Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND)
Be Kind to Animals Week (May 4-10, 2008) was established in 1915 to highlight the unique bond between humans and animals.
In this Et Cetera, a local group that epitomizes the mission of that week all year long.
Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs, or “GRRAND” to which it’s commonly referred, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that helps find homes for displaced dogs.
GRRAND was organized by members of the Greater Louisville Golden Retriever Club in 1996 and serves Louisville, Lexington, Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Greater Cincinnati.
Goldens are known for their intelligence and social personalities. Some are orphaned by circumstance, such as a family move or abandonment; some due to illness; and still others are rescued from abusive situations.
GRRAND has rescued approximately 2,300 dogs in the last 12 years, and in 2007, 327 Golden Retrievers were placed in adoptive homes.
GRRAND is a no-kill organization, so each dog under its guardianship is socialized, sheltered and provided with medical care until it is adopted.
About 43% of the agency’s funds come from one source – its annual GRRAND Affair, which is held in November.
More GRRAND details:
- In an average month, GRRAND has 25 to 50 dogs in its rescue program.
- Also, in an typical month GRRAND volunteers make approximately 45 trips to the vet, drive over 2,500 miles transporting dogs, and make over 900 phone calls on behalf of the organization.
- The annual GRRAND Affair fundraiser is the group’s largest income source.
- Veterinary costs and boarding dogs represent 84% of GRRAND’s annual operating expenses.
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- HomeGrown radio host Bob Hill shares the real love of his life: his Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden in southern Indiana. We also tune you into Louisville-based Crosley Radio, and introduce you to the busy man behind Louisville favorite, mascot Buddy Bat. Pet expert Jackie Gulbe joins us in the studio to help celebrate National Pet Week - River City style! (#225)