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Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our wonderful Goldens. Due to an abundance of applications, Grateful Goldens Rescue only accepts applications in the South Carolina areas of the Grand Strand, Lowcountry, Columbia and of Coastal Georgia. In addition, we require a completed adoption application (found on the Adopt page) to start the process. After that, we will contact you. We look forward to working with you to find the right Golden for your family!



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Bailey is a standard size Goldendoodle, approximately 3 years old. Found abandoned in the Lowcountry area of South Carolina, he was emaciated weighing only forty-two pounds.  Bailey is now a healthy fifty-two pounds with the vet thinking his ideal weight will be between fifty-five and sixty pounds.  An overall healthy boy, he is up to date on his vaccines, heartworm negative, and scheduled for his neuter. Although his digestive tract is still recovering from malnourishment, the vet feels that with a proper diet and a little time he will be fine.


Bailey is happy, energetic, affectionate, and he loves children. Since he is a large dog, he would be best placed with older children. He loves car rides and long walks, is housebroken, and has already learned some basic commands such as sit and offers a paw.  While not perfect, Bailey is good on a leash and continues to improve daily.  


Bailey is currently living with a neutered male and they get along well. We are not sure about cats or other dogs as we have limited his contact until after neutering. He does need daily exercise to keep him happy and calm. 


Bailey is a bit timid and will withdraw if training is too assertive. He will need an owner that is patient and has a strong knowledge of training or is willing to spend the time and money on training to make him the superstar that he can be. Once he recovers from his neuter, Bailey will be ready for his forever home to celebrate the holidays!


Bailey is being fostered in the Charleston area.

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Sadie is a 3-year-old Golden girl who is up to date on vaccines, spayed and heartworm negative.

She loves her crate and is house trained. Although a rough start in life has left her with some anxiety issues, finding just the right family environment is key to helping her overcome them.


Sadie is looking for a family willing to work with her on leash walking and some food possessiveness. She has had three weeks of intensive “living in” training with a professional trainer who has graciously offered an ‘at home training’ session to educate the new family on what Sadie knows and how to continue to reinforce it. 🥰 


Sadie truly is a sweet pup who loves other dogs, people, and being part of a family. A family with a canine sibling for her to play with and older kids (8+) would be ideal.


Sadie is being fostered in the Charleston area.

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Beau is a small 1 yr. old purebred Golden Retriever who is a great dog that is affectionate with people. He loves to sit with you and be petted or have his tummy scratched. Beau weighs 57 lbs., is up to date on shots, neutered, and heartworm negative.

Beau plays well with other dogs in neutral environments like daycare or a dog park as long as there is nothing to claim such as toys or pinecones. He has resource guarding issues with anything he considers as his. It can be specific chewies or bones or anything he gets a hold of that he does not wish to relinquish. Beau has been trained to a remote training collar that must be used if you need to get anything from him. He will growl, guard, or snap otherwise. "Leave it" is his cue and he is responsive to the cue along with the collar. Beau will occasionally trade his valued resource for a treat or just drop or ignore the item but not consistently.

Rules are very important for Beau and his forever home. He knows all the basic obedience commands, walks on an Easy Walk harness and martingale collar. Beau waits for permission for everything including his food and crate. The training collar should be on all day and removed only at night for charging. Consistent training and work are necessary for Beau to keep him and others safe. He wants to please and is very loving. He will make a wonderful and sweet pet with these rules.

Beau needs to be in a home with no other dogs, no children, and requires an owner with very good dog skills. Working with Beau and his trainer, before adopting him, is a requirement.

Beau is being fostered in the Bluffton area.

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Indy is a handsome red Golden boy, weighing 50 lbs. and he is estimated to be 7-8 based on his teeth but his activity level is more like 4.


Sweet Indy can be quite needy and will soak up as much attention as he can get. He isn’t fond of thunder but he is not destructive and just wants to be in your lap. His teeth are somewhat worn on the front vertical surface, as though he was rubbing up against metal.


Indy is up to date on his vaccines and neutered. Although heartworm positive when he came into rescue, he has now completed his treatment and he is ready for adoption. He would love to be the only dog in a household.

NOTE: Indy is currently undergoing some medical testing and is not available at this time. We will update his status soon.


Indy is being fostered in the Savannah area.



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Can you imagine having sweet Ash

in your home?

Ash was born just  two weeks after GGR rescued his mother, Nala in November 2021. Nala is a Golden/Great Pyrenees and the dad is a German Shepherd.  Handsome Ash is the remaining pup from this litter.

Ash is inquisitive and he adores hands-on affection from people. Now 10 months old, it’s hard to remember he is just a puppy as he weighs around 80 pounds! Ash has good house manners. He is good with other dogs, we’re not sure about cats. This young boy can keep himself amused for hours with various toys (for hard chewers!). To help his transition, Ash is currently in a board and train facility and he would love to go right from training to his forever home. He truly is a sweetie and promises to be incredible when he completes his training.

Ash has won our hearts so if a big, friendly, well-trained puppy is on your wish list – please get in touch with us. Ash is waiting!

Ash is being fostered in the Florence area. 

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Saylor is a female Golden Retriever-Great Pyrenees mix who is approximately 2 ½ years old, spayed, and weighs about 50 lbs. She was rescued, along with her “brother” Red, from a hoarding, puppy mill situation and lived outside in a large pen. Saylor is the dominant one of the pair and a barker. She and Red have been fortunate to be fostered by a wonderful trainer that has introduced them to a world of compassionate people and friendly dogs.

Saylor has learned to enjoy human touch but takes a while to warm to new people. Still fearful, she needs a patient individual who is familiar with hoarding/puppy mill dogs. Saylor has come a long way and loves to be brushed and get tummy rubs. She is learning to leash walk, sit, lie down, is crate trained, and should be crated when not supervised. Saylor would do best with another playful dog and a secure yard with a fence 5 to 6 ft.

A work in progress, Saylor would love for someone to help her continue her journey to becoming someone’s beloved companion!

Saylor is being fostered in Bluffton, SC.



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Red is a male Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Poodle mix, that is approximately 2 ½ years old, neutered, and weighs about 55 lbs.  Rescued from a hoarding, puppy mill situation, he lived outside in a large pen with his “sister” Saylor. Red and Saylor have been fortunate to be fostered by a wonderful trainer that has introduced them to a world of compassionate people and friendly dogs.

Although fearful, Red is very gentle, and he is bonded with Saylor. He would do best with another dog that is confident.  He has learned to enjoy human touch, but it takes a while for him to warm up to new people.  Red is learning leash walking and his sit and down commands. He is crate trained and should be crated when unsupervised. A patient individual who is familiar with hoarding/puppy mill dogs and has a secure yard with a fence at least a 5 ft. would be ideal for Red.

Red, a work in progress, is looking for someone to help him continue his journey to becoming someone’s best buddy!

Red is being fostered in Bluffton, SC.

* With just the right home, Saylor and Red could be adopted as a bonded pair. They truly love to play and to be together. They have come a long way and will need continued behavior and obedience work.



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Missy is a sweet 1-year-old golden mix female. On the small side, about 50 lbs., she is up to date on vaccines, spayed, and heartworm negative. She is loving with women, children, and other dogs.


Unfortunately, Missy was treated harshly by a man and has understandably developed a fear of men. For this reason, we feel she needs a home without a man in the house, but one where she can be slowly introduced to men to build trust. She would also do best in a home with a fenced-in yard, preferably with a tall fence.

Missy is being fostered in Brunswick, GA.

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Adoption Pending!💖🐾


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Benji is a sweet 2-year old golden mix who has had a hard life. A small boy at only 37 lbs., he wandered into a small store in rural Georgia. The store owner posted pictures and did all he could to find his owners, but with no luck. Benji was taken to the local animal shelter where a kind stranger agreed to foster him so he wouldn’t have to stay in the shelter. Thankfully he has found his way to Grateful Goldens and has been living the golden life.

Benji has tested positive for heartworms and  Erlichia and has started treatment for both. Since treatment for heartworm can take 3 to 4 months, he is looking for a family willing to foster him through his treatment and who would make him a permanent member of their loving family when he has finished his treatment.

Looking at those soulful eyes, we believe he will be melting someone’s heart real soon! Could it be yours?

Benji is being fostered in Southern Georgia.

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Adoption Pending!🐾
Axel Has His Forever Home!💙🐾

Axel is one of Nala's precious litter, the sweet "A" puppies.  Now 10 months old, Axel has had all his puppy shots and is now neutered. He is a healthy,  active boy whose personality is just blossoming.

Axel is ready for his forever home! 🏠 Are you ready to open your heart and home to this sweet boy?

Axel is being fostered in the Florence area.


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Bella and Bailey



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Bella and Bailey are a mother/daughter pair of Golden girls that are 2 years old and 11 months old, respectively. They are up to date on vaccines, recently spayed, and heartworm negative. Both in excellent health, Bella weighs 48 lbs. and Bailey 53 lbs.

Rescued from a sad puppy mill situation, they spent their lives living outside tied to a tree in the back yard. These smart and energetic girls have made amazing progress in the last three weeks, becoming house trained, crate trained, and learning their basic commands. Both girls have learned to walk on the leash, are great with kids and other dogs, and seriously love attention. 💞

Bella, the mom, is a bit more relaxed than her daughter. She enjoys napping on the stone patio and loves to lay with her head in your lap when watching TV. Bailey is a typical young Golden--energetic, curious and a bit mischievous. She needs close attention, or she will grab something she knows is off limits for a quick game of keep-a-way.

These girls are a bonded pair, so they will need to go together to their forever home. A patient household familiar with dogs from a puppy mill environment that has a secure yard with a 5-foot fence would be ideal.

Bella and Bailey are being fostered in the Charleston area.

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Bella & Bailey Have Their Forever Home!💞🐾