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21st Annual GRRAND Affair Live and Silent Auction

The 21st annual GRRAND Affair Live & Silent Auction will be held on Friday, November 10th at 6 PM! This is GRRAND’s largest fundraiser, and it is by far the best opportunity to visit with like-minded dog and rescue friends. Meet our GRRAND Golden four-footed ambassadors, enjoy the music and food, bid on auction items, and take your chance at the bourbon and wine pulls! You won’t be disappointed.

We are looking for silent and live auction items as well as large baskets to make this 21st GRRAND Affair the finest ever. View the link below to see how you can assist. If you can donate large baskets, reach out to Debra Weissrock at [email protected] as soon as possible because we are already working like Santa’s Elves creating themed silent auction baskets.

For more information about this event, how to get tickets, ideas for donation items, etc., visit the GRRAND Affair webpage through this link.

GRRAND Ways to Give
  • Petco Love Stories celebrates — and returns — the love that we share with our pets. Did you adopt a pet from GRRAND who changed your life? Petco Love invites you to share your Love Story and you can help GRRAND earn a lifesaving grant – up to $100,000! You can submit your story on this website up until October 31, 2023 - please visit this link for more details!
  • August Rescue Report: GRRAND has averaged 1 surrender application a day since July, and we are continuing to try to place several dogs from owners' homes. GRRAND is sending transports to pick up dogs wherever possible.
        Get Involved
        GRRAND is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. As GRRAND's Volunteer Coordinator, you would: coordinate GRRAND's volunteers, keep GRRAND's list of volunteers up-to-date, assist with future planning for the volunteer coordinator position, and suggest needs for the program to provide efficiency.

        Could you be GRRAND's next Volunteer Coordinator?

        We're looking for a Volunteer Coordinator who is organized, enjoys working with people, and loves dogs! No need to be a GRRAND member or to have a GRRAND dog. See the image above for more details. Interested in applying? Click the link below to complete GRRAND's volunteer application.

        Photos from 2024 GRRAND Calendar

        Order Your 2024 GRRAND Rescue Calendars Now

        You all are amazing! Thanks to everyone who participated in the GRRAND Rescue Calendar Photo Contest this year. We had 22 entries and raised $8224 to support our rescue program! Voting was fast and furious right up to the deadline. If you submitted pictures or voted for entries in the contest you contributed to the rescue of future dogs! These funds will help GRRAND pay for training, behavioral assessments, spays, neuters, etc.

        You can purchase calendars on GRRAND’s website for $20 per calendar (shipping included), and the calendars will be mailed to purchasers this fall.

        These will make wonderful holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

        Foster Support Volunteers Needed

        GRRAND is looking for 1-2 volunteers to join our Foster Support Team! Volunteers act as liaisons between fosters and GRRAND. This is a flexible role - and fully remote!

        Golden retriever looking up at the camera

        GRRAND Wants to Visit You!

        If you are associated with a school, small business, corporation, non-profit group, foundation, or other organization, we’d love to discuss an opportunity to visit and talk with your group about GRRAND. We will educate your group about what we do, some of our experiences, and animal welfare issues in our community.

        Please continue reading more about this opportunity for GRRAND to visit you, or if you are interested reach out to Pam!

        Donor Spotlight
        Texas Roadhouse team at GRRAND Central Station

        Texas Roadhouse: Making a Paw-sitive Impact

        GRRAND would like to say a special thank-you to the accounting department at the Texas Roadhouse Support Center for donating and assembling agility equipment for the play yard at GRRAND Central Station! Thanks to this team’s efforts, our GRRAND kennel pups have a great area to not only play, but also exercise both mentally and physically.

        Learn more about this great contribution by the Texas Roadhouse team.

        Thank you to everyone who donated to the Give for Good Louisville online fundraiser!

        This campaign took place on September 14th, and we received an incredibly generous donation of $6,300! Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

        An Upgrade for GRRAND Central Station

        GRRAND Central Station now has new fencing AND a covering over the potty yards! Special thanks to Robert Carr for orchestrating this project. Robert is a long-time volunteer who has helped GRRAND with a variety of building and refurbishment projects. We're so grateful for everything Robert does for the GRRAND pups!

        Robert Carr at GRRAND Kennel
        Volunteer Spotlight
        GRRAND dog at the kennel

        Spotlight: GRRAND's Socialization Team

        This month, we would like to say a special thank-you to our socialization team at GRRAND Central Station! These volunteers are dedicated to keeping GRRAND dogs at the kennel happy and healthy, walking, sitting with, and even training the dogs so they'll be ready for their forever homes.

        "Being hands on with the dogs and seeing them transform in front of your eyes is the most rewarding thing," said volunteer Sarah Gregory. "It’s more than just a ‘kennel’...GRRAND helps these dogs thrive and I am so grateful to be a part of it."

        Click here to learn more about these wonderful volunteers.

        Welcome to Our Newest Board Member!

        We'd like to say a warm welcome to GRRAND's newest board member, Mark Miller! Mark has been involved with GRRAND for five years, first as a member of the social team, then as GRRAND's foster coordinator.

        "I got involved with GRRAND because I do love dogs and what better way to fill some of my retirement time taking care of them," said Mark. "It has been a good experience and very rewarding."

        I Found Love - Adoption and Fostering Stories

        Adoption and Foster Success: Loki

        Loki was at GCS for 8 months and was close to 1 year old when he arrived. He was labeled dog reactive and a high flight risk, and no one had shown interest in him until Lisa Lanzet heard about him and decided to take Loki in as her first foster dog! Lisa put in a tremendous amount of effort to learn more about Loki and his behaviors, and also to prepare him for his forever home. After a month, someone was interested in Loki and took him home, but returned him to GRRAND after 2 months as he began to play too aggressively with their other dog. Loki lived with Lisa and her dog, Benny, for around 7 months, and during this time she took Loki to a trainer, gave him plenty of socialization opportunities, took him on lots of walks, and became his favorite cuddle buddy! Lisa fell in love with Loki, but her dog Benny didn't always love having another dog around, so she knew he couldn't stay forever.

        Jenny Caudill Gowen and her family lost their sweet Labrador retriever, Bella, to cancer in April. The family was heart-broken and planned to wait until summer, or later, to find their next dog. Jenny found Loki on GRRAND's website and couldn't stop thinking about his sweet face, and how he seemed like the perfect dog for their family. "The day we met Loki, we knew he was the dog for us, that he was meant to be with us forever. I hate that he had to wait so long but I am so thankful he is ours. We are in complete love with Loki and shower him with love and attention every day." Jenny and Lisa stay in-touch and Loki still has lots of play dates with Benny. 

        GRRAND is so thankful that Loki has so many people that love him and that he has found his forever home!

          Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND)

          P.O. Box 6132, Louisville

          Kentucky, United States of America

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