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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

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!