Update on international rescue of Golden Retrievers

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It's never fun, going to the doctor, getting poked and prodded.

The upside when you're a Golden Retriever? The treats.

Doctor Stacy Andrew, an ophthalmologist at Blue Pearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists is examining Patriot and Grant. Their tails begin to wag as she reaches into the cabinet for the bag of treats. "Good behavior gets rewarded. Good boy, Grant. Good boy, Patriot."

Grant and Patriot are dealing with issues. Dr. Andrew says, Patriot "definitely does have cataracts. In both of his eyes."

Patriot's cataracts will be removed and artificial lenses will be implanted, restoring his vision.

A tumor discovered in Grant's eye is more serious. "The main concern with that is that he has melanoma in his eye, an iris melanoma."

Grant's eye must be surgically removed.

Another golden named Hero had a broken leg corrected this past Monday.

The rest of the 36 Golden Retrievers rescued from the streets of Istanbul, Turkey are doing remarkably well. Despite life on the streets, they have that sweet golden demeanor, and they're social.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta founder Lauren Genkinger, who arranged for the Goldens to be rescued said the dogs have discovered tennis balls and a love of swimming. She also says they get along beautifully with each other. "These dogs are wonderful because they've been with people begging for food in the streets of Istanbul from tourists and so forth."

The story of their international rescue spread across the country, and the requests to adopt the dogs poured in. "Applications have rolled in from Alaska, Wyoming, Montana."

Applications are closed, but donations are still needed, to help cement that second chance at a real home.

"We'll raise the money and we'll fix these dogs."

To help care for and prepare the dogs for adoption, click here. To learn more about Adopt a Golden Atlanta, click here.

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