36 Golden Retrievers Flown From Turkey to Their New Home in Atlanta

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NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Thirty-six golden retrievers were rescued from Turkey and transported to Atlanta, GA.

The dogs from Istanbul will now have the opportunity to live the life of a dog:  something they have never experienced.

Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden, made the arrangements.

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“This is all a huge adjustment and to see them running around and playing like real dogs should,” Genkinger said. “I think today we’re saying ‘wow, what have we gotten ourselves into?”

The dogs arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport late Saturday night after a 12-hour flight and seven-hour layover.

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Once a highly sought after breed and status symbol in Turkey, these dogs were abandoned by their owners  when it was no longer “trendy”.

Genkinger said she got a call from a Turkish shelter asking for help with overcrowding. She flew the 36 dogs to Atlanta and took them to the Pet Lodge pet resort so the dogs can adjust before they’re adopted. Since the dogs are not very familiar with English, they even have an interpreter.

The dogs will be available for adoption in early June.