STORY BY KELSY TAYLOR
Previously involved in both the Golden Retriever Club and the Golden Retriever Club of America, Bob Bornstein developed a passion for educating the public about the breed. With the mission of finding loving homes for Golden Retrievers and educating the public about them, Bornstein founded the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue in 1986.
“Educating the public on the qualities of the Golden Retriever, as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership, will help people choose the right breed for them, and in the process, reduce pet overpopulation,” explains volunteer Casey Largent.
The breed is very gentle, loving, friendly and intelligent. While young, Goldens are energetic and need basic obedience training. The breed also should have 30 minutes of exercise every day, which might be made up of walks or fetching tennis balls in the yard.
There are a number of reasons why Goldens come into the rescue. “One of the main reasons Golden Retrievers come into the rescue is because the economy has hurt families directly in the pocketbook, and one of the first “expenses” to be cut is usually the family dog, especially larger breeds, like Goldens.”
With the hope that each available Golden Retriever has a foster home, Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue is always looking for interested families. The dogs are given the opportunity to spend time in a home and receive a lot of love and attention. All medical expenses are provided through the rescue, all that is asked in return is food and plenty of belly rubs!
A couple of very special Goldens are currently looking for a loving foster or adoptive home. Laker, who has a great disposition, only has the use of three of his legs and would benefit greatly from being welcomed into a home. A senior Golden named Charlie recently had a tumor removed from his hip and is recovering nicely. He would love to spend time with a family as well.
Rescued Goldens are wonderful additions to families. “I truly believe that rescued dogs realize that they’ve been given a second chance at life. Their only goal in life is to be with their humans. They are big people-pleasers and only want to make their owners happy,” Casey says.
With a gentle wag of the tail and a loving gaze, senior Golden Retrievers somehow find their way into the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. These very special dogs are always hoping to have someone come along and make them a part of their family. Senior Golden Retrievers have a lot of love to share and fit so well into a home that a transition is barely noticed. They are calm and often know several commands as well as the rules of the home like being housetrained. “One of the most heart-wrenching things about rescue work is dealing with the seniors. Because they are in their twilight years, most prospective families don’t even consider them when choosing among the dogs available for adoption. Rescuing a senior is an opportunity to give a dog the best years of his life while at the same time receiving all the joy and love that a Golden can give.”
The Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue is always hoping to have more volunteers. Having the opportunity to help rescued Golden Retrievers is very rewarding. Volunteers enjoy speaking with visitors during adoption events, taking photographs, helping with home visits, developing newsletters and spending time with boarded Golden Retrievers.
The rescue group meets at the new PetSmart in Tulsa Hills located at 7322 S. Olympia, on the third Saturday of every month. There, visitors have the opportunity to meet Goldens available for adoption, as well as to learn about volunteer opportunities.