For hundreds of years, homeless dogs have been a part of the Turkish environment. Estimates for the numbers of street and shelter dogs in Istanbul alone vary greatly – anywhere from 50,000-100,000. Among these dogs, approximately 500-2000 are abandoned Golden Retrievers. A concerned American living in Istanbul noticed all the Goldens running the streets and in municipal shelters and contacted Adopt A Golden of Atlanta (AGA) asking for help. In tandem, they worked to implement the rescue of these Goldens. The first flight arrived on May 9, 2015, and was the largest international rescue of Golden Retrievers ever.
GRIN, just like many other Golden rescues in the country, has seen a steady decline over the last several years in the number of dogs being surrendered. At the same time, the number of families willing to open up their homes and their hearts to this wonderful breed has not declined. Learning that there were so many Goldens waiting for their turn to come to America, GRIN reached out to AGA to help in the effort. To date there are over forty rescue organizations in America involved and over 800 unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced Golden Retrievers from Turkey have been placed in loving, permanent homes here in America.
GRIN’s focus and commitment remains to rescue every Golden, whether in a shelter in the United States, or from an owner surrendering their pets along with these Turkey Goldens. Love knows no borders!
Since the spring of 2016, GRIN has welcomed 17 beautiful dogs from Turkey:
- April 8, 2016 – Scarlett and Grey arrived.
- September 2016 – A group of 9 Turkish dogs arrived: Allegheny, Sundance, Hope Chance, Cider, Willow, Boo, Pumpkin and Sir Bentley.
- May 2017 – Bailey, Champ, Jack, Maggie, Nellie and Rusty.
The GRIN Board has agreed to rescue another 6 dogs from Turkey in September 2017. This will be GRIN’s fourth transport as part of the Buckeye Bound rescue mission.
How YOU can help!
You can be a part of this exciting journey to freedom! The Turkey Dogs are counting on your sponsorship support to help offset their travel and medical related expenses.
Every dollar donated will go toward their care and no amount is too small. You can donate using your credit card via the Paypal link below or if you prefer you can send a check made payable to:
PO Box 24365
Cleveland, Ohio 44124
Please write ‘Turkey Dog Sponsorship” on your check or in the PayPal comment box.
We also need foster homes. You can visit our website at www.grinrescue.org for more information on foster or adoption.
Watch our website for updates on our precious cargo’s arrival and details.