My name is Charlie and I’m a good-looking 5 year old golden retriever, if I do say so myself. I’m a big boy, but my 112 pounds should be closer to 90. My foster mom and I are working on it when we take a break from cuddling with my head in her lap!

When I first arrived at my new foster home, I was timid and a little nervous.  After a few days, I got more comfortable and now I am having fun playing and learning lots of new things. I have a special game with my basket of toys. I very carefully bring one toy at a time into the sun room until all are gathered into a neat pile and my job is done. I am so proud of my accomplishment!

My foster mom says I am a really quick learner whether it’s getting used to walking with a harness or figuring out a game called “catch”! If you want me to shake, that’s not a problem … and neither is sit, down, come, give and leave it! Just ask! I accept low fat dog treats like a gentleman and even sit and wait to have my paws wiped after a rainy walk.

I’m always ready to go for car rides, but if you have to leave me alone, I’m fine. Just be ready to be charmed with tail wags and ears up high when you return.

I’m really good with adults but because I’m not quite sure how to act when meeting other dogs on leashes, I think it’s best if I live in a home without another dog. I’m very affectionate and loyal, and all the people I meet say they just love me. I know I will be a wonderful companion in my forever home. I hope you are willing to give me a chance to prove it to you!

Male, 5 Years Old

  • Be at least 23 years of age

  • No children under 6 years of age living in your home

  • We primarily adopt goldens to families living within Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and the southern most counties of Wisconsin

  • If you do not own your residence or live in a condo, you will need a letter from your landlord or property management company

  • Provide excellent vet care for your dog(s)

  • Do not use an invisible fence

  • Are not over your town/county's pet limit

  • Have the knowledge and agreement of all adults living in the household

  • Be prepared to make a lifetime commitment

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR POLICIES? All your answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

If interested please fill out our online adoption application form; please make sure you fill in every required field/question or your submission will not go through. Please note that we take time to learn as much as we can about each dog in our care and our bios are our current observations; we are unable to make any guarantees on the future health or temperament of your adopted dog. Most dogs in our care come with unknown pre-rescue history and as such breed and age estimates are an educated guess.

Available Goldens for Adoption