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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

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.

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


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