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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

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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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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.

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.

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.

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!

Writer

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted and I volunteer at DVGRR. The rescue does wonderful things for the dogs. Each dog is care for completely. While there have been changes, change is a good thing.

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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.

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!

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.

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.