Sanctuary For Senior Golden Retrievers Destroyed By Hurricane Flooding

A sanctuary, designed to keep homeless, aging and special needs Golden Retrievers comfortable and happy during the twilight of their life, was destroyed when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas a few weeks ago. On August 27, flood waters from the massive storm rapidly engulfed the property of the non-profit refuge, Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary (GRASS), prompting an emergency evacuation of the dogs who call the property home.

Dogs who reside at this canine “heaven on Earth” are not kept in cages – instead they are able to roam free at one of GRASS’ two cabins or the main house. All of the buildings on the property were impacted when the flood water rushed in, carrying septic waste along with it.

Joshua Radliff, who runs the sanctuary, said that “the amount of damage is just insane.” Because of the contamination, everything touched by the foul septic water will have to be replaced.

Volunteers have been working to help pull out contaminated flooring, walls and insulation, and starting the lengthy rebuilding process – suffice to say, it is expensive. A fundraiser has been established to help the sanctuary put the pieces back together, and continue doing what they do best…providing abandoned Golden Retrievers with a safe and loving environment.

Find the fundraiser for GRASS at this link.

Find the GRASS website at this link.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.