A Letter From the President
Dear Golden Family, Friends and first time visitors,
Thank you for taking the time to read my message; everyone's life is so busy and there are so many ways to get information that I am honored that you have chosen to read about our work. Those of you who read this letter regularly and sometimes remind me to update it, I thank you. For those of you who are stopping in for the first time - Welcome. We can't wait to tell you about our efforts on behalf of our Golden friends.
This is LIGRR's 20th year, we are so proud of the good work that we have done and continue to do. While our mission has remained the same for the entire 20 years, we could not have imagined doing some of the things we now do to help our Golden friends. When I joined LIGRR in 2000, we took dogs from all parts on Long Island and New York City. In 2008, when the housing market crashed, we were overwhelmed with dogs from people who were losing their homes. We would often have as many as 25 dogs available for adoption. It was difficult to manage all of those dogs and get them safely placed in good loving homes. As the housing situation settled down, there were less dogs in need of urgent placement, yet we were still always busy. Today because of your support, we are able to take all of the dogs that need help locally plus dogs from other parts of the world. Dogs from Turkey; where they have been left on the streets. Shortly, with your help, we will be taking dogs from the meat markets of China. I am looking forward to helping these needy dogs while never turning down a local dog in need. Think globally, act locally has taken on new meaning
The year in review:
Here is a list of some of the most memorable dogs of the past year:
- We were asked to take a young male, Parker, who at less than a year found himself in need of a new home. His wild youth made him too much for the family with whom he was living. With proper exercise he is doing just wonderfully.
- On a similar note, Brady, whose family had a baby shortly after he joined their family. His over abundance of energy was simply too much for his family. Now living with a family with another dog he gets enough exercise to make him a tired and happy dog.
- We took Goldie who was about 12 -13 years old from a town shelter. She had been turned in a when the owners passed away and their son could not keep her. Shortly after coming into rescue it was discovered that she had bone cancer that was not treatable. She spent the last months of her life surrounded by people who gave her love and kindness until it was her time to go.
- Rooney's owners were both in a nursing home and he was left home alone. When we were called he was brought to Long Island where he was medically treated and is now happy in a loving home.
- We have taken about 9 dogs from Turkey this year they have had a true change in life. They sleep in a bed (dog or human) and have a life beyond their wildest dreams.
- We are anxiously waiting for the beginning of our new fur friends to come from China.
Thank you for all of your support. Please continue to support rescue by volunteering, donating or sharing the good news about what we do.
Never Miss a Golden Opportunity.