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Found a Stray

Many of GRRH’s goldens come to us from the streets of Houston and surrounding areas. In the event that you have found a stray dog and are interested in surrendering it to GRRH, please review the information below. We would be glad to help in any way that we can.

  1. During the time that the dog is in your care, please take precautions to keep it away from any other pets in case it is sick or carrying contagious diseases. Do NOT leave a dog outside or in a garage in the heat as this will put additional strain on the dog's health. Make sure it has plenty of food and water available since it is most likely very hungry and/or dehydrated.
  2. Search online community bulletin boards (,,, etc.) and nearby vet offices for dogs lost in your area. The owners may already be trying to reach out to you. Look for posted "missing dog" signs at grocery stores, street corners, and local businesses.
  3. Begin posting signs in your neighborhood where the dog was found to see if anyone is looking for it. Provide a basic description of the dog, date found, and area where you picked it up. If anyone contacts you to claim the dog, ask them to provide an identifying characteristic that would prove it indeed belongs to them. An example might be a description of a collar, surgery tattoo, unusual scar, or unique coloring or markings that were not listed on your flyer. Also see if the dog will respond to its name.
  4. While you are waiting for a response to your flyers, we recommend that you take the dog to a local vet to have it scanned for a microchip. This is a free service and walk-in appointments are usually welcome.
  5. The next step is to contact GRRH by sending representative photos of the dog and basic info about when and where you found it to us at We will evaluate the photos to determine if it is a candidate for our program and if so, will send you additional paperwork to complete. Once the paperwork is returned to GRRH, we will make arrangements for the dog to be picked up from your home or schedule a time for someone to meet you and the dog at a GRRH vet's office. Please understand that our volunteers will try to facilitate the intake process as quickly as possible. Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.
  6. GRRH will provide basic medical care for the dog once it joins our program. This includes vaccinations required for boarding and attention to any immediate medical issues such as lacerations or fractures. We will not initiate heartworm treatment or spay/neuter surgeries until confirming that the dog has not been claimed for seven (7) days since being picked up off the streets. If the owner contacts you to claim their dog after you have surrendered it to GRRH, please redirect them to us and we will make all efforts to return the dog to them as quickly as possible.

Please consider visiting Houston Area Dog Rescue for complete listing of local animal rescue groups that may also be able to assist.

If you are missing a golden and think it may have been taken in by GRRH, please view our Report Lost Dog page for additional instructions.