Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue
A non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization
Serving the Greater Saint Louis Missouri Area
P.O. Box 31700-1700
Saint Louis, MO 63131
==== NOTICE, EFFECTIVE January 1st, 2020 =====
Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue (GGRR) can stretch its roots all the way back to the American Kennel Club.
The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) is the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) official Golden Retriever club. GRCA is the primary guardian of the Golden Retriever breed. Its members determine the breed standards, code of ethics, and performance standards for the breed.
The Golden Retriever Club of Greater St Louis is the local, St Louis, Missouri-based chapter of the GRCA.
Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue (GGRR) was founded in 1988, by members of the Golden Retriever Club of Greater St. Louis as a way to rehome Golden Retrievers returned to area breeders after initially being adopted.
GGRR was incorporated in 1999 as a Missouri, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to provide for the welfare of unwanted Goldens, with lifelong loving homes and public education, always striving for a betterment of the breed with our efforts.
In the years following our incorporation, GGRR enjoyed hundreds of volunteers, accepting and placing more than 100 purebred and near purebred Golden Retrievers into loving homes each year. More recently, the number of volunteers and foster homes dwindled to less than 30.
At the close of 2019, after 32 years rescuing abused and neglected Golden Retrievers:
- The previous President had stepped down and left the organization.
- The Intake Coordinator had stepped down and left the organization.
- The new President, a founding member of the organization, was also the Treasurer and had been with GGRR for 32 years.
- The Web Coordinator, and Member Representative, who overhauled this website, created a complete administrative app for handling much of the organization’s internal paperwork, created the Facebook page wanted to step down after 18 years, without anybody to replace him. He fostered nearly 40 Golden Retrievers during his time volunteering for the organization.
- The positions of Adoption Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Events Coordinator, Secretary, were all handled by a single person. After 10 years of volunteering, she was willing to continue in any one job, but was unwilling to continue doing all of the jobs, plus the jobs being vacated by departing members. The lack of additional volunteers made that impossible.
- GGRR had zero foster homes and none of the remaining volunteers were willing to foster anymore, for various reasons.
- The Intake Coordinator position remained open.
- Through much of 2019, we had fewer than 10 total volunteers and only 2 foster homes. We had stopped working events around the area because there were never any volunteers who would show up to work. The 15 Officer / Coordinator / Mentor positions were held by just 5 volunteers. The volunteers were burned out and unwilling to continue working alone. We hadn’t had a new volunteer in over 3 years and finding new volunteers when there was nothing for them to do — no dogs coming in, due to no foster homes, no events to work, etc. — was highly unlikely.
Therefore, effective January 1st, 2020, Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue was permanently closed. The name, as a Missouri corporation remains alive so that the organization may be resurrected should the need arise and there are volunteers to staff its resurrection.
I, as the Web Coordinator since March, 2002, have kept the website alive ever since. For me, it was a labor of love for nearly 20 years, having fostered nearly 40 Golden Retrievers over the years, and only adopting 4 of them — 2 of which are still with me today (10/18/2021). I cannot bear to simply delete the website. And so, for now, the website remains. Although many of its pages are no longer available through the menu. One day, the website’s value to me will diminish below its $20 monthly cost and the website will disappear — maybe that will be tomorrow. Maybe it won’t. Until then, feel free to walk the list of previously adopted Golden Retrievers.