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Laura Wilkins

Golden Angels Laura Wilkins

Laura has been helping Golden Rescue by fostering for almost 12 years.  Gracie #1546 was Laura’s first rescue and Barney #1920 was her second.  She has had Goldens all her adult life and now she fosters for GR and absolutely loves it.  Laura has fostered eight Goldens over the years including Lola, a heartworm pup.  Laura is in total sync with GR’s mission and wants to help in any way she can. …

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Jack Scott

Golden Angels Jack Scott

Jack and his wife Elsie have had dogs most of their life…many of them rescues.  Through friends, who had Golden Oscar #1945, they were introduced to the gentle, loving Golden and they were sold.  Jack and Elsie now have sweet Libby, a wonderful, sweet girl.  Libby and Oscar join Jack and Ross at many GR events like The Pickering Markets and the GR Picnic.  They also have done long-haul transports where Jack and Ross have driven to Boston to transport Goldens who have arrived from Istanbul to Ontario. …

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Wanette Doucette-Goodman & Dan Botnick

Golden Angels Wanette Doucette-Goodman & Dan Botnick

Wanette’s son fell in love with Goldens after watching Homeward Bound and on his 12th birthday, he received a Golden puppy, Shadow, who filled their home with joy for almost 14 years.  Wanette discovered GR at The Pickering Markets and kept up with our activities on Facebook, but when the family lost Shadow, Wanette and her husband Dan soon adopted Tiggs #2474 from Istanbul.  This amazing boy, unfortunately, had cancer and died eight months later; however, not before he experienced everything Canada had to offer ~ cottage life, swimming in the lake, boating, campfires, eating steak and visiting Dairy Queen. …

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Dave Little

Golden Angels Dave Little

In 2015, Dave didn’t have a Golden and decided to get his Golden fix by volunteering for Golden Rescue. Dave is always ready, willing, and happy to jump in anywhere he is needed. He has also done many long transports picking up our precious cargo. He has also picked up Goldens at the Montreal airport and hosted a number of overnighters. Dave has had three beautiful Goldens in his life ~Ginger, Maggie, and Sarah, who were grateful to Dave for caring and loving them.  …

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Pieter Helmke

Golden Angels Pieter Helmke

Pieter has been helping Golden Rescue for over 12 years. He first encountered Golden Rescue after his fourth Golden crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Initially, Pieter fostered but in 2008 he was ready for another Golden and adopted Bodon #910.  Pieter loves road trips and Bodon is always with him. He has done many long transports for us and recently did a three-day trip to New Brunswick. When he’s not doing transports, he is always happy to help in any way he can.…

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Kate Haddad-Jones

Golden Angels Kate Haddad-Jones

Kate, a long time Golden lover, started volunteering for Golden Rescue during her mat leave. She had volunteered with her local humane society; however, her heart has always been with Goldens so she thought Golden Rescue was the perfect fit for her. Lucky us! Kate had volunteered for events and tag days but she wanted to help on a more consistent basis. There was a need on the social media team, a perfect fit for Kate, and the social media team welcomed her with open arms.…

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Carol & Tom Schoeps

Golden Angels Carol & Tom Schoeps

Carol and Tom started volunteering for Golden Rescue at events in 2004 after they adopted their first Golden, Prince #434.  They adopted their second Golden, Reily #814 and currently share their home with Lochlann #1905.  Carol started volunteering on the hotline and then joined the volunteer coordinator team and eventually accepted the role as team lead.  Tom, who was about to retire, jumped in to help Carol, as she found herself with a lot on her plate as she also took on the Team Resources role. …

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Vaughan Kitson

Golden Angels Vaughan Kitson

Vaughan and his wife Lynda have loved and owned Goldens for over 25 years.  This amazing volunteer and Golden lover first was introduced to Golden Rescue at our booth at The Pickering Markets.  He, like many others, was stunned to learn that there were Goldens who needed rescuing.  After talking to a number of volunteers, he decided to get involved and help wherever he could.  Currently, Vaughan is our event valuator, which involves researching events throughout Ontario to see if they might be a fit for us. …

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