Golden Bond Rescue finds new homes for retrievers

The local nonprofit is in need of volunteers willing to foster, transport dogs, and work community outreach events.

A light tan Labrador retriever lays on a rug

Golden and Labrador retrievers are the main focus, but other breeds are sometimes available.

Picture the perfect family dog. Chances are, a golden or Labrador retriever comes to mind. Although the two breeds are well known for their good nature, it’s not uncommon for dog owners to discover that things aren’t exactly what they see on TV or in the movies.

“They shed. You gotta be prepared to have a lot of hair around. They’re very loving, can be slobbery, and are likely going to be energetic,” explains Jill Groves, co-president of Golden Bond Rescue.

Most of the dogs with the Portland-based nonprofit come from shelters, where they were abandoned by unprepared owners. Others come straight from puppy mills. An even smaller number are international rescues, saved from the unregulated dog meat trade in Asia.

But, with the appropriate situation and plenty of patience, building a relationship with one of these dogs is worth its weight in gold.

Golden Bond places dogs in homes locally, and everywhere from Sacramento to British Columbia, Idaho, and beyond in certain cases. Those interested in adoption must fill out a thorough application.

A golden retriever in the sand

Golden Bond Rescue started in 1991.

“Rescue dogs are rescue dogs for a reason,” Groves says. “A lot of people get these dogs as puppies and they give them no training, and when they get bigger, they’re like 2-year-olds with knives.”

Foster homes are Golden Bond’s biggest need, but it can be a hefty responsibility. Better-adjusted dogs will be matched with less-experienced fosters, while those with higher needs go to veteran fosters. Volunteers are also needed to transport the animals or participate in community outreach events, like those hosted at partnering Mud Bay locations. Donations are vital too.

On Tuesday, March 14, diners at Oregon’s Hops n Drops locations can mention Golden Bond and 20% of what they spend will benefit the nonprofit.

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