Golden Rescue behind the scene is just as wonderful as the dogs they care for. In this interview with volunteer and foster mom Adrienne Cooper, we hear a little of what the volunteers are asked to do in their duties caring for dogs in need, and the incredible camaraderie that both the work, the people and the dogs inspire in all who come in contact with them. Golden Rescue is dedicated to the re-homing and rescue of Golden Retrievers.
Golden Rescue behind the scene
We rescued 500 Goldens in the first 15 years, but in the last 5 years we’ve rescued over 1370 due to increased awareness. I think there are more dogs requiring rescue, and I think too, that with word of mouth and with the onset of social media, there are greater opportunities for dog TO be rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed. Plus there is a growing awareness of adoption as an option. People see pictures of the adoptable dogs, people post pictures of their dogs that were adopted, and just general education that rescue is a great option.
Golden Rescue exists because in some cases dogs have to be re-homed; sometimes due to a home breaking up; an illness in the family; allergies; a lot of people realize that they just don’t have time as their lifestyles change. We’re lucky enough to get the call when they realize the dog needs more time to be attended to in order to have a great life. And then there is also the sad side — when they’re neglected or abused, and we’re there to help those dogs out too.
Rescue dogs are not bad dogs. One of the things that people think about rescue dogs is that they have baggage and that they are damaged. They’re not at all. Dogs are very resilient and they bounce back. I’ve seen some dogs who were not treated very well and they’re very very happy in their foster home and their adoptable home with a little TLC and proper guidance.
My job as foster is to really assess the dogs that come to me. If they need training, I’ll either take that on or get the help of our resources in the rescue group. The foster I currently have, Chase, needs leash training so I’m going to give him some leash training. I look for personality and behaviour traits in him so when he’s ready for adoption I’m able to tell the potential adoptive family exactly what he’s like. I’m here to love him and give him a good home until his furever family comes along.
What keeps me volunteering — its working with the volunteers at Golden Rescue. Its amazing to me how many people give their time. And its a lot of time to pull even just one dog in! Look at the fact that we’ve rescued over 1800, and that there’s often four, six, sometimes even up to ten people involved in one dog and you have an idea of how much time is devoted. We have some transporters that will drive hundreds of miles to help out. Sometimes you think, well, I can’t really help with world peace but I can save a dogs life and give them a new life! Its very, very rewarding.
Thanks to The Furever Team for Golden Rescue Behind the Scene