Meet Nelly! Nelly is an 8-month-old female Golden Retriever who was rescued by RAGOM from a commercial breeder auction. She is incredibly sweet, gentle, and loving; and she was saved in the nick of time. Here is her story:
On Saturday, February 3rd, RAGOM volunteers attended an auction in which a large-scale breeding operation was holding a complete kennel sell-out. I waited anxiously to hear the news of the outcome of the auction. The news came that they were able to rescue four of the female Goldens, and one of them, known as number 129, would be our foster.
Excited to meet her, and emotional for those that didn’t end up in the hands of rescue, I drove to meet my new girl. When the transport vehicle pulled up, my eyes immediately drawn to a petite, red girl curled up in a tight ball, pressed against the back of her crate. She was clearly trying to disappear. Her body was trembling as she was handed to me to carry inside. She was much too terrified to walk. It was at this point that I realized the girl in my arms was number 129. This was MY girl. This was Nelly. I sat on the floor with her huddled, shaking in my lap, and I told her she was safe, she was loved, and that she would learn in time that everything was going to be okay.
We arrived home and I tucked her in for the night in her crate complete with a cozy blanket, food, and water. She remained completely frozen in fear, her head buried in the corner, avoiding my eyes and my touch. A few minutes later, when I was completely out of sight, I heard her lap up some water and gobble down her kibble. It was then that I believed the words I told her earlier... everything was going to be alright.