Critical Care/End of Life 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/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.







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.




Princess Needs Your Help

Update:  Sadly, Princess passed over the Rainbow Bridge while in hospice foster care.  She will be missed.

Princess came to GRRAND from a family in Somerset, Ky.  Her owner had become ill and was hospitalized.  Princess sat by his chair faithfully for 3 weeks waiting for him to come home, but he then passed away.  After his death, Princess was kept in the basement of the house with a dog door outside and neighbors feeding her.  She is an 11 yr old golden who we found, since intake, has significant health issues, including heart disease, kidney disease, and a splenic mass, which could be hemangiosarcoma.