Available Dogs

Golden Retriever Rescue of New Mexico is a 501(3)(c) volunteer nonprofit. We have been in business for about 16 years and have successfully placed more than 850 Goldens. We find homes for dogs who have been lost, given up or abandoned.

Our typical per dog cost is about $300. This includes a Vet exam, a heart worm and tick disease screen, a chip, rabies and distemper/parvo shot and a spay/neuter. We provide whatever medical care the dogs need. Then we care for them as if they were our own. We socialize them, train them and help them feel safe and loved. And then best of all, we find a perfect home for them.

Generally, the flow of dogs and donations means that we meet all our expenses. In the last few months, we have had a number of dogs with medical problems that required a fair amount of testing and medical support. We have also had a couple of dogs with separation anxiety which means broken pens and ripped fences. This means that way more money has been going out than coming in.

Here is what it means in terms of real, live dogs.

Nathan arrived in terrible shape. He has cataracts in both eyes, and his skin was totally raw from hot spots. His mouth was a mess requiring extensive dental surgery. He had 2 abscesses and needed 8 teeth removed. His bills were about $1200.

Granny dog came when her owner was going to a nursing home for Veterans. She was 16 and had not had any vet care for many years.Her expenses were $740. No one wanted to adopt a 16-year-old dog so she stayed with rescue until the end of her life.

George was abandoned in the snow and we spent more than $1200 to do diagnostics and sort out why he kept losing weight. His health was so compromised, we were not able to place him.

Hobbs was a stray picked up by the shelter in Southern New Mexico. We went and got him and found that he had a large tumor. His expenses were $790. The tumor was benign and now he has a fabulous and loving home.

Lulu’s owner died and she was put in a kennel for 6 months. She arrived weighing 35 pounds. She had major, complex bowel disorder and was totally fearful of any people. We spent more than 6 months to get her socialized and well enough to be adopted. Her medical expenses were about $400 and her specialized food and supplements cost another $300.

We have had close to $5000 in expenses that could not be covered by adoption fees.
We are a very tiny group of dedicated volunteers and do a great job at healing and placing dogs. But we don’t have a fund raising department. We have you. The money you give us will go directly to supporting the dogs.

You can use the PayPal donate button that is just to the right.

Several people have asked me why we don’t have more dogs like some of the other state rescues do. I have thought about this a lot. I think it is because we work really hard to get to know our people. So when a dog comes in, we are able to make a placement quickly. If you look at the dogs under adopted, you will see that we have placed many, many dogs. Actually, we have placed more than 850 dogs.

The people who stay in touch, who watch the web site and who call regularly are the people who get dogs. If a dog comes up that you like, email right away. Remember, we must have your application on file in order to consider you for adoption. We will arrange a meeting if the dog sounds like a good match.

…remember, we place dogs based on temperament match to families. And there may be some variables that are not in the description…or you may call and think it doesn’t matter if it says the dog doesn’t like cats and you have a cat …Doesn’t like cats may mean the dog will eat your cat, so we won’t give you a *does not like cats* dog. Or if the dog is particularly rambunctious and you have young children, that will not be a good match.

But we love working with you.