Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Love Knows No Borders

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Join us as we dip our foot into international rescue. We have learned about the very real need to rescue golden retrievers living in brutal conditions in some overseas countries. 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. Click here to read about what it took to accomplish our first international rescue.

It is through donations, volunteers and a lot of guidance from other rescues here in the states, that we were able to pull off 33 international adoptions in 2019. Visit our International Alumni page to see the dogs we have saved. We are raising our goal to 50 rescues for 2020 and we can't do it without your wonderful support. In collaboration with several golden retriever rescues nationwide, we are proving that “Love Knows No Borders.” Please consider making a donation to our international rescue fund by clicking the button below so we can continue this important mission.

Paws Across the Ocean

China DogsOur goal this year was to save 50 international dogs, but the pandemic had other plans. Thus far in 2020, very few dogs have left China or Turkey, which has placed an enormous emotional and financial strain on rescuers overseas. Even more dogs are in need and there are very few flights overseas. 

Volunteers from China Rescue Dogs and Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM) are spearheading an effort to fly 99 golden retrievers from China. NRGRR is one of nine golden retriever rescues in the U.S. participating in this important mission. Volunteers have secured a charter flight to fly the dogs over but we still need to cover the largest expense, jet fuel! The total cost for this rescue mission will exceed $250,000. Please consider making a donation today.

Visit our Paws Across the Ocean web page to view a short video and learn more about this exciting rescue mission, including ways you can help.

Why International?

China Dogs in Crates

While in the states, it is sometimes difficult to find Golden Retrievers in need; in China and Turkey this is not the case.

Many of you may be wondering “Why international”? While every country and culture has different beliefs and practices, after learning a bit of what life is like for golden retrievers in China and Turkey, we couldn’t turn our backs.

In China, the meat market is a very real threat to all dogs within the country, and sadly, goldens are a preferred breed due to size and temperament. There are also height restrictions throughout China, making legal ownership of a Golden Retriever difficult. A Beijing law states that a dog taller than 35 cm (1.1 ft) is considered illegal and that the dog can be locked up and put down if intercepted by police. Golden Retriever owners have to walk their dog at unpopular hours for fear of confiscation.

The story is very different for dogs in Turkey. While there is no meat market in Turkey, the real problem is the amount of stray dogs. Many people buy puppies, and when they grow up, they realize the dogs are too big or not suitable for their lifestyle. There isn't enough room in the shelters, so most end up as strays. They wander the streets looking for scraps and trying to survive. 

Are you wondering how this lines up with our local rescue efforts? Read our International Rescue Fact Sheet 

What does it take to pull off a Rescue internationally?

China Dogs week 2

For international rescue to even begin in the first place, it requires individuals in their home county to dedicate their time rescuing and preparing the dogs for travel. This requires donations to maintain facilities and purchase food and medications to keep the dogs healthy. Each dog requires several health certificates and vaccinations given at specific times, a 30 day minimum quarantine, and a USDA permit. We also require dogs to be tested for Brucella and Leishmania.  The medical requirements are not all that challenging, as long as you understand what is needed and the timelines required. We partner with several international rescue groups in China, including Together for Animals in ChinaSaving Harbin Dogs, and No Dogs Left Behind. In Turkey, we work closely with Yasama Sans Ver Dernegi.

The greatest challenge with international rescue is finding reasonably priced airlines willing to fly the dogs to the states. Transporting dogs as cargo is almost impossible due to the cost (anywhere from $3000-$4000 per dog), so we work with flight volunteers to sponsor the dogs as accompanied baggage. Only a few airlines allow more than a 1:1 (dog:human) ratio, and even fewer with temperature controlled cargo areas which fly close to Raleigh, i.e. New York, D.C, and Atlanta.  We have a few volunteers locally who are sometimes able to make the trip overseas, but we also coordinate with other golden retriever rescue groups and our international partners for flight volunteers. 

Once the dogs arrive on U.S. soil, their journey is not yet over. The dogs still need to get to Raleigh, and it takes volunteers willing to drive cargo vans to the arrival airports and bring them back to our vet partners in the Raleigh area so they can begin their rehab. This requires a long day or two of travel, typically arriving back in the area in the middle of the night, so the dogs will need a safe place to land for several hours before our vet partners open.

As you can see it takes a lot of coordination to pull off international rescue and we are grateful for our dedicated volunteers and donors who help us achieve this lifesaving pursuit. While it is quite the journey for both the dogs and our amazing volunteers, we firmly believe that it is worth it. Our love of the breed knows no borders, and we are excited to be saving lives.

How Can You Help?

dog with bowl

We could not be successful without the energy and dedication of our amazing volunteers and monetary support from our donors and sponsors. If you would like to contribute to our international efforts, please follow the links below to learn how you can help. If you are interested in adopting one of our international dogs, please follow the adoption info link.


We have many opportunities available and are grateful for every volunteer’s participation and contribution. From flight volunteers to administrative work, we have many areas where people can volunteer their time. If you're interested in volunteering with our international rescue efforts, please click the volunteer button to learn more and fill out an application form.


Adoption fees cover only about half of the total cost of caring for a rescued golden in our program, the majority of which is for medical treatments (86%). Sadly, the number of golden retrievers who have entered our program and the costs related to their medical care have dramatically increased over the past several years. Now that we have expanded our rescue efforts internationally, donations are even more important!  

Adoption Info

The decision to place one of our dogs into an adoptive home is our most important work. These international dogs are looking for a new lease on life, and deserve a new loving home. If you think that might be you, please click the Adoption Info button to learn the steps to adopt from us and to complete the application.

Video taken by a Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon volunteer on a recent trip to China.

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