Rescue Dogs

Volunteer Picnic This Sunday August 18 11:00 to 3:00

The lake (which is not near the picnic area) at Charlton Kennels is closed.  We ask that all dogs be kept on leash unless participating in one of the games.

It’s almost that time of year  –  our volunteer picnic where you and your dogs can eat and frolic. This year’s picnic is at Charlton  Kennels located on Sauvie Island which is west of Portland.

For details about the picnic and directions to Charlton Kennels, click here…

2019 Race To Save Goldens

Looking for something to do in October and November? GBR has just the activity for you: a virtual 30 mile (48.25 km) “go at your own pace” race to save golden retrievers. You’ll have from October 1 through November 15 to walk, run, jump, skip, crawl, whatever floats-your-boat to complete the 30 miles (48.25 km). This is a fun activity for you to do with your best bud dog and other friends. For details, click here: 2019 Race to Save Goldens.

2020 Golden Bond Rescue Calendars 


For those of you who pre-ordered your calendar, we will begin shipping them out this week.

Last year we ran out quickly and many of you did not get one (Boo Hoo). We’ve increased our inventory but don’t wait until the last minute to order yours! We’ve already pre-sold 100!

If you are coming to the Portland Area Volunteer Picnic on August 18th or the Central Oregon Volunteer Picnic on September 22nd, save yourself the postage fee by buying yours at one of those events. Each calendar is $15 plus postage. For our international supporters, we will mail your calendar to you.

To order your calendar now, follow this link: CALENDAR ORDER

Zelda before

This year all proceeds from the calendar will go toward Zelda’s medical needs in China as well as the cost to bring her to America. We first learned about Zelda on Face Book shortly after she was rescued from a slaughterhouse. Together for Animals in China rushed her to a Beijing vet for treatment. She was covered with wounds that were infested with maggots, had severe

pneumonia and pancreatitis. With so many wounds infected and with such a high fever, we were not confident she would pull through. After spending many weeks in the vet office, she is now well and living at the TAC base waiting for her turn to travel. Don’t be fooled by her short coat, she is 100% golden retriever. She had so many wounds, she had to be completely shaved.


Deluge of Adoption Applications

We’re drowning in adoption applications!  The last several months have been exceptionally heavy ones for new adoption applications.   May and June set new records for those months, and we are experiencing real difficulties in dealing with this influx.  We are receiving over 50% more applications than we did just a few years ago.

What does this mean if you apply?  1) Receiving so many applications slows considerably our ability to process them, particularly now as vacations and other summer commitments cut into everyone’s time.  Our scheduling of Home Visits may be hit especially hard; we have a limited number of volunteers who do them. 2) The interest in any given dog will be all that much more intense.  When the number of applicants goes up, the chances of a family getting a particular dog goes down.

Our advice to you is simple:  Don’t put “all of your eggs in the Golden Bond basket.”  Do so only if you absolutely, positively have to have a rescue dog.  We will do our best to find the right dog for you, but demand is far outstripping supply (and probably always will).  We appreciate very much that so many people want to help rescue dogs, but we’re overwhelmed, and unfortunately, we just can’t open the spigot up and pour out more dogs.