Charity Flies Stray Golden Retrievers From Turkey to Canada to Find Them Homes

Since December, Golden Rescue has relocated about 30 stray dogs from Turkey.

— -- A charity is flying stray Golden Retrievers from Turkey to North America and pairing them with new homes to help alleviate the epidemic of homeless dogs in one of Turkey's largest cities.

Members of Ontario-based charity Golden Rescue decided to create the operation, called "Rescue Mission of Love," after a shelter in Istanbul contacted them to see if they'd be interested helping find homes for homeless Golden Retrievers.

They contacted donors, key supporters and potential adopters to see if there was interest. "We had to make sure there were people to adopt them," Tamm said. But they didn't have a problem.

Since December, Golden Rescue has relocated about 30 stray dogs from Turkey to North America, Tamm said. The latest eight Golden Retrievers arrived to Toronto Pearson International Airport on Saturday.

A volunteer in Istanbul recorded video of the eight excited pups before they left for new homes in North America.