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Rescue FAQs
  1. Does GRRH take in golden mixes?
  2. How many dogs does GRRH take in each year?
  3. What are other options to surrender?
  4. Can't I just take my dog to a no-kill shelter? I heard there are some in Houston.
  5. Will GRRH care for my aging golden if I can no longer afford to?
  6. Does GRRH offer pet sitting services for goldens of owners who travel extensively?
  7. Where can I obtain a trap to catch a stray dog in my neighborhood?

  1. Does GRRH take in golden mixes?
    Yes, GRRH does on occasion take in golden mixes when funds and foster families are available.
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  2. How many dogs does GRRH take in each year?
    GRRH takes into its program approximately 200 dogs on an annual basis.
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  3. What are other options to surrender?
    Other options to surrender will depend on the reason for not being able to keep your Golden. If your situation is temporary, you may consider a family member or friend. Many boarding facilities and veterinary clinics will also offer discounts or payment plans when there are extenuating circumstances. There are also organizations listed online that offer temporary foster care. Some are specifically set up for owners going overseas for military service or for owners suffering from terminal illnesses. If your need is based on behavioral issues, GRRH encourages you to first consult a professional trainer. We are glad to provide recommendations for qualified trainers in the Houston area. If you wish to discuss your situation in more details, please e-mail the Rescue Team at rescue@grrh.org and we will do our best to assist.
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  4. Can't I just take my dog to a no-kill shelter? I heard there are some in Houston.
    The short answer is NO! The most widely accepted definition of a no-kill shelter is a place where all adoptable and treatable animals are saved and where only unadoptable or non-rehabilitatable animals are euthanized. VERY few shelters in the United States meet this definition. All shelters will euthanize dogs if they are sick. Some shelters will euthanize if the dog is too old or judged by an employee to be "not adoptable." Most shelters will euthanize owner-turn-ins immediately if they are short on space. Please do not surrender your dog to a shelter thinking it will be safe!
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  5. Will GRRH care for my aging golden if I can no longer afford to?
    Yes, GRRH takes in and cares for dogs of all ages. If however, the quality of life for the golden is questionable due to age or illness, GRRH will take necessary measures to make the dog comfortable.
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  6. Does GRRH offer pet sitting services for goldens of owners who travel extensively?
    No, GRRH does not offer pet sitting services, but we may be able to refer you to an online listing of petsitters in your area.
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  7. Where can I obtain a trap to catch a stray dog in my neighborhood?
    Some local shelters and animal control agencies will loan out traps with a deposit. In most cases, it is better to contact the local animal control to handle the capture. You risk injury to yourself and/or the dog if you try to catch the dog on your own. You can also notify GRRH of any stray goldens in danger and we will endeavor to coordinate a rescue.
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