Estes - Istanbul - Adopted 4/1/16

Reminder: Turkey dog adoption fees vary: Under 1 year $800, over 1 year $600

There is so much excitement at GRRR from the arrival of 10 precious Goldens from the streets of Turkey.  They made a very long journey to us and are learning for the first time about this amazing thing called LOVE.  They were in desperate need of healthy food, shelter, medical attention, grooming and socialization.  Everyone loves Goldens, and that is why Golden rescues in the United States are experiencing a "shortage" of Goldens.  Many have a very long waiting list of potential adopters wanting to provide a wonderful home to a Golden in need.

The complete opposite is true in Turkey where more than 2000 Goldens -- many born in puppy mills -- have been dumped by their owners because they are now too commonplace.  Instead of being a cherished family member, they are left to either fend for themselves in the streets or languish in overcrowded shelters with no hope for survival.

GRRR is fortunate enough have been able to bring 10 of these deserving Goldens to Colorado.  Here they found the love and care they've never known.  We can't wait to watch them as they respond to love and kindness as they learn to trust their new human friends.  Each one has a beautiful Golden heart beating within, and through your kind and generous donations -- and help from all our wonderful volunteers -- we were able to bring out the true Golden in each of them so they can shine in their wonderful new world.

If you would like to help with this continuing effort, you can donate to Operation Turkey Dog to assist these and future Goldens coming to us from such horrific circumstances.  There is no adoption center or rescue in Istanbul for any dog to be adopted. The best they can have there is to live out their lives in crowded shelters.  If you want to learn more, please go to the Turkey Dog section of our website to watch videos and learn more about this very special effort GRRR is proud to be a part of. 

Estes (female 4 yrs)

Can you imagine a sweet Golden like me running wild on the streets, discarded and alone?  I was found near the Greek border starving and struggling each day to survive.   How I long to be loved and have a home to call my own. Estes is currently being treated for heartworm, but she will recover.

Here is her sad backstory as told by our rescue partner in Istanbul; 

"A very nice animal lover got in touch with me through another animal rescuer. Estes had been dumped in front of a school. The woman was feeding her there, but at Christmas time she was away and when she came back Estes was not there anymore. She heard that people from the school complained and the Municipality of Keşan (the name of the place she was taken) came and got her. I called this Municipality and found out that she was still there. They said that they were going to spay her and then they will have to "dump her somewhere". That’s how we decided to rescue her and sent someone to pick her up after she had been spayed. Keşan is a very cold place and is a shelter with no closed area where they can keep the dogs after having them spayed or neutured."