Kibble ‘n Bids Yappy Hour is back!

 

Kibble ‘n Bids Yappy Hour & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Friday, November 10, 6-9p.m.

Arbor Hall, 14040 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68144

Tickets, $30/person | Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signature drink!

Please purchase tickets by Monday, November 6, through Eventbrite!

Kibble ‘n Bids is back! We’re looking forward to hosting a fun evening that will include yummy food, a signature cocktail and awesome silent auction items. You’ll be able to mingle with other dog lovers and check out the variety of featured auction baskets. Many of the auction items will make wonderful holiday gifts for your pets. All funds raised from this event go to medical bills for our rescued Golden Retrievers.

Special thanks to Molly and Rachel from Arbor Hall for helping us create an amazing event. Please purchase tickets by Monday, November 6th, so we can give them a head count. Send us an email at kibblenbids@grrin.org if you need to purchase tickets after this date.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you may do so on our website. Click here to donate.

If you’d like to volunteer or donate an item to the silent auction, please send an email to kibblenbids@grrin.org.

This is a humans-only event with a casual dress code. We can’t wait to share this evening with you!

Thanks for coming to Gold Rush! Sunday, October 1st

What a great day we had at Gold Rush! Despite early morning rain and high winds during the event, there was a wonderful turnout of dogs and their humans.

Thanks to all of the vendors and donors and friends of GRRIN who support our organization – we couldn’t do it without you!

Everyone is “welcome home” at our annual Gold Rush reunion!

October 1 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

Vendors:

  • DOGGURT
  • Nature Dog
  • Merck Animal Health
  • Nature’s Logic
  • Kirk’s Works Caricatures
  • Ask-A-Vet Dr. Melody Kailiff
  • Woof & Whiskers

Games & Activities:

  • Cake Walk
  • Canine Good Citizen Test
  • Pin the Tail on the Cat
  • Plinko
  • Spin the Wheel
  • Shell Game
  • Photo Booth
  • Nail Trims by Papillion Animal Hospital
  • Biscuit Count
  • Raffle for Garden Stones
  • Silent Auction for 2 Southwest Airlines tickets
  • GRRIN boutique has NEW items!

Join us for Gold Rush 2017! 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.

Want to volunteer? Please send an email to goldrush@grrin.org and we’ll get in touch with you.

When:

Sunday, October 1st
12:00 pm – 4:00pm

Where:

Offutt Base Lake Park
Near 37th & Harlan Lewis Rd.
Bellevue, NE

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

Click on the map below to see a larger version:

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

facebook.com/grrin
@GRRINebraska

Hurricane Harvey: Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary (GRASS)

UPDATE:

Good news from GRASS! We’re making good progress, thanks to leader Joshua’s hard work and to our volunteers. Cabin 1 is now fully insulated, the floors are decked, and the carpentry crew is working in there tomorrow – so it’s safe to say that Cabin 1 is nearing completion! Everyone hopes to get some Goldens in our facility soon.

Even now, weeks after the flooding, GRASS is still processing donations – the generosity has been truly amazing. It’s thanks to you that GRASS will soon be back to normal and doing what we love most – giving senior Goldens the homes they deserve! THANK YOU!

If you want to provide hurricane relief for Golden Retrievers, please read this statement from the Golden Retriever Foundation. All of the dogs living in the sanctuary have safely landed in temporary foster homes while the GRASS staff begin the long process of cleaning and rebuilding. Visit the GRASS Facebook page for more pictures and video clips of their Harvey journey.

As President of the Golden Retriever Foundation, I want to assure you that the GRF is doing everything possible to help with the tragedy of the Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas. We are also in contact with the GRCA-National Rescue Committee and the Golden Retriever Club of America in coordinating the efforts to help those in need.

The GRF has already rushed an emergency check of $4000 to GRASS – Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary to help with their immediate needs.  They are the only rescue organization in Texas with a facility that was flooded.

Today, The Golden Retriever Foundation is setting up a Disaster Relief Collection – Rescue Fund on our website, http://www.goldenretrieverfoundation.org/donate.html. Any rescue organization that helps in this disaster relief effort or is affected by the disaster can submit grant requests for reimbursement of money spent in support of the recovery effort.   The GRF will cover all expenses within our funding that is allowed.

Resist the urge to send food or items.  The senior goldens are on special diets and it is hard to determine exactly what is needed.  So monetary gifts go a long way for them to get the exact items they need.

Donate money to the Golden Retriever Foundation’s Disaster Relief Collection – Rescue Fund or donate funds directly to Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary (GRASS) (see below) via their website at http://www.grass-tx.org/

If you have not seen the photos of FB of the water damage to GRASS, here are a few photos.  The water has now receded but the damage was done.

Thank you all for your continued support of the Golden Retriever Foundation.

Collette Jaynes – President GRF
Cindy Collins – VP GRF
Shirley Peskie – Treasurer GRF
Dianne Barns – Secretary GRF

GRRIN is spreading the word!

Despite being in business for 25 years, we still hear people say, “I didn’t know there was a Golden Retriever rescue.” So we put up a billboard! Keep an eye out as it will move around town throughout the year – this one is currently located at 84th & Madison.

A Letter from the GRRIN President

Greetings, GRRIN Members and Supporters:

As you know, 2016 was GRRIN’s 25th anniversary year. We celebrated at various events and looked back fondly on our accomplishments built on the foundation of our primary mission: to rescue and rehome Golden Retrievers. GRRIN recently held its annual meeting where we had the chance to take one more look back with appreciation for all of the time and contributions provided by people like you. Everyone reading this newsletter has played an important role in making GRRIN’s long-term success possible.  Perhaps you served on the rescue team or volunteered for events.  Maybe you adopted one of our Goldens (lucky you!!) or made a generous donation to the organization.  There are many other ways you no doubt did your part.  Whatever it was, whenever it happened, THANK YOU!

Now that we’re well into 2017 and GRRIN’s 26th year, a shout-out to the GRRIN Board of Directors is overdue. Our board members work very hard behind the scenes to conduct the business of the organization. That obviously includes Golden Retriever rescue efforts but also our outreach/educational activities and fun events like Gold Rush where we gather to build community among Golden enthusiasts.   I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank three individuals who are rotating off the GRRIN board: Barb Garrett, Theresa Houston and Cathi Smetana.  Please join me in giving them, along with all current and past board members, a standing ovation for their service to GRRIN!

Thanks again,

Kathy Glenn,

President, GRRIN Board of Directors

Wine & Howl Saturday, June 3rd

Thanks for coming to Wine & Howl! It was a warm day but GRRIN dog Greta stayed cool!

 

Join GRRIN at Lincoln Animal Ambassador’s 9th annual Wine & Howl Fundraising event on Saturday, June 3rd, from 11am-5pm at Deer Springs Winery.

16255 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE 68527

Omaha Gives! 2017

Thank you GRRIN supporters for your outstanding participation in Omaha Gives! We raised $6480 with the help of many generous donors. Your donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs. In 2016, our total dog expenses were $22,682, an average of $630 for the 36 dogs we fostered.

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives raised $7.8 million for the community and over 900 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for five years.

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

You can schedule your donation now! Just click here.

Follow all of the action for Omaha’s 5th day of giving on May 24th on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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!

Pups on the Patio!

Make sure to come celebrate on the 24th 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

Annual Meeting – Sunday, April 23

Thanks for attending the annual meeting! We had a lovely group of volunteers, potential adopters, and very photogenic dogs who stared longingly at our BBQ lunch. Special thanks to the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club for allowing us to use their space.

If you couldn’t make it out to this gathering, please save the date for our Pups on the Patio night, scheduled Wednesday, May 24th, at Pizza West in La Vista. We also have many other events scheduled throughout the summer – you can see them all on our calendar.

Stay tuned for our 2016 rescue report and updated list of board members. There are three openings if you are interested in helping GRRIN: volunteer chair, communications chair and resource chair. Send an email to info@grrin.org and we will get back to you.

For now, we have some great pix from Sunday!

 

 

Noon – 2:00pm

Greater Lincoln Obedience Club, 5740 Johanna Road, Lincoln, NE 68507

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!

Potential volunteers, we need supporters who can meet new adoptive families, conduct assessments for incoming dogs, foster those incoming dogs, or casework dogs already in foster care. We need YOU!

Of special interest, our GRRIN store needs a new manager. If you have room to store a few boxes of GRRIN merchandise and are interested in helping us find fun new items to sell, plus work at a few events each year, please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org.

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
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.

Taylor Made Rescue Rally – February 12

Thanks for coming out to see us and all of the other rescues!

Join GRRIN volunteers at the Nebraska Humane Society’s Taylor Made Rescue Rally on Sunday, February 12, 10am-1pm. For a map to this event visit our calendar page.

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.

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.

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

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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2016 Membership Drive!

GRRIN’s annual membership drive is under way! Did you know that we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2016? You can support GRRIN by renewing your membership or becoming a new member. You can also make an end-of-year donation. Check out our online application and pay for your membership via PayPal or credit card.

Your membership fees and donations help GRRIN to pay needed veterinary expenses for our rescued Golden Retrievers.  During 2015, GRRIN cared for 34 foster dogs – 16 of those were seniors (8 years old and up).

Our wonderful foster families opened their homes to young dogs, old dogs, and dogs with special needs, but we always need more.  Please consider fostering for GRRIN in 2016.  You can find information about fostering here or contact info@grrin.org.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska and all of our foster dogs!

Senior GRRIN dog Leroy 15-09

Senior GRRIN dog Leroy 15-09

Dan needs a “furever” home!

Dan has been in foster care since April. He is seven years old and will give the right family a lot of love.  Are you home most of the time? Do you have experience with dogs who are afraid of thunder (and you might even be one of those awesome dog owners with a sound proof room for your dogs)? Do you have a resident dog that would love a new buddy?  Dan might be the dog for you. The volunteers at GRRIN would love to see Dan settled into his new forever home. Please contact our organization if you think Dan would be a fit for you.  You can read his full bio here.

Dan the man!

Dan the man!

Meet & Greet at The Bookworm – January 3rd

Thanks for attending GRRIN’s monthly Meet & Greet! For those of you who missed it, here are a couple of photos from the event:

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Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, January 3rd to meet Toby 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

 

 

 

 

Max 15-01 – Wonder Dog!

How many 16-year-old Golden Retrievers have you met?  GRRIN dog Max is one of the few who has been blessed with the title “super senior”.

Meet Max…

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It doesn’t matter why he was surrendered in January of 2015, what’s important is that GRRIN had a foster home ready to accommodate a dog that was possibly hard of hearing, with vision and mobility problems.

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Max got along with his new canine brothers, Shiloh and Bo, also GRRIN dogs.

Shiloh & Bo

He got along with his new foster parents (Seth & Erika) and his daycare grandparents and their GRRIN dog, Daisy.  Max’s new family members and GRRIN decided that he would stay with them for the rest of his life.

In October, they celebrated his 16th birthday!

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He just enjoyed his first Christmas with his new family.

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On January 13th, his “gotcha” day, he will have been given the wonderful gift of a year-long second chance with an amazing family.  They would say that he has been the gift given to them.

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You can read more about Max here.

Holiday Shopping & Social Hour – Sunday, December 6th

THANK YOU for attending GRRIN’s Holiday Shopping & Social Hour at Julio’s! Sales of boutique items, donations, and the auction of the Southwest Airlines tickets brought in nearly $1200 to help GRRIN continue the mission of rescuing Golden Retrievers. Happy holidays to everyone and thank you for your support all year!

 

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Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska is hosting the 3rd annual Holiday Shopping & Social Hour!

Sunday, December 6th, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Julio’s, 123rd & West Center, Omaha
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!

Julio’s is opening exclusively for this event – don’t miss it!

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THANK YOU for attending GRRIN’s Holiday Shopping & Social Hour!   Volunteers and friends of GRRIN were able to purchase new cold-weather logo merchandise in addition to fun toys for their favorite canines.

Special thanks to Rick Fox of Julio’s for opening early so we could have extra time to visit and enjoy the afternoon.

The Southwest ticket auction raised over $800 that will go to helping GRRIN dogs with medical needs.

              We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!