It would be horrible to have that happen, however I'm am a realist and know that no rescue can save every dog that comes their way and believe restricting people from this type of adoption would be a disservice to all the other dogs waiting to be adopted.
It shouldn't have to be that hard to be able to adopt a golden who is setting in a shelter due to not enough foster parents.
Almost all Rescues have an Adoption contract which states if the owner can no longer care for the dog they have adopted for any reason for the lifetime of that dog, it is to be returned to the Rescue Group.. Adopters sign the Adoption Contract full aware of this clause and agree to abide by the terms of the Adoption Contract.
It has happened several times to a few Rescues in my area who have had to change their policy-
A boxer Rescue adopted a dog to a family out of state which they normally did not do, but for some reason made an exception in this case. The Rescue Group was contacted by the local Animal Control after the Adopter turned that dog into the facility. The adopter was fully aware that they were to contact the Rescue if they could no longer care for this dog, but for whatever reason chose not to.
The Boxer Rescue was in the process of making arrangements to have Volunteers drive to the Out of State facility to pick up the Boxer. Before the arrangements could be completed and the dog picked up, Animal Control euthanized the dog because it's hold time had expired even though AC knew the Rescue was planning to come get the dog.
After this particular incident, the Rescue would no longer adopt their dogs to anyone out of their Service Area and especially not Out of State.
Why not adopt a dog you see in a shelter directly through the shelter?
My girl is from a GR Rescue and I found my boy at my County Humane Society. I lost my bridge boy almost 2 years ago at the age of 15.5. I was planning to adopt through one of the GR Rescues in my state, had their Adopt app. downloaded, but had not started filing it out when I saw a young Golden boy at my HS which was only 15-20 minutes from my house. If I had gone through the GR Rescue, I was looking at a 2.5-3 hour trip one way. This was a win win situation for me. I was looking for a Golden boy and this boy was in need of a home and family.