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 or in western/southwestern Virginia.

SEVA GRREAT believes that every Golden deserves a chance, no matter their place of birth. To date we have rescued over 60 homeless Goldens from Turkey. Because those efforts have been so rewarding, we are expanding our efforts to help Goldens in China as well. Without our help, these dogs would die. Our first Golden arrivals from China will be coming to Virginia shortly. These dogs embody everything that is special about our breed.

Thinking about adopting a golden retriever? Well, how about considering a senior. Think about your lifestyle: Do you work all day? Perhaps you might not have the energy to keep up with a young dog. Or maybe you don't want to go through the "puppy stage" but really want a companion 

If your home is approved to adopt, your Home Evaluator will work with you to help you choose the dog who is the best fit for your family.

Adoption Fees: (as of 1 April 2019)

Ages 1-4  $450.00

Ages 5-8  $400.00

Ages 9 and older  $200.00

Turkey Dogs $600.00

China Dogs $850.00

The adoption fee helps cover a portion of the expenses we incur to take in and care for our Goldens.

Click here to read more about adopting.

For hundreds of years, homeless dogs have been a part of the Turkish environment. Estimates for the number of homeless dogs roaming the streets and in the shelters of Istanbul vary greatly from 70,000 to 150,000.
Once considered a status symbol by the wealthy in Turkey, Golden Retrievers have become more common and less valued. As a result, hundreds end up being released onto the streets dodging traffic and begging for scraps.

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