A little over two years ago I adopted the most loving, sweet retriever mix you would ever meet. I had lost my beloved rescue dog a few months before at the age of 15 years and I was absolutely heartbroken. However, I knew I would adopt again and give another dog a second chance at life. I had applied and been approved by 3 rescues but since I was single and the only one at home to bring another dog into the house I wanted to take a week off from work to be home with him/her. One night I was on Facebook and a Facebook friend posted a story of 2 labs and a retriever mix who had been rescued by Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue of Tennessee. They were being boarded at a vet hospital because I believe there were no fosters available. I fell in love with the older female retriever mix because I knew she would have a less chance of getting adopted than the purebred labs. She had lived outside in a pen all her life and was used as a breeding dog. She had numerous health conditions including being tested positive for heartworm, she had to have several nipples removed because they were ulcerated from overnursing, etc. Heartland spent thousands of dollars on her vet bills as well as her boarding bills. They put me in touch with the vet tech where she was being boarded so I could talk to her about Klancy's behavior, needs etc. By the way I live in Maine so I wasn't going to get a chance to meet this girl before she came to live with me (and her name was Jody at the time not Klancy). Several volunteers made the trip from Tennessee to Maine, meeting at different points on the trip to transfer Klancy and one of the other labs to get them to Maine and their new homes. I will be forever grateful to Heartland for saving Klancy's life and putting so much blood, sweat and tears into getting her healthy so she could make the journey to Maine and her new life as my best friend. She is so very loved by me, my cats, my family, friends and neighbors. It's rescues like Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue who make it possible for these wonderful things to happen.
I adopted Dolly (then Bea) right as the world was shutting down due to COVID. I was very impressed with how Heartland adapted their process to continue to put the dogs first and ensure their wellbeing. Pauline was wonderful throughout the process and answered my many questions to make sure we would be a good fit. I can't thank Heartland enough for putting this sweet girl in my life!
Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is a wonderful organization that does such amazing work for the dogs in their care and the people who are surrendering or adopting. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with every member of the team I’ve interacted with.
We adopted Poppy during the summer of 2020. She a delight! Poppy has brought our family so much joy. Adopting her through Heartland Golden Rescue was a fantastic experience. Pauline helped us find a dog that was a great fit for us. Thank you!
Pauline was such a pleasure to work with in connecting us with our Wrigley, a 2 year old Golden. We were new to the area, and she also helped us connect with a local vet who has been terrific. Our experience was exceptional, and may lead us to another Golden from her in the future!
We adopted a 6yr old purebred Golden Retriever from Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue in 2015. She had been surrendered from a breeder because of age and mast cell tumor near right ear. Heartland took care of Vet expenses for spading her and removing and lab testing mast cell tumor, doing all immunizations, testing for Heart Worms , blood work, checking social skills with people and other pets, grooming, leach training, and giving all around nurtured care until we adopted her. We were visited in our home by representativeS from Heartland to make sure we met the requirements for their dogs. We love our now 12 year old Millie. We would highly recommend Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue and will hopefully be able to adopt from them again. Doug and Betty Ebbs. PHOTO INCLUDED
My husband and I adopted our "Millie" from Heartland this past March. This is a wonderful rescue group that takes every effort into placing their dogs in a good fit home. The best of vetinary care was given her before we adopted her. They were open and up front with some of her medical problems and offered her to us at no cost even though several thousand dollars had been spent on her care-mosting boarding. Our grown children joke in saying they are not sure If we rescued Millie or she rescued us! Would use Heartland again.
My parents had adopted their dog from Heartland a few years ago. I have kept up with their Facebook page since then and would occasionally take a look at the website as well. About a year ago I was starting to look for my own dog and falling short. The day they posted a picture of Luna (then Hazel) I fell in love. I immediately commented, messaged them and then filled out an application. Now, almost a year later, she is my best friend and I couldn’t imagine life without her! All thanks to Heartland.
We adopted our first Golden here 12 years ago and loved her every minute of her life. Sadly, we lost her this past November. We were devastated and waited almost a year to adopt again. I called Pauline with HGRR told her we were ready to love again and she came through! We welcomed Nellie Mae into our lives 2 weeks ago and are totally in love. Thank you again to HGRR for all the work you do to help place these wonderful dogs in loving homes.
My wife and I have adopted two Goldens from HGRR. Clare was 2 at adoption and lived to be 14. The new girl, pictured, is 4. She is coming along well and the professional trainer has helped with her anxieties. She had been rescued from a WV puppy mill. We have nothing but praise for HGRR for the great work they do.
Our family adopted a 2 year old female golden from Heartland GRR. We found out that they allow out-of-state adoptions. We are in Salem, VA, a four hour drive from Knoxville. They had a volunteer check our back yard for suitability. Everyone we worked with in doing the adoption was helpful and cheerful. The delivery was made at half-way between Knoxville and Salem, very helpful for us. We have been a big fan of Heartland ever since. They are really passionate about the volunteer work they do to rescue and place these wonderful companion animals
We adopted Harvey, then Kyle, from Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue.
From our first contact with the group, to his arrival, we were met with polite, courteous and capable volunteers and representatives of the group.
My husband and I were in awe at how well organized his transport from Tennessee to Maine was. Not to mention the volunteers kindness and generosity in enabling his long trip.
The entire adoption process was handled so expertly.
We have an incredible, healthy, happy fellow whom we adore. Our thanks go out to Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue for making it possible.
Adrienne Ricci and Everett Cox
We got Ranger from Heartland one year ago this week. They had rescued him from a shelter in Cookeville. He was ten months old, underweight, and quarantined for a bad case of kennel cough when we first saw him. We had to wait two weeks while they treated him and got him strong enough to administer all his shots before we could bring him home. We're happy to say he was well worth the wait. He's a great dog! Many thanks to Heartland for giving Ranger a new lease on life and giving us one great companion.
We have adopted four golden retrievers from Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue. They are an amazing organization who does a fantastic job matching the perfect dog with your family. Our current dog is named Tucker and we just love him. We would definitely recommend Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue if you are looking to rescue an amazing Golden Retriever. The Lyons Family.
We have adopted three golden retrievers from Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue. They are absolutely the best. Pauline Stevens works very hard to match up her rescues with appropriate families. Thank you again for helping bring all of our dogs to us. The Lyons Family
Heartland is a wonderful organization with so many caring people who help bring together these amazing dogs with their forever family's. They do have 'Hearts of Gold!'
Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is a wonderful organization that truly cares about matching the right rescue dog with the right family. I have been very fortunate to welcome two Heartland rescues into my family. I can’t thank Pauline, Misty, and the other volunteers for all their tireless work to save these precious pups. Thank you!
I have gotten two dogs from Heartland and they were great to work with. I also run a non profit in Montana and they have been very good about helping us from getting our 501c3 to supporting our fundraisers
I adopted Logan from Heartland when he was 2 years old. He is a senior now and still a great companion. I have also been involved with Heartland as a transport volunteer. HEARTLAND golden Retriever Rescue is a wonderful organization!
I have adopted 5 goldens from Heartland. I don't understand how anyone would give up the goldens I have adopted. It's like once the dogs are in their hands, they know they are going to good homes. I have also foster for Heartland when the needed me. That's when I found Grundi. Stitches in his nose and best water dog. I ended up adopting him and love him very much. When it comes time to adopt again, Heartland will be my first choice.
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.
An incredible group of volunteers that do their best to match the rescues with the correct family. In the fall of 2000 they matched our dog Cody with us to be a therapy dog for our youngest daughter. The day we met him, he walked next to her giant special stroller that carried her medical equipment like he'd been trained to do that. He was so special and a huge part of our family until he had to cross over to the rainbow bridge 10 years later.
We have adopted our first Golden 15 years ago and since then we have welcomed 4 other dogs and help in the transport of dozens. It is always such a great feeling to help them.
I have adopted 5 Goldens from Heartland. All suited to me needs and desires and ALL amazing dogs. They are what a dog rescue should be. Caring, compassionate and the right dog, for the right person and the right person for the right dog.
Just received my 2nd golden from Heartland. Once again the perfect dog has been chosen for me. I am impressed with the care with which the matches are done, the great care given to the dogs before they reach their new people, and the system of volunteers who get the dogs to their new homes the quickest way possible and with the least strain on the dogs. Thanks to everyone involved. Thanks, Pauline. Beth in NH
My first experience was with HGRR 10 or more years. I had just bought a new computer and was checking it out. I came upon a website about golden retriever rescue (happened to by Heartland). I could not believe that there would be homeless goldens anywhere. I liked the concept of nurturing these dogs until they found a home that suited them. After this I was smitten by the idea and impressed with so many people who wanted to work with the rescue group. Have been honored and proud to have been able to work with this wonderful group. Thank You Pauline and all the MANY helpers through all the years. You are awesome, Pauline!
Have been a volunteer with this amazing group for 10 years. Have fostered, adopted and been to several events This is absolutely one of the most responsible and caring rescue groups ANYWHERE! The adoption committee is set on seeing the dog get a home that is a good match for the family and the family for the dog. Until adoption, dogs are well cared for, heathy and most have had some basic training. If there are medical or behavior issues, the prospective adopters are made aware of this PRIOR to adoption. A group I have been proud to be a part of and proud to recommend.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.
Heartland is near and dear to my heart. I have adopted 6 Goldens through the years from Heartland, and I couldn't be happier.
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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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
We have 2 rescues, Sally & Molly. We could not be prouder to be associated with Heartland.
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!
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!
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.
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.
A wonderful organization
We have adopted 3 Golden's from them
We have adopted several dogs through Heartland over the years. Our youngest boy is very lucky to have been taken under the Heartland wing. At around a year old he had been passed around: given away, and posted on Craig's List. Thankfully a Volunteer was able to secure safety for him and bring him into Rescue. We consider ourselves lucky to be his "forever" family. Heartland is a small, but dedicated group of people. It is truly about the dogs for them: from puppies to seniors (dogs over 7 yrs old), Goldens and Golden "Wannabee's" Heartland has been there for many. They are my Rescue.
This rescue has been around a very long time, from the head of the rescue down to all the volunteers, it's truly about the dogs.
"A Heart of Gold", Heartlands motto really says it all, both about the Golden's themselves but also the truly "Golden volunteers ". My wife and I have been privileged and Blessed to have adopted 5 Golden children over the years through Heartland and Pauline and crew are simply among the most caring and knowledgeable people I have ever had the privilege of knowing and dealing with over these many years. As a life long business person I can testify that any donation you can give will be put to the very highest and best use to care for those Goldens and Golden mixes who cannot care for themselves.
I've worked with Heartland since 2007. First as an adopter, then as a volunteer. My beloved Sydney came from them. Pauline knew she was "my girl" even before I did! They do a fabulous job of matching dogs with the right families and being there after the adoption to ensure everything is going well and offer advice if/when needed. I've had the privilege of making a few home visits for them to meet prospective families and having been on both sides, I can honestly say no one works harder to ensure the right fit! I can't sing their praises enough!
HGRR, is the best rescue group I have ever dealt with. It does my heart good to know that there are people in the world that give up their time to help animals. I understand that most of the volunteers have day jobs and commend them all on a job well done. I love my baby that I adopted from them and would never think lof using a different group.
Our "Duke", was rescued by the fine folks at Heartland. A golden wannabe, he's a precious addition to our family. Heartland GRR is a wonderful organization!
I've gotten two dogs from Heartland Golden Retriever, and the agency was so supportive and helpful with their transport and preparation for the adoptions. The pairings were right on target, and the last one is now a pet therapy dog, just what I wanted. The is an excellent organization with the dogs as their first priority.
Heartland not only found the Golden I sought, but they are supportive and helpful as I learn more about the breed. They are quickly responsive and free with the resources I have needed. Their high standards assure that one knows what one is getting, and that the dog is matched beautifully to the family.
I recommend Heartland highly to anyone who want to adopt a Golden.
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My wife Toni and I have adopted 5 Precious Goldens over the years through Heartland and I can tell everyone without hesitation that Pauline Stevens and crew are among the most caring and giving people I have ever met, they are more than deserving of our help and support. Every penny is used in the most efficient way possible, their focus is entirely upon the welfare of the companions placed in their care.
My husband and I adopted a Golden Retreiver from Heartland in March of 2005. We felt so fortunate to receive this wonderful dog and are so grateful to Heartland for his rescue. The interface with Heartland and the adoption process was exceptional. We met wonderful Heartland volunteers who demonstrated an unconditional devotion to successful outcomes for all the dogs under their responsibility and care. Our golden, Buddy, is a constant source of joy in our lives. We are forever grateful to Heartland and the dedicated volunteers.
My husband and I have adopted 3 great dogs from Heartland GRR, and been involved in many transports! It is especially rewarding to deliver a rescue dog to their new family. Heartland is a wonderful organization, dedicated to working with and placing Golden Retrievers and Golden hearted dogs in forever homes. Heartland will assess all dogs in a variety of settings before accepting them into the program, and once in the program the Heartland Volunteers and Board Members take special care to find out as much about the dogs they as possible can. Potential adopters are also carefully screened to help make the best match possible between human and dog.
As I said we have been lucky to have been adopted by 3 wonderful Heartland dogs throughout the years: MR WILSON back around 2002, Bear in 2006, and Sadie in 2012. Heartland is a fantastic group to work with; they love the dogs. It is as simple as that. ♥
My husband and I adopted our first Golden through Heartland in November of 2009. The application process was very thorough and included a home visit. They were always available to answer the many questions I had after we adopted Roz. Because of this experience, I became a volunteer with the group and two years later fostered another Heartland dog. We quickly became "foster failures" and are proud of it. Heartland does an amazing job with a very small group of volunteers.
We have very successfully adopted two Goldens from Heartland and will continue to do so in the future. They try very hard to make a match, that fit both the adopter and the adoptee, so that these dogs do indeed find there forever homes! The dogs are well taken care of while in their care, and all are checked through a vet and get the proper attention they need before being put up for adoption. The Goldens are also carefully evaluated to see their personalities and characteristics to make sure the home they go to can meet each dogs needs. I would highly recommend Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue for anyone interested in adopting a new family member!
Heartland rescues the Goldens that some other organizations seem to pass up. Dogs with some health issues or are deemed too old can linger in shelters, but Heartland will pull these dogs and get them the care they need and then the homes they deserve. We've adopted 1 very fearful Golden and are probably fostering forever a blind Golden. These are loving dogs that need and deserve loving homes. Our family couldn't be happier with them, Zippy & Milo are pretty happy with us too!
I adopted a golden retriever from Heartland in 2012. They were very thorough in their review of my application & required a home visit, which I think is great. Heartland shared both pics and video and clearly were interested in making a good match, not just "placing" a dog anywhere. Despite all the care taken, we had a bit of an adjustment period (I had another dog to complicate matters), and Heartland was so helpful with suggestions and support. They went above and beyond and I'm so thankful they did because I cant imagine life without him! (and needless to say, he seems pretty happy too :-))
We have adopted 5 dogs from this WONDERFUL rescue(2 went to dear friends of ours).These dogs FAR exceeded what we ever expected of them.They are dedicated,hard working people that put animals above anything in their lives.As a dog trainer and exhibitor I will post their accomplishments on top of being THERAPY DOGS Extraordinare
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I have fostered for Heartland for over 10 years. I adopted my first dog in 2007 and the second in 2008. I am currently fostering, with the plan to adopt when the dog is old enough to be neutered. Great care is taken with the health of the dogs as well as adopting to the best home possible.
I am an adopter, volunteer and board member.
Maggie and Sam, out adopted golden retrievers are a joy that my husband and I thank Heartland for every day.
Maggie is a reading dog at the local library, Sam a therapy dog with hospice. Both are learning Rally Obedience.
A huge thanks to Heartland and all of their volunteers for giving me two wonderful members of the family.
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I helped to organize and work at the recent golden gala that was held, not knowing any if the women or of their organization beforehand, and I have to say that I had one of the best experiences. These women are passionate and caring beyond compare, making sure that what is needed to be done is done and to the highest caliber. They go beyond the call of duty, putting themselves out there and sharing the love they have for goldens with others, and it's such an inspiration to see such a passion in someone. If you are looking for a quality charity to donate to or even to adopt, then you're in the right place.
We have been adopting parents twice with Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue and are always impressed with the love and care that goes into finding the right fit for both the adoptee and adopter. Our experience has been top notch and we always highly recommend HGGR to our friends who are considering pet adoption.
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My husband and I are clients of, and volunteers for, Heartland Golden Retriever and we continue to support and refer people to Heartland for a positive adoption experience. This past summer we attended a gathering in Massachusetts of the New England adoptees, and it was so heartwarming to see all the beautiful, happy Goldens with their proud parents.
We adopted our little Golden girl, Laci, from Heartland four years ago. She is the love of our life and we couldn't be more pleased. One of the important things that Heartland does before allowing a dog to be adopted is to carefully screen the dogs for medical and behavioral issues. That way you know if your adopted dog will be okay with cats, other dogs, children, etc., if they have any ongoing medical needs or may need obedience training. Being on Heartland's primary (Tennessee) and New England email distribution lists, we are always impressed with the lengths they will go to get a dog picked up or delivered, and get a new dog the medical help they may need. The fact that there are so many wonderful, dedicated volunteers in this organization is testimony to the sincere, caring, and tireless work they do.
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We adopted a 2 year old golden retriever from this organization over a year ago. We were working with a golden rescue in the DC area but quickly found out what great golden this organization rescued and that they needed the help more than the other organization. They went above and beyond sending us U Tube videos of the dogs that they had because we were out of state. They also let us meet a few during off hours, again going above and beyond. Its been a great experience working with them and we have supported their cause ever since.
People still stop and ask us where we got such a beautiful dog and they looked stunned when we tell them she was a rescue. I
Heartland GRR is a wonderful rescue organization dedicated to saving and re-homing Golden Retrievers in Tennessee. They are manned by a small group of volunteers who have the best interests of each dog at heart. They work very hard to find responsible, loving homes for Goldens in need, often taking Goldens who have health problems and are "not perfect".
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I have adopted three Golden Retrievers from Heartland over the past 15 years. They are a wonderful dog-loving organization made up solely of volunteers. They primarily work on a shoestring budget as they have no large corporate sponsors. Their funding comes from donations and fundraisers like garage sales, etc. What I really like about Heartland is that they have a "heart" for the old dogs. They will often take an older Golden or one that is very sick and rehabilitate it and find it a home. Many rescues just turn "their head the other way" and won't deal with "the old, the tired, the blind, etc." Heartland finds homes for many of these dogs. We personally adopted a blind dog who was 10 years old from Heartland. He was a wonderful dog and lived very happily until he was almost 14 years old.
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In November 2007 we adopted a pair of senior goldens, Candace and Connor, from this organizaion. We were amazed such a small rescue group with very limited resources could do so much with so little. It was very obvious their mission was truly "all about the dogs" and NOT the peripherals that tend to feed egos or self-righteousness. I can't imagine the heartache of having to walk away from a dog in need because resources are not available.
This rescue is one of the few that will take in older dogs and dogs with less desireable attributes. They have chosen their niche to be one less traveled and perhaps harder to accomplish.
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I've been rescuing primarily Goldens for many years. I have rehabilitated many that were unfortunetly abused and/or neglected. Pauline had told me about a male dog, Hunter who had been wearing an e-collar most of his life. He had a horrible case of mange. I spoke with Dr. Brad on several occasions about Hunters care. Dr Brad was so supportive! He always had time to talk to me about Hunters care. Hunter was so used to living with an e-collar I didn't know how he would react when I removed it. Thankfully Hunter was happy to have it off. I continued his mange treatment and he grew all of his hair back and was so gorgeous.
The plan was to adopt him out. Well after having him for a year of so and knowing that he was very happy here we decided that I would just keep him,.
He had his morning routine of walking his usual path around the farm.
Hunter was a pleasure to share my life with and I thank Heartland
for the opportunity to help him.
MY WIFE AND I HAVE ADOPTED SIX DOGS FROM SHELTERS AND RESCUE SITES, OWNING ONLY ONE AT A TIME AND OVER MANY YEARS. i AM ALSO A DONOR TO HEARTLAND, AND THAT IS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE MANNER OF OPERATION OF THE ORGANIZATION. i HAVE NEVER HAD A "BAD" EXPERIENCE IN ADOPTION, BUT HAVE HEARD SO MANY HORROR STORIES ABOUT CARELESS SELECTION OF PEOPLE OR PETS INVOLVING OTHER AGENCIES. TtHE HEARTLAND FOLKS REALLY DO A GOOD JOB OF PUTTING THE RIGHT DOG IN THE RIGHT SURROUNDINGS. WE HAVE NEIGHBORS WHO, PARTLY ON OUR RECOMMENDATION, ADOPTED THROUGH HEARTLAND. THEY ARE AS HAPPY AS WE, AND ALSO WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE ADOPTION PROCESS.
SOME ORGANIZATIONS WILL NOT TRY TO PLACE SENIOR DOGS, OR WILL NOT PLACE DOGS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE OLDER. HEARTLAND FINDS THE RIGHT MATCH OF DOGS AND FAMILIES AND SEEMS TO TRULY WORK HARD AT MAKING PLACEMENTS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE, ALWAYS WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE DOG BEING THE PRIMARY CONCERN. IN A WORLD WHERE SO MANY SEEM TO ONLY WANT TO "CHALK UP THE NUMBERS", HEARTLAND DOES WHAT IS BEST FOR THE DOGS AND FOR THE FAMILIES SEEKING THEM.
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I am a donor as well as a parent of one of the great golden retrievers that Heartland works so hard to rescue and place in loving homes. We adopted Logan a few years ago after one of our golden retrievers died of cancer. I was very impressed with the very thorough home visit and adoption process but the process was still very smooth and stress free. I have also been involved in picking up goldens in my area and transporting them to a half way point for Heartland to pick up so they can begin the evaluation and placement of the dog. I recognize the dedication and true love this organization has for animals and I am excited to help whenever I am called upon.
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I am an adopter, as well as, a donor. I think Pauline and those that help her do a fabulous job helping Golden Retrievers in need. We have adopted 2 goldens from Heartland over the past 4-1/2 years. The first girl came from an abusive, neglectful home. She will be 13 years old this year. She acts like a puppy now - so full of love and devotion. She loves to play and go for walks and snowshoeing with me. After my surgery 3 weeks ago, she stuck closely to my side. We lost the second one to cancer only 4 weeks ago. She was 9-1/2. She was the sweetest, most playful and beautiful dog in the world. Though our hearts broke, we would do it all over again just to be with her. I would never hesitate to adopt or donate to this rescue. Pauline does a fabulous job that takes an incredible amount of work. She rescues dogs that others would not.
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I am an attorney in private practice, and I represent several nonprofit charitable corporations involved in companion animal rescue and humane activities, including several bree-specific rescue groups, a county Humane Society, and a statwide S.P.C.A.. I am also a long-time volunteer in several non-attorney capacities for several rescue groups, and have adopted and fostered numerous companion animals. Many of these groups have fine standards and practices, but in all of that experience, I have not found a finer or higher quality group than Heartland. I have adopted a lot of Goldens, but I would not adopt from anyone else.
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I first became aware of Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue about 10 years ago through mutual friends involved in rescue. I was so fortunate to adopt through them about 7 years ago, and have a beautiful Southern Belle who I call Sandy, aka Heartland's Tracking Sand. Since adopting Sandy, I have fostered about five times, and currently have a nine-year old named Rocket whom we're hoping will get placed into a much-deserved forever home. Sandy was easy to place; she was a healthy seven-month old puppy when she came into the Heartland program. But where Heartland shines is the in-take and placement of the more/most difficult to place cases -- those that other rescues shy away from. Run totally with volunteers and with limited funds, Heartland does an outstanding job saving and placing the wonderful breed we love so much -- golden retrievers.
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I adopted two dogs from Heartland eventhough I run the Montana's Precious Gold, Golden Retriever Rescue. This came about because we were living in the New England area for a few years. Getting Miss Shelley and Higgins was an easy process for us since Pauline and I are friends through rescue and running a program also, I knew all the rules and regulations. Like our rescue, Heartland is "all about the dogs" and that is what is stressed.
I had tried other groups and many I did not get an answer back or the dogs listed were not available anymore. That is when I tried Heartland and we ended up both times meeting a volunteer and bringing not only our adopted dogs up to the NE area but also four other dogs each time.
Thanks Pauline for my stubborn old gal Miss Shelley (now at the bridge) and Professor Higgins who is now loving Montana.
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Heartland came recommended by 2 good friend who work for the league. I had just put down an Australian Catlle dog 3 months prior as she was very old and failing. It was suggested that we get a Golden. Melba has been one of the sweetest dogs I have ever owned. I love her to death. She is sweet, dedicated, and as of recently, we are seeing that she can also be a watch dog. She is great with my girls, especially my youngest who can be rough with her. She takes everything with ease. If I could get another one like her today, I would take it in a heartbeat. I now LOVE Goldens!
Pauline, Suzy, Jan and Susanne all should be commended on the work that they do ..... it's wonderful! I'm sure there are many others that I have not had the pleasure of dealing with, however, when I am looking for another dog, I will definitely go back!!
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