Interested adopters and SEVA GRREAT supporters:

During the winter holiday season we are going to temporarily “paws” the adoption process. We would like you to understand why, so here are the reasons.

First, it is very important for a newly adopted Golden to join his/her forever family when things are at their most "normal". The holidays are anything but "normal" in most households ~ it's a hectic time of year with more of everything ~ more traveling, more time away from home shopping and visiting, more guests, more food...and this can be very stressful for a new Golden family member.

Second, our dedicated volunteers are also busy with their families and need a well-deserved break during the holidays.

Also, many of the millions of homeless pets in North America are pets that were returned or abandoned as a result of an "impulse" buy. Since many pets are bought impulsively during the holidays, we support "no pet buying" over the holiday season. 

Adoption applications are now closed and will reopen in the new year. Soon, we also will not be posting any dogs as available for adoption to our already approved families until after the holidays.

In the meantime, all the Goldens in our care are happily spending this time with their wonderful foster families and are safe and sound and happy (so worry not)! They're even probably sharing in the spoils of leftover turkey.

We will be back up and running again in the new year and hopefully we will be able to find many dogs their new families and homes then. We at SEVA GRREAT would like to thank you for being rescue-minded, and wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

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 aThis 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.

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.  The adoption fee helps cover a portion of the expenses we incur to take in and care for our Goldens. The current average cost of dogs in our care is more than $1,500.00 each.

Adoption fees as of 1 August 2019:

  • Ages 1-4  $500.00
  • Ages 5-8  $450.00
  • Ages 9 and older  $200.00
  • Turkey Dogs $700.00
  • China Dogs $850.00

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.