Fostering hope for Golden Retrievers (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

"She had a great four years with us."

Steinmentz went back to ECGRR to add another furry friend to her clan and adopted Fletcher, a "handsome boy who loves to be looked at and petted."

"Every December I wrap gifts for donations at Orvis at Grand Boulevard ; I brought Fletcher with me last year and he engaged with all the people," Steinmentz exclaimed like a proud parent. "I really should be taking him to a nursing home to visit with the residents."

From Pensacola to Tallahassee , ECGRR actively pursues Golden Retrievers in desperate need of a home through visiting shelters and even searching Craigslist. While finding permanent homes is not a quick process, the organization seeks out families and individuals to foster Goldens as they wait for forever homes.

"We need foster families desperately," said Kandie Evanchyk. "They are the backbone of the organization."

Foster families and prospective adopters have to be approved by ECGRR, which consists of seven board members and approximately 50 volunteers along the Panhandle. Currently, there are three foster families in Walton County and six in Okaloosa. Those who want to help foster should have a fenced in backyard, be willing to keep foster dogs inside the house, pay for food and administer heartworm and flea medicine.  

Vet bills are covered by ECGRR. Through the non-profit's collaboration with 17 different veterinary offices, including Best Friends Pet Doctor in Freeport , most bills are discounted, but still paid for by ECGRR board members and volunteers.



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