Critical Care Dogs

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Critical care dogs are rescued Goldens that require specialized, emergency medical care, or are identified as unadoptable due to a terminal illness, incapacitation, or aggressive behavior discovered after the dog has been rescued.  For the latter, GRRAND cares for these dogs with the help of experienced foster families who provide needed medication, comfort, and love until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. As you can imagine, care for these dogs, including vet care and medications, can be quite costly.

We’ve established a fund for our critical care dogs and wish to highlight their stories on this page. As you read through these difficult stories, please consider donating to the Critical Care Fund. With your help and the dedication of our experienced foster families, we hope to create a compassionate atmosphere for each dog that would otherwise experience a sad ending.  The donation form is at the bottom of this page.





GRRAND rescued two puppies (Henry and Kendrick) who have been diagnosed with Parvo.  They are 4 months old and have been in isolation at the vet office for the past few days receiving around the clock treatment.

Parvo is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces.  Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization where IV fluids and antibiotics can be administered while under observation.

These precious pups would benefit greatly from your financial assistance with the ongoing vet cost required to save their lives.  If you are interested in fostering them, once released from the vet, please contact our foster coordinator, Linda George at






Shortly after GRRAND rescued Otis, we realized that he was in a great deal of pain.  It turns out that Otis has severe bilateral hip dysplasia, and to compound matters, he was also a good 20 pounds overweight.  As a result, every waking moment or movement would cause him pain.  In his previous home, the children would push, shove, and jump on him, making matters worse.

Otis has been evaluated by a team of specialists and is on a strict diet to lose the extra poundage and ease the demand on his joints.  So far, Otis has lost 15 pounds.  He will be undergoing FHO surgery at the end of January 2018, and will recuperate in his foster home following surgery.  We are so grateful to the family that donated money to cover all of Otis’ medical expenses, including the specialty consultations at Ohio State, and his upcoming surgery.





UPDATE:  Edmund has been diagnosed with cancer and will have less than a year to live.  He can no longer be treated for heartworm because of the cancer.  We are working to extend this precious dog’s quality of life.

Edmund is Heartworm positive and has severe skin issues. He also has a serious problem with his right hind leg.  This poor dog is in need of medical support for all of his problems and we welcome your help to provide funding for him.