Thank you for your interest in adopting a Golden Retriever from SEVA GRREAT. Before you complete an application, please take a few minutes to review how the adoption process works.

Our rescue covers the following areas

  • Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake/Portsmouth
  • Hampton, Newport News, Smithfield, York County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Mathews
  • Richmond and Charlottesville
  • We may cover other areas within the Southeastern region of the state.  Please contact our adoption coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before completing an application to ensure we have volunteers to cover your area.
  • We DO NOT adopt out of state.

When you submit your application, there is a $25.00 NON REFUNDABLE application fee.  This fee can be paid via our website using the Paypal Button or by check. 

The decision to place one of our Goldens into an adoptive home is not one that we take lightly. We reserve the right to deny any application and may not disclose the reason for denial. We do not operate on a first-come first-served basis, as it is our goal to find the absolute best fit for both our dog and the adoptive family.

Adopting a Golden Retriever is a big responsibility and one that you should be prepared to honor for the life of the dog.  Goldens are large active dogs, weighing 60 to 100 pounds, and often display puppy-like behavior until they are 3 or more years old.  Goldens need a family who is devoted to giving them lots of love, attention, and exercise.  Goldens are friendly and fantastic family dogs, but can also be scared and develop anxieties. Besides being adorable, they are also BIG, FURRY attention-seekers who shed on everything all day every day.  

You should be prepared to care for the needs of your dog throughout his or her life.  You can expect to pay an average of $1000 yearly to give your Golden the proper care.  This does not include the cost of a serious medical problem.   

SEVA GRREAT works very hard to find the right match for each Golden who comes into our care. It is a process that can vary from as short as a few weeks, up to one year.   If you are wanting a Golden for your family immediately, a rescued Golden may not be for you.  Because we are a rescue, we have no way of knowing when Golden Retrievers will come into our care.     

Once your application has been received,  you will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 days.  The adoption application is located under the adoptions tab.   After review and approval of the application, your request to adopt will be forwarded to our team of home evaluators to arrange a home visit.   Please allow up to 4 weeks for a home visit to be scheduled.

All of our Goldens live in private foster homes.  They may be located anywhere from Virginia Beach to Richmond.  If selected to visit a dog in a foster home, all members of the family (including 4 legged ones) must go on the visit.

The adoption fees to adopt one of our Goldens is:

Ages 1-4  $450.00

Ages 5-8  $400.00

Ages 9 and older  $200.00 

Click here to proceed to the adoption application.

If you have any additional questions regarding adopting. Please contact our adoption coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..