Penny is a beautiful 3-year-old female Golden Retriever who presents really well: happy, tail wagging, and if she knows you, extremely friendly. After coming to GRRAND, we learned she had resource guarding tendencies, and she spent time with our excellent trainers and behaviorists to evaluate her needs. What we have learned is that Penny does resource guard certain items, and she can be sensitive around her head. We discovered huge mats behind her ears that have now been removed, which may have contributed to her head sensitivity.
Our kennel manager has spent a lot of time with Penny, and they have a close bond. He reports that Penny takes a while to be comfortable and trust a person, but when she does trust you, she's an awesome dog who is very loyal and loving. We have a small team who handle her daily, and she loves to play outside, go for walks, do mentally stimulating games (she is very smart!), and hang out in the office with her person.
“Over a decade ago, my 12-year-old-daughter asked to foster a puppy as a summer service project. GRRAND is an organization we have supported in the past, so she quickly found and perused the website. A little leery (and utterly ignorant about the commitment), I said, ‘Fine, fill out the necessary paperwork.’ I honestly thought the application would prove too daunting, or she would lose interest. Little did I know, Meredith is both tenacious and gifted at paperwork. A couple of weeks later, I received a call from GRRAND asking to schedule a home visit. June arrived, and instead of a puppy, Meredith received an elderly dog. Audrey showed up underweight, scared, sick, and neglected. GRRAND provided and scheduled all medical services. We just gave her a loving family environment to learn to socialize and heal. After several weeks, Audrey was finally healthy, happy, and ready to go to her new home!"
Here's where we are with the rescue of the puppy mill dogs.
Out of the 22 adult dogs rescued:
6 have been adopted
8 are currently in foster homes
8 are still in our kennel
The pregnant females had a total of 52 puppies:
44 have been adopted
8 are in foster care until ready for adoption
The medical cost for the C-Sections, vet evaluations, vaccines, etc., has been out of the park for GRRAND. You've been so generous during these past couple of months and that makes asking for more help very difficult. We humbly ask, if you have the means, can you please donate to help these dogs?
GRRAND’s February Golden Star Volunteer Spotlight goes to Judi Carr!
Judi has worn several hats since joining GRRAND around 15 years ago — driving dogs to vet appointments, processing Louisville area applications, socializing dogs, and helping make our GRRAND Affair a success! In December 2022 when GRRAND brought in several dogs from an Amish puppy mill breeder, Judi even volunteered to visit the GRRAND Central Station kennel seven days a week so other volunteers could help out at the temporary kennel.
Judi started volunteering with GRRAND around 2008 after she and her husband found a stray senior golden retriever in the woods. Judi was impressed by how quickly GRRAND responded and came to pick up the dog. Judi regretted not keeping the dog, though, and a week later, the senior golden, also known as Sweet Pea, became a permanent member of Judi’s family.
Remember last month's story about Curly, the dog who escaped on December 21st and was lost for 3 days? Well, have a look at Curly now! He's been adopted by a wonderful family! His dream really did come true. Words can't express what pictures can show. These before and after pictures tell it all!
We sure could use some help!
Would you like to be on GRRAND's front line rescue for dogs like Curly? There's nothing like teaming with others to rescue a dog that really needs help and later seeing the transformation of that dog once ready for adoption. Read the descriptions below and fill out a volunteer application if you are interested in serving on the Intake or Follow-Up teams.
Intake Team Description: Volunteers work with shelters, owners, and the community to obtain specific information before bringing a dog into our program.
Skills and Equipment Needed: Intake Volunteers work closely with several GRRAND teams to facilitate the dog coming into a program. Those teams include the Foster team, the Transportation team, a few Board Members, the trainers GRRAND works with, and our Adoption team. Computer skills needed for data entry.
Time Requirements: An intake can take as little as an hour or up to a few weeks from start to finish.
Follow-Up Team Description: Committee provides important follow-up support to adoptive households to facilitate a smooth transition for everyone. With timely and helpful follow-up, we help make the adoption a successful one, provide resources as needed and ensure that appropriate vet care continues.
Skills and Equipment Needed: Most communications between volunteers and GRRAND adopters occur via email or telephone.
Time Requirements: Team members take turns monthly and are asked to be responsible for 1-2 months each year.
GRRAND President Speaking at Kentucky Animal Action Event
GRRAND’s president, Nina Scott, will be speaking on Kentucky Animal Action Day in Frankfort on March 7, 2023. She will be speaking to legislators and event participants about the long-term labor and financial impact of puppy mill rescues for shelters and organizations like GRRAND. If you would like to support Nina and make your voice heard on this topic, please join us on March 7th. It will be a fun, educational, and impactful day!
You do not need to bring your printed ticket, but you MUST BRING A PHOTO ID! You will not be permitted in the building without it!
No animals except service animals are permitted in the capitol so you cannot bring your sweet pup to this event.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Capitol Annex 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 702 Capitol Avenue Frankfort, KY
Capitol Rotunda 1:00-2:30
Outdoor Rally Between Annex & Capitol Building 2:30-4:00
Celebrating National Golden Retriever Day with Friends
Goforth & Herron
Thank you to our friends at Goforth & Herron for having us join them for National Golden Retriever Day!
Goforth & Herron, a small, local accounting firm, asked GRRAND to bring some dogs in on February 3 to give staff a fun break during their busy season. Not only did GRRAND dogs Scout, Olivia, and Ruthie get to socialize with staff, but Goforth & Herron provided a financial donation, tote bags, and boxes of dog treats!
“Goforth & Herron were so happy ...
Club K9 Dog Bar
Thanks to our friends at Club K9 Dog Bar, a local, dog-focused bar and dog park, for also organizing a special treat for National Golden Retriever Day!
Golden retrievers received free admission into Club K9 all day on February 3, and the dogs had a blast! GRRAND was invited to set up a table to distribute information to those in attendance — plus Club K9 held a raffle, with all proceeds going to benefit GRRAND.
GRRAND wishes to thank Ashley and Daniel Sheldon, and their two daughters for the gifts and supplies they dropped off at our kennel. As a family they decided to do something special for GRRAND's rescued dogs. The eldest daughter was turning 4 just after Christmas and because she already had so many gifts, the decision was made to ask friends and family to donate dog supplies instead of birthday gifts. They donated Kongs, treats, toys, feeder bowls and more.
What a special way to teach children the power of love and satisfaction of giving. Thank You Sheldon Family!
Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND)
P.O. Box 6132, Louisville Kentucky 40206 United States