Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies


Melissa Fales, Journalist

There are over 150,000 free-roaming dogs in Turkey according to a CNN estimation (Sidner and Tuyaux, 1). A numerous amount of those homeless animals are golden retrievers. Golden retrievers are usually taken in when they are puppies, but they are turned out into the streets later in their lives. It is normal to have unowned, unclaimed dogs roaming in Turkey. The Turkish government recently became responsible for spaying and neutering their dogs, but that is all they do before they put the dogs back onto the street. One can identify if they have received the proper medical attention by a tag around their ears. Their solution keeps diseases from spreading, but those dogs don’t have the chance for a loving home. Free roaming dogs are a part of the Turkish culture but these dogs have to suffer hard winters and a lack of food and nourishment.

In the United States, homeless dogs enter animal shelters and begin the process of finding homes and families. Golden retrievers are always among the first to be adopted. We have strict spray-neuter laws and animal control to make sure that animals are not on the streets where they could be hurt and suffer. Turkey, on the other hand, has a more open culture to free roaming dogs where they are fed from bowls off shop owners’ and peoples’ houses. They don’t consider the dogs as a problem or trouble because they have grown up with these dogs being a part of their lives. Through this type of culture the golden retriever is suffering silently.

There are organizations set up to help fix the amount of golden retrievers without homes in Turkey through United States foundations. The “Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies” and “Adopt a Golden Atlanta” are two separate foundations, both determined to be a part of the solution to help the Golden Retrievers. In the United States “There’s 95 rescue centers in the country and every one of us has waiting lists for adoptions for a golden retriever,” said Lauren Genkinger, founder of Adopt a Golden Atlanta. Their solution is taking dogs and transporting them to the United States to find homes. Over 600 golden retrievers this year from Turkey have found homes in the United States. They are given new life and opportunities that they didn’t have in their old lives. The goals of these foundations is “finding homes for Turkey’s abandoned Carnies.” From Istanbul, Turkey to Denver, Colorado or Atlanta, Georgia they transport the golden retrievers. Before they allow these dogs be adopted, they train the dogs to understand English, train them on how to be on a leash, and introduce them to life in the United States. Over 4,000 dogs have been rescued by Adopt a Golden Atlanta. According to CBS News, “2,000 dogs have been found to new homes in the United States” through the foundation GRRR (Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies). Transportation and training is expensive, but the result is that it helps dogs in Turkey and families in the United States. The solution to helping the dogs in Turkey is by supporting foundations that transport the animals to the United States. In the United States they can become a part of a home and receive love and attention that they wouldn’t receive in their homeland.

I believe Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies and similar organizations that support dogs can be the solution to the homeless dog issue in Turkey. They are a non-profit and run mostly on donations. Donating helps another dog to come into the United States and adopting gives that golden retriever the change to a new, better, loving home. Donating helps these foundations reach their goals in “finding happy endings for dogs who may have known little, if any, love and caring in their lives.” They are dedicated to the rescue, placement and public awareness to ensure that Golden Retrievers are adopted by people able to provide a safe, permanent, and loving home. Donating to these foundations is the solution to help golden retrievers in Turkey find new lives full of love and care that they wouldn’t find in their homeland.

Donate to GRRR here


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