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 – 8 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.
Dusty #533 – 15 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.
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.
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.
Murphy – Male – 10 years – GRRALL #0672 – AVAILABLE SOON
Murphy is the sweetest old man you’ll ever meet. He’s got a smile for everyone and is such a love. Murphy came to us from a nearby shelter. Shhh, don’t tell him he’s not really a Golden. He’s Golden-hearted all the way! He came to us from a local shelter, where he was a stray and never reclaimed. It was clear from the start that he had a lot of joint pain and some other medical issues that were making life tougher for Murph than it should have been. He’s recently been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease and his foster mom is working with our vet to get him the right meds and care to make him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. He will remain with his wonderful foster family for as long as they’re lucky enough to have him.