The journey began by joining forces with a New Jersey woman who shared her passion and grassroots rescue efforts… and DVGRR was the result. Operating with an excellent foster home model throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, it became obvious that a kennel facility would be integral to ongoing success. By 1999, DVGRR had found loving homes for more than 800 Golden Retrievers, but that same year, we were unable to help more than a dozen dogs – a very frustrating situation. We no longer had enough foster homes to accept relinquished Goldens or provide necessary training and consistent medical care.

In a scary but thrilling step for our nonprofit group, and thanks to the generosity of our supporters and members, the Golden Gateway campus became a reality in September 2000, with pledges to a capital campaign that allowed retirement of the mortgage three years later. (We are only one of a very few Golden Retriever rescue groups across the country with a dedicated facility.) Our beautiful five-acre property with a clean, modern kennel, modest caretaker’s residence, and Sanctuary building has allowed us to say “yes” to every DVGRR dog in need since we opened the doors at Golden Gateway.

In the years since then, we’ve made many improvements to our facility (including our on-site veterinary center, opened in 2011) and program, and we are always striving to provide the highest quality service possible to our dogs and our adoptive families. We expanded again in 2013 when the adjacent property came on the market. Again, thanks to the incredible support of our DVGRR family, we were able to buy the property and convert the residence into a canine haven. In 2014, we opened the Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill survivors.

Our commitment to the welfare of DVGRR dogs extends beyond our rescue efforts.  A segment of our mission is dedicated to education about responsible companion animal guardianship.
Watch DVGRR’s 20th Anniversary video.