Rescue Ranger
April 2020
We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these trying times. Our lives have certainly changed since the last Rescue Ranger and we want to keep you up to date with our efforts to keep our volunteers and supporters safe while remaining committed to being there for dogs in need.
We are attempting to continue with both our intake and adoption programs, with restrictions in place to adhere to the state and county precautions. As an all volunteer organization, any activity is at the discretion of each individual. All volunteers should only participate in activities they feel comfortable with, and should be taking all necessary precautions to keep safe (i.e., washing hands, sanitizing, distancing at least 6 ft, etc...). As changes occur, we will modify procedures to reflect current practices and precautions.
  • All events are cancelled until further notice. We have rescheduled the 2020 Golden Gala for October 10th and tickets and sponsorships remain available.

  • We are not accepting new adoption applications through April. This was not an easy decision but it was one we felt was necessary for the health and safety of our volunteers and their families.

  • Meet and greets are cancelled until further notice. The Our Dogs web page will continue to be updated when dogs become available for adoption and we plan on including a "virtual meet and greet" video on most of the available dogs pages.

  • Current approved applicants can continue to monitor the Our Dogs pages and contact their application advisor if they are interested in a particular dog. We have guidelines in place to allow applicants to meet and/or adopt a dog from us, as long as both our volunteers and the applicant feel comfortable with the arrangements.

  • We are always looking for foster homes for our dogs. If you are interested in volunteering, please review our Fosters page, including the steps to foster flyer, and complete an application.

  • If you need to find a home for you golden, we continue to bring dogs into the program and we may be able to help. Please visit our Rehome Your Dog page to learn more.
We appreciate your patience and continued support as we navigate this uncertain time together. While we are pausing our fundraising and community events, we are not “pawsing” our commitment to rescue, rehab, and adopt dogs in need. Please consider making a donation during this difficult time to help us continue our mission. For a little fun, enter our Paws and Smile Photo Contest and your photo could be featured at the Golden Gala . See below for more details.
2020 Statistics
through March

42 Dogs Rescued

43 Dogs in Rehab

43 Dogs Adopted
Congratulations to these dogs finding their furever home in March

  • Elsie 20
  • Carly Simon 20
  • China Andy 19
  • China Kai Li 19
  • Elsa 19
  • China Stormie 19
  • China Roxie 19
  • Freddie Mercury 20
  • Mazy 20
  • Brice 19
  • Dancer 19
  • Taylor Swift 20
  • Pumpkin Spice 19
  • Bonnie Raitt 20
  • Whitney 20
  • Mariah 20
  • Elvis 20

  • June 19-21th - Southern Women's Show Fido Fashion Show - North Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • July 25th - Summer Swim - Montague Lake
  • August 29th - Golden on the Green - River Ridge Country Club
  • October 10th - Golden Gala - Embassy Suites, Brier Creek
  • October 25th - Rescue Reunion - Montague Lake

2020 Golden Gala 

October 10th - 6:30 pm
Embassy Suites - Brier Creek
8001 Arco Corporate Dr, Raleigh, NC 27617

The NRGRR Golden Gala has been rescheduled for October 10th . This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are looking forward to another wonderful evening sharing our successes and looking toward the future. Visit our Gala web page for a preview of the evening and to purchase your tickets and sponsorships.

We are excited to bring you new sponsorship opportunities for both businesses and individuals with levels that offer you a variety of benefits, including advertising and/or tickets to the gala and our 19th Annual Golden on the Green charity golf tournament. Visit our Sponsorship page for all the details.
This year, our fundraising goal is $100,000, and with your help, we can reach or possibly even exceed that target. We are so appreciative of your support and generosity; it is why “Together We Are Golden.”
Paws and Smile Photo Contest
They say dogs are the root of all happiness...and we all certainly need some happiness in our lives right now!

Show us how you are spending your mandatory social distancing with your NRGRR dog by entering the  NRGRR Paws and Smile Photo Contest . The top 25 finalist photos will be featured at our Golden Gala and the photo with the most votes at the end of the voting phase will receive (2) tickets to the Golden Gala, now rescheduled for October 10th, 2020 at the Embassy Suites, Brier Creek.

Photo entries and voting are open through April 18th, 2020 (our original Golden Gala date). The entry fee is $5 per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos you may submit. Each vote in the photo contest costs $1. 

All proceeds directly support our rescue program. Let's join together to make the best of this difficult situation.
And Why Do You Foster?
FOSTERS NEEDED ...the “life-blood” of most rescues are their fosters. You simply CANNOT save lives without fosters. After being pulled from a shelter, or an owner surrenders their family pet, the dog needs a place to land for medical care (if needed), training perhaps, and a safe environment where they can build confidence and prepare to meet their forever family. 

For the next couple of months, the Rescue Ranger will be spotlighting NRGRR fosters as they share with you what motivates them to foster. If you are sitting on the fence or never even considered fostering, we hope you will be moved by some of the stories and decide to open your home to an NRGRR dog. Fostering saves lives, and you can be part of our rewarding mission to Rescue.Rehab.Adopt.
Foster Spotlight: Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang fostered his first dog for NRGRR in 2014. All totaled, he has fostered 33 dogs to date, different breeds and sizes. Nine of his fosters have been NRGRR dogs including one of the international dogs from Turkey and a hospice foster.

Jerry’s first adopted dog came to him via a rescue organization. The information he received from the foster (prior to adoption) so impressed him and made his decision to adopt that much easier. He quickly got an itch to add a second dog to his pack. This time he decided to foster to find the perfect companion for his dog Shadow and himself. Once he started fostering he found it hard to stop! 
Jerry says the opportunity to provide a temporary loving home for a dog, learn its quirks, and rehab the dog is “quite an honor.” The best part of fostering for Jerry is watching his fosters go to their new forever homes, one that he has chosen for them, where he feels they will best fit and thrive. It’s “super rewarding” to be part of a dog’s journey; to observe a dog’s resilience as they bounce back from their circumstances, regain their health, and learn to coexist with others. Jerry also loves the role his dogs play in teaching his fosters how to live in a home, interact with other dogs and humans, and to just BE a dog!
Having fostered 33 dogs, Jerry has only “foster failed” twice. Just recently he adopted one of his NRGRR fosters, a black doodle name Alfie. Jerry has also fostered a hospice dog for NRGRR, a beautiful yellow Lab he called Cooper. Cooper (aka Baxter) had a high-grade soft tissue sarcoma when he became part of the NRGRR family. He was not expected to live long. But with Jerry’s support and loving care, Cooper lived another 2 1/2 years. Cooper was a happy, well-loved dog who Jerry says taught him how to be a better foster. 
Jerry’s advice to new fosters, “Always let your first foster go.” Letting your first foster go, as hard as that may be, will instill the feeling of reward when you see how that dog flourishes in a home you were able to select through the NRGRR adoption process. He also states that letting go never gets easier but the reward is always great. His social media hashtag after every foster gets adopted is “#HappilyHeartbroken.” Advice Jerry offers to help mend your broken heart is to check in on your adopted foster, see how he or she is doing in their new home. Those updates are the best he says, makes his day every time!
To Jerry, NRGRR is not just a rescue organization, it’s a tight-knit family passionate about rescuing dogs. Volunteering with NRGRR has been a great experience and he hopes to continue to expand his capacity within the organization. In fact, Jerry is now part of the newly formed dog behavioral team which helps fosters with various issues they experience with their foster dogs. He uses the knowledge he has gained fostering different types of dogs (breeds, personality, energy levels, etc.) to help others on their fostering journey. 
Jerry acknowledges additional benefits he has experienced through fostering. For one, he has grown tremendously as a dog owner through the wealth of knowledge and different perspectives he has gained from other fosters and NRGRR volunteers. Another equally significant benefit has been the connections he has made within NRGRR. For example, several years ago he met Catherine Guy, another NRGRR foster, who had established a non-profit called Retrieving Hearts. Jerry and his dog Shadow now participate in dog therapy with Retrieving Hearts. Some of the places they visit include the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, schools for literacy events, the Durham public library, NCSU events, and a memory care center in Raleigh. Eventually, Jerry hopes to get his NRGRR alum Alfie certified as a therapy dog as well. Comforting others through dog therapy is another talent Jerry has added to his repertoire as a result of fostering!

In closing Jerry says, “We don’t foster because it is EASY, we foster because it is HARD to sit there and do nothing while dogs are in the shelter and homeless.” Jerry fosters because he is able to save lives and choose a home for a dog whose life otherwise may have ended on a cold shelter floor. Every time one of your fosters is adopted you now have the opportunity to get a new foster and see their resilience SHINE!
If you or your family are interested in fostering please see our foster page to read the steps to foster and complete the application. If you have any questions about fostering, please reach out to our foster coordinator, Mimi Suddath .
New Store Items!

These stylish vests are black with the gold NRGRR logo.


Enjoy your favorite hot beverage in this 14 oz. sleek, matte, cork based mug.
We are always looking for new ideas for store items. If there are any items you would like us to carry, email our store manager, Nikki D'Ambrose , and we will see if it's feasible for us to provide it to you.
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NRGRR is a 501(c)(3) organization in North Carolina that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of golden retrievers in need. The organization advocates responsible pet ownership, community education and protection of all dogs.