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.

GGRR is a ghost of its former self. Our total number of volunteers has dwindled from over 100, fifteen years ago, to 9, today. These remaining dedicated few have each been with the organization for more than 10 years. Our new President (11/2019) and Treasurer (for the past year, same person as new President) has been with GGRR since it was founded in 1988. The current Web Coordinator has been with the organization since early 2002 and has served as Web Coordinator since mid-2002 and Membership Rep for the last 2 years. The Events Coordinator, who is also the Membership Coordinator, Secretary, Adoption Coordinator, and 4 of the 5 volunteer mentor positions, has been with the organization since 2009.

The few remaining volunteers are dedicated to the Golden Retriever breed and to animal rescue in general. But they cannot do everything alone. Burnout runs rampant among the remaining volunteers. To continue rescuing purebred and near-purebred Golden Retrievers (hereinafter just ‘Golden Retrievers’) they need your help. They recognize that it won’t happen overnight and it could be another year before there are volunteers that can take over officer positions (must be with the organization for at least 1 year) and coordinator positions.

The bottom line: The more foster homes we have, the more Golden Retrievers we can rescue. The more Golden Retrievers we can rescue, the more Goldens will get adopted. The more Goldens in our program, the more Goldens that can attend events. The more Goldens that can attend events, the more exposure that GGRR will have. The more exposure, the more volunteers and the more Goldens that will be surrendered to us. The more Goldens that are surrendered to us, the more foster homes that we will need. And soon, there will be volunteers to handle other jobs within the organization too.

We need foster homes, first. Then we need more exposure — the Web Coordinator will be working to increase our exposure, but he needs the write-ups and pictures of Goldens to show the community what we’re up to — which requires more dogs and places for them to stay.

Today, we have just a couple foster homes. When these homes have as many Golden Retrievers as they can handle (more than 1 or 2 each), then the Golden Retrievers go to a local kennel — not an ideal place for a rescued Golden Retriever to hang out while they wait to be adopted or wait for space to open up in a foster home. You cannot teach a wayward Golden Retriever about love when it’s in a kennel.

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!

Immediate, critical needs are:

  1. Volunteers to foster dogs. As soon as a dog comes in, we will need a foster home.
  2. Volunteers to conduct home visits. We have a training program so you’ll know what to do and how to do it. We also have a Home Visit Mentor who will accompany you on your first couple of home visits.

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.

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