May 10, 2015 Alpharetta - Freedom gets a bath from Alison James at the Pet Lodge pet resort in Alpharetta on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Freedom is one of 36 golden retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey that Adopt a Golden Atlanta has brought to Atlanta in the largest rescue of golden retrievers internationally. The 36 dogs are either from shelters or are street dogs, and range in age from six months to 10 years. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Golden Retrievers rescued in Turkey are heading to Atlanta

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Lauren Genkinger, who founded the rescue agency, says the dogs were living on the streets of Istanbul and in the surrounding forest but will make great house pets.

“They really, truly are what we call 'Velcro dogs' because they don’t want to be abandoned anymore. So when we bring them over, they want to stick by you,” said Genkinger.

Golden Retrievers were considered a status symbol in Istanbul a few years ago, but now many are being abandoned. Turkey doesn’t have the resources to care for the animals.

“They don’t euthanize dogs like we do here in the (United) States. They spay and neuter them, they give them rabies shots and if they don’t have room for them in the shelter, then they put them out on the streets,” Genkinger said.

The Golden Retrievers will stay with foster families until they are ready for adoption in two weeks.

Go to Adopt A Golden Atlanta’s website to donate or apply to adopt a dog. 

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