Thanks for following me over to this page. Before I tell you about the three groups of dogs GBR is trying to bring over from Beijing, I need you to read some stuff so you can get an idea of what GBR did last year, the funds they hope to raise during this fundraiser, and all that other stuff. I’ll meet you again later and I’ll introduce you to some very handsome adult goldens and eight very cute puppies.
I know looking at puppies is much more fun but bear with me, read the stuff below because trust me, it’ll all come together in the end.
Our Fundraiser Goal
Before we get into the meat of our fundraiser, let us blow your mind by telling you right up front that we are trying to raise $70,000 to bring 51 goldens to America. This is the largest, the biggest, the most extensive fundraiser since GBR began rescuing goldens in 1991!
All 51 goldens have been rescued from either a slaughterhouse or a meat market. They are all in safe locations now but that’s not the end. We must get them to The States and into loving forever homes. Sure they are safe right now but they’re not sleeping on a bed, or getting individual attention, or walks in the woods, or a counter to surf or balls to chase. GBR has helped them jump the first hurdle to freedom (medical attention, food, a place to sleep), but you know goldens, they need love.
Now that you’ve picked yourself up off the floor, give us a chance to give you the details why this fundraiser is so large and so important. Once you’ve read everything about the fundraiser, we hope you’ll jump on board, donate, and pass the word to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, well, just everyone.
What We Did Last China Rescue Season
Last year, we brought over 97 goldens from China. These 97 goldens ranged in ages from 2.5 months to 6 years old. The majority have been adopted with just a very few still in foster care receiving needed medical attention. Without our 2016 China Connection donors, GBR would not have been able to rescue any of the China goldens.
When we started the China Connection project in early March of 2016, we had no clue as to how extensive the rescue effort was going to be and the hurdles we would have to jump.
- Limited by needing flight escorts and the airlines’ summer moratoriums, we were only able to fly goldens March to mid-June, 2016, then again from mid-September 2016 to June 9, 2017.
- Finding acceptable vet care in China.
- Additional “surprise” fees
- Domestic transportation costs
- Sudden loss of a boarding facility for dogs waiting for flight escorts
- Language barrier
We Need Your Help Again
51 goldens in China waiting to come to their new homes in the USA.
Every year, the airlines who are willing to carry goldens as baggage establish a summer moratorium. This year, the moratorium is from June 9 to September 12. The moratorium is in place because the temperatures in Beijing and Shanghai in the Summer months are in the mid to high 90’s, way too hot for dogs on the airport tarmacs.
During this year’s Summer moratorium, GBR did not sit on its laurels. We continued to work with Together For Animals in China (TAC – Beijing), Slaughterhouse Survivors (Harbin) and Los Santos Rescue (Shanghai). We have divided our 51 rescued goldens into three groups: Willow and Puppies (9), Under the Linden (21), and Holiday Shelter (21). Later on, Ike will give you information about each separate group and introduce you to the dogs.
Bringing these goldens from China is not an easy or inexpensive task. From the moment a golden is accepted by GBR, it is taken to a vet in China for basic medical needs, e.g. vaccinations, ear infection treatments, urinary tract infection, malnutrition, skin infection, mites, heart worm test, fecal test for intestinal parasites and neutering, when healthy. In most cases, when a golden leaves the vet office it will either go to a foster home (Shanghai or Harbin goldens) or to a boarding kennel (Under The Linden) near Beijing.
Before a golden even touches USA soil, GBR has paid for its China medical costs, local transport, and boarding (if in Beijing). Once a flight volunteer has been located, there are the preflight costs (China government mandated health exam, health certificate, exit papers, travel crate, airline fee) and post-flight costs (travel from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Vancouver, BC; Canadian Customs fee, if flight landed in Vancouver, and follow up medical care once in the US.) From start-to-finish, the average cost to get a rescued China golden to a forever USA home is about $1,500 per dog.
Why Not Just Rescue Local Goldens?
This is a valid question and one that deserves an answer. First of all, GBR’s mission is a very simple one: rescue golden retrievers and golden retriever mixes. We don’t differentiate between local and international – a golden is a golden is a golden!
The number of local goldens needing rescue has steadily dropped over the past 10 years. A decade ago, rescuing 150 goldens a year was business as usual for GBR. In 2016, we rescued 41 local goldens. Oddly enough, as the number of local goldens decreased, the number of adopting homes wanting rescue goldens has increased. We feel, as do other golden rescues across the USA, the number of rescue goldens has dropped due to nationwide neutering education and programs, reduction of puppy mills and backyard breeders, public awareness of rescue dogs in need of homes, and the increased use of social media to rehome dogs.
So now you have the background and basics of GBR’s rescue work in China, why we need your financial help, and what we plan to do with the money you donate. It’s time for Ike to come back to introduce you to the 51 goldens you’ll be helping.
Let’s get to the part I’ve been waiting for: introducing you to my pals. GBR is rescuing three groups of goldens: “Under The Linden” (that’s where I am now), “Willow and Puppies”, and “Holiday Shelter.” Let’s go visit my temporary home first: Under The Linden.
And, hey, if you haven’t noticed – at the top and bottom of each page there is an opportunity to donate, plus you can skip around to different pages. If this is your first time through, stick with me and when you’ve gone through once, use the “skip” and “jump” links. I don’t want you to miss anything. If do wander off the path, just use one of the links at the bottom of any page and I’ll come fetch you.