Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Our Dogs

2020 Statistics

through December
142 Dogs Rescued

33 Dogs in Rehab

154 Dogs Adopted

Thank you for stopping by to see the dogs ready for adoption. There are typically between 35 and 45 dogs in our program at any given time – some will stay with us longer than others as they overcome their medical or behavioral challenges. The costs to run our rescue are well over $200,000 per year. Click here to learn how you can support NRGRR rescue, rehab, and adopt these dogs in need. Visit our Blarney's Fund page to read about some of our dogs who came into our program with serious medical issues and learn how we helped them recover.

Check out the 2020 Adopted Dogs! A pandemic did not stop us from bringing dogs in and finding great homes for 154 of them. Thank you for adopting from Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.

NOTE:  To adopt one of our dogs, you must be a resident of North Carolina and reside within 100 miles of Raleigh, NC.   Due to the impact of COVID-19 we have seen a temporary fall off in the number of dogs in need of rescue and a drastic increase in the number of applications.  Until further notice provided on this section of our website, this distance restriction applies to new applications. Once this situation eases we will go back to our existing requirements.  

If you are just beginning the process to apply for one of our posted dogs, please be aware that previously approved applicants will be given priority.

Reminder for approved applicants: To apply for one or more available dogs, contact your applications advisor. Don't know who your advisor is? Email

We are headed to the Meet and Greet
We're headed to the Meet and Greet!
What about you?
5420 NC-55, Durham, NC 27713

Meet and Greet - January 16, 2021 
Status: Cancelled

With limited available dogs and government restrictions getting tighter with COVID cases increasing, our Meet and Greets will be held on a case by case basis through at least the end of the year. We will announce our plans here a couple of days before the scheduled date.

Our Meet and Greets are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month but may be cancelled due to COVID restrictions or limited available dogs. When held, we will be operating under the Safer at Home Phase 3 guidelines and everyone attending should be wearing a mask. We want everyone to be safe when we resume this activity.

We are excited to be partnering with Zoomy Dogs for our Meet and Greets. It is a very cool, large space with lots of room and they are wonderful hosts.

Available Dogs

Nerissa is ready 


Available Now

Golden hearted Nerissa loves to play ball, go for walks and patrol her backyard. She enjoys the company of her human fosters and entertains them with peekaboo games. Click here to learn more about her.

Learn more about adopting a senior dog

Applications Closed

Harris best bone


Applications Closed 

Looking for something smaller but not too small?  Check out Harris!  He is a young, snuggly boy. He's a little shy at first but comes around quickly. He gets along with dogs and cats. Older kids only, please. 

Murphy 20


Applications Closed 

Murphy is an intelligent and affectionate young dog. He needs a fenced yard and a home without children. He loves going for hikes, playing with squeaky toys, and patrolling his backyard and house.

Angel getting some scratches

Turkey Angel

Applications Closed 

Angel is a healthy 4 year old from Turkey. She loves being close to her family and tends to guard her toys. For this reason she would do best in a home without young children or other dogs. She loves to go for walks and chase a ball in the yard.

Hanging out at Christmas

Prince Charming


Are you looking for your Prince Charming? Prince Charming is a 3 year old sweetheart, likes going for walks, car rides, and other dogs his size. He loves to be around people and is doing well with his manners.

Stacy 20


Applications Closed 

Stacy is a super sweet 1-year-old golden mix pup. She is well-behaved and really enjoys romping in the backyard and taking walks in the neighborhood. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her toys, or resting on her pillow.

Referral Dogs (not in our program)

We provide listings for referral dogs and other North Carolina dog rescue organizations 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 rescues, and we assume no responsibility for the condition or behavior of the dogs.

Lucky Labs Rescue of Charlotte


Ben from Lucky Labs Rescue

Meet Ben! He is an adorable 2 year old boy full of PERSONALITY and is looking for his new BEST FRIEND! Ben is SMART, FUNNY, SWEET and a SUPER AFFECTIONATE COUCH CUDDLER!

He LOVES to play fetch, is very treat motivated, learns quickly and shows definite skills in agility. He is good on the leash and greets people with his tail going full speed. Ben also enjoys car rides, likes to play with other dogs (don't know about cats), and loves to chase the squirrels.
He is on the smaller side, weighing around 45 pounds and is fully vetted. He is fully house trained and will go into the crate although he doesn't love it... More than anything in this world, Ben is hoping for his new family.

To find out more about Ben and Lucky Labs you can visit their Facebook page or the Lucky Labs website.

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