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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After wanting a dog for my entire life I finally convinced my husband to let us get one. A friend suggested breed specific rescue as a great avenue to get a dog. My husband suggested Golden Retreivers but at first I didn't want a 'white bread' dog that everyone had, boy was I wrong! Enter Heartland Golden Retreiver Rescue and Jada, my first dog and our first Golden. Pauline, the founder of Heartland, and the volunteers did such a wonderful job matching Jada to our family that we subsequently agreed to foster a senior Golden, Missy. Missy wasn't with us for long before we decided to keep her, we failed as fosters (a common story with Heartland)! Hhaving Jada and MIssy join our family was such a wonderful experience that I decided to volunteer with Heartland in order to help other families find such joy with a Golden as we have. Through conducting home visits for prospective adopters and transporting dogs to their family after they have been matched I have such fun helping the Goldens who really are actually helping the humans more than they know!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our first senior golden from HGRR many years ago. Lizzie was the best girl to walk through our doors in a long time. She came in and smiled at us as only she could. Pauline was the best person to work with. She found us the perfect dog for our family. Unfortunately Lizzie only graced us with her presence for a short time, but she was loved and safe for the time she did spend with us. The next year we traveled to TN and picked up Sage, what a goof ball! Again Pauline picked the very best dog to fit in with our menagerie of critters. A male ALPHA dog, an Australian shepard and a bunch of cats were all there to welcome Sage home. She fit in perfectly. After we adopted Lizzie we became volunteers with Heartland and help in every way possible. We love all that Pauline does for these dogs. She finds forever homes for dogs that would otherwise be PTS. Regardless of age, disability, Pauline will find them a home. Thank You Pauline for everything you do for these loving fur butts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopt the senior Golden Retreivers with special needs. Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is one of the few rescues that is willing to take on these very special dogs who need only to find a home to make what ever time they have left in life full of love and kindness. From our very first girl that was sexually abused by her owner and never played a day in her life to our last one we just picked up the ashes of today whose owners couldn't be bothered paying for surgery to save him as they were leaving on vacation, Heartland has always been there for these dogs. Under Paulines leadership Heartland GR Rescue has saved so many dogs that otherwise would have fallen thru the cracks. We can't thank them enough for bringing these special dogs into our lives. Heartland is a first class rescue organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but positive things to say about Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue. I adopted Lily about 6 year ago. I was surprised at how thorough the rescue league was in making sure they found the right home for Lily. I already had a male Golden and two cats in my house. They matched me up with just the right dog. Lily fit perfectly into our lives and has made our home so much happier. Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue I cannot thank you enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past years I have adopted 4 goldens from Heartland. They have all been wonderful dogs. Right now I have two of Heartland's dogs. They are both Therapy Dogs.
When you adopt from Heartland, you know exactly what the dog is going to be like. Heartland is very reliable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of the tireless work of HGRR volunteers many lives (fur and furless) have been changed and continue to be changed.

I was in search of adopting a Golden Retriever (my rescued Golden had passed and I was on a wait list for all three Golden Rescue Org's in NY state. Fortunately for Golden's in NY, there weren't any waiting for adoption.

I scoured the internet every day looking at Golden's waiting for homes. There were hundreds ogf Golden's in eastern US Rescue Org's waiting for forever homes. Many Golden Rescue Org's would not place their Golden's outside a specific geography. I treidn my best to negotiate wiht a few of them. They woud not budge from their strict placement policy. I was heartbroken.

Then I found HGRR!!! They would place a Golden in W NY! HGRR obtained my background information from the Rescue Org's I had appllied to and the wheels of motion began turning.

My new baby Betsy, was named by HGRR after her foster mom. She is a Southern Belle from TN and with no suprose LOVES the NY snow!!!

She has completed Level I & II Dog Obedience and will work on obtaining her Good Canine Certificate in the spring. Betsy is a dream come true in my life!

Her name is beffitting: Diminutive of Elisabeth or Elizabeth, from Elisheba, meaning either God's completion, or God is satisfaction.

Betsy is not the only HGRR Golden living in my area. I was contacted shortly after her placement by someone who also has a Golden from HGRR!! A doggie play date is in our future.

Lives changed forever; fur & furless. No words can express the gratitud.



Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of being exposed to Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue through one of their volunteers, Susie Nattress. Through her, we became the pround parents of Sully. Our boy came into our lives at a time when we had just lost our 8 year old Golden Danni to cancer. Sully helped to fill the biggest hole in our hearts and continues to be the Lassie to the rest of his four legged family members. I feel, all the joy he has brought into our lives would not have been posible without the diligence, conscious effort of this great Rescue organization. They will even give our golden want-to-be that oh so needed chance to a great life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heartland has always answered the call when a golden retriever is in need. I remember the day I visited a home with a 3 legged golden tied to a tree on a muddy hillside. She had had a litter recently. The pups were gone, but no one wanted her.......but Heartland did! Pauline found this girl a wonderful loving home she so deserved. I have been fortunate over the years to have known many goldens who received second chances through the relentless efforts of Heartland. Thank you Heartland for all you do for these gold dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for several years, doing home visits to evaluate potential adopters and assisting with the transportation of Goldens from TN to CT. The dedication that I see in Pauline and the other volunteers is humbling. HGRR may be a small organization, struggling to make ends meet, but it's heart is huge.

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allrgoldens

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the founder of this group I give our volunteers the five stars. We are a grass roots group with a small core group of volunteers and operate on a shoestring. Formed in 1998, we are based in Knoxville TN but help homeless and displaced Goldens not only from Tennessee, but also SW Virginia, SE Kentucky, NE Alabama relocate to permanent loving homes all over the country. We have a great group of supporters in New England. We do not have a revolving door policy and on intake all our dogs remain under vet care for at least 10 days and are fully evaluated not only for health problems but for temperament as well. All our Goldens are spayed or neutered if necessary, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated if positive; micro-chipped if not already chipped.

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Coby H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have adopted four Golden Retrievers from Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue. We have also adopted from other Golden Rescue groups so we can honestly say that we have found Heartland to be the very best Golden Rescue group to adopt from. They have matched us with perfect Goldens that fit into our family which includes right now five rescue Golden Retrievers. Pauline works so hard to find the right dog for the applicant. They provide private vehicle transport up to the Northeast by volunteers and often it's Pauline, the head of Heartland who drives up half the way to meet volunteers from the north. (most other rescue groups send their dogs up in a big truck or large van so they don't get the personalized care that the Heartland dogs get in private vehicles with dedicated volunteers. She is dedicated to her Goldens and puts endless hours and energy into running her rescue. I suggest Heartland to all who ask me and we have Heartland magnets on our cars which draws a lot of attention and questions. We have also done volunteering for Heartland and recently did a home visit and highly recommended Heartland to them. I can't say enough about our high regard for Pauline and Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful that I found out about Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue! They found the perfect dog for me! McKenna has been a family member for several years. She is the joy of my life. Heartland works diligently to find homes for Goldens. Other rescues that I talked with just wanted to place a dog. Heartland listened to my situation and found the perfect dog for me. I have recommended Heartland to others.

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Chandler

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Pauline and Heartland for over 10 years and I can say that she runs a very "Human" rescue. She works very hard to make the right matches and what she does for the breed is second to none. We are fortunate to have someone like Pauline looking out for the less fortunate of our wonderful breed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heartland is so dedicated to helping my favorite breed the Golden Retriever. They are especially dedicated to helping the Golden Oldies. We were lucky enough to be trusted to adopt a scared little guy who almost died he was so sick when he was rescued. Four and half years latter he has become a regal member of our pack. He now is protecting our oldest golden who is having trouble in his old age... I highly recommend any one looking to adopt a Golden this is the place to go.

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