Rescue of the Month: Golden Huggs

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Golden Huggs Rescue was founded by Brigitte Ritchie and Deb Johnson, two dog-loving women who couldn’t bear to turn a blind eye to the numerous dogs languishing in area shelters.

Years of dedication and hard work have led to a very personalized process that carefully matches a Golden Huggs dog to its rightful home. Today, the Vermont based rescue group has a growing community of volunteers, foster families and an ever-expanding list of happily placed dogs living it up in their adoptive homes.

This passionate group of volunteers have made it their mission to find loving, suitable homes for (otherwise) displaced, abandoned, or stray golden retrievers and golden mixes.  Working with partners in the southern US,  Golden Huggs is decreasing the numbers of goldens and golden mixes put down at shelters.

In order to maintain quality care and high standards for all aspects of their operation, Golden Huggs sees to it that all volunteers have been involved in the rescue and placing of dogs for years, and that all have worked with reputable rescues in the past. Golden Huggs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and receives no funding at all. All expenses are paid out of pocket. That said, donations are gratefully accepted, and strongly encouraged by us.

If you are interested in adopting, please visit the adoptions page and fill out an application. If you’d like to learn more about Golden Huggs, or would like to show your support for their cause, please visit them at or visit their Facebook group.

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19 thoughts on “Rescue of the Month: Golden Huggs”

  1. I think this is great and they are too be commended for all their hard work on behalf of the homeless dogs they place in new homes. But why does rescue have to be breed specific. Can’t we ignore breed and just focus on homeless dogs of all breeds?

  2. I have to commend you for your tireless acts of love and devotion to rescuing these dogs. I currently help with our rescue group of greyhound rescue and I also do fostering. Fostering is so rewarding and it does change your life. Anyone that does rescues and fostering deserves a huge deal of respect. Thank you for all you do and I hope and pray you can continue to help these dogs for many years to come.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful rescue. Me, Lily and momma volunteer for the French Bulldog Rescue Network
    Yippee for rescues
    Benny & Lily

  4. Hey, I know Brigitte! 🙂 I have taken care of dogs from Golden Huggs when I was working as a vet tech/receptionist. Golden Huggs is a great rescue run by wonderful people! (I’ve worked for several rescue organizations including the MSPCA so I know how to assess rescue groups.)


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