As a rescue family, (2 Golden Retrievers), we believe that helping rescue pets is something worth donating to. Each month, Makin A Memory will donate items to a featured Shelter or Rescue. If you wish to have a shelter or rescue considered, please complete the form below so that we can contact them and set them up in our system. This month featured rescue is:

GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue

GoldHeart was started in 1999 by a small, dedicated group of volunteers with an undying love for Golden Retrievers. The initial group of volunteers were members of the Golden Retriever Rescue Education, and Trainings (GRREAT), complementing GRREAT’s efforts by concentrating GoldHeart’s mission in Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania and Delaware areas.

Fast forward to 2017, with decades of spay and neuter programs, changes in state and local laws, and participation by rescue groups, the number of unwanted Goldens is on the decline, particularly in certain areas of the country. This is wonderful news! GoldHeart’s first priority continues to be rescuing and placing Golden Retrievers and golden-mixes located within our service area. We will also consider helping Golden and golden-mixes in other areas of the country, if resources permit. When we are asked to rescue a needy Golden Retriever outside of our country, GoldHeart may consider these dogs consistent with our organization’s intake priorities and again, available resources.

A recent rescue, (pictured on the home page) is a special needs golden. Sofie has water on the brain and does not walk on her own.  To date Sofies medical bills have reached about $16,000. Sofies is a Long Term Foster so the rescue will be responsible for her bills the rest of her life.  She is the sweetest thing you would want to meet.

Since 1999, GoldHeart volunteers have successfully placed over 1000 dogs in forever homes, GoldHeart’s membership has also grown to over 500 members/supporters, who we could not exist without their support. The bulk of the day-to-day rescue efforts are handled by the all-volunteer Board of Directors and a dozen or more core volunteers.

For more information on GoldHeart visit their website,

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