If your readers are in the mid Florida area by all means have them fill out a volunteer form. As our website says we need a “whole village of people” to make our organization work. We use home based fostering (no kennels or all dogs in one location), so foster homes are always needed, transporters, communications and people to help with our fundraising are welcomed. Also, many of the needed positions require only a phone and a computer so becoming a “virtual volunteer” outside the mid Florida area is possible too!
This photo is adoption day for our girl that was found shot and left for dead! She was also one of our tripawds (three-legged dogs).
Theeson was one of our "hit by an automobile" dogs. We were able to find an adopter willing to foster Theeson through his surgeries and healing. The son used this experience for his Cub Scout project. Dog and Cub Scout are inseparable!
We had the opportunity to speak with Judy Sheehan, GRRMF Media Coordinator and Foster Mom, from Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida about the rescue. You can read our rescue spotlight on them below!
What is the mission of your rescue?
Our ongoing mission is saving, protecting, and rehoming golden retrievers and golden retriever blends that have lost their home and family. As with many rescues, our mission extends beyond the given statement. Today, we share our experience to provide education about the breed and support after adoption in an effort for the end result to be a happy forever family. Also, GRRMF is truly a “rescue” group. We have no age limit on the dogs we take in. We often take dogs needing intense medical rehabilitation when other groups would turn them away and any dog adopted from GRRMF always has a home to come back to in GRRMF if the family situation changes. The ultimate goal of a rescue is to NOT be needed, but we have a long way to go.
What is your rescue’s biggest success story?
Oh my, so many come rushing to my mind…we have rescued pregnant females from high kill shelters, been given rescues that were hit by automobiles and their owners could not afford the medical care, and so many heartworm positive dogs that were nursed back to health. We have had several special tripawds and even one had been shot and left as dead! Having all these dogs (and puppies) lead happy and healthy lives in their new forever home is the biggest success GRRMF could ask for!
What is your rescue’s goal for the future?
As we have matured through our 27 years in rescue, GRRMF continues to focus on expanding our dog care education opportunities in our community through the use of our Facebook page and website. We have introduced weekly posts on our Facebook page with informative content discussing timely issues facing dog owners. On our web page we are adding a medical section (never to replace a veterinarian) to provide a place to start when there is a need for information. We also are starting to develop partnerships with certification programs in the area of comfort and therapy training for those families that want to pay forward and share the golden gift they received.
How can our readers help?
The heartbeat of our success are our donors who share what they can to help us with our many dog care expenses. Since we are a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff, all funds go towards running our rescue program. We lovingly care for about a dozen hospice dogs at any one time because they are not adoptable due to age or terminal illness. Last year our adoption fees only covered about 30% of our average cost for helping a golden retriever as medical costs average nearly $1000 per dog. Without the help of the public we could not care for the needs of these poor goldens. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.
The featured image on this post is of Leo. He’s a sweetheart that at 3 years old was surrendered only for GRRMF to find out that he has extreme liver problems. You will find him and his story on GRRMF‘s Sanctuary page.