I find it interesting that the three 5-star reviews all came at the same time...hmmmm. My story is we applied to possibly adopt a golden. We were open to young or old and we would have considered a dog with health issues. GRROW took our $25 "adoption fee" and according to their website we would hear from the them within the next couple of weeks to schedule a home evaluation. We were well aware that we may have to wait six months to a year to actually adopt. Since giving them the fee a year ago we have never heard from them. EVER. No dog, no home visit, not even a phone call or email. We chalked it up as a donation, but if you seriously want to rescue or adopt a golden, look elsewhere.
I adopted two goldens from GRRoW about 3-1/2 years ago. During the process, I was very impressed with the efforts made to provide a good match. Ben and Bailey have proven to be as close to perfect as can be. GRRoW made sure they were healthy and well cared-for while in foster care. After the experience, I decided to become a volunteer, and we help with meet and greets, home visit interviews (139 to date), manning the call-in info line and various other activities. My initial good impression has since been reinforced - especially regarding the efforts GRRoW makes to resolve medical issues and more especially the lengths the teams go to in order to match dogs and adopters. The extremely high success rate is a direct result of those dedicated efforts. I'm involved with GRRoW daily, and I will be for the forseeable future. Rescue is hard work, but a good team of dedicated volunteers produces results - over 1750 goldens rescued and re-homed since GRRoW was founded in 2000.
My relationship with GRRow started when I applied for an adoption of one of their Goldens. I was, and continue to be, very impressed by their professionalism. It was not easy adopting Bailey. GRRoW was extremely thorough in making sure the adoption was good for both Bailey and I. Also am impressed by the quality of the GRRoW volunteers. They are dedicated and willing to work hard for this organization. The help the Goldens receive is beyond approach.
I have been an active volunteer with Golden Retriever Rescue of WI (GRRoW) since 2005. There are many animal rescue groups throughout the country, but I believe that there are not many that provide as much care to the goldens in its care, as GRRoW does. And by care, I mean many different types of care. From the love each foster home gives its foster golden, to the veterinary services afforded to each golden in GRRoW, these are just a few of the many examples. It takes an army of volunteers to keep a rescue group strong and GRRoW has that. Not only do the volunteers of GRRoW provide love and shelter for GRRoW dogs, they strive to learn more about dog behavior, illnesses, prevention of health issues, and more importantly, their well-being. The leadership teams within GRRoW do an insurmountable amount of work - all on their own time. Being in a leadership position in GRRoW is like having another full-time job. But, we do it because it's our passion and nothing gives us more gratitude than saving one more golden. I've been with GRRoW for 5 of the 10 years of GRRoW's existence and I will be with GRRoW for many many years to come.