• Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT) Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT)


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Mission Statement

To promote the rescue and protection of Golden Retriever dogs, and to inspire recognition of the rights of these fellow beings to lead dignified and protected lives.


Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, Inc. (GRREAT) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding loving new homes for unwanted, stray, and abandoned Golden Retrievers. We serve Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, eastern West Virginia, and south central Pennsylvania, and are staffed solely by volunteers. GRREAT places approximately 235 Golden Retrievers each year. We also strive to educate the public about the characteristics of the Golden Retriever breed and the rewards of giving a home to a rescued dog.

The majority of GRREAT dogs are turned in to us by their previous owners, but we also work in conjunction with area shelters and local animal welfare organizations. Each dog that comes into GRREAT is placed into a volunteer foster home where the temperament, energy level, habits, and medical requirements of the dog are evaluated. This gives us the opportunity to select a permanent home for each dog that meets the dog’s individual needs. The dogs we rescue are spayed or neutered, updated on vaccinations, tested for heartworms and intestinal parasites, and started on heartworm/intestinal worm preventative.

GRREAT relies on donations from Golden Retriever lovers to cover the expenses incurred in treating our rescued dogs, many of whom come to us with medical needs requiring immediate and expensive attention. We are able to continue helping our rescued dogs solely because of the dedication and support of our volunteers and contributors. We are always in need of dog lovers who have an hour or more to spend helping Golden Retrievers. The majority of our volunteers are not dog professionals, just dog-loving individuals and families who enjoy helping a furry friend.


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