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Golden Retriever Rescue - Our Story

DigbySometimes Golden Retrievers are mistreated, unloved, cast aside, or not looked after properly. Golden Retriever Rescue Inc is a registered animal welfare charity (CFN 20759), who is committed to the care, welfare, rescue and re-homing of abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted Golden Retrievers. Welcome to our website, we look forward to hearing from you.

How Golden Retriever Rescue was formed:


    Wendy Donohue and Trisha Jarvis met some years ago at their local dog training club through a mutual adoration of Golden Retrievers. While walking their Goldies one day, they met RSPCA Inspector Alison Wren, who had rescued and subsequently adopted a Golden Retriever (Hailey) from an abusive and neglectful situation. While saddened and appalled to hear what Hailey had been through, they were cheered to see how happy and well-adjusted she was in her new home. Wendy uttered some throwaway words to the Inspector “if you ever hear of another Goldie needing a home, give us a call…” not realising she would be changing lives forever!

    Golden Retrievers in need started coming to Wendy and Trisha’s notice soon after from pounds, shelters, “free to good home” advertisements and by word of mouth with reasons given for their unfortunate situations ranging from ignorance, greed, stupidity, neglect and unfortunately, cruelty. This is how Golden Retriever Rescue (GRR) was formed.

GRR 2017 Calendars and Christmas Cards:

GRR 2017 CalendarsGolden Retriever Rescue Inc is proud to announce the arrival of its 2017 Calendar collection and Christmas Card packs. Each month of the calendar features a before and after photo of the rescues with a story of their rescue and rehoming. The packs of Christmas Cards feature a photo of a Goldie rescued by GRR over the years as well several photos on the back of the card. Please click here to view the Calendars and Christmas Cards on our easy to use order form.

The GRR Story Continues...

    GRR TeamSince its inception in 2001, when Wendy Donohue and Trisha Jarvis first thought about taking in the occasional Goldie and placing it in a new home, GRR has grown into a large and respected rescue organisation rehoming to date over 1500 Golden Retrievers. Over the years many people have helped by fostering, transporting, fundraising and in many cases adopting one or two of the rescues. Several of these people, because of their long term input and commitment to the GRR rescue and rehoming process, have now taken up positions on the GRR Committee. Read the full story here…

Finding Forever Homes:

Aztec and LaceySituated in NSW, VIC and the ACT, and supported by a team of dedicated foster families and friends, the GRR Team welcome, rehabilitate and re-home their chosen and much loved breed of dog, Golden Retrievers. For over twelve years GRR has been placing Goldies into not only the best homes, but the home and family which suits the needs and temperament of each individual dog. When GRR place a Goldie into a home it is forever.