The Dallas Fort Worth Metro Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc - About Us
The Dallas Fort Worth Metro Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care, treatment and placement of homeless Golden Retrievers.
DFWMGRR promotes the rescue, care, training, evaluation and placement of abandoned or unwanted dogs of the Golden Retriever breed in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas, and to further promote the understanding, appreciation, care and placement of the Golden Retriever breed among the general public, through education regarding responsible pet ownership.
DFWMGRR. Inc. began helping Golden Retrievers in need as early as 1984 as a part of Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Golden Retriever Club, aka DFWMGRC. We became organized as a committee under DFWMGRC in 1986; became a stand alone group in 1988 with it's own set of bylaws; and obtained our 501(c)(3) status in January 1995. In 2000, DFWMGRR, Inc. was reorganized into a task driven group which has helped us develop further and maintain order in a large group of volunteers, events, and the ever-present influx of dogs. In 2005 we were nationally recognized for our dedication to rescuing dogs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and received the annual Starfish Team Award from the Golden Retriever Club of America.
DFWMGRR annually rescues up to 200 Golden Retrievers in the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area, north Texas, and northern Louisiana. A large percentage of the Golden Retrievers are spayed/neutered by Rescue and approximately half are treated for heartworms. The basic cost to prepare a healthy Golden for adoption is several hundreds of dollars and includes a general exam, vaccinations (Rabies, DHLPPC, Bordatella), testing for Heartworms/Ehrlichia/Lymes, heartworm preventative, spay/neuter, intestinal parasite tests and medications, and a microchip for permanent identification. Additional expenses are incurred when any other medical problems are discovered, including heartworm disease, ear infections, hypothyroidism, cyst removal, or other minor concerns. Not included in the estimate of expense per dog is boarding costs. Most of our dogs do get into foster care, but some dogs come into our care before a foster home is available. Even with additional people fostering every year, boarding expenses in some years have exceeded $20,000. DFWMGRR veterinary expenses routinely exceed $45,000. The range of adoptions each week is from 0 to 13 (our biggest in recent history) with an average of 3 adoptions per week. The range of Golden Retrievers coming in weekly is 1 - 6 with an average of 3 new dogs each week.