Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab Inc.

Golden Bone Rescue and Rehab is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned, neglected and abused animals and thoughtfully placing them in safe and loving foster and permanent homes. We are committed to promoting local spay neuter programs, which ultimately eases needless suffering in our animal community.

Rio- A forgotten hero

From the spotlight to the shadows.  


 Meet Rio- At first glance, she may seem like a regular 10-year old Golden Lab Retriever… But this lab has a remarkable story of service and struggle.  

Rio is a retired narcotics-K9. For the best part of her life she kept drugs off the streets, saving countless lives in the process and making our home a safer place. Despite contracting Valley Fever in her younger life her record of service was exemplary and surpassed any other dog in her unit, so much so that she was selected as a PR dog for the Narcotics K9 Division.  

During Rio’s service she became worryingly overweight - the cause is unclear, but unfortunately the outcome was all too clear… Jumping into a PD patrol vehicle Rio tore her cruciate ligament… The injury would prematurely end her career, and see her health rapidly decline.  

This beautiful dog quickly went from the frontline to the backbenches.   With a silent sigh she faded from the spotlight to the shadows. 

 Fortunately for Rio, the parents of her previous handler adopted her, unfortunately however Rio was in bad shape and the Police Department wasn’t obligated to pay for her rehab. At great personal expense Rio’s new mom Vickie and her husband Larry set to work on providing a healing home for her to undergo rehab. Vickie & Larry provided her with meds, a specialized diet and plenty of love. They were forced to keep Rio in a cage for her leg to heal, and after 5 testing months she was able to walk again- albeit with a limp and the help of a special leg brace. After the first year she had lost 30 lbs and was walking with greater ease! 

Rio’s struggles didn’t end here however- neither did the expenses for a retired couple on a fixed income.  Over the coming years the Valley Fever and Rio’s poor condition took its toll on her body and her brain; she began to suffer from tremors, inflammation all over her body, severely swollen gums and eventually, she lost her eyesight.  Rio is also diabetic.

Out of their love for Rio and their generous hearts, Vickie and Larry cared for her no matter what the cost. From the day she came into their care they provided the veterinary care, the leg brace, the essential vitamins and supplements, the expensive doses of anti-fungal meds and so much more. In the last 4 years Rio has become increasingly dependent on them and it’s estimated that this caring couple have shelled out upwards of $10,000 on the care of this retired hero.  

Now, they simply can’t afford to pay for the increase in vet visits that Rio so desperately needs, and have been forced to turn to the community for support. Rio has done so much for our community- keeping our families, our children and our neighborhoods safe … Now you can help us to offer her the same comfort and security that she once worked so hard to offer us. It’s time for this hero to be remembered, appreciated, loved and supported. 

If you feel you can offer this retired hero support in her twilight years please donate at or by snail mail to the address below with a note "For Rio".

Thank you for helping us help Rio


UPDATE: With a heavy heart we say goodbye to Rio. She was given the retirement she deserved by the kind family that cared for her at great personal expense. We are setting up a K-9 retirement fund in her honor. All donations will go to her guardians to help cover some of the tremendous veterinary bills they accumulated.

We hope that one day soon there will be a resource for retired police and military K-9s. For now there is not. Our contribution towards this goal begins here, with Rio.

Thank you for your support, donations, prayers and good wishes in her memory. Please add a note in your donation "for Rio" so that we may know where to direct the funds.

Featured Pets


"To the world you are just one more rescue person. To a rescued pet, you are the world. "  - Captain James Sabin

Local Heroes

Every once in a while we like to recognize those who go beyond the norm to save animals in need. GBRR thanks Joel at Bark 'N Purr in Sedona for taking in our emergency cases, those who need immediate rescue when we are out of foster room. He's never ever let our pups down. 

Bark 'n Purr 

is located at:

30 Finley Drive

Sedona, AZ 86336-5420

(928) 282-4108

Thank you Cali Bamboo

for supporting Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab with wonderful clean, green, alternative privacy fencing for our rescued dogs! If you're shopping for high quality, eco-friendly and sustainable flooring and fencing and want to shop with a dog-friendly, rescue-supportive company.

Check out Cali Bamboo by clicking on their photo below! 

Dog Foster Products

Dog Copilot

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Dog Re-homing

Thank you Canine Caviar holistic pet food!

At Golden Bone Pet Products, owned by the founders of Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab we are proud to have been recommending selling Canine Caviar since we opened our Camp Verde store 9 years ago.  Now that we're in Sedona it's still one of our best sellers for good reason.

Please visit the Canine Caviar website and see why we recommend this food .

Dog Food

Golden Bone’s Furever Foster Program

Remembering the forgotten ones, making the unwanted feel wanted, and giving a sanctuary to those who have nowhere else to go.

At the Golden Bone Rescue we believe every dog is more than just a pet, they are our companions, our friends, our family. We believe that all dogs deserve a home, and a chance at a life filled with love and comfort, no matter how sick, old, dependent or unwanted they are.

What happens when someone from your family falls ill or reaches the extremity of their senior years? What happens when they are at their most vulnerable, when they need your help, your love? When they need urgent care to survive? Or they have no one else to turn to and ultimately nowhere else to go? Would you give up on them? Kick them to the curb? Let them pass in pain, alone and frightened?

We would imagine you would do everything you could to see that they got the best help and care possible, that their dignity remained intact and they felt loved, appreciated and looked after no matter what the price… that every minute, hour, or day was seen as a precious moment of life right up until the last- That as long as they could live in comfort, then you would take comfort in helping them live.

At Golden Bone we recognize that every moment of life is a precious gift. We realize that you can’t put a price on life, and that every living soul, unwanted or not, deserves dignity. Through our Furever Foster program we strive to ensure that the dogs we come across who are abandoned, neglected and are too sick or old to be rehomed get the care, the compassion and the dignity that any family member or family pet would hope to get… no matter what the cost.

Over the years the program has seen us take in countless dogs who have no hope anywhere else- some of the dogs we take in are simply too sick, too injured, or too old to be noticed let alone adopted. Countless people pass them by without even blinking an eye- they are the forgotten ones, the unwanted ones- the ones who have nowhere else to go. Whether they have weeks, months, or years left in life, whether they need medicine, surgery or daily intensive care, we take them in and give them a sanctuary, a home, and the care they need until the final moments. Furthermore we make sure those moments are spent in comfort, surrounded by people who care, and recognize that the final moments in life are just as important and sacred as the first - that every sunset should be just as filled with warmth, love and light as every sunrise.

Every dog deserves dignity, and every canine companion deserves compassion, right until the end. Unfortunately however, when a dog is most at need, the price of a comfortable and dignified life can be steep, and the rescue has recently seen a quick succession of Furever Foster dogs in serious need of urgent care. We have done everything we can for all of them, providing homes, care, food, medication, surgery, transport- as a result our funds and finances have been massively stretched and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

To give help where it is most needed, to make the unwanted feel wanted and to make sure a life that would otherwise be lost is lived with love, compassion and respect, please visit our website and donate. You can’t put a price on life, but every cent you donate will prolong a life and make sure it is lived with love till the last.

Thank you for your support, care and consideration.


Redrock Precision Motors Matching Gift Campaign - Furever Foster

Since it’s inception in 2003, Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab has been supported by donations from within the Verde Valley communities.  Through the years, Redrock Precision Motors has been one of our most consistent and regular donors both with financial support and volunteer hours.  

Our Furever Foster program has grown dramatically and with it the need for medical and palliative care has increased.  To help us raise much needed funds to support our programs, Redrock Precision Motors is offering a matching gift challenge of $500.  For every $1 you donate, they will match with $1.  One dollar becomes 2 dollars, $10 becomes $20, $50 becomes $100 and so on until we meet our goal of $1000.  

Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation , rehoming or palliative care of dogs suffering from trauma, abuse, neglect or displacement.

Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and will go directly to helping dogs in our programs. Thank you for helping Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab and the dogs in our care.

Matching Gift Amount is $1000

Current Matching Donations:

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Donations of any size would be so greatly appreciated and are urgently needed now.


"Can you help one of our special pets in need?

"Our Furever Foster program just took a beating with several emergencies and very neglected dogs needing immediate attention. Please help if you can. Donations of any size would be so greatly appreciated and are urgently needed now.

By using the paypal button above or snail mail to the following address:

Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab

PO BOX 2547

Sedona, AZ. 86336-6135"

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Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab, Inc.
P O BOX 2547 
Sedona, Arizona 86339

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Please donate for spay and neuter! Our funds are very low. We desperately need to rebuild our resources so that we can continue to chip away at the huge problem of puppies being born with no where to go.

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