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April 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
3 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

3 mths later - and no thanks to the snobby golden retriever rescues..... A regular rescue allowed me to adopt a 3 month old golden retriever puppy..... And be assured golden retriever rescue people- he will have just as wonderful life as my last golden did- parks everyday- hikes and beach outings- that's all a dog wants is someone with a big heart not the size of a home! You people ought to be ashamed of yourself!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 21, 2011

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1 previous review
September 21, 2010

I am a volunteer for SCGRRescue. I also work full-time, but can't seem to quit volunteering because I love to see the results of the work we do as a team - happy dogs and happy people. This group is v... more

October 21, 2011

I have volunteer for this organization since it's beginnings in 2008. I have made wonderful friends, who share the same passion as I do - rescuing dogs. We just happen to focus on Golden Retrievers, and are very successful in finding perfect homes to fit the dog's needs and personalities.

We often hear: Who would give up a Golden? It must be so easy to find homes for them.....they're perfect for everyone! This is not true. It is difficult for some potential adopters to understand why we might tell them "no" for a certain dog they are interested in; or they want a young dog, when we know that a young dog would not be happy in the life that family offers, etc. In the end, our rescued dogs are our priority, and in the process of finding the right home for the dog, we make a family very happy!

As our president said once: we do more than rescue goldens, we save hearts.

Most times the families feel like their new rescued Golden has always been a part of their family. It is such a wonderful feeling to be involved in making people so happy.

We have saved Goldens from abusive situations, near-death experiences in the shelters, abandonment, forclosures, death of their mom or dad, you name it.

I highly encourage you to donate to our Goldens. We have created many easy ways to help - just visit our website. Our annual EBAY AUCTION is probably the most fun (but a lot of work!) Our supporters donate items, we sell them on Ebay. All the money goes to help the Goldens in need.

Our vetting costs are high, because we never turn away a Golden just because it might be sick. We have done hip surgeries, parvo treatments, the usually kennel cough and horrible virus treatments from shelter situations, many ear infections, eye surgeries, broken legs, cancer, allergies. We even have 14 "permanent fosters", which means SCGRRescue takes care of all the medical bills (which are high) on these dogs until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. These dogs are young and old, and happy and loved; just too sick to adopt to a family because their life expectance is very short.

We've been voted one of the top rescues in the nation. We are ALL volunteers - not even the BOD is paid. With about 75 volunteers, we average over 1 dog per day rescued, vetted, rehomed. None of our dogs are kenneled - they all go to foster families, living in homes with other dogs (for the most part) and humans (and sometimes cats and birds, etc.) For every dog we rescue, there are approximately 7 adoptive families wanting our dogs. It makes it a slow process for the humans, but our lonely Goldens find a perfect home fast with numbers like this.

I hope you'll consider supporting SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE. Visit our website and learn more about what we do, and the impact we have had.

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

i adopted 2 dogs from SCGRR

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the number of foster homes; get more volunteers to do more transports and shelter pulls

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

find some way we could meet volunteers from other areas in So Cal - we only meet "on line" or on the phone

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. It adds to my happiness, my sense of "making a difference in the world", meeting wonderful people (but also eccentric ones:) and allowing my daughter to grow up volunteering and also being proud that she has made a difference in the world she lives in

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

tired but motivated and ready to do more.

September 21, 2010

I am a volunteer for SCGRRescue. I also work full-time, but can't seem to quit volunteering because I love to see the results of the work we do as a team - happy dogs and happy people. This group is very different than another group I volunteered for -- the board of directors truely care about SCGRR dogs'. AND, we care about the families that adopt our dogs. More than just words, I see it every day in the decisions that are made and feedback from the families I meet through home interviews and repping dogs. 95% of the feedback I hear is positive. The 5% negative would be we didn't give a family a particular dog they really really wanted. Unfortunately, that happens cuz we have more human adopters than Golden Retrievers, thank goodness!

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

the 50+ dogs we've fostered in our home and helped meet a new loving family.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 20, 2011

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1 previous review
September 19, 2010

I have always loved Golden Retrievers, and they will have a place in my heart forever. We lost our 10-year-old Golden in Februrary, and knew that we wanted to give a rescue Golden a home with us. ... more

September 20, 2011

We adopted a Golden Retriever last summer from SCGRR. He's the perfect match for our family, and I am still so amazed at all the work these volunteers do for these dogs. If it wasn't for this organization, we wouldn't have our beloved dog. I am so thankful to SCGRR from the bottom of my heart, forever and always!!

I follow SCGRR on Facebook and continue to be amazed at the level of dedication of the volunteers. They are extremely phenomenal!

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

adoption of our Golden

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more money!

September 19, 2010

I have always loved Golden Retrievers, and they will have a place in my heart forever. We lost our 10-year-old Golden in Februrary, and knew that we wanted to give a rescue Golden a home with us. At the end of March we had our in-home interview which went extremely well. I started monitoring the SCGRR website, looking for the Golden that would be the best fit for us, a little more difficult than usual since we needed a cat-friendly Golden as well as being compatible with young children. In July, I found a female Golden on the website and made an inquiry. I had an immediate response from this Golden's representative, and we were soon told that we could come meet her. We made the 3-hour trip to Los Angeles, met the Golden, fell in love with her, and decided we'd take her home. She seemed perfect for us, and both her foster Dad and her rep felt she would be fine in our home. Unfortunately, she became severely depressed and retreated to our bathroom. My dad brought his dog over to play, and she immediately came out of her depression and played and played with my dad's dog. When my dad and his dog left the house, she quickly returned back to the bathroom. It was very obvious she needed another dog in her home, and that just wasn't possible for us. It was very difficult to contemplate what we needed to do as we were very much in love with this beautiful girl, but we wanted her to have the best home and be happy. Her rep, foster Dad, and I arrived at the difficult decision for her to go to a different home. Her rep arranged to drive to our home (3 hours away) and pick her up. She brought another Golden with her that we could meet. His name was Bob and he was rescued from the streets of Taiwan. We met Bob, and this time, it did indeed seem like we had found the dog right for our family. We renamed Bob "Luke," and 2 months later, we are so happy and blessed to have him with us. We are so grateful to SCGRR for everything they did for us in assuring we had the Golden best suited for our family. In my opinion, they went above and beyond what a volunteer-manned rescue group would do. Thanks, SCGRR!!!

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

the adoption of our wonderful rescue Golden, Luke!

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways to get them more money!!

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

our great dog!!

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

beyond caring and dedicated--people that would be my friends!

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

do such fantastic and extraordinary things--oh how the lives of these dogs would change!!

Ways to make it better...

we could have kept Luke in addition to the female!!

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

the need for more money.

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

Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue is the BEST!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 6, 2010

This rescue is a small group of dedicated people who have a love for the golden retriever breed like nothing I have ever seen. I was drawn to the group after loosing my own golden and have had many heart warming moments because of them. The group is tech savvy by communicating via group email notifications as events happen, within hours. Every day there are dogs being adopted due to the devotion of each dog's rep, foster, and home interviewers.

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

I have found that the core people of this rescue treat it as priority number one. I enjoy the efficiency with which the rescue operates and the love and attention each dog receives. I love that we treat dogs like people and even take dogs from overseas.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 26, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 26, 2010

I have been waiting 18 years to finally be ready to get another golden after my first one passed away. My sister referred me to SCGRR and we had our home interview with Barrie Magidoff. She helped us find our perfect little golden-Mathilda. Mathilda's picture was not available on the website, but Barrie knew she would be the perfect one for us and she was! She is the sweetest dog ever and we just adore her! Our family is so happy to have her. Everyone that we were involved with in SCGRR were so nice and kind. They all needed to be commended for the job they do in finding these precious animals a loving home.

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

We adopted a dog in 2009.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 25, 2010

I have adopted the perfect dog for me and my family from SCGRR. I was grieving the death of my 13 1/2 year old golden mix, and so was her life companion. My dog Lucy was very sad. I contacted SCGRR, filled an application, had a home visit from a wonderful volunteer, and was matched with a 6 year old female golden. She has brightened our lives. She is happy, and I am very happy thanks to the volunteers who rescue and care for these lucky goldens. My dog had a few health issues, but had been treated by a vet and I was given the medications. The veterinary hospital, that SCGRR had taken my golden to be treated, was very helpful and faxed all the information to my vet. I now have a healthy, happy dog thanks to the amazing people at SCGRR.

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

Seeing how they care for the dogs. All the dogs have foster homes. They are given personal and medical care. SCGRR learns about the dogs and adoptees. Taking the informations they have gathered, they make the best matches possible.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 21, 2010

We are so lucky to have been teamed with So. Cal Golden Retriever Rescue as we found the perfect new family member. Honey is a 3 year old beautiful Golden who has come out of her shell over the past year living with us. Barrie at SCGRR was so diligent in finding us the right Golden and we really appreciated that. Great group of people overall and would highly recommend adopting through them.

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

by adopting a Golden Retriever from them.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 21, 2010

I adopted my dog from this rescue and the process was smooth and the rescue had integrity. Great experience and we are very happy with our pet. This rescue does a lot for pets in need and has contributed toward helping dogs get over abuse and currently is looking into helping a puppy get a prosthetic leg (the puppy only has 3 legs). I can't say enough good things about his rescue.

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

Through the adoption of my pet.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing. They are top notch!

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

Their dedication to helping the Golden Retriever breed and rehabilitating those pets in need and placeing them. They are a great resource for both pets who need additional care and also for pets who are fine and just need a loving home.

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

Professional and caring. Amazing people who love animals!!

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

Help even more Golden Retreivers who's health require more funds to restore them.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of anything.

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

Getting enough $ so they can continue to help those animals in serious need due to abuse, neglect, etc. They currently are working on a prosthetic leg for a puppy that has 3 legs. Very committed organization!

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

I lost my Golden Retreiver to cancer in 2009. I'm so happy to have found this organization to help me with my healing and rescue my current pet from them so that he too will have the life and home he deserves!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 20, 2010

Through the help of several members of SCGRR I have been lucky enough to have adopted the MOST beautiful golden boy! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this organization. They have an earnest desire to see every golden adopted into the great families they so rightfully deserve. The organization makes it clear from the beginning that their main priority is for the successful placement of the dogs, not to simply have every applicant adopt a dog on a first come first serve basis, which is admirable! Once I completed my application to adopt online and submitted it, I was contacted back by a rep in a very timely manner. My rep Sharon was so nice and so flexible to work with in scheduling times and really made me feel great about adopting. Before we even met, Sharon was so kind and let me know that if I ever had any questions about the adoption process or any dog, I could always contact her! She was awesome!! Regarding every dog I emailed about on the website, I ALWAYS got a response, whether the dog had been adopted or not. I have attended two of their adoption events and I can honestly say that SCGRR is such a dedicated group of people!! Each member of the team was incredibly helpful and had a real desire to help me find my best friend. I found that the website was refreshed on a very regular basis which was encouraging and nice to see that dogs are actually being adopted into good homes. All the dogs are home fostered. My dog was fostered by Kiersten and she did just a super job with him. She went above and beyond from just fostering him to really working with him and helping his progress and development! I have so loved this organization and its members that I have since applied to be a volunteer!! If you go on their website you can see a long list of happy dogs that are placed with real people in real homes. The website also shows a long long list of dogs they have provided medical attention and love to –even if only for a short while. Please, please, if you are serious about giving a deserving dog a great home, adopt. You will never be sorry you spent your time and energy and time going through Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue.

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

The adoption of my newest family member!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would want them to have more resources so they could continue to do what they do, and to have even more great volunteers!

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

Two things, 1) the outcome! I was able to adopt a great great dog who is the sweetest boy!! 2) meeting the people and the oterh volunteers. They are such great people with such big hearts!

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

Home Check Volunteer, Foster Parents to Dogs, Reps for Dogs, President of the Organization

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

DO SO MUCH!What is so heart breaking are the dogs that we cant get to in time. More money would mean more resources and more reasources would mean more dogs saved & ultimately more awareness/ education about people having thier pets spayed/neutered.

Ways to make it better...

I could have had the resources and time to adopt MORE dogs!

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

Not enough homes to foster dogs in. There are so many dogs in need that with more space, more vounteers and financial resources to care for these dogs, so many could be saved and given medical attention and love.

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

Anyone looking to adopt through SCGRR should be serious about adopting a dog & realize that this is a time consuming process. Do not get discouraged if the first few dogs you inquire about end up going to someone else. The goal is to find the right match!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 20, 2010

This is not the first animal rescue I've dealt with, but it is the only one that I wanted to dedicate my retired life to. The President and her Board (of which I am now a proud member) inspired me to no end. The dogs' welfare always comes first; but the compassion for our adoptive families is also always given maximum priority here at SCGRRescue. We take on more than I ever think we can on a contant basis, and somehow rescued Golden after Golden (some young, pretty and "adoptable" and some so old and sick...many mixes, too; we get them happy, safe, and loved in their forever homes. I love dogs and I love being able to really help them to this extent. F.C.

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

The joy we bring into people's lives is evident. In many cases, the families have lost their beloved dogs to cancer, old age, etc. We match them up with a new family member to love!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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