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April 9, 2013
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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 ... more

April 9, 2013
2 people found this review helpful


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

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 9, 2013

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. :(

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
August 18, 2011

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.

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Expert in Field

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove entire Board

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing thoughtful placements of the Goldens in homes that are a good match.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n't

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the love the volunteers have for the Goldens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and absolutely love Goldens.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more Goldens.

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten involved with GRCGLA Rescue much earlier-I never considered anyone would every give up a Golden.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough foster homes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My first GRCGLA Rescue adoptee is so very special (he's a certified therapy dog) and I am so lucky he (and all my other adoptees') is a member of my family. Thank you GRCGLA Rescue volunteers for your dedication.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the dedication of it's volunteers and the inspiring stories of the Taiwan Dogs and Hope Doggies. They don't give up on any of them!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

devoted and professional. Great representatives with selfless hearts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build it's own adoption center and house many more dogs looking for forever homes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In placing a foster dog in a furever home that was an absolute perfect fit, the joy of doing what we are all dedicated to do, helped dry the tears caused by the seperation from a wonderful dog and companion.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of accomplishment in doing something worthwhile as well as the gratitude shown by the dogs who know how important you are to them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and selfless people who are dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to help each and every dog.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perhaps purchase some local land to create a 'resort' for our dogs until they are adopted out. That way no one would complain about our use of kennel facilities for our dogs while awaiting placement in furever homes. $2M in advertising wouldn't hurt.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting a dog from them.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life through the adoption of one of their dogs and through my work as one of their volunteers

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I adopted of a Golden Retriever they rescued from a high-kill shelter. I volunteer my time, energy, and services, and donate money regularly.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd be delighted if there were more volunteers because the need is great and it's an all-volunteer organization. Additional funds would also be great.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping homeless dogs find loving homes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and dedicated to the well-being of the rescued dogs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save so many more dogs, and make so many more families happy with a new canine companion.

Ways to make it better...

I had started volunteering with them long ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the constant need to raise funds to provide services, including veterinary care, for rescued dogs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a fantastic organization that I'm proud to be associated with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 3, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how many golden retrievers they have taken into their rescue who were left behind because of their physical condition.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their care and concern for the dogs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide additonal care for dogs by establishing a facility for them

Ways to make it better...

great experience

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

needing more volunteers to help

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is the best

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 2, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 2, 2010

I adopted my first Golden from GRCGLARescue two years ago, and my second one last year. When I encountered health issues with my older dogs, the volunteers were so helpful in geting me referrals and sharing their own experiences, and I decided to foster and have gradually taken on more volunteer responsibilities. These folks make us feel like part of their family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their commitment to the welfare of their breed. This organization takes dogs the other rescues won't touch because of their age, or medical problems or behavior problems. They always find a way to make room for 'just one more'.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them expand further up north. My family members are in central and northern CA and are having trouble adopting a dog in northern CA.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The family-like atmosphere working in the organization. The great love of the dogs. All I've learned about dogs while I've been with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, caring and professional. Real dog-people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its operation into other areas so other people could benefit from their service.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned about them earlier!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The increasing costs of medical care associated with taking care of all the sick and injured dogs. The ever-increasing numers of dogs that need to be rescued.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These folks have made a huge difference in the lives of my family. We look at our dogs and what they mean to us, and know they wouldn't be here without GRCGLARescue.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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