2020 Turkey Dogs

Tamara’s Turkey Dog Rescue Mission

Goldens Coming to Central Texas in November from Istanbul

They're known as Turkey's Forgotten Dogs. Gold Ribbon Rescue is bringing 10 beautiful, loving Goldens to Central Texas from Istanbul, Turkey in November. We are calling this initiative Tamara’s Turkey Dog Rescue Mission in honor of a long-time GRR volunteer who is sponsoring this initiative.

Goldens Coming to Central Texas in November from Istanbul

They're known as Turkey's Forgotten Dogs. Gold Ribbon Rescue is bringing 10 beautiful, loving Goldens to Central Texas from Istanbul, Turkey in November. We are calling this initiative Tamara’s Turkey Dog Rescue Mission in honor of a long-time GRR volunteer who is sponsoring this initiative.

Goldens Coming to Central Texas in November from Istanbul

They're known as Turkey's Forgotten Dogs. Gold Ribbon Rescue is bringing 10 beautiful, loving Goldens to Central Texas from Istanbul, Turkey in November. We are calling this initiative Tamara’s Turkey Dog Rescue Mission in honor of a long-time GRR volunteer who is sponsoring this initiative.

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




Background

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when the 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're lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

The culture is 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.

A pair of wonderful Turkish women have made it their life mission to round up the Goldens from the streets and forests where they have been abandoned and get them to countries that love them. They are being transported to England, Canada, the US and other countries.




Background

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when the 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're lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

The culture is 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.

A pair of wonderful Turkish women have made it their life mission to round up the Goldens from the streets and forests where they have been abandoned and get them to countries that love them. They are being transported to England, Canada, the US and other countries.




Background

Goldens "used to be" a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. But when the 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're lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers.

The culture is 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.

A pair of wonderful Turkish women have made it their life mission to round up the Goldens from the streets and forests where they have been abandoned and get them to countries that love them. They are being transported to England, Canada, the US and other countries.




Gold Ribbon Rescue never says no to a Golden Retriever 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 and so international rescue makes sense right now. In 2015, Gold Ribbon Rescue participated in its first Turkey dog rescue. In 2016 and 2017, we rescued dogs from Mexico City and in 2019, dogs from China. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!




Gold Ribbon Rescue never says no to a Golden Retriever 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 and so international rescue makes sense right now. In 2015, Gold Ribbon Rescue participated in its first Turkey dog rescue. In 2016 and 2017, we rescued dogs from Mexico City and in 2019, dogs from China. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!




Gold Ribbon Rescue never says no to a Golden Retriever 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 and so international rescue makes sense right now. In 2015, Gold Ribbon Rescue participated in its first Turkey dog rescue. In 2016 and 2017, we rescued dogs from Mexico City and in 2019, dogs from China. The good news is that dogs who have arrived from previous international initiatives are thriving!




Welcome to Texas: Ten Goldens to arrive in November

The Turkish Government and shelter volunteer colleagues in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make this 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 will travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs will be have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Welcome to Texas: Ten Goldens to arrive in November

The Turkish Government and shelter volunteer colleagues in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make this 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 will travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs will be have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Welcome to Texas: Ten Goldens to arrive in November

The Turkish Government and shelter volunteer colleagues in Istanbul want a better life for these dogs and work with us to make this 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 will travel on nonstop commercial flights from Istanbul to Houston where GRR volunteers greet the dogs and chauffeur them to Austin. In Austin, the dogs will be have additional vet care at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care and then move to their foster or foster-to-adopt homes.




Meet Our November 2020 Turkey Dogs

Name: Acadia
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
 
Name: Biscayne
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Michelle Goldberg
Bob Benson
Name: Denali
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Glenn & Char Larson
 
Name: Glacier
Gender: Male
Age: 1½ years
Sponsored by:
Susan Pryor
 
Name: Katmai
Gender: Female
Age: 5 years
Sponsored by:
Lavonne Gangl
 
Name: Rainier
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Amy McCaffrey
Name: Rocky
Gender: Male
Age: 3–4 years
Sponsored by:
Kelly Topfer
Name: Shenandoah
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Susan Eggert
Name: Teton
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship:
Kathy & Ken Kerr
Name: Zion
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
Name: Joshua
Gender: Male
Age: 8 years
Sponsored by:
Nancy McGowan
Name: Bryce
Gender: Male
Age: 6 years
Sponsored by:
Cam Snyder
Name: Cascade
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Shuping Chen

Want to be part of this story? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions. Every donation is very much appreciated and donations are tax deductible.

All of the Turkey Dogs are sponsored. Thank you for your generosity and support. We’re so eager to get these dogs to Texas. Stay tuned for updates.




Meet Our November 2020 Turkey Dogs

Name: Acadia
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
 
Name: Biscayne
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Michelle Goldberg
Bob Benson
Name: Denali
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Glenn & Char Larson
 
Name: Glacier
Gender: Male
Age: 1½ years
Sponsored by:
Susan Pryor
 
Name: Katmai
Gender: Female
Age: 5 years
Sponsored by:
Lavonne Gangl
Name: Rainier
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Amy McCaffrey
Name: Rocky
Gender: Male
Age: 3–4 years
Sponsored by:
Kelly Topfer
Name: Shenandoah
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Susan Eggert
Name: Teton
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship:
Kathy & Ken Kerr
Name: Zion
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
Name: Joshua
Gender: Male
Age: 8 years
Sponsored by:
Nancy McGowan
Name: Bryce
Gender: Male
Age: 6 years
Sponsored by:
Cam Snyder
Name: Cascade
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Shuping Chen

Want to be part of this story? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions. Every donation is very much appreciated and donations are tax deductible.

All of the Turkey Dogs are sponsored. Thank you for your generosity and support. We’re so eager to get these dogs to Texas. Stay tuned for updates.




Meet Our November 2020 Turkey Dogs

Name: Acadia
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
Name: Biscayne
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Michelle Goldberg
Bob Benson
Name: Denali
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Glenn & Char Larson
Name: Glacier
Gender: Male
Age: 1½ years
Sponsored by:
Susan Pryor
Name: Katmai
Gender: Female
Age: 5 years
Sponsored by:
Lavonne Gangl
Name: Rainier
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Amy McCaffrey
Name: Rocky
Gender: Male
Age: 3–4 years
Sponsored by:
Kelly Topfer
Name: Shenandoah
Gender: Female
Age: 5–6 years
Sponsored by:
Susan Eggert
Name: Teton
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years
Sponsorship:
Kathy & Ken Kerr
Name: Zion
Gender: Male
Age: 4 years
Sponsored by:
Donnie & Cheryl Smith
Name: Joshua
Gender: Male
Age: 8 years
Sponsored by:
Nancy McGowan
Name: Bryce
Gender: Male
Age: 6 years
Sponsored by:
Cam Snyder
Name: Cascade
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Sponsored by:
Shuping Chen

Want to be part of this story? Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions. Every donation is very much appreciated and donations are tax deductible.

All of the Turkey Dogs are sponsored. Thank you for your generosity and support. We’re so eager to get these dogs to Texas. Stay tuned for updates.




How can you help?

In order to continue to continue to save dogs in international initiatives, we'll need your continued support. The costs incurred to bring these dogs includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as, the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted.

  • Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.




How can you help?

In order to continue to continue to save dogs in international initiatives, we'll need your continued support. The costs incurred to bring these dogs includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as, the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted.

  • Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.




How can you help?

In order to continue to continue to save dogs in international initiatives, we'll need your continued support. The costs incurred to bring these dogs includes airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as, the cost of dogs spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted.

  • Click "Donate Now" to make a general donation to future international rescue missions.

As always, we 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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