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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Happy Tales - Daisy


In November 2015, we adopted Daisy. Our "pet family" consisted of 2-year-old golden, Rigby, and 4-year-old Ringo the cat. But we felt Rigby needed a fellow canine companion. With an already established "pet family", we were realistic about accommodating everyone's needs. That is why we chose to work with Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta.


We had two dogs visit our house and also met a dog at a foster family's home. Unfortunately we had issues with either of the dogs meshing with Rigby or not being gentle with Ringo. We continued to search the website, and reviewed emails our adoption coordinator sent to us. Finally, we went to the monthly GRRA day event at Petco. This is how we found our Daisy!!


When she visited our home with foster "dad", Erick, everything just meshed. She has been our "ball of energy", a running partner, Rigby's best friend, and has provided us a lot of joy.

Thank you to Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta for bringing us our precious little Daisy.

Jenna Howard

Happy Tales - Sadie and Barkley


I love adopting senior dogs! Sadie and Barkley are 12 and 11 and just the sweetest, most lovable animals.

The first week I had them, I kept losing Barkley! I couldn’t find him at times even in my small home. Come to find out he loves to be under things. Whether it’s a table or chair, he loves to hide so he can assess the whole room!


Sadie has become my official greeter. I own my own gift shop so I am able to take them to work with me every day. Sadie has made greeting the customers HER job. She lays near the door and when someone comes in, she will get up and go over and greet them. She loves it so much and my customers do, too. Plus, the kids love to sit on the floor with her and pet her until she falls asleep on them.

Adjusting to life with Sadie and Barkley has been super easy. All dogs that are rescued come with the unknown. Sadie and Barkley have their issues. I was told Sadie couldn’t go up and down stairs. But after trying different medications, she now is running, playing, and easily going up and down stairs.

Barkley had some dental issues. After having a tooth pulled, he is a completely different dog. No longer living with pain! He is happy, cuddlilee (is that even a word?) and just so happy.

I feel very blessed to have these two gorgeous animals as part of my family! My cat, Hermes, even loves them too!

Donna Hacker

Happy Tales - Bella


After much discussion and enthusiasm from our children Jack (7) and Ella (5), we decided to fill out an adoption application with GRRA. We first met with Taylor who was so informative and supportive about the adoption process! She sent us lots of precious pups to take a look at. But when she sent us information on Bella, we all knew we found a match.

We spoke with Bella's foster dad Barry and set up a time to meet her. It was love at first sight! She was the sweetest girl and we were all crazy about her from our first walk!


When Bella first came to live with us, she was 20 pounds underweight and a little shy. Her first two nights with us she slept in a bed in between my husband and I. Now, she is at her ideal weight and has found her voice.

She plays daily in the backyard with our children ---- running and greeting our neighbors as they walk by. When we walk in the neighborhood or go to the dog park, she's always so friendly though she doesn't stray too far from us.

She's hiked Blue Ridge Mountain, played in the sand at Rosemary Beach, and even splashed around a bit in the water --- although she was a little afraid of the ocean. :)


She loves to go see family in Charleston, SC and is a great traveler. She is such a wonderful addition to our family and we consider her to be such a blessing!

Beth Louer

Happy Tales - Bear


After several months of researching for the “perfect” dog to fit our needs as 2 full-time employed empty nesters, we settled on Goldens. We had heard of Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA) and decided to complete the application to get our first Golden.

We searched the website for dog after dog and then finally picked him from the picture. We could just tell Bear was the dog for us! We attended a GRRA dog adoption at the pet store where we finally got to meet him.

After going through the application process, we all agreed to a home visit with the foster parents bringing Bear to our home. He was like a 90 lb. baby --- full of energy and quite excitable.

The decision was made that we were chosen to be the proud owners of Bear. We promptly left and went straight to the pet store to get the necessary items --- food, brush, leash, treats, toys, etc..

Once at our home, Bear immediately bonded with us. Bear goes to work with Dan every day. The clients love him as well as the staff and neighbors at the office. Dan calls him "our Marketing Tool" in that he's actually received a few new clients just because we have a Golden as they are clearly loved by so many.


Bear will literally stand next to Dan when he's talking and will lean his head on Dan's leg. Bear follows Dan around from room to room and lies under his desk or behind his chair at the office.

I run Bear outside the office most days with two Frisbees . We cannot give him tennis balls anymore as he is completely obsessed with them and will not let them out of his sight!

We are surprised as to how much Bear prefers to be an inside dog as we previously had a dog that loved being outdoors all the time. Goldens just want to be with their people.

All he wants is the attention of everyone and for them to pet him non-stop. If you do stop petting him when Bear is not ready for you to stop, he uses his head to get up under your arm and urges you to continue petting him.

Bear also LOVES the water. We have taken him to a few lakes where he can wade or swim around, and he thoroughly enjoys it.

The whole experience of adopting a Golden with GRRA was very pleasant. All of the staff was helpful and easy to work with. The adoption process was expedient and everything came together in the end!

There is no doubt that Bear is the best dog we have ever had. We are sold on Golden Retrievers! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to love and care for him.

Sharie and Dan Williams



Happy Tales - Lacey


My husband Rob and I have been married thirty-five years and have always had a furry canine family member. In May of 2015 our sweet beagle passed away and it just so happened that I stepped down from my sixteen year first grade teaching career that same month. So there I was, home alone. It was way too quiet at my house!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta came into our lives over the summer when we began looking at their website. We started our adoption by filling out an online application. Next we were assigned sweet Jayme as our adoption consultant, and a GRRA volunteer, Paula, came to our home for a visit. I loved that she brought her own golden for this visit! We attended the Adoption Day Showcase which is the best way ever to spend an afternoon! You get to go around meeting and hugging a whole room full of golden retrievers! The hard part is, you want to take them ALL home with you!

We got to meet Lacey that day and eventually we got to adopt her! Lacey’s foster mom, Lori, was wonderful to work with, and we are so grateful she thought Lacey would be a good match for our family! Lacey was adopted in October and has been a busy girl since then. She recovered from heartworm treatment, had some surgery to be spayed, and had a little dental work done. On the fun side of things, Lacey has taken some classes with a trainer, and has enjoyed traveling with us lately. Lacey’s favorite toy is a tennis ball and she enjoys tromping through the creek at our house in the mountains. At home in Gwinnett County Lacey’s favorite activity is chasing the squirrels, rabbits, birds, and other small inhabitants of her big backyard! Her motto is: “If it moves in any form, shape, or fashion, it’s my business!”

Adopting Lacey was a great experience! She’s added a lot of love and fun to our lives! I’ve also noticed I get to hear from our son Adam more often. Texts and phone calls now begin with: “How’s Lacey?” Thank you so much GRRA for entrusting us with this beautiful family member! We’ll take good care of her!

Abby Manchester


Happy Tales - Jack



We lost our beloved Golden Retriever, Rocky, about three years ago to cancer at the young age of 7. We thought we would never have the heart to adopt another Golden ever again in his place. We were afraid we would constantly be comparing them and that it would not be fair to the brand new Golden.

We finally decided after some time that we should give another Golden Retriever a chance ---- and a new place to call home. And it was the best thing we ever did! Jack is absolutely the "king of the castle" and brings us so much joy and love.

GRRA made the entire adoption process so easy to navigate through. Everyone we dealt with at the organization was very encouraging and supportive. We cannot thank them enough.

I even asked later to volunteer with GRRA and now conduct pre-adoption home checks in my area as I fell in love with the organization and their mission.

Thanks again for our baby boy, Jack. We love him so.

Maggie Houston


Happy Tales - Madison

VOM When I was about 8 years old, my family and I adopted a dog from the Dixie Golden Retriever Rescue here in town. Unfortunately, we had to put him down which was extremely sad.

When my husband and I started talking last year about adopting a dog again, I realized that the only dog I had ever loved was my Golden. So, I looked online for Golden Retriever Rescues and the first one I found was GRRA.

I had a lady contact me about a home visit and that weekend she came over. At first I thought about a younger dog, then she showed me a picture of Madison and I instantly fell in love! I patiently waited for the call from the Foster Mom.

Then one day I was at work and a random number popped-up on my phone. I ran to the back to answer it. And my prayers had been answered ---- it was Maddie's Foster! We set-up a meet and greet.

The day finally came and Maddie was coming for her home visit to see if my husband and I were a good match. At first, Madison was very shy and hid behind her Foster Mom, but then it happened...... She walked right over to me, laid down at my feet, and that was it. The Foster told me that we were the perfect match!

The Foster Mom and I decided that following Monday I would come and pick-up our new furbaby. That was the most amazing day of my life! VOM Since Madison has been living with us, she has become a completely different dog. She really loves her stuffed teddy bear, lots and lots of cuddles, and she especially loves to talk to us when we get up or get back home.

I will always use GRRA for any other dog I decide to adopt. But for now, Madison is the perfect furbaby to complete my family.

----- submitted by Kara Sornberger

Happy Tales - Holly and Henry

VOM Mike and I adopted Holly and Henry from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta this past spring. Although Mike and I have had many dogs over the last 35 years, we actually have never any adopted senior dogs.

At this stage of our lives, we were not interested in the training, chewing, and excess energy that accompany puppies and younger dogs. And these two seniors were clearly bonded together so we took them both.

Holly and Henry had been abandoned and were sadly in tough shape when rescued by GRRA. Holly unfortunately had heartworms and Henry had lost most of his coat due to a bacterial and fungal skin infection.

Regardless of the obvious neglect Holly and Henry endured in their previous journey, they do not have a mean bone in either of their bodies. They are completely full of love and appreciation.

They are calm around energetic children and unfazed by noisy deck parties. Holly and Henry might move slowly (due to arthritis), but their tails wag with abundant energy and delight.

Mike and I heartily recommend the adoption of senior Golden dogs. We feel that we are the lucky ones for doing so!

Bonnie Sammons

Happy Tales - Marty


Our family had been looking for a new dog for a while when we reached out to GRRA. I wasn’t set on getting a Golden Retriever specifically but I knew what great dogs they can be so we gave it a shot. GRRA was so helpful and really took the time to get to know our family and discuss what we could handle and what we couldn’t.

Unlike most people, we were looking for an older dog ----- one that needed us as much as we needed them. We have a large family on our farm in the Georgia mountains and our 2 dogs were getting older. We also wanted a dog that could keep up with our 4 kids but not be too rambunctious with them.

Having livestock affords us a lot of time and experience caring for our animals. After some discussion, we decided to look for a dog with some extra needs that may be too much for another family. We met a few along the way but they weren’t the right fit for some reason or another. One didn’t like cats ----- which we have 2 ----- and another ran off a lot and we have way too much land for that!

When I met Marty, I just knew immediately he was who we were searching for. He was about 20 lbs. under weight and he was missing his front teeth from chewing himself because he itched all over, but I could see the real him hiding underneath.

Although he had spent most of his life homeless or outside, he was ready to come in and get the love he deserved. After a few trips to the vet and various medications to manage his poor coat and skin, he slowly but surely began to get better.

I accepted that this would be his lot in life ----- pills everyday, baths every week, and chewing on his skin all night, but I was mistaken. Over the next few months, he put on weight, grew a beautiful coat, and NO MORE ITCHING! GRRA gave us a gift we could never repay and we will forever be grateful to them. Thank you all!

Catherine Taylor

Happy Tales - Lexi

HT1 We live in Roswell with our two boys and had been waiting not-so-patiently for them to be a few years older so we could adopt a dog. When our youngest was almost four, we decided the time was finally right. We found GRRA online and loved seeing all the pictures and descriptions of the rescues.

We completed the application and interviews and the adoption process went smoothly. We talked about size and other characteristics, and decided to wait until our idea of the perfect dog came along. We were excited when Lexi and her foster dad came to visit, and even more excited once we spent time with her!

We knew Lexi was the one when she jumped up on the sofa and our 4-year old said, “Look, Mommy --- She’s home!” When our boys snuggled up on the floor with her, the deal was done. It was hard to let her go after that visit but we knew we had to work through the adoption process. HT2 After a few days of holding our breath, we got the call that let us know Lexi would be a part of our family. We were so excited! And we were ready to pick her up immediately. We had a comfy dog bed ready for her, food, and a Texas Longhorn leash.

HT3 She had a different name when we met her (Honey/Shellie), but after a few days we picked her forever name: Lexi AKA Lulu, LexiBelle, Lexi Lou Hoo. Lexi loves playing outside with the kids, going for long walks, and getting lots and lots of love. Her favorite place to be is wherever we are.

Thanks so much to everyone involved with GRRA. We couldn’t be happier and are grateful that Lexi is part of our family! Thanks for all of the great work you do.

Beth and Travis Hand


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