Read about Champ who is undergoing medical treatment and not yet adoptable.

Champ has lived all of his 13 years in a pen in a rural AL back yard, with only an igloo for shelter.

He was never allowed inside his owners house.

A cousin visiting his owner insisted Champ be relinquished, and our rescue was called.

When our volunteer, Lisa, met Champ, who is a handsome purebred Golden, she could not get him out of his pen and on the road fast enough.

In the car he kept his head on the center console, and whenever Lisa stopped petting his head, he gave her the Golden nudge to continue.

Arriving at one of our vets clinics, Champ gave his paw to people he met and when he saw another dog, his tail wagged like a whirlybird!

He seems to think he is at the Ritz, with a soft bed, green grass under his feet in place of the dirt he lived on, three good meals each day, and lots of attention.

Oh, the attention!

He had a spa day to wash away the dirt from his old life and you can see in his smile how much he enjoyed his bath.

He is happy and likes to play, and he leans on you when he is touched.

To meet this lovely, affectionate Golden with his thick gold coat, is to fall in love from the get-go.

Champ has medical hurdles before he is ready for his new forever home and is not yet adoptable.

When you touch him you can feel his ribs and spine, as he is painfully thin at 63 lbs.

He is being treated for double ear infections. He has an eye condition resulting from years outside and will always need eye drops. His hips are arthritic and he will remain on arthritis meds.

Of course he tested positive for heartworm.

Our goal is to help him gain weight and begin his heartworm treatment in a month, followed by two months to complete his treatment.

Heartworm treatment is tough on any dog, and Champ is an old boy so it is risky, but we will do all we can for him.

The good news is that Champs bloodwork is normal!

He will be moving to a foster home to be pampered while he completes his medical treatment. He will be neutered, complete his vaccinations, and be micro-chipped.

All of this is expensive.

If Champ touches your heart and you would like to help by sponsoring him, any donation toward his medical bills would be so appreciated.

You can use the Paypal option from our website noting your donation is for Champ, or mail a check to:

SGRR, PO Box 247 Port Washington, NY 11050.

We will list you as a sponsor of Champ and we thank you in advance for your support!

We cannot change Champs past life of neglect, but we can give him love and good care now, with a goal of finding him a kind and loving family.

We will post updates on Champ as he continues his journey.

Thank you for reading about this sweet senior.

They dont come any better than Champ.


About Our Rescue

Before being approved to adopt, all potential adopters will be required to complete our online application and participate in our pre-adoption review process. The process includes the completion of an online application, a reference from the applicants' vet, a phone interview, and a visit to the applicants' home.

The application process helps us determine what type of Golden would be best suited for the applicants' life style.

In some cases, the specific dog you are interested in may have found a home before this process is complete or further assessment may indicate that this dog is not the right match for your family.

We are frequently getting new Goldens in need of a home, so we encourage you to apply and complete the application process so that when the right dog comes along you will be ready.

The information provided on each dog is based on the observations of our vets, volunteers, fosters, and when available, trainers. While we do our best to report any and all issues, SGRR does not make any guarantees as to the health or temperament of any dog. Dogs evolve differently in different environments and we cannot predict with any certainty how the dog you adopt will behave and adapt in your home.

SGRR Adoption Fees (subject to change)**
Puppies under 6 months

Young dogs 6 months - 6 years

Young dogs - Special Needs

Senior dogs 7 - 9


Seniors dogs 10 years and older

Senior dogs - Special Needs

Young Bonded Pairs

Senior Bonded Pairs


**Please note:

The fees listed represent a slight increase and are effective for applications received after June 1 2014.

We regret the need to increase the fees for our dogs, but found it necessary due to the increased costs we are faced with for each dog's care and placement.

A contract is signed on the day of adoption.

Under the terms of the contract, all adopters are required to bring their SGRR dog to a vet within 7 business days.

All dogs receive basic veterinary care prior to adoption.

However, if an adopter's vet identifies an illness that an adopter is not willing to treat, then the dog may be returned and a full refund would be provided.

Most of our dogs are fostered in private homes.

We do not have a facility to visit.

We are committed to our dogs before, during, and after adoption! To this end, the rescue retains an interest in each dog and our dogs can never be surrendered, re-homed, or sold. Should an adopter no longer be able to keep their SGRR dog, SGRR must be notified so that we can take the dog back into rescue and place it into another home. We reserve the right to remove a dog at any time should we find the adopter is no longer providing proper care.

Adopters agree to follow up visits as needed.

Please be a ray of light for this Sunshine dog and make a tax deductible donation toward medical care and other expenses.

Every cent of your generosity goes directly toward the care of a Sunshine dog.

Please visit our website at: http://sunshinegoldenrescue.com

to learn more about our rescue and to make a Donation to support Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue.


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