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Thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers, the volunteers in Istanbul, Turkey, and several of our sister Golden Retriever Rescue organizations across the United States, over 1300 Golden Retrievers have found loving homes in the United States.   All of these lucky dogs no longer have to worry about starving; being attacked by feral dog packs, or brutalized by people who hate them just because they’re a dog.   

Named Operation Turkey Dog, our mission is to continue to help save these wonderful dogs as quickly as we can.  Please note that NO local goldens will be turned away from any of the participating rescue organizations while this rescue mission continues.

Are you interested in adopting one of these orphaned goldens?

We want all our dogs to find loving forever homes.  Because they’ve spent so much time either on the streets, in the forests, or in shelters, these dogs will need patience and understanding as they adjust to living in a new country and a new home.  The following are criteria for adopting a dog from Turkey:


  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.  Although we have had no problems so far, we have to assume that these dogs are not housebroken.  Therefore, an adopter who is not home during the day must be able to make arrangements for frequent visits to the home to let the dog out.
  • While we prefer a fenced yard, we will consider dedicated leash walkers – NO invisible fences and NO tie outs.  These dogs are used to roaming and need to be kept safe and secure.
  • No children under 8 years old– We have no history on these dogs, and while they are extremely social, we are treating them as shelter dogs.
  • Adoptees must have an approved application on file, including a home visit.  
  • To submit an application to adopt, visit our website and click on Adoption Application. Normal adoption application processing will apply. There will be a non- refundable $10 application processing fee; a phone interview will be conducted, a home visit may be required. And there is no guarantee that you will be able to adopt one of these dogs.
  • The adoptees must be able to travel to Pleasantville, NY to adopt their golden.

We do handle these dogs slightly differently in that they do NOT go to foster homes first. They are thoroughly checked out both medically and behaviorally, but then they are placed directly into their adoptive homes.

Our Adoption Fees for these dogs:

Because of the significant cost of rescuing these dogs and bringing them to America, we’ve established the following adoption fee.

Under 12 months of age as estimated by our veterinarian $800.00

Over 12 months of age:  $700.00


The National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America supports this rescue effort as there are no Golden Retrievers being put at risk in the United States because of this rescue.  Almost all of the 95 Golden Retriever rescue groups across the Country have waiting lists of approved applicants waiting to adopt. 


Foster Homes are Desperately Needed to help these and other Golden Retrievers needing our help.

GRRI is looking for experienced dog owners who are willing to open their homes and hearts to homeless Goldens in need of temporary housing until they’re adopted. If you’re interested in fostering, please visit our website and click on Volunteering


The wonderful artist Jenny McMurtrie from My Dog Art has designed some very cute items and opened an Etsy shop to support our Turkish Dog rescue. Please check out the link and share it with your friends and family. 30% of the proceeds go to our rescue effort. Thank you so much Jenny!!!

Turkey Dog Product



Most important of all, a BIG THANK YOU from us and all of the Goldens who have benefited from your generous support of our rescue efforts and the Turkish Dog rescue effort.