In late August last year, Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue (MTGRR) successfully recovered 12 Golden Retriever puppies–of ages 5-12 months, as well as an older female of 1-3 years—from a rural property in middle Tennessee believed to be operating as a puppy mill. These puppies were purebred Goldens and all but one weighed less than 22 pounds. In cooperation with MTGRR, AGA took in six of the dogs, including the 1-3 year old female, and Adopt A Golden Knoxville took the other six.
Once the rescues were retrieved and brought to Georgia, AGA volunteers quickly realized they were faced with one of the saddest cases of neglect they had ever seen. The puppies were extremely thin and AGA partner vets were sure they had not received any medical care prior to their rescue. All were suffering from ear infections, severe scabies infections, hotspots, hair loss, hookworm and roundworm. They were malnourished and extremely underweight. A 1 year old female weighed only 21 lbs. A 10 month old male weighed only 17 pounds and, with a broken tail, appeared to be in the best shape of all. While our partner vets took special care to treat them and bring them back to health, our new “Six Pack”—Killian, Amstel, Coors, Heineken, Michelob, and Corona—melted hearts.
AGA reached out to GRF for assistance through its April Fund–originally set up to provide assistance in the rescue of puppy mill dogs. Recognizing AGA’s urgent need for funds, GRF awarded AGA with an April Fund check which matched the initial costs of treating all six pups. GRF’s funds helped bring the Six Pack back to life. AGA worked to socialize the six in order to find them warm, loving forever homes. Five were adopted by Christmas. Only one, Amstel, struggled with her socialization, so she was transported to Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue where they have great training resources, and our latest report is that she is now walking on a leash and has a new golden friend, Betty.
AGA remains, as always, extremely grateful to GRF for the continued support and compassion it provides through the April Fund!