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Golden Retriever Rescue
Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Rescue
The owners of Westlodge Kennels and Cattery, Marc & Iris Wheeldon, are Rehoming and Rescue Officers for the Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club.
We are asked to rehome these dogs for a number of reasons; they include: changes in family or domestic circumstances, following bereavement, the arrival of a new baby, or sometimes they are just too much of a handful for the owner.
Approximately 50-60 Golden Retrievers require rehoming each year in our region of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Essex ~ and so we are constantly on the lookout for new homes.
The dogs vary in age from the very young puppy to, sometimes, the older dog in their twilight years but all need a new home where they will be loved and cared for.
We do our best to match all of these dogs with the requirements of our volunteer new families.
Could yours be the perfect home for a Golden Retriever?
Some of our rescue stories...
Dino – Rescued May 2008
Dino was just 15 months old when brought in to the rescue. He was kept at the bottom of a garden since he was a small puppy and was not accepted in the house, so he had no real idea of what living in a house was all about, and no real social skills.
When he came in to rescue, Claire Gardiner of Westlodge Kennels noticed he was walking strangely and was so concerned she took him to the vets. The Vet diagnosed a severe neurological problem and advised Claire to have Dino euthanized. Claire did not agree with the vets decision to have him put to sleep as Dino was happy, loving and was compensating for his problems quite well.
Claire has taken Dino on herself, and he now lives happily in a family environment alongside a German Shepherd and a Springer Spaniel.
Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Rescue have supported Claire and Dino through his Hydrotherapy to help build his stamina and give him the best chance and quality of life as possible. Dino is now a much stronger dog and his prospects of leading a normal life having been greatly increased.
Benny – Rescued May 2008
Benny was just 2 years old when brought in to rescue. He was unfortunately part of a husband and wife break-up, and they couldn't’t keep him any more. We found him his new home, and his new owners sent us this email:
Benny - rescued in May 2008 by Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Rescue
George – Rescued Jan 2008
George came in to rescue with his companion Henry. They were a pair of 10 year olds that had been virtually living in a garage for the previous 4 years before we got them out. They were not allowed in the house so ate, slept and lived in the garage.
They are now living with a lovely couple who have had rescue dogs from the club previously, and had Golden Retrievers for most of their lives. They were taken to their new homes, and walked in like they’d lived there for years! A beautiful pair of boy’s who deserved the best.
As you can see below, George is happy and settled, with his tennis ball he loves so much.
Could you offer a caring home to a Golden Retriever?
Of course, there are some formalities to complete in the form of paperwork. In essence, you agree to foster the dog for the remainder of its life; that is feed it and care for them. The Club retains any Kennel Club etc paperwork and effectively retains ownership. That only comes into play should your circumstances change and the dog needs to be rehomed again. In all other respects, the dog is yours to enjoy.
We will always be available for help or advice, if required.
We also ask that you make a donation to our rescue funds, for two reasons. Firstly, this service is not without some expenses, most of which are met from our own pockets and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, we want you to be sure of the responsibility that you are undertaking. For this reason, we ask that for a minimum donation depending on the age of the dog.
We have many helpers and advisors in all areas please remember that they are all volunteers giving their time freely for the love of the breed.
Are You Ready to Rehome a Rescued Golden Retriever?
With our thanks and best wishes
Marc & Iris Wheeldon
Rehoming and Rescue Officers for the Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club.
Iris & Marc Wheeldon, Westlodge Kennels, Linton Road, Great Abington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21 6AA || 01223 891534