Join GRRIN at Vino Mas for a Wine and Beer Tasting FUNdraiser October 12

Do you love wine and beer and also love helping golden retrievers? Then come along to the wine and beer tasting fundraiser for GRRIN being hosted by Vino Mas on Saturday, October 12th from 1pm – 3pm. Five wines and three beers will be available to sample.

The cost is $20 per person, all of which will go directly to GRINN if you pay cash! ($15 will go to GRRIN if you pay by card.) Also, 10% of all retail sales will be donated to the rescue.

GRRIN will have foster dogs and/or ambassador dogs at Vino Mas, so you can greet some of our beautiful dogs while you taste some beautiful vino. Plus, this is a dog-friendly event, so bring your own pup along as well!

For more details, check out our calendar event or the facebook event.

Bookworm Meet & Greet – October 6

Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, October 6 at The Bookworm’s location in Loveland Centre on 90th and Center.

A small, cozy and quiet setting to meet a Golden that is in foster care. Visit The Bookworm on the first Sunday of the month, noon to one p.m. This is an indoor event! Click here for a map.

Please note, we do not guarantee the availability of a visiting foster dog. Interested adopters can learn more about the approval process here.

 

The Bookworm
Loveland Centre
90th and Center Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114

 

 

 

 

Leashes at Lauritzen Gardens – October 7 & 14

GRRIN wants to share a great opportunity for dog lovers to walk their canine family members in a fun new environment! Lauritzen Gardens welcomes pets and their human friends so come on out and take a beautiful walk with your favorite canine.

In Lauritzen’s Words…

May 6 and 13, June 3 and 10, July 1 and 8, August 5 and 12, September 2 and 9, and October 7 and 14, 2019

5 to 8 p.m.

The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds and enjoy the great outdoors together. This is an informal, fun way to enjoy and explore our 100 acres and miles of trails with the family and the family dog. Water and treats will be available at stations throughout the garden. Don’t miss this tail wagging good time!

The following rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, their dogs, and the protection of Lauritzen Gardens’ collections:

  • This event is exclusively for the listed times and dates. Non-service dogs are not allowed during other hours of operation.
  • Two dogs admitted per adult
  • Dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and registrations and have a current rabies tag attached to their collars
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times and should stay out of garden beds and water features
  • Handlers are responsible for picking up after their dogs and disposing of their waste
  • Enter through the visitor and education center

Admission is $10, FREE for garden members

Dog admission is $5, FREE for garden members

For more information, visit Leashes at Lauritzen.

Growl-O-Ween at Woof & Whiskers! October 20

 

From Woof & Whiskers:

Growl-O-Ween 2019 is going to be bigger than ever! $10.00 per dog CASH ONLY PLEASE donated to local charities (this year you get to choose your donation recipient)! Located in the back parking lot of Woof & Whiskers, we will have games, treats, caricatures, and vendors from Noon-3:00pm.

Enter our costume contest any time between 12-2pm and you could win big prizes. We will be trick or treating around the shopping center at 2:30pm with all natural treats provided by yours truly! Bags will be provided and will be required to use for trick-or-treating.

Rules:
1) No FLEXI leashes (All dogs must be on a 6 foot or shorter leash)
2) Kids attending must stay with parents at all times and ask before petting any dog. (Not all dogs are kid friendly so please ask!)
3) Dogs must remain on a leash at all times

If your dog is not dog friendly and would like to participate, you may trick or treat on behalf of your dog, just make a donation! Dogs may also enter the costume contest privately by a photo provided the day of event. We understand not all dogs do well in a public environment and they deserve a chance to join the fun as well! Caricatures will also be able to be done for a small fee, if your pet is unable to come, bring a photo and our artist can draw one from your photo!

NEW! Bogie Update

 

August 24th update!

Bogie is thriving with his new foster family! He is always happy and is having a lot of fun, attention and adventure. Bogie’s foster mom has brought him to two meet & greets and he is getting used to wearing his “wheels” again – ironically, he can move around faster without them. Here is some more good news—Bogie has had negative urine cultures, so we are going to proceed with his Cystotomy procedure. This is going to help him and his foster family take care of his bladder needs, and it will reduce and/or eliminate his UTI recurrences. Bogie’s surgery will take place within the next week, stay tuned for more updates about his recovery and continued progress.

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support of Bogie!

Bogie was safely transported from the vet’s office to a new foster home last week! He is currently living with a local vet and his wife, hanging out at the office during the day and spending nights and weekends with a real family. Bogie as usual has endeared himself to his foster parents, their resident pets, and all of the staff at the office. Once his infection has completely cleared, he’ll be a candidate for a minor surgery that will make it easier to empty his bladder.

We can’t thank everyone enough for your kind words, foster leads, and taking the time to help GRRIN with outreach.

And we also want to thank the generous donors who have helped us with Bogie’s veterinary expenses. We had an anonymous donor give quite generously to Bogie’s care at VCA. In addition, Woof & Whiskers made a donation and held a fundraiser for Bogie. The Bogie’s Bones campaign raised $750 by selling personalized dog treats to over 140 community members! THANK YOU!

Gold Rush! September 15

Sit. Stay. Celebrate!

It’s almost here! GRRIN’s favorite event of the year, Gold Rush, will be held on Sunday, September 15, from 12 to 4pm at SumTur Amphitheater just south of Hwy 370 on 108th Street in Papillion.

  • FREE ADMISSION!
  • Donations to GRRIN gratefully accepted
  • All leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome!
  • Local vendors
  • Games for dogs and humans
  • Shop at the GRRIN store
  • Event will be held rain or shine

Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information:

facebook.com/grrin
@GRRINebraska

11691 South 108th Street, Papillion, NE 68046

SCHEDULE

12:00      Welcome, Announcements and Acknowledgements from our MC/GRRIN President Barb Garrett

1:00        Demonstration on how to get your pup to walk nicely on a leash by Laurie Weidinger, Owner of Dog Skool U

1:30        ANNUAL GRRIN GOLD RUSH VOLUNTEER GROUP PHOTO

2:00        Line up for the Parade of current GRRIN Foster Dogs.

Line up and start Parade of GRRIN Alumni Dogs.

               Line up and start costume contest and judging.

3:00        Announce winner of Biscuit Count Game and the Raffle Winner for the Gift Basket from Clearview Kennel

3:15        Announce winners of the Southwest Airline tickets silent auction.

4:00        THANK YOU FOR COMING!  See you at another GRRIN event soon and Gold Rush 2020!

VENDORS

DOGGURT- AMANDA COLANINO & PAPPA – LOCALLY MADE ORGANIC FROZEN DOG YOGURT- ALL NATURAL WITH PROBIOTICS AND NATURAL FLAVOURS- NO ARTIFICAL INGREDIENTS.  4 oz CUPS ARE $4 OR 4/$12.  6oz CUPS ARE $5 OR 6/$25–LOOK FOR YOUR COUPON IN YOUR GOODIE BAG!

PHOTO BOOTH- BRENDA ORR – ORR PHOTOGRAPHY FROM NOON TO 2-AFTER 2 A VOLUNTEER WILL USE YOUR CAMERA TO TAKE YOUR PHOTOS

NATURE DOG-MELISSA HOOVER, AUSTIN, ANNIE-LOCAL RETAIL FOOD, TREATS, NUTRITION INFO

KIRKS WORKS CARICATURE- KIRK KUENZL- $10 SUGGESTED DONATION FOR A WHIMSICAL DRAWING OF YOUR DOG-KIRK IS DONATING ALL PROCEEDS TO GRRIN!

URGENT PET CARE- JENNY O’CALLAGHAN-INFORMATION AND LOCATIONS OF THEIR EMERGENCY CLINICS–JUST IN CASE!

SIRIUS VET-JESSICA HORSTMAN & DR. HORSTMAN- ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY-STATE OF THE ART CLINIC

PREFERRED PET PARTNERS-ELIZA BURR- DOG SITTING-IN HOME AND DAILY NEEDS FOR YOUR PETS WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.

LAURIE WEIDINGER-DOG TRAINING FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG- DOG SKOOL U–DEMO @ 1:00 ON LEASH SKILLS-HOWTO GET YOUR DOG TO WALK NICELY ON A LEASH

VCA MIDWEST VETERINARY REFERRAL & EMERGENCY CENTER- LAURA BATES – 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CLINIC AND SPECIALTY REFERRAL/SURGICAL CENTER

GAMES

Pin the Tail on the Cat – Get your dog to sit on the bull’s eye on the cat’s fanny and you win a prize.

Shell Game – A treat is placed under one of 3 flower pots.  The pots shift positions.  Can your dog follow the action with his or her sense of smell?  Success means the dog gets the treat.

Spin and Win – You don’t need skill or even a dog for this game.  Spin the wheel to find out which prize you win.

Plinko – Drop the disk and watch it travel into one of the prize slots.

Cake Walk – An old favorite.  This version includes our dogs.  Winners claim their cake (or other baked goodie) at the table next to the concession stand.

Biscuit Count – Located at the GRRIN Info Booth.  Guess the number of biscuits in the jar.  The winner will be the guess that is closest to the actual number of dog biscuits.  Yes, we did count them.  Winner will be announced at  3:00 p.m.

Photo Booth – This “frame” is just waiting for your dog to have a photograph taken.  You can also join your dog in the picture. You can take your own photos too!

Caricaturist – Kirk Kuenzl joins us again this year.  Have a caricature made of your dog for a suggested donation of $10 per dog.  Dog caricatures only, please.   Kirk’s Works is donating all of the proceeds to GRRIN!

GRRIN Store – Take this opportunity to purchase GRRIN logo merchandise and help support the rescue efforts.  Sweatshirt anyone?  Participate in the Silent Auctions  for Southwest Airline Tickets and a Gift Basket with a Gift Certificate from Clearview Kennel.  Winners announced at 3:15

GRRIN Information Booth – Learn more about the many rescue activities and volunteer opportunities of GRRIN.  Or just stop by and introduce your dog.  Be sure to enter the Biscuit Count -winner to be announced at 3pm

Bean Bag Toss – Toss a bean bag through one of the holes in the cut-out board and win a prize for your dog.

Bobbing for Tennis Balls – Will your dog grab a tennis ball from a tub of water?  If so, they get to keep the ball!

Dog Daze of Summer August 25

GRRIN will be meeting and greeting at the Dog Daze of Summer on Sunday, August 25th, from 12-6pm.

From Dog Daze:

This event has truly gone to the DOGS!

Dog Daze of Summer Festival presented by Come, Sit, Stay will be happening on Sunday, August 25th at RiverWest Park (233rd and West Maple Road) on the Elkhorn Riverfront!

This one-day only event where the dogs take “their” masters out for fun, food, music and beer!

Not a dog owner? Come check out our adoption area with adoptable pets from rescues and non-profits from all over the area!

If there is one thing you do with your dog this year, it’s let THEM take YOU to their festival! Plus, you will be supporting the Omaha Dog Park Advocates!

This is an all ages, all breed events.
* Pitbull breeds must have a muzzle present (not required to be worn) *

Entrance fee is $10 per dog and humans are FREE!

Check out the event website for more information: https://www.dogdazeomaha.com/

NHS Walk for the Animals

September 29 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

GRRIN will be participating in this event – stop in and see us!

From NHS:

Join us as we walk the Walk to help homeless animals. This celebration of pets takes place on the NHS meadow and is tail-er made for dogs. Sign up for a T-shirt and help fundraise by walking (your dog can come too!). The more you raise the cooler the prizes…and of course, the better you feel as you benefit homeless animals. After you walk the walk, or run the accompanying 5K, you can celebrate on the meadow and enjoy our sponsor booths, rescue groups, dog demonstrations, beer garden and barbecue, photo booth, kids zone and more!

Omaha Gives! 2019 & Pizza West Celebration – May 22

 

Thank you for your outstanding support of GRRIN during Omaha Gives on May 22nd! We received over $6,000 in donations from almost 90 different donors. The cheer page created by Kristi Miskimins in honor of her adopted GRRIN dog Peaches raised $655 (more than double her goal dollars!). You can view Kristi’s “GRRIN found my FURever Home” cheer page here. GRRIN is experiencing a record year for surrenders, with our all-volunteer rescue team taking in nearly 25 dogs in the first five months of 2019. Your financial help allows us to provide necessary vet care, including eight spay and neuter procedures and the future costs for two dogs diagnosed with cancer.

As always, our Pups on the Patio celebration is a fun time for all and we met some new faces (canine and human) on the 22nd. Please enjoy a few of the pictures we have to share and accept our wholehearted “thank you” on behalf of the beautiful dogs we rescue!

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives raises millions of dollars for the community and over 900 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for seven years.

This year’s donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs. In 2018, the average vet expenses for each of the 29 dogs we rescued was just under $500. We were extremely grateful to have the resources to care for six Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to pay for all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably.

As of May 1, you can schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Just click here to go directly to our Omaha Gives donation page.

Or, make your donation on Wednesday the 22nd. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation and hourly drawings and prizes make your donations go further. So start gathering your circles and get ready for another great big give-together!

Follow all of the action for Omaha’s 7th day of giving on May 22nd on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pups on the Patio!

Make sure to come celebrate on the 22nd with our volunteers and supporters at Pizza West in La Vista from 4-8pm. We’ll be on the patio and friendly pups are invited!

12040 McDermott Plz., La Vista

Click here for a map.

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Luncheon!

Thanks to everyone who attended the annual meeting! We had 40 attendees and a dozen dogs socializing throughout the luncheon and business meeting. Make sure to visit with other friends of GRRIN during the warmer months at our scheduled events!

 

Sunday, April 28, Noon-2pm

Join GRRIN as we celebrate another great year in rescue! Thinking about becoming a volunteer? Own a Golden and want to meet other Golden Retriever fanatics? (Let’s face it, we’re crazy about our dogs.) Everyone is welcome, including your beloved canine family members. We’re serving lunch, conducting a short business meeting, and then we get to visit about – what else – our wonderful Goldens!

We’ll also have a very short business meeting:

  • Vote on open board positions
  • Review finance and rescue reports
  • Pre-planning for Gold Rush will be discussed and GRRIN would love to hear your ideas
To recap:
Fun for dogs and people! Bring your Goldens (or any friendly dog on a leash). Lunch will be served. Shop at the GRRIN store.
RSVP 402-330-6680 or volunteer@grrin.org so we can make sure we have enough goodies to eat!
Please provide your name and the number that will be attending.
Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort Street, Omaha (We’ll be in the auditorium.)

Foster families needed!

 

Hi GRRIN members and friends,

GRRIN needs your help. We are in desperate need of foster families! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you this is as easy as babysitting. We’ve been getting requests to take some very young dogs (4-6 months), still puppies who need initial training and confidence building, and some former breeding dogs who need love, patience, and socialization.

We need people who are committed enough to take on these challenging dogs and help them get ready for adoption into a forever home. Can you help? Send your name and phone number to info@grrin.org, and I’ll call you so we can chat about this possibility. You can also learn more about our foster program here.

Thanks for your consideration,

Judy Davis

GRRIN Rescue Coordinator

Annual Training – January 27, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended annual training! Laurie Weidinger of Dog Skool U graciously provided a demonstration of dog obedience skills and GRRIN dog Clyde volunteered to help her out.

Sunday, January 27th, 2019
Luncheon 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Training 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Nebraska Humane Society Auditorium

RSVP to volunteer@grrin.org

New to GRRIN? So are a lot of us! Come out and meet other volunteers and board members. Thinking about volunteering? This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about what we do and how you can help Golden Retrievers in need.

Plan to join us as we socialize and cover hot rescue topics!

  • Lunch provided along with snacks and beverages
  • Rescue coordinators will highlight their piece of the rescue puzzle
  • No dogs, please

The Nebraska Humane Society is located at 8929 Fort Street, Omaha.

We will be in the auditorium (hallway to the right of the main entrance).

In case of inclement weather, we will post cancellation information on our website and Facebook page.

Membership Drive!

It’s time to join GRRIN or renew your membership! As we wrap up our 27th year of rescue, we ask for your support by renewing your membership or becoming a new member.

The annual membership fee is $15 for one applicant and $10 for each additional applicant. You can also make an end-of-year donation. Just visit our Become a Member web page, fill out the online form, and then click the button that takes you to our PayPal page. Questions? Send us an email – info@grrin.org.

What are the benefits of membership?
*Contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of Goldens in need through a dedicated non-profit organization
*Voting rights at our annual meeting
*10% discount on all purchases through the GRRIN store
*Invitations to GRRIN play dates, fundraisers and annual Gold Rush reunion
*Subscription to quarterly newsletter

Growl-O-Ween at Woof & Whiskers!

Thanks to Woof & Whiskers for hosting Growl-O-Ween, a huge success! It was so fun and there were a lot of people and dogs in great costumes! Kendra, you and your family did an amazing job! Thank you for having this event. Our rescue had an AMAZING time! Thank you for having us!! Until next year…

Growl-O-Ween is being hosted by Woof & Whiskers on Sunday, October 21, Noon-3pm.

Here is information about the event from Woof & Whiskers. Learn more by visiting their Facebook event page.

Growl-O-Ween 2018 is going to be bigger than ever! $10.00 per dog CASH ONLY PLEASE donated to local charities (This year you get to choose your donation recipient)! Located in the back parking lot of Woof & Whiskers, we will have games, treats, tricks, caricatures and vendors from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM! We will also have our professional pet groomers doing Nail Trims ($10) & Grinds ($12) CASH ONLY PLEASE with profit going 100% to The Goodlife Bulldog Rescue!
Enter our costume contest anytime between 12-2 PM and you could win big prizes! We will be trick or treating around the shopping center at 2:30 with all natural treats provided by yours truly! Please bring a bag from home for your goodies.

Rules:
1) No FLEXI leashes (All dogs must be on a 6 foot or shorter leash)
2) Kids attending must stay with parents at all times and ask before petting any dog. (Not all dogs are kid friendly so please ask!)
3) Dogs must remain on a leash at all times

If your dog is not dog friendly and would like to participate, you may trick or treat on behalf of your dog, just make a donation! Dogs may also enter the costume contest privately by a photo provided the day of event. We understand not all dogs do well in a public environment and they deserve a chance to join the fun as well! Caricatures will also be able to be done for a small fee, if your pet is unable to come, bring a photo and our artist can draw one from your photo!

Gold Rush 2018! Sunday, October 7

THANK YOU to everyone who braved the rain on Sunday to attend Gold Rush! We always say the event goes on “rain or shine” but we had to put those words into practice by moving most of the activities indoors. Dogs weren’t allowed in the clubhouse so we set up “pup” tents to keep the dogs and their handlers out of the rain.

Special thanks to the vendors who came out to share dog treats and cool swag:

DOGGURT – Frozen yogurt for dogs
NATURE DOG – Nutrition And Retail
PREFERRED PET PARTNERS – Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
PET URGENT CARE – Emergency Pet Clinic
5 ELEMENTS VETERINARY ALTERNATIVES
SIRIUS VETERINARY ORTHOPEDIC CENTER
CARICATURIST Kirk Keunzel
Even more thanks to ALL the GRRIN volunteers and students from La Vista Middle School!
And let’s not forget the dogs and their people!

Follow everything that’s happening today at Gold Rush on our Facebook event page!

We’ll have “Goldens Galore” at our annual Gold Rush reunion!

October 7 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

Join us for Gold Rush 2018! We’ll be celebrating at Offutt Base Lake Park, a gorgeous location with shade trees, a playground for the kids, and plenty of fun activities for all. If you and your canine friends haven’t made the drive to Gold Rush before, please plan to attend – we’ll have plenty of signs and volunteers to direct you. This event is free and open to the public. NOTE: For directions to Gold Rush, click here. Offutt Base Lake Park, near 37th & Harlan Lewis Road, Bellevue, NE

Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information:

facebook.com/grrin
@GRRINebraska
Details:
  • FREE ADMISSION!
  • Donations to GRRIN gratefully accepted.
  • All leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome!
  • Event will be held rain or shine.

Games and Activities – Gold Rush 2018

Pin the Tail on the Cat – Get your dog to sit on the bull’s eye on the cat’s fanny and you win a prize.

Shell Game – A treat is placed under one of 3 flower pots.  The pots shift positions.  Can your dog follow the action with his or her sense of smell?  Success means the dog gets the treat.

Spin and Win – You don’t need skill or even a dog for this game.  Spin the wheel to find out which prize you win.

Plinko – Drop the disk and watch it travel into one of the prize slots.

Cake Walk – An old favorite.  This version includes our dogs.  Winners claim their cake (or other baked goodie) in the building.

Biscuit Count – Located at the GRRIN Info Booth.  Guess the number of biscuits in the jar.  The winner will be the guess that is closest to the actual number of dog biscuits.  Yes, we did count them.  Winner will be announced at  3:00 p.m.

Photo Booth – This “frame” is just waiting for your dog to have a photograph taken.  You can also join your dog in the picture.

Garden Stone Raffle – Purchase your tickets for one of three beautiful golden retriever garden stones.  Drawings will be held at 12:45, 2:15, and 3:15.

Caricaturist – Kirk Kuenzl joins us again this year.  Have a caricature made of your dog for a suggested donation of $10 per dog.  Dog caricatures only, please.

Food – Help yourself to hot dogs, chips, and a beverage until 3:30.  Donations gratefully accepted.  Enjoy.

GRRIN Store – Take this opportunity to purchase GRRIN logo merchandise and help support the rescue efforts.  Sweatshirt anyone?

GRRIN Information Booth – Learn more about the many rescue activities and volunteer opportunities of GRRIN.  Or just stop by and introduce your dog.  Be sure to enter the Biscuit Count while you are visiting.

Bean Bag Toss – Toss a bean bag through one of the holes in the cut-out board and win a prize for your dog.

Bobbing for Tennis Balls – Will your dog grab a tennis ball from a tub of water?  If so, the dog gets to keep the ball.

Vendors

DOGGURT – Frozen yogurt for dogs
NATURE DOG – Nutrition And Retail
PREFERRED PET PARTNERS – Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
PET URGENT CARE – Emergency Pet Clinic
5 ELEMENTS VETERINARY ALTERNATIVES
SIRIUS VETERINARY ORTHOPEDIC CENTER

Schedule

12:00      Welcome from MC/GRRIN President Kathy Glenn.

12:45      First drawing for garden stone.

1:00        Line up for and start costume contest and judging.

1:30        Parade of current GRRIN Foster Dogs.

2:15        Second drawing for garden stone.

2:30        Line up and start Parade of GRRIN Alumni Dogs.

3:00        Announce winner of Biscuit Count Game.

3:15        Third drawing for garden stone.

3:45        Announce winner of Southwest Airline tickets silent auction.  Thanks for attending Gold Rush.

GRRIN Transport Video

GRRIN is an all-volunteer organization – we couldn’t rescue Golden Retrievers without dedicated volunteers! People often ask about the different tasks that occur in rescue. Now you can follow volunteer Aaron Barnes on a transport mission to pick up GRRIN dog Charlie, just click here to watch the video.

 

Shop on Amazon Smile and Earn Money for GRRIN

 

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Have you ever wanted to help out GRRIN by doing almost nothing? If you are an online shopper, you can earn money for GRRIN simply by making purchases on amazon.

Our Amazon Smiles donations were $188.20 in 2017!

How can I do this amazing thing?

When you want to shop on amazon, simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. It’s exactly the same as amazon, but a small percentage of your eligible purchases will be donated to GRRIN.

How will amazon know I want to support GRRIN?

To select GRRIN as your organization of choice to receive donations, simply click on this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0758414

(Alternatively, you can search for “Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska” on AmazonSmile and select us as your organization.)

You only need to do this once. In the future, amazon will remember that you want your shopping to support GRRIN.

Is it really that easy?

Yes! So go to smile.amazon.com and shop to support GRRIN!

Still have questions?

Go to the AmazonSmile about page to learn more about the program: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about

GRRIN needs foster families

 

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We need your help!

If you’ve thought about fostering or have fostered for GRRIN in the past, please consider volunteering for this very worthwhile cause. During the summer months we tend to be short on foster homes because school is out or families are traveling. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to act quickly to get surrendered dogs into GRRIN because we just don’t have enough homes that can take them on short notice.

While the number of dogs coming through our rescue has decreased over the years (a great problem to have, right?), the number of dogs with particular needs has increased. When we get a senior dog who has serious medical problems, GRRIN pays for the veterinary costs, but the foster family is expected to take the dog for treatment(s).   When we get surrenders from a breeder, those dogs have frequently never been indoors and therefore have to be house trained and taught the behaviors involved with living with a family. If a dog comes in that has never walked on a leash, the foster family is tasked with teaching that skill to make him/her more adoptable. If you can offer a home for ANY rescued Golden Retriever, please consider helping GRRIN.

When you foster, the one thing you can count on is that you’ll have an amazing experience inviting a rescue dog into your home and you’ll have GRRIN’s team of rescue volunteers helping you along the way.

Would you like to learn more about fostering for GRRIN?  Send an email to info@grrin.org and include your phone number so we can call you and answer any questions you might have.

Wine & Howl – June 2

Thanks for coming out to support Lincoln Animal Ambassadors at Deer Springs Winery! Check out pictures on their Facebook page.

 

Wine & Howl brings together all the best parts of summer for a fantastic afternoon event! Bring your dog, a blanket or lawn chair and join us on June 2nd for an afternoon of dogs, food, wine and music. If you are looking for a new companion, many of the area’s rescue organizations will be bringing pets looking for their forever homes.

You won’t want to miss the raffle prizes, featuring pet, wine, and decor gift baskets from all around the area. With just a suggested donation of $8 to attend; there are just too many reasons you have got to be there! The wine will start pouring at 11AM and the bands will play until 5PM.

Visit our calendar page for a map to this event.

Omaha Gives! 2018 & Pizza West Celebration – May 23

 

Thank you GRRIN supporters for your outstanding participation in Omaha Gives! We raised $6695 with the help of many generous donors. Your donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs.

In 2017 the majority of our funds covered veterinary expenses – over $500 for each of the 28 dogs we rescued. Extreme vet care included treating severe dental disease, allergies and ear infections, thyroid imbalance, lump and bump removal, and palliative care. Something as simple as a dental cleaning will cost approximately $500, and even more if teeth need to be extracted. Eight of our foster dogs were eight years of age and older, classified as seniors. We are extremely grateful to have the resources to care for these Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to pay for all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably in their later years.

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives raised $7.3 million for the community and over 960 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for six years and we are so excited to be a part of it!

Thanks also to the humans and canines who enjoyed the gorgeous – but warm – evening and came out to Pizza West to celebrate Omaha’s biggest giving day!

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives! raises millions of dollars for the community and over 900 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for six years.

This year’s donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs. In 2017, the average vet expenses for each of the 28 dogs we rescued was over $500. We were extremely grateful to have the resources to care for eight Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to pay for all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably.

As of May 1, you can schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Just click here to go directly to our Omaha Gives donation page.

Or, make your donation on Wednesday the 23rd. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation and hourly drawings and prizes make your donations go further. So start gathering your circles and get ready for another great big give-together!

Follow all of the action for Omaha’s 6th day of giving on May 23rd on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pups on the Patio!

Make sure to come celebrate on the 23rd with our volunteers and supporters at Pizza West in La Vista from 5-8pm. We’ll be on the patio and friendly pups are invited!

12040 McDermott Plz., La Vista

Click here for a map.

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Luncheon!

Thanks for coming! Oh my dog, over 40 friends of GRRIN joined us with their favorite Golden Retrievers for an awesome lunch and informative meeting. Board members were voted in, our finances are healthy (translation: we can do great things for foster dogs!), and our rescue process is running smoothly.

One of the challenges we are facing this year is that GRRIN is not getting calls from people who need help re-homing their dogs. The board has worked tirelessly to get our group’s mission out to the public, but sometimes word of mouth is the best way to share GRRIN’s 26-year devotion to helping dogs in need. Please let others know about our mission to find dogs permanent new homes, whether it’s talking to your work buddies and neighbors or mentioning GRRIN on Facebook or Twitter (@GRRINebraska). If you know someone that needs help, they can send an email to info@grrin.org or call 402-330-6680.

The other topic of business was planning for our annual celebration, Gold Rush. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, October 7th, at the Offutt Base Lake Park. Please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org if you’d like to offer ideas, volunteer or make a donation.

Keep an eye on our website calendar so you don’t miss a single gathering in 2018. We don’t always have foster dogs at meet and greets, but we welcome the opportunity to chat with you and meet your favorite canine.

Thank you again for supporting GRRIN year-round – we couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

Woo-hoo (that’s “woof woof” if you’re a canine) – our annual meeting is rolling around! Join GRRIN as we celebrate a great year in rescue!

  • Lunch provided by GRRIN – yum, it’s Mangia Italiana!
  • Family and friendly dogs welcome!
  • Treats for attending dogs donated by Woof & Whiskers!

Yes, we have a lot of exclamation points because we think this is one of our best events of the year. Great company, great food, great dogs, great conversation about dogs, what else can you ask for? (Let’s face it, we’re crazy about our dogs.)

If you’re a volunteer, you deserve a free lunch and a big thank you from our hosting board members. If you just want to hang out as a friend of GRRIN, we’d love to have you (we won’t pressure you to sign up for anything). Please RSVP if you would like to attend by sending a quick email to volunteer@grrin.org.

We’ll also have a very short business meeting:

  • Vote on open board positions
  • Review finance and rescue reports
  • Pre-planning for Gold Rush will be discussed and GRRIN would love to hear your ideas
To recap:
Fun for dogs and people! Bring your Goldens (or any friendly dog on a leash). Lunch will be served.
RSVP 402-330-6680 or volunteer@grrin.org so we can make sure we have enough goodies to eat!
Please provide your name and the number that will be attending.
Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort Street, Omaha

Thank you, Woof & Whiskers!

GRRIN dog Rocky wins award!

Congratulations to Rocky and his fur-parents, Jim and Mary Jane Fitch, who just received the 2018 Nebraska Veterinary Medicine Association’s Animal Hall of Fame award in January! Even more exciting, they visited the State Capitol where Lt. Governor Mike Foley presented a proclamation from Governor Pete Ricketts highlighting March 5, 2018 as Animal Hall of Fame Recognition Day in Nebraska.

Rocky, born with a deformed front paw, was adopted by Jim and Mary Jane in 2014. After an incredible journey to get a prosthetic device for Rocky, they had him certified as an Angel Dog at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, where he provides comfort and joy to many patients.

State Capitol Story

Rocky’s Special Journey

Rocky at Madonna Rehabilitation

 

Newsletter Editor Needed!

Are you proficient using Adobe’s InDesign program? GRRIN is looking for a volunteer that can produce four newsletters per year. Our communications chair supplies most of the content and another volunteer is responsible for putting them in the mail. The previous editor estimates it takes about 12 hours to complete each newsletter. If you’d like to learn more about working with GRRIN, please send an email to newsletter@grrin.org!