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Our Dogs

There are typically between 25 and 35 dogs in our program at any given time – some will stay with us longer than others as they overcome their medical or behavioral challenges.  Click here to read about some of our dogs who came into our program with serious medical issues and learn how we helped them recover.

The costs to run our rescue are well over $200,000 per year.  If you would consider sponsoring a dog, click here, or click on the "Sponsor Me" button on the dog's page.  If you are interested in meeting some of our available dogs, come to the next adoption event.

Fozzie with bear toy



I'm a shy guy looking for a place I can gain confidence and grow. Are you the right family for me? Click here to learn more about me.​




Are you looking for a perfect companion? I know I could bloom with you! Click here to learn more about me.​

Vern and toy



I'm a friendly little puppy looking for a home where I can play and cuddle. Are you right for me? Click here to learn more about me.​

Abby Ward - looking for her forever home

Abby Ward


Hi there! I would love to come home with you! Click here to learn more about me.​




Are you looking for a big bundle of love? Then I am looking for you!  Click here to learn more about me.


Happy Sunshine



"You Are My Sunshine..." is what you will be singing when you meet me! Wouldn't you like to bring some sunshine into your life? Click here to learn more about me.​

Rose's sweet face



Wouldn't you like to have a "rosy" future with me be your side? I am a sweet young girl looking for a family who will help me expxlore the world. Click here to learn more about me.​

champ 1



I am a golden-hearted sweetheart looking for a forever home! I love car rides, treats and spending time with my people! Click here to learn more about me.​




Would you like to play fetch? I would! Perhaps you can be my forever family? .Click here to learn more about me!


Referral Dogs (not in our program)

We provide listings for referral dogs as a service to the community, but we do not screen dogs to determine their suitability for adoption.  We make no representations regarding the accuracy of the information provided by the owners/fosters and we assume no responsibility for the condition or behavior of the dogs.


From: Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT) in Virginia

Lonnie is a 10-year-old neutered male who came to GRREAT from a shelter on October 26th last year.  He went into a foster home who has another golden and both dogs got along well.  The foster home reported no problems with Lonnie whatsoever during the several months he lived in their home.  He was adopted by a couple, but returned to GRREAT on April 22nd.

The reason Lonnie was returned was because he started isolating himself from the adopters, he started growling if they tried to move him, and he became aggressive toward other unknown dogs while out on walks.  The transporter who picked Lonnie up to take him to an animal hospital ignored his warning growl when she tried to pull his leash out from under his leg and she was bitten, resulting in a few stitches to her hand.

The animal hospital where Lonnie was taken for boarding is the same animal hospital where he stayed for a few days after first coming into GRREAT last year.  The staff was shocked to hear about Lonnie's behavior, as they remembered him as being very sweet, gentle, seeking out attention from people, and being an easy dog.  The vet who examined Lonnie determined that his issues were not behavioral, but medical and that he was in pain, either suffering from a slipped disc or a pinched nerve.  Despite his pain level and even prior to being started on two medications to help alleviate his discomfort, nobody at the animal hospital saw any negative behavior from him at all.  He was the same sweet boy they remembered and now that he's on medications, he's even sweeter!

Lonnie will need a raised food bowl and water bowl to avoid stress/strain while eating and drinking, as the vet thinks the issue is in his neck or upper spine.  The vet doesn't feel he needs to be seen by a specialist at this time, as the two medications are controlling the pain he was experiencing.  We are recommending that Lonnie go to a home without other animals or with a calm/older female dog.

Lonnie has been in boarding for 10 weeks and despite this, he continues to do well and continues to seek out attention from staff members.  Living in boarding isn't what we want for a senior, so please consider giving Lonnie a chance as your foster dog.

 If you're interested in finding out more about fostering, if you have questions about Lonnie, or if you're available to foster him, please contact GRREAT's Intake/Foster Home Coordinator, intake@grreat.org.