Bookworm Meet & Greet – November 8

Come visit GRRIN from noon-1pm on Sunday, November 8 at The Bookworm’s location in Loveland Centre on 90th and Center. We’ll also be selling our 2021 GRRIN Calendars – get one while you can!

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. If the weather is nice, we’ll be outside. 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

 

 

 

 

GRRIN Fundraiser! Saturday, October 31

GRRIN is having an old-fashioned bake sale fundraiser!

Join us at Woof & Whiskers on Saturday, October 31, 12-2pm. Bring your favorite pups – or dress them up, it’s Halloween after all! – and come stock up on their favorite treats. We’ll have a specially designed cookie made just for GRRIN and all proceeds will go to our organization. We’ll also be selling our 2021 calendars if you haven’t already purchased one.

This fundraiser has been organized thanks to two high school students who want to give back to their community (and rescue dogs!), and we are incredibly grateful to Woof & Whiskers for supporting this event.

 

 

Omaha Gives! 2020

Thank you for participating in the 8th annual 24-hour charitable challenge, Omaha Gives, on May 20th. Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska received $6355 in donations from 84 donors. Your contribution will help us cover vet expenses for our foster dogs. In 2020 we have already fostered six senior dogs that require comfort care, while two other dogs underwent expensive, but necessary, surgeries (and are doing well!).

Omaha Gives is organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to show off Omaha’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make our city great. More than 1000 nonprofits participated to raise a record $8.5 million – and they could not have done it without you!

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.

In 2019 the majority of our funds covered veterinary expenses and jumped to nearly $800 for each of the 47 dogs we rescued. Vet care included 17 spay and neuter procedures, cancer treatment for two seniors, expensive corrective surgeries, and palliative care. Adoption fees are $400 per dog, so we rely on generous donors to help our mission of getting dogs the best care they need before going to a new home.

Or, make your donation on Wednesday, May 20th. 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 on May 20th on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

GRRIN Calendar Photo Contest!

It’s time to send us your photos! GRRIN’s calendar committee is putting together a fabulous 30th anniversary calendar for 2021 and they will need to choose from your photos.

Guidelines for Submission

Who is eligible?

We are accepting photos submitted by friends and supporters of GRRIN. It is not a requirement for the photograph to feature a GRRIN dog, however GRRIN dogs will have priority in the selection process. There is a limit of TWO (2) photos submitted per family, but should your photo be selected, only one will be used in the Calendar.

What is the deadline for submission of photos?

June 1, 2020

Will I get the photo returned to me after the selections are made?

ALL photos submitted become the property of Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska.  Make sure you make a copy before sending.

How can I submit my photos?

Complete the online form at the bottom of this web page and attach your photos.

What are the requirements for the photos?

1. Photos should be in color and in landscape orientation, with a preferred resolution of at least 1008 by 792 pixels (iPhone X or XI have 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution). Please indicate the device you used to take the photo and the resolution if you know. Avoid using the zoom function on your camera when taking the photos. This affects the resolution.

2. Please include the dog’s GRRIN # if applicable.

3. We need a 50-75 word story about the dog and how he or she became part of your family. If your dog is chosen to be in the calendar, we reserve the right to edit the stories for length and style.

4. Please do not have any people in the photo. We will make an exception if the photo is a Christmas depiction with Santa Claus.

5. Submit your photo(s) and the Calendar Photograph Entry Form/Release Form using one of the options outlined above.

Are there any fees for submission of my dog’s photo(s)?

There are no fees. However, if you would like to donate to offset the cost of the calendars, please send a check to GRRIN, PO Box 126, BoysTown, NE 68010. Indicate “Calendar” on the check. Or click here to make a donation, and make a note that it is for the calendar.

Please contact us at calendar@grrin.org if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing the photos of your wonderful Golden Retrievers!

GRRIN Calendar Photograph Entry & Release Form

  • *Photos of GRRIN dogs and other dogs in a GRRIN family will have priority in the selection process.
  • *Photo Requirements: Photos should be in color and in landscape orientation, with a preferred resolution of at least 1008 by 792 pixels (iPhone X or XI have 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution for example). Please indicate the device you used to take the photo and the resolution if you know. Avoid using the zoom function on your camera when taking the photos. This affects the resolution. In other words, get as close as possible!
    I agree to authorize and allow full release of information, namely photographs, digital or otherwise, to Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska for the purpose of placement in the GRRIN 2021 calendar. No compensation of any type is requested by me as the owner of the submitted photos. I understand that all photos will become the property of GRRIN and will not be returned to the sender. Owners' names and addresses will not be provided to any outside sources and will be retained only for the purpose of contacting the owner with any questions the calendar committee may have relating to the calendar.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg.
    There is a limit of two (2) photos submitted per GRRIN family, but should your photo be selected, only one will be used in the calendar.

Prefer to mail your photos? Complete the Calendar Photograph Entry Form/Release Form and mail with your photos to: GRRIN, PO Box 126, Boys Town, NE 68010, ATTN: Calendars

GRRIN’s response to COVID-19

In light of the impacts from COVID-19, the various restrictions imposed both nationally and locally, and the safety of GRRIN’s volunteers, the following policies are being put in place:
  • GRRIN will not accept applications for adoption or foster families; traditional home visits will not be conducted
  • Public events will be canceled through April
  • We are asking families needing to surrender to wait 30 days if possible, but please call our Goldline now (402-330-6680) so we can gather information; exceptions will include previously adopted GRRIN dogs
  • Adoption procedures for current foster dogs will be managed on a case-by-case basis and adoptions will only take place if absolutely necessary

We will review these procedures in 30 days, but anticipate safety restrictions will continue for a longer period of time.

Again, the safety of our volunteers and dogs is a high priority. We do not have a facility and rely on approved foster families, therefore we are trying to preserve those homes for dogs with the most need.

GRRIN has always tried to provide resources to families in need, whether it involves behavioral problems or special care for their Goldens. Please contact our Goldline with questions, 402-330-6680.

CANCELED! Nature Dog Meet & Greet

This event has been canceled.

Join GRRIN at Nature Dog from noon to 2pm! Nature Dog is dedicated to providing the healthiest and most wholesome foods for your dog and cat. They have grown over the years to carry an extensive selection of only super-premium products. Come check it out and meet our dogs available for adoption!

Note: We do not guarantee the availability of our foster dogs at meet and greet events. Due to the large number of applications we receive, the adoption process can take several months. We do not have an online application – please learn more about our adoption requirements, then leave a message on our Goldline. A volunteer will return your call. Be prepared to spend at least 30 minutes to answer questions.

 

CANCELED! April 11 Join GRRIN at Vino Mas for a Wine and Beer Tasting FUNdraiser

This event has been canceled.

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, April 11th 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.

Annual Volunteer Training & Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who attended annual training! Over 40 volunteers spent the afternoon learning about rescue and sharing rescue updates. If you couldn’t attend but would like to get more involved with GRRIN, please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
12:00 – 3:00p.m.
Xcel Community Center

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 learn more about rescue.

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

The Xcel Community Center is located at 4526 S. 143rd Street, Omaha.

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

Renew Your Membership!

It’s time to renew your membership with GRRIN! Click here!

In 2020 we will turn 29 years old! Our founding members could not have predicted the successful outcome of their mission to rescue a few homeless Goldens, but here we are celebrating another year of caring for these wonderful dogs. In fact, we took in over 40 new foster dogs, found forever families for 36 dogs, and are currently caring for a dozen foster dogs, including nine seniors! Despite significant medical expenses, we were able to give the best care possible.

The reason our rescued Golden Retrievers have such great lives is simple: they have YOU in addition to their devoted forever families. YOU are GRRIN members.  Many of YOU not only pay dues but YOU also donate additional time and resources in order to help us continue to rescue and rehome Goldens.

Your active membership will provide you with access to the following members-only benefits:

  • Voting rights at the annual meeting in April
  • A 10 percent discount on all merchandise in our GRRIN store
  • Invitations to members-only events for you and your Golden
  • A subscription to our quarterly newsletter

And, if possible, thank you for considering an additional charitable donation to help GRRIN continue our efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for Golden Retrievers.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the GRRIN rescue team, our many volunteers and, most importantly, our GRRIN dogs, thank you so much for your ongoing support and engagement!

Nature Dog Meet & Greet – November 16

Join GRRIN at Nature Dog from noon to 2pm! Nature Dog is dedicated to providing the healthiest and most wholesome foods for your dog and cat. They have grown over the years to carry an extensive selection of only super-premium products. Come check it out and meet our dogs available for adoption!

Note: We do not guarantee the availability of our foster dogs at meet and greet events. Due to the large number of applications we receive, the adoption process can take several months. We do not have an online application – please learn more about our adoption requirements, then leave a message on our Goldline. A volunteer will return your call. Be prepared to spend at least 30 minutes to answer questions.

 

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/

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!

Annual Training & Volunteer Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who attended annual training today! Over 35 friends of GRRIN stopped in to enjoy lunch and learn about the rescue process. Special thanks to Marcy Graybill from the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club who shared her knowledge of dog behavior. We hope to see you at our annual meeting on April 22nd!

 

Sunday, January 28th, 2018
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.

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

  • Lunch provided along with snacks and beverages
  • Marcy Graybill from the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club will lead a discussion about dog behaviors
  • Rescue coordinators will highlight their piece of the rescue puzzle
  • Shop items from the GRRIN store or take part in a raffle

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 26th 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

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

“Welcome Home” with Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska

Despite a rainy and chilly start to the day, Gold Rush was held on Oct. 1, 2017 at Offutt Base Lake Park. An intrepid group of approximately 50-60 volunteers, 10 vendors, and about a dozen students braved the weather and transformed the park into a playground for Goldens and their people. An estimated 75 people and 50 dogs attended – not bad considering the weather.

The games included newcomers Plinko and Spin and Win as well as old favorites such as Pin the Tail on the Cat , the Shell Game, Cake Walk, Costume Contest and a Biscuit Count. One of the new activities this year was the appearance of caricaturist Kirk Kuenzl. Another new activity was the photo booth. GRRIN was well represented by an information booth and the GRRIN Store. Several garden stones were donated for the event and were raffled off.

Vendors included Woof & Whiskers, Ask a Vet (Dr. Kaliff), Nail Trims by Courtney from Papillion Animal Hospital, Nature’s Logic, Doggurt, Nature Dog, Merck Animal Health, Kirk’s Caricatures, and photographer Janet Orcutt.

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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Kibble ‘n Bids Yappy Hour & Silent Auction

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in Kibble ‘n Bids on November 10th. After a four-year hiatus, GRRIN’s Kibble ‘n Bids Yappy Hour & Silent Auction returned as a huge success!

Co-chairs Pam and Barb planned a fun evening of great food and drink at Arbor Hall with a silent auction and holiday shopping at the GRRIN boutique. Many volunteers helped to gather auction items from local businesses and work the night of the event – we couldn’t do it without them!

GRRIN raised just over $2500 thanks to the generosity of the attending guests who filled the hall and bid high for the silent auction items donated by friends of GRRIN and local businesses. We ask that you take note of those businesses because they support pet rescue!
 

Donors!
Pam Nathan
Mary Jane & Jim Fitch
Olive Garden
Bagel Bin
Cottonwood Pet Resort
Rowden Dog Training
Patricia Newman
The Bookworm
Green Spot
Woof & Whiskers
Nature Dog
Jane Wiederspan & Jacque Rank
Jon & Sue Sprinkel
Eagle Run Golf Course
Market Basket
BBG Artistry
Ginger’s Hang-Up
S.M. Stevens & Associates, LLC
Dr. Linda Snider
Kathy Glenn
Two Tails Dog Bakery Gift Basket
Round the Bend Steakhouse
Barbara Garrett
Orr’s Golden Hour Photo
Clearview Pet Care Center
Arbor Hall
Southwest Airlines

Our awesome volunteers!

Patricia Newman
Drew Vermeer
Janie Tinder
Rita Vetter
Michele Brixius
Cindy Roberts
Cathi Smetana
Michele Acri
Jon & Sue Sprinkel
Laura and Keith Beavers
Karen Stevens

 

 

 

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 through Eventbrite. Send us an email to kibblenbids@grrin.org if you would like to RSVP and pay at the door.

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.

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!

Featured auction items:

  • Two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets
  • Gift basket from Woof & Whiskers
  • Gift card and items from The Bookworm
  • Whiskey basket, coffee basket
  • Wine basket from S.M. Stevens and Associates, LLC
  • Dog Art & Photo Frames
  • Orr’s Golden Hour Photo package
  • Dog home decor
  • Cat gift basket
  • Dog-related Christmas basket
  • Gift card from The Green Spot
  • Gift certificate and basket from Clearview Pet Care Center
  • Gift basket from Nature Dog
  • Husker puppy fan poster
  • 3 nights stay + bath from Cottonwood Pet Resort
  • 2 one-hour, in-home training sessions with Rowden Pet Training
  • Lenox Golden Retriever salt and pepper set
  • Rainbow Bridge tapestry
  • Suellen Ross “Day Dreamer” print with $100 gift card from Ginger’s Hang-Up
  • Fred Stone first responders “Partners” framed print from Ginger’s Hang-Up
  • Glass art bowl by BBG Artistry
  • Market Basket gift card for Happy Hour drinks & appetizers

New GRRIN store items:

  • Toys, toys toys!
  • Holiday gear for your dog
  • GRRIN blankets

 

York update!

We thought you’d like to see York’s latest portrait – he’s turned into one gorgeous Golden. He’s getting ready to spend his second winter in Omaha with his new family after flying in from Istanbul, Turkey in May of 2016. York is one of five dogs that GRRIN rescued as part of a larger rescue mission involving several Midwestern rescues. These missions continue – hundreds of street dogs without families have been brought to the United States in the last three years.

GRRIN is extremely lucky to have amazing volunteers who traveled to pick up the dogs in Chicago, foster families who learned basic Turkish commands so the dogs would understand them, and the “furever” families who adopted them!

Here is York’s original story:

Hi, my name is York and I am a world traveler! I came to Nebraska with 4 other Golden Retrievers who lived on the streets of Turkey. In Turkey, I did not have a home and had to hunt for my own food, but some wonderful people picked me up to care for me and help me find a better life. With some help from GRRIN and its wonderful donors, I was able to travel to Nebraska to find my forever home.

When I arrived, I was very skinny and was struggling with some allergy problems that affected my coat. I also wasn’t sure what it was like to be a family dog. My amazing foster family of Cindy, Steve, Michael, Jason and resident dog, Rosie, worked with me over the last couple of months and helped me learn to be the awesome Golden I am today.

Since I fit in so well with my foster family and they can handle my strong prey drive (I love rabbits and birds), I am staying put and have been adopted by them. The love and affection I have been show by GRRIN and my new family has allowed me to accomplish my destiny in life, loving everyone I see! Thank you all for the opportunity to be a Golden in America!