Turkey Dogs





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Goldens “used to be” a status symbol in Istanbul. They were imported from Germany and England and sold in pet stores. They lived in outdoor gardens since dogs are considered unclean and can’t be inside.  But then they became too popular and their desirability was lost. They were turned loose into the streets to fend for themselves, joining the packs of other dogs foraging for food in dumpsters, trash cans or, if they’re lucky, from the bags of kibble dumped on the ground by concerned volunteers. They’re mostly young – under 5 years old.  The older ones either succumb to the elements or are killed by the feral dog pack.




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A concerned American living in Istanbul saw these roaming dogs and contacted Adopt A Golden Atlanta asking for help. After an exhaustive 4 month process, the first 36 Goldens set foot on American soil in early in 2015. Since then dozens more have been brought over by other Golden Retriever Rescue groups. .

EGRR heard of this need and decided that we must join this rescue effort. Across the country, purebred Goldens surrendered to rescue groups have dwindled but adoptees willing to open up their homes and their hearts for this wonderful breed has not declined. What a perfect match, getting dogs that desperately need a home matched up with families desperately wanting a Golden. This national effort, in which many Golden Retriever organizations are involved, is also supported by the The Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee. Our focus and commitment remains to rescue every Golden, whether in shelters in the United States, or owners surrendering their pets, and to these Turkey Goldens coming from Istanbul. Current waiting and approved applicants will be considered



In order to continue to save these Goldens in Turkey, we’ll need your continued monetary support. The costs incurred to bring these dogs includes such items as airfare, transport, vet care, passports, and crates, as well as, the cost of spending 2 weeks in the Istanbul shelter being vetted.

PayPal is a great way to make a direct donation to EGRR using your credit card. In the line for “Purpose” please indicate “Turkey Dogs.”. You can also donate by sending a check to EGRR Treasurer, 1530 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #4335, Boynton Beach, FL 33424.

Please share this information with your friends and family. The more money we can raise, the more Goldens we can rescue.


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, we’ve had to set mandatory adoption criteria.

  • Adoption fee is $600.00.
  • Someone who will be home most, if not all of the time.
  • A fenced yard – no invisible fences.
  • Children in the household must be 9 years or over.
  • An only dog home, or one with another friendly dog, preferably of the opposite sex.
  • Adopters must live in the area covered by EGRR.

Interested adopters should follow EGRR’s regular adoption process. Click here to read our adoption process and to fill out an application. If you are an approved adopter who is waiting for a golden, and want to be considered for a Turkey Golden, notify our EGRR Adoption Coordinator at egrr@bellsouth.net.  


Click here to meet the March 2016 Turkey Goldens.
Click here to meet the January 2016 Turkey Goldens.
Visit Facebook:Turkey Goldens in the Florida Sun.