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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Maggie Needs Our Help


Maggie is a beautiful 5 year old English Cream Golden Mix with the most expressive ears. She was sadly surrendered by her owner because she could not afford the medical care that Maggie so obviously needed to find out why she has been so ill. Maggie has a serious stomach issue that required many tests with a specialist, but still has not yet determined the problem. She can't keep food down and is going to require exploratory surgery to determine the cause of her distress. To make things even worse, poor Maggie is Heartworm Positive. We have already spent over $2,200 on Maggie and are looking to spend $1000 on her heartworm treatment, and another $4,400 on her surgery. We need over $7,700 so far, and it could be more depending on what they find during the surgery. We took Maggie knowing it was going to cost a lot to cure her, but we promised her owner we would do our best to save her. Our surgical expenses have skyrocketed lately and with social distancing we have not been able to have any of our normal events to help with the costs. If you can help us to save Maggie, please donate what you can and share with all your dog loving friends.

Our Precious Daisy Pup Needs Open Heart Surgery

Daisy Pup has a stricture of the esophagus - caused by a heart vessel wrapping around the esophagus - making it very difficult to swallow (both food and liquid). The surgeons will need to perform open heart surgery - in an attempt to cut off the major offending pulmonary vessel - and thus restore possibly some of her ability to swallow. She may never be 100% normal, but it is our hope they may be able to reduce the amount of closure to the esophagus - to allow her to at least be able to get adequate nutrition from high calorie liquids.

Daisy Pup

We looked at this precious face, and we just could not deny her the chance of living her life expectancy with hopefully a good quality of life. All we have to do is raise the money to pay for it. If you are thinking of making a tax deductible donation to a non profit, we hope you will choose GRRA and help little Daisy. Our goal is $6,000.

Happy Tales - Nellie

They say a picture is worth 1000 words and when you see the before picture of Nellie, you know this girl was in dire need of saving. Nellie, a Golden mix, was seized in a cruelty case where she was chained and starved. This poor girl was never shown any love, yet she was very sweet with everyone. The GRRA team was determined to change her life.

Nellie - before

Toni Loper, a new GRRA volunteer with the intake team, took charge of getting this girl rescued. Nellie was her first intake. Toni worked with our incredible medical team, to secure a place for her at the vets during the Thanksgiving weekend – not an easy task.

Rick Knotts, in true hero form, provided the freedom ride from the shelter to the vets. Carin Miller was the medical team member assigned. Nellie was heartworm positive and

Carin ensured all medical needs were met, including a bit of a scare with Nellie potentially ingesting some foreign material. Carin arranged for Nellie to spend a weekend at Blue Pearl GVS. Thankfully no surgery was needed and with our monitoring and supportive care from Blue Pearl GVS Nellie recovered well.

Next step was to find a foster home where Nellie could heal, both physically and mentally. Dree Harris and her family stepped up to the plate and opened their home to her. Nellie was Dree’s first foster dog. Despite Nellie’s history of severe neglect, while in foster, she learned to trust humans and rely on them for reassurance. After almost four months, Nellie was ready to be adopted.

Dree worked with Wanda Prater, Nellie’s Dog Consultant, to find the perfect home. The Steedman’s were looking for a fur baby to add to their family and fell in love when they met Nellie. As you can see by the picture below, Nellie now has the life she deserves. Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and donors. It really does take a village!

Nellie - after

Donate to Jack's Medical Fund

Jack and Hudson are a bonded pair, currently in a foster home. When we first met Jack and Hudson they had been surrendered to a rural shelter because the owner could no longer afford to feed them. They were so frightened that they would not come out from the corner where they huddled at the vet. They were allowed out of their crates so they could be together because they seemed to need to cuddle with each other to stop shaking. Their first time outside off leash in the fenced backyard of their foster family, they huddled in the corner together under a bush, shaking. Foster dad had to crawl under the bush to assure them they were safe now and he would protect them.

Jack and Hudson 1

Jack and Hudson have come a long way, since being in a foster home and they are very attached to their foster family as well as to each other. Hudson is very dependent on Jack--it's uncanny how bonded they are to each other. Both were unfortunately Heartworm Positive. At age 6, Jack is a couple of years older than Hudson, and was such a strong positive that he has suffered some heart damage and a couple of days ago had an emergency situation where he had to go to Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists to have some fluid removed from his stomach and lungs to make his breathing easier. They did an echocardiogram, Chest xray, bloodwork, Lasix, cardiology consult, and new meds to add to his already $200+ per month med bill. Jack must have these meds each and every month in order to survive. We saved Jack because Hudson needs him and because he deserves this better life because his previous situation was unacceptable.

Jack and Hudson 2

GRRA has already taken care of their heartworm treatment at $2,000 for the two of them, and now we have more bills to pay. If you can spare a few dollars to help GRRA to help Jack, it would really be appreciated. We are not looking to move them right now. They still have a lot of healing left to do and their foster family is up to the challenge and is doing a great job.

Lost Dog - Help Find Wicket

Our Volunteer/Dog Trainer, who is also a teacher, had her home broken into about 12:30 3/22. Her dog Wicket is missing and she said Wicket was most likely stolen because she would not leave the house but would easily go with someone. If outside she would most likely go to a human. We are proceeding like a lost or stolen dog in getting the flyer out there in case Wicket turns up in another area. She is missing from the Buford, GA area. Please share her poster.

Wicket poster

GRRA Paws on the Path for Vato Hike IS CANCELED!

GRRA Paws on the Path for Vato-Roswell Old Mill Park and Vickery Creek Trail scheduled for March 29 is canceled.

Donate to Remington's Surgery Fund


Hi, I’m Remington. I’m a 9-month old purebred Golden retriever. I was purchased from a breeder by a family who ended up neglecting my needs as a typical, energetic puppy. I was kept confined on an apartment balcony or kept in a crate way too small for my growing body. They put me for sale on Craigslist and a family came to see me but realized that I wasn’t right for them due to the obvious neglect I’d been going through. But they knew they couldn’t keep me there (thank goodness!), so they rescued me from that situation. So, they turned to GRRA to find me a new furever home, one that will give me the attention, love, and medical attention I deserve.

After visiting Dr. Doolittle, I, unfortunately, have early signs of hip dysplasia. With me being young and it being caught early, I’m a good candidate for hip surgery in hopes to curb the progression greatly. Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it may have been magnified by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and being kept in that small crate.

My friends at GRRA have opened their loving arms to help me, but they need more help from GRRA friends, supporters, and members. It can cost up to $6800 for my hip surgery and rehab. Any donations will help, big or small! I appreciate your generosity!

Featured Dog: Muffin

A happy looking medium-sized black dog with floppy curly-haired ears

HI, there! Little Ms. Muffin here. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Whew, that was a blast, right? Pretty decorations, holiday music, presents everywhere, meeting new people, and let’s not forget the delicious food! But alas, the New Year has come and that’s why I’m writing you. My New Year’s resolution is to find a new furever home! I have been working so hard these past few months to become the best dog I can be. Now it’s time to put it into action.

Little bit about me. I’m an 8-year old Flat-coated retriever/Spaniel mix. My brother Duke and I came into GRRA in May because our owners needed to move into an assisted living facility which doesn’t allow dogs. We lived outside for most of our lives with very little human interaction, so you can imagine how scared we were of new situations and people around all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the attention and was friendly in return, but I felt more comfortable with a fewer number of people that I could approach myself. I was also scared of loud noises and thunder. And since I lived outside, I was not potty or leash trained.

I tell you this not to discourage you, but to let you know that I have prevailed! With the help of my wonderful foster, I am now quite the lovable companion. Most important, I’ve passed Housebreaking 101 and am now potty trained – YES! Not only am I happy about that, so are my foster’s floors . I also walk well on a leash now and have learned that thunder is not so bad. Well, it’s still a little scary, but when I wear my thundershirt and find my safe spot in the shower I’m cool. Not to toot my own horn, but I have come a long way and am proud of the confidence I’ve built since coming into GRRA!

another photo of the same very cute black dog standing with her head cocked to one side

Here’s what I would like in my new home…

  • Owners that understand my past and are aware that **sometimes I need a little time to warm up to new people and situations**. If there are children in the home, they should be old enough to be respectful of that.
  • **Another dog would be nice to have to keep me company.** I admit that I like to be the boss and maintain my personal space, but I do like other dogs and with the right companion I’ll fit right in.
  • **A fenced yard** would be great to keep me safe and sound. Fun fact, when I see a squirrel, the Flat-coated retriever and Spaniel both come out and I first point, hold, then bolt after them!

BONUS! Our generous friends at Susie’s Senior Dogs, a non-profit that helps promote and support the adoption of senior dogs, have already paid my $450 adoption fee! That’s right folks, you don’t need to worry about anything… just take me home and let the cuddles begin. It’s a steal, too, cause I’m worth a million bucks ??.

So, as you all write out your New Year’s resolutions – get organized, eat better, spend less, etc. – how about this one? Give Muffin a loving home. You won’t regret it!

Yep, another cute photo of the same cute pup but this time she's sitting and looking happy!

Patiently waiting,


If you are interested in learning more about Muffin, please contact your adoption consultant, or email!

Donate to Butch and Cassidy's Medical Funds

Butch and Cassidy relaxing

Butch and his sister Cassidy are typical purebred 8-week old Golden Retriever puppies, except that they were both born with birth defects that cause issues with one of their front legs. They have adapted to life without those paws and get along fine, and it sure doesn't make them less cute, does it? They were advertised on CraigsList at a discount due to their birth defects, and GRRA stepped in and got both of them so they would get the best medical attention and not fall into the wrong hands! CraigsList is a scary place for dogs and puppies.

Cassidy standing

The vet says that they will both need surgeries with amputations of that one front leg so that they can be as healthy as possible. All total this will end up being $3800 for the both of them. Fortunately, GRRA thinks they are worth it! However, we could really use your help in donating to their medical funds.

Butch being held

So I hope you have a few dollars left after your Christmas Shopping, or maybe you got some money for Christmas and you'd like to help support little Butch and Cassidy. Please donate and share with all your puppy loving friends too! Every bit helps us get the care for them that they deserve.

Featured Dog: LaShay

Hi, my name is LaShay, and it is my pleasure to introduce myself to you! I’m a female 5-year old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. You can tell by my picture that I’m German in the front and Golden in the back. I was with my previous family since I was 6-weeks old. Recently, my mom has been having serious health issues and is not physically or financially able to care for me and my three doggy siblings. Sadly, she had to re-home all of us. And that’s when GRRA came into my life!

It’s definitely been a huge adjustment leaving the only home I’ve ever known and having to start all over. I must admit, I’ve been pretty scared and cautious of all new people that I’ve met so far. I was very upset being held in a kennel at the vet’s office, and that’s when everyone learned that being confined in small spaces is not my thing. After spending a couple of days at the vet and then my foster home, my fear of new people became more evident.

I know my foster family is trying to help me improve on this, and guess what? I think it’s working! When we are home, I am on high alert when new people enter. But I prefer it if a new person will just ignore me and let me go about my business of sniffing and greeting them on my own terms. After you pass my sniff test, I’m a whole other dog wanting your love, pets, and treats if you got ‘em. I even met 20 new people at Thanksgiving dinner and was just fine. Another thing that makes me feel better is if there is another confident and friendly dog around to show me that meeting strangers is not so bad. We are now venturing out of the house to see how I manage new people. To be honest, I’m more comfortable warming up to people at home, but I’m slowly improving in public places.

Other than the above, my foster says I’m a wonderful and loving dog. Once I bond with my new person, I am completely loyal and just want to be close to you. A ‘velcro’ dog if you will. I even prefer to have you around even when I eat. You and my trusty ball. It goes everywhere with me. So, get ready to play some fetch!

Here are some of the things on my wish list for my new furever home:

  • Quiet home with dog savvy owner(s). I’ll need a patient, nurturing owner who understands my needs and will be patient with me as I continue to learn how to trust new people. Older children 10+ years old would be fine if they also understand this. I would really love it if someone could be with me at home for most of the day.
  • Other dogs. I could be an only dog, but a respectful, confident dog that won’t want to play too much or get into my space would be a plus. Preferably not a dominant or puppy dog. (I haven’t met any cats yet.)
  • Nice and easy introductions. Slow, calm introductions on my own terms to new people as you read above.
  • In-home dog sitter. When you go out of town, I would like an in-home pet sitter since I don’t like being in a kennel or boarding facility.
  • But now I'm looking for the most important thing and that’s to find a home to call my very own! I miss being part of a family, and I’m ready to find my furever family. If you think you could be it, please let GRRA know!



    If you are interested in learning more about LaShay, please contact your adoption consultant, or email!

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