International Golden Retriever Rescue

International Golden Retriever Rescue

Over the past six years, Gold Ribbon Rescue International Initiatives have rescued, rehabilitated and found forever homes for 57 beautiful, loving Goldens: 32 from Istanbul, 10 from Mexico City and 15 from China.

On June 29, 2021, three more Goldens are packing their bags and making the long journey from Istanbul to Houston where they will begin a new life in Gold Ribbon care.

Over the past six years, Gold Ribbon Rescue International Initiatives have rescued, rehabilitated and found forever homes for 57 beautiful, loving Goldens: 32 from Istanbul, 10 from Mexico City and 15 from China.

On June 29, 2021, three more Goldens are packing their bags and making the long journey from Istanbul to Houston where they will begin a new life in Gold Ribbon care.

Over the past six years, Gold Ribbon Rescue International Initiatives have rescued, rehabilitated and found forever homes for 57 beautiful, loving Goldens: 32 from Istanbul, 10 from Mexico City and 15 from China.

On June 29, 2021, three more Goldens are packing their bags and making the long journey from Istanbul to Houston where they will begin a new life in Gold Ribbon care.

Additional Video Link:
How Istanbul's abandoned street dogs end up in America
By Sara Sidner and Gul Tuysuz, CNN




Additional Video Link:
How Istanbul's abandoned street dogs end up in America
By Sara Sidner and Gul Tuysuz, CNN




Additional Video Link:
How Istanbul's abandoned street dogs end up in America
By Sara Sidner and Gul Tuysuz, CNN




Turkey’s Forgotten Dogs

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when dogs reach adulthood, people felt they were too big and turned them out into the streets to fend for themselves, joining the packs of other dogs foraging for food in dumpsters, trash cans or, if they are lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

Culture and customs are different in Turkey than in our country and dogs that are unwanted are generally altered at shelters, tagged, and turned back into the streets or nearby forests to survive as best they can. Dogs have little to no hope of adoption as it’s not the shelter’s priority.

Goldens have a calm, sweet nature so they are unable to survive as well as some of the more aggressive breeds because they can’t compete as aggressively for food. So, they starve to death, are poisoned, get hit by cars, or killed by more aggressive dogs.




Turkey’s Forgotten Dogs

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when dogs reach adulthood, people felt they were too big and turned them out into the streets to fend for themselves, joining the packs of other dogs foraging for food in dumpsters, trash cans or, if they are lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

Culture and customs are different in Turkey than in our country and dogs that are unwanted are generally altered at shelters, tagged, and turned back into the streets or nearby forests to survive as best they can. Dogs have little to no hope of adoption as it’s not the shelter’s priority.

Goldens have a calm, sweet nature so they are unable to survive as well as some of the more aggressive breeds because they can’t compete as aggressively for food. So, they starve to death, are poisoned, get hit by cars, or killed by more aggressive dogs.




Turkey’s Forgotten Dogs

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when dogs reach adulthood, people felt they were too big and turned them out into the streets to fend for themselves, joining the packs of other dogs foraging for food in dumpsters, trash cans or, if they are lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

Culture and customs are different in Turkey than in our country and dogs that are unwanted are generally altered at shelters, tagged, and turned back into the streets or nearby forests to survive as best they can. Dogs have little to no hope of adoption as it’s not the shelter’s priority.

Goldens have a calm, sweet nature so they are unable to survive as well as some of the more aggressive breeds because they can’t compete as aggressively for food. So, they starve to death, are poisoned, get hit by cars, or killed by more aggressive dogs.




Gold Ribbon Rescue is here to help Goldens in need.

Saving dogs in Central Texas is our top priority and always will be. However, we have many more families wanting to adopt than we have local dogs so international rescue makes sense right now. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!

The Turkish Government, shelter volunteers and others in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make rescue happen. Before leaving Turkey, all dogs receive medical exams, are microchipped and get health certificates which are reviewed by the USDA upon entry to the United States. The dogs have also spent 30 days in quarantine in Turkey before entering the US.

The dogs travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Gold Ribbon Rescue is here to help Goldens in need.

Saving dogs in Central Texas is our top priority and always will be. However, we have many more families wanting to adopt than we have local dogs so international rescue makes sense right now. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!

The Turkish Government, shelter volunteers and others in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make rescue happen. Before leaving Turkey, all dogs receive medical exams, are microchipped and get health certificates which are reviewed by the USDA upon entry to the United States. The dogs have also spent 30 days in quarantine in Turkey before entering the US.

The dogs travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Gold Ribbon Rescue is here to help Goldens in need.

Saving dogs in Central Texas is our top priority and always will be. However, we have many more families wanting to adopt than we have local dogs so international rescue makes sense right now. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!

The Turkish Government, shelter volunteers and others in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make rescue happen. Before leaving Turkey, all dogs receive medical exams, are microchipped and get health certificates which are reviewed by the USDA upon entry to the United States. The dogs have also spent 30 days in quarantine in Turkey before entering the US.

The dogs travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Meet Our June 2021 Turkey Dogs

Name: Dior
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship
Available
Name: Louis V
Gender: Male
Age: 6-7 years
Sponsorship
Available
Name: Chanel
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years
Sponsorship
Available




Meet Our June 2021 Turkey Dogs

Name: Dior
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship
Available
Name: Louis V
Gender: Male
Age: 6-7 years
Sponsorship
Available
Name: Chanel
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years
Sponsorship
Available




Meet Our June 2021 Turkey Dogs

Name: Dior
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship Available
Name: Louis V
Gender: Male
Age: 6-7 years
Sponsorship Available
Name: Chanel
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years
Sponsorship Available




How can you help?

Want to be part of this amazing journey? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation. To learn about sponsoring Chanel, Dior or Louis V, click “Sponsorship” and read the Turkey Dog Sponsorship information.

Costs incurred to bring these dogs to the US includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted. We need your continued support to make these initiatives possible so please click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to international rescue missions.

Gold Ribbon Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. As always, the Goldens greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.




How can you help?

Want to be part of this amazing journey? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation.

To learn about sponsoring Chanel, Dior or Louis V, click “Sponsorship” to read the Turkey Dog Sponsorship information below.

Costs incurred to bring these dogs to the US includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted. We need your continued support to make these initiatives possible so please click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to international rescue missions.

Gold Ribbon Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. As always, the Goldens greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.




How can you help?

Want to be part of this amazing journey? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation.

To learn about sponsoring Chanel, Dior or Louis V, click “Sponsorship” to read the Turkey Dog Sponsorship information below.

Costs incurred to bring these dogs to the US includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted. We need your continued support to make these initiatives possible so please click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to international rescue missions.

Gold Ribbon Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. As always, the Goldens greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.




Interested in Adopting a Turkey Dog?

Adoption Criteria

We want all our dogs to find loving forever homes. Because they've spent so much time either on the streets, in the forests, or in shelters, we've set the following adoption criteria:

  • Adoption fee is $650.00.
  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.
  • A fenced yard – no invisible fences.
  • Children in the household must be 10 years or over.
  • Adoptees must live in central or south Texas.

Interested adopters should follow GRR’s regular adoption process. Click "How to Adopt" to read our adoption process and to fill out an application. If you are an approved adopter who is waiting for a Golden, notify your GRR Matchmaker if you want to be considered for a Turkey Golden.




Interested in Adopting a Turkey Dog?

Adoption Criteria

We want all our dogs to find loving forever homes. Because they've spent so much time either on the streets, in the forests, or in shelters, we've set the following adoption criteria:

  • Adoption fee is $650.00.
  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.
  • A fenced yard – no invisible fences.
  • Children in the household must be 10 years or over.
  • Adoptees must live in central or south Texas.

Interested adopters should follow GRR’s regular adoption process. Click "How to Adopt" to read our adoption process and to fill out an application. If you are an approved adopter who is waiting for a Golden, notify your GRR Matchmaker if you want to be considered for a Turkey Golden.




Interested in Adopting a Turkey Dog?

Adoption Criteria

We want all our dogs to find loving forever homes. Because they've spent so much time either on the streets, in the forests, or in shelters, we've set the following adoption criteria:

  • Adoption fee is $650.00.
  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.
  • A fenced yard – no invisible fences.
  • Children in the household must be 10 years or over.
  • Adoptees must live in central or south Texas.

Interested adopters should follow GRR’s regular adoption process. Click "How to Adopt" to read our adoption process and to fill out an application. If you are an approved adopter who is waiting for a Golden, notify your GRR Matchmaker if you want to be considered for a Turkey Golden.




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