Seeking Golden Retriever for My Dad Who Has Alzheimers and Needs a Pal

Updated on July 26, 2006
D.G. asks from Plano, TX
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My dad recently lost his best friend(a golden ) and is desperately wanting a new one. Anyone who knows about alzheimers knows that they get stuck on one thing and HAVE to have it. We have looked into the golden retriever rescue of texas and they want 200+ dollars!! My mom is willing to pay it but I was hoping someone knew of something cheaper or free! Thanks!!

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D.W.

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Hi D.

Try http://dallas.craigslist.org/pet/

Craigs list has tons of pets. Or you can post for free and ask the same thing you asked here.

My prayers are with you. We went through all of this w/ my Father in Law. It is a LONG road!

D.

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N.B.

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I just pulled up a list of several Goldens on www.petfinder.com who are up for adoption. Some are pups, others are older. Hopefully, you can find your dad a new friend. Goldens are wonderful dogs!

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Y.M.

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I would first check with your local animal shelter. You would be amazed how many pure bred animals you will find. You would also be saving a lovely animal from being euthanized. My next stop would be Operation Kindness then SPCA.

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B.C.

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Hi D.,
My husband and I foster Great Dane puppies, and we have friends that also foster for other organizations. Currently one of them is fostering a wonderful golden retriever named Baxter. He's beautiful and has a great personality and is housebroken. As foster families, we are not allowed to show dogs directly, but here is information on how to contact the organization that Baxter belongs to if you were interested in meeting him.

Check out the Flower Mound Humane Society web page (http://www.fmhs.org). You can see Baxter's picture and write up. You can also fill out an application, but FMHS isn't much cheaper than the rescue group she mentions below. They charge $175 for adoptions.

Other places to try include http://www.petfinder.com. Most city shelters put pictures of their available dogs on this site. The site allows you to specify breed and sex as well as other search criteria. Shelter adoptions are usually free or very low cost. Of course, they aren't usually spayed/neutered or up-to-date on their shots.

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C.F.

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The following are ads in the FW Star Telegram for free Golden's. You might try contacting them to see if any are left. The last ad is a humane society who gives dogs to seniors and waves the customary adoption fee. You can call them and fill out a request for the first available Golden to be adopted by your father. Many other humane societies might do the same if you just ask. If so, fill out requests at several so your odds increase. Good Luck.

http://buyit.dfw.com/findit/pets/adoption_for_sale/O476f0...

http://buyit.dfw.com/findit/pets/adoption_for_sale/O45b38...

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http://buyit.dfw.com/findit/pets/adoption_for_sale/O3f33f...

South East Dallas Humane Society, Dallas, TX runs a "seniors for seniors" program that waives their customary adoption fee and all veterinary fees. Once an approved application is accepted and there is an appropriate dog available, the adoption can be completed. Spay/neuter, heartworm testing, de-worming, vaccinations, and any necessary veterinary medical attention are all included -- all for free!
South East Dallas Humane Society
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Telephone: ###-###-####

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A.

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Hi D.,
Have you heard of glyconutrients helping Alzheimers? If you would like more information, you could attend a meeting in Plano on Aug. 17th and I could meet you there. The glyconutrients have helped so many people with different illnesses and disease and I would love for you to hear more about this INCREDIBLE scientific technology.
God Bless,
A.

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N.K.

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D....a Rescue organization is a great way to go and is also a wonderful thing to do. So many great dogs are given up for the dumbest and most irresponsible reasons...I have a Golden who I rescued from one of the two local Golden Rescues. I was also a volunteer for them and the reason they charge that much is because they are totally NON-profit and they have to have money to pay for the exorbitant vet bills and general care for all the dogs they take in. Many of the dogs are sick with heartworms(very expensive treatment but curable) and other ailments that they take care of to get the dogs healthy before the public can adopt. But, I understand if money is an issue. You would be surprised at home many PB Goldens and Golden mixes are given up to Shelters, so this is a great way to go, too, and you'd be saving a life. Golden mixes are great, too, and they are passed up by the Rescue orgs because they are only allowed to take in PB Goldens. So...these mixes would be left at the shelter. Many shelters are KILL shelters and they will euthanize dogs if they aren't claimed after 3 days. It's a sad problem in this country. I know for sure you could find a PB Golden at a shelter, too. Go to Petfinder online and search for Goldens in this area. Some of the other suggestions here are great.

Good luck with your search.

Best Regards,
N.

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