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Mission: Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of golden retrievers in need.  The organization advocates responsible pet ownership, community education and protection of the breed.

Vision: Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue will have a strong, visible presence in the community and will be recognized as a leader in rescue, education and breed advocacy.

General Information

As of June 2013, Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. had saved and enriched the lives of more than 2,750 dogs and their forever families.  We look forward to helping more goldens in need, as well as the people who love them.

Our territory includes the eastern half of North Carolina from the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), north to Virginia, south to South Carolina and east to the Atlantic coast, and we accept any golden retriever into our program – regardless of age or medical condition.  We help families who can no longer care for their goldens by offering an opportunity to surrender their dogs – knowing that a final outcome is happy and includes a new, loving home.  We also partner with shelters to save strays and assure goldens are not euthanized because no one wants them. 

We have a hard-working heritage that began as a club in the early 1980s and the “passing of a hat” to pay vet bills.  Today, our network of volunteers and donors, support rescuing more than 200 dogs a year at a cost of about $160,000 in veterinary care.

We are an affiliated golden rescue with the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America, which provides coordinating and networking services for golden rescue groups, as well as developing literature and other resources.   

We are currently working to implement innovative governance standards that address financial “best practices," as well as standards of excellence and transparency for non-profits - all done in conjunction with loving every dog that comes into our program.

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Board of Directors

Mission and Strategic Plan

IRS 501(c)(3) Determination

State of Incorporation Date: North Carolina May 5, 1997 

North Carolina Solicitation License  

IRS 2013 Form 990