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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue (GRCGLARescue) is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and forever re-homing of abandoned and homeless Golden Retrievers.

Results: We are funded through several sources including: adopter donations, fundraising events, grant awards and general donations. However, tough economic times have impacted our overall fundraising efforts as well as the monthly donations from our supporters to help our homeless Goldens. We continue to seek outreach opportunities to communicate our mission and to demonstrate the difference made in the lives of these dogs who without our organization would not have a chance.

Target demographics: Golden Rerievers

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles area

Programs: Shamrock Fund - – This program provides funds for our dogs with special medical needs as well as our seniors who most often arrive into rescue with a range of conditions and afflictions which make them unadoptable without the medical support from GRCGLARescue. Summer Fund - This program was established to fund our innovative behavior modification program, “Hope For A Better Life”™, thereby increasing adoption opportunities for b– This program was established to give permanent foster care to those dogs who are unadoptable due to medical or life-threatening diseases. Because cancer is so prevalent in our breed, many of our Goldens arrive into rescue with tumors or diseases which become cost prohibitive for us to treat or would be too difficult for the dog to go through given their age and state of health. We want to make sure that each of these dogs do live out the rest of their lives in a comfortable, loving home. Compassionate fosters or families take in these dogs with funding support from GRCGLARescue doing what we can for each dog.ehaviorally challenged dogs. Bailey Fund -

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just adopted a 1 yr old Golden from this organization and she is the love of my life. She was an owner turn in to the local shelter due to her having Parvo. The shelter was ready to put her down when this organization swooped in and rescued her, treated her and got her ready for adoption. I did have to pay a $20 application fee and have a home visit done. Well worth it.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1


I recently lost my 10 year old golden and wanted to adopt another one.

I raise him since he was a puppy- he had a great life and a very happy dog who got to go on hikes and to park every day! He was very much loved

I live in a condo with a large fenced in patio. I have my home check and I could get a sense she thought my place was too small. But she assured me they didnt base decisions on that.

I'm a dog owner for life and she knew that.... My dog had many health issues past 3 years and she knew he got treated for every thing and money wasn't ever a problem.

Sure she took my $20 donation which is required, but every dog I wanted I was denied.... And the 1st one I wanted is still listed as adoptable - Sadly there reason I couldn't have him was because they thought my life was too active for him..... I told them I didn't. Need a dog to go on hikes with.

Makes me sad knowing I could give him and others a great loving home and I'm sure it's code for my place is too small and they are holding out for a home with a yard.

Oh, but they tried to push the more aggressive dogs on to me, I guess they don't care much where "they" go, but a sweet gentle dog can't come live with me.

And while this dog I wanted sits in his foster home waiting for his "dream home" which dogs don't care about. Other dogs are being boarded out in a cage at a vet. If they would have let me adopt him or others than one of those poor dogs locked up in a cage could go into the foster home.

This is NOT how it should be. I'm a big believer in adopting vs buying a dog. But this experience is pushing me to going out and buying one.

But they sure were happy to take my $20!

I hope you golden club are reading theses reviews. I get you don't want the dogs to go into a home only to be returned, but that wasn't me at all- pets are for life.

Sadly I have given up with these guys. I get now that they will only do home checks for apt and condos only to get the $20 donations

Also another dog they told me was already adopted is still listed as adoptable. Sadly he too could also have a good home.

After reading a review from a volunteer - she made a comment. About a dog being fostered with a pool should only go to a home with a pool and how it would be a travesty if the dog couldn't have his home be the same as what he was used to. That is total bs. A dog doesn't care or remember that. I too took my dog to the beach all the time in Malibu - had the best times there. To deny a dog a home because of no pool, just keeps other dogs locked up in kennel. now what kind of a life is that for them?

That's not looking out what is best for the dogs at all. This just saddens me even more know this is actually really how they run there organization. :(

I am being over looked because I don't have a large home a backyard or a pool.... What I do have is a lot of love and a nice home with many many outings everyday.... I even have great references from my personal friends who either volunteer at or own there own rescue organizations. But they don't care about that. Like the old saying: Dont judge a book by its cover

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I recently lost my 10 year old golden and wanted to adopt another one.

I raise him since he was a puppy- he had a great life and a very happy dog who got to go on hikes and to park every day! He was very much loved

I live in a condo with a large fenced in patio. I have my home check and I could get a sense she thought my place was too small. But she assured me they didnt base decisions on that.

I'm a dog owner for life and she knew that.... My dog had many health issues past 3 years and she knew he got treated for every thing and money wasn't ever a problem.

Sure she took my $20 donation which is required, but every dog I wanted I was denied.... And the 1st one I wanted is still listed as adoptable - Sadly there reason I couldn't have him was because they thought my life was too active for him..... I told them I didn't. Need a dog to go on hikes with.

Makes me sad knowing I could give him and others a great loving home and I'm sure it's code for my place is too small and they are holding out for a home with a yard.

Oh, but they tried to push the more aggressive dogs on to me, I guess they don't care much where "they" go, but a sweet gentle dog can't come live with me.

And while this dog I wanted sits in his foster home waiting for his "dream home" which dogs don't care about. Other dogs are being boarded out in a cage at a vet. If they would have let me adopt him or others than one of those poor dogs locked up in a cage could go into the foster home.

This is NOT how it should be. I'm a big believer in adopting vs buying a dog. But this experience is pushing me to going out and buying one.

But they sure were happy to take my $20!

I hope you golden club are reading theses reviews. I get you don't want the dogs to go into a home only to be returned, but that wasn't me at all- pets are for life.

Sadly I have given up with these guys. I get now that they will only do home checks for apt and condos only to get the $20 donations

Also another dog they told me was already adopted is still listed as adoptable. Sadly he too could also have a good home.

After reading a review from a volunteer - she made a comment. About a dog being fostered with a pool should only go to a home with a pool and how it would be a travesty if the dog couldn't have his home be the same as what he was used to. That is total bs. A dog doesn't care or remember that. I too took my dog to the beach all the time in Malibu - had the best times there. To deny a dog a home because of no pool, just keeps other dogs locked up in kennel. now what kind of a life is that for them?

That's not looking out what is best for the dogs at all. This just saddens me even more know this is actually really how they run there organization. :(

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This charity states in the background statement " Since 2003, we have taken in 3,775 Golden Retrievers (as of May 2011) and are ranked among the three largest Golden Retriever rescues in the U.S. according to the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America based on the number of dog intakes, expenses, volunteers and geographic territory covered." This is in fact, a blatant lie. If you go to the National Rescue Committee of the GRC, you will see that in the year 2010 they were tied for 7th place ranking. They have not been in the top three for several years. If they lie about something so simple, then what else are they concealing. This type of dishonesty hurts all rescues. I think that GuideStar should investigate and remove them for deceptive practices.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The members of the board of directors and volunteers main focus is to make a proper match between the rescue and their human to minimize the chances of the rescue being returned due to unmet expectations of the human. GRCGLA Rescue is known for helping older harder to adopt seniors (other rescue organizations will only help the easier to adopt young Goldens). If the rescues are in kennels it because there are not enough volunteer foster homes. While I have failed at fostering (I have adopted a foster) - I have been involved in the placement with wonder familes of numerous of my fosters. My life has been touched by fostering and volunteering with GRCGLA Rescue in ways I cannot describe.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has it's heart in the right place. I had done considerable research on rescues in the area and this rescue earned my confidence for their commitment to take in any golden, regardless of age or medical condition. We were carefully matched with our beautiful golden 4 years ago. We had a great experience and got a lifelong devoted canine friend. The website was user friendly, the home visit volunteer was very professional and the foster family was knowledgable and courteous. Additionally, the "donation" was more than reasonable. When we opened our car door at the adoption meeting, our boy jumped into my husband's lap without hesitation and chose us! We will be forever grateful. Be persistent and they will find YOU the right doggie too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for GRCGLA participating in home visits, fund raisers and fostering of these incredibly wonderful animals I have experienced nothing but absolute professionalism from the entire organization. Every last volunteer involved in this organization has impressed me as being totally and completely dedicated to the welfare of the dogs in our charge. They all spend countless hours and personal funds doing everything they can for our Golden pooches. There’s nothing we’d like better than to have all of our orphans in furever homes. However, if we were to place dogs with ‘just anyone’ our kennels would be empty, but our hearts would be void of the comfort of knowing that we’ve done our utmost to see that each and every dog is partnered with the ‘perfect’ family or individual parent. The most important thing and overriding consideration is to match every dog with the appropriate adopter. Each dog has a unique personality with specific needs for a long and happy life. One example of this is my current foster dog who ‘LIVES’ to belly flop, splash and swim. To place him in a home without a pool would be a travesty and totally unfair to the dog. I would forever feel as if I had let this wonderful loving dog down, by not placing him in ‘his’ ideal environment. Therefore, until we identify the perfect fit for both dog and family, the pooches remain in our care. We invite everyone to open their hearts and homes to foster one of our dogs and assist us in reducing the number of dogs we otherwise have to keep in kennels. This would allow us to thereby reduce our overhead for these expenses and we could reallocate these funds toward the medical expenses that are so often desperately needed for our dogs these days. I had a potential adopter visit one of our foster dogs and during that meeting I was honored with the complement that “he admired our organization so for its honesty and openness”. Unfortunately the foster dog he was considering for adoption would not have been a good match, and his comment was prompted by his concurrence with this fact following our frank conversation. The antithesis of this is the exultation of introducing one of our dogs to their ideal lifetime home. The joy felt by all involved is unequaled. Imagine a dog upon introduction to a family, on top of all the other criteria being a perfect match, the pooch approaches their blind and disabled elderly cat and licks its face. Done deal!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with GRCGLA Rescue and an adopter. This is the finest, most caring bunch of dog lovers I have ever come across. And I'm sure the more than 3,000 dogs they've placed in homes would agree. Since we're a volunteer organization, there is always someone who isn't happy about one thing or another. If we're lucky, they become ex-volunteers very quickly.

Client Served

Rating: 2

After adopting a Golden Retriever from this rescue I became a volunteer. Over the years I have watched the organization move from being a loosely organized group of dedicated individuals to a high functioning 501(c)(3) non-profit with policies and procedures intended to protect the dogs, the adopters and the volunteers. While some of the policies may not sit well with some people, they are necessary for the protection of all.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful young Golden Retriever from GRCGLA Rescue in 2008. Two volunteers came together to my home to assure that my environment would be safe for a rescued dog and that I would be a responsible adopter. The mission of the rescue and the professional way they handled my adoption application led me to become a volunteer and donor. I treasure my involvement with the organization, its rescued dogs, volunteers and adopting families. I've helped with the rescue of dogs whose owners can no longer keep them, coordinated vet care for newly rescued dogs, transported dogs as needed for appointments, welcomed rescued dogs into my home while they await permanent homes, met with potential adopters and the dogs they want to adopt, and helped at a variety of fund-raising events. Whenever I can help out, it's my pleasure to do so. GRCGLA Rescue is at the top of my list of organizations worth supporting and investing in.

1 4goldenoldies

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with this Golden Retriever Rescue and can't say enough about how professional and caring the volunteers are. Their first and foremost concern is for the proper medical care of these dogs and then finding a permanent home for the dogs they have rescued. They are concerned with the welfare of each and every golden they take in and go above and beyond when it comes to the older golden retriever. They are a first rate organization.

Review from Guidestar