Golden Rescue group is ‘Shelter of the Year’

By on May 14, 2014
Photo by Pat Burns
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, 60 Vera Cruz Road in Reinholds has grown its foster system into a true shelter model by creating many innovative programs such as Project Home Life, in which they rehabilitate former puppy mill breeding dogs.

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue has been selected as the Shelter of the Year for 2013 and is featured in the May issue of Dog Fancy.

The award is a special industry award presented by Purina Veterinary Diets Fortiflora, and DVGRR was honored at the 59th annual Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year

Awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in New York City in conjunction with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

“Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue is a shining star in the purebred rescue world,” said Lisa MacDonald, event chairperson.

“They have grown from a foster system to a true shelter model and created many innovative programs such as Project Home Life, in which they rehabilitate former puppy mill breeding dogs. We applaud their efforts on behalf of all dogs in Lancaster County, across the state and beyond.”

The Dog Fancy feature highlights the work DVGRR has done in rescue, specifically its work with puppy mill breeder dogs with its innovative program and now a dedicated facility for puppy mill breeders and senior dogs.

Project Home Life (PHL) was launched in 2009 to address the many dogs coming into DVGRR’s program from puppy mills. These dogs are unaccustomed to the typical sights and sounds of a normal household as well as human interaction. Based on the success of PHL, DVGRR most recently created Hutch-to-Home, a full-day workshop offered to other rescues and shelters to enable them to create programs similar to PHL.

“We were very surprised and humbled when we received word that we’d been named ‘Shelter of the Year’,” said Robin Adams, DVGRR executive director and co-founder.

“This award truly reflects the support we get from our membership and DVGRR family and our dedicated staff and volunteers because without them, none of the work we do would be possible.”

DVGRR is one of only four Golden Retriever rescue organizations with a dedicated facility. Located in East Cocalico Township, DVGRR’s five-acre campus includes a modern kennel, extensive play yards, on-site veterinary hospital, retail store, caretaker’s residence, and most recently, The Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill Survivors in which senior dogs live in the home-like setting to which they’re accustomed while waiting for adoption.

The Sanctuary began operating in March and also provides round the clock rehabilitation for puppy mill survivors.¶

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