Early in 1994, members of the Greater Louisville Golden Retriever Club began to see the need for an organization to rehabilitate and find homes for displaced and abused Golden Retrievers.  A number of folks in this club began organizing an ad hoc rescue group.  As the number of rescues increased over a period of months, this “wet behind the ears” group came up with a name and in 1996, incorporated the organization now known as Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND).  The rest, as they say, is history!

As an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, GRRAND has re-homed more than 4,000 Golden Retrievers since those early days of 1994.  Averaging around 300 intakes per year, our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home Goldens that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected along with those who are the victims of changed life circumstances such as financial hardship, divorce, allergies, relocation, illness, or death. The volunteer, medical resources and cost required to rescue one Golden Retriever are vast. We rely on Membership dues, Donations, and Fund-Raising for our income.  The Adoption Fees reflect the expense incurred by GRRAND to ensure that each dog coming into our program is healthy and fit for adoption.

Adoptions are restricted to specific geographic areas based on volunteer resources in those areas.  Please visit our adoption page to review these restrictions.

The illustrations below show a simplified process for GRRAND’s Intake (Surrendered Goldens) and Adoption Programs.

We encourage you to look through our website to find out how you can be a part of GRRAND’s mission.  We are always looking for Volunteers and Donors to support our organization.  Be assured that the support you give will enrich your life as you experience the unconditional love these precious animals offer in return!


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