Topline K9 Solutions is so excited to be featuring Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue (NRGRR) for the month of January. We will be disseminating information on this great rescue organization as well as helping at no cost with their foster dog training and behavior education programs.
NRGRR rescues about 150 dogs per year at 1-8 dogs per week. One of the hardest times are around holidays when shelters are full. And fosters travel during those times so having a foster foundation is crucial to the rescue’s ongoing operations.
How many volunteers?! There are well over 150 volunteers currently: board members, transporters, event and fundraising volunteers, and fosters. There is an operations team of 6 volunteers who actively manage daily intake, fosters and dogs coordination, applications, and operations team lead, as well as a vet office liaison volunteer. About 30-35 fosters are actively fostering a dog at any one time. Around 9 volunteers are working with adoption applicants. There are about 50 who are active daily or weekly, and another 100 who volunteer for various activities throughout the year.
NRGRR promotes their adoptable dogs on its website, does WRAL Pet of the Day spots about twice per month, and some promotion of available dogs on their Facebook page. They hold meet and greet events on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month for applicants to meet available dogs. They are quite lucky: they have nearly 400 applicants per year for 150 dogs, so they have more applicants than dogs and can be choosy about what home the rescue is placed into. Imagine how many more Goldens could be placed with more foster homes to give them a temporary shelter?!
On intake, every dog gets an exam and treatment as needed at one of its veterinarians. There is a huge range. Sometimes dogs come into rescue who are well cared for, and only need a few weeks in a foster home before they go to their forever home. Then there are the dogs in the middle who need more veterinary care or behavior training in a foster home. And then there are high-needs dogs who need significant veterinary care and/or behavioral training to be adoptable. There are a few dogs every year whose medical or behavioral needs mean they become permanent fosters.
Have you ever considered fostering? Get in touch with NRGRR. They offer full support to their foster homes and welcome all questions/inquiries to see if that service is a great fit for you.www.toplinek9obedience.com