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.


  • Patzy’s New Life

    Patzy was among the dogs Friends of Flikca helped rescue last year from a commercial breeder. Not even two years old, she was pregnant with her second litter. We follow up with Pazty who is now living the golden life.

  • Friends of Flicka and RAGOM Rescue 18 dogs from Missouri Auction

    In March, Friends of Flicka was contacted by Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest regarding a commercial breeding auction that was about to take place. Without intervention, the dogs would be sold to other commercial breeders, where they would continue to live their lives in cages while being bred repeatedly.

    The Golden Retriever Club of America recently published a story about the partnership. [View PDF]

  • Friends of Flicka Helps RAGOM Rescue 37 Goldens From Missouri Breeder

    On Aug. 4, 2016, Amy Lake, development manager of Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), contacted Friends of Flicka with an urgent request: “We have an opportunity to rescue Goldens and Goldendoodles from a Missouri auction this weekend. A commercial breeder is liquidating his dogs after being charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty.

  • RAGOM: 11 Goldens Rescued

    In March, RAGOM was contacted about 11 dogs who had been living in a hoarding situation. The dogs were in terrible shape -- without enough food and water, each was severely underweight. IV fluids and nutrition were required.

  • Goldens From Turkey

    Dear Friends of Flicka, Last fall, you helped us bring 15 Turkish dogs to America. We have created short video that I thought you would enjoy. I'm happy to report that each of the dogs was adopted by a loving family.

  • How Istanbul's abandoned street dogs end up in America

        In an unassuming home in a tidy neighborhood of Istanbul, you can hear the occupants long before you see them. They greet you with more warmth and affection than you can take in. Except for one very tiny fellow, who greets strangers by baring teeth and barking until you stop looking into his eyes.

  • Golden's From Turkey

    Chicago airport -- the dogs can't wait to get out of their kennels, and the volunteers can't wait to meet them!   ​Mary Tyler Moore takes her first steps in America   First American french fry!   ​Soaking up love from a volunteer   ​A volunteer in Turkey made a special necklace for each dog to wear along their journey.

  • Rescue of 15 Homeless Goldens from Turkey

        Friends of Flicka Supports RAGOM’s Istanbul Express. Friends of Flicka was approached by RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota) for support in a special project to rescue 15 homeless Golden Retrievers from the country of Turkey. We responded with a gift of $1000.

  • 36 Abandoned Golden Retrievers Rescued from Turkey

        Watch Video: The Pet Lodge in Alpharetta, Georgia is a pretty golden place these days. The newest residents are 36 golden retrievers, rescued from the streets and shelters of Istanbul, Turkey. Lauren Genkinger, the founder and head of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, led the effort to bring the dogs to Atlanta.

  • Smiley

      “Smiley” Dog Born Without Eyes Serves as Beacon for Disabled Rescued from a puppy mill, “Smiley,” a dog born without eyes, is living up to his name, inspiring others with his sweet disposition after overcoming a heartbreaking past. Rescued ten years ago by Ontario dog trainer Joanne George when he was around two-years-old, it wasn’t all smiles in the beginning. The untrained dog was destructive and fearful, even cowering at the sound of another dog eating.

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