Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue



NRGRR is dedicated to helping unwanted and stray golden retrievers through rescue, rehabilitation and adoption. Its territory covers the eastern part of North Carolina from the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), north to Virginia, south to South Carolina and east to the Atlantic coast.

In 2013, estimated expenses are $150,000 to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out golden retrievers pulled from shelters and found as strays in surrounding communities.


Call (919) 676-7144 for information about the adoption process or surrendering dogs.

NRGRR's Facebook page

Volunteer Opportunities:

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Foster care: Foster volunteers decide which dogs they bring into their homes and NRGRR covers all needed veterinary care at predefined veterinary clinics.

Intake: Intake coordinators begin the process by monitoring the information line and returning phone calls. Transporters drive dogs to veterinary appointments and other locations. Vet office liaisons maintain the lines of communication between NRGRR and their specific clinic

Adoption assistance: Application coordinators interview potential adopters via phone. Home visit volunteers perform in-home inspections for potential forever homes, when necessary.

Fundraising: Volunteers are needed both at fundraising events and to assist with grant writing, corporate solicitations and donor management.

Communications: NRGRR is on the lookout for volunteers with experience in public relations, design, writing, photography (still and video)

Administrative: Even volunteers with little time can assist with data entry, bookkeeping, mailings and legal issues.

See the Events page for community events, adoptathons and information on the Golden Gala.


Adoption fees cover only about half of the total cost of caring for the rescued dogs in the program.

Cash donation options:
General Donations
Blarney’s Way  Special Needs Fund
Automatic  Monthly Giving
Golden Guardian Program, allowing donors to name a foster dog
Memorials, donated in memory of a loved one

NRGRR also welcomes donations of quality dog food, crates and other supplies for use in foster homes. If you have items of this nature that you would like to donate, please send a note to, and a volunteer will coordinate a pick-up.