I'm sorry you lost Chance and am also sorry you are having trouble finding a new friend.
I do not work with a rescue and do not qualify for rescue with my local GR group. However, I do realize what a wonderful service they provide. I have had five "rescue" dogs in the last 8 years and would like to share my knowledge based on them.
1. My first rescue I found. he was quite old and had not had good care for a while. His issues: absolutely none based on personality and behavior. He had typical old age issues.I only had him 8.5 months, but he reintroduced me to the joy dogs bring.
2. Owner release. this one was my heart dog. Absolutely smart, well trained, immediate bonding. It turns out he was also H/W postive and had indolent ulcers in his eyes, so his vet bills cost me appreciably more than a rescue would have charged me. Worth every cent and then some. I still grieve over losing him.
3. Chance - shelter rescue. Numerous phobias we had to work through. It took months to turn him into a basically well adjusted happy dog. He never did get over some of his fears (camera for one!). within 3 months I had to have a tumor removed from his side - $350. Otherwise, just normal vet bills until a liver mass took him from me 2.3 years later.
4. Copper - shelter rescue. He was very destructive, male dog aggressive, rather ADD too. He has cost me an enormous amount of money in the 5 years we have been together and I am very happy he is still around to break the bank.
5. Jack - BassettX I found 2.75 years ago. He was a starved pitiful little puppy with rickets. His vet bills so far have been pretty reasonable, but he is young and still has time to spent my money
So.... it is not necessary cheaper to go with a different type of rescue (shelter, owner release) over a formal one with a rescue group. most of them have training and knowledge that enables them to find you the best fit for your family and hopefully all health issues have been taken care of or at least you are informed of them.
The rescues are very much interested in placing their charges in a good home. that is one reason they will not do an out of state adoption. they cannot verify that it is inded a good home.
If you and the dog do not get along, they will take him back and you can try to find a better match. If you get a problem child from the shelter (like I have) and you take him back, you know he will be put to sleep. That is sufficient reason for me to work through any issues, but it has not always been easy.
You can possibly find your dream dog at a shelter or through Craig's list, but he might come with more baggage than you can handle. Once copper is gone, I am sure I will find anther sad face to bring home whether it is beside the road, at a shelter or somewhere else but there have been times when I thought I had bit off more than I could chew.:no:
Sorry for the tome. I wanted to try to give you the big picture.
Good luck. I hope you find a new friend soon.
QUOTE=CHANCE;963998]As many of you know I lost my beloved golden earlier this month and have been looking into rescue organizations so here are some issues I am having first off the cost is quite high though I understand the need to recoupe some cost but 300.00 seems extreme in this ecomony wouldn't they rather GR goes to a good home . Next I live in Indiana and have found only one place that has rescues I also don't understand why you can't adopt outside of your state . I also do not understand why you can't choose which golden you are intrested in one site goes as far as saying we will match GR based on your application I don't think so sounds fishy to me . Any help would be appreciated[/QUOTE]