3,000 Is a ’Golden’ Number!
Golden Retriever lovers recently gathered at the Tivoli Student Center in Denver for an evening of fun and fundraising. Morris Animal Foundation staff attended the event, which raised money for the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR). The GRRR works to improve the lives of Golden Retrievers in the Rocky Mountain area.
The pairing was worth its weight in gold. As Morris Animal Foundation closes in on our target of 3,000 registered study participants in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, our representatives felt a special kinship with the GRRR’s group of dedicated volunteers. GRRR has rescued and re-homed more than 3,000 dogs since its inception in 1996, averaging 300 dogs annually.
The gala generated a net of about $55,000 for the GRRR organization.
“This fundraiser provides a large portion of the rescues revenue for the year,” says Kevin Shipley, executive director of GRRR. “We had 174 attendees who enjoyed silent and live auctions, and Ed Greene from Denver CBS4 was the emcee for the night.”
A special appeal was made this year to raise funds for providing veterinary care to rescued dogs. GRRR spends $100,000 annually on veterinary care. These costs include care for more than 75 dogs each year that qualify as “Golden Angels”—dogs that require significant medical care.
Every dog receives a complete examination by Arvada West Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Scott Carpenter oversees care for all GRRR dogs. Dr. Carpenter is a man with a golden heart and also a supporter of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study with five enrolled patients.
Shipley explains, “This medical care includes anything from a simple checkup and update on needed vaccinations all the way to extensive surgeries that may include hips, eyes, etc. You name it, we probably do it.”
Dr. Michael Guy, director of Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project, took to the stage to give a presentation about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. As part of our recruitment efforts, staff members also interacted with numerous owners, breeders and other Golden lovers, and educated them about the Foundation and the Golden study specifically.
It was a Golden night for everyone! To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.