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Review for Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteer for this organization since it's beginnings in 2008. I have made wonderful friends, who share the same passion as I do - rescuing dogs. We just happen to focus on Golden Retrievers, and are very successful in finding perfect homes to fit the dog's needs and personalities.

We often hear: Who would give up a Golden? It must be so easy to find homes for them.....they're perfect for everyone! This is not true. It is difficult for some potential adopters to understand why we might tell them "no" for a certain dog they are interested in; or they want a young dog, when we know that a young dog would not be happy in the life that family offers, etc. In the end, our rescued dogs are our priority, and in the process of finding the right home for the dog, we make a family very happy!

As our president said once: we do more than rescue goldens, we save hearts.

Most times the families feel like their new rescued Golden has always been a part of their family. It is such a wonderful feeling to be involved in making people so happy.

We have saved Goldens from abusive situations, near-death experiences in the shelters, abandonment, forclosures, death of their mom or dad, you name it.

I highly encourage you to donate to our Goldens. We have created many easy ways to help - just visit our website. Our annual EBAY AUCTION is probably the most fun (but a lot of work!) Our supporters donate items, we sell them on Ebay. All the money goes to help the Goldens in need.

Our vetting costs are high, because we never turn away a Golden just because it might be sick. We have done hip surgeries, parvo treatments, the usually kennel cough and horrible virus treatments from shelter situations, many ear infections, eye surgeries, broken legs, cancer, allergies. We even have 14 "permanent fosters", which means SCGRRescue takes care of all the medical bills (which are high) on these dogs until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. These dogs are young and old, and happy and loved; just too sick to adopt to a family because their life expectance is very short.

We've been voted one of the top rescues in the nation. We are ALL volunteers - not even the BOD is paid. With about 75 volunteers, we average over 1 dog per day rescued, vetted, rehomed. None of our dogs are kenneled - they all go to foster families, living in homes with other dogs (for the most part) and humans (and sometimes cats and birds, etc.) For every dog we rescue, there are approximately 7 adoptive families wanting our dogs. It makes it a slow process for the humans, but our lonely Goldens find a perfect home fast with numbers like this.

I hope you'll consider supporting SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE. Visit our website and learn more about what we do, and the impact we have had.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i adopted 2 dogs from SCGRR

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of foster homes; get more volunteers to do more transports and shelter pulls

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

find some way we could meet volunteers from other areas in So Cal - we only meet "on line" or on the phone

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. It adds to my happiness, my sense of "making a difference in the world", meeting wonderful people (but also eccentric ones:) and allowing my daughter to grow up volunteering and also being proud that she has made a difference in the world she lives in

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

tired but motivated and ready to do more.

Role:  Volunteer & home interviews, foster, representing dogs to find families, fund raising, garage sales, etc.

Review for Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for SCGRRescue. I also work full-time, but can't seem to quit volunteering because I love to see the results of the work we do as a team - happy dogs and happy people. This group is very different than another group I volunteered for -- the board of directors truely care about SCGRR dogs'. AND, we care about the families that adopt our dogs. More than just words, I see it every day in the decisions that are made and feedback from the families I meet through home interviews and repping dogs. 95% of the feedback I hear is positive. The 5% negative would be we didn't give a family a particular dog they really really wanted. Unfortunately, that happens cuz we have more human adopters than Golden Retrievers, thank goodness!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 50+ dogs we've fostered in our home and helped meet a new loving family.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & help Goldens find loving homes.