Helping Golden Retrievers & Rescued Animals

Friends of Flicka is a charitable organization created in memory of a pair of beloved Golden Retrievers, Flicka and her brother Kodiak. We provide funds to carefully chosen animal rescues to care for homeless, injured and senior companion animals.

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Harper Can’t Believe His Luck

“Everything about him seems to say ‘I can’t believe my great luck,’” Harper’s adopter said. He radiates joy and it fills his family with happiness. 

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Golden Lives Transformed – With a Whole Lotta Help from our Friends!

Updates on dogs rescued, thanks to your funding support

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Madison’s Blessed Good Luck

“I think she won the lottery,” her foster family said. It was part of a string of very good luck that began five months before.

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Lady Lily Finds a Forever Home

A long journey to joy for Lady Lily, a nearly 8-year old dog that birthed 96 puppies in her life as a commercial breeding dog.

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Your Donation Gave Pansy The Best Gift Of All

For her birthday, Pansy received her very own family.

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Gentle Giant Toby Finds Peace in His New Life

A letter from the family that adopted one of 37 dogs rescued from cruelty case

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Her Body Restored & Her Spirit Awakened

Kara was aging rapidly with deteriorating health, and consequently no longer useful to the breeder who owned her. 

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Anya Finds Her Smile

A year ago, Anya could never have imagined the life or the love she has now.

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Jackpot Jessie Pays It Forward

Her calm demeanor makes her the perfect therapy dog,  but it was only recently that Jessie was able to use her talents.

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Rays of Sunshine

When Sunshine was rescued, her pups’ fate changed too, and they avoided life in an outdoor cage.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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]

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In Memory of Rolf G. Ljungkull

Friends of Flicka has lost a friend with the passing of Rolf G. Ljungkull.  Rolf and his wife Elisabeth have supported Friends of Flicka since the organization was created.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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36 Abandoned Golden Retrievers Rescued from Turkey

    Watch Video: http://bcove.me/pwo9n16x 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.

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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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Tasha

  In late September, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue received an early morning call from a concerned resident about a dog that had given birth that morning to a litter of pups. The people did not want the mother or the pups. We found Tasha and her babies out in the woods with no bedding, no food, and no water.

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Murray

  Murray was a little terrier shepherd mix pup that was semi-feral and lived in the shadows in the Bigstone area of the Red Lake Reservation. After several attempts, he was captured and brought to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue where it was determined that he had mange which would require daily medication. Eventually he chose to remain at the rescue and received his treatment at mealtime, but then the other dogs began to pick on him.

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Gilbert

     The Red Lake police brought Gilbert to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue after the 11-week-old puppy had been attacked by two large breed dogs. He had broken bones and many puncture wounds from bites. We were fortunate to be able to arrange a transfer to ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation in Bloomington where he had surgery to set his broken legs and treatment for his wounds.

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Gabe

  At a fall animal clinic, Gabe came to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue as a very pitiful surrender. He was truly a broken animal with severe mange, malnutrition and had been chained up with a metal prong collar that left sores all around his neck. The dog screamed as that wicked collar was removed.

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Faith

  You would never know it today, but Faith, a one and a half year old shepherd mix, was left to fend for herself at a garbage dump in a remote area of Red Lake Reservation. Not only was she malnourished, but it was also clear by her staggering walk that she was injured as well. After finding refuge with Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, x-rays determined that she had a spinal injury that might limit her mobility.

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Tacy

 Tacy 14-207 had been an outdoor dog for ten years before coming to RAGOM. Her first trip to the vet upon her arrival revealed she had both heartworms and Lyme disease. Over the next several months, she received three heartworm injections – a lengthy and painful treatment.

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Reggie

​When gentle giant Reggie 13-428 came to us in 2013, he was a bit of a handful. He was 98 pounds of cuteness, with a tremendous appetite – for things like books, coffee pods, and magnets. A trip to the vet revealed a large abdomen and abnormal lab values.

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Piper

Piper 14-203 came to RAGOM as a stray when he was 9 weeks old, malnourished and dehydrated. While in our care, Piper was able to gain weight and grow into his adorable ears. He was treated for mites and neutered to prevent unwanted litters.

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Rusty

Rusty 13-116 is about as special as they come. When he first arrived at RAGOM, he was very ill with a fungal disease which caused him to go blind. It took months of treatment to help him recover, and over $3,000 in veterinary expenses.

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Boone

Boone 14-024 was at an Indiana shelter when RAGOM was asked to take him in. A 600-mile car ride to Minnesota did not suit this shy and fearful boy, so we came up with a new plan to get him here. A volunteer pilot was found and a free ride secured.

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Matching Funds for Holiday Fundraiser

Friends of Flicka has contributed matching funds to the Holiday Fundraiser for Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue for the past several years and did so again this year. RLRR helps companion animals in need on the Red Lake Reservation north of Bemidji, MN. We recently sent our check for $2000 and received this Thank You.

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Never to be forgotten, Bruce

Bruce was one of the early rescues of Friends of Flicka. I saw him online, in a shelter in St. Cloud, MN, marked down for quick placement and I knew we had to help him.

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Ember: Relying on the kindness of strangers

I learned about Ember from an e-mail I received along with many other animal lovers. He appeared as a stray on the farm of a kind family who cared for him and tried to find his previous owners. They had only good things to say about him, but he was older and needed vet work they could not afford.

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Kodiak & Flicka

Kodiak & Flicka were golden retriever littermates who were lucky enough to be adopted together. They made the flight to their new home in carry-on bags and were a big hit with the other passengers. They were delightful pups and quickly grew up, but their close brother/sister bond never changed Kodiak was the bigger, handsome fellow with a gorgeous plume tail, a love for fun and attention.

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Home for Life: Megan’s story

Friends of Flicka sponsors a golden retriever named Megan at Home for Life Sanctuary. Here is her story from the Home for Life website. Megan in the Fall of 2007 with animal care specialist Liz Zais.

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Home for Life: Megan & Piper

Friends of Flicka sponsors two dogs at Home for Life, Megan and Piper. We recently renewed our sponsorship and received this update. Megan is in the first two photos and Piper is in the second two photos.

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Rusty needs a home

I run searches on Petfinder.com every day looking for animals that need help. Sometimes I make a connection with the appropriate group or a person I know who can help. Sometimes Friends of Flicka can help with funding, but other times there is just a sweet animal that needs a home and I try to get the word out there.

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Pins for Pets

HELP STRIKE TO PREVENT HOMELESS PETS Friends of Flicka is a member of the Homes For All Pets coalition, a group of Minnesota animal rescue organizations dedicated to working together to reduce pet overpopulation. Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Stores is planning a fundraising event whose goal is to raise $75,000 for spay/neuter activities. The money raised will be shared among participating rescues in the Homes for All Pets coalition.

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In Memory of Kodiak

As he neared the ripe old age of 14, Kodiak had begun to show mild signs of breathing difficulties, so he was taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary School. An x-ray revealed advanced lung cancer and a blood test showed the cancer was spreading through his body. He came home, but his condition worsened and a return trip to the hospital was necessary.

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Simba–urgent

This is one of the kinds of postings for which I’m watching when I search Petfinder.com every day for Friends of Flicka. Lots of times I can connect up people and organizations and solve a problem without an expenditure for Friends of Flicka and still save an animal. Simba is an excellent example of a perfectly adoptable animal that will be euthanized if a home cannot be found.

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Simba has a new home!

I lucked out, or rather Simba did. I sent on his Petfinder notice to just a handful of people, but one of those friends made a connection with a family who wanted Simba. I actually drove to Wisconsin with my friend to get Simba, so I got to meet his former family who was heartbroken to give him up.

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Eddie

Who dumps a gorgeous puppy like this out in the country??? Eddie! Golden Retriever Size: Large Age: Baby Sex: Male ID: Notes: This is Eddie.

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Remember Simba?

I discovered that Simba needed a home doing my searches for Friends of Flicka. I not only found a home, but I drove to Eau Claire to bring him back to his new home in the Twin Cities. He is getting along great with his new family which includes a feline buddy, Sparkles.

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Update on Bruce

Bruce Yellow Labrador Retriever Size: Large Age: Senior Sex: Male Notes: SUMMER ADOPTION DAYS SPECIAL!! +Adoption Fee Lowered! Bruce is a little bit older than the other dogs, but he still seems to have a lot of spunk!

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Bruce has a new home

Bruce has a very special place in my heart since I made RAGOM aware of him just in time for him to be saved from being euthanized at the pound. I have been checking on him on RAGOM’s website and today I found out that he was adopted over the weekend! Congratulations, Bruce!

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RAGOM receives 2008 Kodiak Award

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) Receives Award MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – October 27, 2008 Friends of Flicka is pleased to announce that Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) is the recipient of the 2008 Kodiak Award. This $5000 award is presented annually to a leading animal rescue organization or individual for their exceptional work in charitable animal rescue. Friends of Flicka is particularly impressed and moved by RAGOM’s commitment to rescuing and re-homing senior Golden Retrievers …

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Sno Ball

Of course I am always sad to see a post like this for a senior animal on Petfinder. I hope I can help find a new situation; I suggested Home for Life. Sno Ball*Courtesy Domestic Long Hair-white Size: Medium Age: Senior Sex: Female ID: Notes: **********************Courtesy Posting************************** Sno Ball is a senior cat who is in a rescue that is closing.

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Fingers Crossed!

From: anne Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 3:41 PM To: Luke, Denise (West) Subject: Sno Ball Thanks for your concern. A woman expressed an interest in giving this sweet cat a home. Lets hope it works out.

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A very happy ending for Sno Ball

I just received this great news; I’ll try to get copies of the photos: Just to let you know that Sno Ball went to her new and awesome home in Duluth yesterday. Her new Mom has a huge heart for rescue and Sno will have the best there is to offer. Already have photos of her in her new home with her roomie who is going blind and has some deformed limbs.

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Old Soldier

When I saw this sweet old dog with the sad eyes today on Petfinder, I just knew we had to help him. I called to get more information and we are sending a donation to sponsor him for his ongoing care. I hope to have updated photos soon.

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Update on Soldier

Hello again! I have some not so good news for dear Soldier. He was groomed today and checked over again by the vet and he is not gaining weight.

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Keeping Soldier Warm!

NOTE FROM SOLDIER’S FOSTER MOM: A big thank you to everyone who made it possible for Soldier to get his coats! He stays so much warmer on them! I attached a couple pictures of him in his outside coat!

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Bruce has been adopted

Bruce was the senior dog I found in St. Cloud whose time was nearly up at the pound. RAGOM had missed him because he was listed as a yellow lab instead of a golden retriever.

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Update on Megan & Piper sponsored at Home for Life

MEGAN Dear Friends of Flicka, Thank you for your sponsorship of Megan and Piper at Home for Life. Enclosed are recent photos we hope you will enjoy. Thank you for your patience as we restructure the sponsorship program.

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Soldier struggles

Just wanted to give you an update on Soldier. We have had a few tough decisions to make over the past couple weeks, and have decided to not allow Soldier to be adopted out. He will live the rest of his life with us.

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Rest in Peace, Soldier

Just wanted to let you know that Soldier passed onto doggie heaven this morning/overnight. When we woke up he had passed on in his sleep. I must say I was rather relieved because we have been discussing euthanizia due to his difficulty in even getting up and walking lately and I was having a very hard time knowing when to make that decision.

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Home For Life update on Megan & Piper

Friends of Flicka sponsors two golden retrievers, Megan and Piper, at Home for Life. We recently received an update from the organization and photos of the dogs enjoying life! MEGAN Dear Friends of Flicka: Thank you for your generous sponsorship of Megan and Piper.

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Another HFL update on Megan & Piper

A note and photos from Home for Life Sanctuary regarding the dogs we sponsor. Thank you for your sponsorship of Megan and Piper. This month we present photos taken by Butch McCartney, a professional photographer here in the Twin Cities.

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Bandit is having a great summer

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?? Bandit, the white-faced senior golden retriever that Friends of Flicka is sponsoring at RAGOM is learning all kinds of new things at his foster home and having a blast. He’s not likely to win a “Dock Dogs” competition for longest leap, but it’s clear from his photo that he is having fun.

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Second Chance

I just heard from RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) that they will be able to bring this dog into their foster system to find a new home. He is such a handsome dog and has been so badly treated until now. I will watch for updates.

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Oscar finds a home

I found Oscar while doing my daily searches on Petfinder.com for animals in need. His sweet face caught my attention and his story stole my heart. I shared Oscar’s plight with some friends who share my dismay and disgust when people give up lifelong pets when the pets get old.

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Rosie at RAGOM

I was very touched when I read Rosie’s story on the website for Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota (RAGOM), so Friends of Flicka decided to sponsor her to help with her extra medical costs. Rosie #10-077 (Fostered in Dayton, MN) Sponsored by: Friends of Flicka Rosie has been in her new foster home for only one week, and she’s already making tremendous progress adapting to life outside of a Tennessee puppy mill. Even though she has always lived outside with very little shelter and had never received …

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Amber

Amber is just the kind of dog that Friends of Flicka is eager to help. She is getting older and has spent her life, though crippled, breeding in a puppy mill. Read all about her in her RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) blog: I am introducing our very sweet, Amber.

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Scruffers

Friends of Flicka is sponsoring Scruffers who just arrived at RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota). Following is his RAGOM blog post:Give a huge welcome to Scruffers! Scruffy came to us today from a “ranch” where he has been kept in a kennel for most of his life.

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Bandit has baby twin sisters

FROM RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) BLOG: Bandit #09-132 (Fostered in West Des Moines, IA) Sponsored by: Friends of Flicka 12/01/2010: Hi Everyone, Sorry it has been soooooo long since I wrote but it has been SUPER busy around my house. You see this fall my foster mom was expecting, not one baby but TWO babies! So FD, my four legged brother Buddy and I spent a lot of time outside working on making sure everything was done before these babies arrived!

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The bittersweet story of Bear

When this email and photo arrived, I knew I had to help. My name is George and i am writing to you hoping that i can find a home for an older German Shepherd that i found on a country road in western Minnesota last Saturday. He was severely covered in matts and burrs and terribly skinny and weak.

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Update on Scruffy

Scruffy is a sweet old dog we sponsor at RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden Of MN). FOSTER MOM REPORTS: 12/06/2010: Have I mentioned how in love with Scruffers I am? In case that hasn’t come across fully, this dog is a complete lover.

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The Wildcat Sanctuary

The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota is a very unusual organization that we support. They care for over wild cats, large and small, from all over the country. The cats come from a variety of situations but have often suffered from abuse or neglect.

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Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue

Friends of Flicka is a long-time supporter of Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue located on the Red Lake Indian reservation in northern Minnesota. This amazing rescue is the full-time volunteer mission of Karen Good, a Native woman and elder for her tribe. Karen and Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue were first to receive the Kodiak Award in 2008 from Friends of Flicka.

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2010 Kodiak Award: Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation

PRESS RELEASE: Friends of Flicka is pleased to announce that the 2010 recipient of the Kodiak Award is Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation of Bloomington, Minnesota. This annual award of $5000 is given to a charitable organization or individual whose efforts on behalf of abused or abandoned animals are deserving of special recognition and aid. CHAR: WAITING FOR A FOREVER HOMEAct V Rescue & Rehabilitation is a non-profit, foster-based organization dedicated to taking in and thoughtfully re-homi…

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Video homage to Act V

Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation received the 2010 Kodiak award from Friends of Flicka recently and they sent us a video created by one of their faithful foster caregivers who is also a fine photographer. Check it out to learn more about Act V: Our Fosters from Ms Tori on Vimeo.

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Kindly golden and pirate pup pal

Our Kodiak award winning Act V vet, Dr. Vickie, has a golden of her own who befriends the injured animals passing through their lives. DR.

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Hooch

Hooch was rescued by Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, then transferred to RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota)for foster care. Friend of Flicka has faithfully supported both of these rescues and we’re glad to see a happy ending for Hooch. FROM RAGOM WEBSITE: Hooch is a 9 month old, beautiful purebred Golden Retriever.

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In Memory of Lee Seidl

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Lee Seidl at age 91. She is the mother of my friend Jim who has supported Friends of Flicka as a dream realized of helping animals in the name of his closest animal friends. We are deeply grateful for memorials received in remembrance of Lee.

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Matching Funds for Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue

We are pleased to announce that once again this winter, Friends of Flicka has offered to match donations to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue in December and January. Every dollar donated will be matched up to $5000. Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (RLRR) is a companion animal rescue located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.

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Matching Fund success

FROM RED LAKE ROSIE’S RESCUE BLOG: Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue is so grateful!!! In the last month, we have received just over $20,000 in gifts large and small from our loyal supporters. The amount is more than enough to earn the Matching Funds of $10,000 offered by Friends of Flicka and the Lawson Family Foundation.

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Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society

Friends of Flicka is happy to report on the success of a matching grant fundraising event for Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (MCRS). We offered $1000 in matching funds and MCRS raised over $3600 for a combined total of $4600! Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (MCRS) is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion rabbits.

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