My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Inc, Reinholds, PA, USA
I'm an adopter, a volunteer and supporter. We had many dogs prior to adopting our first dog from DVGRR in 2012. None were like Caroline. She was part of the large rescued group from North Carolina, known as the NC20. She was the first dog we ever had that had such serious issues with living indoors, trusting people and so on. There were times I thought "what was I thinking? I'll never be able to help her." With the help and support of the staff we made it through a difficult transition for her. They gave us helpful tips and were always very encouraging. Most of all I learned patience from Caroline.
Not too long after adopting her, I came on as a volunteer with the Project Home Life program which helps dogs like Caroline. They get used to human touch, living in a home, some very basic obedience, getting to know different people each at an individual pace. I absolutely love the program and see firsthand how it helps puppy mill survivors, breeder dogs, senior dogs that are no longer wanted for assorted reasons. It's a challenge but so rewarding.
We also attend Shy Dog Park, a special and limited program created for dogs from the Sanctuary that need some additional support. I've seen how much that has helped bring our special dogs blossom. They become so much more confident which helps them when they go home. It's not open to the general population. That helps us keep all dogs safe and we move slowly with the new dogs so they have a very positive experience.
I've since adopted three more dogs since then and they've all been wonderful.
I've also become a volunteer in another program - Life Skills and Basic Manners. This helps dogs to get used to different objects they may encounter (wheelchairs, ramps, steps, umbrellas, toys, etc). They learn to sit and relax, , walk under and between things, learn obedience skills, meet other dogs and people too. I am so proud to be part of these two programs and look forward to volunteering every week. I've learned so much working with Heather and Lisa and the staff and other dedicated volunteers. It's a great community that works hard everyday to provide all the dogs that come through the rescue a good start for a wonderful life. . DVGRR is dedicated to the well being of the dogs and supporting the families that adopt them.