Critical Care/End of Life Dogs

CCdog in bed2Critical 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/End of Life 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.





                   Please help Portia…

Portia is a 6-8-month old golden mix pup who belonged to someone in a rental house who abandoned her.  She was found dragging a chain and full of mange.  She has an ulcer on her eye.  She also has a torn ACL in left leg and dysplasia in her right rear leg, likely from being hit by a car.  She will be facing multiple surgeries including a spay, ACL repair, FHO for her hip and a possible entropian eye surgery.

GRRAND will be spending thousands on her surgery and recovery but this innocent pup deserves every penny spent on her.  She is incredibly sweet despite the cruel treatment she received from her owners.  Please help this precious girl overcome her difficult start to life.  She is currently in a wonderful foster home where she will experience an abundance of love and affection.  Let’s pull together and love this little one to some good health and happiness! 

Please help Portia with a Critical Care donation.

Critical Care/End of Life fund





This senior girl just made her way from Bowling Green to Louisville and is now at the vet’s office.  She is a sweet senior that we believe was dumped in a rural area in Edmonton County. She is underweight.  When she was found, she was eating trash!  It is hard for her to walk and stand and sit, and she will need pain relief to help her aching joints.  She also has a tick borne disease called Ehrlichiosis, and we do not know how long she has had this disease.  Florence also has an irregular heartbeat and a heart murmur.  She will need chest x-rays, spine and hips x-rays, medication to treat Ehrlichiosis, medication to help control her pain, and more.  Her medical costs will be extensive.  Please help us provide comfort and healing for Florence.





Lola’s vet specialist said the removal of her large tumor may give her increased quality time, so the decision was made to remove the tumor.  A portion of the excision was sent for testing to determine if the tumor is cancerous.  The surgery was extremely difficult and at times the vet was concerned that she would not survive.  Thanks to the surgeon’s great hands and many prayers she survived and is now recovering with her loving foster family.

Lola’s surgery was quite expensive and GRRAND is looking for donations to offset that cost.  Thank you so much for your support!




Smitty, a ten-year old Golden, was surrendered with Poncho in early June.  Smitty had not seen a vet in several years.  His teeth were in bad shape and we suspected that Smitty was in pain from dental disease.  Smitty was scheduled for a dental cleaning and ended up having to have SEVENTEEN teeth extracted!  What we originally thought was going to be a relatively simple dental cleaning turned into a three hour procedure.  Smitty had infection in his bones and roots that was causing him severe pain.  Smitty’s extensive dental work cost over $1,200.  Smitty’s foster reports that he is feeling so much better and that he is even eating better. There’s no telling how long Smitty was suffering.  Much of his panting was due to the pain that he was in.  His foster mom said Smitty rarely pants now.  Please help GRRAND with a donation for his procedure.