Citrus Co. group helps rescue golden retrievers from Turkey

Left to right: Ben and Noah were rescued in Turkey and brought to Citrus County. Joshua's House for Golden Retriever Rescue photos
Left to right: Ben and Noah were rescued in Turkey and brought to Citrus County. Joshua's House for Golden Retriever Rescue photos

LECANTO, Fla. (AP) — A Citrus County dog rescue group is caring for two golden retriever dogs that were rescued in Turkey and then transported to the U.S.

Joshua’s House for Golden Retriever Rescue in Lecanto is caring for “Ben” and “Noah” who arrived last week. Joshua’s House has found a permanent home for Ben. The organization is still looking for Noah’s “fur-ever home”.

Joshua’s House spokesperson Ellen Pavlick said the rescue group is very diligent when it comes to finding the right permanent home for their dogs, applicants are thoroughly screened which includes a house visit. “The biggest thing is finding the perfect fit,” said Pavlick.

The non-profit is making arrangements to receive four more dogs in April or May.

Joshua’s House is one of the Florida rescue groups that are helping to recover golden retrievers from Turkey and bring them back to the United States.

Experts say golden retrievers used to be a status symbol in Turkey, but only puppies are considered valuable, meaning many dogs are put in the streets or left in the woods.

Rescuers say government officials would bury stray dogs alive in mass graves, poison them or leave them to fend for themselves.

It costs about $2,000 to rescue each dog, including airfare, overnight boarding and vet fees. Groups across the state, including Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue, and another in Atlanta, are getting on board.

The Citrus County Chronicle reports most dogs arriving last week went to rescue groups in South Florida and two went to Joshua’s House in Lecanto.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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