Love a Golden Rescue began in January
2001; at its foundation, it was a small group of volunteers who saw a
need to help golden retrievers and golden retriever mixes in Central
and Eastern Missouri and Central and Southern Illinois.
That first year 50 dogs found forever
homes. That was more than was anticipated, but we soon found that the
"need" was larger than we initially thought. With everyone
working together, the dogs received the necessary veterinary care,
and lived in caring homes before moving into their forever homes.
Adoption applications and home visits ensured that the forever
families and the dogs were the right "fit."
Now we are 14 years old, and have
rescued more than 1,000 dogs, all due to the concerted effort of our
Love a Golden has rescued dogs with a
wide variety of needs. We have taken in pregnant dogs who delivered a
litter soon after intake. We have saved goldens who required major
surgery immediately after we took them in. We find great homes for
golden retrievers who have spent all their lives in a breeding
facility; they quickly become beloved family members. Seeing the
photos from the new families---as the dogs snuggle on the couch with
their two-legged and four-legged brothers and sisters or as they romp
on the beach during a vacation--- is why rescue is so important to
Not only do we strive to rescue goldens
who have special needs but we also reach out to save seniors (dogs
who are 9 years or older). Seniors have such a special place in Love
a Golden's heart, and our Senior Life program recognizes the
incredible families who adopt senior goldens.
Our mission is to help out all goldens
who are in need of a home, regardless of their age or medical
condition. Many families who adopt one of our dogs come to us for a
2nd dog, since caring for two dogs is just as easy as caring for one.
The families also discover that the rewards of adopting a rescued
golden and giving it a forever home are immeasurable.
Because we are all volunteers, our
administrative costs (government filing fees, insurance, postage,
etc.) are kept low---less than 7%. However, all of our foster dogs
require veterinary care, and some need extensive care, which means
the cost of veterinary far exceeds the typical adoption donation.
Therefore, we regularly engage in fundraising activities. Donations
to help the goldens are always welcome and can be sent to:
LOVE A GOLDEN RESCUE
St. Louis MO 63146-0621