After the sudden loss of our senior dog at the beginning of shelter-in-place last year, our family was heartbroken and feeling the huge gap left when a furry family member is no longer around.  We knew we wanted to rescue a Golden, but quickly found that many other families wanted to do the same.

We were told that it could be six months to a year to be matched with a rescue, but then we saw Mose (then named Takita) highlighted in an email just a few weeks later; we reached out right away to learn more about him.  My husband instantly fell in love with him, and after meeting him at his wonderful foster mom’s home, we knew that he was meant to be ours.

Our children adore Mose!  Even the neighbors who came to meet him were impressed by how handsome and well-behaved he was right from the start.  He was quickly gifted many toys and lovies. Mose enjoys snuggle time no matter what room he’s in as long as his humans are there.  He can be goofy or serious, tender or protective, agreeable or a bit rebellious.  The longer he has been with us, the more his personality shines through, and we know that is because he continues to feel more and more comfortable letting down his guard.

We feel so fortunate to have been chosen as his family!  And, we have developed a friendship with his foster mom, too, so that Mose can have yet another human in his life who loves him.


  • 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