Permanent Foster Program

GRRALL’s mission states: “Without regard to age, medical condition, or cost of care, GRRALL accepts Golden Retrievers and Golden-hearted mixes in need of rescue.” We take this to heart. Sometimes we rescue dogs whose medical needs are so great that adoption would be impossible or for whom another move from foster to a new home would be too difficult. These dogs are placed into our permanent foster program. This means that they stay with their loving foster family for the remainder of their lives, no matter how short or long, and GRRALL continues to provide medical care.

Our permanent fosters are all special dogs with special needs, and our fosters are special people. If you are interested in opening your home and heart to a permanent foster, please fill out a foster application.

Providing care to these wonderful dogs is worth every penny, but it is costly, especially for a non-profit like GRRALL. Your donations can help ensure that we can continue to care for these deserving dogs and others like them in the future.

Meet our current Permanent Fosters:

Bailey #530 – 11 years old – Rescued May 2016
Bailey is a gorgeous golden girl who arrived in rough shape. She was emaciated and suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, which caused weight loss and vision loss. She also had an abdominal mass that required surgical removal. Her foster mom and our vet worked hard to get her healthy again and she is now happy and thriving under their care. If you would like to purchase from Bailey’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover her medical costs please click here.

Dusty #533 – 16 years old – Rescued May 2016
Dusty was an owner surrender at age 13. His family was moving and was unable to take him with them. He is completely blind and suffered from recurring ear infections. Luckily, his lack of vision is not deterrent to enjoying every possible aspect of life. Dusty’s sense of smell is most definitely intact – he can smell a snack from a mile away and is always happy to offer his services in disposing of said snack. He is a sweet and gentle old man who is a joy to his foster family. If you would like to purchase from Dusty’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover his medical costs please click here.


Hachi #624 9 years old – Rescued July 2017
Hachi has come such a long way since he first arrived to the rescue. He was a stray in a rural shelter and in horrible shape. He was emaciated, had double ear infections, covered in fleas and ticks, and his fur was missing on much of his body. Aside from the physical signs of neglect, Hachi has a heart murmur, cataracts, and is cryptorchid (meaning he has undescended testicles). His foster family nurtured him back to health and he is now a very happy boy who is living life to the fullest. His foster mom says he is a total ham and loves to be in the mix of things. Our vet will continue to carefully monitor his heart condition, and we will make sure he is comfortable and healthy for as long as we possibly can. If you would like to purchase from Hachi’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover his medical costs please click here.

Clifford #628 – 12 years old – Rescued August 2017
Have you ever seen such a fuzzy face on a Golden? Adorable senior Clifford was surrendered to a local shelter by his family. He was covered from head to toe and top to bottom in layers of motor oil, grease, and grime from years of neglect and living outside, trying to shelter underneath old cars. Underneath all of that filth he had open sores from the matting caused by his fur and the oil irritating his skin, along with oodles of ticks and fleas. There was no choice but to shave down his coat, as attempts at cleaning him with Dawn (the method used to clean wildlife affected by oil spills) barely made a dent. In addition to the appalling condition of his coat, Clifford suffers from an array of medical conditions, including heartworm disease. Due to his medical issues, our vet has determined that neuter surgery would be too dangerous for him, so he must stay intact. Aside from being physically neglected, it was clear that Clifford was never given the love that a dog deserves. He didn’t know how to BE a dog when he first arrived in his foster home. Thanks to his loving foster parents and the rest of the dog pack, Clifford has learned the joys of being safe and warm and loved in a true forever home. He is now a very happy boy, with an ever wagging tail. If you would like to purchase from Cliffords’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover his medical costs please click here.

Opie #712 – Male – 10-years-old – Rescued July 2018

If you would like to purchase from Opie’s Cuddly Wish List or donate to help cover his medical costs please click here.

Update 12/27/18: Opie has finished his heartworm treatment today and got clearance from the vet to resume normal activity. Thank you to his foster family for helping him get through!!

###Update 8/29/18: Opie finally got vet clearance this week to go to his foster home. He is settling in and doing great. He has been neutered too.

###Update 8/3/18: Opie has been seen by our vet, they estimate him at 10-11yrs old. He is HW positive and possible testicular cancer so he will be neutered ASAP. He has started on an antibiotic for his skin.
Heartbreaking for the GRRALL Rescue Team, but our new boy Opie now has a chance at a happy life. Opie’s official name is “Optimist” because he, and the rest of us, know he can heal with extensive vet care, good food, and tons of TLC. Opie is about two years old, severely emaciated, protruding ribs, sores, and missing most of his body hair. He weighs 50 pounds, easily 20 pounds or more underweight for his frame. His bones actually creaked when the transport volunteer lifted him into her car, but he rewarded her sobs with a wagging tail, grateful eyes, and lot of kisses. Opie was a stray and given his condition must have been on his own for quite some time. He is super sweet, good with kids, did great in the car, took treats gently, exceptional on a leash, and probably house-trained.

Opie is at our vet now and will likely need IV nutrients initially and then a thorough exam for his skin condition, other issues, and heartworm status. We are looking for a very special foster home for Opie.


Chewy #734 – Male – 10+ years-old – Rescued November 2018

Update 12/19/18: Chewy went to the vet today for his first heartworm treatment. He will need to stay calm and quiet for the next two months which will be easy since Chewy is so chill. The vet rechecked his lump on his paw which doesn’t look better so recommended sedating him for a true lance of the tumor. She saw spindle cells indicating connective/soft tissue tumors. He will need to see a specialist. Chewy is on the road to recovery, poor guy’s health was neglected. He has definitely settled into his foster home. The resident people and dogs adore him. Chewy longs to be near people. One of the resident dogs has learned to come down to Chewy’s level which is pretty cute. We will keep you updated on Chewy’s progress.

###Update 12/5/18: Sadly Chewy is heartworm positive 😞 but no surprise since he was not on a monthly heartworm prevention in his previous home. His foster mom reports he is already feeling so much better after only a few days of being on medication for his arthritis. He has gotten up on his own with no assistance. He also has switched to a healthier food to help him start losing weight. Stay tuned for more updates on this sweet old man 💙
Chewy is an exceptionally handsome 100 pound 10+ year-old golden male, surrendered due to death and disability of his human Mom & Dad. Chewy was well loved but his owners hadn’t been able to care for him properly for an extended time. Chewy had a thorough exam at our GRRALL vet and was updated on all vaccinations; treated for ear infections, and received some much needed spa time, along with a way overdue mani-pedi. We are now focusing on Chewy’s arthritis and weight issues. Chewy is beyond thrilled to be saved and is already thriving in his new foster home, surrounded by lots of people, kids, and dogs. You can see by the expression on his face he is loving life and enjoying all the attention. We know from experience proper arthritis medicine, great quality food, routine exercise, a loving foster family, and adoring fans, will make Chewy one happy ten year old puppy. Stay tuned for updates!


Dottie – Female – 9 years old – GRRALL #691 – Rescued June 2018

Update May 2019: Dottie has officially been moved to our permanent foster program. She will stay with her foster family for the rest of her life. Her condition has made her not fit for adoption, so GRRALL will continue to pay for her medical needs while she enjoys being loved and cared for by her foster family.

###Update 1/31/19: Dottie has a check up at the dermatologist today. She hasn’t been feeling the best and her tummy has been upset. Dot is still the sweetest gal and always ready for some lovin’! Vet says she doesn’t have zinc deficiency or ichthyosis. The two biopsies don’t give us any indication that it’s something else. So, for now she is back on the pumpkin and pinto bean diet for 4 weeks. She had some improvement on that diet before. She still needs baths a few times a week. Keep Dot in your thoughts and hope she finds the answer she needs ❤️

###Update 12/13/18: There are good and bad updates. She is now finally vaccinated, which is a huge step! We also started the antibiotic required before she can begin her heartworm treatment. The plan was to start treatment in January (that’s unlikely now). She’s grown back hair on her face and ears and was looking and feeling so much better! She was playing and more energetic and you could really tell she just felt better, though her itch really hasn’t ever gone down. She has also gained weight, thank goodness! She is now 51.7 lbs. A huge improvement, though she still needs to gain more. Now the bad. Over the last couple of weeks I noticed changes for the worse. Her skin was starting to look worse again and her smell increased. She’s always smelled, but it’s back to being REALLY bad. She started getting goopy eyes again and her neck, which had previously been mostly dried out and starting to look more normal, developed more goo and yuck. Toes too. Her skin looks awful – super flakey and greasy and thick. The crust is coming back around her eyes, and she has recently lost some little clumps of hair. And you can tell she doesn’t feel well. She sleeps curled in a little ball most of the time. Yesterday at her appointment the dermatologist confirmed that her infections are all back. Yeast and staph all over her body and yeast and infection in her ears. The vet is hopeful we can get her turned around again with tweaking her meds and care routine. So, we’re back to daily bleach treatments (we were doing every other day) and twice weekly medicated baths (we’ve been doing those the last month). We’re stopping the medicated ear drops for yeast and antibiotics, because they aren’t working anymore and switching to a daily ear flush of a water & vinegar mixture. Changing her steroid since she may have become resistant to the most recent one. Adding a second antifungal to the one she’s already on. And, the vet still thinks zinc is playing a role here, so we are trying a different kind of zinc and upping the dose if her tummy tolerates it okay. If Dot still has yeast at her next appt in January, we may need to try another hypoallergenic food. The vet tech told us that Dot is literally the hardest case they have ever seen.

###Update 9/5/18: Dottie had a follow up appointment at her dermatologist this week. The dermatologist is thinking food allergy, so she is starting a food trial. Her foster is still doing the last lime sulfur dip next week just to cover the bases, but it’s looking like scabies is not the main culprit when it comes to the itch. The triumph of the day was that she has gained 4 lbs! Woot!
###Update 7/26/18: Dottie saw a specialist yesterday for what we thought was severe allergies. The dermatologist thinks it may be something more, possibly skin cancer. We need to get the infection and bacteria on her skin gone before she can have a biopsy (she’s already been on rounds of antibiotics and other meds and medicated baths, etc.). She’s on new meds and daily treatments now. Please keep this special girl in your thoughts. It’s not fair that she has been through so much neglect and now she might be gravely ill. She deserves better.
###Update 6/21/18: Dottie’s temporary foster home could not part with her so they are now fostering her. She is cat friendly and the sweetest gal despite all the skin issues she has. She had a vet check up this week. She still needs medicated baths twice a week. She is such a loving girl. Stay tuned to watch her progress.
###Update 6/10/2018: Dottie is in a temporary foster home now, and already doing better!
Last week we were contacted by a vet tech who told us that she had a sweet senior Golden whose owner decided to have her euthanized because she couldn’t afford to pay for the allergy testing and care that her dog so badly needed. Thankfully, the owner agreed to surrender the dog to the vet so that she could receive care and have a second chance. Our dedicated volunteers sprang into action and brought this girl into rescue immediately.
Dottie is only 9-years-old. Sadly, in addition to her terrible skin condition and massive ear infections caused by allergies, she is also heartworm positive. We’re heartbroken for her that she has had to endure so much and will have to go through heartworm treatment on top of it all.

Dottie has a long road ahead of her. She has been at our vet since Tuesday, receiving much needed treatments, medicine, medicated baths, and prescription food to get her on the road to healing. She’ll be there for several more days before she’ll be medically stable and healthy enough to head to her foster home, where she’ll be spoiled rotten and continue to receive regular medicated baths. She’s got many vet appointments ahead of her, and depending on how things go, potentially trips to a specialist for her allergies. Once she’s healthy enough and her allergies are under control, she’ll undergo heartworm treatment. She is a loving, sweet girl, with an incredibly gentle personality. She’s already gorgeous in our eyes, but she’ll be stunning once she is feeling 100% again. Our vet’s staff said she has a great appetite in spite of everything else she is going through. She is your typical Golden gal on the inside, but she needs your help to feel like the Golden gal she should be on the outside too!

We will keep everyone updated on her progress.

Please take a minute to support Dottie and her medical needs, or visit her wishlist- there are plenty of things to choose from to help brighten her day. Dottie needs your help to feel like the queen that she is.