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Susan and Mowat with Tilt and Cubbie

Golden Angels Susan Hill

Susan has been an animal lover all her life. Her first introduction to Goldens was in her mid 20’s when her first Golden, Thumper, came into her life. This love affair actually inspired her to make a career change and she went back to school to become a registered veterinary technician. While at school, she encountered her first rescue opportunity with a senior Golden who had been brought in to be euthanized after being shot in the woods.…

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Valerie Barker with Murphy and Sassy

Golden Angels Valerie Barker

Valerie has been a dog lover her whole life. Her first contact with a Golden Retriever was with a Lion’s sponsored program where she fostered a Golden Retriever pup who was being trained as a guide dog for the CNIB. This amazing pup, Murphy, did really well in the program but he didn’t pass all the stringent tests. This was a blessing in disguise as Valerie and her family were given the opportunity to adopt this spectacular boy and it has been a love story ever since for Murphy and Valerie.…

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Andrew Hunt with Eve

Golden Angels Andrew Hunt

Andrew was introduced to Golden Rescue almost by accident. He walked his brother’s Golden from time to time and was struck by what a beautiful and friendly breed Goldens were. He had never had his own Golden but was starting to think that he might like to adopt. After hearing about GR’s fostering program, he thought this might be a good way of getting involved, helping Goldens who needed a second chance, and having Goldens in his life.…

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Jeff and Betty with Kona, Denver and #1342 Shadow

Golden Angels Betty & Jeff James

Betty is GR’s talented and creative graphic designer. This amazing volunteer doesn’t ever say ‘no’ when she’s asked to help. She designs our newsletter The Guardian, calendars, eblasts, GR truck skins, appreciation certificates, thank you and sympathy cards, adopter and fosters guides/handbooks, special promo posters, merchandise, and postcards. Betty is currently working on our biggest project yet ~ our 25th anniversary, celebratory coffee-table book. Betty’s work is not only brilliant but it is extremely important to brand of our organization consistently and she has contributed greatly to GR’s highly professional and fun ‘look’.…

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Brenda with Brody #385 and Lily

Golden Angels Brenda Griffiths-Nanacsik

Brenda first encountered GR in 2002 and the following year she adopted Brody #385, a 10-week-old heartbreaker. In an effort to thank GR for finding Brody, Brenda asked how she could help as she was looking for something meaningful to do. She has since become a valued GR volunteer. Brenda started working on the hotline…a task at which she excelled and became the team lead. Brenda loved working the phones and GR loved her talent and commitment to this important task.…

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Caron with Eli and Bailey

Golden Angels Caron Duhaime

Caron Duhaime and her husband Tom love Goldens and their dogs are their ‘kids’. Caron is a groomer and works from home and her passion for Goldens is limitless. In 2010, she felt the best way to show her regard for this wonderful breed was to get involved with Golden Rescue. And get involved she did! Caron handles all of GR’s mail orders and she created this role from scratch. This is a BIG job ~ all orders that come in for gifts (calendars, bracelets, cookbooks, greeting cards) go through Caron.…

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Dan Cummings with Adelle #2241

Golden Angels Dan Cummings

After his retirement in 2013, Dan was looking for something interesting to do when not golfing. A friend introduced him to GR and he was fascinated with the many volunteer opportunities. Dan chose fostering and his knack for training became immediately useful as his first foster, Chloe, was a difficult case. After several weeks, Chloe’s whole demeanor improved with Dan’s patience and care and she was ready for her forever family.…

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Cynthia with Fred #801 and Ginger #802

Golden Angels Cynthia Mazur

The love that Cynthia had for her two Goldens, Fred #801 and Ginger #802, spills into her tireless volunteer efforts for Golden Rescue. Ever since Cynthia first googled GR and clicked send on her adoption application, Golden Rescue has been the lucky recipient of Cynthia’s time and talent. Her can-do attitude stretches as far as her taking vacation time to help with… well…almost everything. Cynthia has been a critical member of the golf committee, participates at events, now drives the GR truck, handles the general inquiries line on her own, and is the team lead for the lottery committee.…

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