live with another dog. Maybe. I guess it would depend on the dog, but I would be game for having doggie friends that we can go on walks with and I can hang out with sometimes, but please let me have the time to get to know them before tossing me into the fire with them to play.
I think that an active family that wants to give me the time and training to become the GOODEST dog I can be, and a warm bed, would be a wonderful place for me! Make sure to inquire if that’s your home!
1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (60 pounds)
Dooo da doo da dooooo. HUMAN! Oh! I see a human! Come here, human! Come here! Let me sit in your lap and try to get so close to you that we become one! That may not even be that close! Oh gosh, I’m sorry, I just can’t help it. Attention is new to me coming from China and I just want it ALL THE TIME! I forget my size sometimes, I can be a little spazzy, and I also forget that attention isn’t going to just go away here! I get it all the time!
So now that you know that I not only love attention, but I crave it, I would like to tell you about a few other things! I am becoming a toy lover. Not as much as I love humans, but I am learning! I also enjoy food very much! I am learning to sit and also to lay down and they give me food if I do it! Woohoo!
When I meet another dog that is taking their human for a walk, I am usually just looking right by the dog and want to get to the human. Dogs are pretty boring to me.
When I arrived I also was very matted and was very uncomfortable. It hurt! I got a big bath and then the humans could see how angry my skin was from the lack of care! So I am on some meds now to help me not itch and it is working GREAT! Now I don’t feel like I have a million mosquito bites! I know you know how annoying those mosquito bites can be!
HUMAN! Won’t you inquire about me??
Dori 2 sq
6 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (75 pounds)
Have you seen the movie Finding Nemo? Did you know that Dory was the one that FOUND Nemo in the movie!? She saved the day! She made everyone happy! Well, my name is Dori, and although spelled differently than the little, blue fish, I will make YOU happy as well!
I have a lot in common to Dory the fish. I am a very dependent girl. I LOVE to have your attention and will whine if you stop petting me! What makes you think that stopping is acceptable!? I do bond very strongly once I trust you and understand that you are going to be good to me. I LOVE to play games and play with my toys. I have a few favorites and hope to get a few new ones in my new home! I also LOVE to go on adventures and go exploring! Just like Dory did in the movie! I love to go for walks and I will dance when I get excited!
You want to see me REALLY dance? Well just scratch my bum! I start dancing like no one’s watching! I also love car rides. I have lived as the only dog, but I don’t mind other dogs at all. I get a little nervous and giddy, like I’m excited to see them but not sure what to do! I think having some doggie friends in the neighborhood would be best for me. I also haven’t lived with young kids since I was a pup, so I am a bit out of practice, but older kids are fine!
I have had a rough few months and I’m not going to lie, I really would love to get into a home soon. So, just like Dory in the movie, I am confused about life right now and a bit stressed out. I am a bit of a generally anxious dog and I would love for a family to understand that I have been through a lot. But I do hope that you will consider a sweet girl like me to become a part of your family and home. It may take me a little bit to figure out what is going on, but I promise I will. Just like Dory, the fish, it has been a long journey and I hope that I have a happy ending by finding my forever home!
Lucky 7 sq
1.5 year old male golden retriever (90 pounds)
Today is your LUCKY day because you get to see MY handsome pictures! I can’t wait to tell you all about myself and all about my story, but I want to start by letting you know that my story is a ‘work-in-progress’ because I still need to find my perfect forever family. My forever family will help me finish my ‘work-in-progress’ story and help me live happily ever after! So excuse the long-winded spiel but I have to tell you everything, so read on!
So, let’s begin with the beginning, shall we?! I unfortunately grew up in a home where I didn’t get much physical, emotional, or mental stimulation. I wasn’t exposed to much of the outside world. I didn’t get walked or enough exercise in any way. I didn’t learn anything at all and (probably the worst of it) was I didn’t get much ‘people’ time because I was left home alone all day long. Now, maybe for a cat that would work out! Or a ferret! Cats and ferrets don’t like being social anyway! But us dogs are pretty social creatures, and when we’re deprived of that (especially in the earlier times of our lives) then it can have a pretty big impact on how we understand and have to deal with the world around us. I guess you could compare me to how you may have felt if you were laid up because of a surgery or something and you couldn’t get out, leave the house, do anything for a long time…but mine was my whole life. You at least knew that you had friends, and work, and things to see and places to go once you were recovered. I didn’t even know those things existed!
So, needless to say, when I found OUT those things existed it was a shocker, let me tell ya! And many things still are.
I have been working really hard here at Yankee with a very special staff member to learn some basic cues, to get accustomed to things I see, to things I experience. I was (and still am sometimes) very over-stimulated by any and everything because I never got the chance to do anything or experience anything before being surrendered to Yankee. A phone coming out of your pocket, a poop bag as up pick up poop, a hat that you just took off your head. These things used to over-stimulate me and I would HAVE to grab it with my mouth to see what it was! I don’t have thumbs, so my mouth it is! But progress has been made and because I am used to these things happening now, I don’t care so much about them! I just wait for her to pick up my poop (thanks for doing that by the way) and we continue on our walk! Now, only to continue to learn that everything else I see is not something I need to explore with my mouth! Including your body! When I see you I get excited and over-stimulated too! I have grown LEAPS and BOUNDS with this. My special staff member has taught me how to sit, lie down, wait, and leave it all on cue! I can also lick my lips on cue and put something into a box! I am just starting to learn how to go to a bed and “settle”. Working on that one…
I’d say my biggest challenge is learning how to be a real dog. I bet you’d be a little crazy too if you were kept in the same place almost 24/7 with nothing to do. Even things like attaching a leash to my collar was tough for me in the beginning, but with the help of some very special staff members I’m learning that leashes mean fun walks. The harness.. I am still working on.
I did want to also tell you that I do well with other dogs. They are so much fun and I feel kind of normal when I’m around them, but I do best with some time to figure things out, so let’s not go meeting a ton of new dogs in the first week! It is hard when you are so different from everyone else and all you want to do is fit in, but that doesn’t happen over night. SO I am learning to be the best ME that I can be, and part of what helps me the most is time with another dog. I also love the snow. I could roll in it all day long. So maybe I will like the water? Who knows!
My forever home will need to continue working on these things with me. And like I said earlier, it is a ‘work-in-progress’, but I can only work on so many things here at Yankee in a shelter setting. I know I may not be the perfect dog yet, but I believe one day I can be if you give me a chance. I like to have a schedule with structure, a dog-experienced family that will religiously and honestly continue my training using all positive reinforcement training methods, preferably a home that has done formal training with their previous dogs (in a class setting or at home), a home where I will get plenty of mental and physical exercise, and maybe if I’m LUCKY (which I am) another dog that will be kind to me! Please, oh please inquire and come to meet me! It will be my Lucky day too!
5 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (55 pounds)
The Wizard of Oz may have you thinking that poppies will put you to sleep, but I don’t think that could be possible with my human-like eyes looking up at you. I gotta say though, I do enjoy sleeping quite a bit myself. I’m a pretty mellow girl just looking for rubs and scratches. But you better stay awake so you can keep petting me! No mid-day naps for you, my friend!
For a stray from Turkey, I walk pretty nicely on a leash. However, I don’t know too many things yet. Do have treats at home? I’m a quick learner! I’m still trying to figure out toys too. Do I chase it? Do I pick it up? What in the heck is making that squeak noise? So confusing! You can teach me how those things work!
I unfortunately had something happen to my hip in Turkey and because I don’t speak English or any human language, I can’t ever tell you about it, but Yankee is going to make sure it gets taken care of. I had a surgery before while I was in Turkey but it didn’t help, but I hear the vets here in America are pretty awesome! I would love to recover from my surgery in my new home rather than here at the rescue. You can hold me and sing me to sleep at night and I think that will help me heal faster!! Don’t you think?
I’m not looking for anything fancy in my new home. Like I said, I’m a pretty go-with-the-flow kind of girl so your home would be perfect for me. Want to take a nap? Sounds great! Want to go for a walk? Sounds good too! Whatever you feel like doing, I’d be happy to do the same.
IMG_0545 (002)1 year old spayed female Golden Retriever Mix (45 pounds)
Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! I am so excited to be here! I came here from China with all my siblings and wow is it nice here! Oh, go a little slower, I can be a little nervous if I don’t know you or if I don’t know what we are doing, after all I am still getting used to everything here. I have already come leaps and bounds and will keep making progress in my new home, so that’s the next step!
I really like other dogs and I hope to live with one. For my age I am pretty laid back around them, but I get playful too. I think I am just not used to playing with other dogs besides my brothers and sisters, but as I meet more new dogs that will get easier and easier for me.
I like to play with toys now that I am learning what they are, but I like to play in stealth mode. If you are looking at me, or try to get me to play…NOPE! I am sneaky about it and sometimes staff catches me playing or holding a squeaky in my mouth when they come around the corner. I just drop it like I’m being arrested when they see me. Hehe.
I’m still a young gal, so exercise is important and using treats to help me learn to things is important and helping me feel comfy in new places and around new people is important. Won’t you come get me so we can start our life together!?
20190524_123343(0) (002)3 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (50 pounds)
Sweet as sweet potato pie! I’ve never had sweet potato pie. I’m not even sure if it’s a thing…but I would eat it! I guess it’s just a cool sounding metaphor for just how sweet I AM!
I am a silly boy that came all the way from China and boy am I happy to be here! You all give so much love and attention and it is SO fun to go out for walks and hang out together! I want to do this FOREVER! Maybe I can do this forever with you!
I have some hip problems that I will get getting surgery for because I am too young to have hip problems and not do anything about it! Jeez! I have lots of running left to do so I needs some good hips! Right now they are pretty wobbly and I look like a goof ball when I walk, but it just adds character! I do want to find my new home so I can get used to my new life a bit before having my surgery, and it would also be so much better for me to recover at home from my surgery on a big comfy bed watching the birds out your window. We can bird watch together while you sit with your coffee in the morning! I think recovering at home is just the way to go for this guy!
I love other dogs, but I can’t have a full-on play session with them at the moment and I won’t be able to play until after my recovery. So I could be put into a home where there are no other dogs, or another dog that will not try to play too hard with me. If you have another young dog that wants to play, it’s not out of the question, but you will have to be GOOD humans! You can’t let us REALLY play until after I have recovered! Too soon could mean another surgery and I do NOT want that. I am a gentle guy with other dogs though, so playing gently is right up my alley.
I love attention and I am good smiler. I learned to smile for the camera and then I usually get treats! Woohoo!! I also love the ball! What silly boy doesn’t!?
IMG_0614 (002)1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever Mix (55 pounds)
Introducing. The one. The only. Mooookieeee Bettttts!!!! If you don’t know who that is, then you don’t live in New England. I am happy about having such a great name, and I am trying my best to live up to it!
I am a pretty shy guy as the big trip from China really threw me for a curve ball (see what I did there?) But I am slowly learning how to live in this world. I feel like I just got moved up to the big leagues and I’m a bit lost, but with some training, some patience and some help from a good family, I will find my way to a HOME RUN! I will find my way to my FOREVER HOME!
I am much more comfy with another dog to follow around. Things like doorways and stairs are freaky to me and another dog helps that feel better. I also do better after getting some time to get used to you and used to my surroundings. I am pretty comfy with staff now, but when they take me to a new room or part of the building it is like I’m a catcher on a pitcher’s mound…lost. So a fenced-in yard would be best so I can get used to that first before going out and away from home.
So, what do you say. I’m at the plate. Ready for the first pitch to be thrown and I hope that it will be a HOMER for me!
IMG_0680 (002)1 year old spayed female Golden Retriever Mix (40 pounds)
Why hello there! I’m sure you’ve already virtually met a couple of my siblings! Well I am the cutest of them all and boy of boy do I love to learn new things! I think I might be the runt (no one ever broke the news to me) but I am the jumbo of the personality!
I enjoy walks and I enjoy your attention. It takes me a minute to warm up to new places and people, but I warm up pretty quickly, but like you do when you sip your hot coffee in the morning….after a little while all your insides feel fuzzy and cozy and warm!
I really enjoy other dogs and could live with the right match! I could also live as the only dog. Either way is fine with me! But woohoo they are fun to play with!
I am peanut-sized too! I can fit right in your pocket (well, not really) but close enough! I am enjoying toys and I am learning new things, but it is all a work in progress for a new home to continue!
2 year old male Golden Retriever (70 pounds)
I am applying for a forever family. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your consideration. If you need references I can provide some, but most of them speak ‘dog’ so I’m not sure how helpful that will be in your search. I do have quite a few human references as well though! My resume is as follows:
I am a proven, handsome, stud of a guy. I have an amazing blonde coat and dark brown eyes that even a blind person could get lost in! I also have nice pearly whites that I enjoy showing off while I smile.
I am currently earning my Bachelor’s degree in leash walking with a specialization in using a harness. My double-major includes being great at going on adventures to new locations, including but not limited to state parks, rail trails, beaches, and outdoor ice cream parlors. My second major is riding in the car for long or short trips. I am also currently taking a course on how to play with different dogs. I have successfully passed multiple tests on this subject including tests with a young dog, tests with an older dog and a test with a small dog. All completed with honors.
My biggest strengths are my smile and my ability to have a good time everywhere I go. My biggest weaknesses are that I leak urine and will have to undergo a small surgery soon to hopefully help with that, as well as I am working on learning to play fetch and actually bringing the ball BACK to the human.
I have special interests in humans, dogs, cows, tug-of-war, soft-serve vanilla ice cream, and going on any adventures, anywhere, anytime. I would love to continue to work toward my goals of learning to not be so handsome in public because everyone wants to touch me, as well as not being so jumpy when I am excited!
My honors include being the spokes-dog and model for Wilderdog Co. earlier this year. I was also an ambassador of sorts for the 2019 Boston Marathon Start Line.
I know that I am qualified to be a great family member and I hope that you consider my resume despite the fact I have a leaking problem that I am doing my best to make better with the vets and the staff at Yankee. I sure hope that my resume gets me a full-time position as your companion, your family member and your best friend!
1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever mix (55 pounds)
Phew! I think I’m finally ready to put myself out there. I’m a bit of a shy guy at first, but I warm up if you just give me a chance. I was one of the nine “Red Sox puppies” from China, but I was lucky enough to find myself a foster home when I arrived in America. Everything was so new to me when I got off the plane, I just didn’t know how react. To be honest, it was all a bit scary. My foster parents have been making great strides with me though!
I share my foster home with a golden retriever “bother” and we enjoy wrestling and chasing each other, so a doggy sibling in my new forever home would be great! In fact, they would probably continue to help me come out of my shell. They can show the ropes of being a real American dog, ya know?
My foster mom describes me as a playful young boy, much a like a puppy in many ways. I didn’t really have the opportunity to go through the fun part of puppyhood in China, so I’m making up for it here. So yeah, I’m a little mouthy and I may try steal a tissue when you’re not looking, but that just means I’m being normal youngster! I’m a smart boy so we can go to training classes and continue working on my good boy manners.
I have to say I am pretty proud of myself! I am getting used to riding in a car, I have been to the beach where the waves are SO loud, and I have even been walking with my new harness on! I love it!
I love my foster home but I am ready for my FOREVER home!
2 year old female Golden Retriever mix (35 pounds)
You lookin’ for a peanut? You lookin’ for a pocket-sized pup? I’m your girl! I’m so adorable that I make everyone go “Awwweee” when they meet me! I know I’m little, and my past in China wasn’t filled with rainbows and unicorns…so I still would like a family that will give me a second to warm up before they go pettin’ and poking at me! I’m not used to all that…but I’m getting there! I’m a little nervous at first! Let’s just take our time getting to know each other…
I like other dogs and I think that I would like to have one in my home. Can we do that? Great! I am not really sure HOW to play yet, but I am figuring it out as I go! I can be a little spazzy sometimes when I am excited. My body just loses control and I go this way and that way and this way and…well you get the picture.
I Like to go for walks and I like to cuddle once I am accustomed to you. I don’t like to go too fast in relationships, so let’s take this slow and it can lead to great places!
1 year old neutered male Golden Retriever mix (55 pounds)
Hi I’m Sam. Sam I am! That’s me! I am the handsome guy roaming the kennels at Yankee and I’m ready to roam the rooms in my new home instead!
Some say I look like a coyote a little bit, but believe it or not, my mom is a Golden and I was born in China with all my siblings! I guess my dad must’ve looked like a coyote! But I don’t act much like a coyote, I am learning to act like a golden! I had never seen a tennis ball before, but I am learning that those things are FUNNNN, fun, fun! Do I pick it up with my paws? I’m not sure!
I enjoy going for walks and I enjoy smelling all the smells there are here! It is so fun! I am much more comfy now with everything, but I would expect to go through an adjustment period when I go to my new home. That’s okay though, it will go by quick! Especially if you have time to spend with me so I can get used to you and all the fun things in the house that you will buy for me! Toys, and balls, and treats! Woohoo!!
Email about me already, it’s time for some summer fun with Sam! And Sam I am!
2 year old female Golden Retriever (60 pounds)
Have you ever looked at someone and thought they looked JUST like someone else you know? What about a dog? Have you ever looked at a dog and thought they looked like some other animal? Well, I have been told I look like a Red Panda! I guess there are worse things to look like, and pandas are PRETTY DARN cute if you ask me!
I come from China too! How appropriate! You’re making me start to think that maybe I am actually part panda!! Anyway, I would just loveee a home that has hands and time to pet me! I like to be close, close, and closer! I can be a bit whiney because I just want to be close to you! I can be a little submissive, so helping me build up my confidence would be ideal. Everyone loves a confident woman!
I love to play with toys and I even like to bring them back! Would you look at that?! That’s apparently a game that you humans like to do called ‘fetch’! I could learn to play this game pretty easily since I already do the basics!
I really could care less about other dogs. I make it obvious that I don’t care about them by just looking the other way and walking at the other end of my leash. I am a clear communicator! I just prefer humans to dogs, there is nothing wrong with that!
Who is ready for some panda lovin’ on the porch this summer?!
1 year old female Golden Retriever (55 pounds)
”Ammmaazinnggggg Gracie! How sweeeeet am IIIII? I once was lost, but now am found!” You know how it goes! Welcome to America to me! This is a pretty sweet place and it will only get sweeter in my new, forever home!
I enjoy going for long walks in the woods, on my harness of course. I also love to play with tennis balls. I play with them in a very non-traditional way. They act as a back massager when I roll around on the ground with it underneath me. Shhh, it is a trick only I know of!
I am the master at smiling and I have such a beautiful smile that people try to take pictures of me! It’s like I’m Kim Kardashian and all the volunteers and staff are the paparazzi! I guess it’s just the way things go in America when you look as beautiful as I do! I could have my own reality TV show! We could call it… “Keeping Up with Gracie”. I like it.
I care much more about people than I do other dogs. They don’t have the ability to dote on me like you all do…so I like your company more. I don’t mind other dogs that I can just co-exist with but I’m not much for playing. I can’t ruin this perfectly placed, blonde coat of mine!
I would like to eat my meals in peace and prefer fine china over plastic or paper. A real queen only deserves the fine china!
Who is ready to give this girl a run for her money in stealing hearts! You may be able to steal mine!
2.5 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (72 pounds)
Put your paws in the air like you just don’t care! One of my favorite things to do is roll on my back with my paws reaching for the sky. I’m celebrating my FREEDOM from China. That’s right, this beautiful face was saved from the illegal meat trade in China. Phew! Now I can sing “Let Freedom Ring!” What a journey it has been. I’m so shocked that I made it here that I’m still trying to work out what it means to be an American Golden.
For starters, I’m still trying to figure out how this whole leash thing works. I’ve heard good reviews about the Easy-walk harness so let’s give it a try. I’ve also never really lived in a house before so it’s bit odd being in a room with couches and rugs. Am I allowed to sleep there? Is it okay if I sniff around and check the place out? Will you be the one to reassure me it’s okay; that being in a house is normal? I really love people so I’m sure it won’t take me long to settle in. I think my best quality is that I’m great at soaking up attention. Show me your belly-rubbing hands!
I have been polite with the dogs I’ve met so far and I tried playing a little bit, but I mostly just like to do my own thing. I “go and smell the roses” if you will. So I think I would rather live as the only dog but some dog friends to walk with so we can all smell the roses together would be fun!
Now that I’ve let Freedom ring, it’s your turn to let the phone ring. Contact the adoption office so I can experience true freedom in your home!
3 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (50 pounds)
Nudge, nudge…Hi, I’m Doris, can you please pet me?! Right there, that’s the spot. I may look like a petite girl, but I’ve got some extra pounds to shed. More to love though, right? If you can’t tell already, I love when people give me scratches. I didn’t get much of that when I was in Turkey so I have a lot of catching up to do.
Nudging is what I’m best at. I am still learning to play with toys, and I am still learning to pay attention to other dogs, but I mainly just nudging people! So if you are a person, and you have two hands (or even one hand…doesn’t matter to me!) Then I’m your girl! Don’t think I’m too clingy though! I have an independent side to me as well. I may be small but I am brave!
I kind of just ignore other dogs, so I probably wouldn’t be the best sister to a doggie sibling that wants to play. I think I have a lot of character too because I had to have some teeth removed, so I have a funny smile. It just adds to my charm.
12 year old female golden retrievers (75 and 85 pounds)
Me first, me first! Hi there, everybody! My name is Sandy, but you can call me Sweetie, Princess, Beautiful…I’m all of the above. As you can see, I’m here with my sister, Shelley. We’ve been together our whole lives and we’d like to keep it that way. Don’t let our age fool you, we are still high-spirited and full of life. We’re like the “Golden Girls” if you will…just a couple of old ladies still having fun, despite our age.
We both still like toys and our owner said we loved to swim! It’s almost swimming weather! Our favorite thing, however, is people! If you stop petting us too soon, we’ll give you a little nudge to let you know you’re not quite done yet. We just love soaking up attention. And who couldn’t resist petting two lovely ladies like us? Hey Shelley, want to say a few words?
Sure! I’m Shelley, nice to meet y – hey Sandy, can you stop licking my face for a second, I’m trying to tell the people a few more facts about us, thanks. Sorry folks, sometimes my sister likes to kiss my face. I wanted to let you know that we are pretty polite around other dogs, though we aren’t much into wrestling with the youngens. We’re more like the awesome grandmas that bake cookies and spoil you rotten with love and affection. No WWE Smackdown for the Golden Girls. We do enjoy playfully running around with each other though.
We sure are ready to get our wiggly bums to beach to soak up the summer sun and maybe take a dip in the ocean. A BBQ with extra hot dogs sounds great too. Sounds like a good time doesn’t it? We’ll be anxiously awaiting your inquiry!
1 year old neutered male Golden Mix (55 pounds)
I heard the Red Sox just started their season recently! Apparently that was where I got my name?? I am some famous second baseman? Sounds cool to me! I don’t know much about baseball coming from China and never watching it on TV or anything, but I think I would like to learn more!
Yankee actually agreed to take my mom from China because she is a Golden, but then, SURPRISE! She had some puppies, so we were lucky enough to come to Yankee too! I am a little on the nervous side, but I am warming up to life here. Man there is just a lot that goes on! So a home that is okay taking new things slowly with me would be great and helpful!
I also think I would like to live with another dog! It seems to help me come out of my shell a bit and have someone to follow around. I don’t want a super exuberant friend though. One that would be okay giving me a little time to get used to them before we get into playing and stuff like that.
I am also a CUTIE PIE! I have heard mixed reviews on the real Dustin Pedroia on if he is attractive or not? But no mixed reviews here! Just all cute and handsome!
Toys and things are still new to me, so maybe you can help me learn how to play with them? I don’t mean by getting on all fours and using your mouth, that would be a little odd? But just giving me lots of toys to try out and see what I like! Same with the leash! New as well, so a little practice will go a long way with my confidence!
Come on out and meet the CUTE Dustin…ME!
5 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (45 pounds)
I may be smaller but my personality makes up for it! Wanna talk about spunk?! Well I am the definition of spunky. And it’s sneaky! I don’t look like I would be too spunky. I look like I might be pretty boring, maybe a little lazy. But nope! I am a spunky little gal, I can be bossy when need be for your attention, and I have a great energy level. I love to nap just as much as I love to run around outside and have the zoomies.
I am pretty polite around other dogs, and I just sort of mind my own business. I think I would like to live as an only dog. I’m not a fan of sharing my valuables with you humans and probably not with other dogs. As long as we have an understanding that you won’t try to take my stuff from me, we’re good!
You see, being this small, and being homeless on the streets of Turkey, I really had to try to search for things to eat and I couldn’t share it! You wouldn’t want to either if you were starving!
I have found out that toys are SO FUN too! I tend to like toys that are the same size as me! The bigger the better! I grunt and carry on and throw them around and trip over them. It is a BLAST!
Ready for a spunky monkey in your home!?
2 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (70 pounds)
Deli Rolls, Deli-Belly jelly beans, Delilah…I’ve heard all of the nicknames, although I’m not a fan of simply being called chubby. I’m what the hip young folks call “thicc.” You gotta use two C’s to make it cool. Besides, it’s not my fault that I found a good dumpster to hang out by in Turkey. If you find the right spot, you get to eat all the good stuff. Maybe you can be my personal assistant and help me get my girlish figure back.
In addition to portion control, you can help me lose weight by taking me for walks. I love walks! Sometimes I even like to hold the leash in my mouth. Since I was a stray, I’m still a little nervous about other normal doggie stuff. Like toys…what are those? Some bounce, some even make creepy squeaky noises. Sometimes I’m a little timid around strangers too, but I warm up quickly. Once I get to know you, I love to be very close to you.
You know what I think would be really nice to have in my new home? A doggie sibling! Dogs seem to make me feel more comfortable. They speak my language, you know what I mean?
If you have a dog at home that needs a mellow buddy and an empty dog bed that needs to be slept in, contact the adoption office!
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2 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (65 pounds)
Did you know that I am named after the canine founder of the Golden Retriever! I was the male that started it all! I know, good thing I did, or Goldens wouldn’t even be a thing! So, in honor of that, I think I represent the breed pretty well for the most part (although I am a bit pudgy!)
First off, I’m goofy. I like a good time! I am chubby, which I hear many Goldens are! We just love food! I’m excitable and want your attention! I love when you give me attention, but I am from a far away land called China, and so I am still learning what you humans like to do over here! It’s a whole other world over here!
I enjoy the company of another dog, and I wouldn’t mind living with one if it were the right fit! I still need some practice in playing with them since I am new to all of that!
I can be a bit boisterous. I just can’t control my excitement sometimes! Once I get to know you, and am comfy with you, I will show you how excited I am to see you every time you come home! I promise!
So, who’s ready for this bundle of joy to join their household!?
3 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (70 pounds)
I have some pretty beautiful eyes! Just look into them! I will hypnotize you with them and then you will have no choice but to bring me home!
Along with my beautiful eyes, I also have a beautiful love for TENNIS BALLS! They are the best thing since canned food! I could chase them all day. Doesn’t mean I will bring it back, but I can learn that with some fun trading games! I suggest hiding all the tennis balls though if you want my attention…they are MY hypnosis.
Tennis balls do help me come out of my shell a bit though. The trip from China was long and I am still adjusting. I can be a bit of a nervous Nellie with new places and people. Once I warm up to you though I am pretty fun to be around! I also enjoy my belly to be rubbed! Boy that was a surprise when I got here…that feels SOOO good! Maybe you have another dog too that can hang out with me? I wouldn’t mind that, but I think I need a dog that doesn’t love tennis balls as much as me…
So, look into my eyes. Look at their beauty. Look at their character. Look at their love for tennis balls! Think about our great life together!
3 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (61 pounds)
“Golan, Golan, Golan…though the streams are swollen…keep them doggies rollin', rawhide.” You know, from Rawhide, the TV show in the 60’s? Anybody? Come on, I’m trying to be funny here. Well anyway, my name’s Golan, nice to meet you! I’m what you’d call a Turkey dog because that’s where I came from. Although wouldn’t that be cool if I was a turkey-dog – half dog, half turkey? I’d be world famous, that’s for sure. I will say, I already feel world famous for my big, dumbo ears! They have a mind of their own, these ears of mine! You’ll see!
Even though I was once homeless, I still act like your typical silly golden. I love saying hello to people and food is my favorite! What’s more golden than that? I also enjoy playing with tennis balls and squeaky toys. We’re not sure how I feel about swimming yet since the nice weather just got here, but I’m a golden so I think I could be a quick learner, especially if you threw a hot dog in the water. It’s too bad I can’t talk because I have some old injury to my elbow that sometimes causes me a limp, but it’s okay! I do well with it and most of the time you don’t even know it’s there!
Since I used to live on the streets, I understandably don’t really like to share my food. I had to do what I could to survive. That being said, no small kiddos for me please. I just don’t want them to touch my food or bones by accident.
I can be a gentleman with other dogs if they are mellow and tend to mind their own business, but I don’t really like dogs that jump in my face to play. Maybe it’s best that I be the only dog in the home. That doesn’t mean I can’t have a gentle walking buddy though!
“Move 'em on, head 'em up” and contact the adoption office so I can finally have a home!
4 year old spayed female Golden Retriever (60 pounds)
Now! Coming ALL the way from Chinaaaa! Beautiful and boisterous! Introducinggggg…crazy Mazieeeee!!!!
I told staff I wanted a good intro…they did well! My name is Mazie! My nickname has become crazy Mazie, but don’t let that make you think I am nuts. I’m not! I just the right amount of crazy and just the right amount of lazy! You can’t get any better than that.
I enjoy doing things, going for walks, and most of all, I enjoy TENNIS BALLS! They are my fav and I will find any that you forgot about under your couch! I’m not sure on the whole bringing it back and dropping it thing, but I think once I learn that and figure it out, I will LOVE to play fetch.
I enjoy the company of other dogs but I’m not a huge player. I am more interested in sniffing around and meandering about. I also love attention and will sit and nudge you for it once I’m done with my exploring.
So, thank you, staff, for the great intro, and I will hopefully be leaving soon so you can do a nice outro too!
2 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (65 pounds)
Spring? Where did you go? No one can find you because all you’ve done is rain! My smile should bring some sunshine to the world and will hopefully help bring some sunshine into my new family’s life!
I was told that I could be a really smart guy and I could learn a lot and I could become a member of a family? I thought I was dreaming! In Turkey we don’t usually get that stuff! But the time has come and I am ready to become a part of a family…maybe YOURS! I enjoy learning new things and would love for my family to enjoy teaching new things! I can be anxious sometimes and I like reassurance, so knowing what to do in different situations helps me feel more comfortable and confident! It’s no different than you being uncomfortable and not knowing what to do?! It is MUCH harder than knowing what to do!
I like food! So continuing my training shouldn’t be too hard. I don’t like to share my meals or bones with you guys though! I don’t want them to be taken away! So let’s just make a deal that if you give me those things that I can just have the space to HAVE them without you taking them from me.
I wouldn’t mind hanging out with other dogs, but I really didn’t pay much attention to those I have met. So I think living as an only dog is suitable, but maybe with some doggie friends on my street or in the future!
It’s time now for you to spring into action and inquire before I get scooped up!
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1 year old neutered male Labradoodle (60 pounds)
“You know I read it in a [Golden Times] magazine…B-B-B-Benny and the Jets!” How could you not fall in love with a dog that has his own theme song? And just look at my handsome face too! I even grew stylish a beard just in time for the new season of Game of Thrones. What do you think? Do I look like Jason Momoa yet? Okay, okay, I’ll stop taking about my good looks and get to the more important part – my personality!
I’m about as goofy and clumsy as they come. I love playing ball and I bet you’ll love watching my big paws clobber around trying to pounce on it. You’ll certainly get a kick out of my “zoomies” too. It’s like my body and my legs have separate brains and I’m just bopping around left and right with my wiggly bum in the air.
While I am big and dopey, I’m also pretty smart! I already know how to sit, lie down, and come and I have a huge potential to learn so much more. When the treats come out, I’m focused and ready to work.
Do you have an active doggie friend at home that could play with me? I think I would really like to have a playmate that I can chase and wrestle with. We can be best buds as long as they can keep up with my young, athletic body.
Well, what do you think. I think I’m pretty flawless if I do say so myself so what are you waiting for? Contact the adoption office and ask for Benny!
3 year old neutered male Golden Retriever mix (45 pounds)
Real-life teddy bears DO exist! And they go by the name of Charlie! I am not only as cute as a button, but I am so photogenic…it took them forever to figure out what pictures to use because they are ALL so good.
I came here to Yankee with one goal in mind; to find my forever family! These people here are nice and all but nothing compares to living in a home! I would know! I have been in a home before, and unfortunately, something happened and my human mom got really big and then had a HUMAN baby, and boy are those things stressful! And I’m not a big fan of stress. Are you? I didn’t think so. So I would do much better living in a home where I don’t have to deal with the stress of small humans.
I will admit that I am a bit of a nervous Nellie. When you look as cute as I do then you almost HAVE to be a little nervous meeting new people or they will just run up to you and pick you up to hug you! So I want a home that will be a little patient with me in meeting them and any other new people. I am the same way with dogs. I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing? Is that normal?
I can’t wait for you to inquire about me so that way we can get this whole meet and greet thing started! Oh, and by the way, I LOVE this shoe toy! It is my favorite…and no other dogs like them, so I am taking advantage! I also love to go for walks and give lots of hugs and kisses once I’m comfy with you!
5 year old neutered male golden retriever (75 pounds)
What caught your eye first? My handsome face, my soulful eyes, or my luxurious coat? Would you believe that such a beautiful boy like me came all the way from China? I do have a secret…I’m not completely flawless on the outside. I have a quite the scar on the back of my neck and one on my tummy too. The staff’s not sure how those scars came to be, but they’re all healed over and don’t bother me much. Maybe I was burned? Maybe I had an embedded collar? While my rescuers have been wonderful, some of the other people weren’t so nice. I was saved from the illegal meat trade in China, so who knows what kind of trauma I had to endure in the past.
There’s more to me than scars and an awful past though. The staff thinks I’m just the sweetest boy ever. I’m actually pretty good at being a “good citizen.” I walk well on a leash and do pretty well being brushed. I don’t know any commands yet other than sit, but I’m very food motivated so I think I’ll be a quick learner. Speaking of food, I’m not really great at sharing that stuff. I suppose that’s my only personality flaw, but cut me some slack, that’s how I survived after all. That being said, maybe older kids would be better, just so those little tiny humans don’t reach into my bowl by accident.
I don’t ask for much in my new home, just a comfy place to lay down and gentle hands to pet me. You don’t even need to have a doggie friend for me. To be honest, other dogs just aren’t that interesting to me. They can’t pet me or give me food, but people can and that’s why I prefer them over dogs. I’m sure there are some folks out that that aren’t very interested in other people, right? It’s like when you’d rather watch Netflix with you dog than go out to a bar with a ton of people. Same thing with me…I’d rather hang out with you than go to the dog park.
I hope you contact the adoption office soon because I can’t wait to finally have a home of my own! I’ve waited my whole life…literally!
5 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (80 pounds)
It’s Beary nice to meet you! Too corny? Sorry, I’m nervous writing this. I want to make sure you all know how good of a dog I am, but I don’t do well writing about myself and I’m stressed out here. No one works as good as they can when they are under stress. I know it is all to be able to find my forever home though! So I will pull through and tell you all about me! Here goes!
My name is Bear, as I’m sure you have gathered. I’m a good boy. I love sticks. And I love attention! I also LOVE to swim. That is probably my favorite thing in the world, so living in New England I have to find other things I love for half the year. I also LOVE toys. I try to fit as many as possible into my mouth to show everyone how much I love them!
I love going for rides in the car. Especially if it means we are going to the lake! I am no bump on a log, and I like to do stuff! Live life, ya know! I like to go for walks and could walk for a long time too! Hikes are fun.
I used to live with cats and I liked their company. I am not so sure about other dogs, so I think I would rather live as an only dog, but I would like to keep working on being comfortable around other dogs with my new home. I am sort of unsure at first because I don’t know them at all and I don't know what their intentions are! There are lots of dogs here, so that is a bit too overwhelming to me. I like to get to know them before I jump into the deep end, ya know?
I also really like to lean on you and almost tip you over. You must hold me up! And lastly, I love a good game of fetch!
4 year old neutered male Golden Retriever (80 pounds)
Handsome, charismatic, gentle, soulful, joyful, fun-loving. These are just some of the few words that I have heard humans use to describe me! I think they all mean good things? I try my best to be the best boy I can be, each and every day so I don’t see how they COULDN’T mean good things!
I just love life and live it to its fullest every day! If you need a lesson in that, or if you need something to brighten your day EVERY day, then your wait is over! Just adopt me already! I love to make people smile and to make people laugh! It’s in my blood. I’m a people pleaser.
I love to be as close to you as possible. These pictures of me were pretty tough to get because most of my pictures are close ups of my nose! I love attention and to nudge you for more when you stop.
I love to play with other dogs. I am a polite gentleman and will play and will also just hang out with other dogs too. I’m an all-inclusive doggie friend! I have some friends here that I like have playtime with and go out on walks with. I have also gone on a few fieldtrips and love to ride in the car!
I’m from Turkey and I don’t like to talk about my life before coming here, but I do have to talk about one thing. I unfortunately was born with a condition that doesn’t allow me to hold me pee! You don’t need to pity me, or say “aww that’s not good” because I don’t let it slow me down one bit. You can’t let something silly like that break your spirit! No! That is not how you live life to its fullest!
I have seen all the specialists already, there is no way to fix what I have going on, but I know that the right family will step up to the plate because you won’t have a better dog in your whole life! I just need the right family that understands that this is what it is and we can live happy days and go on this life journey together!
4 year old neutered male Golden-At-Heart [65 pounds]
Oh my!!! Are you my new family! Do you want a dog to be your best partner! Then that’s me! Let’s cut to the chase! Tennis balls are my favorite thing in the world so you better have a lot of them and I hope you’ll love throwing them for me! Are you looking for a buddy that likes to go hiking too? I’m definitely game for that. And swimming? Well that’s right up there with tennis balls – I love it!
So here’s my story…I guess my old owner didn’t have enough time for me so here I am. It’s not too bad here. Everybody loves playing fetch with me, but it’s just not the same as home, ya know? I’m a pretty fun guy and I’m sure we’ll easily become great friends!
By the way, did I mention I’m super smart? Like, SUPER smart! I already know a few basic commands and have taken a class on Canine Nose Work! I was an immediate pro with that and LOVED searching for things, so that would be fun to continue doing with my new home! I bet I would love learning more impressive tricks like roll over and play dead or even agility as well! You know what I also love…DOCK DIVING! I will jump off a dock for a ball and flyyyy through the air! So who wants to do all this fun stuff with me!?
I bet you’re wondering how I do with dogs, huh? Well, I’ll admit I’m a bit picky and unsure of what to do when I want to say hi, so I think I would like to live as the only dog in the home, but I don’t mind seeing other dogs out on walks and stuff! I just pay close attention to you since you have all the yummy treats! And cats? I’m not really sure what the heck those things are, but I hear they’ll plotting world domination. I don’t know, seems kind of shady, so I don’t think I want to share a house with one of those.
Believe it or not, I am lucky enough to be in a foster home right now! Boy is that better than a kennel. It's nice to just take walks with my foster dad then sprawl out on the couch in the peace and quite of a home. My foster dad thinks I'm great! He likes me a whole lot and wants nothing more than for me to find my forever family! For as fun as I am when we are working or playing, I am a pretty easy-going guy when it is time to rest or just hang out as well. I also love the car!
So anyway, are you looking for active young guy? One that wants to be involved in all your activities? Sometimes I come off as more energetic than a really am, but I can't help it. I just get so excited when I think that you could be my new family! Contact the adoption office today at (978) 568-9738 or email email@example.com!