Golden Retriever Rescue – Give A Dog A Second Chance

There are many ways you can get involved with a Golden Retriever Rescue. You could:

  • Give a donation
  • Sponsor a Golden
  • Adopt a Golden
  • Volunteer

Every Golden Retriever rescue is operated by volunteers. Rescues all over the world are looking for local dog lovers who want to get involved with their mission to provide abandoned Goldens with love, care, support, and eventually a new home.

What can you do to help a Golden Retriever rescue? The following are 10 ways you can make a difference:

1. Donate dog items: This includes anything from dog beds, crates, towels, toys, leash, collar, harness, food dishes, grooming supplies, etc.

2. Donate food or treats

3. Transport a dog: Either taking him to the rescue, to his new owner, or back and forth to the vet.

4. Make a donation – You can make a money donation directly to the Golden Retriever rescue, or give them a gift certificate to a pet store.

5. Spread the Word: Talk to all of your friends about adopting or sponsoring from a dog rescue, or write an article about the rescue and have it published in your local newspaper and on the World Wide Web.

6. Have a fund raiser for the Golden Retriever rescue:

a. Have a care wash
b. Have a yard sale
c. Have a bake sale

7. Help out the rescue volunteers:

a. You can offer to take care of the dogs for a few hours to give them a break
b. Provide them a shoulder to cry on when things get tough
c. Walk a dog
d. Groom a dog
e. Offer your photography skills and take photos of the dogs they can post on their website
f. Help socialize and train the dog
g. Be available for an emergency rescue
h. Offer them your constant support.

8. Give health care items: This includes providing heart worm pills, flea shampoo, canine first aid kit, etc.

9. Create and/or maintain a Golden Retriever rescue website – If you are not computer savvy, you can still donate computer paper, printer, ink, etc. to help.

10. Ask the rescue what you can do to help them: There are many other ways you can help a Golden Retriever Rescue. Therefore, if you really want to get involved, contact the local rescues in your area and ask them what you can do to make a difference.

Golden Retriever Breeders and Puppy Mills

Golden’s are a popular dog breed, so finding Golden Retriever breeders shouldn’t be a difficult task. That being said, not every breeder is trustworthy. Some breeders are only in it for the money.

One of the worst places you could purchase a puppy is directly from a pet store. Why? The source where almost all pet stores receive their puppies are from puppy mills.

What’s a puppy mill? It is an illegal large breeding operation that is involved in the mass production of puppies for profit. To make matters worse, the way dogs are treated at these mills is simply deplorable. Most of these puppy mills are filthy and are run by “breeders”, who don’t know the first thing about how to properly breed dogs in terms of their temperament, basic health, socialization, etc.

Most of the dogs in puppy mills are constantly confined to small cages, are poorly fed, denied Vet care, and are left in a place that has no temperature control. When it all comes down to it, puppy mills, unlike reputable Golden Retriever breeders, do not care about the Golden breed, or any dog breed for that matter. They couldn’t care less if the pups are free of disease, or are bred for ideal temperament.

Good Golden Retriever breeders, on the other hand, care about preserving the dogs by keeping them healthy. Their goal is to weed out hereditary Golden illnesses such as hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disease and eye disease.

Thus, a puppy mill has no qualms with interbreeding, over breeding dogs, sick dogs, or breeding aggressive dogs that have obvious temperament issues. The bottom line is puppy mill Goldens are bred for money, nothing else.

What can you do? Don’t purchase puppies from pet stores, or from Golden Retriever breeders you don’t trust, or who can’t answer all of your questions directly. Don’t get suckered in by a puppy without first learning all the facts. You need to interview the person you are purchasing a dog from. It’s not worth it to let these despicable people pull the wool over your eyes, by making you oblivious to what’s really going on.

Nothing would be more heartbreaking then bringing home a sick puppy that needs excessive vet care, has uncontrollable aggressive behaviors, or dies from an illness that simply can’t be treated.

Do your part as a responsible dog owner and only purchase your dogs from legitimate Golden Retriever breeders, and spread the word about puppy mills. The more people aware, the less chance these horrible dog prisons have of surviving and hurting more dogs.