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Check out our Turkey Goldens Rescue Update to see pictures of Derby, Churchill, and Julep, and to learn about the adoption process.  They will be arriving the end of May!!

2017 GRRAND Calendar Bidding is Open

Let Your GRRAND Dog Be a Calendar Star!


2016calendar.coverBidding is now open!  Show your support for GRRAND, and let your dog be a star in the 2017 GRRAND calendar! Opening bids start at $250, and will be accepted through May 31.  Email your bids to Shannon Baker at sjbaker@fuse.net, and include “2017 Calendar Bid” in the subject line. Shannon will confirm your bid, and alert you if you are outbid.  You will then have an opportunity to increase your bid.
All winning bidders will be notified on June 1.  Pictures and stories will be due from the calendar winners by July 15. Winners will need to submit a high quality photo, with a file size of 2.5mb minimum.  In general, cell phone pictures do not have a high enough resolution.  Have fun with the picture and show us the photogenic side of your Golden(s).

Meet Jett


JettMy name is Jett, or that is what GRRAND is calling me right now. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a real name before. I’ve not had a great life, and haven’t been treated well in my past. The people who were my former owners didn’t care much about me and I had to learn to survive on my own. I was picked up as a stray and taken to a high kill shelter in Albany, Ky., where I stayed for a little while and was then scheduled to be euthanized. It was very stressful in the crowded shelter and many of the dogs there didn’t make it out. I was one of the lucky ones! GRRAND noticed me when they came down to rescue a golden who was also in the shelter. Since my time was up and I seemed like a sweet boy who could do well in a good home, the kind GRRAND volunteers rescued me, along with the golden. When the GRRAND volunteers brought me back to Louisville, they noticed that I was limping and the results of an x-ray showed that the bone in my back leg was totally severed in two pieces. I’ve been in a lot of pain, but didn’t want anyone to know because I really wanted a chance to get well instead of being put to sleep.

They say that the injury to my leg was caused by trauma, likely inflicted by a person, and not because I was hit by a car.  I’m only 3 yrs old and a super sweet boy.  GRRAND has placed me in a wonderful foster home where I’ve showed my foster mom that I’m totally house trained, very good with her dogs and cats, and extremely gentle and loving. My only challenge now is to get my leg well and to find a forever home. In order to provide me with the surgery needed to fix my hip and leg, GRRAND is going to have to pay the vet $1,500. They have promised me that they will work hard to raise the money we need to care for my broken leg. I’ve never been happier in my life than I am now and I promise to be a wonderful companion to someone as soon as I can get well. If anyone out there could help donate the money to GRRAND so I can have the surgery I need, I would be forever grateful.

Special Delivery – Goldens from Turkey

GRRAND GOES GLOBAL PICGRRAND has never rescued a dog with a passport, but in May, that is just what will happen when three Golden Retrievers arrive from Istanbul, Turkey.  It’s hard to believe, but Turkey has an over-population of Golden Retrievers living on the city streets and in the neighboring forests.  Goldens were once a symbol of status in Istanbul.  Now, because of the cost to care for them, hundreds of these Goldens have been turned loose to survive on their own.

We all know that Goldens are not “street” dogs.  They do not have the temperament to fight for food and against other wild dogs and animals.  They are basically struggling to survive and many are starving or suffering terrible illnesses.

GRRAND’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Goldens that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, and we take this mission seriously.  We’ve committed to take three “Turkey Goldens,” and are hoping to receive enough sponsorships to rescue more.  Our Turkey Goldens will arrive by air in Chicago in May with passports and health records in hand . . . or should we say, “in paw.” A GRRAND transport team will be waiting at the airport to bring them to Louisville where they will be evaluated, nurtured, and eventually presented for adoption.

Stay tuned to this website for updated information and photos of our three new arrivals.  In the meantime, we need your support.  GRRAND is launching a campaign to help cover the rescue costs, including airfare, overnight boarding, and vet fees.  These fees typically amount to $2,000 per dog.

For more information about GRRAND’s Turkey Dogs, the back story, how you can help, and adoption application information, click here.