Gold Ribbon Rescue

Organizational Overview

Gold Ribbon Rescue
PO Box 956
Austin, 78767

Mission Statement

Gold Ribbon Rescue's main function is to provide a network for sheltering, rehabilitation and placing Golden Retrievers in permanent homes in Central Texas. Additional functions include: providing public education about responsible dog ownership and, in particular, about the Golden Retriever breed and offering a forum for Golden Retriever fanciers to meet.

Diesel, Rosebud, Ransom, Skeeter, Zoe, Mitzie and Sadie. The list goes on and on. Our Gold Ribbon Rescue village of incoming Goldens runs the gamut. Sometimes, they are easy owner surrenders that were kept up to date on all medical care, and sometimes, they are strays in deplorable health condition in need of a tremendous amount of medical support before they find their forever home. But all have found better lives through Gold Ribbon Rescue.

Gold Ribbon Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and finds permanent homes for over 150 Goldens annually in the Central Texas area. Founded in 1998, we are an all-volunteer nonprofit corporation recognized as a rescue organization by the the Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. Our success is due to the hard work of our volunteers, supporters and generous donors, like you.

To everyone reading this, and to all who have supported us - and continue to support us - through the years, a huge Golden thank you. You make all of this possible.

To learn about our rescue demographics and expenses, go to

To meet our Available Goldens, go to

Thank you.

Impact Statement

Gold Ribbon Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and places approximately 150 golden retrievers annually in the Central Texas area.

All of our rescue dogs are friendly, wonderful dogs that desperately need love, attention and a second chance at life. Many are housebroken and some have obedience training. Most rescue dogs are between 6 months-10 years old. A common misconception about older dogs is that they are "untrainable"; Goldens, however, are so eager to please that they are very trainable at any age.

Many rescue dogs come from owners who no longer want to care for them. Usually, these people bought a cute fluffy puppy without realizing the cute puppy would soon become a large, hairy, adult dog who would need lots of time, training, love and attention. This is often when they decide to get rid of the dog because "they don't have time for it." Occasionally owners have to place their Goldens because of allergies or because they are moving somewhere the dog will not be welcome.

The rest of our dogs come in as strays from shelters. Occasionally we are able to shut down a "puppy mill" or backyard breeding operation. One such special rescue was the "Tie a Gold Ribbon" rescue in 1998, which resulted in the rescue of nearly 100 dogs! We do not place known biters or growlers. Any dog will bite if provoked enough, but any dog we know to be aggressive is not placed through our program.

Needs Statement

Gold Ribbon Rescue does not own a facility so all of our goldens are cared for in loving, approved foster homes. We are always looking for new foster families as well as other volunteers to assist with transport, intake evaluation, hotline support, event planning, and web assistance.

Sometimes life brings you opportunities through your worst moments. Three years ago, I lost my Golden Retriever Dancer. I wanted to honor her by donating to a Golden Retriever rescue, and that is how I found Gold Ribbon Rescue and was so impressed by the things they did to save and care for Goldens. Over one year later, when I decided to adopt again, Gold Ribbon allowed me the privilege of bringing home my Willow (15-051). Six months later, I had my first foster experience in the form of a pregnant Mary (15-147) and her puppies, and from there, I was hooked. Before GRR, I live a one mode life: work. Now, my vistas have opened, I have met new friends and more importantly, feel as if I am now part of something bigger than myself. Gold Ribbon is not just a rescue, it's a movement.
- Candace Gourley (adopter and volunteer)

We adopted our amazing Paddy from GRR in 2010 and immediately began to keep up with the organization through Facebook and the fun dog AND people events that GRR sponsors. I could see what good and dedicated work all of the volunteers do and decided I wanted to be a part of that. Now I feel like each and every dog is in some way my dog, too, causing my heart to go through a myriad of feelings as I see GRR transform a sad, sick and sometimes abused dog into a happy, running, chasing and loving Golden Retriever with a brand new, caring forever family.
- Barbara Tankey (adopter and volunteer)

I adopted my first Golden in early 2015 and then another in late 2015. I can't imagine my life without them or without GRR. I volunteer nearly full-time and it both inspires me and it brings much joy to my life. What a stellar organization to work for. What a stellar group of volunteers, fosters, and adopters to work with!
- Dawn Marie Rae (adopter and volunteer)

The reasons why I volunteer for Gold Ribbon Rescue cannot be summed up in just a few words. I am amazed daily by their commitment to literally saving lives--both canine and human--through their rescue efforts. When my Golden Retriever/German Shepherd mix came in with her litter mates, Gold Ribbon swept in, scooped them up, and adopted them out to loving homes. Without Gold Ribbon, our sweet Maggie and her siblings may never have known the comfort of unconditional love.
- Katie Ann Prescott (adopter and volunteer)

Volunteering for Gold Ribbon Rescue is rewarding in so many ways. Not only are the lives of the Golden Retrievers in need transformed, but the lives of those families that participate are enriched as well. The dogs we've fostered and adopted have brought us so much joy and happiness and are beloved members of our family. Thanks to Gold Ribbon Rescue, we have also made many new friends that share our love of these wonderful dogs. Thank you GRR!
- Alan and Cyndi Weiner (adopters and volunteers)

Gold Ribbon offers a variety of volunteer options including fostering, transporting dogs, conducting interviews, helping with newsletters, events and other activities.