Turkey Golden Rescue

GRRAND is bringing in a new group of 5 rescued Goldens from Turkey by the end of the month and we desperately want each of them to have a wonderful American home to go to when they arrive.  Please consider opening your home to one of these deserving Goldens so they don’t have to spend extended time in a kennel, after having been promised a wonderful new life in America! 

In Turkey, Golden Retriever puppies have been acquired by families who then turn them out into the streets when the reach adulthood.  These dogs have been raised as family pets when young, but then have had to survive on the streets as young adults.  The culture is different in Turkey than in our country and dogs that are unwanted are generally altered at shelters, tagged, and turned back into the streets to survive as best they can.  They have little to no hope of adoption in Turkey.  The Goldens are unable to survive as well as some of the more aggressive breeds because they can’t compete as aggressively for food.  They starve to death, are poisoned, get hit by cars, or killed by more aggressive dogs. 

A pair of wonderful women in Turkey have made it their life mission to round up the Goldens from the streets and forests where they have been abandoned and get them to countries that love them.  They are being transported to England, Canada, and the US.  GRRAND has received several transports of Goldens from Turkey and we are bringing in another in about a week. 

Each Golden transported from Turkey comes with a passport, is fully vetted, and costs GRRAND $2,000 to bring over via cargo plane.  When the dogs arrive, we get them microchipped, have any additional vet care done, and want very much to get them into new homes right away.  Please consider supporting GRRAND in our rescue of these deserving dog, by either donating to the mission to help us offset our costs, or opening your home to either foster or adopt one of these dogs.  This transport, we will be receiving the following:



1 year old female, Fame, who somehow ended up in a nursing home where she couldn’t stay.  She reportedly is barely a year old.





1 year old female, Mami, found on the main street of a village next to a forest, with four puppies that was thought to be hers.  One had been run over by a car. (her puppies were rescued by these women, too).



3 year old male, Cuma, found by a dog trainer in “one of the worst forests” where dogs are abandoned, when she went there to feed the abandoned dogs.




1 year old male, Chivas, is a young active puppy and we haven’t been informed where or how he was rescued.





2+ year old female, Alice, belonged to a man who died.  She had nowhere to go and was living in the backyard of an office, crying all day.




If you wish to assist GRRAND with the cost of these dogs please donate to our Turkey Dog Rescue Fund or order a Turkey Dog t-shirt!

Order a Turkey Dog T-Shirt


International Humane Rescue Fund (GRRAND)


Turkey Dog Adoption Application

The adoption application should be completed for fostering or adopting.  The fee to adopt one of these dogs from Turkey is $650.



Past History of GRRAND’s Effort to Support Turkey Dog Rescue


Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta (AGA) was the first Golden Retriever Rescue in the U.S. to coordinate the international rescue of Goldens from Istanbul, Turkey. The first plane arrived on May 9, 2015, with 36 “Turkey Dogs.”  GRRAND is one of 19 Golden Retriever Rescues across the U.S. that participated in this effort.

Before leaving Turkey on non-stop flights, all the dogs receive medical exams, health certificates and passports.  Upon arrival in the United States, pre-screened rescue groups bring them to their home locations.

Sadly, there are many thousands of homeless dogs in Turkey, and not enough room in the shelters for all of them.  Dogs in Turkey either live out their lives in a shelter or are put back on the streets after they are spayed or neutered.  Hundreds of these abandoned dogs are Golden Retrievers.

Golden Retrievers in Istanbul were once considered status symbols.  When their numbers increased, and popularity waned, residents began dumping Goldens when they were no longer puppies.  These Goldens end up roaming the streets and forests of Istanbul.  With few shelters available, Goldens starve or become prey to feral pack dogs.  Unlike typical stray dogs that know how to navigate the streets, find food, and fight for space, this gentle breed simply isn’t equipped to survive.

In January 2015, GRRAND’s board of directors researched this effort and consulted with other rescue organizations active in this endeavor.  The board voted unanimously to join the rescue coalition.  Since that time GRRAND has rescued 19 Turkey Goldens and all but one have been adopted.  We are grateful for the many donations submitted for this program by our faithful supporters.  The rescue costs, including airfare, overnight boarding, and vet fees amounted to over $2,000 per dog.  We are proud to have been an active sponsor for the Turkey Dog Rescue!