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Golden Retriever Rescue




Golden Retriever Rescue

Golden retriever rescue exists in the U.S. and worldwide to look to the needs of lost, cast off, abused and surrendered golden retriever dogs. Most dog rescue agencies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance. Golden retriever rescue serves to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through adoption or return to owner) of lost (stray), endangered and abused golden retrievers;
  • Education of owners and prospective owners of golden retrievers regarding the health, safety and proper care of goldens;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income dog owners can have their canines innoculated against common diseases;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation for the protection of golden retrievers and dog breeds in general;
  • Sponsorship of or assistance in humane programs to eliminate populations of domestic canines that have, through abandonment, become feral (wild). Such programs typically include sterilization (neutering) and redomestication when possible. Feral dogs tend to form packs and can become dangerous to human and wildlife populations if left unchecked.

Golden retriever rescues specialize in a single breed because of the special interest members have in golden retrievers and because specialization is efficient and desirable. The golden retriever breed possesses a specific temperament, a unique set of physical attributes, and susceptibility to certain medical conditions. Specialization begets expertise, which leads to better understanding, care and placement of rescued dogs.

A golden retriever dog is an exceptionally charming type of dog breed. The bouncing, fun-loving attitude of golden retriever puppies gradually gives way to a distinctly mellow disposition as these dogs mature. Golden retrievers are large dogs (60 pounds and up) which tend to be quite active when young. Golden retriever puppies are a handful if not properly trained; contemplate this fact carefully and learn about golden retrievers before considering dog adoption or purchase.

If you are willing to devote the necessary time and effort to properly train a young dog, you will find the golden retriever to be highly attentive and eager to please. Golden retrievers are good family dogs that seek companionship and should not be kept outdoors. They require regular exercise. Goldens are very social dogs, getting along well with children and, frequently, with other household animals such as cats. Golden retrievers are often used as service dogs, as therapy dogs, and as search and rescue dogs.

If you would like to become the owner of a golden retriever, please consider golden retriever adoption through a golden retriever rescue. Golden retriever adoption not only places a golden retriever who might otherwise not find a home, but also makes it more difficult for puppy mills to remain viable.

Older golden retrievers are in special need of adoption, since most people do not consider an older dog for adoption due to a shorter projected lifespan and potential or actual health problems. However, older goldens tend to be less active, which may be an advantage in a smaller living space or around other pets or children — and they have their own special charm. I can personally attest to a senior golden gentleman, Sinbad Zachary, who brought great joy to all who had the pleasure of meeting him. If you have an interest in adopting an older dog and have no preference for dog breed, I encourage you to visit The Senior Dogs Project. Let’s help all our fur-footed friends find the good homes they so richly deserve.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 17 July 2003, updated 21 May 2007.


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