Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary (GRASS)

Where Grey is Golden! 501(C)(3) formed in 2012.

The Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary serves primarily as a refuge for senior and special needs Goldens by providing a clean, safe and loving sanctuary for these abandoned Goldens to live out their golden years.

The founders of GRASS and its volunteers have a true love for the older dogs especially Goldens and we are dedicated to their welfare. We know of both the joy and challenges that come with owning an older dog. We know we can make a difference in the life of a senior Golden and we believe a senior Golden can make a difference in the life of an adopter or foster caregiver.

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Dr. Nikki Brown

Dr. Nikki Brown is our staff veterinarian here at GRASS. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science and Animal Science with a Business minor. She graduated from Oklahoma State with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

She enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine with a special interest in dermatology and allergy, soft tissue surgery, police and working dogs, natural medicine, hip dysplasia, helping rescue groups, and anything related to Golden Retrievers! She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas VMA, Harris County VMA, Montgomery County VMA, Humane Society VMA, and American Holistic VMA.

When she is not helping out at GRASS, she is spending time with her husband and their 2 children, and is a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Everyone in her family would agree that a house is not a home without a Golden Retriever!

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Joshua Radliff, Property Manager

Joshua Radliff, director and on-site facility manager, is responsible for providing daily resident care, facility maintenance, as well as intake, adoption, foster, and volunteer coordination. He started working with GRASS as a college volunteer and became fully invested in the organization after experiencing his first success with the adoption of one of the rescue dogs, Ladybird.

It was Josh’s love of animal rescue,willingness to do the hard work, his organization skills, a drive to learn communication and leadership skills, and his enjoyment working with people – especially passing on his passion to young people – that eventually led to his current leadership position.

Chloe Moore, Founder

Chloe Moore is our founder and angel supporter. Starting out as a Houston realtor, she took over as CEO/Owner of her late husband’s oil and gas related business. In the early 2000s, she happened to attend a Golden Retriever rescue meet & greet where she met Winfield. Winfield was an elderly, 120lb Golden with a bad heart, bad hips and bad knees.

In Chloe’s words:

“We went for a slow walk, ‘talked’ to each other, and I fell in love with this old fellow who had been abandoned by someone. I already had a Golden, Buffy, at home with cancer, I worked a lot, and hated leaving her home alone while I was gone. Winfield and Buffy were perfect together and wonderful company for one another.

Fast forward a year and a half when we lost Buffy to cancer. We adopted a Golden puppy and told Winfield he would have to ‘watch’ her while we were gone… and he did!

When Winfield went to The Bridge, I decided to only adopt seniors. Seniors are so grateful for a warm bed, regular food and water, and love, most of all.  Seniors give you their all, happily.”

Our beliefs are strong and include the following

We believe “old gold is the best gold” and these dogs serve positively to benefit our own emotional state and quality of life. They instill in us love, compassion, responsibility, loyalty, and patience.
We firmly believe that dogs are not replaceable. They truly are our family members and they depend on us for emotional support, love, and care throughout all stages of their lives.
We believe in a policy that places quality of life above all else. At times, we must make the difficult choice to humanely stop the suffering of a senior or special needs Golden. This is based on whether the dog is harmful to itself or others. We also consider the dog’s overall health and physical state.
We believe in working in our local community. From High Schools to Boy Scouts, it is rewarding to teach a younger generation the responsibility of a caring for a dog. Caring for a dog is a commitment for its entire life.
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We believe that every special needs and senior Golden should live its life to the fullest while in the golden years, whether that means years, months, weeks, or days.
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