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71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lori123

Client Served

Rating: 5

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. ♥

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Waters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 :-))

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Donor

Rating: 5

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
Our Golden Bridge Kids:
Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue alumni #115:
U-CDX,ARCHX-Codokas Chad About You(Chad)-CD-RE,RL3,RL1X,RL2X2,RLVX,TDI
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Retired:
Heartland's Dream Catcher(Brytni)-RL3,RL1X,RLVX,CGC,TDInc.
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The NEW guy:
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2 Suzy N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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1 Jennifer410

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Marlene O'Hanlon

Donor

Rating: 5

Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue participates in our Rescue Rewards Program. 10% of your purchase amount will be donated to this goup in your name. I am proud to support this Group and the wonderful work they do! When you treat your dog, you support Rescue too!www.DogMomsBakery.com

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Phyl Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Maria Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 greenprof2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HGRR of Knoxville facilitated our adoption of our Golden in 2008. They were very professional in checking out our ability to care for our new pet - size of our backyard, fencing, our past experience with the breed and in keeping pets, etc. Though we live in Virginia 250 miles from Knoxville, they accommodated us by meeting us half way to deliver our new pet. They followed up thereafter to make sure all was going well. We have been supporters of Heartland ever since. They struggle on a small budget but are very dedicated to helping abandoned dogs find new and safe homes. Kudos to HGRR! Michael and Susan Bentley

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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