NGRR is an all volunteer organization. We are always looking for people with a soft spot for Golden Retrievers who can help us.  If you have some extra time, please join us in our Mission to place adoptable Goldens in loving new homes. NGRR does not have a central facility; instead we all work out of our homes and communicate by phone, email and our website. Our volunteer positions fall into 3 broad categories: Foster, Hands-On and Support, all of which are defined below and in the applications.

For Fostering, see our Online foster application or Printable Foster Application .

For Hands-On or Support, see our Online Volunteer Application or Printable Volunteer Application

We make every effort to contact applicants within a reasonable amount of time, but sometimes that isn’t always possible.  If you do not hear from us after 7 days, please call 650-665-0964.


Fostering takes a special kind of person who can take a surrendered or rescued Golden into their home on short notice, care for the dog, see that the dog gets vet care including neuter or spaying and the required inoculations, and otherwise prepare the dog for adoption.  NGRR pays for all the vet care.

Hands On Positions Include

  • Assisting with adoptions such as home visits, phone interviews, and working with other volunteers to find the best dog match for approved applicants

  • Assisting with surrenders, such as interviewing families who want to surrender their dog, transporting the dog to fosters, and working with other volunteers to find the best household match for a surrendered dog

These Hands On positions are all location specific.  We are organized mostly by county, so if you are interested in a Hands On position, your application will be forwarded to our appropriate Area Adoption Coordinator and/or Area Surrender Coordinator as well as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Support Positions Include

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Writing Thank You Notes
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Annual Calendar Publication
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Vet Committee
  • Annual Fund
  • Website Support
  • Helping with Outreach and Education
  • Professional help such as Accounting, Finance, Legal, Public Relations, etc.

Your volunteer application will be forwarded to our Volunteer Coordinator who will then decide which of our people can best use your help.  

Must Fill Jobs

See the curent list of Must Fill Jobs to get an idea of what  specific jobs we have open in what locations.