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About Us

Our Mission:  Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND) seeks to significantly reduce the number of homeless or abused Golden Retrievers through vigorous rescue, rehabilitation, placement and education programs.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Early in 1994, members of the Greater Louisville Golden Retriever Club began to see the need for an organization to rehabilitate and find homes for displaced and abused Golden Retrievers.  A number of folks in this club began organizing an ad hoc rescue group.  As the number of rescues increased over a period of months, this “wet behind the ears” group came up with a name and in 1996, incorporated the organization now known as Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND).  The rest, as they say, is history!

In 2017, a wonderful donor gifted GRRAND with land and a working kennel.  We are now able to care for dogs in training and those waiting for foster or adoptive homes.

With the exception of 3 part-time employees for our kennel, GRRAND is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  We’ve re-homed more than 4,800 Golden Retrievers and mixed breeds since those early days of 1994.  Averaging around 200-300 intakes per year, our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected along with those who are the victims of changed life circumstances such as financial hardship, divorce, allergies, relocation, illness, or death. The medical resources and cost required to rescue one dog are vast. We rely on membership dues, donations, and fundraising for our income.  The Adoption Fees reflect the expense incurred by GRRAND to ensure that each dog coming into our program is healthy and fit for adoption.

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