What are rescue dogs like? and leash training, and some basic obedience. The for the next 10-15 years (avg. lifetime make sure that a Golden Retriever is for you –
No two dogs, even of the same breed, are behavior of the dog in a friendly environment is of a Golden)? they’re not for everyone! We encourage you to
ever alike. All of our rescue dogs are friendly, evaluated for adoption placement. The Humane Society estimates that it costs read about the golden breed prior to making a
wonderful dogs that desperately need love, Rescued dogs are offered for adoption to owners about $1000 per year to feed and care for decision to adopt a golden. Many books are
attention and a second chance at life. Many are qualified families. The adoption fee charged for a dog the size of a Golden Retriever. Every dog available and we recommend The Golden Retriever
housebroken and some have obedience training. the dog helps cover the costs of its care. The needs year-round heartworm preventative by Jeffery Pepper and Second Hand Dog by Carol
Most rescue dogs are between 1-10 years old. adoption fee is $325; $175 if the dog is over age 8. and an annual check-up by a veterinarian including Lea Benjamin.
A common misconception about older dogs is An adoption application fee of $10 will go towards inoculations. Some dogs have health problems Adoptions are followed up by calls and visits
that they are “untrainable”; Goldens, however, the adoption fee. If a dog is physically or that require continuing medication or surgery. All by a GRR volunteer. Assistance and advice is
are so eager to please that they are very temperamentally unsound and cannot reasonably dogs deserve a healthy diet of well-balanced dog offered to help the adoptive family and rescue dog
trainable at any age. They may actually learn be rehabilitated, it is euthanized. food formulated for their needs. They also need a adjust to each other. We work very hard to ensure
more easily when they are older, more mature collar, leash, comb, brush, toys and food and every GRR dog tale will have a happy ending.
and less “puppylike”. GRR does NOT buy dogs. water bowls. Owners must license their dogs
Many rescue dogs come from owners who Because of the unchecked breeding of many according to local regulations. GRR strongly
no longer want to care for them. Usually, these dogs and the failure to spay/neuter most pets, the recommends that the adoptive family attend
people bought a cute fluffy puppy without golden population has grown to dismal obedience classes with their Golden, as it will
realizing the cute puppy would soon become a proportions. In addition, most Goldens are sold by greatly improve the quality of life for both pet and
large, hairy, adult dog who would need lots of persons who (1) do not take the time to educate owner.
time, training, love and attention. This is often the buyers about the care of large dogs, (2) do not
when they decide to get rid of the dog because require spay/neuter contracts and (3) do not Do I have the facilities to keep a
“they don’t have time for it.” Occasionally provide health guarantee contracts for the lifetime Golden Retriever?
owners have to place their Goldens because of of the animal. An adult Golden of 60-80 pounds is a big hairy
allergies or because they are moving “Puppy Mills” and irresponsible backyard handful! They shed their beautiful coats,
somewhere the dog will not be welcome. breeding will continue as long as they are sometimes profusely, and are not suited to the
The rest of our dogs come in as strays from profitable and we do not contribute to their immaculate housekeeper. Goldens are happiest
shelters. Occasionally we are able to shut down success by buying their dogs. We only pay living in the house, with the family, so they must
a “puppy mill” or backyard breeding operation. appropriate shelter and impound/adoption fees. be housebroken and trained to obey the house What is GRR membership and how
One such special rescue was the “Tie a Gold rules. Owners must be willing to keep their
Ribbon” rescue in 1998, which resulted in the Am I ready for a dog? Ask yourself do I join?
dog in the house while they are away. GRR
rescue of nearly 100 dogs! We do not place GRR is staffed entirely by volunteers, people
these questions. strongly recommends the use of a dog crate
who love Goldens and want to help other Goldens
known biters or growlers. Any dog will bite if Does my lifestyle permit me to to protect your pets from accidents around
provoked enough, but any dog we know to be get a second chance at a happy life. Members
care for, train and spend quality time the home.
contribute what they are best able to give:
aggressive is not placed through our program. Goldens need regular exercise to stay healthy.
with a pet? providing foster homes, transporting, exercising or
For the health and safety of the dog, GRR requires
Goldens demand love from their owners, and a bathing dogs, answering phones, home visits,
What Services does GRR provide? rescued dog often needs extra patience and
that prospective owners have a fenced area for
fundraising, data entry and record keeping, helping
GRR accepts dogs that are identifiable as their Golden. All adoptive homes must have
affection to overcome problems created in its at special events, etc.
Golden Retrievers. Rescued dogs are taken to a fenced yards. Exceptions are considered for
earlier life. They must be groomed regularly, We welcome your interest and encourage you
licensed veterinarian to receive a thorough check- those adopting senior dogs, age 7 or older.
exercised daily, and trained to be good citizens. A to visit our website for more information about
up. Necessary treatment is performed including busy household, where people are seldom home GRR, our activities or Golden Retrievers in general.
inoculations, medication, heartworm treatment or and always in a rush, is not a good home for a How do I adopt a rescue dog? You may also complete and mail the attached
preventative, flea/tick preventative and worming. sociable Golden Retriever. The first step is to fill out the adoption form. If you wish to become a member of GRR,
Intact animals over 6 months old are spayed or application on our website or call our Hotline. you will receiver our newsletter with information
neutered. Prospective owners are carefully screened before
Am I prepared for the financial on Goldens and related activities. Memberships
A GRR volunteer or private kennel houses the they are allowed to adopt a dog. GRR has a three-
burden of veterinary care, quality start at $40 per year. Of course, donations are
dog until a suitable adoptive home can be found. step interview process, which consists of two gratefully accepted and are tax deductible.
This foster care may include housebreaking, crate food, proper equipment and training phone interviews and a home visit. We want to
Mail form to:
Gold Ribbon Rescue Do I Go Home Today? What is GOLD RIBBON
P.O. Box 956 My family brought me home, cradled in their RESCUE (GRR)?
Austin, TX 78767-0956 arms.
Or call: (512) 659-GOLD They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was Gold Ribbon Rescue, Inc. (GRR) was
full of charm.
founded in 1998 to meet three objectives.
They played with me and laughed with me and
Please make checks payable to: GRR showered me with toys.
First, GRR provides a network for sheltering,
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and
rehabilitation and placing Golden Retrievers in
boys. permanent homes. GRR’s second function is
Name ________________________________ The children loved to feed me; they gave me to provide public education about responsible
special treats. dog ownership and, in particular, about the
Address _______________________________ They even let me sleep with them, all snuggled in Golden Retriever breed. Third, GRR provides
their sheets. a forum for Golden Retriever fanciers to meet.
_____________________________________ I used to go for walks, often several times a day. Members share their knowledge,
They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud experience, and trade those all-important
Phone ________________________________ to say. stories about their dogs. Who but another
They used to laugh and praise me, when I played Golden owner can appreciate one’s fondness
E-mail ________________________________ with that old shoe.
for that special dog? GRR members assist
But I didn’t know the difference between the old
How can I Help? each other with advice and information about
one and the new.
training, health problems, and local dog
The kids and I would grab a rag, and for hours we
__ I wish to become a member of GRR (my would tug. activities. Occasional social activities include
$40 yearly dues are enclosed)
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed
the dogs and give GRR members and friends
the bathroom rug. a chance to meet and enjoy the company of
__ I’d like to make a $_____ tax deductible Golden Retrievers.
They said that I was out of control and would have
donation to: Gold Ribbon Rescue is a nonprofit
to live outside.
This I did not understand although I tried and tried. corporation. It is recognized as a rescue
___-Extraordinary Golden Fund
___-In Honor of or In Memorial of: The walks stopped one by one; they said they organization by The Golden Retriever Club of
hadn’t the time. America, Inc. Member dues, adoption fees,
I wish that I could change things. fund raising activities and donations finance
I wish I knew my crime. its activities. Donations are tax deductible.
My life became so lonely in the backyard on a
__ I can provide temporary shelter and care for I barked and barked all day long to keep from
a rescued Golden Retriever going insane.
So they brought me to a shelter but were
__ I would like more information about GRR embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused allergies and then they kissed Austin, Texas
__ I would like more information about Golden me ‘bye.
Retrievers “You only have one day left,” I heard the worker
__ I’d like to volunteer, tell me how I can help! Does this mean a second chance? www.GRR-TX.com
Do I go home today?
-- Sandi Thompson