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Site Updates

Site Updates

The ECGRR website may be off line at times for the next few weeks.   We are in the process of updating much of the content as well as coding updates.

Volunteers – Please check/update your profile

Marley … a 10+ year ECGRR success story!

My name is Jeffrey … I live in Tampa and 10+ years ago I adopted a dog from ECGRR, Marley. Marley is amazing and still with me nearing 15 years of age now and is showing signs of old age. … Marley was a deep red Golden….now with ‘blond’ on his face.

Thanks for the information, it is greatly appreciated.


Here is a picture of my baby that I adopted from ECGRR long ago.

ECGRR: Marley seems to have a really rough life!   Thanks for sharing Jeff!

Orvis We Love Dogs Event, Mar 10 &11

ECGRR will be at the Orvis We Love Dogs Event this Saturday and Sunday (March 10 and 11) at the Orvis store in Sandestin, FL from 11am to 1-2pm.

Orvis loves dogs and we love Orvis for all the great support they’ve provided to us over the years.

Please stop by to say “HI” and meet some of our alumni.  We’ll also have information about our rescue and how to adopt!

Location: 625 Grand Boulevard
Suite 101
Sandestin, FL 32550

CLICK HERE for store details and driving directions

Website Update Scheduled 10/15

Our website will be unavailable 10/15 (sometime in the PM)  for some updates.   This could be intermittent during the time-frame.

ECGRR New Mailing Address

We have a new mailing address and  ask that you update your records and use this new address for all correspondence and any mailed in donations.

It is:

P.O. Box 535
Panama City, FL 32402


ECGRR sends best wishes to Sandi Christy

Last month we bid a fond farewell to longtime ECGRR Board member Sandi Christy who is relocating to Texas.

Sandi was with ECGRR when it first started and was active in all aspects or our operations from intakes, fostering, adoption as well as providing leadership in various officer positions.  In addition to her dedication to ECGRR, Sandi was a director at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and was founding co-director of the Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability in Prison program (DAWGS).


All of us at ECGRR wish her the very best!

ECGRR’s Kandie Evanchyk leaves the Board

Long time ECGRR volunteer and Board member Kandie Evanchyk, is taking a step back with rescue activities and has resigned from the Board of Directors (BOD). She, and her husband Randy, have decided to focus on adventures traveling in their recently purchased Airstream.

Kandie had been the main manager for ECGRR operations, working as needed in just about every area of the rescue – intakes, fosters, adoptions, volunteers, etc.  All of us wish her the very best!

Shop Amazon and help ECGRR!!

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Click below to shop Amazon and help ECGRR at the same time …


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Paws to Read Program

Calling all my fellow ECGRR Rescues!

pawsfriendship1-2My name is Bella, I am a 3yr. old Golden.   ECGRR placed me in my forever home August 2015.  For that I am eternally grateful and have a desire to “give back” to others.

I have recently been certified as a Therapy Dog through (PFF).  I hope to start the first Paws to Read program in the Bay County school system, an extremely successful literacy program already in schools around the state and the country.  My family wants to create an active chapter of PFF in the Panhandle.  I need my fellow rescues help as I cannot do this alone.  As Therapy Dogs, we provide comfort and affection to people of all ages, at schools , care facilities, hospitals, universities, any one in need of a puppy hug to brighten someone’s day.

If you are well socialized and has an owner who wants to share your gift please consider joining.  Certification is not hard or expensive.  PFF has 386 chapters around the world and is fully insured. PFF encompasses every level of Community Outreach, please go to their website to learn more.

If interested, please email as well as contact PFF.  Please help me brighten lives from all walks of life. I can’t do it alone!


We just lost a very dear friend

karenKaren Rossi passed away yesterday.

Known to many as “Kay”, Karen was a long time board member,  a devoted volunteer, and for many of us a very dear friend. Her tireless efforts saved the life of many a golden. There are no words that can adequately describe her contributions to ECGRR or the large empty space her passing leaves for so many of us.

Despite the sadness, we are filled with wonderful memories of how she brightened so many lives – human and four-footed.

Please join us in keeping her family in your thoughts and prayers.

A Winston update …

Michelle writes …

Here is our New Year’s card (I chose to not do a Christmas one so we could announce our new family member!)  … feel free to share on the rescue website.  We are so thankful for Winston.

He is doing wonderful.  Winston had a great day yesterday (first day of normal life, Bryant at school and me at work) and he did wonderful.  He had all his toys waiting at the door when Bryant got home, ready to play.

Thank you so much for this gift!  He is very loved.

ECGRR:  What a great new year for Bryant!

A Captain update …

Elizabeth writes …

…  the attached [is a] picture of our “Captain”, who we adopted through your wonderful organization in the spring.  I knew the boy had it in him!!!!  By now I am sure you heard through the grape vine that he passed Canine Good Citizen training as well as Therapy Dog International evaluations, and is our “newest” Therapy Dog Extraordinaire.  This was  from his first official visit yesterday at Thomas University in Thomasville, where he played with, hugged and comforted several college students in the midst of their final exams.  He was quite a hit, and had a ball to boot.

He is happy, well loved, well cared for, and a beloved addition to a family now.  Thanks for giving him a sixth chance.


ECGRR: our thanks to you for giving this wonderful guy a loving home!!

A Pooh Bear update!

Dawn writes …

Wanted to update you on Pooh Bear. He is doing fantastic and has found his place in our pack family. We truly feel he is loving his furever home. He is the sweetest boy smile emoticon




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ECGRR: What a Pooh bear!!!


Tsali from the “Perry Five”

Darren writes …

Tsali from the “Perry Five” is alive and well living in a loving home in Pennsylvania. He now has a little sister Promise, he has a yard to run in, a bed to sleep in, celebrated Christmas with treats and toys and is a happy little boy


ECGRR: Thank you Darren for giving Tsali a new life in a loving home!!

Click HERE to read the The Perry 5 story

ECGRR at Dog of the Day

candace_dogoftheday2015Our ECGRR folks had a great time at the Tallahassee Nursery participating in the Dog of the Day event on October 3rd .

The event featured dog rescues, dog supply stores and just about anything to do with dogs.  Other activities included live music and doggie contests – like peanut butter eating.

ECGRR foster dog Libbey was on hand with foster dad Mike.

A big thanks to Candace and Kerri for representing ECGRR at the event!









Gift Basket Winner

gift-basket-09192015Linda Greenwood is the winner of the ECGRR Doggie Basket we featured during our Meet and Greet at the Responsible Dog Owner event in Panama City.    Filled with fun toys and treats, that furry member of her family is sure to enjoy it.

So how did she win?  By signing up for the ECGRR Newsletter when she visited our table.  Be sure to check out our table/booth at upcoming area events for your chance to win something similar.

Already subscribed to our newsletter?  No problem – you can still sign up to win at the next event.

Apollo update …

Kristie writes …

Thanks for checking in! Apollo is amazing! He is so sweet and good. He is adjusting well and has been the perfect dog.  We are very attached to him and thankful to have him.  He loves the ocean and swims like a fish…will send pics of this next time we are out.  Here are a few recent pics.

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ECGRR: Looks like one happy puppy!

ECGRR 2015 Fall Fundraiser

danny-happyfaceOur 2015 Fall Fundraiser (Sep-Dec) will officially kickoff with our participation at the Greater Panama City Dog Fanciers’ Association’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day 2015 on Saturday, Sept. 19th  9am – 3pm.

Our goal is $2,500 and during the fundraiser’s 3 month run, we’ll provide updates and tie it into some other events like Dog Daze in FWB.

This year we saw almost a 2x increase in the medical costs expended per Golden Rescued.  Your generous donations will help us recover!

Online fundraising for ECGRR 2015 Fall FundraiserECGRR is a volunteer run organization and a private non-profit that does not receive any government funding. We rely on private donations, fundraisers, and grants.  100% of monies raised goes towards the care of the rescued dogs including medical, food and behavioral training if needed.   Of that,  90% is used for medically treating these surrendered and homeless dogs including heartworm treatment and spay/neutering.

Our 2014 average expenditure on each rescued dog taken into our program was $694.  In 2013 the cost per dog was $362. 

While our online system is set for a $10 minimum donation amount, we have some suggested donation amounts that give an idea of what our expenditures are with most dog intakes.  These include:

  • $50 6 pack Heartguard Plus
  • $100 Pay/Neuter assistance
  • $150 Medical Exam/blood & fecal test/microchip/shots
  • $400 Heartworm treatment (low avg)

There are many, many other costs depending on the condition of the dog that can range from a basic bath and grooming (strays picked up by animal control can be pretty stinky!), treatments for worms and other medical issues such as:

  • eye/ear infections
  • skin conditions and allergies
  • removal of tumors (major and minor)
  • hip displaysia

Every donation helps us save these wonderful animals and find them loving homes.  Just click on the donate box above.

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Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Dudley in Southern California

Jen wrote to us through Facebook:

Hi ECGRR – Just wanted to take a minute to update you on a former dog in your rescue. We already had two dogs and decided to foster a third. We got a call and received Dudley on August 28, 2009. He had been pulled from a high kill shelter in Chipley. Ten days into our fostering, we decided to keep him! He is the sweetest dog ever and compliments our family perfectly. We relocated home to San Diego in November 2010 and he has embraced the So. Cal. lifestyle. He loves the beach and swimming in our pool. He still loves his two furry brothers and our two legged kids who have grown up with him. So thrilled we were foster failures and added him to our family!


ECGRR: The best kind of “failures”!