GOLDEN RETRIEVER SENIOR RESCUE SANCTUARY AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
The concept for the Golden Retriever Senior Rescue Sanctuary and Educational Center, Inc. was conceived in September 2011 by a small group of Golden Retriever enthusiasts.
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The Sanctuary and Center is a volunteer-run organization. All activities will be defined, developed and launched by volunteers. All activities will be funded by fundraisers conducted by the volunteers of the Sanctuary and Center and Grants.
To provide life long care for Senior/Special Needs/Hospice Rescue Golden Retrievers transferred to the Sanctuary from nationwide 501(c) 3 Golden Retriever Rescue Programs, in a communal, home like setting where their emotional, social and medical needs are met. Those with emotional or physical challenges that make adoption inappropriate or unlikely or that need Hospice Care will receive additional positive life experience opportunities.
To provide Supported Adoption Service when a special home is found that meets the unique needs of an appropriate Senior Rescue Golden Retriever resident of the Sanctuary.
To provide training opportunities for dogs of all breeds and their caregivers in such specialty areas as Therapy Dog Certification, Dog/Children reading programs and other supportive and innovative dog/human programs.
To provide Animal Welfare Education Programs for the public of all ages at the Sanctuary and in the Community.
- To help guide 501(c) 3 rescue programs throughout the country in joining together to develop regional Sanctuary and Educational Centers to serve their regions.
- To provide individualized social, emotional and medical care for all Sanctuary residents in an atmosphere of peace, comfort and joy.
The Sanctuary and Center will provide care goods and services to those individuals who adopt a Senior Rescue Golden Retriever from the Sanctuary. Individuals who wish to adopt must complete an application, undergo an interview and receive a home visit with a trained adoption counselor. From this information the Sanctuary staff will determine if the applicant meets the requirements needed to become an adoptive home for a Senior Rescue Golden Retriever.
These requirements include but are not limited to:
a. Experience with the breed
b. Appropriate housing
c. Time available for the dog
d. Understanding the special needs of that Senior Rescue Golden Retriever
e. Ability to provide the necessary medical care
This information will also determine what care goods and services the applicant is qualified to receive in order to become a successful adoptive home for the Sanctuary resident Senior Rescue Golden Retriever.
THE SANCTUARY and CENTER’S RESCUE TRANSFER PARTNER PROGRAM
The Sanctuary and Center facilitates the admission of more Golden Retrievers in need to local Golden Retriever Rescue Programs by the transfer of the local programs Senior/Special Need/Hospice Care Golden Retrievers to the Sanctuary and Center.
Most Golden Retriever Rescue programs nationwide depend on foster homes to care for the Rescue Goldens in their programs. Once a non-adoptable Senior or Hospice Golden Retriever is placed in a foster home, that home is lost to the local rescue program for many months. If that foster care Senior Golden with special needs or requiring Hospice Care is transferred to a caring, specialized Sanctuary such as the Golden Retriever Senior Rescue Sanctuary and Center, the referring rescue program will be able to place multiple, adoptable rescue Golden retrievers, waiting for intake, care and adoption, in to that foster home over time.
This would increase the local program’s ability to serve more Golden Retrievers in their state/region that require rescue services.
The Senior Rescue Golden Retrievers transferred to the Sanctuary and Center will receive individualized, loving, enriched care for life.
If transportation expenses are a problem for the transferring rescue program, the Sanctuary and Center’s Rescue Transfer Partner Program will assist with these costs on an individual case by case basis.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN THE SANCTUARY and CENTER’S RESCUE TRANSFER PARTNER PROGRAM?
All 501(c) 3 Golden Retriever Rescue Programs in the United States are eligible to participate in the Rescue Transfer Partner Program, and transfer appropriate Senior Rescue Golden Retrievers to the Sanctuary and Center for lifetime specialized care.
The referring rescue program will contact the Sanctuary and Center’s intake coordinator and discuss the Senior Golden they wish to transfer to the Sanctuary and Center. When the decision is made between the intake coordinator and referring rescue program that the Senior Rescue Golden is appropriate to be transferred to the Sanctuary and Center and an opening is available, transfer arrangements with the Transport Coordinator will be made.
Before the transfer of the Senior Rescue Golden, the transferring rescue program must forward a copy of the Golden’s immunization record, proof of Rabies inoculation, and any other information needed to transfer a dog into a New England state. In certain rare situations a simple brucellosis test may be required.
OUR POSITION on EUTHANASIA
As a volunteer with the Sanctuary & Center, you should be aware of, and understand the Sanctuary & Center’s policies regarding euthanasia. This topic can understandably generate much emotion and unfortunately has the potential to lead to discord within any organization involved in animal welfare.
In order to enhance working relationships and promote a positive volunteer experience, it is our goal to ensure that all prospective volunteers understand our position on this topic prior to becoming involved with us.
Sometimes we face the sad reality that one of our Sanctuary & Center residents is so medically compromised or debilitated even with all the medical care we can provide, that a reasonable quality of life no longer exists. During these difficult times, we act as a family and are present while our vet helps them pass peacefully.
As a prospective volunteer, please think carefully about how these policies will affect you in your work with the Sanctuary & Center. If your personal philosophy regarding euthanasia differs significantly from ours, we believe it may be best for your emotional health not to pursue a volunteer relationship with us.