Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue
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Neuse River Golden Retiever Rescue

Love Knows No Borders

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. Follow us as we share different aspects of our efforts and experiences to rescue four dogs from Baicheng, China.

It is through a very generous donation, and a lot of guidance from other rescues here in the states, that we were able to pull off this amazing rescue effort. We are very excited to have these beautiful golden retrievers in our program and hope to continue to rescue dogs from China in the near future. We would like to thank everyone for your wonderful support. Please consider making a donation to our international rescue fund by clicking the International button below so we can continue this important mission. 

Week 1 - Introduction of the Dogs

China Dogs Pen

In late November, we learned about the amazing work being done overseas by a fellow golden retriever rescue. They requested the help of other organizations in rescuing 47 Golden Retrievers that had been pulled from a slaughterhouse and placed in a shelter in Baicheng, China, a town 850km northeast of Beijing. Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of golden retrievers in need, and there was no denying that these beautiful dogs were in need. While our focus has been and will continue to be local, NRGRR is excited to help bring these dogs to the states and bring a few of them into NRGRR.  Over the next few weeks we will share the why’s, how’s, who’s, and when’s, so please make sure to follow us on our journey.

We believe that “Love Knows No Borders” and our love for the breed is the guiding light in this unique rescue mission. We’d like to introduce you to our China 4: Tian (meaning God of Heaven), Mei Mei (little sister/beautiful), Jin (Gold), and Zhen Zhen (very precious). Tian is a male and the others are female.




(God of Heaven)

Mei Mei

Mei Mei

(Little sister/Beautiful)




Zhen Zhen

Zhen Zhen

(Very precious)

Week 2 - Why China?

China Dogs week 2

Many of you may be wondering “Why China”? While every country and culture has different beliefs and practices, we learned a bit of what life is like for Golden Retrievers in China and couldn’t turn our backs. The meat market is a very real threat to all dogs within the country, but have learned that 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 centimeters (1.1 foot) 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.

With the support of many US Golden Retriever rescues (I believe 8 this trip) there will be 87 goldens saved just in the month of March alone. In the words of our Golden Gala - “Together We Are Golden” and we are proving that with communication, collaboration and passion for the breed, “Love Knows No Borders”. Please donate to help us save the next ones in need.

For more information, see some of the work Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon has been doing to save these dogs in China. 


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

Week 3 - Logistics

We bet you are thinking, “What does it take to pull off a Rescue in China?” While in the states, it is sometimes difficult to find Golden Retrievers in need; in China this is not the case.

Finding a Chinese rescue partnership and trusting vet is the easy part. Each dog requires several health certificates and vaccinations given at specific times, a 30 day minimum quarantine in China, and a USDA permit. The medical requirements are not all that challenging, as long as you understand what is needed and the timelines.

The greatest challenge is finding reasonably priced airlines willing to fly the dogs. Transporting dogs as cargo is almost impossible due to the cost (anywhere from $3000-$4000 per dog), so we found flight volunteers to fly with 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. After much research, it was determined that AirCanada through Toronto to New York would be our route. From there, the dogs and volunteers will make the 9-hour drive from New York City to Raleigh.

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. Will you donate to help us save the next ones in need?

Week 4 - Arrival in Beijing, China

Volunteers from several golden retriever rescue groups, including NRGRR, have arrived in Beijing, China! They have visited the shelter to meet and identify the goldens that will be brought back to the states. Overall, the dogs are reported to be in great condition and we are excited about the arrival of our four in the middle of the week! As you can see from these pictures, the dogs are also excited to escape and find loving forever homes. We wish these wonderful volunteers and dogs a safe journey home!

China Dogs

China Dogs and Volunteers

China Dog

China Dog w Bowl

Week 5 - Travel back to Raleigh

Our amazing volunteers have returned with our 4 China dogs on Thursday, March 7th. After an exhausting trip, landing at LaGuardia around midnight and clearing the dogs through customs, they drove through the early morning hours, arriving in Raleigh just before noon. We are very excited to have these 4 in our program and hope to continue to rescue dogs from China in the near future.

Click here to see a great news story from Colleen Quigley at WNCN CBS17 about this rescue effort.

Check out the image gallery for pictures from the trip home, including Jin and Zhen Zhen’s arrival at Grace Park Animal Hospital in Morrisville. See the videos for Tian and Mei Mei’s arrival at Complete Pet Care Animal Hospital in Raleigh.

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Tian, Mei Mei, Jin, and Zhen Zhen thrived in foster care and quickly adapted to living in caring foster homes. All dogs are in excellent health. Zhen Zhen had a bit of a skin condition but that has cleared up with meds and frequent baths. All of our China dogs have now found loving forever homes.

Stay tuned as plans are in the works to bring in more China dogs in the near future!

Tian 19

Mei Mei 19

Jin 19

Zhen Zhen 19

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