Operation Turkey Goldens


Jax 3

Help GREAT Rescue bring more beautiful Turkey Goldens to Jacksonville!


What’s a Turkey Golden?

Golden Retrievers are taken to Turkey as puppies where they are considered a status symbol but when they become adults, they are no longer wanted and are dumped in the forests, on the streets or in one of 32 animal shelters in Istanbul where they are spayed/neutered and then turned back out to fend for themselves. Golden Retrievers are not fighters so their life is very difficult with no food or water source – they must scavenge, fight off feral dog packs and try to navigate the traffic without being hit. Most do not live beyond two or three years of age. Unfortunately, Jax (pictured above) was hit by a car, suffered a broken pelvis, dislocated femur and broken tooth. He healed by himself, alone, on the streets. Now he is safely with GREAT Rescue, his medical needs have been met and he’s the happy-go-lucky beautiful Golden Retriever he was always meant to be.

How can you help?

It is very costly to transport each dog from Turkey so we are asking you to extend a hand in helping GREAT bring three more Golden Retrievers from Turkey in the Fall. Every dollar helps!



Media Coverage

Rescued dogs from Turkey warm local hearts

Golden Retrievers from Turkey arrive in Jacksonville

Photos of Golden Retrievers from Turkey

Click here to read short bios and see additional photos of the Turkey Goldens rescued so far by GREAT.

Ballad of the Turkey Dogs
© By Keith G. Balser

Thanks to dog-lovers’ hearts of gold,
These Goldens have been freed
From exile far too dark and cold
For this warm-hearted breed.

For status, their indifferent owners
Bought them on a whim,
Then cast them out to fend as loners –
And their life was grim:

Through landscapes rocky, barren, muddy,
Feeding on leaves and twigs,
Or buried alive or beaten bloody –
Scorned like rats or pigs.

Abandoned to this gloomy fate,
These royal dogs all but perished;
Then hope dawned in the Sunshine State:
A band of rescuers called G.R.E.A.T.
Would show them they are cherished.

Now G.R.E.A.T. did more than shed a tear
For creatures laid so low –
And whisked them through the stratosphere;
Their new life when they landed here
Would have a golden glow.

Now safe and sound across the sea,
They no more need to roam;
Once orphans, now they happily
Trade fires of adversity
For warmth of hearth and home.

Now loving hands of children pet
Their coats as smooth as cream;
They frolic now and no more fret –
Their nightmare past they now forget
And dream what Goldens dream.

G.R.E.A.T.’s dream to open hearts and doors
Goes on, for nightmares do
For Goldens lost on distant shores
Or languishing near ours or yours –
Let’s make their dreams come true.

Funds Raised to Date: $7134.09! 

barometer $7000

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