Rescue Ranger
February 2021
Alumni Updates

When a dog becomes an NRGRR dog, they are one for life. We are able to follow our dogs transformation from rescue to adopt but some of the greatest stories are about how well they are thriving in their fur-ever home.

If you have special pictures or stories that you would like to share with us, please send them to Your updates may be shared in our publications or social media pages.
2021 Events
Here is a tentative list of events we have scheduled for 2021. We will review the latest government restrictions prior to each event to determine if it will be held. At this point it looks very unlikely that we will have our Spring Swim but we are hopeful that we will be able to hold larger events sometime during the second half of the year.

  • May 9th - Spring Swim - Montague Lake - Unlikely
  • May 21st - June 27th - NRGRR 2022 Calendar contest - photo submissions open
  • July 1st - 31st - NRGRR 2022 Calendar Contest Voting
  • July 24th - Summer Swim - Montague Lake - TBD
  • August 28th - Golden on the Green - River Ridge Country Club - TBD
  • October 23rd - Rescue Reunion - Montague Lake - TBD

Meet and Greets will continue to be held on a case by case basis for the foreseeable future. We will announce our plans on our Meet and Greet webpage a couple of days before the scheduled date, which is the first and third Saturday of the month. Meet and Greets will be held at Zoomy Dogs, located at 5420 NC-55, Durham, NC 27713.
2021 Statistics
through January

9 Dogs Rescued

29 Dogs in Rehab

11 Dogs Adopted
Congratulations to these dogs finding their furever home in January

  • Horatio 20
  • Turkey Bean 20
  • Turkey Molly 20
  • Stacy 20
  • Clover 20
  • Puck 20 
  • Midas 20
  • Robin Goodfellow20
  • Murphy 20 
  • Harris 20
Name A Foster
A fun way to support NRGRR is to become a Golden Guardian Sponsor. With a $100 donation you get to name a foster dog and we will keep you updated on their progress while they are in our program.

All of our rescue dogs have unique names as their identifiers, so you may have to get creative to ensure the name has not been used before. You are encouraged to use a special name to honor a loved one, or a funny or silly name to reflect the Golden's personality.  

With your sponsorship, we will list your foster on our Golden Guardian web page including their photo and your reason for their special name. There is even an option to give the gift of a Golden Guardian sponsorship to a special friend or loved one. Click the button below for more information and to purchase your sponsorship.
Thank you to our January Golden Guardians: 
Gavin Burnham
The Taylor Family
Golden Moments
Monthly Photo Contest
Max (Bono20)
Most Heartfelt/Romantic Dog
As we enter into a new year we look forward with optimism, despite an understanding that we will be faced with many of the same challenges and obstacles as in 2020. In light of that, we want to ask our readers to help us create “Golden Moments” throughout 2021 to lighten our hearts and remind us why we do what we do!

Max, you stole our hearts! Congratulations for being selected the most heartfelt dog. As a result of winning this month's contest, Max's owner will receive a 25% off coupon to the NRGRR online store. Next month we're looking for the most mischievous dog, so get your entries in by March 8th. Email your photos to
Thanks to everyone that submitted photos this month. A select few are shown below. All photos entered can be seen on our Golden Moments web page.
Golden Moments Entry Information
The Golden Moments photo contest is to simply share photos of NRGRR alumni and current fosters on our website, the Rescue Ranger newsletter, and on our social media pages. One photo will be selected monthly to win a 25% off coupon for the NRGRR online store. The winner will be selected based on alignment with the monthly theme as listed below as well as composition and clarity. 

Please ensure the photos are focused and clear and sent in the original size. Close ups are best as they will be displayed in thumbnails. Your photos can be horizontal or vertical and can include people with the NRGRR alum or foster dog. (We cannot accept any professional photos and by submitting your photo you acknowledge NRGRR’s right to use your photo.)

We hope you will participate and make us all smile with your “Golden Moments” photos. Let us know if you have any questions and we're looking forward to seeing your masterpieces!
“Golden Moments of 2021” Themes
February: Most Heartfelt/romantic

March: Most mischievous dog

April: Spring fever
May: Most playful dog
June: Best swimming/water photo
July: Most patriotic dog
August: Best “dog day” photo
September: Football fever
October: Best Halloween costume
November: Most thankful face
December: Best holiday moment
Please submit your most mischievous dog photos by March 8th.

Volunteer Spotlight
We Rescue Dog—What’s Your Superpower?
In 2020 we highlighted ten of our fabulous fosters; human fosters that is! Fosters are the lifeblood of any Rescue, but it still takes many other volunteers to do what we do to Rescue, Rehab, and Adopt dogs to their furever homes. Throughout 2021 we will be spotlighting various volunteers and their superpowers! We’ll let you know more about what they do, how they got involved with NRGRR, and how you can participate in some of the volunteer opportunities available through Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue and develop YOUR Superpower. Together we are Stronger, Together we are Golden!
Roger Stow
NRGRR Transporter
Roger Stow‘s relationship with NRGRR started in 2002 when he and his wife Elaine adopted their first Golden, Abby. A couple of years later, Roger decided to volunteer with NRGRR as a transporter. 

Roger completed his very first transport in July 2005. He pulled a regal six year old Golden named Juka from the Orange County shelter and dropped him off at the vet’s office for processing. Several months later, in October, Roger would once again see Juka at the Golden on the Green golf tournament at River Ridge Country Club. Juka was in a golf cart with his adoptive mom getting ready to hit the golf course when Roger recognized him. From 2005, until Juka passed in 2013, Roger looked forward to reconnecting with Juka (a “scratch” golfer) and his adoptive mom every year, same time, same place! 
Juka was the first of many! Over the years, Roger continued picking up dogs from local shelters and tranporting them to our vet partners. His busiest year came in 2014 when he made 28 trips, picked up 34 dogs, and traveled a total of 5,000 miles on behalf of NRGRR. 

After Roger and Elaine’s dog Abby passed away from cancer in 2013, they adopted a smaller golden-mix named Lizzie (club name Cypress). She has been part of their family ever since. Shortly thereafter, in 2015, Roger and his wife relocated to Brunswick County in South East North Carolina. Roger continues to transport for NRGRR, although not as frequently. Now instead of transporting dogs to the vets, he connects with another transporter off of I-40 at exit 364 to complete the dog’s journey for rehab and that special forever home! 
Roger’s most memorable transport happened in mid-December 2019. NRGRR was informed of a pregnant mixed-breed dog (maybe a little bit of Golden) at the Bladen County shelter. This dog was in danger of being euthanized because there was no room at the “inn.” Consequently, she was named Mary! Roger transported Mary to the I-40 rest area and handed her off to another transporter to continue her journey to the vet. Two or three days later she had eleven healthy puppies! A very special and generous foster took in the entire family and eventually Mary and her eleven pups were all adopted.  
For Roger, the benefits of volunteering with NRGRR include: being part of a team that finds loving permanent homes for dogs in need; meeting and getting to know so many wonderful people who help make NRGRR a success; and playing in the annual Golden on the Green golf tournament, his favorite golf event of the year!  

As a transporter, Roger knows that he has started the process of finding a home for these wonderful dogs, and that their lives will be forever changed for the better. Roger’s recommendation to others regarding volunteering is—don’t hesitate. “You can help as much or as little as you have time for but it is sure to be a rewarding experience.” 
If you are interested in volunteering as a transporter, please complete the form at the bottom of our Volunteer web page and our coordinator, Mary Anne, will reach out to you with additional information. All transporters are required to sign a liability waiver. If you have questions, please direct the email to
Medical Tip of the Month
February is Dental Health Month

In this month's medical blog post, our Medical Coordinator Katie McKay shares her responses to a recent question about dental disease and cleanings. There is even a helpful video describing what your vet is looking for when grading their level of dental disease, how to clean your dog's teeth at home, and some options for products that are available for your dog's dental health.
Support NRGRR
The ShopRaise app is an easy way to make philanthropy part of your online purchases. From groceries and apparel to technology and travel – a percentage of almost everything you buy will be donated back to NRGRR. The best thing is the program is free, you do not pay any more for the items you buy, and you get access to all the best coupons and deals. 
Facebook Fundraisers
Creating a fundraiser for NRGRR is super easy. Just click the link below and adjust a few details and your set. Share it with your friends and encourage them to help you raise money on Facebook.

In 2020, we received almost $10,000 from Facebook fundraisers! Help us raise even more in 2021.

Thank you January Facebook Fundraisers:
Tami's Birthday for International Dogs
Betty's Birthday
Bette's Birthday
February Specials
Adorable paw print earrings for that special pet lover in your life.
Get them while supplies last!
Prices reduced on remaining NRGRR Sweatshirts and Loungelite Pants.
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.