Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies places 250-300 Goldens a year in loving, forever homes. GRRR's many volunteers and generous donors make this possible. Please help us continue the important work we do for these wonderful dogs.

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Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies​​​​​​​
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15350 W. 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80007
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Mission Statement

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies is dedicated to the rescue, placement and public awareness to ensure that Golden Retrievers are adopted by people able to provide safe, loving homes.

Organization History

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR) was founded in 1996 as a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is now one of the largest rescue groups in Colorado. GRRR cares for an average of 250-300 dogs annually, with a network of committed volunteers, members and generous donors who assist with medical care, training, fostering and hospice care. Since inception, GRRR has placed over 5000 Golden Retrievers in forever homes, and the need for its services grows every year.

For many years GRRR dreamed of having a facility to help dogs coming in from loving homes where the owners unfortunately could not keep them, as well as for those arriving as abandoned dogs or from shelters. Many need training for behavioral issues or rehab following surgery or injuries. The goal was to have a home for dogs in transition needing new forever homes, as well as for those who lived tied up outside, in puppy mills, or in other inhumane situations. The home would be a place where all dogs could learn to feel secure and loved; where they could learn to play and be prepared to join their new forever home.

And it happened in 2011 when GRRR was able to purchase and renovate five acres of land in Northwest Arvada, thanks to a generous lead donation from Mitchell Graye and Pam Hollister in honor of their first GRRR dog, Phoebe, along with many other donations and the hard work of numerous volunteers. Establishing Phoebe's Place as GRRR's permanent home was a very important step toward assuring GRRR's long-term sustainability.

Following much work, Phoebe's Place has day kennels for intake, isolation and rehab, under the care of a live-in caregiver. There is also an adoption center, renovated caregiver home, with a grooming center and feeding station, and outdoor play areas, which add to the efficiency of caring for these dogs in one location. We have a donated bridge crossing the canal to our fenced 2 acre back portion of the property for dog walkers, visitors and events.

The move to Phoebe's Place reduced overall costs of kenneling, and provided a place to help socialize and prepare dogs for foster care or adoption, as well as aiding those who need extra physical or behavioral help in their healing process. It also helps control costs and their predictability, which is part of the goal of assuring GRRR's future ability to serve its constituents by controlling its own destiny.


We want to thank all the wonderful people at GRRR for all they do in helping these amazing animals to find loving, forever homes.--Patrick and Maureen Phillips

Annie is our second GRRR dog and we remain impressed with the wonderful organization and the dedicated volunteers.--Jean Schwartz

I use my wagging tail, twinkling eyes and happy energy to tell the GRRR volunteers and donors "thank you" every single day as I discover play without pain for the first time in many years.--Blitz

Every day when I get home from school there is a Golden smile waiting for me, and GRRR gave it to me.--Emily Brophy

GRRR does great things for animals and people get the benefits as well.-- Cindee and Greg Moyer

Thanks to GRRR for being there for Goldens in need and for matching us with our 3 wonderful new family members.--Jacki Hinton and David Boone

Thank you, GRRR, for your dedication and for providing me with rewarding volunteer opportunities. I'm grateful to have met so many wonderful people and have Kallie in my life! --Susan Von Daudt

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