About Us

GRREAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding loving new homes for unwanted, stray, and abandoned Golden Retrievers.  We serve Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, eastern West Virginia, and southeastern Pennsylvania, and are staffed solely by volunteers.  GRREAT places approximately 250 Golden Retrievers each year.  We also strive to educate the public about the characteristics of the Golden Retriever breed and the rewards of giving a home to a rescued dog.

GRREAT relies on donations from Golden Retriever lovers to cover the expenses incurred in treating our rescued dogs, many of whom come to us with medical needs requiring immediate and expensive attention.  In addition to needing cash contributions, we can always make use of donated dog-related supplies.  Your cash and non-cash donations to GRREAT are tax-deductible.  If you would like to help with a contribution, please visit our Donation Center.  

When you become a member of GRREAT you will receive our bimonthly newsletter and invitations to our special events, which include our annual picnic, holiday party, and other fun activities.  The dogs are invited to these events and they always show up!  In the GRREAT News you’ll find stories about our rescued Goldens, and information about dog training, nutrition, upcoming activities, and other fun and informative topics.  To become a GRREAT member, please visit the Membership Center.

We are able to continue helping our rescued dogs solely because of the dedication and support of our volunteers and contributors.  We are always in need of dog lovers who have an hour or more to spend helping a Golden Retriever.  The majority of our volunteers are not dog professionals, just dog-loving individuals and families who enjoy helping a furry friend.  We also have many opportunities that do not involve handling dogs directly.  If you would like to volunteer to help these wonderful Goldens, please visit Be a GRREAT Volunteer.

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