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Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Calls for help are answered almost immediately and dogs are accepted into our clean, modern facility called Golden Gateway, near Reading, PA. Since this 50 kennel run facility was opened in 2000, DVGRR has had the capacity to accept Goldens, Doodles, Labs, and Golden-hearted dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Further, we serve as an emergency drop-off point for all breeds by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Agriculture. Golden Gateway is one of only two owned facilities among the dozens of Golden Retriever rescue groups in the United States, and DVGRR is one of only a few rescue organizations to have a dedicated facility for care of the dogs.All incoming dogs are screened for socially unacceptable behavior (biting) and the dogs that are accepted are those that our trainers determine can be responsibly placed in carefully pre-screened adoptive homes. Dogs with certain behavioral issues are accepted for long-term behavior modification as part of our nationally recognized Project Home Life program. Spay and neuter services are provided along with essential veterinary care in our on-site hospital prior to adoption.A hallmark of DVGRR's program is the services offered to senior dogs (eight years and older). These typically hard-to-place dogs receive complete blood chemistry profiles to show prospective adopters that major organs are functioning. This test enhances their adoptability. DVGRR has never had a senior or special needs Golden Retriever that was not adopted.

Results: 5, 475 dogs adopted!

Target demographics: Golden Retriever, Doodles, Labs, and some mixed Goldens

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 Goldens, Doodles, Labs, and Golden-hearted dogs

Geographic areas served: a multi-state area

Programs: all necessary veterinary care, inoculations and training prior to being made available for adoption to approved homes. We also help shelters and rescues in Puerto Rico that assist Goldens in poor conditions or being relinquished by owners.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nancy B K.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have rescued 3 Goldens from DVGRR. Two were 2 yrs old & one was 14 yrs. DVGRR was wonderful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we heard about DVGRR in the summer of 2017, we decided to add another dog to our pack, having recently lost our beagle to cancer. With two other dogs in our home, we needed our new addition to be a good match for our dogs and our kids. We attended at open house at DVGRR and loved being able to walk around to interact with all the dogs and volunteers. We were disappointed when we were not immediately matched with a dog, but knew waiting would be worth it. A few weeks later, a dog that appeared to be a small Golden retriever named Abby appeared on the website. Abby (who turned out to have no Golden retriever in her, but we didn't care!) was a recent arrival at DVGRR from Puerto Rico. I knew this was our dog. Within a few days, we were at DVGRR meeting her, then returning with our dogs to ensure a good fit. She is the softest, sweetest, snuggliest dog and has been a great fit for our family! The following year, we lost our yellow lab from another rescue to cancer and decided to return to DVGRR to find a new family member. At the monthly meet and greet, we fell in love with Cocoa who is classified as a "supermutt", Again, we struck gold with a DVGRR dog. Cocoa, direct from Puerto Rico, is the most friendly and laid back dog we could have imagined. In December 2019, she earned her therapy dog certification and enjoys spending time with everyone she meets! I have also enjoyed my time as a volunteer at DVGRR, starting as a dog walker, then helping with monthly open houses and working with the Project Home Life program. The staff have been fabulous to work with, both as a client and as a volunteer. We send anyone looking to rescue a dog to DVGRR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 1998 I was searching for a dog, found a pull tab at my Vets office and called the number. I was sent an application and thought I wouldn't qualify based on the vetting process. Very thorough! A month or so later I got a call from them that they had a dog for me. Four dogs later, I never had a bad experience, or a dog who wasn't perfectly suited to me or my lifestyle.
Their dedication to these animals is incredible, and they ensure that each dog has a perfect home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my Golden Retriever became an only dog I rescued Phoebe (Xena)from DVGRR. She has been a great addition to our family thanks to the great job DVGRR did in preparing her to transition into her Furever home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started volunteering over a year ago at DVGRR. We are fortunate enough to be apart of the transport team which goes out to different areas and brings beautiful fur babies to the rescue. What an adventure this had been and also such an honor to be part of this amazing process. But the real magic begins when the dogs arrive. The incredible team at DVGRR help these dogs physically and medically and work with them so that ultimately each one finds a loving home! Truly so impressive! DVGRR is a top notch rescue. Management, staff , volunteers are wholly focused on providing the best care and placement of all dogs that pass thru this facility. We are so proud to be a part of DVGRR!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Started volunteering at DVGRR in 2007. I have seen this rescue evolve and develop into a very
caring and loving organization for dogs that have been abandoned or neglected. There work
has changed thousands of dogs, and the people who adopt them, into happier lives.
My wife Sue and I are presently with our 3rd and 4th rescues from DVGRR, and both of them
have made our lives much brighter and fulfilling. We will continue to support DVGRR and help
out where and when we can, and will continue to adopt in the future.
Bill Althouse (Spencer and Ruby's dad)

Vanessa M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 3 of my dogs from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. 2 were adopted as puppies that were brought to a local veterinary hospital to be euthanized. Dudley was a 7 week old mini Golden Doodle pup that was born with his abominable organs in his chest cavity, the breeder didn't want the expense. The hospital contacted DVGRR and happily took him in and paid for the surgery. Today he is a healthy happy 7 year old with numerous performance titles in a host of venues. Trooper was also taken to the same hospital at 7 weeks with a severely broken left rear leg that needed amputation. Again DVGRR step in and paid for the surgery, today Trooper is a healthy, rambunctious normal 3 year old Golden Retriever with performance title in several venues. He has no clue he should have 4 legs and is one of the happiest dogs I've ever met. Carlee is a former puppy mill breeder who was lucky enough to be rescued and brought to DVGRR where she was able to work with the team in Project Home Life, an award winning program developed by DVGRR to acclimate dogs to life outside a cage/puppy mill. Carlee is now a happy 10 year old Golden Retriever who loves going on Therapy Dog visits to our local nursing care facility.

These are only my 3 dogs, there are countless families with similar stories, all possible due to Delaware Golden Retriever Rescue. Even through the pandemic, the staff found ways to work on rotating schedules and never missed taking care of the dogs, working to get dogs adopted, and taking in dogs in need. Sometimes 60+ dogs needing daily care and attention with a limited staff and no volunteers able to pitch in due to restrictions.

DVGRR has the most dedicated staff, board of directors, and team of volunteers. The dogs always, always come first.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best. Incredible people helping dogs in need. They have created the most amazing environment for dogs with a variety of issues to receive the medical, behavioral, educational and social attention they need. Add the care and love. It's a wonder any of them ever want to leave.

I'm a volunteer, donor and adopter of 3 amazing dogs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

DVGRR is one of the most amazing rescue organizations. It started out as volunteer only, bringing dogs in to foster homes. We had no footprint. Now we have a large campus with buildings serving an array of functions from housing the dogs to a vet clinic. There are many more in between. DVGRR started out by accepting only golden retrievers. Now we have the resources to bring in goldens, labs, doodles and many golden hearted dogs. They receive all the care necessary before they are placed in their forever home. My involvement with this organization - almost 25 years - has been the most rewarding years of my life. DVGRR is my other family. I have adopted 6 dogs from DVGRR- 4 goldens, 1 golden mix, and most recently a Beabull who was bonded to a golden being brought in from a breeder situation in Ohio. Just over 2 weeks ago I brought both into my home, already with another DVGRR golden and 2 cats. We are one big happy family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of DVGRR since it’s inception over 25 years ago. I was one of the lucky ones to have seen this amazing organization grow from what it was to what it is now. I have been and am the most blessed owner of four awesome DVGRR dogs. This organization has been an essential part of my life in all respects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this foundation for a good year or more. I have never seen a rescue that takes care of all the dogs needs and take great care in finding them forever homes.
I am an Aunt to the second dog from this rescue and they are there for any questions or concerns you may have. Missy Mae is a pleasure to be part of our family we love her.
DVGRR is a top quality rescue and I am proud to be associated with them.
They have rescued and found homes for many dogs and now many happy families with their new family member.

Libby R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the chance to work with Project Home Life with dogs who needed special socializing after being breeder dogs or from a bad situation. The time and effort put forth by the employees is heartfelt and exceptional. We have adopted several dogs from DVGRR and have always appreciated the staff and their enthusiasm for the dogs. The dogs are well cared for and worked with, sometimes one on one, and sometimes as a group. I wish all recuses were as special as this one.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this organization. Although I have not adopted from them, I have followed them for quite some time, watched how wonderful they treat the dogs, and am a consistent donor to their efforts.

rph1556

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVGRR is an outstanding non-profit organization that cares for displaced Retrievers. Everyone that works or volunteers gives 100% of themselves to ensure that the relinquished dogs are safe, well taken care of until they fine their forever homes. Over the years I have adopted 10 wonderful goldens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A rescue that is all about the care and placement of dogs. The facilities are wonderful, clean and well maintained. Staff is knowledgeable and fantastic with the dogs.

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goldenmom5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loving and giving staff volunteers and board for every dog that comes their way. This girl was magical in my life thanks to DVGRR

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Goldens, labs and goldenhearted dogs from puppy mills, owner surrender, medically challenged with love and compassion

Mary S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had 3 dogs from DVGRR and they are the best. They help make sure the matches made between people and dogs are wonderful and they offer follow up support and advice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member, volunteer, and adopter from DVGRR. They have always been and continue to be an outstanding organization that is focused on helping such wonderful animals. Their leadership team is top notch and put the welfare of the animals above all else.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVGRR is the most incredible rescue. The quality of care & love the dogs get that arrive at Golden Gateway is above & beyond. Everyone there really cares about the dogs & making sure they find great homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVGRR is a wonderful organization that helps so many dogs. I adopted my golden retriever from there and also volunteer. The small full time staff and team of volunteers at DVGRR work tirelessly to rescue dogs and find them homes, all the while providing them necessary medical care, daily care and training.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue amazes me! The team is SO compassionate, so caring of both humans and dogs, so very hard working. I have adopted three dogs from them, spanning decades, and the teams offer not only wonderful matches, but ongoing support, education and training, for "normal" dogs as well as those with serious challenges. I wish all non-profits operated with such care and dedication to their mission, and to effectively managing all their resources. I cannot fully express how grateful I am to them, and how amazed I am with the work they do, selflessly, always with the dogs and their mission top of mind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with DVGRR in February of this year. It has been hands down the greatest experience of my life! I recently moved to the area and discovered that this wonderful organization was just a few miles from me and immediately signed up. The work that they do for all the beautiful dogs that come in to the Rescue is amazing. Many of these fur babies have never had interaction with people. This team works with them and helps them to prepare for a forever home. I have been volunteering on Meet and Greet day, the second Saturday of the month, and I recently signed up to help with the Project Home Life Program to further help these beautiful dogs and get them ready to live wonderful lives. Sue U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue for many years. The Rescue is so impressive in the way they care for the dogs in their program, ensuring all the dogs are healthy and thoroughly assessed behaviorally so that they can be matched to the best home for each dog and each family. The Rescue is also uniquely qualified to rehabilitate retired puppy mill dogs and very shy dogs and placing them in loving homes. Pre-adoption, home interviews are conducted with prospective adopters to understand their home environments and specific requirements and honest and detailed information on the health and behaviors of the adopted dogs are provided to prospective adopters to create the optimal match. Post adoption follow ups are made with adopters so the Rescue knows how well the dogs are adjusting and to offer additional support if needed. I am very proud to work with the Staff in finding forever homes for these very deserving dogs.

1 Missy B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering in Dec. of 2012 and adopted my first dog in Jan. of 2013. I was very impressed with the professionalism and the intense devotion all of the staff and volunteers have towards giving the dogs at the facility the best care possible. The adoption team works tirelessly to make sure an adopter is matched with the dog that best suits their home and lifestyle. I am very proud to be a member of the DVGRR Volunteer Team. Here is a picture of my Shyla who turned 15 on May 1st of 2019.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nine years ago, I was introduced to DVGRR. We adopted a beautiful boy & then a beautiful girl, who have brought so much joy to our lives. Emmett & Lily were our first rescues, & it opened up a whole new world for me. I became a PHL volunteer at that time, helping to socialize & rehabilitate many puppy mill dogs so that they can have a beautiful new beginning in a furever home. I have never worked with a more compassionate, hardworking, & dedicated group of people. They rise to every occasion & achieve what almost seems impossible, rescuing from near AND afar & placing these beautiful dogs in loving homes. It is truly an honor to be a part of this organization,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,

I wanted to tell you about an excellent dog rescue, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR). I have been involved there as a volunteer for the past several years. The staff is very dedicated in caring for all of the dogs that come to their rescue. We are in an area where there are many puppy mills and quite a few of the dogs they receive come from those puppy mills. Many come with medical problems that are taken care of before the dogs are adopted into new homes. The dogs receive socialization and some obedience training by the staff and a large group of volunteers. One of the staff members has developed a program called Project Home Life to help the teach the dogs that have never lived in a home what is like to hear and experience normal house sounds. The program also helps very shy dogs to come out of their shell and really experience a good life. Even though their name contains " Golden Retriever Rescue", they have in the past few years also taken in Labrador Retrievers and Doodles and occasionally they will also receive a few mixes. They are constantly trying to improve the facility to take even better care of all the dogs. The staff treats all of the volunteers like members of one big family. We have adopted two dogs from DVGRR and could not wish for better dogs. They do their best to make sure that they find a good home for all the of dogs that are adopted. If you are looking to adopt a dog please contact this rescue you will not be disappointed

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard to find the best words to describe DVGRR. Exceptional, excellent, professional, caring, loving, knowledgeable, dedicated, doing whatever it takes, and for those that remember the famous "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". I know I have left out a few I can not think of right now but as a volunteer and adopter I am very proud of this wonderful organization.
My wife and I always purchased our dogs from reputable breeders because we wanted to do the right thing since unfortunately Pennsylvania is the land of puppy mills. My wife was first introduced to DVGRR by a co-worker who was a volunteer there. My wife went to an event there called a Meet & Greet, which is held monthly to show the dogs that are ready to be adopted. It is a great opportunity for the public to come in and meet the dogs and see the great facility. My wife came home and told me about the experience and I went to the next M&G with her. I have to say we immediately were interested in helping out. We filled out the volunteer application and started helping wherever and whenever we could. I remember one of my first volunteer jobs was helping to repaint the inside kennels after a new epoxy coating had been applied over the floors in all of the kennels.
DVGRR has been in existence over 20 years first starting out with having their dogs fostered in homes. Eventually a kennel facility was purchased as more and more dogs came into the organization. They have rescued and placed over 4400 Golden Retrievers and more recently Golden Doodles and Labrador Retrievers. The dogs have 24/7 care from the staff who work several shifts a day and the onsite staff caretaker is always available for any emergency. DVGRR has instituted several programs throughout the years such as Project Home Life to help puppy mill dogs to adjust to living in a caring home. They have onsite veterinary care and every dog who comes through the facility is given needed veterinary care and baseline tests are done. All of this care benefits not only the dog but the families that adopt them. The staff and volunteers help work with the dogs to give them exercise several times a day. The staff and volunteers also help with providing the dogs with some basic obedience training so that it is an asset for the families adopting the dogs. The staff is so wonderful to work with in all matters. The staff has the difficult job of seeing some of these dogs come in from some very horrible situations but they immediately provide the necessary love and care.
A few years ago the house next to the kennel went up for sale and DVGRR needed to expand in size. With the help of a large fundraising campaign and dedicated volunteers they were able to purchase the house and renovate it completely to house senior dogs and puppy mill survivors. That facility now known as the "Sanctuary" is a wonderful place where the dogs are cared for by the staff and volunteers. DVGRR certainly hopes that all the dogs that pass through DVGRR find their forever homes, but the dogs always have a home there if needed.
The staff works very hard in making sure that all adoptions of dogs go well. If you have other dogs they set an appointment up with you to bring your dogs up to make sure the dog you are interested in adopting is a good match. We knew once we became involved we would be adopting a dog there when it was the right time for us. Just a little over a year ago we saw a dog there that we were interested in. Our two dogs at home were both getting into their senior years and we thought it might be the right time to adopt another one. We had filled out the adoption application so we expressed our interest to the adoption manager. We made an appointment and brought our dogs up to do a match with the retriever that we were interested in adopting. The DVGRR dog was carefully introduced to our two dogs and the match seemed to be perfect. We were actually able to take the retriever home with us the same day because all the medical tests and shots were already completed. Our two dogs showed their new buddy our big yard to play in. They taught her how to do what we call "yard patrol", sniffing around the perimeter of the yard for scents of bunnies and squirrels and hopefully no skunks. She is a wonderful dog that brings joy to our life everyday and much of that has to do with the care she received at DVGRR.
As with any facility like these they are constantly fundraising so that they can continue to provide excellent care for the dogs. Their latest hope to build a large unadorned pole barn so that they can have more events on site regardless of the weather. The Meet & Greets are currently held outside every month and unfortunately the weather does not always cooperate. In rain or showers or hot sun they put up portable small tents to help keep the dogs cool and dry. If there are several inches of snow on the ground they normally have to cancel which may prevent some dogs from getting adopted sooner rather then later. A large building like they are trying to fund would help in so many ways with having more events on site and normally exercising the dogs in inclement weather. My wife and I continue to support them financially as much as we can and we continue to volunteer our time.
In closing DVGRR is a wonderful organization that has an ongoing mission to care for these dogs and I can not say enough good things about them. The staff should all have earned their angel wings by now. If you are interested in adopting or helping in any way please check out their website at www.dvgrr.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an adopter, a volunteer and supporter. We had many dogs prior to adopting our first dog from DVGRR in 2012. None were like Caroline. She was part of the large rescued group from North Carolina, known as the NC20. She was the first dog we ever had that had such serious issues with living indoors, trusting people and so on. There were times I thought "what was I thinking? I'll never be able to help her." With the help and support of the staff we made it through a difficult transition for her. They gave us helpful tips and were always very encouraging. Most of all I learned patience from Caroline.
Not too long after adopting her, I came on as a volunteer with the Project Home Life program which helps dogs like Caroline. They get used to human touch, living in a home, some very basic obedience, getting to know different people each at an individual pace. I absolutely love the program and see firsthand how it helps puppy mill survivors, breeder dogs, senior dogs that are no longer wanted for assorted reasons. It's a challenge but so rewarding.
We also attend Shy Dog Park, a special and limited program created for dogs from the Sanctuary that need some additional support. I've seen how much that has helped bring our special dogs blossom. They become so much more confident which helps them when they go home. It's not open to the general population. That helps us keep all dogs safe and we move slowly with the new dogs so they have a very positive experience.
I've since adopted three more dogs since then and they've all been wonderful.
I've also become a volunteer in another program - Life Skills and Basic Manners. This helps dogs to get used to different objects they may encounter (wheelchairs, ramps, steps, umbrellas, toys, etc). They learn to sit and relax, , walk under and between things, learn obedience skills, meet other dogs and people too. I am so proud to be part of these two programs and look forward to volunteering every week. I've learned so much working with Heather and Lisa and the staff and other dedicated volunteers. It's a great community that works hard everyday to provide all the dogs that come through the rescue a good start for a wonderful life. . DVGRR is dedicated to the well being of the dogs and supporting the families that adopt them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've adopted 4 golden retrievers from DVGRR and have been volunteering for the past eleven years. Dvgrr is a great organization! They are truly very devoted to doing whatever it takes to rescue, evaluate, care for and nurture every dog that comes to Golden Gateway. They are very dedicated to taking the time to evaluate the dogs' needs to the adopters needs and wants so that each dog has the best chance to find the best forever family.
The staff are all highly trained in their positions. Everyone is devoted to the betterment and well being of every dog.
Project Home Life has been the lifeline to help countless numbers of shy, fearful and un-socialized dogs. Without this program, many dogs would not have the skills and courage
to flourish in a home environment.
As volunteers, we are proud to say we are part of such a great organization.

1 Outi P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with the Project Home Life program at DVGRR for more than 3 years now. This is a program for dogs like puppy mill survivors that need to adjust to living in a home environment... it involves very simple, basic things that former breeder dogs may never have encountered, for example going up or down stairs or what to do with a toy - after all, these dogs have lived their whole lives in a cage without any toys or play, or affection from humans, and they need to learn how to be a family dog to become adoptable. The staff at DVGRR has created a great program to help these dogs make the adjustment - it really works, and it's great to see so many dogs come out of their shell in even just one month. What's more, the staff takes great care of the dogs' health issues (they've raised funds to build an on-site surgery and pay for a vet 3 days a week). Heather and Jess, who run the program, also keep the dogs wonderfully well-groomed (clean and good-smelling!) and keep the house where the dogs live very clean --- I've never such a clean, well-run operation! It's a pleasure to volunteer there :))

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experiences with DVGRR, Inc. have been awesome! Six golden retrievers have found their way into our home and hearts over many years, and this nonprofit has always ensured that matches between dogs and "forever homes" are good ones! We are also impressed by the vision the organization's leaders have, and the hard work and resiliency shown by staff members at the Rescue. This organization deserves, without question, to be on your radar!

Michael & Ann Deibert
Alleghenyville, PA

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've served as a long-time volunteer, have fostered Golden retrievers, and have adopted Golden retrievers through Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. I could not imagine how our lives would be without this wonderful organization. Their mission, their placement of wonderful pets, and their attention to detail. set them apart from other non-profits. The family members we've adopted from DVGRR have been wonderful, and have enriched our lives immensely. This organization deserves its top rating for all it has done for both helpless animals and the people who have adopted them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adopter and volunteer, I can’t say enough about this wonderful organization. DVGRR is paradise for man’s best friend. Can’t begin to tell you of some of the worst conditions these poor dogs endure before arriving at DVGRR. I am honored and proud to be a part of this organization who saves many dogs and teaches them that not all humans are bad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I write from experience. I have been a volunteer, in one form or another, almost since Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) began in the mid 1990's. I saw a notice on the bulletin board of my local supermarket saying that this organization rescued Golden Retrievers. My husband and I were looking for a Golden, favored the concept of adoption, and I contacted them. Six Golden's later and I still volunteer as much as I can for the organization.
My whole professional career, up to the present, has been mostly spent in not for profit organizations. I know an excellent one, or not so good one, when I see it.
DVGRR is, bar none, the most principled and well run organization I have ever encountered. Integrity and quality are woven deeply into every thing they do, every action they take. They are fiscally responsible and make capital decisions wisely. The employees they hire are dedicated, capable, and very hard working. Once a dog is adopted from DVGRR, the organization continues to stay in touch with adopters and many events are planned throughout the year to both assist operating funds and to provide fun and networking for DVGRR human and canine alumni.
I hope in these few words I've communicated the great esteem in which I hold DVGRR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I first heard about DVGRR when we moved into the area sixteen years ago. We had one golden retriever and we were looking for a buddy for him. We were very satisfied with the way DVGRR ran things and we adopted our first golden retriever, which was an excellent match for our dog. Since then we have adopted other golden retrievers, from DVGRR, and volunteer for various events, transportation, meet and greets, community out reach etc. We are so pleased with how DVGRR operates that we also make a monthly donation to help fund all that they do for the dogs that come into their care.

2 geldota67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of DVGRR in early 2017 when my husband and I were looking to adopt a golden retriever. We found their website extremely informative and went to a “Meet and Greet” event at their location. It was immediately obvious how well they care for the dogs there and the amazing work they do to save as many dogs as they possibly can. We were given a tour to see the entire facility. Their very small staff is incredibly hard working and caring. DVGRR is located in an area of PA where there are a lot of farm breeders from which they get a lot of dogs, many who require extensive vet care and rehab. Our own dog, Oakley, who we adopted, was a farm breeder dog. DVGRR believes every dog deserves a chance and they work tirelessly to save these dogs and find them the right homes. In addition, they take part in rescues of dogs from Puerto Rico, South Korean meat farms and hurricane stricken areas of the US. Since adopting Oakley we have become volunteers at DVGRR and have gotten a closer look at what this wonderful organization does on a daily basis, doing everything they can to save dogs, and it is truly impressive.
Amy G., Volunteer

1 ACahMak

Donor

Rating: 5

After 3 Goldens purchased and raised from puppies, we decided it was time to adopt. DVGRR was recommended as we wanted another Golden. Everyone was professional as well as kind and helpful. We were fully vetted, with even a home inspection, though we live more than an hour away (they have volunteers everywhere!). With descriptions and extensive behavioral reports available to research, we were able to go to an open house with a few dogs in mind. Low and behold, we came home with a little lab mix, not a Golden, brought from rescues in Puerto Rico to DVGRR. Because of the love and care she received from the rescues in PR and in DVGRR, one would never know that only a few months before, our Alianza was an emaciated dog living in a construction site with her puppies. She is sweet and loving, was fully housebroken, and we couldn't be happier. She has our heart. We can highly recommend DVGRR! We continue donations to them and share their stories.

1 Katherine Amico B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVGRR rescued my Darwin who was born in a puppy mill with leg deformities. Not only did they make sure he was up to date on shots, they neutered him and they provided the necessary surgeries so that he was able to walk. The care that they give all of the dogs at the rescue is top notch. They are an extremely caring group of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 5 golden's from DVGRR and I'm sure that there will be more in my future. They are an amazing organization to work with and just super people. I highly recommend DVGRR and have had friends and family that have also adopted through their program. They do wonderful work preparing the pups (and new families) for adoption and take the time to secure the best possible match. Once the adoption process is complete the DVGRR team does follow up and offers support to every adopter and welcomes the pups back for various events and an annual reunion. Just love DVGRR!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for about 15years - a more loving, caring or concerned group does not exist - group is concerned that adopters know "the good, bad & ugly" about the fur friend they are bringing to their "people" family - they love and care about every animal brought to them - when you take a new fur baby home they should fit perfectly

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our family has adopted four Goldens from DVGRR over the past 7 years and we couldn't be happier with our "fur-family". DVGRR works their best to make a perfect match between the dogs and their to be "furever home". The staff, volunteers and board members all work together to make DVGRR the "best"....education of the community in transitioning of dogs needing new homes no matter the situation they come from, giving the dogs first class medical care and a new loving environment to thrive in.

1 Alexa V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of DVGRR since I was 12 years old. I needed volunteer hours for a club at school. I didn't realize how twelve years later how much of an impact DVGRR would have on my life. My family and I have adopted, fostered, and hospice countless dogs from DVGRR and I loved every minute of it. They were also able to place me with my current service dog. With their guidance and a service organization's support I have independence that most take for granted. I have seen so many changes that have only helped improve the over all success of the dog's future lives and the success of DVGRR as a whole these past twelve years. I look forward to helping at events and seeing what the future holds. I highly recommend anyone who has even a slight interest in dogs, goldens or giving back to volunteer, it not only changes your life but each of the dogs waiting for their forever home as well.

1 Kate Menapace K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an adopter and volunteer with DVGRR for 12 years, and currently sit on its Board. The leadership team and the organization they run is top notch in every way. The leadership team and staff's priority on the health and welfare of the dogs in their care is evident in everything they do, and the dogs and their adoptive families benefit from it. I cannot say enough positive about DVGRR!

1 Sharon S.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am disabled and DVGRR has helped me to find just the right dog ( perfect match) on many occasions. I have been adapting from them for about 17 years now. Every dogs I have a dog that has going on to become CGC and therapy certified.
I will always support this rescue and adopt from them in the future. In addition to my donor role, we also volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DVGRR is a great organization; the best of their type. I have been involved with DVGRR as both a rescued dog adopter as well as a volunteer/supporter. Their staff is 100% dedicated to the care, assessment, and support for each and every dog as they work toward finding their forever homes. I have never been of a of a more positive and focused non-profit organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DVGRR is a wonderful organization. We have adopted two dogs from them and couldn't have asked for a better experience. They truly care for their mission and do everything they can on behalf of the dogs. Their fundraising events are top notch with all the volunteers being involved in one way or another. It's a joy to meet everyone at the events. They make you feel part of the DVGRR family no matter what role (big or small) you may have played in their mission. DVGRR is number one in our book!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eleven years ago I lost my first Golden Retriever, Bailey. I went online to find a rescue organization where I could volunteer and be around dogs. I still volunteer with this organization because they are simply”the best!”
To date, I have adopted 5 senior Goldens. I know when I take my fur baby home that a complete behavioral and medical evaluation has been done on my dog. The dogs don’t just sit in the kennel all day long...they have play groups and Interaction with all staff members. Come out and see for yourself why DVGRR was presented with the award Shelter of the Year in 2013.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted the best dog from DVGRR. She is a part of our family and we are so thankful to DVGRR for saving her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a more dedicated and caring group of people in my life. We have rescued five dogs through DVGRR and each one has been a wonderful and loving addition to our family. Their dedication to giving every dog; regardless of age or background, a new lease on life is extraordinary. The staff knows each dogs personality and expertly matches each family with a dog that will fit into their lives with ease.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

DVGRR is a great organization with professional staff who always have the dogs best interest in mind. Over the past few years we have brought many dogs into our home through DVGRR and have received the support and guidance we needed. We can't say enough good things about DVGRR. We're so happy to have adopted through the rescue and plan to continue that. Cliff T.

2 Susan Lentz E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DVGRR is a wonderful place! We have adopted Ben, Nova, Sam and now Sapphire from them and have always been very happy with DVGRR.

2 Barbara Davison B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue for almost eight years and absolutely love it there! It's obvious that the staff cares very much about the dogs and finding them the right home with the right people. The dogs are well cared for, getting fed and medical attention when needed and even have a couple play times outside every day, rain or shine.
The group of volunteers are awesome and we all get along great together.
I am honored to be a part of this great organization who cares so much for displaced dogs who are looking for their forever home.
Barb

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted 3 dogs from DVGRR over the years and they are the best. The amount of info they provide and the amount of vet care that goes into each dog is amazing. They go above and beyond by offering follow-up phone consults.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my dog, my best friend and thought I would never fine a replacement. Not until I went to DVGRR any met Higgins. He his my best boy. I love him so.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I began volunteering at DVGRR soon after we lost our first golden retriever in 2005. During our 12 years at DVGRR we have worked in the Memorial Garden doing landscaping tasks, made home visits to potential adopters, and handled DVGRR dogs at various open house events. For the last several years, we have worked mainly with puppy mill breeding dogs and other shy dogs that DVGRR has rescued. Working with the DVGRR staff and other volunteers we have learned a great deal about shy dog rehabilitation and have developed the highest level of confidence and appreciation for their efforts. We have adopted three puppy mill survivors from DVGRR and they have all become wonderful family members. Our first adopted puppy mill son (shown in the photo with his 10 year old adopted sister), now almost 16 years old, has become a therapy dog who has visited nursing homes and school reading programs as well as representing DVGRR at community events. We have enjoyed all of our experiences as volunteers at DVGRR. DVGRR has a unique facility that includes a well-kept kennel, a clinic, and a separate Sanctuary where shy dogs learn to live in a real house. Dogs receive medical care, basic training, and regular exercise by staff and volunteers. The staff and volunteers are open, friendly, and willing to share their extensive knowledge about the individual dogs and the rescue effort in general. An adopter learns all that DVGRR has learned about the dog and has done to help it become a good family member. I think that the DVGRR staff knows more about rehabilitation than any other group. DVGRR is truly an exceptional rescue organization.
Ron Chadderton
Professor Emeritus
Villanova University

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization ,well run and deeply dedicated to the dogs and their well being. I have been a volunteer since 2009 and currently occupy a board seat . I highly recommend this organization .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We began supporting DVGRR as donors over 15 years ago as we were so impressed with the rescue work they were doing. We've since adopted four DVGRR dogs and couldn't be happier with both our great goldens, but also the care, instruction and support provided by DVGRR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have found the quality of this organization has declined since the resignation of the founder. Unskilled leadership, wasteful spending and waiver from the mission have decreased trust. Management tone is arrogant. Small donors no longer matter.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted two awesome young Goldens from DVGRR over the past few years. Our experience with them has been exceptional. All of the dogs are housed in a state of the art kennel facility including a vet clinic and cared for by an incredibly dedicated and well trained staff. Their group of volunteers and supporters is outstanding and helps this rescue provide an unprecedented level of physical, emotional and loving rehabilitation for all of these the deserving "do over dogs" that find their way into Golden Gateway.
Last year DVGRR placed almost 300 Goldens, Golden mixes and Labs into well suited forever homes. If you are thinking about getting a Golden, please consider a rescue and their is no better place to adopt than DVGRR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a DVGRR member since shortly after they began. I've adopted 4 dogs from them and have been a volunteer in various capacities over the years. DVGRR is an extraordinarily well run organization that uses their funds carefully. They stand by their comprehensive adoption screening process and it serves both them and adopters well. The DVGRR staff is knowledgable, ethical, dedicated, and conscientious. A fantastic organization in every sense!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an adopter and supporter since 1998, I continue to be impressed with the staff and volunteers at DVGRR. Although many things have changed over the years (all for the better) the one thing that remains constant is their dedication to doing the right things for the dogs. If you are looking to adopt a dog, DVGRR is one of the very best. I highly recommend them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with DVGRR for the past 10 years and have adopted 3 wonderful former puppy mill breeder dogs from them. One of those dogs became a therapy dog in nursing homes, schools, and libraries. DVGRR has very good facilities and dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard to find good homes for dogs who need them, while providing those dogs with love and excellent care while they await those homes. DVGRR also offers educational programs to help adopters better understand canine behaviors. DVGRR is a much needed asset to the community.

Rosemarie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Shiloh in 2008 and then Banning and Grace in 2010 from DVGRR. From the first time I meet the wonderful staff and volunteers I knew that the care and love that they give the dogs in their care is second to none. Shiloh was only with me for 15 months before cancer took her from me. Grace was 71/2 years old when she chose me as her human and filled my life with joy for 51/2 years before she joined Shiloh at the Rainbow Bridge. DVGRR has a program to help puppy mill dogs transition from mill life to a home. Both Grace and Shiloh were puppy mill breeder Goldens and were part of this program. Everything and every one at DVGRR is about the well being of the dogs. The pictures are Shiloh, Banning and Grace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy mill girl in July of 2011. It has taken quite a while to have her truly adjust to me and my home, but it has been so worthwhile. I volunteer at the Sanctuary and love working with the mill dogs and bathing those who need it. Everyone at DVGRR is always helpful and ready to offer suggestions as needed. The dogs who come through their doors are lucky in that they get the best medical and emotional care possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue long before I adopted Daisy from them in April of 2013!! This rescue worked together with a rescue in Arkansas that was dealing with ... as I've been told.. " the worst case of neglect and hoarding we've ever experienced!" Daisy was one of 11 Golden Retrievers they saved!!( there was 30+ animals rescued) DVGRR named this group " The Arkansas 11".
The 11 were transported from Arkansas and arrived at DVGRR in February 2013.The way they worked together to get these dogs safely to PA and then be eagerly waiting for their arrival to begin to " heal" them is beyond amazing work!!! Loving them began immediately!! These 11 were not going to be " perfect" Goldens........ the horrible situation they were rescued from definitely had them needing physical as well as emotional rehabilitation.
This very well may be the point that Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue went from being so inspiring to me ... to being " Hero's"!
It's difficult to put down in words the amazing ....life changing work that each and every person working for this rescue does! They will do whatever is necessary for ALL the dogs in their care 24/7!!
They now have on- site Veterinary care as well as a separate building next door... a sanctuary for senior and puppy mill dogs..... that receive the special care needed!!
It has been 3 years this month since we adopted Daisy... and because of the abuse and lack of positive socialization for her first year and a half....... she was a work in progress........ she's made me so proud of how far she's come!! I'm so thankful to DVGRR for saving her and letting us adopt her and give her a wonderful life!!
Anyone looking to rescue , please consider adopting from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue!! They are awesome!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year and a half ago, my husband and I decided we were ready for a new responsibility in our lives - a dog! Rather than shopping at a pet store or breeder, we also wanted to help a dog in need. Having grown up with Goldens, I was very excited to learn about DVGRR.
After speaking with them, we learned that none of their Goldens would have been good city dogs. I was heartbroken! But, they had a great lab if we were interested. DVGRR takes the time to really understand what is best for the owner, but more importantly, the dogs. While some organizations simply give off dogs to the first person in the door, DVGRR really tries to find the best "forever home" possible.
We couldn't be happier with our dog, Bailey. He is amazing; so well trained, so lovable. We thank DVGRR every day for bringing him to our lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Buddy in April of 2011 as our Female Golden, Honey was getting to be a Senior Girl, 8 yrs old at the time. She was the Queen of the house for 3 years since we lost our Male Golden, Albert and thought it was time she had another companion

Buddy was only a year old and even though he had some back problems when we adopted him, he was quite a handful for Honey. It was funny seeing him do all the things she did to our Albert when we got her at 1 yrs old, although we don't think she agreed with us. In any event, Buddy stuck to Honey like glue, always wanting to play and when he wasn't playing, he would lay as close as he could and always have a paw or something touching Honey.

We thought we would have several years of the two of them together and Buddy would mature to an adult dog before the time would come that we would lose our Sweet Honey, however, that was not the case. Honey was diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma in June of 2012 at only 9 yrs old.

We struggled with the treatment options and decided against Chemo for Honey. It was a very personal decision based on Honey's personality and what we felt she would want if she could speak. The prognosis was only 2 months. Honey was having none of that, she thrived and had a fully and happy almost 6 months before she lost her battle with the disease.

I knew that Buddy would need another companion, but I thought we would wait until the Spring to look for a brother or sister for him. I soon realized that Buddy didn't want to wait that long as he was lost without his older Sister and we were as well. Having just gotten back to enjoying two Golden's in the house, it was hard to go back to just one.

We decided to look again a few weeks after Honey passed. That's when we saw Nicky (a.k.a. Snickers #5) on the DVGRR website. I read through his bio and saw at the end that he was blind. I honestly didn't hesitate for one second after reading that info and knew people that had blind dogs and how well they adjusted. When I went further and read his behavior evaluation and saw that his intake date was November 28, 2012, the same exact date we lost our Sweet Honey, I knew that it was meant to be. My husband had some concerns but we decided we would bring Buddy up to meet him and see how they got along.

Needless to say the Boys got along great and Nicky is even more playful then his big brother Buddy. We fell in love with him and took him home with us on Jan 5, 2013. Nicky rode all the way home on my lap. I think he was almost as happy as we were.

We definitely were concerned about him hurting himself or getting into something he shouldn't, but he proved us wrong. We put up gates on our front and back stairs so he couldn't get up them, but after showing him the first floor while on his leash, we gave him full access. He learned the layout within a day ! We also put cat bells on Buddy's collar to make sure Nicky knew where he was and could follow him around. We took Nicky out in our yard on his leash at first as we were concerned he could hurt himself. He was a very well behaved boy and always knew where to go to take care of his business.

Gradually we began letting go of the leash and eventually let him go out without it all, however one of us was always with him when he went outside. (our yard is completely fenced in of course) Very shortly, Nicky got the full layout of the yard and LOVES going outside either by himself (we are always watching though) or with his Big Brother.

Words can not express the joy our little Nicky has brought to our household, he is such a loving and affectionate little guy. He is always happy and ready to play, romp or wrestle with Buddy, or to sit in one of our laps and sleep. He even has a favorite chair and races my husband to the living room to get in it before he does. While we would both love it if Nicky could see, he is such a happy boy, I don't think it matters to him one bit. It definitely doesn't matter to us. He is perfect just the way he is.

We are thankful to DVGRR for bringing Buddy & Nicky into our lives and hearts. They are the most well run organization I have had the pleasure of dealing with, clean & professional are not enough to describe them and the care and love they give each and every dog is above and beyond.

Sincerely,
Annamarie & Victor Trippodi
Bloomfield, NJ



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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DVGRR for 12+ years since I adopted my first DVGRR senior Golden, Molson, in July 2004. I am a serial senior adopter of Goldens and Golden mixes, 8yrs+, and have brought ten seniors into my home over the years. We just love the snow faces and what they bring to our lives; happiness, love and smiles.

DVGRR has the most dedicated and professional group of people involved that we've ever had the privilege to know. The quality of the leadership and staff at DVGRR and the depth of thinking and caring that goes into everything they do truly shows.

If you're thinking about getting a golden, golden doodle or golden mix, this is the place to start your search. It's a wonderful organization and we're so happy to volunteer our time, and adopt through them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had unexpectedly lost our Golden Retriever in April of 2015. She was a valued member of our family for 13 years. Somehow our lives and house lacked a special presence that made our home a special place for all. One Friday night in August my husband came home from work with an idea. He thought we could fill out the forms on line to adopt a dog from the DVGRR . We started the process and never looked back. The Rescue was amazing with the information they had on each of their dogs that was available for adoption. Their whole process of adopting a dog was amazing and not only was the dog right for us, we had to be right for the dog. We found our perfect dog at a Meet and Greet sponsored by the DVGRR and he has been with us since September. DVGRR puts their dogs best interest ,in every way ,first and the care of each dog is phenomenal. This is an organization made up of caring and honest people that will do whatever it takes for the dogs in their care. We have never been happier or more impressed with a nonprofit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DVGRR for over 20 years. This is an awesome group of people who love the dogs and are truly devoted to helping save them, rehabilitate the ones who need it, and find them forever homes. The facility is amazing and always being improved. I can't say enough good things about DVGRR.