The Goldstock Fund: General Fund
Funding Guidelines

Medical | Boarding | Transportation | Behavioral Evaluations

TGF GENERAL FUND accepts applications for assistance for rescue Golden Retrievers, Golden Retriever mixes, or golden hearted dogs from any group or organization, or from any individual who is of legal age (18 years).

Applications can submitted directly to TGF GENERAL FUND by:

E-Mail  (you must attach the pdf form) or Postal Mail:

Edell Schaefer
17830 Gebhardt Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045

Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days after incurring the expense, unless there are special circumstances, which should be specified on the application form.

TGF GENERAL FUND, will consider monetary assistance towards emergency medical, boarding, transportation and behavioral evaluations for dogs that are abandoned or in need of rescue, and for whom other funding is not available, or is insufficient.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and require a vote of the Committee before funding. These funding guidelines will be followed to determine if the application submitted is eligible for assistance from TGF GENERAL FUND.

In some cases, the decision whether or not to fund the request is clear. In other situations, the decision is not as easily reached. The TGF GENERAL FUND Committee will thoroughly consider each request. Verification of the medical condition, boarding, or transportation needs may be required. The decision of the Committee will be final, and they reserve the right to either approve or deny funds.

Not all requests will qualify for either full or partial funding. The amount awarded will depend in part upon:

Typically the grants awarded range from $300-500, but there is a cap of $750 per dog.

In all cases, funds are issued directly to the veterinarian treating the dog, and/or to the pre-approved rescue organization or breed club. Under no circumstances will funds be payable to the owner or guardian of the dog.

The following are the guidelines specific to the three areas covered under TGF GENERAL FUNDS:

MEDICAL

TGF GENERAL FUND, reserves the right to determine which treatments are to be covered, and where the funds are to be used. Anything not specifically covered in the guidelines will require review and approval by the Committee before funds can be disbursed.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  1. The dog requires emergency medical treatment and is in a rescue situation (stray, abandoned, abused, etc.).
  2. The dog is a Golden Retriever, Golden Retriever mix, or golden hearted dog of either known or unknown parentage.
  3. The dog is not dog or people aggressive, and displays the characteristic good-natured temperament of a Golden Retriever.
  4. It has been determined that there are no local rescue funds available, or funds are insufficient to provide the medical treatment required to ensure that the dog will be healthy enough to adopt out.
  5. A licensed veterinarian has assessed the dog's condition and is willing to issue a statement that the dog's health status after recovery will be compatible with adoption.
  6. The dog is not terminally ill.
  7. The dog will be adoptable at the end of the treatment being funded.
  8. There is no age limit: each case will be judged as to the quality of future life.
  9. No funds will be released without specific assurances that the dog will be spayed or neutered. This is the responsibility of the local rescue or shelter organizations. Only in rare cases will TGF GENERAL FUND provide assistance for spay/neuter procedures in conjunction with other funded procedures. Such assistance would require approval of the Committee when the case is reviewed.
  10. Applications for the treatment of congenital orthopedic conditions will be considered with the following additional requirements:
    1. If the funding request is for surgery for correction of a congenital orthopedic condition, the veterinarian has assessed the condition and is of the opinion that the dog's quality of life and adoptability will be significantly compromised without surgery, as opposed to other maintenance treatment options.
    2. If the funding request is for the correction of hip dysplasia, all surgical options need to be considered. Total hip replacements and triple pelvic osteotomy (as opposed to femoral head ostectomy or other procedures) may be partially funded by TGF GENERAL FUND only if, in the opinion of the veterinarian and TGF GENERAL FUND's veterinary advisors, there are no other options that will result in a satisfactory prognosis.
    3. TGF GENERAL FUND may require the applicant to seek a second opinion and further evaluation to ensure that the suggested surgery or treatment is the only option for ensuring a good quality-of-life for the dog.
    4. The dog must be symptomatic. That is, the diagnosis was not made only from routine x-rays. The dog must be showing signs of lameness or other dysfunction. Many dogs with hip dysplasia never display any lameness throughout their life. Applications for funding these conditions must include a description of the symptoms being displayed by the dog.
    5. While TGF GENERAL does not wish to suggest, bargain shopping for veterinary care, because of the high cost of orthopedic work all options for surgery should also be explored by the applicant (vet schools, a vet that will give a larger rescue discount, etc.). TGF GENERAL FUND reserves the option of offering partial funding since we have a cap of $750 per dog.
  11. TGF GENERAL FUND will not provide funding for any medical treatment for established personal pets. However, in the following cases funding will be considered for recently adopted dogs if the application meets all other TGF GENERAL FUND guidelines:
    1. Individual rescues: an individual has rescued a dog that was injured or ill at the time of rescue and would like to provide a permanent home for the dog. TGF GENERAL FUND will not consider funding requests for routine, non-emergency care that rescued dogs often need, such as bathing, flea control, vaccinations, routine worming, etc., nor for conditions that were not obvious at the time of rescue. The dog must have been examined, and a preliminary diagnosis made, by a veterinarian within one week of rescue.
    2. Adoption through a Humane Society or Shelter: a dog that appeared healthy or had a minor illness/injury has been adopted from a shelter and, after adoption; it becomes apparent that the dog's condition was serious. TGF GENERAL FUND may consider funding in these cases if the symptoms become apparent and a vet sees the dog within one week of adoption. TGF GENERAL FUND must have a clear indication from the treating veterinarian that the dog's chances of recovery are reasonable.
  12. TGF GENERAL FUND, will not fund the entire cost of treatment for a dog that is in an adoptive home. The adoptive/rescue home is expected to pay some portion of the cost. Applications must include a dollar amount that will be paid, or that has already been paid, by the new owner. Prior to release of funds, TGF GENERAL FUND will require receipts documenting these expenditures.
  13. In all ownership situations, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the severity of the illness/injury and the details of the rescue.
  14. Placements through a rescue organization: an ill or injured dog has been taken in by an established rescue organization. A permanent home is found for the dog during the funding application process, or a home is found before the organization had an opportunity to start the funding application process. The assumption here will be that, in the absence of an adoptive home, the case would have met all TGF GENERAL FUND funding guidelines, and that the adoption would have been seriously jeopardized if the assistance were not available.

BOARDING

Dogs that have been taken into a rescue program and require boarding as foster homes are not available or dogs have been pulled from shelters and require isolation before being placed in a foster home are eligible for boarding grants. Other circumstance not covered in the guidelines will require review and approval by the Committee before funds can be disbursed.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  1. The dog requires boarding and is in a rescue situation (stray, abandoned, abused, etc.)
  2. The dog is a Golden Retriever, Golden Retriever mix, or golden hearted dog of either known or unknown parentage.
  3. The dog is not dog or people aggressive, and displays the characteristic good-natured temperament of a Golden Retriever.
  4. It has been determined that there are no local rescue funds available, or they are insufficient to provide boarding.
  5. The dog has been assessed and has been officially accepted into a rescue.
  6. The dog is not terminally ill.
  7. The dog will be adoptable.
  8. There is no age limit
  9. No funds will be released without specific assurances that the dog will be spayed or neutered. This is the responsibility of the local rescue or shelter organizations. Only in rare cases will TGF GENERAL FUND provide assistance for spay/neuter procedures in conjunction with other funded procedures. Such assistance would require approval of the Committee when the case is reviewed.

TRANSPORTATION

Dogs that have been accepted into a rescue program and are located out of the rescues area are eligible for transportation grants. Assistance with a van rental, plane fare, reimbursement for gas costs and overnight accommodation are expenses that are considered. Other circumstance not covered in the guidelines will require review and approval by the Committee before funds can be disbursed.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  1. The dog requires transportation to get to the rescue that has accepted the dog and the dog is in a rescue situation (stray, abandoned, abused, etc.).
  2. The rescue accepting the dog into rescue will be sharing the cost of transporting the dog.
  3. The dog is a Golden Retriever, Golden Retriever mix, or golden-hearted dog of either known or unknown parentage.
  4. The dog is not dog or people aggressive, and displays the characteristic good-natured temperament of a Golden Retriever.
  5. It has been determined that there are no local rescue funds available, or they are insufficient to cover transportation costs.
  6. The dog has been assessed and has been officially accepted into a rescue.
  7. The dog is not terminally ill.
  8. The dog will be adoptable.
  9. There is no age limit
  10. No funds will be released without specific assurances that the dog will be spayed or neutered. This is the responsibility of the local rescue or shelter organizations. Only in rare cases will TGF GENERAL FUND provide assistance for spay/neuter procedures in conjunction with other funded procedures. Such assistance would require approval of the Committee when the case is reviewed.

BEHAVIORAL EVALUATIONS

Dogs that do not meet the above funding guidelines cannot be considered. Once you have determined that your dog meets the criteria set forth above, please review Decision Making Procedures and/or submit an application.

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