Up until 2004, Sandie Bissett, one of our founding members had been rescuing
Golden Retrievers single-handedly in Ireland and bringing them to the UK.
But as the volume grew it became obvious that help was needed. Having spoken
with a group of like-minded Goldie lovers in the UK, it was decided to set up a
UK based not-for-profit organization called Irish Retriever Rescue UK and
adopt as their mission statement a "commitment to safeguarding the futures of
abused, abandoned, neglected or simply unwanted Golden Retrievers".
In January 2013 this same organisation became a fully recognised UK registered charity.
These days we are rehoming over 100 unwanted Golden Retrievers each year.
The goals of the charity
• To assess, rehabilitate and rehome all the dogs in our care to forever loving homes.
• To raise funds to allow us to continue rescuing these dogs and transporting them to the UK.
• To fully homecheck any potential forever home.
• To match each individual dog to a prospective adopter.
Giving every dog a second chance
Dogs come into our Rescue for a variety of reasons. Quite often dogs are surrendered
by their owners because of changes in family circumstances. Others are abandoned
and collected by Dog Wardens to be taken to the Pounds. All dogs that come
into our care are examined, spayed or neutered and microchipped. Those dogs
arriving from Eire or other parts of Europe are also given mandatory vaccinations
and necessary legal documentation before travelling with registered dog
transporters to the UK.
On arrival they are placed in foster care for a short period. This allows the fosterer
to assess the dog who may need time to settle into their new environment
before their true personality fully
emerges. Where possible, it is important that
their interaction with children and other animals, especially cats, is fully evaluated.
This helps to ensure they are placed in the most appropriate forever home.
While our primary mission is to rescue dogs from Eire, which we actively seek
through our full time Ireland Coordinator and her team, when asked to assist in
rehoming dogs from other countries in Europe, including the UK, if we have sufficient
funds and foster homes available we are always willing to help a dog in need.
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