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Review for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Inc, Reinholds, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer