SINT MAARTEN/AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Team Goldendog has been committed for animal welfare for years on the island of St. Maarten. Because of our efforts many stray dogs have found their “forever homes” in St. Maarten, the USA or Canada.
It is with great pride that we announce that Team Goldendog now also has a Dutch delegation which will focus on the European market.
Jeffrey Sochrin is the driving force behind Team Goldendog. What began as a sailing ship in the Heineken Regatta soon became a welfare organization. "A dog is the only living creature on earth that loves you more than himself. For that reason alone, it is our responsibility to take care of these beautiful animals," says Jeffrey Sochrin.
For years he successfully committed to the welfare of dogs on the Dutch island of St. Maarten. His next goal is a real shelter, Camp Goldendog.
"Sint Maarten consists of French and a Dutch side. Only the French side has a dog shelter, where the Dutch side hasn't. And yet even here the problem of stray dogs is present. Therefore, we want to establish Camp Goldendog: a place where all the stray dogs of the island can be accommodated without them having to be afraid to be put to sleep."
Team Goldendog in Europe
Goldendog team in Europe The possibility of a European delegation of Team Goldendog occurred in September 2014. A young Dutch couple celebrated their vacation in St. Maarten and fell in love with a stray dog. They named him Buddy. After they left the island they missed him so much that they decided to contact Team Goldendog.
The question: Can you help us get Buddy to the Netherlands? Jeffrey was so excited that he decided to help, and many weeks passed trying to catch Buddy. With the help of other organizations in St. Maarten he finally succeeded and on the 6th September Buddy put his paws on the Dutch shore.
Buddy's father was so pleased with the help of Team Goldendog that he wanted to give something back. And so the idea for a European delegation was born. "Meanwhile, Buddy is feeling really comfortable in The Netherlands, which proves that coconut retrievers can settle there. What would be nicer than giving more stray dogs a good forever home, and to make Dutch families happy with this?" says Boy Ligtenberg, European ambassador of Team Goldendog.
"Our goal is to give the many stray dogs from St. Martin a better life. Buddy proves that it is possible for St. Maarten dogs to live in The Netherlands. And it is not difficult at all to get a dog to the Netherlands. "Jeffrey adds: "We have years of experience with the repositioning of stray dogs and the procedures in Europe are similar to those of America.
Coconut Retrievers Coconut Retrievers is the collective name for the many dog breeds from the Caribbean. They are very loyal, loving and energetic dogs. They are good with children, very independent and always happy and cheerful. They are real family dogs that can be home alone and then guard your house. And with the mix of races you always have a unique dog!