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BARRIE, ON, February 12, 2021 – Golden Rescue and Lab Rescue, two not-for-profit animal rescue groups, have teamed up to transport to Toronto 30 Golden Retrievers and six Labrador Retrievers from Cairo, Egypt, victims of abhorrent abuse, neglect and abandonment. During the pandemic, animal rescue has been deemed an essential service, and the work of these organizations has been ongoing with good cause: WARNING: disturbing images.  

On Thursday, February 18th, these Golden Retrievers will be among the group flown to safety and adopted by  forever families who will be at the airport to pick them up.     

Grace was tightly chained as a puppy and the chain grew into her neck

Elsa was intentionally burned.

Elsa was intentionally burned.











Please join us for this emotional event where these Goldens pictured (Grace, Churros and Elsa) and the others on the flight will be united with their forever families to begin a life far removed from the torment they have endured.  

WHEN  Thursday, February 18th

FLIGHT DETAILS  EgyptAir Flight MS995, arriving @ Pearson International Airport @ approximately 7:00 a.m.  Flight could be delayed, please check ETA.  For story coverage, please note that Goldens and their families meet each other about 90 minutes after the flight arrives – at approximately 9:30/10:00 a.m.  

LOCATION  CAS Cargo Services: 2710 Britannia Rd. East, Mississauga, Building 2, Door 5.  

CONTACT  Viive Tamm, Golden Rescue Board Chair, 416.418.8016 – Viive will be at the airport, available for interviews.  Laura Johnson, Founder of Lab Rescue will also be at the airport.  

COVID PROTOCOLS  All families will be required to wait in their car until their rescue Golden or Lab is released from the cargo area. Interviews can be arranged with some families.  All participants, including rescue volunteers, will wear a mask and adhere to social distancing requirements.  

BACKGROUND  Golden Rescue, Canada’s largest single breed, not-for-profit rescue operation and Lab Rescue have orchestrated this freedom flight  working with dedicated, compassionate shelter workers in Cairo who have prepared these 36 dogs for their long journey, part of Golden Rescue’s Mission of Love which was launched in 2015.  To date, Golden Rescue has brought to Canada more than 800 abandoned Goldens from Istanbul, Egypt, Mexico and other global locations.  Funded solely by donors, Golden Rescue has seen a tremendous increase in donations during the pandemic and has been able to increase its rescue efforts, saving Goldens from various global locations.  And while our international rescue program is vitally important, so too is our focus on local rescues throughout Ontario, Quebec and across the country.  

Board Chair, Viive Tamm explains, “Rescue has no borders.  As long as there are Goldens in need, we will try to give them a better life. While our tag line may say we give Goldens a second chance, in reality, we give them their only chance at a life far removed from some very dire scenarios.  Our international Goldens are remarkably resilient and we are continually in awe of their will to survive under the most unthinkable circumstances.”

For more information about our Rescue Mission of Love, visit 

For information about this release, please contact Golden Rescue’s Board Chair, Viive Tamm at 416.418.8016.    


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