The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club (MFGRC) offers a Puppy Referral service for both club members who have puppies available and non-members looking to add a Golden Retriever puppy to their family.
Only breeders who are MFGRC members, and who meet certain requirements, are allowed to list their litters with Puppy Referral. These requirements are:
- Be a Member in good standing for at least 12 months prior to listing.
- Have signed the club’s Code of Ethics
- Have received OFA hip, elbow and heart clearances, as well as a CERF or OFA eye clearance (done yearly) on both the sire and dam of the litter. Proof of clearances can be obtained by looking up the dogs’ registered names on www.offa.org.
- Breeders meeting the above 3 requirements should contact the club’s puppy referral point of contact (listed above) to notify them that they will soon have puppies available or currently have puppies available to approved homes.
Buyers are reminded that MFGRC cannot guarantee the quality, availability or health of any puppy purchased as a result of a referral from its Puppy Referral service. Breeders may have more than one litter when you call or email.
It is up to the buyer to ask questions and make sure they are comfortable with the breeder they have chosen. MFGRC will not involve itself in disputes between buyers and breeders involved with the club’s Puppy Referral service. While MFGRC encourages each member to uphold the club’s Code of Ethics, the Board of Directors CANNOT be responsible for total enforcement.
Buyers should also be aware that often there are more potential buyers than there are quality litters/puppies available. This means that there may not be litters listed when you begin your search, breeders may have placed all puppies before they are 8 weeks of age, or breeders may have a long waiting list for their next litter. We encourage puppy buyers not to “give up” their search for a well bred puppy. Patience pays off!
Here is a useful link from the Golden Retriever Club of America to better help educate potential Golden Retriever Puppy buyers in seeking a Golden Retriever puppy.
While MFGRC encourages each member to uphold The Club’s Code of Ethics, the Board of Directors CANNOT be responsible for total enforcement. It is the Potential puppy buyer’s responsibility to insure that all paperwork with regard to clearances and pedigrees are available for review. Potential puppy buyers are encouraged to contact the MFGRC Puppy Referral Service to determine if a litter has been listed for referral. Our current Puppy Referral person, Michele Throm is the only authorized representative of MFGRC’s puppy referral program. Referrals from any other club members should not be considered valid and approved referrals of MFGRC. Buyers also are reminded that MFGRC cannot guarantee the quality or health of any puppy purchased as a result of a referral from its Puppy Referral Service.