Rescue Ranger
March 2020
2020 Golden Gala 
April 18th - 6:30 pm
Embassy Suites - Brier Creek
8001 Arco Corporate Dr, Raleigh, NC 27617
The NRGRR Golden Gala 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.”

Congratulation to Coats Auto Body & Paint for being our first corporate sponsor of the year!
2020 Statistics
through February

20 Dogs Rescued

37 Dogs in Rehab

28 Dogs Adopted
Congratulations to these dogs finding their furever home in February

  • Fannie17
  • Wednesday Addams 19
  • Chase 20
  • Ponysaurus 19
  • Anna 19
  • Chuckles 19
  • Dixie 20
  • China Angel 19
  • Turkey Theo 19
  • China Dolly 19
  • Kringle 19
  • Molly 14
  • Olsen 20
  • Stevie Nicks 20
  • Twiggles 19
Golden Gala Silent Auction
Here's a sneak preview of some of the items that will be available for bidding at the silent auction during this year's gala:

  • Two coastal get-aways
  • Designer Men’s Shinola Watch
  • Ippolita Turquoise stud earrings
  • Amethyst/Diamond necklace
  • 2019-2020 UNC basketball, signed by team
  • Private Tour of NC State Vet School
  • A culinary experience - multi-course dinner with wine pairing
  • Private Dog Training
  • Escape to Margaritaville, Night at DPAC
  • Tickets to Goodnight’s Comedy Club
  • A Day at the Vet with Dr Simpson from Page Point Animal Hospital
  • Wall art by various local artists
  • Pet Photography
  • Alamo movie, food and drink tickets 
  • Many items for your pup
  • And, more!!
If you aren't able to attend the gala but still want to help, here are a couple ways you can contribute to our gala Silent Auction:

1) NRGRR has an Amazon Wish List for the gala auction. For a modest price you can purchase/donate appropriate items.

  • You may opt to send the purchase to “confidential wish list address” so the shipment will come directly to NRGRR/Karen
  • Don’t forget to use your Amazon Smile account so NRGRR will also get a percentage of your purchase!

2) Purchase a gift card from one of your favorite stores or restaurants. Always very popular items at the Gala!

If you make a purchase, please email Karen McKenzie at so that you will be properly acknowledged and she will know to expect it.

  • March 14th - Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade - Downtown Raleigh - See below for more information.
  • April 4th - Golden Pawlooza - Whitewater Center, Charlotte. (Non-NRGRR event)
  • April 17-19th - Southern Women's Show Fido Fashion Show - North Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • April 18th - Golden Gala - Embassy Suites, Brier Creek
  • May 1oth - Spring Swim - Montague Lake
  • July 25th - Summer Swim - Montague Lake
  • August 29th - Golden on the Green - River Ridge Country Club
  • October 25th - Rescue Reunion - Montague Lake
Raleigh St Patrick's Day Parade
Y ou are invited to "Paint the town GREEN" by marching with us in the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival on March 14th. The parade starts promptly at 10 am and follows N. Wilmington, Fayetteville and S. Salisbury Streets in downtown Raleigh. This is always a fun event and the crowds love our dogs dressed up in their silliest green costumes!

If you have a golden and would like to march with us, please send inquires to Ellen Yu at .
Golden Pawlooza
Do you have a golden retriever and want to help break a record for the most golden retrievers at one event? A group out of Charlotte is attempting to break the world record on April 4th at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The unofficial record set in California last year was 681 goldens and the organizers are hoping to get over 1000 dogs to the event in Charlotte. This is not a NRGRR event but several people from NRGRR are planning on attending and representing our rescue and we invite you to don your NRGRR apparel and join us. Please see the details section of their Facebook event for information about the event as well as the discussion tab for latest updates.
Wine & Design Pet Portraits
Thanks to everyone who attended our "Paint Your Pet" fundraiser at Wine & Design on February 23rd. We had 21 painters and raised over $400 for NRGRR! Below is a sample of some of the excellent artwork from the day. We look forward to holding another "Paint Your Pet" fundraiser in the future.
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.
Keri and Ross Ackerman and Family

Keri, her husband Ross and two children ages 6 and 7, fostered their first dog for NRGRR in June of 2019. They currently have foster #3. Although new to fostering for NRGRR, Keri has been involved with animal rescue for many years and the Ackerman’s had attended numerous NRGRR events in the past including the Golden Gala in 2019. 

The Ackerman’s rescued their first golden retriever, which they named Keigen, on a rafting trip years ago. It was after Keigen passed away from cancer that they knew they wanted to foster with a golden retriever rescue. 

As a family they decided they always wanted three dogs, two family dogs and one foster dog. As Keri stated, “We love the dynamic of 3 dogs and knew it would naturally fit in with our perfectly chaotic day-to-day. We have rightly earned the nickname, Ackermaniacs!” They currently have a golden named Dazy and a “wondermutt” named Dewey.
Keri with foster Kringle
The Ackerman’s approach fostering from multiple angles:

1) The heartfelt feeling of knowing they are impacting an innocent dog’s life by helping find a forever home.
2) The “really cool” opportunity to teach their kids about being part of something bigger than themselves.

“Giving back, paying it forward, making a positive difference simply by having empathy, kindness, and love for something other than yourself. It is very cool to see your son’s face light up because Kringle, timid to approach him, feels safe enough to lay in his lap.”
Keri and family love the support they get from NRGRR regarding medical issues, training needs, temp fosters, and much more. As fosters in the past, Keri and Ross often felt trapped if they needed to go out of town, take vacation, or a much needed break. Not with NRGRR! Keri stated that their experience fostering with NRGRR “is hands down the best experience we have ever had with rescue and a perfect way to introduce our kids to the world of animal rescue.”

The Ackerman family loves their furry friends and are often brought to tears when they have to say goodbye—they have worked hard to get their foster dogs to fit into their family—but “Happy Tails” are worth the happy tears.

Thank you Keri, Ross, and your two amazing children for fostering for NRGRR . . . we appreciate you!

If you or your family are interested in fostering please see our foster page to read the steps to adopt and complete the application. If you have any questions about fostering, please reach out to our foster coordinator, Mimi Suddath .
Volunteer Spotlight
International Rescue Team
Early last year, NRGRR learned about the very real need to rescue golden retrievers living in brutal conditions in some overseas countries and embarked on a mission to help them. Several golden retriever rescue groups in the states have already taken part in these rescue efforts and we are learning a lot from them, including the desperate need to get other rescue groups involved in this effort. With the help of many special dedicated volunteers, we successfully rescued 33 dogs from China and Turkey last year and we have set our goal for this year to 50 dogs.
It takes a lot of coordination to make international rescue successful. We work closely with several rescue organizations overseas as well as in the states that are committed to helping these dogs get into loving furever homes. Once the dogs have been cleared to travel and enter the U.S., their long journey may begin and this is where the need for volunteers is most critical.
International airlines require dogs to have a sponsor traveling with them on the plane, so we are always in need of flight volunteers to fill this role. If you are a frequent traveler to Turkey or China (once it is safe to do so), you may be able to help. Next, the dogs will arrive at airports in NY, DC, or Atlanta and will need long distance transportation back to Raleigh. Volunteers are needed to drive a cargo van up to the airports, pick up the dogs, and transport them back to the Triangle. If you have a large van or RV that can hold multiple crates and are willing to help, you could help us reduce our costs of international rescue.
Finally, our transportation volunteers usually arrive back very early in the morning, well before our vet partners open and we need temporary overnight boarding so the dogs may decompress after their long, strenuous travel. If you have a no dog home and are willing to provide short term boarding for several hours prior to transporting them to one of our vet partners, we could use your help.
If you would like to join our international rescue team, click here to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and complete the application to share your interest. Click here to learn more about our international rescue efforts in general.
Abby Mook, a volunteer with NRGRR and professional photographer, has graciously taken photos for numerous events including our dog swims, the 2019 Gala, the Southern Women’s Fashion Show, as well as the St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas parades.

This past Fall, Abby organized a project she called “Paws-Giving.” She scheduled forty-five minute photography sessions with people and their dogs in places like Historic Oak View Park, the North Carolina Museum of Art, local gardens, and other venues throughout the area. She donated 100% of the proceeds from her photo shoots! Through this effort, Abby raised $2940 and divided the money between three rescues; NRGRR received $980.
Abby Mook (left)
We are so grateful for all Abby does to support NRGRR and for choosing us as one of the recipients of her “Paws-Giving” fundraising project. Abby, THANK YOU for your Heart2Rescue and for all the beautiful photographs you have taken for NRGRR!
Seniors for Seniors
One of the programs that Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue established in 2015 is our “Seniors for Seniors.” This program allows us to pair a senior dog (nine and over) with anyone over the age of sixty-five and waive the adoption fee. Because of their age, the senior dogs are often overlooked and generally take longer to find their forever homes. Our goal with the “Seniors for Seniors” program is to provide additional incentive so we can get these well-deserving (canine) seniors in a loving home as quickly as possible. If qualified for this program, the adopter must be approved and selected by the foster just as everyone else who adopts from NRGRR. We currently average about five such adoptions a year.

Our June “calendar girl” Millie (winner of the 2020 NRGRR calendar contest along with her foster brother Elijah) is one of our senior adoptions that went to her forever home in Pinehurst in mid 2019 with a retired couple who absolutely adore her. Bev and Gerry, Millie’s adopters, state that “Millie is the perfect dog for us.” Millie is a Flat-Coated Retriever and was ten and a half when she became a NRGRR dog. 
Millie’s foster mom, Kerry Ahrend, has visited her twice in Pinehurst since her adoption. “My heart overflows with joy to see Millie living the good life, happy as she can be! This kind of happy ending (or new beginning) is what motivates me to keep fostering. I love that NRGRR has a program to connect seniors with seniors.” The adoption fee may have been waived but the outcome is “priceless”!

Please spread the word and let folks know that we have this program and let’s get our senior dogs adopted so they can live out the rest of their lives in a caring, loving home.
It Takes A Village
China Ruben
China Ruben was rescued by a group in China called Saving Harbin Dogs. He then made his journey to the U.S. via another golden retriever rescue before becoming a NRGRR dog and getting fostered by Carol Marks. Ruben had so much energy that his coordinator, Meribeth Howlett, helped out with doggy day care which included lots of playing “fetch!"
Eventually Ruben was adopted by a wonderful couple and we were delighted to learn that they have enrolled Ruben in a training class to help build a great relationship. It takes a village . . . from the 3 expat women in China saving dogs, flight volunteers, two US rescue groups to coordinate and “tag team” Ruben’s journey, our vet partner, a dog coordinator, a foster, application advisors, great adopters, and local training resources! Now that’s a village ! Thank you everyone who help our dogs safely transition whence they came to what we hope will be their “happily ever after.”
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.