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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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Nelson is such a sweet and very good boy who is around 9 years old. He would be the best companion for someone who has time to share some love. Only 35 lbs., he is a perfect size to be a lap dog (ahem would also love to sleep with you too! 😝). Nelson is good with other dogs or he would be happy as an only dog. No small children please as he is frightened by them. We do not know about cats.

Nelson was not a stray but came from a home with other dogs and a fenced yard. He is crate trained and has other basic skills. His foster says he is "Just the bestest boy!"🐾❤️. Looking for a great buddy? Well, Nelson is the dog you have been waiting for!

Nelson is available for a meet and greet in Bluffton, SC.

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Handsome boy! 💙


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Emmett is a sweet 2 year old golden whose family made the tough decision to let Grateful Goldens find him a new home because they could no longer care for him. Emmett has been vetted and is in good health. He weighs 70 lbs., is heartworm negative, and up to date on shots. Although still intact, he is waiting to be neutered.

Emmett has settled nicely into his foster home where he has one foster brother. He is housebroken and has good house manners. Emmett doesn’t like to be crated, but has proven that he does not need crating. He met some cats during his last vet visit and basically ignored them. Although he doesn’t know many commands, he seems to be very willing to learn.

Emmett is looking for a family to foster him with the intent to adopt him once he is neutered.

Emmett is being fostered in Florence.

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Shep is a sweet and loving 7-year-old golden who came to GGRLC due to a change in his families circumstances.   He has been fully vetted and is in good health.  While Shep is rapidly moving towards his target weight of 75 pounds, he once tipped the scales at over 110.  While his excessive weight placed some stress on his hips, his stiffness is well controlled with supplements.  He is neutered and heartworm negative.

Shep settled in quickly to his new foster home.  He constantly wants to play with his 2 foster brothers and is enjoying his newfound energy level.  He’s not a fan of being crated but has such good house manners that it’s not necessary.  He’s great with kids and is quickly learning his basic commands.

Shep’s bags are packed, and he is ready for his forever home.  If you’re looking for a big furry bundle of love, Shep’s your man.

Shep is being fostered in the Charleston area.

Adoption Pending!💙🐾
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My puppy pic!

Miles, a handsome 4-year-old Golden boy, was surrendered when his owners wer no longer able to care for him. He is a sweet and active boy who is up to date on vaccines, neutered, and heartworm negative.


Miles weighs in at 110 lbs. and we will be working to get him down to a healthy 85 lbs. Thankfully he is enjoying his green beans and weight management food. He will be seeing a specialist to address a bad left rear knee although he is currently not showing any signs of being in pain.


It appears that Miles has led a sheltered life as everything is new to him and he is embracing it like a puppy in a new world! 

Miles is being fostered in Myrtle Beach.

Miles Has His Forever Home!💙🐾


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Griffin’s past is not a great one, though you would never know it with his amazing disposition. He is an adorable Golden mix estimated to be 4-6 years old that is up-to-date on his vaccines, neutered, and has completed his heartworm treatment. Although his teeth are quite worn, he will be having some dental work soon.


This fun, loving boy is always so happy with a wagging tail and big smile. Griffin loves walks, car rides, porch sitting, and a good couch snuggle. Great with cats and kids, he is good with female dogs and, with slow introductions, he does well with submissive male dogs.

Griffin has his bags packed and is ready for his forever home. Will it be yours?


Griffin is being fostered in Mt. Pleasant.

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Adoption Pending!💙🐾


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Derek is the last of Wanda's puppies looking for his forever home. He about 8 months old, up to date on his vaccines, neutered, and just a great little guy waiting to become a loving member of his forever family. Are you ready to open your heart and home to this sweetheart and shower him with love and a safe home to grow up in?

Derek would love the companionship of another canine so if you are looking to add another dog to your family, Derek is your boy!

He has his bags packed and waiting to hear from you!

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Derek Has His Forever Home! 💙🐾


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Bowman, an 11 1/2 year old PB English Cream Golden, was surrendered to the rescue because his owners were moving. He is a very handsome boy who is your typical friendly and loving Golden.


Bowman has been seeing the vet due to severe arthritis and obesity. He's been placed on a diet, is receiving medications to help him with pain, and he is responding well.

Looking for that "fireside" Golden to keep you company? Bowman is definitely your guy!

Bowman is being fostered in Charleston.

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Bowman Has His Forever Home!💙🐾


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Cooper is a 5 year old gorgeous red Golden Retriever whose owner passed away and found himself rehomed temporarily where we were contacted to help. Little is known about his past, but we do know he is a happy boy who weighs 60 pounds and is healthy. We have him scheduled to be neutered and he will have the last of his vaccines.


Cooper is housebroken and will let you know when he needs to go out. He obeys commands like sit, stay, lay down. He loves car rides and gets excited when he sees one thinking he may go for a ride. We were told he likes water, but he hasn’t been to the beach yet. He loves to go for long walks and jumps and wiggles with excitement when arriving home. Cooper loves attention, hoping to be petted or scratched for a long time.


Cooper spent most of his life around older people and hasn’t had much exposure to other dogs. He does not bark unless he sees a dog or when a package is being delivered. He loves children but, not aware of his size, older children would be best. We do know that he is not fond of cats. Cooper has the true Golden temperament and will make a wonderful companion.


Cooper is being fostered in the Charleston area.

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Cooper Has His Forever Home!💙🐾



Kyra is a 3 year old Golden beauty whose family made the difficult decision to let her come into rescue due to their medical issues. She was a much loved girl and they only wanted the very best for her. Kyra weighs 72 lbs., spayed, and heartworm negative. She is your typical sweet, happy, and loving Golden girl.


Kyra will be brought up to date on her vaccines and will be ready soon for her forever home.

Kyra is being fostered in Murrells Inlet.

Kyra Has Her Forever Home!💖🐾


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Jackson is a handsome 4-year-old Golden whose owners made the difficult decision to surrender him to the rescue because they wanted the best for him. This Golden boy weighs 62 lbs, is up to date on vaccines, neutered, and heartworm negative. He has had seizures in his previous home but they are controlled and we have not seen any seizure activity since being in rescue.


Jackson is an energetic, well-socialized, happy go luck boy that is great with other dogs and children. He hasn’t been around indoor cats but tries to play with the outside cat.


Jackson is everything you would expect from a Golden – even tempered, goofy, happy, sweet, energetic, eager to please, and he never meets a stranger. He is well mannered and loves to tag along for a day at the beach, shopping, restaurants, car rides or any place you may go. He is very smart and loves to work on training. Jackson has his bags packed and waiting on his forever home. Will it be yours?

Jackson is being fostered in Columbia.

Jackson Has His Forever Home!💙🐾


Princess Has Her Forever Home!

Princess is a cute 8 year old Golden mix girl, who weighs 54 lbs. and is blessed with the most adorable ears! She is up to date on vaccines, has been spayed, and heartworm negative.


Princess loves going for walks and playing games that involve treats. She would much rather be with her people than play with other dogs so being the only dog in a home would suit her just fine. Although she displays some separation anxiety, it can be managed.


Princess is really hoping that someone will open their heart and home to her. Will it be yours? 💖

Princess is being fostered in the Savannah area.

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