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.






Update on Sweet Lucy 

Lucy’s health continues to decline and she will soon pass over the Rainbow Bridge.  Our hearts break for Lucy and we ask that you send love and light her way for a peaceful night and a pain-free tomorrow.

Lucy had a adrenalectomy on January 29, 2018, and also has liver disease.  Since her surgery she has been placed in a wonderful foster home.  Recently she began showing symptoms of low energy and lack of appetite.  She was taken to the vet and her liver enzymes were elevated.  She collapsed at the vet and is anemic.  Lucy was sent to a specialized care center in Cincinnati to see if she can be stabilized.

The estimate for this hospitalization is around $4000, including GRRAND’s discount.  If you can help Miss Lucy through this difficult time we would be so grateful.





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

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.  Upon intake, Princess was hospitalized for seven days to get her kidney values under control.

Princess is now on three medications to help control her cardiac pressure, including one that has to be compounded at Louisville Pharmacy Compounding Center.

Princess is now in hospice care with a GRRAND foster and is being monitored to make sure she has a good quality of life.  Princess’s care has exceeded $2,000.  Please help GRRAND and Princess with a donation.




Jefferson Needs Your Help!

Jefferson is a young, male goldendoodle that was found straying in Jeffersonville, IN.  He came to GRRAND in poor condition.  All four paws were severely infected and embedded with foxtails and grass awns.  Jefferson had to be sedated so his feet could be clipped, cleaned, soaked.  It took the vet 1.5 hours to clean all his wounds and remove approximately 30 grass awns.  All four paws had to be bandaged. He was started on pain meds and antibiotics.  Jefferson’s BSC score was 2 out of 9.  He was matted, anemic, and was covered in ticks.  His lymph nodes were also enlarged.

A great GRRAND family has been providing exceptional care to Jefferson for the past month.  Jefferson is still undergoing treatment.  His foster family has had to learn how to properly change Jefferson’s bandages (daily), soak his paws in the bathtub (daily), clean his wounds, and re-wrap his paws.  Some of Jefferson’s wounds were so deep that they had to be packed.  It’s a wonder Jefferson could even walk when he was found.

The foster family has had to take Jefferson to the vet twice a week for continued treatment, and at least 15 more grass awns have been removed from abscessed areas.  Jefferson has also had laser therapy to help promote skin healing.  Jefferson’s paws look so much better today, but there is still much healing to be done.

Below are just a few photos documenting Jefferson’s journey so far.  Please help GRRAND and Jefferson with a donation.