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
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.