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To rescue is Golden

Arvada dog rescue nurtures health and happiness

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A bond created between an owner and his best friend, is a friendship that can last a lifetime, but for some animals, that bond is cut short.

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR), 15350 W. 72 Ave., is a nonprofit center for lost, abandoned or surrendered golden retrievers. Founded in 1996 by a local dog trainer, the rescue has been devoted to nurture of more than 3,000 rescued dogs.

“Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome them,” said Kevin Shipley, executive director of the rescue. “There is no shortage of dogs to be rescued.”

Located on four and a half acres in west Arvada, the rescue can house as many as 20 dogs at the facility, in both kennels and the home of Animal Caregiver, Mary Kenton. At GRRR, rescues are treated with extensive care throughout their stay, ensuring they have every need, whether medical, physical or emotional met.

“At the end of the day, our objective — it sounds goofy to say — we represent the dog, we’re their voice, and we’re going to find a family that makes the dog happy,” Shipley said.

On arrival, each dog is given an extensive medical exam, any necessary shots, and is evaluated to find out its character and habits. On the property, animals have access to a training facility, a trainer, a groomer, a large dog park, known as “Woof,” and hours of socialization with other rescues and volunteers daily.

“The thing that’s so great about the rescue is, it’s not about finding a home for the dog, but the right home for the dog,” said Barbara Crook, a volunteer with the organization.

GRRR receives around 25 applications a week from individuals and families wishing to adopt one of their rescues, giving the rescue options for finding the best fit for the dog, and the family.

“If we find the right human that makes the dog happy, the human will be happy too,” Shipley said.

For Kenton, working with the dogs provides a sense of joy.

“I love them, they’re so rewarding and they appreciate everything you give them. They’re just wonderful dogs, and so genuinely sweet,” she said.

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