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Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue

Rating: 5 stars   70 reviews 4,364

Address:

1508 Bickerstaff Blvd Knoxville TN 37922 USA

Mission:

Helping homeless and displaced golden retrievers relocate to permanent loving homes.

Programs:

22 dogs were rescued, 17 were adopted, 2 were euthanised, and 1 died.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pauline and staff really know how to find their dogs the correct families to live with. Over the years we adopted 3 goldens from Heartland rescue. From Tenn. to northern VT. I would not do it any other way.With all the rescues in between we will head to Heartland again when the time comes.They are family helping our family. Thanks Pauline!!

 
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Heartland Rescue is named correctly because every aspect touches your heart. The volunteers, the professionals, the dogs, and especially Pauline Stevens who do the hours and hours of work that needs to get done so people like myself can come home at the end of the day to a wonderful rescue dog. Pauline matches people and dogs so beautifully you can't go wrong. This June we came home to VT. with our third rescue dog. Why did we drive over 2 days to get a dog? Because we would get the best dog for us and to see a good friend again, Pauline.

 
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We have adopted 5 goldens from Heartland and they are an exceptional organization led by a dedicated and caring President. We love our dogs and we were well matched in each case. In addition to being an adopter, we have been volunteering for Heartland as well. Great group of volunteers, just not enough. Thank you.

 
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I have adopted three goldens from Heartland and have fostered several more. President Pauline Stevens does a very good job matching dogs to families, and the group does fine work helping dogs, including special needs and senior dogs, find loving homes. Sara Melton, Oak Ridge, TN

 
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Heartland is a small group of volunteers who work on a shoestring budget; working hard to raise money to help Goldens and Golden hearted dogs in need. I am very proud to be part of this Golden hearted group.

 
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Heartland is near and dear to my heart. I have adopted 6 Goldens through the years from Heartland, and I couldn't be happier.

 
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I adopted my first Golden through Heartland approximately 8 years ago and I have adopted 3 additional Goldens since. It was because of my great respect for the work they do with such a small group of volunteers that I decided to get more involved and became a volunteer. Although I am many states away from its home base, I do what I can, assisting with fundraisers, making Heartland and its mission known to co-workers and others here in my home state, making phone calls and even assisted with a transport of a golden to his new home. Heartland takes its work very seriously, trying to ensure that each dog is placed in the proper home and always has the dog's best interest in mind. Although many times they don't know where the next dollar will come from to continue their work, they always seem to make it work. As they say, "it's a balancing act to make room for one more"...but they always do. I applaud Heartland, from the viewpoint first of an interested party, adopter four times over, and now volunteer.

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through my own adoption process, as well as processing other potential adopters.

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I wouldn't make any changes to the organization, only that I wish more people would get involved as volunteers. This organization functions with a small group of volunteers, through no fault of their own, and does great work. Just think how much they could do with a larger group of volunteers!

 
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We have adopted four absolutely wonderful Golden Retrievers from HGRR. They are a very caring and loving group of folks who work very hard down in TN to place Goldens in their forever home. They are amazingly good at finding the "right fit" for the dog and the new forever home. They work endlessly trying to have activities to earn money to care for the medical needs and care of their Goldens until they can find good homes. Everyone of the four dogs we adopted unseen. (they fit in perfectly with our multi dog household) They were driven up from the south via a tag team who drove them in private vehicles so the dogs weren't put in a crate on a huge truck and brought up here. That, indeed, would be traumatic for the dogs who are already feeling homeless and unloved. We encourage everyone to support HGRR however you can they are struggling to survive in this world and we sure hope they do survive as they so deserve to have help continuing their wonderful mission of serving homeless Goldens.
Coby and Rich Brady, East Hampton, CT

 
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We have 2 rescues, Sally & Molly. We could not be prouder to be associated with Heartland.

 
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My Katie is a Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue. She was my first experience going through a rescue and I was very impressed with how carefully they vetted me to be sure Katie was coming to a good home. The information given to me about Katie was accurate and as they learned more, that too, was given to me even though I would have had a chance to say No to adopting a golden with seizures. I had seen her picture and instantly knew she was mine forever, seizures and all.

Heartland arranged for Katie to come to me in New Hampshire all the way from Knoxville, TN!!

Pauline was helpful even after the adoption to help with further information on Katie's medical issues. I am grateful that she was the person who was able to rescue Katie and I cannot praise highly enough the wonderful Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue that gave Katie and me the chance to be together. It has been three joy-filled years now and we hope for many more.

Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is a true blessing!





 
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Heartland Rescue is the first rescue I tried and it was the greatest experience. Katie, my golden, was rescued by them and when I saw her picture I just fell in love with her. She is the best golden ever although she had (unknown at the time) medical issues. Pauline was great and helped with getting information needed by Katie's new vet and, thankfully, the problem is under control. I am so blessed to have stumbled upon Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue.....they are wonderful!

 
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I have been with Heartland for many years now and can't say enough about this group. I have adopted many Goldens from them and loved that they came into our lives. My new golgen, Belle, the one on the couch is greeted by all Home Depot employees. They love it when she comes in. Just another successful story about Heartland.

 
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I have received 4 goldens from Heartland. They are the only resuce place I like to deal with. All my dogs were healthy and the perfect fit for our family. Can't wait for another opportunity to adopt again.

 
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I have been privileged to interact with the people behind the scenes at Heartland GRR for several years now and am always impressed with their heart and commitment in finding homes for animals in need. I adopted my first golden 8 years ago. The application and review process is thorough and intended to make sure everything will be a good match on both sides. I have been a foster home for dogs so they can be comfortable and acclimated to family life, and reduce expense for the rescue. One of those foster babies wormed her way into becoming my 2nd adopted golden. I have been a volunteer with the organization and see firsthand the dedication behind every decision made. They truly are special people saving special dogs and doing it with heart, Heartland.

 
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Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue does an amazing job of rescuing and re-homing goldens. They often take dogs that other rescues will not, assure that they receive veterinary care, human kindness, a safe place to recuperate and placement in an appropriate and loving home. Every penny is spent efficiently and for the benefit of the dogs. I have adopted two dogs from Heartland GRR and whole heartedly support this group and their efforts.

 
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Heartland is a wonderful rescue organization that gives incredibly deserving dogs a second chance and incredibly lucky families the opportunity to fill their homes with the love and joy that these dogs bring. I have adopted 2 wonderful friends from Heartland and am very grateful that Heartland was there for my dogs and for me.

 
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