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71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jan_56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Diane148

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sara148

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lynn D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heartland is near and dear to my heart. I have adopted 6 Goldens through the years from Heartland, and I couldn't be happier.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Marcia40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have 2 rescues, Sally & Molly. We could not be prouder to be associated with Heartland.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!





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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Sheryl18

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received 4 goldens from Heartland. They are the only resuce place I like to deal with. All my dogs were healthy and the perfect fit for our family. Can't wait for another opportunity to adopt again.

3 Donna188

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization
We have adopted 3 Golden's from them

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 William71

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Liberty D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 bopup

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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