ATLANTA – Two golden retrievers rescued from the streets of Istanbul are scheduled to undergo eye surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Atlanta. One procedure is expected to be done today and the other on June 9.
The dogs are among 36 golden retrievers who were abandoned by their owners in Turkey and brought to the United States by Adopt a Golden Atlanta. All of the dogs were given new American names, such as “Freedom,” “Justice” and “Hero.”
Grant, who is 2 years old, is scheduled to have his eye removed today by Dr. Stacy Andrew, a board-certified ophthalmologist with BluePearl. He has a mass in his eye that is most likely melanoma, Andrew said. Adopt a Golden Atlanta is opting to have his eye removed to eliminate the possibility of the tumor growing and causing pressure or pain.
“Grant should adapt well to being a one-eyed dog,” said Andrew. “I have lots of patients, and two dogs of my own, with only one eye and there are no limitations to what they are able to do.”
Andrew is scheduled to perform surgery on Patriot, 4, on June 9 to remove cataracts from both eyes. The procedure is expected to completely restore the dog’s vision, although Patriot will need
ongoing ophthalmology visits and eye drops.
After hearing about the plight of golden retrievers in Turkey, Adopt a Golden Atlanta decided to bring the dogs to the U.S. Once considered a status symbol in Turkey, owners began abandoning the golden retrievers once the novelty of owning one diminished. Because of their gentle temperament, the dogs did not fare well on the streets of Istanbul.
Thanks to the rescue group’s volunteers, the golden retrievers are now getting used to life in America and will eventually be adopted by qualified families. The organization is raising money to help offset the cost of care. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to click here.
“Our guiding motto is that we never say no to a golden retriever in need,” said Lauren Genkinger, president and founder of Adopt a Golden Atlanta. “Our goal is simply to save these magnificent dogs and bring attention to the plight of all dogs, regardless of breed, living in Istanbul.”