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Goldens Without Borders Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Target demographics: Animal Welfare

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70 Golden Retrievers facing imminent death.

Geographic areas served: Rescuing Golden Retrievers from overseas slaughterhouses, dog meat trucks, wet markets and illegal dog trafficking.

Programs: Rescue and advocacy

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Rob B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We discovered Goldens Without Borders in October 2019 when they had an adoption event at our neighborhood dog park. We had lost our 15 year old lab/pit mix a couple of years earlier and we were finally ready to add a new family member to our home. We adopted Garvey a few days later and can’t say enough good things about this wonderful organization. Everything about GWB is professional, and their passion to save these loving golden retrievers is truly inspiring. Since welcoming Garvey into our family we’ve also become a GWB foster family which has been incredibly rewarding. It’s safe to say that trip to the dog park changed our life for the better. We’re very thankful to Sheila, Theresa, and every one of the many GWB volunteers that work so hard to save, and find loving forever homes, for as many goldens as possible. We’re looking forward to being a part of GWB for many years to come.

Rob & Tracy - Henderson, NV

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Goldens without Borders gave us the love of our life. After our last golden passed, I searched and searched. This guy popped up on our radar, but already had a potential home. Fortunately for us, they didn't take him. We met with the fosters and they were just wonderful people who loved our boy so much. The entire process was so smooth and very well organized. It took a little while for him to adjust and learn how to "dog" (due to the trauma these poor babies live through before they are rescued), but now almost 2 years later, he is a staple of our home and the apple of my daughter's eye. GWB does a fantastic job of loving these dogs and giving them to a proper forever home. 10/10 highly recommend

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Lily who we adopted in January 2021 through Goldens without Borders. Shelia was great to work with, very professional and caring for the rescue dogs. I would highly recommend this organization if you’re looking to rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful girl we named Lady through Golden’s without borders after we lost our beloved golden Roxy girl at 15 yrs of age. The experience with GWB was so professional and caring. The hard work, love, and dedication that is put into every adoption is evident by how thorough and thoughtful Sheila and her team are. We could not be more grateful to them for rescuing these beautiful companions. We will forever be supporters and adopters with Golden’s without borders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! We were able to get a rescue from this non-profit, and Moose has been a close member of our family ever since!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After our 13 year old "Buster" passed away in May 2020, my husband and I were devastated. We didn't think we could go through the heartache of losing another 4-legged family member again. So, we decided we would help others by becoming a foster family. We could provide a safe and loving home to dogs in need while they waited to be adopted. A friend of mine put me in touch with Goldens Without Borders. Learning about the rescues of Goldens all over the world by GWB, filled my husband and I with the desire to help this amazing organization. After completing the application to become fosters for GWB, Sheila called me and interviewed me over the phone. I was so impressed with her devotion and dedication to saving Golden Retrievers from around the world. I couldn't wait to be a part of such an amazing organization. Sheila told me GWB was in the process of rescuing a number of Goldens from China. The first group was arriving by a cargo flight from China to LAX and then a group of volunteers would be transporting the dogs to Las Vegas. My husband and I met the volunteers at the designated meeting place and became the foster family to a 5 year old male Golden Retriever. It was love at first sight! Our little foster was exhausted from his journey and slept most of the next 3 days. We will never know everything he endured before being rescued by GWB. What we do know is that he will always be loved and have a family devoted to his well-being for the rest of his life. We adopted our sweet Golden from GWB and have Sheila to thank for saving him from the slaughter house in China. I have never met a more dedicated and loving person so devoted to saving helpless Goldens. Sheila is the type of person that doesn't let the hardships of dealing with foreign restrictions and governments stop her from pressing forward to save a Golden from cruel and unimaginable outcomes. We owe Sheila a debt of gratitude and our thanks for giving us our Baxter. Without her so many Goldens would not have the loving homes they have today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue truly does change lives. They are solely focused on saving the lives of animals that are destined for tragedy. Our dog was rescued from the meat trade and arrived in the US in Jan of 2019. This dog has changed our lives and has become a vital part of our family. I am truly so grateful for the work of this rescue and for giving our family the profound source of light our dog gives us. We continue to support this rescue in any way we can because saving these pups and giving them a new chance at life is their one and only mission.

Paula Sawka C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about this organization. Sheila and all the volunteers are beyond amazing in their love and dedication to these dogs. Through this pandemic it is been especially trying to get these babies over here, but their determination and love has only grown. We adopted our golden from them back in 2019, Liberty was on the first flight of rescues to come over and has been an integral part of our family since then. Thank you GWB, we all are indebted to you for bringing these amazing animals to safety and love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Goldens Without Borders through Instagram, as I was just looking through organizations that rescue dogs. When I saw the incredible work they did, I decided to apply and adopt two goldens (Enzo & Tessa). Not only are they the sweetest dogs in the world but also bring so much joy to our house. Something I really appreciated was the personable and reliable communication we had with Sheila, and how incredible the whole process is. I adopted them in January 2020 and to this date I am still in contact with Sheila, constantly sharing photos and stories. I highly recommend this organization :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found out about GWB on the NextDoor app. They were receiving a flight of numerous dogs within a very short time frame and needed some additional foster families. We signed up to foster and ended up adopting a sweet little guy. We observed firsthand the dedication and love of all the volunteers who devote their time to make sure these dogs are transported safely, provide a foster liaison who answers all questions from the foster families, ensure all dogs receive proper medical care once in the States and act diligently to place them in secure forever homes. It is a truly wonderful organization that is run through the kindness of volunteers and donors.

Ashley T.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Goldens Without Borders was amazing! Shelia works so hard for this charity. After applying Shelia called me personally to interview me. We had a great conversation. Then she helped us pick out a sweet golden that fit with our family and lifestyle. Finally 2-3 weeks later we brought home Frank. Goldens Without Borders was wonderfully supportive even after Frank was in our home. We not only adopted an amazing golden but we became part of the Goldens Without Borders family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog, Hamilton through GWB in October 2020. I had been trying to find a rescue golden for a couple months, but all the other golden rescues either had a 1+year waitlist or would only adopt within a certain radius of their home base. I found out about GWB through another golden retriever rescue. After submitting my application online, I was contacted by Shiela for a phone interview. Shiela was beyond nice and explained the process of adoption very well and explained the ups/downs of adopting a golden from the dog meat trade. When the day finally came to pick up my golden, Shiela was there to guide us. She has always been helpful with telling adopters what to expect from the rescue dogs. I had a couple health concerns with my rescue golden at first and Shiela was always just a text or phone call away to help me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful boy, Ronin from Goldens Without Borders in October 2020. Ronin is my husband and my first dog together so we spent an excessive amount of time researching and applying to different rescues. Sheila was the only rescue founder who personally answered my phone call and took the time to walk me through the process. I could tell from the very beginning that she was honest, dedicated, and genuinely cared about the dogs and her GWB families.

Ronin was in the first group of commercial flight dogs, which was a learning experience and a test of patience for all! Despite various delays and flight changes, Sheila always kept us updated and raised our spirits.

Adopting Ronin has been the best thing that's ever happened for us! We were ready to deal with any and all lingering trauma, behavioral issues, and health problems - but to our surprise, he has absolutely no issues! Ronin adjusted to life in the U.S. immediately; he's a very quick learner, super smart, and has always been the happiest boy. It's been so rewarding to see him learn how to play with toys, discover how comfortable the couch is, gain a healthy and much needed 20 pounds, and develop the softest, shiniest coat!

We're so grateful for Goldens Without Borders!

Suzanne T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been wanting to adopt a Golden and heard about Golden's Without Borders . From the first time I contacted Sheila Donnelly , I could tell how professional and genuinely compassionate she was .
The adoption of our Benny was smooth and the fosters were amazing . The excellent care they took when the dogs were flown in from China in the crates was very impressive and well organized . The genuine passion that comes through on every level of this organization shines through . We love our Benny and couldn't have had a more rewarding experience working with GWB.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! We brought home our beautiful golden, Gigi, in January 2020. Gigi was rescued from horrible conditions at a meat market in China. The hard work and dedication of GWOB made it possible for Gigi to live in our oving family home, take long daily walks and swim at the beach. We are forever grateful to Sheila and GWOB for the golden lives they save.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been following this rescue and donating to the cause for a couple of years. In, October, 2019, we were able to adopt Annie, rescued from China. Sheila was so thorough and walked us through the whole process. She was always about the best care and home for the dogs. We couldn't be happier to have Annie in our family. Since then, my husband and I have been able to volunteer. We help with transportation from LAX to Las Vegas. We are so blessed to be able to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been so fortunate to share my home with quite a few rescued golden retrievers over the years. When I lost my last golden at age 14 about 1 and 1/2 years ago, I knew that I would be wanting to adopt again... I just wasn't sure where or when. When I heard about Goldens Without Borders, I submitted an application to adopt. I received a call from Sheila Donnelly shortly thereafter, and I knew almost instantly that I had found my new golden "family"! Sheila was so warm and helpful in explaining their process for rescue and adoption, and I felt completely confident that this organization had their hearts and their minds in precisely the right place. When I had the opportunity to help welcome in a group of dogs at LAX in December of 2020, I had the chance to meet so many wonderful people who are part of this family... adoptive families, foster families, and an amazing group of people volunteering their time to help these pups. I was so fortunate to be able to adopt one of these wonderful pups in December, and my sweet guy Journey found his forever home! Sheila and her team seem to manage the very complicated process of rescuing these dogs and making the whole process happen smoothly and efficiently, but we all know that NONE of it is easy! Bringing these dogs to the US from foreign countries...managing all the veterinary clearances and regulatory agency approvals ... organizing foster families and sorting out the proper fit for each dog to be adopted...it is all such a huge challenge...but Sheila and her team do it all amazingly well! I am so grateful to Goldens Without Borders for the wonderful work that they do, and I continue to help and support the organization in any way that I can. They are truly Heroes in my book!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a follower and a donator to Goldens without Borders for the last year and a half. I have reached out about potentially adopting sometime back but held off due to my father’s illness and helping him with all of his medical and personal needs.

In September Sheila reached out and said that there were a group of goldens coming in late in the month and asked if I was interested and ready to adopt at that point. It came while my dad was on hospice, and there was really no way for me to welcome a new beloved pet into our household. She was so kind and took me into her heart, offering me her personal phone number because she had been through much the same the year before. My dad was a dog lover and I made a donation in his memory when he passed, I knew that would make him happy.

In December 2020, I found out that there was another group of goldens coming from China, and I reached out and told them that I believed I was ready.

A New Year’s Eve, my best friend and I flew into Las Vegas to meet my Dawson (Diego2) at his Foster’s home. To say it was love at first site would be an understatement!! Both his foster family and meeting Sheila it was truly a wonderful experience! They take such good care of these little souls that they rescue and it makes a real difference in today’s world.

The 21 1/2 hour drive home over two days was a great experience and fun time to bond with Dawson. He is a love, he likes to hold hands, a great passenger and has been a fantastic addition to our family. Our older golden suffers from anxiety and they have become the best of friends!!

I am a donor, an adopter her and hope to volunteer on upcoming arrivals! I could not say more praise or more highly recommend this organization!






Judy L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been so blessed with 2 Goldens from this wonderful organization. We purposely adopted older dogs with some health issues. GWB has been there every step of the way to ensure our "babies" received the care they needed. This organization works tirelessly to save these beautiful dogs, makes sure they are matched with the right family (person), and maintains contact even after the adoption is final. We are ever grateful for all they do!

Natalia M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have fostered twice for this wonderful organization. They do such amazing work saving dogs from the worst circumstances—even a pandemic couldn’t stop them as they are still rescuing dogs in Asia, getting them to the US, and into loving forever homes.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son and I have been following this Amazing organization for about 3 years. We found the GWOB website and we have been following them ever since. Their work is truly heartfelt, tireless, and selfless. These Rescuers are Angels for these beautiful Golden Retrievers who are being given a second chance at life. Without this organization these Babies would never have been saved and been able to find their furever homes. I plan on sending an application in hopes of being able to save one of these Beautiful Lucky Goldens

Sue and Chris. New Jersey

Denise G.5

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2018 I lost my 11 year young Golden Jake. I thought I would never have another golden as there is no way one could come close to how Jake was,He was my heart, my best friend, my hiking partner.after a year of Jake going to heaven I started to look into getting another golden. That’s when I found GWB. The work they were doing to safe all the goldens is amazing. I reached out to them. To help safe 1 golden. Today our family if full of love with 2 beautiful goldens and a few other rescues. And even though our home is full we continue to support this amazing organization safe goldens. Luna left China 2019 ,Scout middle China December 2020

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Doris Brackney. My husband and I adopted Jessy the Golden Retriever from Goldens Without Borders in August of 2019. She was rescued from South Korea.
Since that time we have seen great devotion and comittment by so many volunteers and supporters. It has always been about saving the dogs. Never gaining glory for the founders and co founders. It is always about saving the dogs, loving the dogs and making sure their forever homes with adopters are loving and safe places for them to live a full happy life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have rescued Goldens for approximately 27 years. Our four legged family members came from all over California and one even came from Taiwan through different rescues. We are looking for our next family member and reaches out to Goldens Without Borders. I had the pleasure of talking with one of the founders and learned of her passion and commitment so paying forward the love she had for her first rescue. It is that level of benevolence that brings me to tears. Endless gratitude.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Molly from this organization that brought her over from China. They really care about the dogs and immediately have them looked at by their vets. All their physical needs are taken care of quickly. Shelia works nonstop to bring these precious dogs over from China to give them a much better life. She has many fundraisers to cover expenses but it is difficult with expenses rising all the time. Please consider a donation as every dollar goes to helping this cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve lived in all four corners of the US and have been recusing Goldens for over three decades. GWB, lead by a fiercely passionate leader in Sheila Donnelly, has surpassed any of the organizations I’ve previously been affiliated with. The members are a nation wide community and have collectively given these amazing creatures their first chance at love, life and the pursuit of their happily ever after. I will continue to contribute in every capacity and adopt as often as possible. Our recent addition is Macallan Stewart arrived on the 12/20 freedom flight❣️

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Goldens Without Borders is truly a wonderful organization, as are the volunteers and donors. I stand ready to act as a volunteer in any capacity the organization deems necessary to save these wonderful dogs from a horrible fate.

Robert Haess, Woodburn, Oregon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started out as a foster and soon became an adopter with GWOB. The work GWOB is above and beyond any other rescue that I have worked with. They care about their dogs so much and are so transparent with you to help you work through the process of both fostering and adopting. Our intentions were to foster our boy but he stole our hearts and we can’t thank GWOB enough for bringing him home to us.

1 Dennis M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the 4 months since my Golden boy has been at the Rainbow Bridge I’ve been looking for an adult Golden. I’ve been watching and following this group on Facebook during this time. Everything I see is positive, and I’m ready to adopt thru these folks.
I look forward to being a small part of a group that is saving these dogs from a tragic and unthinkable ending. (The neat market).
I’m looking forward to posting again after I’ve adopted thru this awesome nonprofit.
Thanks to all the volunteers. ⚓️⚓️

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I are Fosters for GWB here in Vegas and had our first Golden from China in January. It was hands down one of the best experiences we have had. The process was simple yet in-depth to ensure the goldens are placed in safe homes. Such an amazing organization!

2 Emily Kartiganer G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golden's Without Borders does incredible work to save hundreds of Goldens from imminent death. Thank you for your continued commitment to saving lives!

2 Sheila Gard S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GWB goes above and beyond to rescue goldens from horrific situations in overseas locations. We adopted a golden retriever with them in 2019 and the entire organization has become part of our family. Our family wouldn't be the same without the help of GWB and all the work they do to rescue these pups.