Rescued Animals


Bumbles (2006) was a loving, friendly, happy red Golden Retriever who was scheduled to be euthanized because of seizures.
A wonderful family rescued him and worked on managing his seizures with  medication. He was seizure-free for six weeks when the family's situation changed and they could no longer keep him.
We know that a dog still has a lot of life to live even with seizures! You see, Flicka too had seizures that were kept under control with medication, and eventually she didn’t even need the medication anymore.
We were fortunate to be able to foster this wonderful friend.


Cheyenne (2006), a golden retriever mix, was abaondoned with another dog, Bixby, when their family moved away. Other family members alerted the authorities to their sad situation. He had no vet care in his short life, but was neutered and updated on all vaccinations as well as heartworm-tested before adoption.
He was so well-behaved that he was allowed outdoors with no fenced yard. Cheyenne was happy, friendly and playful and maintained a sunny disposition in spite of his plight. Jones Co, like many smaller counties, had no animal shelter so all animals were taken to local vet clinics where they were held for 7 days to be claimed by their families.


Parker’s sweet face jumped off the Petfinder page. We found out that he was not facing an immediate euthanasia deadline, but that he would be a challenge to adopt because of his skin allergy. Parker, 9 years old, was brought to the shelter because his owner couldn't afford to treat his allergies.
We contacted Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota (RAGOM) to see is they had a foster home that could better deal with his special needs. RAGOM agreed that Parker would do better in a home than in a shelter. The transfer was made and we followed Parker’s story until his adoption – by a RAGOM volunteer!



Rudy (2006) was a special-needs dog - just a baby, really - on Petfinder. Rudy was injured when he was struck by a car. His owner saw how badly he was injured, assumed he wouldn't live, and so he just put Rudy in the barn to die.
A day and a half later the owner realized the pup wasn’t dead yet, so he took him to the vet. He couldn’t pay the cost of his care, so Rudy was surrendered to the
Halle’s Friends organization in Medford, MN.
His leg was amputated and he recovered fully. Friends of Flicka paid off the  remainder of his medical bills and followed his story until his happy adoption.


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    Against All Odds

    Like the story of the starfish on the beach, sometimes you can make a difference if you start by focusing on just one.

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    Thanks for Making 95 Golden Tails Wag Again!

    We received this letter from our friends at RAGOM, celebrating some of the dogs we were able to help this year.

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    More Than Just A Number

    She was a number who could produce more numbers. Litters, puppies, profits. But her name was Harley Beth.

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    Here Comes The Sun

    She was a baby carrying babies. Sunshine, a petite, pregnant, year-old Golden Retriever, was up for sale at a commercial dog breeding auction, her bulging belly attracting bidding commercial breeders. 

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    A Profile in Courage – The Journey of a Dog’s Redemption

    In her three years of life she’d been through so much. Used for commercial breeding, she had never known the kindness of humans or the basic comforts of life.

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    Leo Gets a New Lease on Life

    He was rescued with 28 other puppies; sickly and in need of urgent care. 

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    A Very Special Mom and Golden Puppy Litter

    Imagine a Golden who had spent her whole life in a cage, raising puppies or pregnant. Fortunately for her, she was no longer considered a “good producer”, so her owner decided to bring her to a Missouri auction. She was rescued by RAGOM, with support from Friends of Flicka.

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    Ode to Joy

    Every so often, someone comes into your life who turns your world upside down in all the best ways. Yogi Bear did just that. For nearly eleven glorious years, or 75 dog years, he gave his unconditional love to the world and those who loved him. He was graceful, clever, devoted, and joyful.

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    She's Gonna Make it After All

    Who can turn the world on with her smile? Mary Tyler Moore, a special dog rescued from the country of Turkey. There are an estimated 50,000 stray dogs living on the streets and in the forests of Turkey. Many of them are Golden Retrievers who are often purchased as puppies but abandoned because their owners lose interest in them.

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    Once Sick and Struggling to Survive, Jayvyn is Now Living the Golden Life

    In August, 2016 we supported Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest in a large-scale rescue. A commercial breeder was liquidating his dogs after being charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty. With support from Friends of Flicka, 37 dogs were saved.Among those rescued was Jayvyn, who arrived with her three young pups.

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