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!


Norman #718 – Male – 9 years – Rescued September 2018

Update: Norman is now in our permanent foster program. His foster family will take care of him until he is ready to cross the rainbow bridge. The ultrasound found a small mass on his bladder that couldn’t be biopsied. The vet did not detect arrhythmia, suspects blocked blood flow from heartworms. He started on some medication to make him more comfortable but it gave him seizures so we adjusted his medication. Norman’s foster family is dedicated to making however much time he has left the best time!

###Update 1/1/18: Norman is doing well in his foster home. He gets along with the resident dog. They have become best buds. Norman does not like cats. Norman follows his foster mom everywhere, he is her shadow and she has to be careful or she might trip over him. He also loves to lay on her feet. Norman is low energy and easy going. He does bark and “talk” to his fosters. He is house broken and will wait by the back door to go outside. We think Norman would do best in a house with kids over 10 years old. Norman has severe arthritis so he doesn’t get up on the cough very often even though he is allowed. He has not started his heartworm treatment yet. We have been waiting for him to get healthier before starting. He has begun to show symptoms for prostate cancer.. He has been neutered and has an ultrasound scheduled. We will post an update once we know more.

###Update 10/2/18: Norman has been in his foster home for almost a week now. He is getting along well with the resident foster dog. Norman will spend a little time relaxing and getting to know his foster family and then will be begin heartworm treatment.

###Update 9/23/2018: One of our amazing volunteers visited Norm at the vet and he was thrilled for the company. Norm is a very friendly boy, loves people and chew toys and attention. He is already looking and feeling much better than just a few weeks ago when he was rescued from the shelter. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Norm or any GRRALL dog, please apply at:

###Welcome Norman, to GRRALL where everyone knows your name! Our new boy Norm is about 9 years old, a stray who was never claimed. Norm is friendly and sweet, so happy to be saved and receive treatment for his arthritis, eye and ear infections, and hot spots. He is also significantly underweight but we have already started him on healthy food and treats. Norm will stay our vet for a few weeks to treat his pains and start him on the road to recovery. No guarantees in life but we are hopeful Norm has many good years ahead of him, in a permanent home to call his own.