How does a Gold Star family adopt a golden retriever?
Posted On June 19, 2021
Posted October 16, 2018 06:08:33 The family of a Gold Medal Gold Star Family adopted a Golden Retriever and named it Golden Holly in honour of the service dog’s service to the military.
Gold Star Families is a not-for-profit organisation that helps soldiers with their special needs, and has adopted dogs since the 1950s.
The Gold Star dog, who has been called Golden Holly, was adopted by Gold Star families at the beginning of 2017 and has since been adopted by families around Australia.
Gold star families can find the perfect dog for them by visiting their adoption website.
“It’s been quite a journey for Golden Holly and her family,” Gold Star Executive Director of Adoption Danielle O’Brien said.
“They’ve been through the toughest times in their lives, and have been able to come through with this dog and bring her home to them.”
Gold Star Dog Adoption Coordinator Daniel Brown said the adoption process took about three weeks.
“She came from a military family, she has a very sweet disposition and she’s a great companion, she’s always been very friendly,” Brown said.
The family will be able to adopt the dog for $1,000.
“Her family is incredibly happy to have a dog that will give them the best possible service for their son,” Brown added.
Gold Stars adopted Golden Holly after they were told she had been shot in the arm during a training exercise.
The injury caused a laceration to her right arm and required stitches.
“We really had a very difficult time at the end of the year because we really had to wait for her to heal,” Brown explained.
“That’s the hardest thing that I’ve had to deal with is waiting for her, but the Gold Star dogs are such an emotional thing.”
Gold Stars adoption process is open to anyone who has a Gold star, and is free to anyone with a Goldstar dog, regardless of whether they are a Gold or a Silver Star.
“I know that the Gold stars family is so thankful for the opportunity to take care of their little dog,” Brown continued.
“Their son has had a lot of injuries in his life and so we knew this was something we needed to help his family, so we wanted to give him something that was of the utmost comfort and comfort that he could rely on.”
Brown said that the adoption was one of the hardest parts of the process.
“He had a great story to tell about his experience with the training, but also to have the Gold star family adopt their dog,” he said.