Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue (GGRR) is composed of 100% volunteers. We rely on the dedication of those volunteers to accomplish the goals specified in our charter. The following is a list of activities that our volunteers do for the organization.

Provide a Foster Home to Golden Retrievers

Keep and care for a Golden Retriever in your home. Evaluate the Golden Retriever and report on the dog’s strengths and weaknesses. Provide pictures and a written description to the webmaster for inclusion on the website. Make arrangements with prospective adopters to meet the golden. GGRR pays for all food and medical costs.

Conduct Home Visits

Visit people who are interested in adopting a Golden Retriever. Evaluate their home, their life, their views on maintaining healthy dogs to determine whether goldens adopted from GGRR will have happy, healthy, and safe living conditions.

Conduct Telephone Interviews

Call people who have expressed interest in adopting a Golden Retriever. Obtain some basic information and provide information about GGRR and the adoption process.

Conduct Dog Visits
Check out dogs that owners or shelters want to surrender to GGRR. GGRR is limited by its charter and non-profit status to only accept purebred Golden Retrievers. Dogs are evaluated based on many criteria.
Provide Transportation

Pick up surrendered dogs, trips to the vet or animal hospital for Goldens requiring medical attention, trips to the groomer, or any other transportation that may be needed with regard to GGRR.

Coordinate Activities

Our Coordinators function as the team leader for our various jobs. Coordinators are elected into their jobs by the volunteers. Our coordinators are:

  • Adoption Coordinator
  • Intake Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Website Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator

Mentor Activities

Similar to Coordinators in that these volunteers accept a position of responsibility, but these are strictly volunteer positions…i.e., not elected.
  • Intake Phone Lines
  • Adoption Phone Lines
  • Home Visits
  • Dog Visits
  • Foster Homes


Officers are elected by the volunteers. Officer positions are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer Representative
We always need to generate funds for our operations. GGRR is a non-profit organization run exclusively by the generosity of others.
Crafts & Sewing
GGRR sells various items at its many events during the year. Most of these items are craft items, created by various GGRR volunteers.

Would you like to help GGRR rescue abused and neglected Golden Retrievers?

Please volunteer today!

Volunteers are appreciated for whatever time they can provide to GGRR. There is no minimum amount of time required to volunteer. Your contribution of time will be appreciated whether you volunteer for 1 hour every few months or for 100 hours every week. However, volunteers that are willing to work 8 or so hours every month are desperately needed. The more dedicated volunteers we have, the more golden retrievers that we can save from abusive and neglected situations.

Won’t you volunteer to help a golden retriever today?

To volunteer, please fill out the form below. The current GGRR volunteer coordinator will contact shortly.

GGRR meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the AKC Museum of the Dog Museum at 1721 S. Mason Road in Queeny Park (west St. Louis county).

Meetings start at about 7:15pm and can last from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on how much business we have to discuss for the month.

Please feel free to attend any of our meetings. There is never a charge to attend meetings. We would love to have you.

What jobs are you volunteering for?
(Description of each job type appears above. Officers are not listed below because you must be a member for 1 year before you can run for an office.)
 Foster Home
 Home Visits
 Telephone Interviews
 Dog Visits
 Crafts & Sewing