Nature Dog Meet & Greets!

Beginning in March we have scheduled several Meet & Greets at Nature Dog. All events take place between 12-2pm.

  • March 4
  • April 15
  • June 10
  • September 23
  • November 11

Nature Dog is located at 13366 West Maple Road in Omaha. We’ll post more information about each event as the dates get closer.

 

Bookworm Meet & Greet on February 5th

Thanks to foster dogs Peaches and Stella for meeting and greeting at The Bookworm!

 

Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, February 5th, 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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Annual Training and Volunteer Luncheon

Thanks for coming! What a great day we shared with our volunteers, potential volunteers and the dogs. We covered procedures for the Goldline, home visits, fostering and caseworking. We need more volunteers in each of those rescue areas. If you missed the meeting but are still interested in working with GRRIN, please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org. Special thanks to the Nebraska Humane Society for allowing GRRIN to use the auditorium.

 

 

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Volunteer Luncheon 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Training 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Nebraska Humane Society Auditorium

RSVP to volunteer@grrin.org

Whether you’re already a GRRIN volunteer or just thinking about becoming one,

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

  • Lunch will be provided along with snacks and beverages
  • More to come on agenda items!

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!

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It’s time to join GRRIN or renew your membership! As we wrap up our 25th 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

GRRIN Photo Shoot

Thanks to everyone who visited Brenda Orr’s photography studio to get a photo taken with their dogs. And special thanks to Brenda for giving a portion of her sitting fees to GRRIN! All of the dogs had a great time smiling at the camera!

If you would like to have photos with your furry family member, you can contact Brenda at:

Orr’s Golden Hour Photo
1526 Washington St
Blair, NE 68008
(402) 657-2145

 

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Holiday Shopping & Social Event – Sunday, December 4th

What a great afternoon! Thanks to everyone for attending GRRIN’s holiday social event. We sold out of the new toys our store manager ordered so all of the good dogs will have something special in their stocking. We are extremely blessed to have wonderful GRRIN friends. We wish everyone a happy holiday season!

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Just a few of the folks attending GRRIN’s holiday social!

Sunday, December 4th, from 3:00-6:00pm
Pizza West, 120th & Giles, LaVista
GRRIN members receive a 10% discount

You’re invited!  Bring a friend and join GRRIN as we open our store one more time before the holidays. You will have the opportunity to purchase new GRRIN logo merchandise and special items for your favorite canine while visiting with other dog lovers.  Southwest Airlines tickets will be available for silent auction during this event!

We’ll be in the Pizza West party room. This is an open house event – we can’t wait to see you!

Pizza West, 12040 McDermott Plaza #300 (I-80 Exit 442), LaVista, NE 68128

In case of inclement weather, please check our website for updates about this event.

Shop on AmazonSmile 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.

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

Canine Cancer Memorial Page

 

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Golden retrievers are amazing, beautiful, friendly, loyal, and loving dogs, but they are also dogs that are diagnosed with cancer at a very high rate. In fact, research has indicated that approximately 60% of all American Golden Retrievers will pass away from some form of cancer.

Visit the page that has been created to honor those beloved Goldens who have passed from this unfortunate diagnosis:

http://grrin.org/play/canine-cancer-memorial/

Thank you for Attending Gold Rush!

 

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Silver and Gold Rush 2016

GRRIN’s favorite color is gold, right? In 2016, however, we’ve been giving an important nod to silver as we celebrate GRRIN’s 25th anniversary. Put them together on October 2nd and we had Silver and Gold Rush! This year’s event included close to 100 guests, 30-some volunteers and over 60 dogs – predominantly Goldens with a sprinkling of other breeds.  Offutt Base Lake Park in Bellevue continues to be a great setting for Gold Rush and that, combined with wonderful weather (again!), means we couldn’t go wrong.

Here are highlights from the day:

  • Vendors Papillion Animal Hospital and Nature Dog;
  • The GRRIN Boutique sold lots of great merchandise;
  • Current GRRIN foster dogs were introduced on stage and remained on-hand to greet guests;
  • Games and activities for dogs, adults and kids;
  • Animal rehabilitation therapy demonstration courtesy of Michelle Eckermann, DVM, Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives;
  • Training Demo with Gary Platt and Kathy Rasinowich-Platt, Innovative Dog Training;
  • Our can’t-miss Halloween costume contest for dogs;
  • Last but not least, the wonderful parade of rescued Goldens;
  • Great food throughout the day afternoon including 25th anniversary cake;
  • Curt Bright with The String Beans provided music throughout the day; and
  • Finally, congratulations to Joe Muller, winner of the silent auction for two roundtrip tickets generously donated by Southwest Airlines with proceeds to benefit GRRIN.

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered for Gold Rush 2016! It’s such a fun way to connect with friends and Goldens while reinforcing GRRIN’s mission.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Gold Rush 2017, tentatively set for October 1.

 

GRRIN needs foster families

 

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If you’ve thought about fostering or have fostered for GRRIN in the past, please consider volunteering for this very worthwhile cause. The number of dogs coming through our rescue has decreased over the years (a great problem to have, right?), but the number of dogs with particular needs has increased. Specifically, we require more foster homes for senior dogs, which means they will probably not be able to walk up big flights of stairs or handle large amounts of activity. They might need frequent trips to see a veterinarian (GRRIN pays for those costs). They will definitely be very appreciative of a comfortable home where they can live up to the title “fireplace dog.” If you can offer a home for any rescued Golden Retriever, please consider helping GRRIN.

This Sunday, October 2nd, we will be celebrating twenty-five years of rescue at our annual Gold Rush celebration. It’s the perfect time to become acquainted with GRRIN, speak with our rescue volunteers, and see a LOT of Golden Retrievers spending a fabulous afternoon with their humans. We will be at Offutt Base Lake Park in Bellevue from noon to four. Please visit our events page on our website for details or send an email to volunteer@grrin.org if you have questions.

STRIKING GOLD

 

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Greetings GRRIN Readers! Valentine, York, Aurora, Sydney, and Madison here! Four months ago we were Goldens living on the streets of Turkey. Now we are here in Nebraska living new lives, with loving families.

Our journey started when we flew from Turkey and landed in Chicago on May 20th. After this long flight we were met in Chicago by GRRIN volunteers who cleaned us, fed and watered us, and then gave us some hugs and belly rubs (this was the best part of all). The next day, after a long drive, we arrived in Omaha to many open arms, and the GRRIN foster families who welcomed us into their homes.

The next weeks and months were a learning process for everyone. We had to learn about living in a home (couches and beds are particularly nice), and that we could relax because we had humans who would take care of us. On top of the usual challenges faced by foster families, OUR foster families had to learn about caring for dogs who had been fending for themselves and roaming freely, particularly York, a.k.a “Don’t-fence-me-in.” In the end, GRRIN volunteers being GRRIN volunteers, and Goldens being Goldens, we all figured it out.

Through the same system that GRRIN has used for 25 years now (loving foster families and hard work by all of the Rescue Team members), GRRIN has been able to find loving, caring homes for all of us from Turkey (we don’t like being referred to as Turkey dogs.)

We are Goldens to whom the word “rescue” truly applies. Thank you to the entire GRRIN family for helping to give us a life that we could only imagine. We truly believe we have struck gold!

Yours furever,

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Valentine, York, Aurora, Sydney, Madison

Special note: As we worked on this update about our rescue dogs from Turkey, one of the five, Madison, was diagnosed with late- stage Leukemia. We still can’t believe it, but she crossed the Rainbow Bridge within a few weeks. She was in the loving arms of her foster mom and caseworker, who worked tirelessly to make her comfortable in her last days. We’ve decided to keep the update as originally written. You can read more about all of the dogs on the Happy Tails and In Memory pages.

Turkey Dogs Are Coming to GRRIN!

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UPDATE 5/22: The Turkey dogs have been receiving a lot of press since they landed. Take a look at some of the news stories here:

KPTM:

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KMTV:

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WOWT:

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http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Puppies-from-Turkey-find-new-homes-in-Nebraska-380390151.html

KETV:

http://www.ketv.com/news/rescued-golden-retrievers-travel-from-turkey-to-omaha/39665534


 

UPDATE 5/20 @ 4pm: The Turkey dogs have landed! No matter what country they’re from, they still have that Golden spirit. Here are some photos of the newly landed pups!

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UPDATE 5/20 @ 8am: The Turkey dogs are officially in the air and on their way to Nebraska! All five dogs that GRRIN is welcoming into rescue will meet with their foster families this weekend after their long trip. Here are pictures of the five new dogs:

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Thank you to all of our supporters! Stay tuned for an updated list.

Fox 42 featured the Turkey dog mission here!

 

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska will rescue five Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey. The very first flight of pups will arrive in Chicago at the end of May, and GRRIN volunteers will transport them to Omaha.

The life of a Golden Retriever in Turkey is very different than a normal house dog in America. There are many homeless dogs in Turkey. With minimal room in Turkish shelters, many of these dogs live on the street or in forests after they are spayed/neutered and given rabies vaccines. Because Golden Retrievers are not effective pack dogs and are of gentle nature, their odds of surviving on the street are not favorable. These dogs are in need of a fur-ever home and a family who will love them unconditionally.

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Q & A – Turkey Golden Retrievers

 

Why are you rescuing dogs from Turkey?

As we mentioned before, there are many homeless Golden Retrievers in Turkey. One of GRRIN’s missions is to rescue a Golden in need, and dogs located outside of the U.S. are no exception to that. There has also been a decrease in the number of foster dogs within GRRIN due to a lack of surrenders. We used to foster at least 50 dogs per year, but since 2010 we have only averaged 25-30 foster dogs per year – and we still receive the same number of applicants and always maintain a waiting list. Some of our families wait a year to adopt a Golden through GRRIN. We know that there are many loving families within our state who are more than willing to help a pup in need. That’s why we’ve decided to participate in rescuing Turkey dogs.

What kind of medical care do they receive in Turkey?

Golden Retrievers coming from Turkey do not receive a great deal of specialty care. They are spayed or neutered and receive rabies vaccines while living in Turkey. Dogs with health issues are not allowed to travel outside of the country.

Why aren’t they quarantined when they arrive in the U.S.?

The dogs are isolated together in Turkey, and receive health certificates and passports before leaving the country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection must review the dogs’ documentation and clear each pup once they have arrived within America.

How are they transported to the U.S.?

Just as humans do, Turkey dogs fly in air-conditioned, pressurized cabins to ensure they are comfortable for the long plane ride. To ensure that all transported dogs arrive safely, they are housed in individual storage crates.

What happens after they arrive in the U.S.?

Turkey dogs are treated just like any other new pup in our care. Each dog receives a wellness exam, blood work and fecal tests. We also like to evaluate each dog’s temperament and knowledge. For instance, are they capable of walking on a leash. And yes, they will have to learn to understand English commands!

Does adopting Turkey Dogs negatively affect the adoption of Golden Retrievers who need to be rescued in the U.S.?

No, there are waiting lists of loving families all over the country who are ready to help a Golden Retriever in need. There is no risk to Golden Retrievers in the U.S. with the adoption of Turkey dogs. GRRIN has many foster homes available, so local dogs needing care will not be affected.

Is the process for adopting a Turkey dog different than normal?

The adoption fee for a Turkey dog is $600. This is much more than our standard adoption fee of $300. The extra cost helps us cover transportation expenses to bring these dogs to America. GRRIN will process applications like we do for all of our dogs that need a fur-ever home. A fenced yard is required and dogs must live indoors as part of the family. We may have more specific needs for each dog.

To donate, go here.

Check out these news articles to learn more about the Turkey Dog mission:

 

Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) – Latest Rescue

 

CNN: How Istanbul’s Abandoned Street Dogs End Up in America

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/13/world/turkey-stray-golden-retreivers-atlanta/index.html

CNN: Turkey Rescue Dogs Thriving In U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/01/01/turkey-dogs-golden-retriever-sidner-dnt.cnn

CNN: A Homeless Dog’s 5,000 Mile Journey Ends with Forever Home

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2015/07/06/humankind-homeless-dog-hero-family/29790791/

WSB-TV: First Moments in America for 36 Golden Retrievers from Istanbul

https://twitter.com/JoeFloccari/status/597460758583062529

Omaha Gives!

 

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Thanks to the generous spirit of our supporters, $7305 was raised for GRRIN during Omaha Gives! The community gave a total of $8.8 million to 783 different non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, May 25th – Midnight to Midnight

GRRIN is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! – a 24-hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 25th from midnight to midnight. Mark your calendars because we will need your help!  We will be joining over 700 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger the percentage of the bonus dollars we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prizes.

Go to GRRIN’s Omaha Gives! page to make your donation on May 25th, then watch the leader board to see how much money the Omaha community has contributed throughout the day.

OmahaGives2015_LetsGiveTogether_horizYou can also schedule a gift! For your convenience, you can schedule gifts through May 24th. We encourage you to donate early if you cannot participate on May 25th.

Why does GRRIN need donors? The majority of our funds cover veterinary expenses – over $350 per dog we cared for in 2015. As we celebrate 25 years of rescue in 2016, GRRIN will embark on an exciting new international mission to bring five dogs to the Midwest from Istanbul, Turkey. The very first flight of pups will arrive in Chicago at the end of May, and GRRIN volunteers will transport them to Omaha.

GRRIN will continue to cover the cost of spay and neuter procedures, testing and monthly medications for dogs with allergies, along with treatment for dogs with heartworms, epilepsy, and thyroid imbalance. In addition, monthly heartworm and parasite prevention are administered to each foster dog along with annual vaccinations and a microchip. Many of our foster dogs in 2015 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 cover all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably in their later years.

This is a Golden opportunity to unleash your generosity! Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. Your donation will help cover the Turkey rescue mission, annual veterinary expenses, and care for three of our senior dogs that will remain in foster homes indefinitely.

 

 

THANK YOU for your support!

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Didn’t get the t-shirt? You can still make a donation!

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Thank you all for supporting Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska’s endeavor to bring Golden Retrievers from Turkey to Nebraska.  Your generosity will help us accomplish our cause of helping Golden Retrievers from Turkey who were in need of care and a forever home.  We were able to raise just over $1,400 dollars through 76 shirt sales and 20 donations!  GRRIN can’t thank you enough for your generosity!  We are very humbled by all of your support! If you ordered a shirt, they should be arriving around May 24th.

If you would like to make a direct donation, just click here.

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Turkey Dogs Are Coming to GRRIN!

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UPDATE 5/22: The Turkey dogs have been receiving a lot of media coverage. Check out some of the stories here:

KETV: http://www.ketv.com/news/rescued-golden-retrievers-travel-from-turkey-to-omaha/39665534

 

UPDATE 5/20 @ 4pm: The Turkey dogs have landed! No matter what country they’re from, they still have that Golden spirit. Here are some photos of the newly landed pups!

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UPDATE 5/20 @ 8am: The Turkey dogs are officially in the air and on their way to Nebraska! All five dogs that GRRIN is welcoming into rescue will meet with their foster families this weekend after their long trip. Here are pictures of the five new dogs:

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Thank you to all of our supporters! Stay tuned for an updated list.

Fox 42 featured the Turkey dog mission here!

 

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska will rescue five Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey. The very first flight of pups will arrive in Chicago at the end of May, and GRRIN volunteers will transport them to Omaha.

The life of a Golden Retriever in Turkey is very different than a normal house dog in America. There are many homeless dogs in Turkey. With minimal room in Turkish shelters, many of these dogs live on the street or in forests after they are spayed/neutered and given rabies vaccines. Because Golden Retrievers are not effective pack dogs and are of gentle nature, their odds of surviving on the street are not favorable. These dogs are in need of a fur-ever home and a family who will love them unconditionally.

Dogs in Turkey Await Transport

Dogs wait for transport at a shelter in Turkey

Q & A – Turkey Golden Retrievers

 

Why are you rescuing dogs from Turkey?

As we mentioned before, there are many homeless Golden Retrievers in Turkey. One of GRRIN’s missions is to rescue a Golden in need, and dogs located outside of the U.S. are no exception to that. There has also been a decrease in the number of foster dogs within GRRIN due to a lack of surrenders. We used to foster at least 50 dogs per year, but since 2010 we have only averaged 25-30 foster dogs per year – and we still receive the same number of applicants and always maintain a waiting list. Some of our families wait a year to adopt a Golden through GRRIN. We know that there are many loving families within our state who are more than willing to help a pup in need. That’s why we’ve decided to participate in rescuing Turkey dogs.

What kind of medical care do they receive in Turkey?

Golden Retrievers coming from Turkey do not receive a great deal of specialty care. They are spayed or neutered and receive rabies vaccines while living in Turkey. Dogs with health issues are not allowed to travel outside of the country.

Why aren’t they quarantined when they arrive in the U.S.?

The dogs are isolated together in Turkey, and receive health certificates and passports before leaving the country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection must review the dogs’ documentation and clear each pup once they have arrived within America.

How are they transported to the U.S.?

Just as humans do, Turkey dogs fly in air-conditioned, pressurized cabins to ensure they are comfortable for the long plane ride. To ensure that all transported dogs arrive safely, they are housed in individual storage crates.

What happens after they arrive in the U.S.?

Turkey dogs are treated just like any other new pup in our care. Each dog receives a wellness exam, blood work and fecal tests. We also like to evaluate each dog’s temperament and knowledge. For instance, are they capable of walking on a leash. And yes, they will have to learn to understand English commands!

Does adopting Turkey Dogs negatively affect the adoption of Golden Retrievers who need to be rescued in the U.S.?

No, there are waiting lists of loving families all over the country who are ready to help a Golden Retriever in need. There is no risk to Golden Retrievers in the U.S. with the adoption of Turkey dogs. GRRIN has many foster homes available, so local dogs needing care will not be affected.

Is the process for adopting a Turkey dog different than normal?

The adoption fee for a Turkey dog is $600. This is much more than our standard adoption fee of $300. The extra cost helps us cover transportation expenses to bring these dogs to America. GRRIN will process applications like we do for all of our dogs that need a fur-ever home. A fenced yard is required and dogs must live indoors as part of the family. We may have more specific needs for each dog.

To donate, go here.

Check out these news articles to learn more about the Turkey Dog mission:

 

Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) – Latest Rescue

 

CNN: How Istanbul’s Abandoned Street Dogs End Up in America

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/13/world/turkey-stray-golden-retreivers-atlanta/index.html

CNN: Turkey Rescue Dogs Thriving In U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/01/01/turkey-dogs-golden-retriever-sidner-dnt.cnn

CNN: A Homeless Dog’s 5,000 Mile Journey Ends with Forever Home

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2015/07/06/humankind-homeless-dog-hero-family/29790791/

WSB-TV: First Moments in America for 36 Golden Retrievers from Istanbul

https://twitter.com/JoeFloccari/status/597460758583062529

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

 

Thanks to everyone who attended GRRIN’s annual meeting! The dogs almost outnumbered the humans at Sunday’s 25th anniversary annual meeting and volunteer appreciation luncheon. Open board positions were filled and the by-law amendments passed. President Joe Muller discussed the new mission of rescuing Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey. The date for Gold Rush was announced: Sunday, October 2nd, and the theme is “Silver and Gold”. Mark your calendars!

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Come celebrate 25 years of rescue with GRRIN!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
We will be meeting in the Auditorium, which is down the first hallway on the right
after you enter the main doors of the building
Business meeting
  • Vote on open board positions
  • Vote on By-Law Amendments
  • Review finance and rescue reports
  • Discuss rescue mission of Goldens from Turkey
  • Pre-planning for Gold Rush will be discussed and GRRIN would love to hear your ideas
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
Please provide your name and the number that will be attending

25th Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction

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Thanks to our sponsors and donors!

Mark Langan

Mark Langan, Vice-President of Field Operations at the Nebraska Humane Society and best-selling author of Busting Bad Guys

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A Lotta Brownies • Bagel Bin • Bank of the West • The Bookworm • Dave Buechler • Roger Campbell • David & Julie Churilla • Colleen Cochrane • Kathy Creighton • Eagle Run Golf Course • A Hill of Beans • Jimmy Ellis • Jimmy John’s • JoAnn Farrell • Collean Fullmer • Owen Henderson, DVM • Hy-Vee • Kitty Kentsmith • Kevin & Dora Klein • Mark Langan • Lazlo’s • Long Dog Fat Cat • Mama’s Pizza • Liz Marriott • Linda Natale • Pam Nathan • Nature Dog • Natural Grocers • Olive Garden • Perrigo Animal Health • Jim & Jeri Regan • Mark Renner, N.P. Dodge • Rich & Laura Roccaforte • Round the Bend Steakhouse • Mike Rustkalis, DVM • Jaclin Smith • Southwest Airlines • David Stevens, TD Ameritrade • S.M. Stevens & Associates, LLC • Kate Spielman • Three Dog Bakery • Cecily Tinder • Thad & Janie Tinder • Two Tails Dog Bakery • Upstream Brewing Company • Veterinary Eye Specialists • Dr. Tonya McIlnay • Ken & Rita Vetter • Vincenzo’s • Rich & Kathy Woodward • Barb Zelechoski


Oh, what a night!

The Platte Room at Soaring Wings Winery was filled to capacity for GRRIN’s anniversary dinner on April 16th. Original founders Barb Zelechoski and Deb Goll were special guests for the evening.  Barb gave an informative and motivational speech about national and local rescue efforts. A wonderful dinner from Mangia Italiana was followed by our second speaker, Mark Langan, author of the best-selling book, Busting Bad Guys.

The silent auction bidding closed at 9:30p.m. and nearly $4000 was raised! This event would not have been possible without the endless hours given by the committee volunteers and the folks who showed up early on the night of the 16th to make sure we were ready to roll.

Special thanks also to Three Dog Bakery for providing yummy take-home treats for lucky dogs & A Lotta Brownies for helping GRRIN serve an amazing post-dinner treat for the humans! Finally, Curt Bright & The String Beans for setting up our sound system. Please note our many donors and sponsors and their support of GRRIN!

 

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Rest in Peace, Mama Gracie

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A very pregnant Gracie!

It is very rare when GRRIN sees puppies in foster care, but one special dog named Gracie created quite a stir five years ago when she brought 11 puppies into the world. On Saturday, April 9, 2016, “Mama” Gracie crossed the rainbow bridge.

Gracie was over 7 years old when she came into Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska from a puppy mill in Missouri.  A pregnancy test was performed on intake, and it was negative.  But that was a false result, because on October 2, 2010, she gave birth to 11 puppies.  She nurtured those pups until they were all adopted by terrific new owners.  Then the search was on to find an adoptive home for Mama Gracie.

Jim and Jeri were looking for a more active dog, but they met Gracie and decided that she was the one for them.  Gracie’s horrendous “previous life” faded away as Jim and Jeri doted on her, and she gave them pure love in return.  A very special dog from difficult circumstances, she was rescued and gave birth to wonderful pups, then led a life of leisure with loving owners.  The definition of a Happy Ending story.

Rest in Peace, Mama Gracie.  We all love you, and you’ll be missed.

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Photos from March Meet & Greet at The Bookworm

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Thanks for coming out to meet Babe and Misty. Here are two pictures of our beautiful ladies from the event. The top photo is of Babe. The bottom is of Misty.

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Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, March 6th to meet Babe (and maybe Misty!) at The Bookworm’s location in Loveland Centre on 90th and Center. Thank you for supporting The Bookworm during 2015!

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.

 

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

 

 

See the event listing on the GRRIN calendar:

Rescue Dog Meet & Greet @ The Bookworm

 

Pictures from the NHS’s Taylor Made Rescue Rally

 

Thanks for coming out to visit with GRRIN and the other rescues at the NHS Tayler Made Rescue Rally! If you missed it, here are a couple of photos from the event.

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GRRIN will be at NHS this Sunday at the Taylor Made Rescue Rally. Stop by between 11am and 2pm and say hi to some of our foster and ambassador dogs. For more information, see the event post on our calendar:

NHS Taylor Made Rescue Rally

GRRIN is Celebrating 25 Years!

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Founded in 1991, this year marks GRRIN’s 25th year of rescuing Golden Retrievers in Nebraska, Iowa, and surrounding areas. We will be finding many ways to celebrate this year. Here are a few of the ways you can join us.

Read Our Story

Interested in how GRRIN got its start? Read the story of our founding written by one of the three founding members.

Share Your Photos

As we at GRRIN gear up for our 25th anniversary, we’d like to ask GRRIN followers to share old photos they have of their GRRIN dogs and GRRIN events.

Attend an Event

Are you interested in meeting a foster dog? Attending a dog-friendly social event? Attending the GRRIN annual meeting? Check out a list of our upcoming events or the GRRIN event calendar.

Volunteer

Want to help make sure that GRRIN will still be strong 25 years from now? Volunteer your time and talents. There are many ways to help! Learn more about the different ways you can contribute.

Happy Tails

Want a great reminder of why GRRIN does the work that it does? Read some of our Happy Tails – stories of rescued Goldens finding their forever homes.