Golden Endings Golden Retriever Rescue

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Golden Endings: Golden Retriever Rescue (GEGRR) is dedicated to the welfare of homeless Golden Retrievers who have entered the rescue program for a variety of reasons. They come from dog shelters, veterinarians, animal control officers or were found roaming the streets. Owners who are unable to keep their pets often contact us for assistance.

Golden Endings is staffed by volunteers and is a registered non-profit corporation under Title 501(3)(c) serving the central Ohio and southeastern Ohio areas. There are several dozen Golden Retriever rescue organizations operating in the United States at this time. These rescue groups have been formed in response to the high numbers of pure-bred dogs who have populated dog shelters. People do abandon pure-bred dogs!

Once a Golden enters our program, they receive medical care as needed. They are spayed or neutered, tested for heartworms and placed on a preventative program with annual booster vaccinations. The Goldens are assessed for temperament and personality to determine their compatibility with other dogs and children. Some of our Goldens receive obedience training through the Orient and Belmont County correctional facilities.

Golden Endings has some basic guidelines for placement in adoptive homes. The first step in the adoption process is the completion of our adoption application. (Go to "How To Adopt" link) The Goldens must live indoors. Due to the friendly, people-oriented nature of the breed, it must become a loved member of the family. If it is necessary, we encourage the use of a crate to keep them in when alone at home. Since canines were cave dwellers, they will readily accept the crate as "home."


Golden Endings recommends a containment area for the dog when it is outside. A fenced area is the best way to secure your Golden. The invisible fence also will work but has deficiencies. Other animals will not be kept out of your yard, nor will it work if there is a power failure. A fenced yard is not necessary since daily walks are wonderful for Goldens and owners alike.

Golden Endings stays in touch with each Golden Retriever owner after the adoption as well. This includes telephone calls or an occasional visit to make sure everything is going well. All members and adopters are invited to special events such as Golden Afternoon in May and Golden Day in October.

GEGRR source of funding is three-fold: Membership Dues, Donations and Special Event Fund Raisers, i.e., the Annual Banquet and Auction. All funds are 100% used for the Goldens.