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Spotlight on Osito



Osito is looking for his "furever" home. He is a very loving dog. Get to know him better by watching "his" video. If you think you might be his new "human", read more about this wonderful boy.

Spotlight on Titan

UPDATE (Sat, Mar 16, 2019): Titan has been adopted!



Titan is a very sweet medium-sized Golden Doodle. He loves to run and play and is as energetic as he is smart. He is friendly to dogs and kids who are old enough to help train him on a few manners, like jumping up. He needs further leash training. A fenced yard would be ideal for him to play. Titan is looking for a Foster Home but would really love his own "furever" family. Meet Titan at GRRA Adoption Day.

Happy Tales-Lacey


We lost two of our Goldens, Trixie and Poppy, in a short time. Poor Charlie, our remaining Golden, was left alone after enjoying the company of his “girls”. Charlie is very shy but Trixie and Poppy helped him feel confident. I knew Charlie needed a companion.

Seeing Lacey on the GRRA website led me to meeting her at Adoption Day. She was perfect for Charlie. Her age, fourteen, wasn’t a drawback as Charlie is a senior too. She was very friendly and cheerful at Adoption Day, and I knew she would be a good match for Charlie.


When Lacey and Charlie met, it was like they were always friends. They acted like old friends who hadn’t seen one another for a long time. Lacey also loved my young grandchildren and didn’t mind if a Lego building fell over on her or a Hot Wheels car raced past her nose. She looked like she was enjoying the commotion. She loves going on walks and likes to be the leader. She fit in so well it’s hard to believe she hasn’t always been with my family.


We had a worry when we found some lumps that turned out to be cancerous. Dr. David, the veterinarian at Good Hands in Athens was able to remove the tumors and give Lacey a longer life. Even when she came home from surgery, she was smiling. She’s an example of a true Golden Retriever, always smiling, no matter what!

Jim and Nancy Baumann

Happy Tales-Yogi


After losing our beloved Abbie, we didn’t want to adopt another dog right away. Abbie was part of our family for sixteen years, a rescue, and the sweetest dog. She accepted our new babies and was extremely gentle with them. One day, my husband felt he was ready to adopt a dog. I was too, so we began looking at the GRRA website. We needed a dog that was gentle since we have a five-year-old and three-year old. We both work so a puppy wouldn’t be a good idea. I attended several GRRA Adoption Days and met many wonderful dogs. But they were adopted so we kept looking.

At Adoption Day in December, I spotted the cutest dog march into to Petco. He was a smaller golden mix and had such a cute attitude. Yogi had a crowd around him but when I was able to meet him, he snuggled up against me. His coat was so soft and his smile so big. He just spoke to me! I contacted Melinda Lahmers, our Adoption Coordinator, and arranged a home visit with Yogi. He marched into our home with his confident attitude and stole our hearts. He was gentle with our boys, enjoyed our fenced backyard, and liked going for walks. He could stay in his crate during the day while we are at work. He just fit right into our family.


The adoption process was very professional, and GRRA made sure Yogi was the right fit for our family. We miss Abbie but we are enjoying Yogi as he settles in to our family. We are going to be attending Obedience Classes soon to help Yogi channel his exuberance. Yogi is such a good match for us!

-Kate Hallam


Dogs of the Month-Bonded Pairs


Adopting a bonded pair is not the answer for every home, and it can the perfect answer for many adopters. These duos can bring twice the love into your home. In some cases, a bonded pair is a parent with an offspring. Sometimes it is two litter mates — puppies, teenagers, or even seniors. Occasionally, the two dogs are simply long- or even short-term companions with no blood relation at all. But they have a well-established bond through their shared experiences. These are dogs who may be well socialized but depend one another as a survival technique. They rely on one another for their social cues, for confidence building in new situations, and for stress relief from any uncomfortable predicament.

Bonding is not about any two dogs who have come into the GRRA program together even though they are connected by birth or family situation. Two such dogs may very well be placed in separate homes so that they may both become “the best dogs they can be.” One dog may thrive away from the shadow of the other, more dominant dog. In contrast, a truly bonded pair honestly has a visible cadence that seems to control their every move and their every response to their environment. It's essential for them to remain together.

Why adopt a bonded pair?

These special duos seem to provide unique rewards and benefits to those adopters who make them a part of their family:

• First, there is the undeniable realization that you have brought not just one, but two dogs, baffled and confused by an unexpected turn in their world, into a safe and loving home. What a feeling!

• Second, the adjustment into their new environment is eased simply by the fact that these dogs still have each other. Security trumps fear in many cases!

• Third, having a built-in companion and playmate provides stimulation that reduces boredom, destructive behavior, and potential separation anxiety.

Introducing GRRA’s newest bonded pair…Tinsel & Twinkle

We are a lovely bonded pair of 10-year-old seniors that need foster home or a foster to adopt arrangement. GRRA can clearly see we have been together all our lives, and we want to remain together. We just had to have surgery to repair our eyes. We had something called “Ectropion”. It's a condition where the lower eyelid turns or sags outward, away from the eye, exposing the surface of the inner eyelid. This condition can cause eye dryness, excessive tearing, and irritation. Don’t worry! Our eyes have healed nicely. We can see so much better!

Unfortunately, we weren’t well taken care of as we are both heart worm positive. This will involve about 90 days of treatment and exercise restrictions per GRRA Heartworm protocol. Due to our age, we both have arthritis in the hind area. It does not affect our mobility although we’d prefer not to have many stairs.

Hi… I’m Tinsel.


I’m a large sweet boy. I am extremely polite and mind my manners. Recently, I met a child and a rabbit and displayed only the most positive manners. I do not pull on my leash, and I like going on walks.

Hi… I’m Twinkle


I’m a social butterfly! I love to meet any dog or person with positive vibes. I’m extremely sweet and try be a lap dog. I have the pure golden personality.

If you are interested, please contact your adoption consultant if you have been assigned to one and/or respond back to

Help Create World's Largest Valentine


The Petco Foundation is asking pet adopters to participate in creating the World’s Largest Valentine for homeless pets and the people who care for them.

Participants that submit a photo or video at from January 15 to February 13 will be eligible to win daily prizes, and will give Golden Retriever Rescue the chance to earn a $1,000 daily grant award. At the end of the submission period, if Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta has the most valentines, we will be eligible for $10,000 in lifesaving funds.

Won't you help us by submitting a photo or video valentine?

Donate to Comet’s Medical Fund

UPDATE (Wed, Feb 27, 2019): Thanks to an extremely generous donation by one of our volunteers, we have reached our goal for Comet. We thank everyone for every dollar donated and especially for the large donation that took us over the top. Comet is doing well and continues to mend at his foster home. We will let you know once he is all well and available for adoption. Thank you again from all of us at GRRA.

UPDATE (Sat, Feb 9, 2019): Comet had his cast removed along with the hardware. Unfortunately due to his growth spurt his growth plate has been compromised and he is having another surgery 2/7 involving the knee. In 9 months it is expected he may need an additional surgery. The alternative to the two surgeries is amputation and he has been through so much that we are not ready to consider that alternative. We are going to do what needs to be done to give little Comet the best possible outcome. The price tag for the surgery has now gone up to $5,500. We very much appreciate every dollar that has been donated thus far. It is our hope that there are a few people that we have not yet reached who can donate a few more dollars.


Hi, my name is Comet, and I’m a three-month-old golden mix puppy. I’ve had a tough life so far. You see, around Christmas time me and my three siblings were dumped somewhere and animal control picked us up and brought us to a shelter. Luckily, the nice folks at GRRA saw our potential and took us in to find us loving furever homes. I’m so happy my three siblings have been adopted, but I miss them dearly.

For the last week or so, I’ve been in pain and limping on my back leg. The GRRA volunteers took me to the vet to get checked out. After my exam and X-rays, it turns out I have a left rear leg bone chip/break at the end of my femur and top of my fibia. On January 9th I had major surgery on my broken femur to wire the femur and ligament together. I’m happy to report, the surgery went well and I did great!

The doctor said there is no damage to the growth plate, which is a good thing. As long as my recovery goes well the long term outlook is good that I’ll be as good as new! I will have crate rest for at least two weeks, something that I dread, but I know it’s good for me. But don’t worry, despite the big purple cast I am comfortable and cozy. It’s also an excuse to get more cuddles and kisses. I will have another vet appointment and X-ray in two weeks to check my leg, and at some point, a second surgery for wire removal.

GRRA and I need your help in defraying the cost of my medical bills which are expected to exceed $3500. Any donation is welcomed and appreciated, big or small. GRRA and I thank you for your support!

Senior Spotlight!

Meet GRRA's Golden Girls!

Any dog over the age of seven is considered a senior. Adopting a senior dog is perfect for someone older or a family who isn't home all day to care for a puppy.

Here are just 3 of our current seniors to consider...

Lexi - An eleven-year-old and a small pocket golden mix


I’m small with a lot of life to live. I’m only 36 pounds. I am a little timid at first. As I learn to trust, I’m your true human companion! I am a low energy dog but I enjoy outings like walks and car rides. Although I am hard of hearing, I’d prefer a fenced yard as I might wander off on my own while exploring. A home with minimal steps is important. I have bad hips due to my age. No need to crate me as I’m house trained.

Please consider me as I’d love to live out the remaining days in a wonderful loving home with someone who has lots of time to spend with me!

Hi, I’m Siri. I’m a very loyal and loving 38 pound, eight-year-old female mix.


My foster says I’m such a sweetie! I like all people and other dogs too. I am not sure about those purring kitties. Although I’m eight, I’m deaf. I am still working on basic commands and have been learning some sign language from my foster mom.

I do like the outdoors. I love to go on walks but still pull a bit. I was restricted from long walks during my heart worm treatment which I recently completed. I am house trained and can be left out of the crate with people. I not crazy about my crate but if needed, I agree to work on this area. I can learn to make a crate enjoyable.

I love car rides, and I get very excited when I get to go along for a ride! I’d love to play outside a home with a fenced yard.

My foster mom says I’m a loving and bright dog. My deafness does not impact my social or daily activities. I need a family that will be patient with me because of my disability. A yard and possibly another dog to play with would be awesome.

Hi, I’m Genna. I love my humans and can’t wait to find my furever home!


I’m a small eight-year-old golden mix. I’m a perky girl who’s looking for the next cuddle or pet. I’m house trained and can stay on own in the house if left alone, no crate needed.

I’m polite and listen to what I’m told to do. I come when called and will sit and wait if asked. I love my humans, and I’d prefer to have them all to myself. Currently, I’m not the best on a leash but my foster and are working to improve my skills. I’d love a fenced yard because I enjoy exploring outside. I'm up for adventures, especially car rides.

Please invite me into your home. I’m patiently waiting for love and cuddles.

For more information on these golden girls or other seniors in our program, please go to

Happy Tales-Copper


Looking at the GRRA website, I noticed a sweet senior named Copper. Her photograph spoke to me, “I want to go home with you.” I have two rescued seniors, Charlie and Lacey. Copper would fit in perfectly with them, I just knew it!

I contacted Melinda Lahmers, my adoption coordinator, about my interest in Copper. Soon I heard from her foster family, and we arranged a time for me to meet Copper. It was a long drive from my home in Statham to Peachtree City where Copper was staying. When I saw her, I immediately felt a connection with her. Having been picked up as a stray in Atlanta, she needed a family that would love on her. I didn’t care that her coat was in poor condition or she didn’t respond to my words or was so arthritic she had trouble getting up or walking. I just wanted to adopt her. Her fosters helped me lift her into my car, and we were on our way to Statham.


Copper, Lacey, and Charlie got along right away. Just a little sniffing but that was it. Next, Copper went to see our vet. He discovered she is deaf, her vertebrae are fused from her hips to her tail, and has a limited strength. He suggested physical therapy at the University of Georgia Vet School to help with improving her mobility. Copper went to UGA and started with “sit to stand” exercises and the underwater treadmill. Copper has homework too-working on “sit to stand” reps and taking a daily 20 minute walk. She was given a harness to help me help her to stand.

Copper is the most wonderful dog, and I thank GRRA for taking her into their program. She has so much love to give and has been such an inspiring delight. Hooray for seniors!


Stone Mountain Hike CANCELLED

UPDATE: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 @ 11:48 PM

Stone Mtn. Hike tomorrow is CANCELLED.

Really sorry to do this but the forecast for rain tonight, showers and flood warnings tomorrow will make the trail conditions at Stone Mountain rather dangerous.

Next hike will be Jan. 27, 2019, Roswell Old Mill Park @ 9:30 AM

Rain is forecasted and flood warnings make the trail conditions very dangerous. The hike is rescheduled for January 13 at 9:30 am.

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