Golden Sam needs our help

When I read this latest rescue story, my heart just about broke. I really hope folks can pitch in so that he can have the life-saving surgery that is needed. I know my check is in the mail. Here is his story from Golden Retriever Rescue and Community Education, Inc. (GRRACE) in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sam is a special needs Golden boy that is just over a year old.  He has spent most of his life in the shelter; adopted and then returned due to a liver condition called PSS (Portosystemic Shunt) that his adopter could not afford to correct.  There was something special about Sam that the shelter immediately recognized, so GRRACE was called instead of having Sam euthanized.

Sam’s body cannot filter toxins out of his blood.  He takes daily medications, which help control (not cure) his condition, but the medications make him feel sick. He cannot eat protein so he cannot build muscle properly which decreases his energy level and endurance.

Sam needs to have surgery to correct the PSS.  Once surgery is completed, he can live a happy, healthy life.  His surgery must be completed as close to one year of age as possible, so time is of the essence.  The cost for surgery with pre and post surgical care will be about $3,000.


Sam is a true golden personality.  He loves everyone he meets;  dogs, cats and most of all PEOPLE!  He is a very smart boy who loves walks, car rides and his big basket of toys! When he’s out on his walks he will actually sit down if he sees another dog or person approach, in the hopes they will pet him and play. He is also the biggest cuddler his foster parents have ever met! If you sit down close to Sam, you’d better plan on him taking up residency in your lap!

Sam is just a lovable, sweet, happy boy who we would like to provide the opportunity to live the happy, healthy life he so deserves.

GRRACE is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization so all donations to help with Sam’s expenses are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Donors will recognized on our website with their names listed as “Friends of Sam” (unless you request not to be). Checks can be mailed to GRRACE, PO Box 513, Plainfield, IN 46168. Please note “SAM” in the memo of your check and include your name and complete address so a donation receipt can be provided.


Do you have a friend or family member who is a Golden lover?  Maybe they have a birthday or anniversary coming up and you just don’t know what to get them?  A gift to Sam in their name is a wonderful gift idea!  A card will be sent to them to tell them of your gift!

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2 thoughts on “Golden Sam needs our help

  1. Just sent off my contribution in the memory of my beloved KEELEE – my 12 1/2 year old Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix who I lost to a brain tumor on 5/22/2008. Best wishes Sam – from Nadine and doggies Apples & Neeli

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