Operation Turkey Goldens


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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 in 2016 by GREAT.

Click here to read Ballad of the Turkey Dogs by Keith G. Balser.

2017 Funds to date: $3605.00! 

Goldens rescued from Turkey in 2017 to date:

Troy as rescued in Turkey

Troy as rescued in Turkey

Troy Now!

Troy Now!







2016 Funds: $7134.09! 

barometer $7000

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