FAQ

GRRALL is a foster based organization based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We have no paid staff and are all volunteers. We are unable to answer individual questions without an adoption application. We have compiled a list of questions that are frequently asked. If you have a question that is not adoption related, please email us at grralliance@gmail.com. If you have a question on a specific dog not answered below, please submit an adoption application at www.grralliance.org/adopt.

Q: How much does it cost to adopt from GRRALL?
A: All GRRALL dogs are $300. We require an additional spay/neuter deposit for dogs under 6 months of $100.

Q: Do I have to have a fence to adopt a dog from GRRALL?
A: Homes with a backyard must have the yard fenced with GRRALL-approved fencing.

Q: I live in an apartment; does that preclude me from adoption?
A: No! As long as your apartment allows dogs, we’d be happy to review your application. Certain dogs are not good fits for an apartment and we cannot place a dog under 18 months in an apartment. We’ll check with your landlord about permission and pet deposits. The pet deposit must be paid before a GRRALL is placed with the family. Most families opt to pay it once a home visit has been completed.

Q: Do you adopt Goldens to families with small children (under age 5)?
A: We do not place dogs into homes with children under 5.

Q: Where can I come and see the dogs?
A: GRRALL does not have a physical location. All of our dogs are housed in foster homes throughout the DFW Metroplex. We do host Meet and Greets multiple times each month.  Please check our Calendar of Events for information about how to meet our available dogs.

Q: How often do you get puppies?
A: It varies widely. We almost never get purebred Golden puppies under six months of age. We sporadically have Golden-Mix puppies.

Q: I’m interested in a dog I saw online! What is the next step?
A: Please submit an online adoption application. A GRRALL volunteer will be in touch with you shortly. Some dogs online are in the process of being adopted but have not had their adoptions finalized.

Q: I submitted an adoption application and I’m dying to meet a dog I saw online. When will I hear something?
A: We try to touch base with applicants via email or phone. Please be patient! We are all volunteers with full-time jobs, family commitments, and foster dogs. If you haven’t heard anything within five business days, please email us at grralliance@gmail.com.

Q: I’ve filled out an application and met the dog at a Meet and Greet. What happens next?
A: If the foster parent feels that your family is a good fit, a home visit will be scheduled. A volunteer (usually the foster parent) will bring the foster dog to your house and see how he/she interacts with your family. The volunteer will verify that your yard is adequately fenced. If the foster family feels that it is a good match, arrangements will be made to finalize the adoption.

Q: I can’t come to the Meet and Greet? May I still be considered?
A: Possibly. We do some adoptions by appointment in between Meet and Greets. If the dog has several families coming to meet him/her, the foster probably won’t consider a family they haven’t met. Don’t worry though! We get new dogs in every week. We can’t consider anyone without an application so please submit one! Puppies are primarily adopted by appointment only.

Q: What is a home visit and why do you require one?
A: A home visit is a quick review by one of our volunteers. We need to make sure your home is suitable and ready for a new family member. We check the fences, ask and view where the dog will sleep at night and just generally chat about the breed. We require a home visit to verify this is a good placement for a GRRALL dog. We cannot “skip” this step so please don’t ask. If you are uncomfortable with a home visit, please adopt from your local animal shelter as they may not require a home visit.

Q: What if someone else adopts the dog I want?
A: GRRALL rescues and places many dogs in their forever homes each year. We have a lot of experience placing dogs, and our commitment is to always place a dog with a family that is the best possible match for her or him. But don’t worry! If the dog you had your eye on gets adopted by another family, we hope that you will celebrate the fact that the dog found a forever family—and then come out to another Meet and Greet and get to know some of our other loveable Goldens.

Is the dog I’m interested in a purebred Golden?
A: We don’t know. Registration Papers (AKC, CKC etc.) are not conclusive evidence of genealogy. We have taken in many dogs “with papers” that are obvious mixes. If we label the dog as a mix, then we know he or she is a Golden Retriever Mix. If the dog looks like a Golden Retriever and is not labeled as a mix, then we believe them to be a Purebred Golden but they may be mixes. We do know that all of our dogs have a Golden Heart and will make wonderful companions

Q: Do you adopt dogs to people who live outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area?
A: Unfortunately, no. Our service area is limited to Dallas and Tarrant counties and the immediate bordering counties – Wise, Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Hood and Parker counties.

Q: How long does it take to get matched with a dog?
A: It varies. It may be a few days or a few months. We take placing our dogs very seriously. Every decision we make is in the best interest of the foster dog.

Q: I want to adopt this dog as a present for my family member (or friend), how do we do the home visit and still keep it a surprise?
A: We don’t. Dogs are a lifetime commitment and not one that should ever be a surprise. Please don’t submit an application on behalf of someone unless they are unfamiliar with a computer and you have their permission!

Q: Who do I contact to surrender my Golden or alert GRRALL of a Golden in need of rescue?
A: If you would like to surrender a dog, please submit a surrender application and email a picture to grralliance@gmail.com. If you know of a dog in need of rescue, please email all known information and a picture (if possible) to grralliance@gmail.com.

Q: Are you are 501 (c)(3)?
A: Yes! We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. We will always use your money wisely and well! We are an all-volunteer organization and have no paid staff members. Over 95% of every dollar goes to pay the medical costs of the rescue dogs.

Q: I want to volunteer for GRRALL! Who do I contact?
A: Please submit a volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

Q: I want to foster a dog! Who do I contact?
A: Please submit a foster application and our foster coordinator will be in touch.

Q: I have a question not answered on this page?
A: Please email grralliance@gmail.com and we will be in touch. Any questions about specific dogs require an application to be on file.