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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Ella's puppies are growing!


The puppies can walk, have teeth, and love frolicking in their new playground. Support Ella and her puppies by making a donation. Apply to adopt!


Hang out with Santa at Lucky's!

Lucky's Annual Fundraiser-Photos with Santa will benefit GRRA. Your pet is dying to meet Santa and share his wish list. Don't miss this fun event and take home a photo memory.

Saturday, December 8 11:30-2PM Brookhaven Lucky's

Saturday, December 15 11:30-2:30PM Roswell Lucky's


Dog of the Month-Osito


Osito is a young adult male. He is currently undergoing heart worm treatment, but is doing great and will be available soon. He is sweet, affectionate and loves belly rubs. His forever home needs to have adult and/or older teenage humans because he is a big dog and kind of clumsy. He walks well on a leash but is not crazy about steps more than three or four high. His foster is working on that. He loves car rides and will either go to sleep or look out the window. He likes his foster brother and sisters, but can't play right now because of his heart worm treatment. Uncertain if he likes cats because he hasn't been around one. He is house trained and rarely barks. His soft, golden fur, and white star on his head, make him a handsome guy!


Happy Tales-Tilly


Chapter One of this Happy Tales story started when this sweet girl was rescued with her litter mates from a dumpster. Thankfully, GRRA saved the day!

We joined GRRA in search of a new love following the recent losses of two of our 4 retrievers. We decided that a new puppy would bring much needed positive energy to our sad home. We were very impressed with the GRRA application and vetting process and fully expecting to wait for the exact right match for us.

GRRA April, now Tilly, came to us when she was just 8 weeks old. Like we had hoped, our home became very lively!

When Tilly arrived, she was recovering from a dog bite to her nose and continues to sound a little bit like a piglet. This girl could have been aptly named many things like Lucky or Chance. But, “Tilly” came to us just as serendipitously as she did.


Tilly is incredibly smart and has been practically house trained since she arrived. She loves to retrieve balls and toys and is so inquisitive. It is a joy to watch her follow our senior retrievers Ella (11 yrs.) and Woody (12 yrs.) around and learn their behaviors so quickly and beautifully.

Tilly loves to walk by the lake and she takes to the water like a champ. She loves to fetch a stick and swim like she has been doing it for her entire life.

Thanks GRRA!

Submitted by Whitney Newton


Get a photo with Santa!

All kids love Santa, even the furry ones. That's right! Your pets will have a chance to share their Christmas list with Santa, and have their photos taken. Create a furever memory for your and your family.

When: Sunday, December 2 between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Where: Petco, 2340 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell

Cost: $5

All proceeds benefit GRRA


Ella’s Journey

Ella and her babies

Found as a stray near a dangerously congested area, Ella entered the GRRA program. She was getting prepped for spaying when the vet felt seven little spines in her tummy! Ella was going to be a mom and soon! She was placed with a loving and experienced foster who assisted Ella in the beginning of labor. But Ella's labor wasn't progressing well so she was rushed to the hospital and delivered 5 babies. Sadly, two of the babies didn't make it but Ella and her puppies are progressing nicely.

We hope you may be able to help us by providing a donation for Ella and the puppies. Please select what you would like to give. Check back with us to see their progress!

  • Toys - $10
  • Treats - $25
  • Food - $35
  • Defray the costs of medical care - $50

Georgia Gives 2018


Please share your love for dogs by helping Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta continue its mission of rescuing, caring and placing Golden Retrievers who have been lost, abused or neglected by participating in the GAgives campaign. The GAgives campaign is an annual event sponsored by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta is an all-volunteer organization. Our largest expense is medical care (e.g. spaying, neutering and heartworm therapy) so that the dogs are healthy and adoptable. Last year, we incurred over $83,000 in medical expenses. We endeavor to keep the veterinary expenses as low as possible by securing discounts from affiliated veterinarians. However, even with discounts, the average medical expense is more than $600 per dog and the average cost to treat a dog with heartworm is over $1000.

GAgives Day is Tuesday, November 27. We hope you will consider making a gift to support us. Thank you for helping insure our rescued dogs are healthy and adoptable.

Dog of the Month -Jefferson


Hi, I'm Jefferson! I hope my beautiful brown eyes are talking to you. Going for walk, sleeping, playing with the other dogs at my foster home and being pet are some of my favorite things. I have excellent manners and am house trained. There aren't any children or cats at my foster home but I'm very low key so I'm probably good with both. Initially I'm a little timid but warm up with treats and encouragement. I'd love to come and live at your house.

Happy Tales-Mollie


I had the great fortune of adopting Mollie (now Mollie Grace) from GRRA this past April. I have always had dogs in my life, but I never owned a Golden Retriever. When I lost my amazing Labrador Retriever, Bella, at 17-years-old last year I was heartbroken. I knew I’d get another dog someday, but I did not expect it to happen so soon.

I became aware of GRRA during my time with Bella. My good friend adopted a 2-year-old Golden Retriever from GRRA named Atticus (now Bentley). Bella and Bentley became fast friends, Bella taught Bentley how to be a great dog while Bentley kept Bella young and playful. They were best friends and spent a lot of great times together. I have very fond memories of them together.

I was incredibly lonely once I lost my sweet Bella. I finally made the decision to adopt from GRRA so I could have time to train and play with my new pup. Being a teacher, I have the opportunity to enjoy some time off during the summer months and I knew I wanted a furry companion to accompany me on my adventures!

I began the application process with GRRA and I was amazed by the thoroughness and knowledge of the adoption consultant. Every step of the way I was told what to expect and I understood that the most important aspect was to ensure that each dog adopted went to the right type of home and owner. I appreciated that so much because my biggest concern was not finding a dog that would be a good fit with my lifestyle and vice versa.

I attended my first adoption day and met lots of cute dogs. I had been given information about dogs that might be good matches prior to the event so I knew what dogs I’d be focusing on. If not, I would want to take every dog home the moment I met them! My adoption consultant, Amanda Dytor, prepared me on what to expect and I finally had the chance to meet her that day.

There were so many great dogs there, but the ones that I had my eyes on did not seem like they would be a great match due to me being single and not having other dogs and/or children. I was discouraged at first, but I understood the reasoning behind the decisions. I knew there would be another adoption day where I might find my future fur baby.

I was about to leave that afternoon when I noticed a beautiful dog that was near the front of the store. I noticed her during my tour around meeting the other dogs, but I couldn’t get a good look because so many people were around her. I decided to wait and see if I could get more information.


I learned that Mollie was a three-year-old Golden and I had a great conversation with her current foster, Susan Swartz. I voiced my interest in Mollie, but I really did not think I’d be able to adopt her since there were so many interested people --- mainly families --- and I figured they would have a better shot than I would.

I received a call when I got home from Amanda, my adoption consultant, letting me know that the foster, Susan, would be in touch with me. I was elated, but tried to keep my cool as I did not want to get my hopes up.

About a week later --- after an official home visit and a great discussion with Susan --- Mollie became a part of my family!

I could not be happier and I think Mollie feels that way too! She is such a sweet dog and loves going for walks and hikes or just taking a nap with me on a rainy Sunday afternoon. She definitely wants for nothing --- other than chasing those pesky squirrels in our yard. She absolutely brings joy to everyone she meets!

Thank you GRRA for being such a great organization. From beginning to end, there was always someone there to check in and keep me informed. Your devotion to the dogs is amazing and I always sing your praises to anyone who will listen.

Tania Lehman


2019 GRRA Calendar

Update (Fri, Feb 22, 2019) Thank you to all who have supported GRRA by purchasing a calendar. Although we are ending the sale of 2019 calendars, please follow us and join our newsletter to stay informed about the 2020 calendar, upcoming adoption days, and other GRRA news.

2019 Calendar Cover

The cover is award worthy! The photos are stunning and you will love being able to write on the days that we left white for just that purpose. Order your calendar today for just $20 which includes shipping and handling or come to Adoption Day and save shipping. Buy 4 and get a 5th one free! 100% of the money goes to the medical treatment of our orphans.

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