The holiday season is nearly upon us, along with the festivities, celebrations and busyness they bring. At Golden Retrievers in Need - GRIN - we celebrate the people that work tirelessly to execute our mission of rescuing, caring for and rehoming displaced Golden Retrievers. Without the support of our volunteers, adopters, trainers, vet partners, and others who so generously share their valuable resources, none of what we do would be possible!
GRIN continues to experience increases in the intake of puppy mill survivors. At the time of the writing of this letter, GRIN has brought in 153 dogs since January 1st, nearly 100 of those were from mills. These dogs present significant challenges to the organization as they often have had no medical care and suffer from emotional damage due to the lack of socialization and overall inhumane conditions in which they were kept. Thanks to our dedicated foster families who continue to open up their homes to give these dogs a new leash on life! These fosters provide the patience, love and care that these dogs need to learn how to become treasured members of a family. The transformations are nothing short of amazing.
This year like others proved to be particularly challenging in terms of numerous and complex medical conditions. We gladly took in mill dog Millie after another rescue refused to take her. She was diagnosed with ectopic ureters, a physical defect in the tubes that travel from the kidneys to the bladder and required extensive and costly surgery and procedures. Senior boy Hugh came to GRIN from a shelter as a humane seizure, emaciated with neurological issues and multiple other medical issues. The stories are countless and heartbreaking. These dogs and over 100 others like them adopted out this year alone received the care they so desperately needed and have gone on to find loving homes thanks to your support!
Meet Bo! This sweet senior came to GRIN as an emergency intake from an overcrowded shelter after his human passed away. Bo appeared to be an outdoor dog, unneutered, filthy, matted, and covered in burrs. Upon examination Bo was diagnosed as heartworm positive, a costly and life threatening condition. GRIN provided Bo with the life-saving medical treatment he needed and after several months of recuperation in a loving foster home he was finally cleared for adoption. This sweet boy worked his charm and won the hearts of his foster family who made the decision to adopt. Bo is a happy boy who has wonderful home with a family who loves him dearly.
As we celebrate this holiday season and GRIN’s 27 years of rescuing the dogs that so desperately need our help, I ask that you consider donating to GRIN, either in your name or as a sponsorship in the name of a dog-lover as a holiday gift tribute to them. Your donation will allow us to continue to create more success stories like Bo’s and transform the lives of countless dogs. GRIN is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. You can donate online using your credit card or paypal account. Just click on the support tab on the home page of the website You can also send a check payable to GRIN to PO Box 24365, Cleveland, Ohio 44124
Thank you for your unfailing support and generosity! May you. and yours be blessed this holiday season and throughout the year!