Gold Ribbon Rescue, Inc. (GRR) was founded in 1998 to meet three objectives. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as recognized by the IRS. GRR's main function is to provide a network for sheltering, rehabilitation and placing Golden Retrievers in permanent homes in Central Texas. GRR’s second function is to provide public education about responsible dog ownership and, in particular, about the Golden Retriever breed. Third, GRR provides a forum for Golden Retriever fanciers to meet. GRR members assist each other with advice and information about training, health problems, and local dog activities. Occasional social activities include the dogs and give GRR members and friends a chance to meet and enjoy the company of Golden Retrievers.
Gold Ribbon Rescue is an all volunteer nonprofit corporation. It is recognized as a rescue organization by The Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. Member dues, adoption fees, fund raising activities and donations finance its activities. Donations are tax deductible. GRR does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, sex, sexual preference or physical handicap.
No two dogs, even of the same breed, are ever alike. All of our rescue dogs are friendly, wonderful dogs that desperately need love, attention and a second chance at life. Many are housebroken and some have obedience training. Most rescue dogs are between 6 months-10 years old. A common misconception about older dogs is that they are “untrainable”; Goldens, however, are so eager to please that they are very trainable at any age. They may actually learn more easily when they are older, more mature and less “puppylike”. (See Puppy Info & "Golden Gems")
Many rescue dogs come from owners who no longer want to care for them. Usually, these people bought a cute fluffy puppy without realizing the cute puppy would soon become a large, hairy, adult dog who would need lots of time, training, love and attention. This is often when they decide to get rid of the dog because “they don’t have time for it.” Occasionally owners have to place their Goldens because of allergies or because they are moving somewhere the dog will not be welcome.
The rest of our dogs come in as strays from shelters. Occasionally we are able to shut down a “puppy mill” or backyard breeding operation. One such special rescue was the “Tie a Gold Ribbon” rescue in 1998, which resulted in the rescue of nearly 100 dogs! We do not place known biters or growlers. Any dog will bite if provoked enough, but any dog we know to be aggressive is not placed through our program.
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