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Hello,
We have been looking into breeders, and have gotten some great recommendations from this forum - thank you all! We were planning to wait until August to take home a puppy, but with all of the changes going on, we'd love to take a puppy home now or in the coming weeks if possible. I know it's a long shot, but if anyone happens to know of a reputable breeder with unclaimed puppies ready to go home now or soon, please let me know. We are in Western Massachusetts and willing to drive up to five hours or so to get our puppy. We have two children (aged 7 and 8) and are an active family looking for a great companion.
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It's rare but sometimes life circumstances change and a puppy becomes available. Best wishes.
 

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Here is a link for the GRCA Breeder Referral by Club-

 

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Other New England breeders are often the best sources of info about who in the area has pups, and especially, who might have AVAILABLE pups. If you've already begun to identify New England breeders to contact about August litters, it wouldn't hurt to reach out to them now, ask if they have available puppies and, if not, if they could recommend someone who might. Note that you should still treat this as you would have any initial contact... fill out their puppy application if they have one, make your initial email short but informative - Don't just send a "do you have puppies?" email, but don't write a novel either. Just a brief email introducing yourselves, stating what you are looking for, noting the attached application, if applicable, and asking for referrals if they can't help you. If they don't currently have puppies, you should also mention the August time frame in case you don't find something for right now...

That said, the referral person for Connecticut River Valley Golden Retriever Club might have the best idea who has puppies on the ground right now. I think breeders will see a mix of buyers backing out due to COVID and those who are suddenly eager to get a puppy while they're home. Hopefully it will be a win/win. Good luck!

(OH - and remember - Don't be tempted to compromise on your standards just to get a puppy at a convenient time! You still need to do due diligence in checking/verifying those health clearances!).
 
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