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.



Dillon #703 – Male – 12-years old – Rescued July 2018

If you are interested in purchasing an item from Dillon’s Cuddly Wish List or donating to his care please check it out here.

Update 8/7/18: Dillon is doing great. He has adjusted well. He sleeps in his foster’s room at night and when he starts pacing the room, they figure that is our cue to take him out… so far so good with that theory!! The whole family adores him!!
7/23/18 Update: A permanent foster home for Dillon has been found! He is going home today!

###7/10/2018 Update: Our beautiful boy is hanging in there and at least a million times better shape than when we pulled him from the shelter. Dillon is still at the vet hospital, most of the fleas and ticks are gone, and he was dewormed. He is anemic but now on iron supplements. He cannot see very well but knows people are around and that he is being loved and given the very best care possible. He started on a NSAID for his arthritis and we are really hoping it helps Dillon to feel more comfortable. He continues to improve a tiny bit at a time but we will be looking for a “permanent foster” for Dillon. GRRALL will be responsible for his ongoing care but he live out his remaining dogs with a family who will love and cherish him.

###Have you ever thought about the person who transports a dog from squalid conditions, and never once complains despite hardly being able to breath from the smell? Well, once again thanks to our amazing volunteer Tricia another dog was saved. Our newest boy is Dillon, about 12 years old, who went directly from Tricia’s car to the bath at the vet. Dillon was found as a stray, a very sweet and docile senior boy, about 40 pounds. We don’t know how long he was on his own or if this was how he lived at his “home”. Dillon will get a thorough exam and immediately start on medications to help ease his arthritis. Amazing but he tested heartworm negative. Dillon is now safe, inside, less stinky, fed, and most important loved. We are looking for a foster or foster-to-adopt home for Dillon where he can live out the rest of his life as an adored and cherished family member.


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 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.