WHO we are

With more than 80 domestic Golden Retriever rescues in the U.S., we recognized an urgent need to help the many Golden’s overseas. We are a voice for the voiceless in countries who neglect and mistreat dogs.

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Rescue is our Passion

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Our Goldens Without Borders rescue was started because of our love and passion for Goldens. We wish we could save all the abused, abandoned and neglected animals in the world but we will start here.

Please know we are all unpaid volunteers and we rely on the grace and generosity of our donors and volunteers. We are a reputable rescue that will focus on those Goldens in countries where neglect and mistreatment is of the worst imaginable kind.

We Foster Awareness

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Whether it is by petitions, public awareness or through social media, we are committed to raising awareness and being a rescue that advocates for the humane treatment of all dogs. Despite such deplorable conditions, the Golden Retriever has unwavering optimism and a spirit that is rarely broken. We hope to give them hope, new families and new lives.

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Why We Exist

To rescue and safely transport international Golden Retrievers to the U.S. and be placed in a loving forever home.


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Our Rescue and Shelter Partners In China

Our Chinese partner activists work all year round to rescue thousands of dogs from the meat trade. Whether crammed onto trucks—where they endure dehydration, starvation, broken limbs, shock and disease—or huddled in the corner of a filthy slaughterhouse, our activist partners are these animals’ last hope.

Our Rescue and Shelter Partners in South Korea

In South Korea, dogs are killed by electrocution; elsewhere, they are usually bludgeoned, hanged or more rarely, boiled alive.


Across Asia, there is increasingly vocal local opposition to this trade due to cruelty, criminality and human health concerns.


Dog meat is mainly, but not exclusively, eaten by older, male consumers under the misapprehension of health benefits.In South Korea and China, most people don’t eat dogs, but there are hot spots and times of year when and where consumption increases. In South Korea, more dog meat is consumed during Bok Nal (the hottest days insummer) than at other times of the year. In China, there is increased consumption in “hotspot” provinces such as Guangdong, Yunnan, Guangxi (where the infamous Yulin dog meat festival takes place), Jilin and Liaoning.Dog meat bans exist in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore; most recently, Indonesia pledged support for a ban.


Sponsor Our Next Rescue Mission

Never a situation so dark, that light cannot shine. Never a scenario so bleak, that hope cannot pull us through. Over the months, we already raised $50,000

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Our Founder

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Sheila (Donnelly) Oliveira

Worked for a defense contractor in the Washington D.C area for more than thirteen years. I am committed to making the difference in as many lives as we can.

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