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BARRIE, ON, November 8, 2021 – Not-for-profit organization, Golden Rescue is undertaking its largest, singleday rescue mission in its history when 44 abused Golden Retrievers and four Labrador Retrievers will be flown out of Cairo, Egypt and greeted at Pearson International Airport by their waiting adoptive families.  

These rescues will have endured some horrendous conditions in Cairo and a fourteen-hour journey to Canada to have a second chance at a better life.  Golden Rescue’s Board Chair, Viive Tamm, explains, “Many of these Retrievers, some quite young, have been on death’s door, treated in the most deplorable ways. We are always in awe of their resiliency and will to live. Our shelter partners in Cairo provide them with the care and nourishment that they need and prepare them for their flight to safety.  And we are forever grateful for our huge support system here in Canada who so lovingly take these sweet souls into their homes and give them an amazing new life.

Media are invited to join Golden Rescue and dozens of adoptive families on Monday, November 8th.  

ARRIVAL 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 9:00/9:30 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 have a team at the airport.

These Golden Retrievers will be among the 48 on the flight. Pictured, in Cairo, (L to R)  Jackson #3772, Bubbles # 3776, Raheem #3754

COVID PROTOCOLS  All current Covid protocols will be followed.  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 48 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 900 abandoned Goldens from Turkey, 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. 

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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