Life Is Golden, Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization which rescues and heals displaced, abandoned, surrendered and homeless Golden Retriever and Golden mixes, regardless of their age or health. We secure safe, loving homes through a comprehensive adoption program, and also provide lifetime sanctuary for Golden's that cannot be adopted.
Life Is Golden also provides education on proper animal care and on the benefits of, and need for, rescue and sanctuary. Life Is Golden works to rescue and rehome breeding dogs (moms and dads) and puppies before being sent to dog auction, pet stores, brokers or from imminent danger. Our goal is to help these dogs and puppies in need by finding them forever homes, where they will live their best lives as loved and cherished pets, members of the family. In the event of a disaster, Life Is Golden will provide assistance to other rescue groups and the families of dogs impacted by the disaster.
Life Is Golden will continue to serve as a model rescue organization, addressing animal welfare needs throughout Florida and neighboring states, and strives to be a national leader in rescue, sanctuary and education.
Fostering plays a critical role in Life Is Golden's ability to rescue and place hundreds of dogs each year. Dogs and fosters are vetted and matched to ensure that the dog not only receives a safe haven, but the individual attention it needs (medical, social, training, etc.) to help it become ready for adoption. Each dog fostered also makes room for new dogs to be rescued. While Life Is Golden covers the dog’s medical (including heartworm and flea prevention) costs, fosters provide food, toys and selfless love.
Surrendering a pet is difficult and often a heartbreaking decision for you and your dog. We consider our Golden's to be members of the family. Sometimes, life circumstances change in ways that force relinquishing your pet, but many times we see companion animals given up because of an unwanted behavior. Before you give up on your pet, please consult a reputable trainer or animal behaviorist for assistance. The situation may be reversible with training or simple adjustments in your household. If you must surrender your dog, we ask that you read our process and complete both our Intake Checklist and Dog Profile Form in advance of your appointment for the smoothest possible transition. We know that this can be an emotional and difficult time for you and your dog.
At Life Is Golden, Golden Retriever Rescue, we are 100% volunteer-powered and have been since we were founded in 2022. As an all-volunteer organization, we are able to devote almost all of our resources directly to support of the dogs. In fact, over, 94% of our expenses were devoted to program services with only 6% directed to administrative expense.
Life Is Golden established the “Golden Touch: A Senior-to-Senior Connection” program to match our “Golden Oldies” with retired persons and couples who are at least 60 years of age, not working, and on a limited income. We believe that a retired person can devote more time to these dogs — walking, brushing, petting, and loving them. Dogs make wonderful companions. If you have been considering adding a dog to your family, Life Is Golden may be able to assist you in acquiring a new companion.
Port Orange, Florida, United States
Life Is Golden, Golden Retriever Rescue
Port Orange, Florida
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Our approval process takes approximately 1-3 weeks. Submitting an application to foster or adopt does not mean you are automatically approved!