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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!'

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Sheryl18

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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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Lore H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Bethany Webber L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 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.

1 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.

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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.

1 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

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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.

1 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.

Review from Guidestar

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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

1 Marcia40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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!

4 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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