Fostering hope for Golden Retrievers (PHOTOS)

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

After moving from Atlanta to WaterColor four years ago, Nancy Steinmentz was looking to add a four-legged friend to her family.

"I had lost my Golden Retriever and knew that I wanted another dog, but I did not want to go through the puppy stage again," she said.

Through a little research, she found the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue (ECGRR), a non-profit organization that links abandoned, abused or surrendered Golden Retrievers — or Goldens as they refer to them —  with forever homes and loving owners. She called them up and scheduled a meeting. The organization’s protocol calls for ECGRR members to visit with prospective owners before the adopting process begins.

"They came to my house and brought with them Shelby, who was 11-years-old," she recalled.

As older dogs typically have a harder time being adopted, ECGRR asked Steinmentz if she would foster Shelby until a permanent owner came along.

"I said 'Sure, we'll foster her while we wait for our forever dog,' " Steinmentz said.

Shelby ended up becoming a part of the Steinmentz family and lived out her later years being showered with love and affection.

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