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.

Permanent Foster Spotlight – Dottie – Special Fundraiser

Dottie – 10 years old – GRRALL #691 – Rescued June 2018

Dottie is a permanent foster who came to GRRALL last year. She arrived covered head to toe in infection and yeast, with horrific ear infections, a fever, sores, and raw, red skin with the worst dandruff any of us have ever seen. Since then, she’s had a long road with lots of ups and downs and has seen multiple specialists. She is on an expensive prescription diet for food allergies, which has made some impact on her symptoms. However, her primary issue is a zinc absorption/uptake abnormality, which causes severe skin issues all over her body and also affects her gut, making it hard for her to absorb nutrients from food and oral medications properly. We have just about exhausted the options for her, having tried multiple other avenues, aside from one: IV zinc infusions. She will need infusions for the rest of her life, if it works. These infusions are extremely expensive. We won’t know how often she’ll need them until we start, because it varies depending on the individual and is entirely unpredictable. Dot is such a special girl with a strong will to live and a tail that never stops wagging.

Please donate to give her a chance to get the medical treatment she deserves. Dottie needs your help to feel like the queen that she is. You can donate via the Donate tab here on our website or via her Cuddly page, where she also has a wishlist of items, including her prescription food:

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The photos in this slideshow were taken by a fellow rescuer and dog lover who donates her time and talent as a professional photographer to a local shelter, rescues, and first responder canine/handler teams. She always manages to capture each animals’ unique personality. We think she captured our Dot beautifully. If you are local to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are in need of a photographer for your furbabies or humans, please consider Julia –

Meet our other current Permanent Fosters:

Bailey – 12 years old – GRRALL #530 – 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 – 17 years old – GRRALL #533 – 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.


Opie  – 10 years old – GRRALL #712 – 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 – 10+ years-old – GRRALL #734 – 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!


Captain – 7-years-old – GRRALL #0761 – Rescued June 2019

Captain was a shelter stray with open wounds on his head and leg, a grapefruit sized bladder stone, and some serious autoimmune issues that nearly cost him his life. Thankfully, the quick vet care he received once he came into rescue got him on the mend and doing much better. Unfortunately, this poor fella has had some further medical issues, including high blood pressure of unknown cause that caused a retina detachment and resulting blindness in one eye. He is heartworm positive and his autoimmune issues mean undergoing heartworm treatment is likely not safe for him. For these reasons, Captain has been welcomed into our permanent foster program. He is a sweet ol’ teddy bear of a boy and is so happy to have a warm bed and loving humans with whom he can spend the rest of his days.