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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.
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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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