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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 twenty-four 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 sixty-five 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 the trainer determines can be responsibly placed in carefully pre-screened adoptive homes. Dogs with certain behavioral issues are accepted for long-term behavior modification. Spay and neuter services are provided along with essential veterinary care 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 a complete blood chemistry profile 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 who was not adopted.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 300 Goldens and Golden Doodles

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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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

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.

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!!

Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

DVGRR, the best of the best in dog rescues. Finding forever homes for displaced dogs. Every dog is exercised several times a day, special treats for each dog, great medical care, and more love then most people receive. Words do not do DVGRR justice, it is a MUST SEE.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at many animal rescue organizations but DVGRR is the best around. The staff is so dedicated to providing the finest care for the dogs and careful to select the most appropriate home for each dog. They go above and beyond to provide adopters with information and support to ensure that the dogs stay in their new homes forever. I adopted two Goldens from DVGRR and they were the loves of my life. I'm looking forward to the day when another DVGRR Golden "selects" me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Delware Valley Golden Retreiver Rescue is a truly amazing place. We adopted our four year old dog in 2009, she was one of the "puppy mill breeder" dogs. Although she had many quirks and needed a lot of patience and love, without the DVGRR and their belief in these dogs, she wouldn't be here today. The diligent process they put adopters thru worked wonders in our case. Lily joined our family of goldens and as a rescue and made a trio. She now runs, plays and acts like the other goldens in our home. I had never adopted a rescue before, and cannot say how delighted we were that we did. The time and effort they put into the dogs to make them adoptable is a true labor of love. They are one of the only rehab programs with their own facility for golden retreivers that I am aware of. Too all golden lovers and dog lovers everywhere, they deserve our full support, so they can continue their good work.

Mary Ann R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little girl in July of 2006, and would not hesitate to adopt from DVGRR again. They did a great job of matching us with our new family member, she fit right in from day one. We credit her with saving our older boy who was only 5 at the time and was grieving for his "sister" who we lost suddenly to cancer, and his new "sister" didn't give up, she just kept after him until he finally fell for her too! She has been a great asset to our family and we continue to support the wonderful shelter and the great people who do such a terrific job taking care of these goldens and finding them new homes.

Barb S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our Golden in 2007 when she was a year old as a playmate for our other golden who was 18 months old. DVGRR is a wonderful rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 dogs from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Club. Both dogs have become assets to our household. The Rescue does a great job matching dog to family. The staff is well versed in helping their "guests" become suited to be adopted into their forever homes. They really care about the dogs. I strongly recommend people who would like to have a Golden to contact Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my Golden Retriever Jack from the DVGRR a little over 5 years ago. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. The DVGRR's adoption process was a smooth and positive experience. So much so that I've become a volunteer for this great organization!