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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Petco Foundation Partners with GRRA

Honey Bowen

A sweet, but shy, nine-year old female Golden, Honey Bowen, was surrendered to GRRA by her owner in late August. She had been mostly an outside dog and, although well fed to the point of being somewhat obese, the owner had not been able to give her the attention that she deserved. Upon coming into the program, one of our GRRA vets found that she had several medical problems, the most serious of which were two open sores on her back. Treatment required them to be removed, and one was found to be cancerous. First came surgery during which the vet got minimally "clear margins." Further x-rays and ultrasound examinations revealed that the cancer had not spread to other systems. This was a blessing.

In the meantime, Honey Bowen’s sunny personality had won the heart of a GRRA applicant who is now her furever mom, Kasey. This GRRA Golden is settled in her new home, a very happy girl. Kasey thinks HB is "the sweetest ever" and takes Honey Bowen just about everywhere. They go hiking, daily walks in Grant Park and many car rides. As soon as Kasey picks up her car keys, Honey Bowen brings the leash to her in anticipation of her new adventures. She wants to be with everyone all the time. With the aid of GRRA and the Petco Foundation, Honey Bowen can live out her days being pampered and loved by her new furever momma, Kasey.

The Petco Foundation’s PCA Shelter Pet Cancer Treatment Fund partnered with GRRA by providing a $1,900.00 grant for Honey Bowen’s cancer diagnostic and treatment expenses. Helping pets fight cancer, the Petco Foundation raises funds during their annual Pet Cancer Awareness campaign in partnership with Blue Buffalo. Each year during the campaign, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco locations nationwide to join the fight against pet cancer.

GRRA Rescue Operations Director, Amy DeCesare comments, "This grant has helped GRRA continue our efforts to rescue and care for all our Goldens, including ones afflicted with cancer like Honey Bowen. We are grateful to the Petco Foundation for supporting dog rescues like GRRA."

Spotlight on ....Arny!



Who gets along with other dogs, loves being with his family, and is very smart? It’s Arny!

Arny is an energetic two-year-old who enjoys running in the backyard and following his foster family everywhere. He especially loves the eleven-year-old boy in his foster family. Arny has just completed his heartworm treatment. It’s not easy being two and having to be crated during the treatment.

If you are looking for a personable, loyal, and fun-loving dog, Arny is your boy!


GRRA Dogs - October 2019

Donna Leach, an Adoption Consultant Manager for GRRA, has created a great slideshow highlighting a bunch of our adoptable dogs (as of October 26).

2020 GRRA Calendar

2020 GRRA Calendar - Front

Announcing the sale of our GRRA 2020 Calendar! The cover features a handsome Golden Retriever named Dexter, who just turned 10 years old, with a great backdrop of the Atlanta Skyline. Dexter was a former rescue who goes everywhere possible with his Dad, frequently appearing in photos and videos of his travels to dog friendly places, featured on Facebook and Instagram.

See the 12 stunning featured monthly dogs and don't forget to ask for a "pawgraph" when you see them around. Our 2020 calendar has a new feature, a Rainbow Bridge Page, showing some of your awesome furkids who have gone on ahead and will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for their humans.

Don't forget to check out our Sponsors and Partners and frequent them when you get the opportunity and tell them you saw their logo in the GRRA Calendar. 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 each, which includes shipping and handling. Buy four for $80 and get the fifth calendar free! Or come to Adoption Day or one of our events and save shipping. All of the proceeds go to pay the medical bills of our Orphans and Permanent Fosters. Buy several! They make great gifts! To order click below to pay online, and don't forget to give us your mailing address.

2020 GRRA Calendar - Rainbow Bridge

Pay Online

Pay Via Mail

Prefer to pay by check? Send payment to the address below. Please be sure to include mailing address, phone number, and email address in case we have questions regarding your order.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, GA 30357

Rescue Romp 2019

NOTE: Online registration is now closed, but you're still invited to attend the Rescue Romp. Please register and pay at the gate.


Come join us for the best fun family and dog event in town. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. While having fun, you will be supporting all the Retrievers in our care who need your help – It’s a WIN WIN!

Here are a few of the activities we have planned:

  • Dock diving
  • Agility course
  • Lure chase
  • Canine good citizen testing
  • Doggy games (including "Pawcasso" painting, musical sit, and more)
  • Doggy costume parade
  • Raffle baskets of goodies
  • Silent auction
  • Ask the Vet
  • Doggy photo booth
  • Bake sale and doggy Barkery
  • Vendors
  • Golden Gear store
  • And More!

Rescue Romp is Sunday October 13 from Noon-5:00 PM at Canine Ranch 165 Doug Smith Ln, Canton 30114.

Enjoy the scenic drive, and come join in the fun! All well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. No Aggressive dogs please. Bring a couple of folding chairs to relax.

Drop what you are doing and go register now and save! Only $20 per family if you register online AND PAY NOW. At the gate the cost is $25.

Even if you are busy that weekend, you can buy a ticket and support GRRA.

Donate to Clarissa's Medical Fund

Our newest orphan, Clarissa was an owner surrender to a rural shelter. She had a scary few minutes when she slipped out of her Martingale Collar at the vet and ran away from the transporter. She was fairly quickly captured by some awesome Vet Techs and is doing her shelter quarantine at the vet. We thought she might have recently had puppies, but SURPRISE! She is about 3-4 weeks pregnant and will have puppies in another 3-4 weeks. She is chillin for the weekend because she is scared and very stressed because of her ordeal. Heartworm status will be determined in a few days.


We desperately need a foster who is willing to take a pregnant mama and eventually her puppies for a few weeks. The last mama we had stayed in isolation at the vet and tied up the isolation ward for 6 weeks. All our puppy fosters were exhausted from our last couple of litters. As a result our vet bill was over $8,000!

We need fosters and money to prepare for the expense. We took in Clarissa, who appears to be a Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab mix, because we were afraid for her future, and she is lucky we did. If you can help, please consider making a donation or applying to volunteer so you can foster dogs in need like her.

2020 GRRA Calendar Contest

  1. Submit your bid amount (minimum of $100 for a full month) using the form below. No payment is necessary at this time; we will contact you once your photo is accepted.
  2. Send two horizontal/landscape photos of your dog(s) to Make sure they are the highest resolution you can, in focus, and do not crop or cut off any paws, ears, or tail. Look at your background - make sure there are no dirty clothes or trash on the floor, wires, etc. No humans in the photo please. We are also looking for a great calendar cover photo. The best photos are usually taken outside in natural light.
  3. Subject must be either a Golden Retriever, or a GRRA rescue. If your dog has siblings, they can also be in the photo.
  4. You can share the cost and the photo with a friend with Goldens or GRRA rescues.
  5. Your photo may be seasonal, snow, fall leaves, the beach, Halloween, Fourth of July, etc. It should be either cute, interesting, funny, beautiful or just a great photo.
  6. If your dog went to the Rainbow Bridge, he/she can be featured on our Rainbow Bridge page. Submit $35 per photo for the Rainbow Bridge. It should be a vertical/portrait photo, preferably a head shot. These photos will be produced in a smaller format, depending on how many entries we have.

    Send a check to:

    Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
    P.O. Box 7743
    Atlanta, GA 30357

    Or donate via Paypal and indicate it's for the Calendar Rainbow Bridge

The contest runs from June 1 to August 15. Remember, this is a fundraiser so be generous. Winners will receive a free calendar or calendars based on their bid amount. Calendars will be unveiled and on sale at the Rescue Romp on October 13.

All the profits raised from the calendar will go directly to help our orphaned Golden Retrievers. Your donation is tax deductible.

Sunny Goldendoodle Needs Your Help

Sunny is a 3 1/2 year old Goldendoodle that was one of five that GRRA took in as owner surrenders to save them from the kind of life they had been leading. All were skinny, and Sunny at only 36 lbs, was smelly, very matted, with fleas and ticks. Sunny was a little skittish and had been shaved, so she looked like anything but a Goldendoodle. She was diagnosed with Anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease, and Ehrlichia. After vetting she was bathed and treated for her illness, given antibiotics and good nutrition. After many weeks, tests and bloodwork she was finally spayed. Sunny ended up being rushed to a specialist in the middle of the night due to excessive bleeding because her blood was not clotting properly and she needed fluids and a transfusion. Her platelet count is too low and she is listless and losing weight. She is pretty much in Intensive Care and the estimate for her care is already up to $5,000.

Sunny in a cone

Sunny has not had an easy life and GRRA promised to make her life better. We are a not for profit all volunteer organization, and in order to keep saving dogs we rely on our fundraising and donations from people like you who love dogs. If you can help, please share with everyone you know, skip a coffee or two this week and make a donation to help Sunny. You can donate anonymously if you prefer. You can donate via Paypal or a Credit Card using the button below or you can mail a check to GRRA at P. O. Box 7743 Atlanta, GA 30357.

Update on Bella Mae

Bella Mae had her surgery and followup physical therapy. The best news is that she was adopted and goes back and forth with her adopter from home and to her second beach home. Thanks to you, we reached 39% of our goal, or $2,560 of the $6,600 needed. Our fundraiser is over and we appreciate all of you who donated. Bella Mae still has a little limp now and then when she gets tired, but she has a pain free quality of life now and a loving home. We can't ask for more than that.

Bella Mae at the beach

Spotlight on ....Ziggy!



Ziggy loves being with his people and never leaves their side for very long. He will chase anything that moves in the yard and is curious about any usual sights or smells.

We think his previous owners didn't provide much discipline, but he is willing to learn. He has definitely learned where we keep his treats and will sit and look at them when he would like to have some.

He has the softest fur that we've ever felt on a dog which makes petting him that much more enjoyable. He really just wants to be loved. He will show his love by spending as much time by your side as he can.


Bette, Ziggy's foster mom


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