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Rescued Golden Retriever Puppies at Istanbul Ataturk Airport during Terrorist Attack Arrive Today at Pearson Airport

Rescued Golden Retriever Puppies at Istanbul Ataturk Airport during Terrorist Attack Arrive Today at Pearson Airport 


BARRIE, ON, June 30, 2016 – Golden Rescue™, Canada’s largest single-breed animal rescue organization,  invites the media  to join us today at 3:30 p.m. at Air Canada Cargo, 2580 Britannia Road East, Mississauga, for the emotional arrival of six puppies and seven adult Golden Retrievers who were at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul when it came under attack.  Air Canada Flight 811 is currently transporting this precious cargo ‘home’ just in time for Canada Day.

Neither the animals nor their volunteer caregivers were injured as they were getting ready to board their rescue flight to Canada as part of our Rescue Mission of Love – Operation Istanbul.  The Lucky 13 are now in the air on a rescheduled flight, touching down today as noted. 

This is the first time Golden Rescue will be welcoming puppies to Canada.  Puppy pairs (shown below) will travel together in a crate to ensure their safety and utmost care during their 10-hour journey.  Board Chair, Viive Tamm (who will be at the airport today and available for interview) says, “These Goldens have endured what most of us cannot imagine.  This is perhaps our most profoundly emotional arrival, considering the tragedy at the Istanbul Airport. There will be a lot of love waiting for them from their foster families, Golden Rescue volunteers and even Air Canada Cargo employees.” Tamm explains that with this arrival, Golden Rescue will have re-homed 97 abused, neglected, and forgotten Goldens from Istanbul and that the rescue mission will be a monthly occurrence, ongoing into 2017.

Images shw Goldens Lulu & Jewel (left) and Pink & Ringo prior to boarding their flight in Istanbul.






Golden Rescue is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with a resolve to rescue as many as possible of 1,500 stray, abandoned, forgotten Goldens who are either living on the streets or in shelters as a result of economic uncertainty.   

It costs about $2,000 to fly each Golden from Turkey to Canada, says Tamm. The funds are derived from adoption fees, typically $500 per dog, and donations made to the charity. Each dog is fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered (with the exception of puppies) before they travel overseas. 

Golden Rescue has launched a dedicated fundraising campaign through Canada Helps to ensure the longevity of this rescue mission.

“The time is now to provide a loving, forever home for these otherwise helpless animals,” says Tamm. “There are no borders when it comes to rescue.”

For information about this release, contact Viive Tamm:  416.418.8016  

For more information about our Rescue Mission of Love – Operation Istanbul visit our webpage: or  Facebook page



About Golden Rescue™

Since 1990, Golden Rescue™ has found safe, loving homes for more than 2,300 abandoned, unwanted or displaced Golden Retrievers. Our organization is solely funded by donations and run by more than 500 volunteers across the country and a dedicated volunteer board of directors.

In addition to rescuing Goldens, we pursue every opportunity to educate the public about responsible pet ownership, as well as help other rescue groups.

All of our Goldens go to experienced foster homes where we assess their behaviour and provide all the veterinary care, treatment, rehabilitation, love, and attention they need prior to matching them with their forever family, chosen through a rigorous matching process.

Our ultimate hope is that one day Goldens and pets will not need rescuing, but until that day comes, we will remain steadfast in our resolve to help any Golden in need.