Golden Retriever Rescues across the country are part of the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America. There are currently a total of 120 rescues dedicated to saving Golden Retrievers. Each year, the Golden Retriever Club of America recognizes one rescue which has made a significant contribution to Golden Retriever Rescue efforts and exemplifies the story below.
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” he asks.“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and throw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”
According to Carol Allen, Chair of the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America: “Adopt a Golden Atlanta is being recognized for its creative and generous effort in assisting a group of their adopters in Tennessee in forming a Golden Retriever Rescue organization. Moral support and day-by-day advice were provided, in addition to policy/procedure manual, job descriptions and forms, sharing of the licensing rights to the professionally designed logo, website design, a custom database, seed money and the training of all board members and team leaders by Adopt a Golden Atlanta volunteers. As a result, Adopt a Golden Knoxville began operation in 2011. Additionally, because of the same generous sharing, Adopt a Golden Birmingham began operation early in 2012. Adopt a Golden Atlanta also contributed significantly to the development of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta.” The award will be presented at the 2012 National Specialty in St.Louis.
Lauren Genkinger, Founder & President of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, said: “On behalf of our board of directors and all our volunteers and supporters who make AGA what it is today, I thank the GRCA for this recognition. We started AGA in 2003 to make a difference, one golden at a time. As we approach our 3,000th golden saved, it is more than gratifying to know we are helping others do the same thing.”
Hello internet readers. My name is Midas and I am a 1 year old Adopt A Golden Atlanta boy trying to find the perfect family. Everyone thinks I’m a Golden/Great Pyrenees combination which makes me incredibly good looking. Here is a picture of me smiling and looking adorable… Woof!
Since I’ve heard many success stories about online dating for humans, I thought I’d try the internet to find the perfect family. Let me tell you a little bit about very charming self
I am 65 pounds which is a nice size for a handsome fellow like me. I guess being so cute is sort of a blessing and curse because little kids just can’t keep their hands off me and to be quite honest I just don’t really want to be touched and teased all the time. Therefore, I rather be in a home with no little kids. I can however be around big kids that will let me have space when I need it. I am thinking it would be perfect to find a family that is patient and won’t yell at me so I can mature into a “young man” with perfect manners. I know I could learn many new things to make be a super dog. Future parents, I know you’re out there searching for me too. Please come and meet me soon- I need you.
Picture me saying the following while “giving you a great big golden smile, cute puppy eyes and a wagging tale.”
Oh, by the way…. I forgot to tell you… I need a doggy friend and a fence. I have been staying at Pet Lodge and made a new friend and although she isn’t an AGA orphan, I love her! Her name is Lilly and she is a young purebred German Shepherd. Having a dog friend is so nice, she’s truly made my life less stressful and tons of fun… I never had a best friend before so I’m very happy she is a part of my life.
I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel, I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.