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Golden Beginnings Tree of Hope

Each year during the winter holidays, Golden Beginnings embarks on a mission to raise much-needed funds to cover surgeries, heartworm treatment, medications and spaying and neutering of all dogs currently in the organization. Historically, our adoption fees cover about 30-40% of these costs, and we rely on donations for the rest.The annual Tree of Hope enables us work towards covering our costs while giving you – our donors – the opportunity to contribute to a unique FUNdraiser! From gifts to ornaments to a variety of colorful lights, your contribution will adorn the beautiful tree below all through the season.We invite you to help us decorate the tree below with your generosity and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

On behalf of all our Goldens, we thank you for your incredible support from the bottom of our hearts.

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Golden Beginnings Tree of Hope
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Tree of Hope Personal Messages from our Donors

In Memory of Rambo, Quigley and Cora

Rambo’s dad

In loving memory of our Sweet Lewis who made a huge difference in our lives. Thank you for always being such a good friend, Lew. Run free with Ginger and Hershey, and we’ll see you all again one day.

Andrea Wagner

In loving memory of Ginger and Hershey, who were rescued by the wonderful volunteers at GBGRR. We are so grateful for the time we were blessed to have with both of them. Run free sweet doggies!

Jason & Andrea Wagner

In honor of Red and in memory of Smitty & Wesley


We have been so blessed with Tucker and Chase from GBGRR and love how they complete our family!

Kristin & Mike Silliman

In honor of our current pups Bella, Starbuck and Rusty and in memory of all our special pups that have crossed over Rainbow Bridge.

From the Martins

In memory of Sammy Sue and Jake Ekland!!!

Thanks to GRR for bringing us Lizzie

Stephen J Marvin

In loving memory of Maxi boy, our gentle giant. We miss you dearly.
Thanking everyone at GBGRR for caring for Max and Lenny and for bringing them into our lives.

Stanley, Frances & Lenny

In honor of the Golden Beginnings’ transport volunteers.

Donna and Annie Rudolph

In loving memory of Bailey, Rusty and Bogart – all GBGRR dogs. You are dearly missed. In honor of the wonderful GBGRR volunteers – thank you!

Amy Kessler

Harper and Jake Eanes

In honor of my friend Lisa Bailey and her son, Tanner, for helping with many transports with me for GBGRR. Their girl, Sophie, was Max’s best friend and, soon, she will be Boone’s, too! B

Boone’s Mom

Chuy Gutmann

For Calvin. Sending hugs and prayers for your continued progress. Thanks to your foster parents for their love and care and gbgrr.

From Sally & Denis Oliver

In memory of Ava (our gbgrr) and our other goldens’ Alex, Hunter I and Hunter II who blessed our lives and gave us wonderful memories that will always be with us.

From Sally & Denis Oliver

In memory of my sweet golden angel, Henri


With love to all the golden angel lovers and the goldens they love!

From Candy & Jerry to the one we loved and lost, Reggie

Remembering our sweet Angel with an angel on the tree

Alice Lively

From Luke Benavides

In memory of Chelsea and Val – our golden buddies. Grateful you came into our lives.

The Browning Family

In loving memory of our beloved Jewel. Merry Christmas to all the wonderful Golden rescuers!

Randy Hollon and Paula Winslow

Merry Christmas from our sweet boy, Trooper. He has given us so much joy over the past 8 years.

From the Volf family – Trooper, Ted, Char

Holiday blessings to all.

From Judy and Ed and the golden kids…Murphy, Drummer, Maddie, Finn, and Trooper

Merry Christmas and thank you to all the Golden Beginnings volunteers from the Tyson family and our Golden Beginnings alum Patti.

The Tyson Family

Thanks to all the volunteers who help all year long.


In loving memory of our Molly. We miss you everyday.

Trish and Brad Green

For all the great work you do for these sweet and beautiful animals.

Elizabeth Kubiak

Lisa Harper

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Thank you Golden Beginnings for all that you do!

The Spano Family: Michael, Katelyn, Tex and Autumn

In memory of our sweet golden girls – Abigail and Molly. In honor of our golden boy Galen who is the love of our lives. Thank you GBGRR!!

Dan and Sue Wisneski

In loving memory of Max, and, in celebration of Boone joining our family

Vickie and David

We are thankful for our Jackson, who brings us joy every day, and for the wonderful volunteers at GBGRR!

From Robert and Lyn Bowden

From Carol’s crew: Opal and Rubie

Happy Holidays from Winston – a Golden Beginning Alum.

Jeff, Victor, Oscar and Winston

To all of my beautiful Goldens who have gone before me… Shana, Country, Wendy, Katy and Maddie! May I be worthy to meet them again! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for all your hard work!


In honor of the volunteers of this organization who give so tirelessly and selflessly for the well being of our Goldens in need.

Love, Johnny and Lexi Scardasis-Finn

For Amanda and Kathy…your fabulous intake gals!!!!!

Chloe Moore

From Anne & Doug McGuire & the Vintage Goldens

What an awesome organization. Merry Christmas

Debbie & Dennis & Ranger

Thank you GBGRR for saving Sassy.

Margaret Donofrio

In memory of all the golden boys I’ve had over the years; Maxwell, Stormy, Duke, Harris and Jack. You were all special and are greatly missed.

Hank Klein

Merry Christmas to all the GBGRR families from Harley (alumni) and his little brother Riley!

Kathleen Yarnick

In memory of Maggie and Annabelle and in honor of GBGRR alums Remy and Rhett! Thank you for all you do!

From the Robinsons-Beth, John, Remy and Rhett

A special wishes for Calvin and God Bless Merrick for her love.

Charlie & Lois

For Baxter, Lucy, Chaco, Moose, and all the cats these retrievers hung out with!

Charlotte & Jim Dudley

For Calvin, being cared for by Merrick Guier, GBR foster volunteer.

Marta Dorman

Please accept this donation for Calvin, my niece Merrick’s latest rescue. We are praying for a miracle to heal him from distemper. He is such a sweet boy who deserves a chance at a better life.

Sandi Harris

I am so impressed with all you do for these sweet babies.

From Sharon and Minnie Pearl

I absolutely LOVE Goldens – my current Golden has been a therapy dog since he was two months old and is almost nine years old – MY therapy too!

Jeanne Hooke

In memory of Ollie & Chelsea and with love from Ryder, Prissy and Penny xx

From Zoë & Emily Weber

In honor of Frankie’s first Christmas and all the Goldens who have found, and will find, their forever homes.

Katherine Bell

For all my GB fosters, but especially for sweet Calvin


In honor of all the wonderful volunteers – especially the foster families – who open up hearts and homes to these babies.

The Murphy Family – Martha, Adam, Gidget, Lincoln and McKinley

Martha Murphy

Thank you to all the volunteers of this organization that has rescued so many deserving dogs. Thank you for letting us adopt Molly “Dove”. Thank you for all you do. Have a blessed Christmas.

Fran and Chris

For our boy Bangee.

From T and Karen Moses

For my two great GBGRR boys Sherman and Duke. “The Boys” as they are known in the subdivision.

In honor of our Suzi and in memory of Winchester and Peanut. My GBGRR babies!! The best pups ever!!

Suzi, Winchester and Peanut

Merry Christmas Golden Beginnings. Thank you for everything you do for all of my friends and thank you for saving me.

GBGRR alumna Sadie Ray

Merry Christmas Golden Beginnings! Thank you for giving so many deserving pups a new beginning to a wonderful life! We are so grateful!

Love, Tucker and Josie Quattlebaum and Their Humans

In Memory of Mandy and Flare and in Honor of Bo

Merry Christmas, Charlotte, Chase, and Russell

Thanks Golden Beginnings for finding my furever family, signed, Aurora.

Aurora’s Family

Kat Mack Photography wishes you a tail waggin’ Christmas, and a wiggle butt new year!

In loving memory of all the goldens that have brought us so much joy.

Wanda Ager

For Maddie Terwelp, who has brightened our lives for 4+ years

Erlina & Matt Terwelp

In honor of Rosie From Trish, Livy and Angel

In loving memory of PJ and Heisman

Jeff Choat

In honor of Tidwell and all rescue animals

Love, The Hitch family

In memory of my truly loved mother-n-law who so loved her grand dogs. Thank you mom for the last 40 yrs. of love and friendship. We love you and miss you.

Brenda Newton

In honor of our best friend, Buddy.

Ron and Amy McLain

For Mookie, Rusty and Jack

Debby Springer

In memory of sweet Twinky.


From Bodhi (fka Sonic)

In memory of Lilly. We miss you sweet girl. You are forever in our hearts.

Shelly, Luis and Amanda.

In loving memory of our Cinnamon

Cindi & Daryll Williams

Our GBGRR boy – Ace

O’Donnell family

In memory of our Golden angels Belle💜 Beaux💜 and Sophie💜.

Sue and Bull


Thanks for bringing Josie into our lives. She is such a love. We would be lost without her. Keep up the good work!

Merry Christmas – Christy, Jeff and Josie Mansoor

GBGRR does amazing things for the Goldens among us. Thank you!

Karie and Gracie 🐾

Thanks for rescuing so many Goldens and almost Goldens and blessing families along the way.

Charles,Michelle,Elizabeth and Emily Brown and Buck, Bella, Little Bear and Blue

In memory of the wonderful Goldies who have enhanced our lives (Amber, Nugget, Celiss, Paris, Elvis and Zeke).

Lucia Hansen

Thanks to all the volunteers and workers at GBGRR for all you do to help these angels. Merry Christmas!!

Maverick, Ranger (GBGRR 2016), and Melinda

In honor of bob Kimberly and Jack Kimberly Fuller.

Kelly and bob and in memory of jack.

Abby Lynn…always in our hearts.

Mike and Jennifer Manley

Our gift is sent to help goldens to achieve their very own Golden Beginning. Thank you for all the furry friends and the families you help along the way.

From Jaclyn Goree and Dianne and Dennis Abrahams

For all the wonderful Goldens we have been blessed to be loved by.

Gallie, Nos and Samantha

Thank you to GBGRR for all that you do for all of the gorgeous Goldens!

Oakley the Golden and his four Shih Tzu siblings, Dylan, Luke, Griffin, & Meg

For our buddy Comet that crossed the rainbow bridge this year

Archie, Moose and Jack

Thank you to GBGRR for giving so many Goldens a second chance at happiness! We couldn’t do it without the amazing help of our volunteers and supporters. Thank you all for all you do!

The Neale family

“Thanks to all of the GBGRR volunteers whose tireless and devoted work saves so many!”

Kathy and Lou Boxleitner